Ground was broken Monday, Jan. 14, for the new True Value store in Spring Valley.
Ground was broken Monday, Jan. 14, for the new True Value store in Spring Valley.
The year 2013 brought many changes to the area with several businesses opening, expanding or celebrating milestones. Also, a new transportation service started, the Kingsland school was recognized for various accomplishments and, as always, the weather had an impact.

Following are just a few of the headline stories in the Spring Valley Tribune month by month over 2013.

January

Kingsland School Board welcomes new members

During its 2013 organizational meeting the school board welcomed Gwen Howard and Troy Asher to the group.

Wind doesn't hold back Winter Wilder runners

Twenty-eight runners took part in the first-ever Winter Wilder Race. The 20-mile loop explored the countryside north and east of Spring Valley. With temps hitting a high of 18 and winds blowing upwards of 25 miles per hour it was a blustery but successful day.

Wykoff City Council welcomes new mayor, and two new members

Wykoff welcomed their new mayor, Lyman Hare and two new councilmembers, Mitch Grabau and Megan Larson, during the first meeting of the new year.



February

New owners take up residence at Spring Valley Inn & Suites

Munish Kaushal and his wife Raj bought Spring Valley Inn & Suites, moving their family to the Spring Valley community. The young family had to make a few changes to the hotel in order to accommodate their living quarters, but otherwise found the hotel to be well established.

Knowledge Bowl team takes third place at regional competition

Kingsland's ninth grade Knowledge Bowl team finished third, out of 53 teams, in the Regional Knowledge Bowl competition at the Southeast Service Coop. This is the highest level of competition for these junior high teams.

EDA receives check from AgStar to help fund design plan

The Spring Valley EDA was presented with a $3,200 check from AgStar representative David Krueger, which will be used to fund the design plan for the downtown revitalization project. The project revolves around the Small Cities Block Grant.



March

New owners, but Valley Lanes stays in the family

Eric Braun and girlfriend Ashley Musel purchased Valley Lanes from his mother Geri Riehl, who owned the bowling alley for the last 28 years. Braun said some of his earliest memories are of his parents working hard at the business.

Beauty and the beast

March weather has provided some beautiful scenes and some ugly situations as snow and rain have battered the area, closing schools and making travel nearly impossible in some regions.

Kingsland students can now get AA degree without leaving high school

"I'm pleased to announce that Kingsland is the first in southeast Minnesota to share its College in the Schools (CIS) program with students who can attend college and get their associates of arts degree without having to leave the school," Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald said as he addressed the school board. The program works in conjunction with Riverland Community College in Austin.

Students meet goals in food drive, which means new office for principal

Principal Chris Priebe will have a new office thanks to the efforts of his students at Kingsland Elementary School, who collected 433 pounds of food during their food drive. Priebe will be in his new office, located on the 50-yard line of the football field, for one day and students will be able to throw water balloons at him during that time.



April

True Value close to reopening with aid of volunteers

The new True Value store has once again opened its doors, this time on the north side of Spring Valley. Owner Todd Jones had plenty of help from volunteers who helped move inventory from the old Broadway location and prepare for the reopening.

Kingsland teacher surprised with ceremony in her honor

Kingsland kindergarten teacher Marilyn Erdman was honored as the April Post-Bulletin Teacher of the Month during a surprise ceremony. Erdman has been teaching for more than 30 years.

Speaker hopes to stir peoples' imaginations about the future during foundation banquet

Former Minnesota state senator and NFL linebacker Duane Benson, a cattle farmer near Lanesboro, spoke about the changing world during the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation's Second annual Banquet. Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald was also a featured speaker at the event.

MnDOT discusses upcoming pedestrian facility improvement project in Wykoff

Wykoff residents dealt with plenty of construction during the summer months thanks to the project to upgrade their sidewalks and curbs to meet requirements set by the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This project coincided with Highway 80 resurfacing.



May

Community-based asset still going strong 55 years after idea originated

Staff and tenants of Spring Valley Senior Living celebrated the 55th anniversary of Community Memorial Hospital with a special presentation, memorabilia and refreshments. The original hospital laid the groundwork for the current senior living facility.

New pizza place in Spring Valley gets warm welcome from residents

The Pizza Place, formerly HomeStyle Pizza, is now bringing pizza to the masses, at least in the Spring Valley area. Former HomeStyle Pizza manager Jolene Rollie and boyfriend Tim Howard opened the restaurant with the help of longtime family friend, Steve Sharp.

May snowstorm shuts down area

Nearly a foot of snow shut down schools, medical clinics, and roads all over southeastern Minnesota. The record for snowfall for the entire month of May had been two inches. The snow was followed by several inches of rain, which led to widespread flooding throughout the region.

First English Lutheran celebrating 75th anniversary

The First English Lutheran Church celebrated their 75th anniversary of the founding the congregation with a festival service and special presentation.

Wilderfest packs bicyclists into downtown

More than 1,000 racers turned out for the fifth annual Almanzo 100 bike race. The event, now called Wilderfest, that has grown to include two other longer bicycle races and three foot races over an entire weekend, included an expo in the community center Friday night and outside the center Saturday morning along with many other related activities.



