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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 No. 15

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Pine Island bond referendum info session is April 16

WEST CONCORD Details about the upcoming Pine Island School bond referendum will be presented and discussed at a public forum at the Milton Township Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Superintendent Tammy BergBeniak and school board members will be on hand to share information and answer questions about the proposed plans for a new off-site PreK-4 school building. The referendum vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 13. The Milton Town Hall is located on Dodge County 11, south of Dodge County 24, just east of Berne. The address is 54368 250th Avenue, West Concord. Questions can be directed to Madge Alberts, township clerk, at (507) 356-8625.

Auditions to be held for Peter Pan Junior

PINE ISLAND Calling all area students just finishing grades 4-9 who are interested in musical theatre! Join in the fun and become a part of the Peter Pan Junior cast this June when PAPA (Pine Area People for the Arts) offers another exciting theatre experience for young actors. Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barries enchanting play, Disneys Peter Pan Junior is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldnt grow up, and theres no flying required. New arrangements of classic Disney songs include Fly to Your Heart, The Elegant Captain Hook, The Second Star to the Right, You Can Fly, Yo Ho, A Pirates Life for Me, and Never Smile at a Crocodile. Auditions will be held Monday through Wednesday, April 21-23 from 3:15-5:00 p.m. each day in the choir room at the Pine Island High School. Pick one of these dates to come and audition. Each participant will be asked to read from the script and sing a familiar song. Everyone will make the cast; auditions will help artistic director Marty Nunemaker and music director Myra Murray decide on the character parts. A $40 participation fee ($75 family maximum) will be collected at the time of the audition, along with an additional $5 charge if you want to order a cast T-shirt. Make checks out to PAPA. Five weeks of daily afternoon rehearsals will begin Monday, May 19. A complete schedule will be handed out to cast members at the beginning of May. Three performances will be held June 20-22. Look for more information in future issues of the NewsRecord and Zumbro Shopper. If you have questions, call Marty Nunemaker at 507-226-6401.
On the left side are the 2014 Goodhue County Dairy Princesses who were crowned on April 5: from left to right, Krystin Anderson, Mikayla Piller, and Samantha Keller. On the right are the 2013 Dairy Princesses, Rachael Rostad, Nicole Hinsch, and Libby Mills.

60 years of DHIA celebrated at Dairy Princess banquet

Goodhue By Tawny Michels 2. Firschen Brothers, Lake City ZUMBROTA 2014 Goodhue 3. Crazy Daisy Dairy, Kenyon County Dairy Princesses Krystin 4. Hernkes Dairy, Cannon Falls Anderson of Vasa, Mikayla Piller 5. Opsahls Holsteins, Goodhue of Kenyon, and Samantha Keller Top Milk Quality Award of Lake City were crowned on Crazy Daisy Dairy, Kenyon April 5 at the Stary-Yerka VFW Premier Dairyman (Best threePost 5727 in Zumbrota. Before last years coronation only one can- year rolling herd average) Fitschen Brothers, Lake City didate was crowned, but in 2013 this was changed and all candidates are now named Dairy Princesses. We crown them all as equals because they all do the same thing throughout the following year, explained Lindsay Finnesgard of the Goodhue County Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA). Farmers from around Goodhue County gathered at the VFW to celebrate 60 years of the Minnesota DHIA and to honor the 2014 Goodhue County Dairy Princesses. The night began with a banquet for DHIA award recipients, past and present Dairy Princesses, and their families. It concluded with a brief overview of the past 60 years of DHIA in Minnesota and honoring the past ten years of Dairy Princesses.
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Before crowning this years princesses, 2013 Dairy Princesses Rachael Rostad of Zumbrota, Nicole Hinsch of Goodhue, and Libby Mills of Lake City talked about what they had been up to over the past year of their reign. This included school and daycare visits to teach children about where their dairy products come from

and about dairy farming. This years Dairy Princesses take their responsibilities very seriously and expressed their gratitude at being chosen for this honor. Mikayla Piller said, I am excited to be an advocate for Goodhue County dairy farmers and I look forward to educating the public about the nutritious products that they buy.

