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Wagon Masters Monica and John Davis of Byron lead the Friendship Wagon Train during their journey through southeastern Minnesota in 2015. The wagon train is traveling through the area this week. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Wagon Masters Monica and John Davis of Byron lead the Friendship Wagon Train during their journey through southeastern Minnesota in 2015. The wagon train is traveling through the area this week. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Monday, June 27, 2016 11:20 AM

The Friendship Wagon Train is ready to ride through southeastern Minnesota this week, in support of children and adults with developmental disabilities. This is the 28th year the wagon train will travel through the area, collecting donations for Camp Winnebago.

  • The Friendship Wagon Train making its way through area this week

    The Friendship Wagon Train is ready to ride through southeastern Minnesota this week, in support of children and adults with developmental disabilities. This is the 28th year the wagon train will travel through the area, collecting donations for Camp Winnebago.

  • Little libraries available to  keep youth reading in summer
    Chatfield Elementary School students will be able to take, and leave, books at five locations this summer now that little libraries are set up to keep youth reading through summertime.  

  • Brady Gartner making great strides following near-fatal accident
    Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, is the day that changed Brady Gartner’s life. While driving north on U.S. Highway 52, just north of Marion, the 24-year-old son of Tom and Micki Gartner of rural Preston, collided with a garbage truck attempting to access the I-90 west ramp. 
  • KFIL on community airwaves for 50 years
    It’s time to throw a party. It would make sense to feature a wide range of country – “true country” – music with artists from the mid-1960s on. And getting a DJ to play the tunes? Well, that should be no problem at all. You see, KFIL Radio celebrates 50 years of broadcasting this month.

  • Thousands gather for dedication of state veterans cemetery near Preston
    Memorial Day. Light rain dampened a crowd of more than a thousand people who gathered near the edge of Preston last Sunday, but nobody noticed. Veterans, their families, and area residents, young and old, attended the dedication of the new Minnesota Veterans Cemetery on 169 rolling acres.

  • History center announces cemetery scavenger hunt, opening of exhibit
    Ah, summertime. It’s the season of lemonade, trips to the lake, watermelon, fireworks, sunshine, daisies, dewdrops and hunting dead people.

  • Lanesboro man recalls CCC as start of long, productive life
    The hard work and disciplined structure of the Civilian Conservation Corps – more easily remembered as the CCC – “made a lot of good men,” according to Robert “Bob” Olson of Lanesboro.

  • About 1,000 bicyclists to hit  area gravel roads this weekend
    With just days before the start of several endurance bicycle races on gravel roads around Spring Valley, the postcards that serve as entry applications keep rolling in.

  • Annual Trout Day event returns for 16th year
    As spring settles into the area, it brings along with it an opportunity to take in all of Mother Nature's glory at Forestville State Park with the 16th annual Trout Day hosted by Spring Valley resident Jim Wernimont, owner of Limit Creek Fishing Rod Company, on Saturday, May 7.

  • Highlandville home ready to be rebuilt in Norway
    When Gunvald Ingvalson built his new frame home near Highlandville, Iowa, in 1902, he would never have dreamed it would end up in Norway. The house, and others like it, marked a turning point in Norwegian-American architecture and holds clues to something deeper in the immigrant experience.

  • Lanesboro artist Anna Loney carries on tradition

    Lanesboro resident Anna Loney has been creating things of beauty most of her life. She comes by it naturally. Her father, Jack Loney, was a portrait painter. He didn't paint portraits of people, or animals, or even landscapes. He painted portraits of yachts.  

  • The public is invited to attend an open house Tuesday, April 12, in Spring Valley to learn about Highway 63 concrete pavement repair and curb ramp improvements in Spring Valley, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 

  • Stories from 1930s inspire more  ‘Pop-Up Plays’ in Lanesboro
    “History Alive! A Lanesboro Tour with Pop-Up Plays” proved to be a popular draw during its performances in 2015.

  • Local youth traveling to Guatemala  to aid community’s water supply
    “If my little brother goes outside and scrapes his knee, he can come in the house, wash it off, get a Band-Aid and go back outside to play, but if one of their little boys are playing outside and one of them scrapes a knee, he can’t just wash it off, have his mom kiss it and put a Band-Aid on it,” reasoned the 14-year-old future mission worker to Altamira, Guatemala, elaborating on why she and her mother, Sarah, are working very hard to raise $15,000 for the construction of a well for the town located near a dump in South Central Guatemala, home to approximately 350 families but no source of clean water.

Healthcare

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, one of the state’s largest health care insurers, announced it would no longer be selling plans to individuals and families in Minnesota starting in 2017. Are you worried about how this could affect your coverage?


 

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