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  • R-P looks to raise $7,300 for ‘Seniors Give Back’ cancer research fundraisier
    Since 2011, Seniors Give Back has raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of cancer research through the American Cancer Society. In 2015, Rushford-Peterson High School seniors, along with the community, raised $7,200, which was nearly $500 more than their goal. Erin Thompson, one of the coordinators of Seniors Give Back, hopes to see the community raise $100 more than last year. “It’s a big goal,” said Thompson. “We keep saying (each year), ‘I don’t know if we’re going to get there.”

  • Idaho, London and Vancouver locate the win for Spring Grove Geography Bee champ
    On Friday afternoon, students gathered at Spring Grove Public School to test their geographical knowledge during the first round of the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. Thousands of schools throughout the United States, including the five U.S. territories, are participating in this 2016 bee. The winner of each school contest will then take a test and, up to 100 of the top scorers will then be eligible to compete in their state’s bee. The winner of the state bee will win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the national championship rounds.

  • News Leader, co-owner win awards  in Minnesota Better Newspaper Contest

    The Fillmore County News Leader and Bluff Country Newspaper Group co-owner David Phillips were recognized last week for excellence during the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s (MNA) annual convention. 

  • Boys take border battle, win five in six days
    Five wins in six days kept the Spring Grove boys (ranked No. 2 in Minnesota Class A) hustling last week. The Lions surpassed 80 points in four of the convincing victories.

  • Falcons avenge loss to Cotter
    This past Monday night, the Fillmore Central boys downed Cotter, 55-47, avenging a loss to the Ramblers less than two weeks ago.  I had to leave the house early on Tuesday so I didn’t get the stats from Coach Mensink for this game, but sure looks like a nice win, and a nice “rebound” to the losses to Caledonia and Lewiston-Altura.

  • Gopher boys top Knights, end losing skid

    The Chatfield boys basketball team ended its losing streak of 13 games with a 58-53 win over Kingsland last Friday night. Following the win, coach Tom Bance said, “We played well throughout the game, got good shots, rebounded the ball well and didn’t turn it over.”  With the win Chatfield is now 4-10 in the Three Rivers-West, and 4-17, overall.

  • Kaitlyn Hansen, 16, of Canton
    Kaitlyn Helene Hansen, 16, of Canton, a junior at Fillmore Central High School, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, near Chatfield. She died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

  • Judge Robert Benson, 70, of Preston

    Judge Robert Benson, 70, of Preston, died Dec. 23, 2015, after fighting metastatic Merkel Cell carcinoma. 

  • Livona Krahn, 86, of Spring Valley

    Livona D. Krahn, 86, of Spring Valley, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Spring Valley Senior Living in Spring Valley.

  • 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. 

  • Since I started writing about my family, I’ve discovered that at the root of every unusual thing about us is our family size. And although I constantly talk about what it’s like to have 12 siblings, I don’t think people quite grasp the implications of this. 

  • Lately, I’ve had a bad habit of leaving my column writing until the “last minute,” sometimes so late I’m typing words on my opinion page just minutes before I have to send it to press. It’s one of my greatest sources of professional shame. My lack of planning not only stresses me out on production day, but also causes extra stress on other staff members, on one who has to proof my page before it gets sent and on another who is waiting to send it on to our printer.

  • 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. 

  • The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Baldwin, will perform at 4 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, in the Center for Faith and Life at Luther College in Decorah. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. A free will offering will be taken.

  • Music, mystery on tap for Valentine weekend

    Celebrate Valentine weekend with a dinner theater production by Brave Community Theatre of "Hearts and Flowers,” a comedy menagerie of music, mystery and monologue. 

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