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A trap shooting team member at a local high school attributed his perfect score in a recent competition to luck when he was interviewed by one of our reporters. He was being modest as it isn’t an easy accomplishment since it had never been done in the history of the team. It appears he may also have been looking out for the team as he also mentioned in the interview that trap shooting at the high school level is a team sport, not an individual sport.
  • Heroes aren’t born, but they do die
    I was at a cemetery at Memorial Day. We left flags, flowers and tears at graves.

  • Hardscrabble building has interesting history
    Old-timers may have heard people tell of Dad Merrick’s Palace in Spring Valley where horse shoeing was a fine business. At one time the American Legion building stood on this corner — now it is Hardscrabble Hides & Furs.

  • Tips make for better Rocky Mountain park visitor experience
    If you’re thinking of heading to a couple of our famous national parks in the Rockies, I’ve got some tips and interesting facts for you, thanks to the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI).
  • Early settlers in area had many hardships
    The Spring Valley Historical Society maintains a file of biographies that were printed in the centennial newspaper in 1955.  We continue with the letter “C” with the Comstock family.   
  • Nostalgia trip full of good food, delicious bread
    When we first booked this current trip to Europe, we had no set agenda. We just had an opportunity to get a great fare, so we decided to make use of it. I have long wanted to revisit places where I worked and people with whom I had worked, years ago, so this was going to fulfill that wish. We booked the seats and planned later how to use the time.
  • Homestead offers NASA solar eclipse viewing site
    The amazing total solar eclipse that will travel in a path across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21, is the subject of this column once again. You all know how excited I am about it and that my plans are in place. But I want you to have the chance to see it, too. So, when I run across new opportunities, I just have to share the excitement. Although – as I’ve been saying all along – act NOW and you still might luck out to find a viewing spot and perhaps, maybe, possibly, overnight accommodations. Get on it TODAY.
  • Pioneers come west to make their homes in SV area
    The Spring Valley Historical Society maintains a file of the bios presented in the centennial newspapers of 1955. We were looking for veterans of the Civil War, but instead chose three of the early settlers who came to Spring Valley with their families to grub out a living.
  • Scare tactics and laser eyes make toast faster
    Last week, I wrote about my Mom’s slightly haphazard approach to cooking: the glug-and-dump method. As it turns out, she’s not the only one who gets a little creative in the kitchen.
  • Luck plays a part in all of our lives, even if we won’t admit it plays a part
    A trap shooting team member at a local high school attributed his perfect score in a recent competition to luck when he was interviewed by one of our reporters. He was being modest as it isn’t an easy accomplishment since it had never been done in the history of the team. It appears he may also have been looking out for the team as he also mentioned in the interview that trap shooting at the high school level is a team sport, not an individual sport.
  • Workshop shares love of  journaling with young writers
    I recently had the privilege of once again leading a session at the Young Writers’ Conference at Winona State University. The conference offers a variety of writing workshops for middle school students, taught by authors, journalists, illustrators, playwrites, songwriters and poets. Many of us write in several genres: I, myself, write news stories and columns in my career, but love to journal in my personal life. I, like most writers, also dream of writing that “great American novel” someday.
  • Nature’s song brings joy to birdwatchers
    I stood with other birders as we employed binoculars in the hopes of seeing a least bittern. And see it we did.
  • Toothless children both terrifying and cute
    I’m sure everyone has gone through that part of life between 7 and 14 (or thereabouts) when all their teeth started falling out of their head, only to be replaced with a spacious and gap-toothed grin.
  • Book eclipse trip, tour Frank Lloyd Wright home
    We’ll take in double the topics, double the fun today. First, there’s still an easy way to take in that total solar eclipse… but you need to book the opportunity NOW. We’ll also look at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Cedar Rock home, located in an eastern Iowa State Park on a river.
  • Lanesboro/Fillmore Central girls heading to state True Team meet
    Congratulations to the Lanesboro/Fillmore Central girls track team, Section 1A True Team champions. The gals will be heading to the State True Team meet in Stillwater on Saturday, May 20. I haven’t heard anything definite yet, but in the past, when a team, as local as L/FC, has been at the state meet, KFIL has been there to report the results. I won’t be able to let you know the “final call” in the WEB, but should be able to report something in the local paper that covers Lanesboro, Fountain, Preston and Harmony (News Leader).
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