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  • Lyme disease becoming  all-too common in area

    “I think some of the most important things for people to understand as far as Lyme disease is that so many people have it, and don't know it,” said Jean Happel, a Lyme disease sufferer. “There are no two people alike, and that's part of the problem.”

     
  • Lanesboro’s parade grand marshals celebrate 50 years in business

    It’s a matter of survival: all small towns need successful businesses. One of the most important hallmarks of those businesses that succeed is longevity.



     
  • Spring Valley home now powered from sun

    “It’s nice and open up here,” observed Dennis, taking in the rays in his back yard on South Broadway, knowing that the home’s southern exposure and the 18 solar panels on the garage roof did their part to actually turn back his power meter if there was enough sunshine. 



     
  • Lions win Little League Tournament

        For the first time in eight years, Spring Grove's seventh-grade-and-under team, won the Fillmore County and Houston County Little League Tournament. It was only the second time in the last 23 years; records are unavailable from previous summers.

     
  • Fillmore Central's Morgan Malley was named to the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches' Association All-Star Team. The team is made up of the top 28 volleyball players in Minnesota that just completed their senior year of high school.

     
  • Big trucks, flying dirt highlight mud bog in Ostrander
     What's the big deal about mud bogging?

    "It's the big trucks and getting dirty," said Jordan Wagner from New Richmond.

     
  • My family has this thing for weapons. Ever since I can remember, we’ve had toy swords and guns lying around the house. They’re something we can’t really do without. My family can get a lot of enjoyment out of a day spent outside swinging swords around and yelling, “Bang! You’re dead!” at each other. I can remember spending some afternoons playing incredibly epic Wild West games, but those are probably equaled in number by the times we’ve engaged in full-scale battles and charged at each other with swords.

     
  • There’s been a lot of concern, expressed in this column more than once, about children not spending enough time in nature. Research has shown that a typical child spends 38 hours per week consuming media outside of school. Interviews with children up to age 9 revealed their attitudes toward natural elements, such as rain, wildflowers, birds and trees, showed fear, rather than appreciation, caring or enjoyment.

     
  • I recently took a break from the newspaper world and took a week-long “staycation,” a vacation where I had no plans to travel or even go very far from home.

     
  • Run From the Sun new event at ‘50s, ‘60s Days

    This year's ‘50s and ‘60s Days features a new event – one that could save a life. The 5K/10K Run/Walk “Run From the Sun” will not only provide the opportunity for some fun, it will also include free skin cancer screenings by a pair of local dermatologists.

     
  • Western Days ‘Cinderella’ features a bit of ‘girl power’

    “Our Cinderella is not as wimpy as the Disney Cinderella,” said Wits’ End Theatre (WET) production manager Joan Verdegan, awaiting the opening night of WET’s Western Days production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

     
  • Somewhere between 1,200 and 1,400 motorcycles will be passing through Rushford on Sunday, July 26, as part of the Ronald McDonald House motorcycle cruise. The cruise, which is a major fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, will not only be passing through Rushford between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the large contingency will also be motoring through town on the return trip later in the afternoon.

     
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