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Leo Stoltz stands next to many 4-H trophies he earned through his years in the club.
Jordan Gerard/SGH Leo Stoltz stands next to many 4-H trophies he earned through his years in the club.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:40 AM
The Houston County Fair is no strange place to Leo Stoltz and his family.

  • Rushford artist wins 2018 Pheasant Stamp contest
    Michael Sieve is this year’s winner of the Minnesota State Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest.
  • Board discusses maintenance in SV,  potential transfer of Wykoff building
    Kingsland’s School Board held a study session last Monday, Sept. 25, to examine the possibilities for carrying out deferred maintenance projects on the Spring Valley school building and to consider what the future of the now-vacant Wykoff building will be.
  • “Chatfield United Methodist Church (CUMC) has a great opportunity to generate funds for its ministries simply through collecting donated items that you have lying around your home,” explained CUMC’s pastor, Debra Collum.
  • Wykoff Lions tops in contest among 652 clubs in district
    The Wykoff Lions Club’s got a new award for its roar and it’s quite a tale to tell.
  • Next summer’s wines get start at grape stomp
    The annual Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery grape stomp Saturday, Sept. 9, marked the end of the 2017 growing season, but just the beginning of the 2017 wine vintage season.
  • Caledonia man attends Houston County Fair every year, for 80 years
    The Houston County Fair is no strange place to Leo Stoltz and his family.

  • Local 4-Her taking Chippy back to state
    Heather Apenhorst, of rural Spring Valley, will be loading her horse, Chippy, into the trailer once again for the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show taking place this week at the state fairgrounds in the Twin Cities. 
  • Local resident creates replica airplane as ‘junk folk art’
    One person’s junk is another person’s working replica airplane.

  • City, local foundations join forces for a healthy community
    The Spring Valley trail now has five new additions for the enjoyment and health of the city's residents as the city installed new exercise equipment last week.
  • Steam Engine Days Queen, attendants to be crowned Saturday

    As Steam Engine Days quickly approaches, six young women from the Mabel and Hesper area have chosen to be candidates for the 2017-2018 Steam Engine Days Queen.

    These young ladies will be participating in their judging and banquet events on Wednesday evening, Sept. 6, at the St. Olaf Church in Mabel. The girls will be in the Steam Engine Days parade on Saturday, Sept. 9, and coronation will be held immediately following the parade on the stage in the Steam Engine Grounds.

  • New class allows Joy, others to shine in dance

    Laura Perez, Just for Kix dance instructor for the past seven years in Spring Valley and three in Grand Meadow, has added adaptive dance to her lineup of dance classes this fall to allow Joy Peterson and others to shine in a class of their own.

  • 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.

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