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Buster Johnson wheels some of the food shelf inventory during the moving process. Behind him is Matt Kirkpatrick. At the side are Mary Grems and Benjamin Wessel. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Buster Johnson wheels some of the food shelf inventory during the moving process. Behind him is Matt Kirkpatrick. At the side are Mary Grems and Benjamin Wessel. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 8:28 AM

The Spring Valley Area Food Shelf has a new home.

  • Loose bear shot in Chatfield
    An adult, male black bear estimated to weigh more than 200 lbs. was killed Sunday evening in the city of Chatfield because the loose animal was presenting a threat to local residents.

  • Second grade teacher retiring  after 39 years with local district

    “I can’t remember why I chose to become a teacher, but I remember that it felt like the right decision, and fighter pilot school was full.  I had considered becoming an occupational therapist,” recounted retiring Kingsland second grade teacher Claudia Koerner, sharing how she started her career 39 years ago.

  • Planning stages for Rushford Veteran’s Memorial wrapping up
    Plans to change a portion of Creekside Park in Rushford into a veteran’s memorial appeared to be coming into focus during a April 20 meeting at the Rushford American Legion.

  • ‘Better U’ contest is about more than weight loss

    “It's about a healthier you,” said Brandon Bergey. “The cardio workouts, improving strength, endurance . . . it's about everything that goes into making everyday life easier.”

  • Farmer turned teacher has enjoyed change
    Mabel-Canton agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Doug Ward never envisioned himself being a teacher. He recalled attending the annual turkey dinner at the M-C High School in 1991, the year after he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in animal science. One of the school board members came up to him and asked him if he'd be interested in teaching ag at the high school.

  • 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.

  • Mabel ambulance service welcomes new director
    Someone had to step up and take the reins of the Mabel Ambulance Service when longtime director Neil Folstad announced he was planning to retire. Sara Delany, who had been serving as an EMT for the local service for 10 years, talked to Folstad and some of her fellow members of the service. After some discussions, Delany agreed to assume the position.

  • Judge describes role community  played in providing his foundation
    Donovan Frank admits he wasn’t exactly a model citizen while growing up in the Spring Valley area back in the 1960s.  However, the community subtly guided him to the right path, which eventually led him to his position as a federal judge.

  • Root River Trail Bridges to undergo renovation

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will take roughly six weeks this summer to work on improving the Root River Trail Bridges from Rushford to Peterson.

  • Twins support Spring Grove Lions
     Spring Grove baseball fans have something to cheer about. On Monday, April 4, the Minnesota Twins Community Fund awarded a $10,000 grant for improvements to the city-owned baseball field.  

  • Mabel man celebrating the century mark this Sunday
    One hundred years ago, Woodrow Wilson was completing his first term as president of the United States. The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park, now known as Wrigley Field. The U.S. 7th and 10th Cavalry regiments under Gen. John J. Pershing crossed the Mexican border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa. 

  • Students using their minds to succeed in triathlons
    Students coached by Chatfield teacher Meredith Keefe love the challenge of a triathlon, although the competition is one that stretches the mind, not the body, in multiple ways.

  • Quail Forever honors Spring Grove landowner
    Dr. Jim Gray has been honored as Habitat Manager of the Year  for 2015 by the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of Quail Forever.

  • Children's author captivates young crowd at Lanesboro Public Library
    For nearly an hour last week, youngsters and adults intently listened as author Laura Purdie Salas read from her many books of poetry, explained how she got interested in writing children's poetry and then helped the kids create a poem.

  • Benefit set April 16 for  Chatfield cancer victim
    “This family has been hit pretty hard.  Last year, Steve’s wife was diagnosed with cancer, but she’s in remission now.  He has terminal cancer and five children.  Things are getting pretty tough for him.  We’re praying for a miracle for him,” stated Chatfield resident Carmen Gartner, speaking of Steve “Skeeter” Janet, for whom a benefit is planned on Saturday, April 16.  

Voting Rights for Felons

Currently, felons in Minnesota must fulfill their probations or parole before having their voting rights restored, but some Minnesota senators believe these voting rights should be restored sooner for felons who are no longer incarcerated. Do you agree?


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