June

Local family opens Racks in Spring Valley

Spring Valley family, the Tarts, purchased the former Tootie's Little Rock Saloon from Meredith "Tootie" Foster and revamped the newly named restaurant.

City to get small cities block grant

Spring Valley received a small cities block grant in the amount of $539,750 through the Small Cities Development Program. The grant is the focal point of the downtown revitalization project.

Kingsland chosen for pilot elementary school program in Project Lead the Way

Kingsland kindergarteners through fifth graders are among a select few across the nation taking part in a new Project Lead the Way program, which chose schools who are strong in science, technology, engineering and math education.

SV to get sales tax money from Rochester

It was announced that Spring Valley would receive $265,423 from the Rochester sales tax option as part of the Rochester City Council's sales tax extension request, which stated that $5 million of the sales tax proceeds must go to 17 area cities for economic development purposes.



July

SV's new public transit service ready to roll July 1

The new Semcac Spring Valley/Fillmore County public transit is up and rolling with a bus and two drivers in place, Bonnie Hammon and Terry Klomps. The buses run Monday through Friday between 87:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m.

Spring Valley Senior Living expansion underway

Welsh Construction and Horty Elving broke ground for an expansion to Spring Valley Senior Living in Spring Valley. The expansion will add a post acute care wing and a new clinic space for Olmsted Medical Center to Spring Valley Senior Living's existing facility.

Spring Valley Mutual Co. phasing out lines of insurance; future of local office uncertain

Spring Valley Mutual Insurance Company will be phasing out personal and farm insurance as the Florida-based Main Street America Group, which the local company became affiliated with in 2011, streamlines its business in Minnesota.



August

Kingsland board reviews options for future of schools in Spring Valley, Wykoff

Kingsland's school board began to re-examine the facility options it has considered to meet students' educational needs due to changing curriculum. The board has discussed several options, namely making Kingsland a single campus school by closing the school in Wykoff.

Littlest Huskers on the run

A new event for Ag Days this year was the Little Huskers 1k run for kids. The event far surpassed organizers' anticipated numbers as more than 170 youth signed up for the run at Willow Park.

Longtime postal employees honored

The Spring Valley Post Office honored three employees, Jerry Cleveland, Helen Domasky and Jerry Olson, for their combined 96 years of hard work and dedication.



September

Local business looks forward to grand opening

Sheldon's Plumbing and Heating and Valley Appliance owners Phil and Cyndy Sheldon celebrated the grand opening of their new location in the former True Value building on Broadway.

First Baptist Church marks 150-year milestone

To celebrate their 150-year milestone, the Rev. Joe Haynes and the First Baptist Church congregation invited the community to join them for an open house and a special Sunday service.

'Facing Wykoff' exhibit captures moment in time for town's residents

Spring Valley photographer Anthony Calabrese celebrated his gallery opening for his exhibit "Facing Wykoff." The black and white photography was on display in windows through the town's downtown area.

Mitch Lentz named to Wall of Honor at Kingsland

Spring Valley farmer, IBM manager and former Kingsland School Board of Directors chairman Mitch Lentz is the 2013 Wall of Honor inductee. He was recognized during a ceremony at the high school as part of the homecoming festivities.



October

Lots of fun at Wykoff Fall Fest

Wykoff celebrated a soggy but quite successful Fall Fest this year. Festivities included a parade garden show and Lions beer and brat dinner.

Citizen of the year has made impact on community over last several decades

Geraldine Williams was honored as the Citizen of the Year during a reception at the Spring Valley Community Center. Her extensive volunteering throughout the community was praised during the program.

Complaints force SV council to reconsider a rental ordinance

Due to numerous complaints made to the Minnesota Public Health Department the Spring Valley City Council has once again begun to discuss a possible rental ordinance.

Recent break-in at St. Johns unsettling for staff, students

Many residents of Wykoff and Spring Valley agreed with St. Johns Lutheran Parochial School Principal Karl Peterman feelings of frustration and disbelief after the school, several churches and many local businesses were broken into during October. The alleged culprit was soon found and charged with the crimes.



November

Groundbreaking held for new vets cemetery near Preston

The Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs (MDVA) held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new state veterans cemetery that is due to open in 2015 near Preston. The 169-acre site was donated by Fillmore County.

SV implement honored for energy efficient facility

The USDA honored Corey Marzolf, owner of Marzolf Implement in Spring Valley, for his energy efficient facility. Grants from the USDA enabled the business to recover after heavy snowfall caused the roof of the repair shop to collapse in 2010.

Two local veterans honored by Legion

American Legion Post 68 of Spring Valley honored Roy Christopherson and Harlan Marchant for their 60 years of membership with the legion.



December

Area Destination Medical Center meeting raises issues as to impact on Fillmore, Houston counties

Over 130 locals attended a meeting regarding the Destination Medical Center to discuss its potential impact on area communities. Since the announcement of the project many rural cities have had great hope, but also looming questions and doubts of the positive affect the DMC will have on their communities.

Ambulance services honors its 'angels'

The Spring Valley Ambulance Service and city council recognized its emergency medical technicians (EMT) and first responders. Ted Sherwood, Mike Zimmer, Jim McCabe, Jas Caffrey, Tami Edgar, Regina Haeflinger and Sue Puffer.