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This chair, donated by Drury’s Furniture of Fountain, will be the grand prize of the Heads and Tails game that will be played during the Relay for Life event in Chatfield. The chair is currently on display at Root River State Bank in Chatfield. Shown with the chair are Kari Cousineau and Kari Goldsmith.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
This chair, donated by Drury’s Furniture of Fountain, will be the grand prize of the Heads and Tails game that will be played during the Relay for Life event in Chatfield. The chair is currently on display at Root River State Bank in Chatfield. Shown with the chair are Kari Cousineau and Kari Goldsmith. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:20 AM

“We’re ‘Celebrating 30 Years of Relay, ‘80s Style’,” stated Deb Jorgenson, Chatfield co-chair of the 2015 Fillmore County Relay for Life, set for July 10 and 11 in Chatfield’s City Park.  She and co-organizer Wendy Kirchner are excited about everything that’s happening during the 30th annual Fillmore County Relay because they can get out their hair gel, their Cyndi Lauper and Madonna tapes, bangle bracelets and earrings and hit the Relay track in their jelly shoes.  They’re girls who just wanna have fun…with their families.

  • 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.

     
  • It’s ‘Back to the ‘80s’ for 30th annual  Relay for Life in Chatfield July 10-11

    “We’re ‘Celebrating 30 Years of Relay, ‘80s Style’,” stated Deb Jorgenson, Chatfield co-chair of the 2015 Fillmore County Relay for Life, set for July 10 and 11 in Chatfield’s City Park.  She and co-organizer Wendy Kirchner are excited about everything that’s happening during the 30th annual Fillmore County Relay because they can get out their hair gel, their Cyndi Lauper and Madonna tapes, bangle bracelets and earrings and hit the Relay track in their jelly shoes.  They’re girls who just wanna have fun…with their families.

     
  • Interim director excited to help raise profile of Good Earth Village

    “I’ve always done nonprofit work. The position I had before I moved to Minnesota in 2006 was as director of resource development for a domestic violence and sexual assault center that had a shelter, housing onsite and offsite.  It wasn’t a faith-based organization, but it was supported a lot by churches, so there was a remarkable sense of pastoral care and hope, sanctuary, of sorts, even though it wasn’t a faith-based organization.  I missed being where I could see (the results) of working with people, so I finished my master’s degree in nonprofit management, and it was like the stars aligned, like I was in the right place at the right time,” stated Parks, interim director at Good Earth Village (GEV) outside of Spring Valley.

     
  • Spring Valley Tribune, community newspapers sold to Spring Grove couple

    An agreement has been reached to transfer ownership of the parent company of the Spring Valley Tribune to a local couple, Paul and Heather Gray of Spring Grove.

     
  • Michelle Pederson will be Relay guest speaker

    “I am very thankful and feel blessed to be in remission,” stated Chatfield resident Michelle Pederson, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2009. She will be the guest speaker at the Fillmore County Relay for Life’s Survivors’ Tea on Friday evening as the Relay is held the weekend of July 10 to 11 in Chatfield’s City Park.   

     
  • After 100 years, Rushford Creamery still serving community

    On June 10, 1915, the Rushford Creamery observed its official grand opening. Construction of the large stone building was actually completed on Feb. 18, 1915, but creamery officials decided the weather might be more conducive for a grand opening celebration the second week of June instead of February.

     
  • The State Scenic Byway Commission will be coming to southeastern Minnesota on Thursday, June 18, to meet with representatives of communities along the National Scenic Byway, Highway 16, as well as interested persons and businesses, announced the Historic Bluff Country board of directors.

     
  • All of the Bluff Country News Group offices will be closing at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 5 for a company meeting.

     
  • Screenplay for feature film ‘Rise of the  Sea Urchins’ created by local residents
    Two persons with ties to the Rushford-Peterson area are about to see a dream come true. Leslie Nelson, who served as the pastor of the Root River Community Church in Rushford for seven years, and Daniel Ostrem, a 2007 graduate of Rushford-Peterson High School, co-wrote a screenplay for a feature film that will be airing in movie theaters in southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa in June.  
  • Hesper Friends discontinues services;  church has strong roots in community

    When the Religious Society of Friends held its last meeting in Hesper, Iowa, last December, it marked the end of an era. Also known as Quakers, the Friends have deep roots in Hesper.



     
  • Local Bluegrass Band to perform at SEMBA Bluegrass Festival

    With the summer approaching and beautiful weather for being outside already here, festivals, celebrations and parties are popping up everywhere.

     
  • ‘The fiddlers’ are returning to Lanesboro

    For one weekend every year, since 1999, Lanesboro has become the Midwest’s epicenter of old time fiddle music.

     
  • Lt. Gov. Tina Smith gets early jump on trout opener

    The parking lot at Dogpatch, located between Chatfield and Rushford in the small community of Troy, was filled with pickups, SUVs and other “official looking” vehicles Friday afternoon. A large contingency of government officials, including Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, had converged on the quiet rural setting to get a closer look at state dollars in action.

     
  • Henrytown Lutheran Church destroyed by fire

    Members of Henrytown Lutheran Church and residents of the surrounding community made pilgrimages throughout the day on Thursday to the site of the country church, lost to an early morning fire.



     
  • Out for trout: Fishing season opens April 18

    The soft “plink” of a tiny spinner hitting the water or the settling of a dry fly as it descends like thistledown both mark an important date for many Minnesotans – the opening of trout season.



     
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