Frozen pipes are still a possibility

By Karen Snyder Keep those thermometers handy, say officials from local communities, because the Winters Word on frozen pipes persists: Monitor your cold waters temperature. If it falls below 40 degrees, run a continuous, pencildiameter-size stream. Tell city hall your faucet is on. Ticking water meters are, of course, taking note, but as Zumbrota finance clerk Cindy Thompson pointed out, Its cheaper to run your water than to pay for a

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frozen pipe. Besides, area communities have adopted policies to make things easier for water-running residents. When you get an emergency situation, each town does something different, but they all try to help, Wanamingo city administrator Michael Boulton said. DHIA award winners Zumbrota Top Five Herds in Goodhue When freeze-up season struck, County Zumbrota helped unfrozen and fro1. Larry Lexvold Family, zen neighbors hook up hoses. That assistance ended when the city Word some time ago and has excouncil approved a frozen water tended it through April. It costs policy the familiar Winters everybody money if the pipes Word, with a request to residents freeze up, Bien said. to track water temperatures through Mazeppa April. (The policy, along with inMazeppas website puts it this formation about water-tempera- way: A frozen water repair serture monitoring, is posted at vice cost can run upwards of eral thousand dollars due to the Zumbrota water customers who overwhelming demand for the run water and notify the city are service. eligible for a credit of up to 5,000 Water bills for the duration will gallons over normal usage. reflect only the first thousand galPeople have been calling want- lons. Thats $8, city clerk Linda ing to know if they should con- Friedrich said. tinue, said city administrator Neil The city had suggested running Jensen. We still have some pipes water until April 1, but has since that are frozen. We wont tell people moved the big day to May 1. As to stop yet. soon as the situation returns to Goodhue so that people can quit takGoodhue has been very lucky, normal temperatures and turn off the Mayor Kerry Bien said. There ing the city will post the news on have been only a couple of frozen taps, website and announce it on TV pipes. The city is offering a $15 its on the city hall answering discount to water customers who and turn on that recommended trickle machine. Were hoping its May 1, and tell the city that they did. Goodhue gave the Winters Friedrich said.

DHIA award recipients are, from left to right, Wayne Fitschen of Fitschen Brothers, Larry Lexvold, Greg Piller of Crazy Daisy Dairy, and Rahn Hernke and Ben Kruse of Hernkes Herdsman. Not pictured is Dean Opsahl from Opsahls Holsteins. Oronoco

Is this a sign of spring? Late in February, Oronoco officials asked everybody in town to run water. Now were telling people to do that if the water is below 40 degrees, public works director Cain Dolan said. If the temperature is 41 or 42, they should still keep checking it. As soon as you have 45-degree water, I think its going to be safe. Residents who let city hall know their faucets are on get 35 percent discounts on water bills.
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edge only one pipe that froze has thawed out. Were hoping that later in April as the ground starts to heat up, water temperatures will rise and this will be done.

Weve been lucky compared to some other communities, city administrator Boulton said. The city mains have been fine. Some service lines did freeze, and the city helped unthaw them. Wanamingo didnt officially

advise people to run water, according to Boulton, who added, But we said if they would prefer not to have to call the plumber, they probably should run it. Maintenance supervisor Steve Haggstrom seconds Boultons advice and adds a caution and an encouragement. He said, The frost line is maybe going to go down before it comes back up, but the weather is at least getting better.

No city mains have frozen, said Pine Island city clerk Jonathon Eickhoff, but a number of service pipes have. Customers who run their water and call city hall will receive a 15 percent credit on their bills. Many people are running their water, he said, and many are working with plumbers to get water from their neighbors. To my knowl-

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Amendment 12 of the United States Constitution

Passed by Congress December 9, 1803. Ratified June 15, 1804.
The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as VicePresident, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; the President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. [And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. ]* The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

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From Devils Kitchen
By Jan David Fisher

I remember them when they were younger

Publishers Notebook
By Pete Grimsrud

Old age can be cruel not only to a persons body, but also on a persons legacy. My grandfather A.T. Grimsrud was a respected and well-educated newspaper publisher. After some health issues in old age, his doctor recommended walking as a remedy. As with everything in his life, he was regimented work seven days a week, church on Sundays, and three square meals a day. He had no hobbies other than his work, civic memberships, and politics. So he walked. He was a preoccupied walker who often relied on traffic to look out for him on the shoulder. At dusk one evening a pickup truck with oversized mirrors clipped him in the head, somersaulting him into

the ditch. Bob Post witnessed the accident and quickly went to his aid, certain that he was dead. Already an old man, he survived with his elbows and face shattered. A.T. was never really the same person again except for one quality his determined regimentation. He rebuilt his body through physical therapy by working homemade pulleys at home and carrying a dumbbell and hammer in each hand on his long walks. He is remembered by those who only knew him in his later years as the goofy walker. But his doctor praised him as one of the best patients he ever had. After being forced to relinquish his car and then house, he stubbornly went to the nursing home by saying, So this is it. Last week, I spent two days in Milwaukee with my gracious father-in-law helping my aunt, on my moms side of the family, clear out her house. She sold the house in order to fend off foreclosure, purchase a tiny new home, and

pay off a large credit card debt. I am her last surviving relative and her house is my grandparents old home. The house and my memories of it have crumbled after many years of neglect. My aunt not only neglected the needs of the house, but also her body. After surgery to assist a balance problem, she completely ignored the follow-up therapy. The woman who spent her life traveling to every hospitable continent and country in the world cannot leave her house under her own power. She belongs in a nursing home and yet has managed to stay out. She harbors the idea that someday she will ski and travel again. She hasnt walked in three years, but insisted that I not donate her skis or luggage to Goodwill. She is a shadow of herself. We left her home ready for the professional movers and with a few thoughts: we never want to leave things in that condition for our children and how sad that its come to this.

