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The Spring Valley Tribune front page this week.
The Spring Valley Tribune front page this week.
Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:07 AM

This week, the front page of this newspaper contains no news — on purpose. The newspaper staff is still bringing you the local news you have come to expect from your community newspaper, but the stark, white front page is a reminder of the important role newspapers play, writing the first draft of history and telling the stories of their communities.

  • Savanna Spring Nature Center site of  ‘prairie walk’

    “How can you tell a dogwood?” asked Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) member Tim Gossman, leading a gathering of approximately 25 people through Savanna Spring Nature Center in Chatfield. 

    He answered his own question by saying, “By its bark.”

  • The Wykoff Veterans Memorial Committee continued preparations for the city's upcoming Fall Fest during its Aug. 8 meeting.
  • SV Toastmasters club coach wins twin awards
    Paula Muth, an important part of the Spring Valley based Bluff Country Toastmasters club for the past two years, has another trophy to hang on her wall.
  • The Spring Valley City Council held a special meeting on Aug. 10 to discuss the possibility of creating a tax increment financing (TIF) district at the site of the former elementary, which is now owned by Joe and Patti O'Connell.
  • The Spring Valley Garden Club, founded in 1960, will be celebrating another longtime community organization — Brave Community Theatre, formed 12 years after the garden club — during the annual Ag Days flower show Friday, Aug. 18, at Spring Valley Estates.
  • Sunday liquor sales slow, as Spring Valley business owner anticipated
    For Tim Lanning, owner of TJ’s Liquor in Spring Valley, the new Sunday liquor sales are a waiting game.
  • Environmental review underway on hog facility expansion west of SV
    Deer Creek Run proposes to more than triple its hog production facility in Mower County located about one mile north of Minnesota 16 and half a mile west of U.S. 63 near Deer Creek Speedway.
  • Police chief announces date for his retirement
    Police Chief Tom Mosher submitted his resignation, effective Sept. 29, to the city councils of Fountain and Ostrander earlier this month as he follows through on his earlier announced plan of retirement.
  • Play features struggles of immigrant farmers

    Iowa poet laureateto present "Vang" during Onion Fest at DreamAcres Aug. 25.

  • Local organizations team up for unique summer camp program
    This summer Good Earth Village (GEV), an outdoor ministry specializing in rustic retreats and youth summer camps, collaborated with DreamAcres to offer a brand new camp program.
  • In July, the Spring Valley Economic Development Authority voted to apply for the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation's (SMIF) Rural Entrepreneurial Venture  (REV) pilot program.  Now just a month later, economic development director Cathy Enerson was able to share some positive information during the board's Aug. 9 meeting.
  • 4-Her to become competitor, not just observer at state fair

    Anika Reiland’s hoping for a fair experience. Although the Bloomfield Cloverleaves 4-Her and upcoming seventh-grader has been to the Minnesota State Fair before, “this is going to be a new experience,” she said, because she’s never taken a project to the fair. “It’s going to be different to bring something, not just look at everything,” she explained.

  • New Kingsland teacher hopes to instill love of music in students

    Alex Michenfelder, once on “standby,” now hopes to bring the joy of music to Kingsland students. “Music has always been a big part of my life.  Growing up, I played bass in the cover band called Standby, and I also sang in choir.  I want students to have a wonderful music experience just like I had,” said Kingsland’s new choir and general music instructor. 

  • Blank front page doesn’t mean local news not covered

    This week, the front page of this newspaper contains no news — on purpose. The newspaper staff is still bringing you the local news you have come to expect from your community newspaper, but the stark, white front page is a reminder of the important role newspapers play, writing the first draft of history and telling the stories of their communities.

  • Kids lining up for annual fishing contest

    S&S Bait Shop proprietor Steve Volkart is again holding the annual Ag Days children’s fishing contest, this year slated for Saturday, Aug. 19, on Spring Valley Creek. The contest is for children up to 12 years old.

  • Contest expanded to include all cocktails

    Cocktails are much more than bloody Marys. That’s why the Ag Days Committee decided to change the previous bloody Mary contest to a general cocktail contest at the South Park Sunday, Aug. 20, starting at 1 p.m.   The committee members decided to open it up to any kind of cocktail “to try to get more people interested, because not everybody likes bloody Marys,” explained Carrie Beckendorf, organizer of this year’s Ag Days cocktail contest.

