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  • Spring Valley home now powered from sun

    “It’s nice and open up here,” observed Dennis, taking in the rays in his back yard on South Broadway, knowing that the home’s southern exposure and the 18 solar panels on the garage roof did their part to actually turn back his power meter if there was enough sunshine. 



     
  • Lucky to be alive: Rushford woman survives serious accident

    Tami Sheeder is lucky to be alive. After a vicious car accident over Memorial Day weekend, doctors thought that Sheeder would be lucky to survive, let alone walk on her own again. Six weeks later, she is back in her own home, able to stand on her own two feet, and has a better understanding of who she is, after such an ordeal.



     
  • Descendent of local Civil War soldier  to share ‘letters home’ at area libraries

    In August, Civil War historian and author Nick Adams will be traveling to the Spring Valley, Harmony and Preston libraries, speaking about this monumental part of America's history. Included in his presentation is his own great-great-grandfather's role as a part of the Second Minnesota Regiment and Adams’ book compiling letters left from the war.

     
  • Dr. Raymond Krueger, 62, of Stewartville

    Raymond “Ray” Arthur Krueger, 62, of Stewartville, died on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester of metastatic prostate cancer.

     
  • Doreen Opsahl, 52, of Caledonia

    Doreen Lezlie Opsahl, 52, of Caledonia, died July 19, 2015, at Mayo Health Systems in La Crosse, after a courageous battle with cancer.

     
  • Lisa Holden, 45, of Lanesboro

    Lisa Holden, 45, of Lanesboro, died Monday evening, July 13, 2015, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

     
  • There’s been a lot of concern, expressed in this column more than once, about children not spending enough time in nature. Research has shown that a typical child spends 38 hours per week consuming media outside of school. Interviews with children up to age 9 revealed their attitudes toward natural elements, such as rain, wildflowers, birds and trees, showed fear, rather than appreciation, caring or enjoyment.

     
  • I recently took a break from the newspaper world and took a week-long “staycation,” a vacation where I had no plans to travel or even go very far from home.

     
  • A few weeks ago I wrote that we’d been hiking the Superior Hiking Trail last year and had gotten about halfway through the 300-mile trail. The plan is to finish it this year. Last weekend we hiked the first of seven 30-mile chunks of trail that we’ll be covering this summer.

     
  • Western Days ‘Cinderella’ features a bit of ‘girl power’

    “Our Cinderella is not as wimpy as the Disney Cinderella,” said Wits’ End Theatre (WET) production manager Joan Verdegan, awaiting the opening night of WET’s Western Days production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

     
  • Somewhere between 1,200 and 1,400 motorcycles will be passing through Rushford on Sunday, July 26, as part of the Ronald McDonald House motorcycle cruise. The cruise, which is a major fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, will not only be passing through Rushford between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the large contingency will also be motoring through town on the return trip later in the afternoon.

     
  • The 2015 Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Forestry Field Day is set for Wednesday, July 29, at Chatfield’s Fish & Game Club. 

     
Fair Season

It is officially fair season! Have you been to a county fair yet this year?



 

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