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  • New salon owner journeys towards achieving dreams

    Sarah Iverson’s got hair stepping stones to great style on the corner, and they got her her own.

    “I’d wanted my own — that was always my goal. With every shop I worked at, I took a little bit of what I enjoyed. They were stepping stones…I took the good and the bad experiences at each and ran with it,” Iverson said.

    She is the proprietor of Corner Cuts Salon, the new shop on the corner of Main and Second Street in downtown Chatfield. She explained she arrived there from her aspiration to give everyone who sits in her chair great style and her dreams of actually being able to own a salon and give everyone a great hairstyle.

  • Quiet birthday for 103-year-old Spring Valley resident
    “I’ve got no plans for my birthday, but my family is coming for the weekend,” stated Erwin Ruesink, the centenarian-plus-three, a resident of the Spring Valley Living nursing home who rose and shone for his special day last week the same way he’s done for the past 37,594 days of his life. 
  • Rushford-Peterson students kick off first day in new school building
    The first day of school is always exciting, but when R-P students and staff opened the 2017-18 school year in a brand new facility, there seemed to be an electric buzz in the air. 
  • Scholarship keeping nurse's memory alive, creating ripples of kindness

    There comes a moment when it’s one’s turn to ripple.

    One of Laura Finseth Scott’s came with her last breath.

    Laura, who would have been 30 years old this Aug. 28, passed away on Dec. 20, 2014, after being in a car accident just a mile or two away from the Christmas lights glowing in her childhood home east of Fountain. The car skidded on ice and rolled as the Scotts departed to go home to Holmen, Wis.

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  • Knights have busy week on volleyball court
    The Kingsland volleyball team last week had dual meets on Tuesday and Thursday and a tournament over the weekend. 
  • Girls capture net tourney title plus two conference matches
    The Spring Grove Lion volleyball team is already up to double figures in wins after a busy week. The Lions started last week with a 3-0 win (25-18, 25-11, 25-16) at home on Sept. 12 against Houston. Spring Grove hit the road for a 3-1 (15-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-15) Thursday victory at Lyle Pacelli.

  • Kingsland runners showing improvement
    “At Thursday's Hayfield meet the team looked more relaxed and comfortable running than they did the week before,” said Kingsland cross-country coach Erin Milz.
  • Too Hick to be Square: Bean Boys, Girls our harvest superheroes

    The Clan is currently knee deep in fall harvest. At the moment we’re in the apples and tomatoes part of the year, so we have about 15 bushels of apples in the garage and a tomato “forest” out in the garden loaded with rapidly ripening tomatoes. This means that making applesauce and blanching tomatoes are practically daily activities for us at the moment and will probably continue to be regular features of our day for another week or so. 

  • Road trip inspires great memories, lots of stories
    A just-completed trip west to see the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21 was set up to be “open-ended.” There were other sights – and sites, too! – that could be seen if both members of our traveling party so decided. The trip could be extended.
    And yes, it evolved into a full-fledged road trip, I’ve concluded, now home nearly three weeks later. I’m at once happy to be home, but also melancholy – missing the ground covered… the new experiences and the people met.
  • The muted light during the eclipse of the sun about a week ago was still bright enough to shine on the spiraling prices at the gas pumps. This wasn’t the eclipse that awed millions when the moon’s shadow covered the sun, lowering the level of light in Minnesota during the early afternoon on Aug. 21. Instead, this was about two weeks later when the sunshine was muted by wildfire smoke drifting in from southwest Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The smoke, which came in several waves, muted the direct sunlight, created some gorgeous sunsets, but also triggering air quality alerts in parts of Minnesota.


Health officials are concerned about the dramatic rise in drug overdoses in Minnesota since 2000, mostly due to opioids. Is that a growing problem in this area of Minnesota?


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