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  • Friendship Wagon Train beds down in Chatfield

    “We have raised $8,330 as of tonight,” said Camp Winnebago Friendship Wagon Train wagon driver and co-organizer Monica Davis, standing among the wagons and horse trailers parked at Mill Creek Park last Monday evening as the wagon train made a stop in Chatfield. 

  • Timber-framed barn ready  for 33rd antique power show
      The Root River Antique & Historical Power Association’s members yelled “Timber!” and the barn went up. The timber-framed barn that has been under construction for the past several years at the Root River Antique & Historical Power Association (RRAHPA) grounds just outside of Spring Valley is nearly finished, said association president Les Radcliffe.
  • History center getting ‘groovy’ as  traveling exhibit stops in Fountain

    A special traveling Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) exhibit, “Coming of Age, The 1968 Generation,” will be on display at the Fillmore County History Center (FCHC) from Tuesday, July 7, through Oct. 3. A special opening reception will be held at the history center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.

  • Disney trip creates  memories to last a lifetime
    For many reasons, the recent Spring Grove band and choir trip to Florida and Disney World was one the students will always remember. For some, it was a first time traveling outside the tristate area, to others it was traveling to a place that was full of adored characters, to others it was a final trip with classmates as their high school careers have been completed, and to another it was about saving a life.
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  • Caleb Eide named honorary fireman

    Chatfield’s newest firefighter is brave, he’s tough and he’s got what it takes to face peril. Did we mention, he’s 7 years old and three and a half feet tall.

  • Knee high by the Fourth of July…You bet!!

    The old saying, “Knee high by the Fourth of July,” hasn’t pertained to the stands of corn in southeast Minnesota for many years. During most of our recent growing seasons, the maxim is more like “head high by the Fourth of July.”

  • 50-year veteran of the SV Fire Department receives honor

    Spring Valley resident Nevin Stender was recently presented a House of Representatives resolution from State Rep. Greg Davids.

  • Twins Talk: Quite an endeavor by Trevor Plouffe

    Trevor Plouffe has developed into a solid major league third baseman. Trevor was drafted in 2004 after an All-American high school career, chosen in the first round (20th overall) by the Twins as a shortstop. Through the years as he learned his craft in the minors, he was occasionally called up to the Twins when someone was injured. But he would bounce around, playing every position — from short to third, second, first, and even a stint in the outfield.

  • Big guys, little guys busy on the diamonds

        There were a half dozen Little League baseball games last week while area men enjoyed their third week of action in the Canton Men's Softball League.

  • Central Legion team hosts East-West challenge
      Over this past weekend, the (Fillmore Central/Lanesboro) Central Falcons Legion baseball team hosted an East-West “round-robin” challenge, with three teams from the West (Dodge Center, Byron and Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton) taking on three teams from the East (Central, Lewiston and Caledonia).   

    Earlier this month I had an opportunity to listen to a speech that State Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) made during a breakfast luncheon. The second-term legislator reviewed the bills that came out of the recently completed legislative session. He also provided his thoughts on where our state was going and issues that need to be addressed in upcoming sessions.


    In the spring of 2013, I wrote a column suggesting the time was right for Minnesota to legalize same-sex marriage. After it was published, I was prepared for repercussions.


    I’ve been staring at my computer screen for about a half hour, trying to come up with some entertaining story, some piece of wisdom or even words of nonsense that could at least fill the page.


    “The Chosen Valley Chamber Music Series will include three concerts that be held in the Legion Room of the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) on Sunday evenings, July 26, August 9 and August 16,” said CCA volunteer Tom Hilgren. “Chamber music is music that is performed by a small number of performers, traditionally in a smaller performance space — a chamber, rather than a concert hall.  It is generally associated with classical music, but a broader definition often includes other genres as well. The July 26 concert, for example, is excerpted from a jazz concert performed in Rochester last February.”


    The 23rd annual Habitat 500 Bike Ride will soon be coming through the Spring Valley area as 120 cyclists and 33 volunteers begin the 500-mile journey through southern Minnesota on July 12.

  • On Sunday, June 28, the Rushford Municipal Airport will be a flurry of activity, as the third annual southeast Minnesota Jumps for Hope skydiving event will take place. More than three-dozen persons have signed up to jump out of a plane at over 10,000 feet for a breath-taking tandem skydiving experience. The first jumps will take place around 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

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