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  • Boys trip Rushford-Peterson in state-ranked showdown
    With three wins last week, the Spring Grove boys have clinched at least a share of a sixth straight SEC East Division championship. The state-ranked spotlight was on Thursday's non-conference win at Rushford-Peterson. The week had begun at home on Monday, February 1 versus Houston and closed on Friday at LeRoy-Ostrander.

  • M-C girls defeat SA, W-K
    The Mabel-Canton girls basketball team picked up two wins last week, as they topped Schaeffer Academy 45-22 last Friday and the beat visiting Wabasha-Kellogg Saturday afternoon by a 58-55 score.

  • Chatfield girls win two, lose one last week
    In the past week the Chatfield girls basketball team got wins over Wabasha-Kellogg (79-56) and Lake City (62-47) and lost to number seven state ranked Dover-Eyota (70-47).  This week the gals have games with number one class AA state ranked Plainview-Elgin-Millville (19-1) on Tuesday and St. Charles (15-5) on Friday.  The game with the Bulldogs is home and the Saints’ game is on the road.

  • Lillian Kalash, 78, of Eitzen
    Lillian Margaret Kalash, 78, of Eitzen, died on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, after a 12-year journey with Alzheimer’s Disease at the Golden Living Center in La Crescent.

  • Mark McKay, 54, of Harmony
    Mark William McKay, 54, of Harmony, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at his home, McKay’s Evergreen Dale Farm. 

  • Lorna Marie Vogt, 82
    Lorna Marie Vogt, 82, claimed eternal life with her heavenly Father on Feb. 3, 2016.



  • Courses in which students receive both college and high school credit are becoming more common in area high schools. A student last spring received a high school diploma from Kingsland High School and a two-year associate of arts diploma from Riverland Community College after taking several College in the Schools classes at the high school for dual credit. More Kingsland High School students are on track to do the same this year.

  • A week ago Saturday – while the weather was unseasonably warm and there was no thick blanket of white on the ground – I took a drive to the Mississippi River at Brownsville and Reno. In addition to simply seeing one of my favorite areas on the river, I had an ulterior motive; I wanted to see where exactly the Canadian Pacific (CP) train had derailed, sending a few cars into the icy river.

  • For an industry that is supposed to be dying, there was certainly a lot of youthful energy at the Minnesota Newspaper Association annual convention last week. 

  • Winneshiek Medical Center Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in Decorah will focus on proper techniques and form for young athletes throughout its winter excel course. These include correct lifting stance, intro to plyometric exercises, ACL prevention and core strength. This course is held at the Winneshiek Medical Center from March 1 through March 24.

  • The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering the 55-plus driver improvement course on Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Wednesday, Feb. 17. The sessions will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lanesboro school.

  • Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives. It takes just one hour to make a life-saving blood donation, which will impact the lives of up to three different hospital patients. 

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