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F. Mike Tuohy, of the Chatfield Center for the Arts’ (CCA) advisory committee, observes Potter Auditorium, without its seats, undergoing a major transformation as the floor is being raised and an orchestra pit being installed just at the foot of the stage. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
F. Mike Tuohy, of the Chatfield Center for the Arts’ (CCA) advisory committee, observes Potter Auditorium, without its seats, undergoing a major transformation as the floor is being raised and an orchestra pit being installed just at the foot of the stage. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:10 AM
“There were steps down, and a ramp, but now it’s flat,” said F. Mike Tuohy, of the Chatfield Center for the Arts’ (CCA) advisory committee, standing where there used to be a ramp and a short flight of steps leading from the 1916 school building to the 1936 Potter Auditorium, pointing out that if one wishes to enter the auditorium from that direction, it’s presently a four-foot drop through a very shortened doorway.  

  • Makeover of Potter Auditorium underway
    “There were steps down, and a ramp, but now it’s flat,” said F. Mike Tuohy, of the Chatfield Center for the Arts’ (CCA) advisory committee, standing where there used to be a ramp and a short flight of steps leading from the 1916 school building to the 1936 Potter Auditorium, pointing out that if one wishes to enter the auditorium from that direction, it’s presently a four-foot drop through a very shortened doorway.  

  • Fitness band encourages OMC employees to pursue wellness

    “I wonder how many steps a dog gets,” she pondered, sharing that she gets most of her daily exercise while walking her two dogs and wearing her new activity tracking band that she received as a surprise gift from Olmsted Medical Center (OMC). 

  • Ricky shows the way in Millers’ children’s book

    Where youngsters are concerned, sometimes it's best to make yourself understood, plainly and directly. For Winona couple Jeremy and Janel Miller, writing a children’s book for their kids and others seemed like a good way to do just that.

  • Expansive dream not over for solar-powered cyclist from Chatfield

    Hanna Elshoff pedaled her dogs 4,000 miles up and down the road for the pups, slept in the rain, recharged her battery and found the Higher Power.

  • Fire levels bowling alley in Preston
    B & B Olympic Bowl and Restaurant in Preston was destroyed by a fire that started shortly after 5 a.m. Friday.
  • From missions abroad to missions at home,  Lanesboro Sunday school builds free library

    The Lanesboro United Methodist Church has always been focused on missions, most of them taking place beyond the local area. Amanda Larsen, pastor of the church, also wanted to focus on being mission-oriented in the Lanesboro community. Recently, she found a good way to do it, with the help of several of the church’s young generation.

  • Mapleleaf Services director retiring from fulfilling career

    Back in his college days, Lu Ommen of Harmony took his interest in fine arts to another level. He studied and earned a degree in that area. But he also discovered another interest in school that would become an equal passion for him. It’s one he would eventually study and in which he’d earn a degree.

  • Fruitcake defender finds friends

    One year ago, fruitcake lover Evonne Morken of Spring Grove just got fed up. It could have been a television commercial that was the last straw, she said.

  • Farmers are essential partners in unique water quality study

    In 2009, a long-term study focusing on agricultural management practices and how they affect water quality in the Root River Watershed began. The watershed area, covering over 1 million acres, was divided into three sub-watersheds, each having a unique landscape. They were the South Branch Root River Headwaters, a glacial till area in Mower County; Crystal Creek, a karst area in Fillmore County; and Bridge Creek, a bluffland karst area on the border of Fillmore and Houston counties. 

  • Local woman continues legacy for giving back

    For three years Julie Jackson, of Spring Valley, and her elves have helped the residents of Spring Valley Care Center sleep a little easier.

     

  • Lanesboro graduate learned about  new cultures while stationed in Dubai

    Lanesboro graduate Brandy Royet learned a great deal about different cultures as a flight attendant stationed in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, realizing it was truly a melting pot of societies. 

  • Work continues to revive Spring Valley Ponds

    “It’s starting to look like the way John (Bondhus) had it,” Zach Lind said of the Spring Valley Ponds, which he and partners Matt and Rodney Graber purchased in August. 

  • Trip to Cuba a real learning experience for local women

    Rita Wilson of Preston and Joni Clements of Fountain recently took their backgrounds of working on service projects in other countries to new shores.

     

  • Spring Valley resident slowly building impressive collection of International, Farmall tractors

    Andy Kappers is a young man with a mission of keeping his agricultural heritage alive — one piece at a time.

     

  • Another Fishing Show features local hot spots

    Pete Wagner smiled as he unhooked a small walleye. “Southeast Minnesota is like home sweet home for me,” he said.

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