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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.

  • 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.

     
  • Local Quail Forever coordinator  reflects on local habitat efforts

    When Thurman Tucker helped found the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of Quail Forever, he had something like Paul Schutte's Houston County farm in mind. Quail Forever (QF) and Shooting Star Native Seeds of Spring Grove recently held a second demonstration field day at the property (the first was in 2010). The day included expert speakers, tours and more.

     
  • Volunteers gather to ‘perk up’ Trollskogen Park
    Temperatures soared into the 90s last Saturday, but the dog days of August were no match for a dedicated group of volunteers from Spring Grove. 
  • Lending a helping hand through shoveling dirt, pounding nails, mixing mortar, sanding walls; these simple tasks might not seem like they could make a difference, but when they come together with others’ efforts to make a quality and safe home for a family, it does make an impact on the lives of many.

     
  • Houston County Protectors has submitted a letter of complaint against Houston County commissioners Judy Storlie, Steve Schuldt and Teresa Walter for “malfeasance” in voting to issue a conditional use permit (CUP) for the Erickson mine.

     
  • Houston County commissioners tabled an amended wetland application on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The document, which pins down the exact location of a new railroad siding north of Brownsville for Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail, delineates the amount of wetland acres that would be disturbed by the project.

     
  • Chief Mosher warns citizens about unusual ‘theft’

    Every year, millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft. According to Ostrander and Fountain Chief of Police Tom Mosher, this type of crime is not only common, but the thief doesn't even need to have possession of the card to charge purchases to the victim's account.      

     
  • ROCHESTER, Minn.—Westbound motorists on Interstate 90 will encounter brief road closures from 9-11 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13 as crews repair potholes on the bridge over the railroad tracks near the Dresbach Bridge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 
Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair kicks off this week in St. Paul. Will you be attending the fair?



 

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