  • Caricature artist to set up in South Park Sunday

    Chris Rommel, a Eau Claire, Wisconsin, caricature artist will be at South Park on Sunday, Aug. 20, to stretch the likenesses of individuals across a sheet of paper, perhaps also drawing giggles out of people. He will be set up with an easel and paper by the pavilions at South Park from noon to 3 p.m. drawing caricatures free of charge.  

  • “The softball contest…it’s kind of like golfing.  You get someone to pitch, and you get three balls, hit them and see how close to the pin that’s in the field, and each time, if you get close, you want to see if you can get the ball closer.  At the end, we tally up the distances, and whoever is the winner is the winner,” said softball contest and home run derby organizer Brett Oeltjen, explaining how the softball tournament works as each batter takes the plate and a swing at winning. 
  • Zip overhead or stick to a wall at South Park Sunday
    “The zip line is for anyone who wants to be a little adventurous and go on a thrill ride, and the Velcro wall is a fun challenge to see how high you can jump…and the fun of being stuck to a wall,” said Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce member Stacey Rath, inviting anyone who wants to learn to fly or experience levitation to stop at South Park on Sunday, Aug. 20, to try out the inflatable Velcro wall and zip line.      
  • Electrifying tour of power plant set for Friday
    Spring Valley Public Utilities (SVPU) is hosting guided tours of Spring Valley’s power plant Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during Ag Days, and it’s a rare opportunity to see how the electricity used in homes from north to south and east to west is produced. SVPU Superintendent Stu Smith said tours aren’t usually given, but SVPU decided to open up the plant for one day only so people could see what they do.
  • Pirates to hit stage for 45th anniversary of local theater
    The Brave Community Theatre (BCT) production of “Pirates of Penzance” will debut at the Spring Valley Community Center during Ag Days, Wednesday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 19, as BCT marks its 45th anniversary in Spring Valley. 
  • Fillmore County’s commissioners held a brief meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8. 

    Highway engineer Ron Gregg and Highway and Airport office manager Pam Schroeder came before the board with a resolution to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for pavement improvements at the Fillmore County Airport and for producing an airport master plan for the county airport. 

  • Paul Witt, 56, formerly of Wykoff
    Paul Brian Witt, 56, of Stewartville, died on Sunday, July 30, 2017, following a short illness with cancer, at Mayo Clinic Rochester – Saint Marys Hospital Campus in Rochester, where he had been a patient for one week.
  • Fillmore County’s commissioners held a brief meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Highway engineer Ron Gregg and Highway and Airport office manager Pam Schroeder came before the board with a resolution to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for pavement improvements at the Fillmore County Airport and for producing an airport master plan for the county airport. 

  • 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.
  • Spring Valley woman, family face challenges in long obstacle course

    Kay Nelson is a Tough Mudder. Tough Mudder is an intense team-building endurance event held in many states in the United States as well as around the world. Mudder participants complete obstacle courses designed to test physical and mental strength, as well as fostering teamwork and selflessness as contestants battle their way through more than 20 challenging obstacles — and a whole lot of mud.

  • Veteran 4-Her still excited about State Fair
    Jacob Welch is competing at the Minnesota State Fair for the fifth time this year, but it is still a big deal to the Bloomfield Cloverleaves 4-H member.
  • Driftless Fish taking part in Spring Valley Summer Market
    Driftless Fish Company may still be in the process of getting permits to raise fish in the former Spring Valley Ponds, but people can get a taste of what is to come at the Spring Valley Summer Market.
  • State home plans to be on display during Ag Days

    The Spring Valley State Veterans Home Committee met on Aug. 2 to discuss preparations for the city's upcoming Ag Days festivities. The committee determined the event would be a great opportunity to inform the public on the work it has done to date and its plans for the future.

  • ‘Not so busy’ doesn’t apply to retired SV author, historian
    Mary Jo Dathe is living proof that retirement can be whatever one chooses to make of it. At 84, she has filled hers with people and activities that keep her constantly on the go.
  • 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.

  • The Fillmore County commissioners welcomed Ronda Allis, planning director of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), to the Tuesday, Aug. 1, County Board meeting. Allis updated the board on the Minnesota District 6 ten-year work plan drafted for 2018 through 2027. MnDOT District 6 encompasses southeastern Minnesota.