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Debi Neville with Joe Mlinar when Brave Community Theatre was getting its start. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Debi Neville with Joe Mlinar when Brave Community Theatre was getting its start. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:27 AM
I always look forward to the column by Mary Jo Dathe, Glimpses of Yesteryear. It was with particular interest I read last week's column about the many ventures of Joe Mlinar and the downtown theater, drive-in theater and the community center. When Brave Community Theatre was born 44 years ago, the first performance was held at the State Theater downtown. Joe let us use the facility though it had been closed for a while. We made use of a painted backdrop from the Vaudeville days, found the cave-like dressing rooms, the boards that replaced the orchestra pit and loads of glass slides and posters from by-gone days. 

  • Letter: Column brings back  memory of BCT start
    I always look forward to the column by Mary Jo Dathe, Glimpses of Yesteryear. It was with particular interest I read last week's column about the many ventures of Joe Mlinar and the downtown theater, drive-in theater and the community center. When Brave Community Theatre was born 44 years ago, the first performance was held at the State Theater downtown. Joe let us use the facility though it had been closed for a while. We made use of a painted backdrop from the Vaudeville days, found the cave-like dressing rooms, the boards that replaced the orchestra pit and loads of glass slides and posters from by-gone days. 

  • Has Spring Valley ever considered offering free bicycles for use on the Spring Valley bike/walking trail? Donated bicycles could be refurbished and painted a signature color and stored under the gazebo, when it is not in use, to be enjoyed by residents and tourists free of charge on the bike trail.

  • Our state representative, Greg Davids, thinks that making cigarettes cheaper is a good idea. He wants to help big out-of-state tobacco companies at the expense of people’s health. His cigarette excise tax cut will cost Minnesotans about $30 million in lost revenue for the next biennium and untold millions in medical costs and premium increases in the future.

  • The long and difficult journey regarding facilities configuration at Kingsland may be on the verge of a milestone decision. A Facilities Committee meeting will take place Wednesday, May 25, in Spring Valley at 7 p.m. in the district meeting room at the high school. 

  • As King Arthur once said (paraphrased and generally screwed up), “to be or not to be a Good Samaritan is the question?” 

  • The triage, treatment and transport emergency medical service practitioners provide can often be the difference between life and death for patients with a medical emergency. The unique nature of emergency medical services is unlike other health care services governed by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). 

  • Deciding what to do about the configuration of facilities at Kingsland has been a long and painful process. While general agreement exists regarding the obvious benefit gained by keeping age groups separated, ongoing maintenance costs and the logistics of providing qualified teachers in an efficient manner create some difficult challenges.

  • With the recent allegations against the former director of Southeastern Minnesota Historic Bluff Country coming into the public eye when charges were filed recently, many people are wondering about the future of the organization. The Historic Bluff Country board of directors would like to assure people that we remain committed to ensuring the organization remains viable.

  •   The United Nations has 10,000 Syrian refugees in the pipeline for the United States — and virtually none can be successfully screened for terrorist ties or anything else — and now Sens. Klobuchar and Franken are pressuring Obama to bring in 65,000 by the end of his term. 
  • Three comments regarding the Tribune dated Dec. 30. 

  • This is in reference to the letter to the editor, “Healthy community doesn’t include flying Confederate flag,” in Lewiston, which appeared about two to four weeks ago.  If you had said, “…doesn’t require flying…” I would agree with you 100 percent.  Is Andrew Jackson running for mayor?  Why do you complainers have to publicly criticize everything that you don’t agree with or everything you dislike?  

  • My name is Ashley Kappers and I am a 2012 graduate of Kingsland High School. I am currently a senior at Luther College in Decorah, pursuing a degree in communication studies and religion. Since leaving for college, I try to stay as up to date with Spring Valley and Kingsland news as I possibly can. 

  •   The Spring Valley Area Food Shelf has been a recipient of funds from the Spring Valley United Fund.  
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