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  • Big turnout for Wykoff’s first National Night Out celebration
    More than a quarter of Wykoff’s residents gathered in the picnic shelter at the city park south of the Wykoff Community Hall to have dinner and chat with one another Tuesday, Aug. 1, during the town’s first ever National Night Out celebration.
  • Forestry Field Day shows importance of controlled burns

    The Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District had some hot stuff on the prairie.

    “Fire has been part of the landscape here…fire has been as important to nature here as rain and sun,” stated Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park’s manager, Mark White. He was addressing a gathering of landowners at the park’s picnic shelter during the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) Forestry Field Day, held last Wednesday, July 26.

  • New owners of JAC’s putting ‘heart and soul’ into business
    “This is more than a bar and grill. It’s our heart and soul, our own sweat,” explained Robin Arthur, leaning against the disarrayed, under-the-effects-of-renovation bar at JAC’s Bar & Grill in downtown Chatfield. She watched as her husband, Jamie, passed by one more time with another power tool in hand, on his way to the other end of the restaurant that the Rochester residents bought from Jeff and Candy Hare last month.
  • Sweet 16 is not your average farm

    At first glance, the Sweet 16 Farm looks like many area farms, with a tidy house at its center and outbuildings on all sides.

     On closer inspection, however, it’s clear this is no typical operation. There are no visible corn and soybean fields, there’s a noticeable lack of livestock, and just off the farmyard, strange-looking green vines snake their way up towering ropes and poles. 

    While the Sweet 16 Farm may not look like others in the neighborhood, it’s very much a working farm. It’s also the realization of a dream by owners Sarah Joy Wexler-Mann and her husband, Daniel Drazkowski, who bought the property in 2010.

  • Relay for Life raises over $108,000
    Fillmore County’s Relay for Life event, held last Friday evening at the Rushford Area Historical Depot, raised $108,000 to fight cancer. That total is likely to rise, as more   donations are expected. Several hundred participants walked for 23 different teams in the annual event.
  • National Night Out is Tuesday, August 1 in Spring Grove

    Get to know your police officers, neighbors with night of free food, games

  • Harmony Community Band resurrected in time for Fourth of July parade
    Persons attending the Harmony Fourth of July parade were surprised and delighted to hear and see a certain musical parade unit moving down the thoroughfare. The Harmony Community Band, which had been in a 10-year hiatus, proudly rolled past the throngs of parade goers playing the old Harmony High School song, the old Preston High School song, the Fillmore Central school song and Sweet Georgia Brown.  
  • Cancer survivor to share inspiration, encouragement Friday at Relay for Life survivors’ tea

    Cancer is one poster JoAnne Agrimson never wanted to be on. 

    “I am a poster child for getting a colonoscopy at age 50, but because my mother was ill at that time, I waited until I was 51 – and Easter break – to have my first routine colonoscopy, where I was found to have cancer March 31, 2010, at Winona Health,” recounted Rushford-area resident Agrimson.

    Agrimson will be featured as the guest speaker of the Fillmore County American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life survivors’ tea. The event will be held Friday, July 28, at Rushford Lutheran Church in Rushford. It will kick off the night-long event, which will include many activities to raise funds for cancer research and patient services.

  • Preston’s Sweet Stop has new owner
    When Brenda Lloyd started working for Jo Szuch at the Sweet Stop and Sandwich Shoppe in downtown Preston back in 2013, it was just a part-time gig for the summer. Little did she know that within four years that part-time job would grow to full-time occupation and then ownership of the quaint café at 110 St. Anthony Street.
  • Meet Charlie, the Chief Comfort Officer at Hoff Funeral Homes
    The newest corporate officer at the Hoff Funeral Homes is, well...a little different. For starters, he prefers a simple red vest over the normal 3-piece suit. He goes by a single name. And he got the job even though he walks on all fours.

  • Dream of daycare center  comes sooner than expected
    Aubrey Reed makes move from in-home daycare to new Kids Cove Academy

  • Chief deputy recalls years of service as he bids farewell to county
    Tony Webber’s going hunting without his squad car.

  • ‘Professional volunteer’ will lead  Harmony’s Fourth of July parade
    While her husband, Don, spent his professional career in the medical field in Illinois, Iowa and Florida, Betty Dowe said she was a professional volunteer. If something needed to be done at the elementary, and later the high school, their children attended, Betty would take the bull by the horns and make things happen.

  • Their love of quilting blankets others in love
    Once a month a group of individuals gather at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove to share a day filled with fabric, food, and conversation.

  • Minister ‘signal’ comes after radio broadcasting stint
    David Stoeger now pastor at Wykoff church

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