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  • Love persists for Wykoff couple

    “I didn’t pay any attention to him,” recalled the former Connie Mosher, speaking about the boy in her sophomore study hall. That boy was simply too smart-alecky. She had friends right there to keep her busy, all sorts of school things to do, like sing in the chorus and manage the Aureum school newspaper. 

  • Board of Adjustment removes alternate, tables decision on mine’s CUP reversal
    The 2016 version of the Houston County Board of Adjustment got off to a rocky start on Thursday, Jan. 28. Planning Commission representative Glenn Kruse recused himself from an appeal hearing, which pitted a group of citizens against the decisions of county staff.

  • Fillmore Central one-act cast, crew seeking a star rating at state festival

    Last week proved particularly rough for the Fillmore Central School District as a horrific tragedy sent the students, teachers and parents reeling on Thursday night, Jan. 28, as one of its students was killed in a car accident near Chatfield. In the midst of the grief, the Fillmore Central one-act cast and crew heroically rallied for their sectional performance on Saturday, Jan. 30, coming home with the first-place trophy. 

  • Chatfield’s Golden Girls back in action

    Jackie Hrstka’s Golden Girls are back together again, according to the Chatfield fitness center proprietor and Golden Girls coach who is glad to welcome her senior friends back to their dancing ways at Jackie’s Health and Fitness after a year’s sabbatical due to lack of a place to practice their very jazzy moves.

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  • Chatfield students taking fun steps to literacy
    One hundred steps to literacy:  Begin with hungry hippos and family feuds.

  • Opportunity brings SV native back to Security State Bank
    Spring Valley native Kim Brown is back to the familiar turf of Security State Bank as she takes over for the recently retired Bill Rohe as the bank’s branch manager and vice president.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Kingsland boys score big over L-O
    The Kingsland boys split a pair of non-conference basketball games this past week, beating LeRoy-Ostrander, 85-55 and losing to Grand Meadow, 60-41.

  • 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.

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

  • Karen Barth, 61, formerly of Spring Valley
    Karen Ann (Kinter) Barth, 61, of Le Roy, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at her home in Le Roy.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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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