Bluff Country Reader

The Baker Family Band, May co-headliners, will also bring bluegrass music and its history to schools in southeastern Minnesota. From left are Carrie on guitar, Elijah on upright bass, Carina on mandolin, Trustin on fiddle and Hunter Motts on banjo. SUBMITTED PHOTO

A group of bluegrass musicians hold a campsite music jam during the SEMBA Bluegrass Festival. Jamming is one of the highlights of the event, where musicians can share their love of music together. COURTESY OF BARB OTTMAN

Members of Monroe Crossing will be performing at the SEMBA Bluegrass Festival this weekend. From left are David Robinson on banjo, Matt Thompson on mandolin, Derek Johnson on guitar, Lisa Fuglie on fiddle and Mark Anderson on bass. COURTESY OF JAMEY GUY
05/17/2018 - 11:43am
Commemorating 19 years, Southeastern Minnesota Bluegrass Association’s (SEMBA) May Festival once again promises an energetic celebration of this old-time American music.  SEMBA’s May Festival, which runs May 18-20, brings musicians from around...

Chatfield News

Spring Grove Herald

05/22/2018 - 10:34am
The council received a healthy audit from Abdo, Eick and Meyers accounting firm showed the city’s finances are well in balance and in line with other cities of the same size (sampling group was 2,500 population or less). A representative from the...

Spring Valley Tribune

Nearly 700 bicyclists fill downtown Spring Valley before the start of the Almanzo 100 Saturday morning. DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

Ready to ride the Almanzo 100 are four local graduates. From left, are Mike Blakeslee, Paul Vogel, Lindsay Jensen and Alan Matson. DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

Almanzo 100 founder Chris Skogen talks about the evolution of gravel road racing prior to the start of the race Saturday morning. Next to him is Pat Sorenson of Penn Cycle. DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

A pack of bicyclists make their way on the course of the Almanzo 100. DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

Bicyclists approach County 5 south of Chatfield.

Volunteer Kathy SImpson of Spring Valley Tourism shouts out the numbers of finishers so they are recorded. DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

Bicyclists had plenty of hills to climb on the Almanzo 100 route.
05/23/2018 - 10:48am
Although the weather earlier in the week called for rain last weekend, bicyclists in the endurance gravel road races that make up Wilder Fest enjoyed ideal conditions May 18 and 19. About 700 bicyclists took part in the annual races that start from...

Tri-County Record

05/23/2018 - 11:28am
Spring planting is ramping up across southeast Minnesota is ramping up in fits and starts. Once the late winter snow finally melted, farmers were then hit with the double-whammy of excess rainfall and very little wind to help dry things out. While...



Carter Bratland tags Reed Davis during controversial play at home plate. Photo by S. Lee Epps
05/23/2018 - 1:27pm
The Spring Grove bats were quiet as hopes for the first conference baseball title in nearly three decades disappeared as undefeated Randolph took a giant step toward a fifth straight conference crown by sweeping a double header, 4-1 and 8-4 at...