Chatfield’s City Park was crowded this past Sunday evening with people clad in orange t-shirts and wearing orange ribbons for Chatfield Elementary School first grader Caleb Eide, son of Crystal Eide of Chatfield. A candlelight vigil was held in his honor to send prayers of healing and hope as his prognosis has taken a very disheartening turn for the worse. He has been released from the Mayo Clinic to seek treatment elsewhere after his last round of chemotherapy did not make any difference in his health.
“We think he knew. He had written a will, which was odd at the age of 17 years old, but he was pretty mature for his age. It wasn’t an official will, but he wrote who he wanted his car to go to, his stereo, and the week he passed away, he was singing ‘Angels Among Us.’ But the key thing that Dustin did was talk to us about being an organ donor,” said Cherry Grove resident Steve Atwood, speaking to the students at Northgate Driving School in Rochester in mid-April, sharing about how his son, Dustin, died in a car accident on Fillmore County Road 8 on Aug. 29, 2001, but how his heart literally beats on in the chest of a Wisconsin man.
Life sometimes throws people a curveball when they least expect it, but positive things may emerge from that unexpected event.
Last week, the congregation of Henrytown Lutheran mourned the loss of their church building. Many visited the site on Thursday, watching as the country church was engulfed in flames. Others came later, when a pile of rubble continued to smolder, a grim view of what was left of a once beautiful church. Many did not visit until Sunday when they joined their fellow church members to pray for the strength and guidance to rebuild and carry on the strong legacy of the Henrytown congregation.
Spring Valley native Mark Reps recently celebrated the release of his fifth book, “Native Bones,” which is part of his “Zeb Hanks: Small Town Sheriff; Big Time Trouble” series.
“The vineyard is in its sixth season, and this was originally a soybean field and cornfield,” related Patrick Sween, giving a tour of the Four Daughters vineyard to visitors this past Saturday, April 25 as Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery hosted the grand opening of its barrel room.
Warm, sunny weather ushered in the 28th annual Chatfield Trout Classic and the opening of the 2015 trout season on Saturday. This event is sponsored by the Chatfield Fire Department and has been held continuously, in conjunction with a pancake breakfast, since 1987.
The GMLOK softball team lost to a powerful Caledonia/Spring Grove team, 13-2, then rebounded with an 18-5 win over Rushford-Peterson. With the split, the gals are now 2-4 for the season, 1-4 in Three Rivers conference play.
What do you do after a perfect game? For the Fillmore Central/Lanesboro softball team, they went out and won two more games. You don’t top a perfect game, you just keep winning. And that is exactly what the Lady Falcons have done so far is this very young season.
Capitola Marie Losey, 95, of Spring Valley died Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Jerome “Joe” L. Klinski, 77, of Peterson, Minn. died on Friday, April 17, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford, Minn.
Allen Burnett Ellingson, 87, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Park Lane Estates Assisted Living in Preston where he and his wife, Lilah, had lived since March 1.
Minnesota State FFA Secretary Valerie Earley was the main speaker at the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA banquet last week. She felt at home since it really has been home for the Wykoff resident, who noted she is a “proud” member of the chapter even though she graduated from Kingsland High School in 2014.
The Clan has an incredibly busy life — who doesn’t — but sometimes our days are so packed Mom doesn’t have the time and brain capacity to get anything ready for supper. With 13 growing kids in this house, supper can’t just be skipped, so instead we try to have plenty of food options around that can quickly be thrown together into an “emergency meal.”
The United States Postal Service celebrated the life and work of Maya Angelou by unveiling a stamp with her portrait and a quotation. A lovely expression. Unfortunately, the words on the stamp weren’t originally written by the poet.
The museums in Spring Valley will soon be open to kick off a busy summer of Spring Valley Historical Society activities.
Fishermen and women of all ages will be working their lures along the banks of the Root River from Lanesboro to Hokah this Saturday. No, they won’t be after trout, panfish or pike. They will be after the largest rough fish they can find.
On Tuesday, May 5, painters and non-painters alike will have an opportunity to have fun, paint a picture with their own personal flare and support a fight against cancer.