They say good things come to those who wait. The city of Preston has been awaiting the completion of the new Veteran’s Cemetery that was proposed three years ago. On Nov. 8, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs broke ground in Preston and began the two year construction project that is nearing completion.
For the past 19 years, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has recognized high school juniors “who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities and who volunteer in their communities” with the ExCEL award — Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership.
“I Love to Read Month was celebrated at the elementary. Our students do volumes of reading throughout the school year, but this is a fun way to celebrate and reward them for all their hard work,” explained Chatfield Elementary School’s reading specialist, Elissa Johnsrud. “The challenge was 100 steps, or 25 hours of reading. It was a big goal, but our students did a great job rising to the challenge. If they made 100 steps, they got to tape Mr. Ihrke to the wall with a piece of duct tape.
A rural Spring Valley family spent a weekend at the end of January assisting with showing draft horses at the National Western Stock Show, where teams of powerful draft horses are hitched to massive wagons and judged on how they pull and are driven.
“We really weren’t looking to move. Our current location has served us very well. But when we heard that a building was available right in the center of town, we decided to take a look at it. And what we saw, we liked.”
David Huse and Katy Davis both graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) in June 2014. As a first step in their career as officers, the two have accepted positions with the police force in Preston.
“Mine is that I’m just a doer…I get it done,” said Fillmore County District 1 commissioner write-in candidate Mitch Lentz, speaking to a gathering at the Spring Valley Public Library this past Thursday evening about what is his working style and how he addresses problems with which he must deal.
Rushford-Peterson boys basketball fought hard Saturday night to take the title of 1A East champions in the Sub-Section tournament in Rochester.
The Chatfield wrestlers are done for 2014-15, and along with the close of the current season they brought home some individual medals from the Minnesota State Tournament held this past weekend in St. Paul.
Marion J. Glenna, 91, of Mabel, formerly of rural Lanesboro, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel.
Raymond William Schmidt, 87, of rural Fountain, died Monday morning, March 2, 2015, at the Spring Valley Care Center.
Gloria M. Ruen, 76, of Lanesboro, peacefully died at Green Lea Manor in Mabel.
When Kevin Slimp stepped outside the door of the community room at F & M Community Bank in Preston Friday after a seven-hour session with staff members of Bluff Country Newspaper Group, he said, “It really doesn’t feel that cold here.” This statement is from a resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, who first ventured out that morning in a temperature of 16 below zero.
A great-horned owl flew overhead in a whisper. The sight thrilled my eyes, but was of no more use to my ears than the silent hop of a songbird under my bird feeders. Crows followed after it. There was no whispering done by the crows. They had found the daytime roosting spot of the owl. They chased it from that location with obvious outrage and delight. The great horned owl likely had a nest nearby.
Vina Lund, an Ostrander resident who just celebrated her 105th birthday, was asked by a reporter during her birthday party to confirm a story her son told about her dancing with the notorious outlaw, Babyface Nelson, at the Sheep Shed in Wykoff.
“It’s exciting! Imagine what we could do with this kind of money,” Spring Valley Area Food Shelf board member Kathy Baarsch said of being one of nearly 100 non-profit organizations to participate in the Otto Bremer Foundation’s March Millions for Southeastern Minnesota.
The dueling piano team of Evan and Wiz will be making a return to the Mabel Community Center on Saturday, March 14, to raise much needed funds for the Mabel-Canton School District.