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home : spring valley tribune : spring valley area news April 16, 2014 

Energy in downtown Spring Valley keeps growing as makeover continues
Spring Valley's Broadway Avenue has undergone revitalization in the past two to three years, thanks to assistance from the city, a federal program and the EDA.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Spring Valley's Broadway Avenue has undergone revitalization in the past two to three years, thanks to assistance from the city, a federal program and the EDA. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
"When the town looks good, people feel safe and have a sense that the community is in harmony, not in disarray," said Spring Valley economic development director Cathy Enerson, describing the start of something good that happens when nine businesses establish or re-establish in downtown buildings, thanks to assistance from the Economic Development Authority and the city.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pieper endorsed for Minnesota State House 28B
Jon Pieper received the DFL House District 28B endorsement in Rushford on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Six sites in Fillmore County ready for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Fillmore County law enforcement agencies are participating in the 2014 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative on Saturday, April 26.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Teal ribbons raise awareness of victims of sexual violence
To honor the victims of sexual violence, Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted (DFO) Victim Services and Fillmore Family Advocates, with the support of area city councils, have hung teal ribbons in nearly every town within Fillmore County as a visual reminder of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Friends of Forestville get new officer, look for donated, possible state dollars
The Friends of Forestville convened at the Spring Valley Public Library last Thursday, April 10, in anticipation of spring at Historic Forestville, looking forward to a busy season at the vintage village located inside Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
SV Sportsmen's Club smelt feed celebrating 50 years
The Spring Valley Sportsmen's Club will be celebrating 50 years worth of smelt feeds on Friday, April 25, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Library director attends final board meeting
Spring Valley Public Library director Dianne Sikkink welcomed the library's board of trustees last Thursday, April 10, to the final meeting she attended as the library director since she will retire on April 30. There was plenty of business to cover on the agenda, with business authorization transfers to be made, amendments to job descriptions, committee updates and reports on upcoming library events.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Spring Valley youth is an everyday hero
What were you doing when you were 9 years old?

I bet you weren't giving yourself shots or monitoring your blood glucose levels throughout the day. And you probably wouldn't think twice about going out for ice cream with your friends. But that is reality for Isaac Hauser of Spring Valley, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) last year. Now he is taking the disease head on and hoping to raise awareness and money for diabetes research while he's at it.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Open house set April 23 for Highway 63 construction project
The public is invited to learn more about the Highway 63 construction project from Stewartville south to Highway 16 in Mower County at an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, at the Stewartville Civic Center, which is at the corner of Highways 63 and 30.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Growers market to open May 3
Spring Valley Growers/Farmers Market will open Saturday, May 3, for vendors to sell their goods at the same location as previous years.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
SV EDA approves its first Greater Minnesota Housing Funds loan
Bruce Fish approached the Spring Valley EDA to discuss his application for a downtown residential revolving loan using Greater Minnesota Housing Funds (GMHF).
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Commissioners review tobacco use policy for employees
Fillmore County Human Resources Officer Kristina Kohn presented a policy for a smoke- and tobacco-free workplace, along with several other updates and a request to hire a part-time custodian during the Tuesday, April 1, Fillmore County Board of Commissioners meeting.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
New site supervisor got first look at Forestville as student
"I'm looking forward to being here in the spring...one of the things I've missed is seeing the school groups come to Forestville...I'm looking forward to sharing living history with our youth, to harvesting the asparagus, seeing the lilacs in bloom, spring at Forestville," said Historic Forestville's new site supervisor, Alyssa Wagner.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Foundation banquet to feature speaker on Destination Medical Center initiative
That's what's on the menu at the fourth annual Spring Valley Area Foundation banquet on Saturday, April 26, as Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Interim President Jerry Williams shares about Destination Medical Center (DMC), the $5.6 billion capital investment project in motion in Rochester to improve the city's infrastructure and attract businesses to the region.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Commuters on Highway 63 to face detour, lane closures this summer
Construction of Highway 63 from intersection with Minnesota 16 west of Spring Valley to Stewartville is among the more than 300 construction projects scheduled for 2014.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Local author hopes to bring nature back into the classroom
After years of teaching the youth of Chatfield, St. Charles and Kingsland, Gary Erickson is once again bringing his knowledge of southeastern Minnesota to the masses with his new book "The Geology of Bluff Country Featuring Fillmore County."
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Wykoff businessman celebrates new partnership and location
"I'm not retired yet," said Doug Snyder owner of Doug Snyder Agency, though he is sporting a new location and a new partnership.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Local landowners meet to hear about County Road 1 project starting in 2016
"Construction is inconvenient, the road is going to be somewhat of a mess for three years," Fillmore County Engineer Ronald Gregg told adjacent property owners during a meeting held at the Spring Valley Community Center on April 3 to discuss the County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 1 Project.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
History center plans program about Dakota Uprising of 1862
"I have always been interested in history and 'old things,' ever since I was a kid. In pursuing that interest, I began to collect photographs from the 1860s in Minnesota," said Curtis Dahlin, who grew up on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation in northeast South Dakota.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Commissioners OK County 1 bid, consider veterans support program
The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners convened this past Tuesday, March 25, with a busy agenda that included a highway project bid approval, consideration of a veterans support program and several retirements.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Kingsland officials explain facilities dilemma, answer questions at community meeting
"There is no ill will towards one town. The purpose here is to best serve the educational needs of our kids. There's no end result we hope will happen...the goal is not to lose students, families or credibility with families. We want to continue to build what's good here at Kingsland," said Kingsland Elementary and Middle School Principal Chris Priebe, addressing a gathering of approximately 150 Kingsland School District residents during a community meeting held last Tuesday night at the Kingsland High School cafeteria.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014


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