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A new event for 2015, the horse pull was a hit with the Houston County Fair spectators, who easily filled the Krech Arena grandstand on Saturday. Look inside this edition for more photos from the Houston County Fair. CRAIG MOORHEAD/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Artist Carl Homstad is working on a mural on the east side of Northern Engraving in Spring Grove. The perspective painting will also be an events signboard for the community. MARLENE DESCHLER/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Artist Carl Homstad is working on a mural on the east side of Northern Engraving in Spring Grove. The perspective painting will also be an events signboard for the community. MARLENE DESCHLER/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 2:50 PM

The value of art in Spring Grove is evident in many places. Recently more beauty was added to the town through two murals hand-painted by Decorah artist Carl Homstad. Homstad’s murals have adorned Spring Grove architecture for many years; he recently completed a mural on the exterior of the Bluff Country Artists Gallery and is currently working on a mural on the east side of Northern Engraving.

  • The Spring Grove Economic Development Authority met on Tuesday, Aug. 25, when a quorum of members gathered in a meeting room at the Spring Grove Communications building.

     
  • The Spring Grove Commercial Club has released data on charitable gambling receipts for the first seven months of 2015, and the numbers are good.

     
  • The results of the Houston County Fair 4-H judging have been announced for the 2015 season. Included among the participants and winners are youth from the Black Hammer Swift Scooters (BHSS), Newhouse Norsemen (NN) and Wilmington Gophers (WG).

     
  • On Tuesday, Aug. 25, Houston County commissioners learned that the city of Caledonia has amended an ordinance that could affect the future of some county-owned land.

     
  • Mine owner Fred Kruckow appealed an administrative decision by county staff with the Houston County Board of Adjustment on Thursday, Aug. 27.

     
  • Houston County man recognized  during fair for lifetime of service

    The winner of the 2015 Outstanding Senior Volunteer of Houston County award has long been the go-to guy for many local organizations. Sponsored by the Houston County Ag Society (also known as the Fair Board), the award was presented to Gordon Klankowski of rural Caledonia during the county fair.

     
  • Winona area woman to serve  as district judge in Caledonia

    Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Carmaine M. Sturino as district court judge in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District to replace the Honorable James A. Fabian with chambers at Caledonia in Houston County.

     
  • Victim services organization receives  donations from Evolv Health distributors

    Local members of Evolv Health, a Dallas-based corporation, presented checks totaling $18,000 to Bluff Country Family Resources (BCFR) in Hokah on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

     
  • The Spring Grove Board of Education approved a new 10-year Long Term Facilities Maintenance Plan for the district during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 17. Superintendent Rachel Udstuen said the document – required by the Minnesota Department of Education — opens up a new source of revenue for the school.  

     
  • The Spring Grove City Council voted 2-1 with one abstention to re-schedule a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) hearing during its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Originally approved in July, the meeting was postponed soon afterward so more information could be provided by the builder of a potential new daycare.

     
  • New murals beautify Spring Grove

    The value of art in Spring Grove is evident in many places. Recently more beauty was added to the town through two murals hand-painted by Decorah artist Carl Homstad. Homstad’s murals have adorned Spring Grove architecture for many years; he recently completed a mural on the exterior of the Bluff Country Artists Gallery and is currently working on a mural on the east side of Northern Engraving.

     
  • Houston County accepts lithograph of United States constitution

    “I'm here on behalf of the local veterans,” Gary Stephenson told Houston County commissioners last week.

     
  • Local officials were presented with a proposal to amend Houston County's mineral extraction ordinance during the regular meeting of the Houston County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 18.



     
  • Free Friday nights popular activity at SWIM Center

    The state of Minnesota has been focusing on creating good health for the children and adults of the state. One way to accomplish this goal is through the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). The SHIP model focuses on “improving health by increasing opportunities for healthy choices.”

     
  • Families have opportunity to give children a ‘Head Start’

    Helping build bright futures for young children through education, support, nutrition, enrichment, health and safety is what the Semcac Head Start program is all about. Spring Grove has the opportunity to be a Head Start location if it is determined there are enough families interested.

     
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