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Meteorological spring has officially arrived, but Mother Nature had a different opinion when she covered the landscape in a heavy blanket of snow that began Sunday. The snow closed many area schools on Monday, including Spring Grove Public School. Local 24-hour snowfall totals from the National Weather Service in La Crosse, at 7:55 a.m. Monday, were Caledonia, 6.7 inches; Decorah, 9.5 inches; La Crescent, 4.0 inches; La Crosse Regional Airport, 7.0 inches; Lanesboro, 7.9 inches; and Rochester International Airport, 7.9 inches. An unofficial measurement in southeast Spring Grove showed 7.5 inches. The snow will likely not last too long as the forecast for later in the week includes warmer temperatures and a chance of rain. MELISSA VANDER PLAS/NEWS LEADER
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:43 AM

Members of Assumption Catholic Church of Canton feel they may have furthered chances of keeping their church open — and save it from becoming an oratory — after a meeting in Winona Saturday.

  • Officers apprehended a 43-year-old Spring Valley man during a search of a wooded area west of Spring Valley after the suspect fled a Fillmore County deputy who tried to stop his vehicle for an equipment violation Friday evening, March 27. 
  • Money to float the boats in case of flood or swift water rescues was the focus of Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase’s report during the Tuesday, March 24, Fillmore County commissioners’ meeting. Kaase and Chief Deputy Tony Webber presented the renewal of the 2015 State of Minnesota County Boat and Water Safety Grant agreement and also requested the purchase of emergency flotation devices from Fire Safety, USA, with funds from last year’s grant. 

  • Spring is here and towns on the Root River Trail System are already gearing up for the tourism season. Every year hundreds of tourists come to the area to bike the Root River Bike Trail to see a beautiful view of Southeastern Minnesota and have a wonderful opportunity for some outside exercise.

  • Preston couple combine  passions to open business

    Mike and Kari Odenbrett have a passion for making furniture and shopping for antiques. In the past few months, the Odenbretts have turned those passions into a business in Preston – Mercantile on Main.

  • The Mabel-Canton School Board discussed special education, the district’s budget, facilities usage fees and the creation of a finance committee during its meeting on Tuesday, March 17.

  • Two parent teacher groups at Mabel-Canton have merged this year with a goal to provide strong support for the students and staff at the high school and elementary. The Mabel Canton Booster Club and PALS (Parent Alliance for Life-long Student Success) merged at the beginning of 2015.

  • The Lanesboro School Board received a letter regarding the school’s policy of attending the prom as a group. This has been the practice for years, but the letter posed a concern that though it has been practiced, that does not mean it is safe.

  • On Thursday, March 19, the Lanesboro School Board held its regular meeting to discuss a number of changes in the school and hear several reports from the principals and a representative from Hiawatha Valley Education District (HVED).

  • Harmony’s Jon Rhodes inducted into  U.S. National Wrestling Hall of Fame

    Former Harmony High School wrestling coach Jon Rhodes was recently inducted in the United States National Wrestling Hall of Fame for lifetime service. Rhodes, who was nominated by the Minnesota Chapter, will have his nameplate placed in the John T. Vaughen Hall of Fame Honors Room.

  • Members of Assumption Catholic Church of Canton feel they may have furthered chances of keeping their church open — and save it from becoming an oratory — after a meeting in Winona Saturday.

  • Harmony antique mall is lovely ‘retirement’ option for new owners

    Anyone traveling on Highway 52 into Harmony from the north is greeted by the Generations of Harmony Antique Mall on the left-hand side of the road. Established seven years ago by Terry and Jean Ingvalson as a sort of “retirement” project, the business is once again the “retirement” option for a couple from Fairmont.

  • Local gallery features student art show

    “Student art is so exciting. Just as their future is, their art is full of limitless excitement and potential,” remarked Lara Wold-Mendez, Bluff Country Artists Gallery board member.

  • Three candidates — Michael Holzer of Wykoff, Mitch Lentz of rural Spring Valley, and Karen Reisner of rural Chatfield — are seeking the position of Fillmore County commissioner in District 1.

  • River Root Skills School helps  participants reclaim long lost skills

    Every once in a while, most people stop and wonder what life was like a few millennia ago, a few centuries ago, a few decades ago. Sometimes having a connection to a different era through parents and grandparents makes one think of how things worked “way back when.”

  • The Mabel Quilters Therapy Quilt Club will be presenting 13 quilts to veterans on Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at Green Lea Manor in Mabel. The quilters will distribute the red, white and blue quilts to veterans at Green Lea who served in both World War II and the Korean War.

MN Soccer

Major League Soccer announced that Minnesota will be the home of a new Major League Soccer team. The owners also announced they want to build a new open-air stadium for the team. Do you think it should be funded through public subsidies or privately funded?


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