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  • Fair exhibit details more than 40 years of fair participation
    The Fillmore County Fair has once again come to an end for another year. Many children and adults walked out with exhibits that received grand champion to honorable mention rankings. However, they took away a little more than just their project and a ribbon. They walked away with history in their hands.
  • Angel and Duane Bakke to  lead Buffalo Bill Days parade
    Every year at the end of winter, when the Buffalo Bill Days Committee meets for the first get-together of the season, there is a check-list of categories to be delegated. A few of them get checked off automatically, with no follow-up needed by the committee because it just gets done. That is the stuff of dreams for every volunteer organization.
  • Kingsland facilities task force  reviews maintenance, other issues
    Members of the newly-formed Kingsland facilities task force convened for the first time last Tuesday evening to accomplish three objectives — first, build a priority list of deferred maintenance items for each of the district’s school buildings; second, build a list of educational improvements for each building; and third, discuss the name of Kingsland Middle School, as it could also be called an intermediate school.
  • New Gateway Inn owners perk up  every morning for their customers
    “We always open at 7 in the morning,” said Gateway Inn co-proprietor Kelly Hansen, admitting that before she and her sister, Cheyanne Baker, bought the café in Wykoff from Darla Heusinkveld and Karen Heyer, she wasn’t as much of a morning person as she is now, only a month later.
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  • Local children meet four-legged  partner of Rochester police officer
    “I’m a police officer, and when I’m wearing my uniform, I’m someone you recognize in public and know you can come to if you need help. I also have lots of partners who help me do my job, and I also have a partner who stinks and eats dog food,” said the Rochester Police Department sergeant, standing before an audience of approximately 65 elementary school children at the Spring Valley Public Library last Wednesday afternoon. He then introduced his partner, Chase, with whom he works each and every day as part of the Rochester Police’s canine unit. 
  • The Spring Grove City Council voted to purchase a new mobile records management system for the city’s police department. 
  • Harmony woman enjoys many  ‘days of fun’ during 100 years of life
    Ollie Piehn of Harmony has known great love and wonderful friendship during her 100 years of life. After celebrating her milestone birthday on July 6, Ollie claims she doesn’t feel any older. However, as she looks back over her life, Ollie said she has had many “fun-filled days,” a 67-year marriage to her best friend and husband, Waldon, and many other friendships made through community organizations and her husband’s business. 
  • Rushford driver tears up the track
    Another round of competition at Cresco Speedway marked the 10th installment in the 2014 Upper Iowa Speedway series on July 27. Fans enjoyed five classes of action on a mild summer evening. 
  • Recent conference expansion prompted tough scheduling choices for some Southeast Conference volleyball programs in preparation for the upcoming 2014 season. Randolph becomes the 11th net program in the SEC. The Rockets will make the SEC West Division a six-team race while the SEC East remains a five-team affair. 
  • Lions share Little League championship

    The Little League baseball regular season closed with a rare win over New Albin, clinching a share of the division championship for Spring Grove.
    The summer league basketball season ended with mixed results for the Spring Grove varsity and B-team girls as it did for the varsity 7-on-7 football boys.
    The varsity basketball boys conquered another big-school opponent while the B-team boys also won again in league play at La Crosse before taking two of three games at a Sunday afternoon tournament in Winona.

  • Harriet Newgaard, 95, of Spring Grove
    Harriet Sylvia (Bratland) Newgaard, 95, a life-long resident of Spring Grove died July 23, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wis. Since April 2012, she had resided at Tweeten Lutheran Health Care Center in Spring Grove. 
  • Ruth Weinmann, 88, of Mabel
    Ruth Weinmann, 88, of Mabel, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. 
  • Marjorie Earley, 98, of Spring Valley
    Marjorie Earley, 98, of Spring Valley died on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Spring Valley Senior Living Center. 
  • A friend of mine from Rochester questioned me the other day about the Fillmore County Relay for Life after reading about the event, asking how it was possible that this worthy cause raised more than $136,000. After all, Fillmore County doesn’t have a lot of population — there are just over 8,000 households — and it doesn’t have a lot of wealth — the median household income is well below the average in Minnesota. 
  • As my wife and I were taking shelter in the concourse at Target Field Monday, July 14, a man with damp clothes said, “The Metrodome wasn’t so bad now was it?” His comment made me pause, but didn’t change my mind that Target Field is far superior to the indoor multi-use stadium that has now been torn down. 
  • I was so excited to be part of the Fillmore County Relay for Life event again this year. Held at the Harmony Community Center, I was busy setting up with my family during the afternoon of Friday, July 11, and we stayed busy with our task until 8:30 p.m. when the Balloons to Heaven were released and we relaxed and had fun through the early morning hours of Saturday, July 12. 
  • A 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 is the newest addition to the Preston Historical Society campus in Preston. 
  • History center releases book, plans  celebration in honor of 80th birthday
    “There’s all sorts of crazy stuff that went on in Fillmore County,” related Debra Richardson, Fillmore County History (FCHC) Center’s executive director, speaking of the characters and developments of the county’s history, as chronicled in her book, “It Happened in 1934!” 
  • Wit’s End Theatre will be hosting a special fundraising event during the upcoming production of “Legally Blond” on Saturday, Aug. 2. The group is planning a Pink Ribbon Night to support the fight against breast cancer with a silent auction, live music and refreshments in addition to the stage production that evening at the Chatfield Center for the Arts. 
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