A United Nations science committee recently released its report about climate change. The scientists definitely fixed blame on humankind for the climate change. They estimated the cost of doing nothing, doing something, and doing even more. As I understand it, they did not give any solutions but made some cost estimates. Lets take a look at some of the solutions. The biggest problem, and still growing, is energy production and consumption. Since various nations have a growing middle class, the demand for energy is rising. Burning coal to heat water into steam is the easiest, cheapest way to produce electricity. It is also the dirtiest in terms of climate change. Oil and gas are next with the same dirt. All three produce carbon dioxide. The first level solution is to stop burning coal, oil, and gas. The social, cultural, and economic cost to stop burning the big three is tremendous.

This solution requires the world of humankind to stop growing and regress to the caves. The other ways of producing electricity are nuclear power plants, geothermal, wind, and solar. None of these methods have reached a scale that will replace the big three. Nuclear has its problems, and the US has not built a new nuclear power plant in years. Instead of producing carbon dioxide, it produces radioactive materials that are more deadly to us. Geothermal, if one is in the right place, works well. Iceland is sitting on a fault line with lots of geothermal water. The water (some steam) has been heated by the earth with little carbon dioxide production. Iceland produces most, if not all, of its electricity by geothermal means. The population is less than half a million people. Is geothermal scalable? The quick answer is probably not. It works great for low demand. All of these forms of electricity are known as dispatchable. As long as we have some excess reserved power generation, we can increase power production; but wind and solar are not dispatchable. The sun doesnt shine 24 hours a day on one spot. We cannot make the wind blow harder at any time.

Wind energy has several problems. One problem is the height of the towers and that the blades are 50 to 150 feet long. This was an easy solution and it is a poor one. Shorter towers with wind tubes running straight down have been proposed. The wind tubes empty into squirrel cages on the ground. The wind tubes are a little more difficult to make. The squirrel cage is easier to maintain. Solar power requires some kind of collector. Two technologies are pursued. One technology converts sunlight directly into electricity and is known as solid state. This solution is fairly clean. The other technology heats water into steam the old fashioned way and pipes it into steam turbines. These are the first and second levels of trying to meet the rising demand. The real technology question is, How do we remove just carbon from the atmosphere? Making dry ice and then burying it also removes oxygen which we need. We have other pollutants, but carbon in its various forms and compounds is the worst. We need to remove the carbon in a scalable manner. This will clean up our mess and return us to a more normal climate. Until next week.

Supporting the 5% campaign

Capitol Comments
By Tim Kelly MN Rep. District 21A

Final decision on $90 million state office building coming soon

Capitol Comments
By Steve Drazkowski MN Rep. District 21B

If you ever wanted an example of lawmakers prioritizing themselves over the needs of Minnesotans, look no further than the brand new, $90 million Senate office building that will be funded at your expense unless the Minnesota House Democratic majority comes to its senses. Why is this glamorous Taj Mahal allegedly needed? Because some not all Minnesota state senators are going to be temporarily displaced while needed renovations are being made at the State Capitol. Keep in mind that Minnesota

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has survived 155 years of statehood without it. Also remember that 28 of the 67 state senators are already housed in the State Office Building and will not be impacted. In essence, youre spending $90 million because 11 senators and their staff need a place to hang their coat and park their car. A typical legislative session lasts no more than five months out of a year. This years session will last three months. But lavish digs are apparently needed in order for Senate Democrats to find new ways to wastefully spend your money. Heaven help us if they were forced to make do at a temporary site for a couple of years. This proposal was never debated in front of a House committee. Legislative Democrats tucked the provision into a 379-page taxes bill in the dark of night when no one was watching so much for openness and transparency and approved the package during the final minutes of the 2013 legislative session. This is why Im co-authoring legislation that would repeal the authority to build a new legislative office building, and use that money to further the State Capitol renovation project. Despite its popularity it has more than 30 co-authors House leadership likely wont consider the bill this session. That means all thats left before construction begins on this $90 million boondoggle is a simple vote of support by the Minnesota House Rules Committee. The public outrage is being heard by lawmakers from all corners of the state. Consider that Senate Democrats were willing to hold a recent tax bill hostage in order to get House Democrats to support the Senate office complex. This legislation eliminated some of the Democrats unneeded tax increase laws from

last year and approved several tax deductions that you can claim on your state income taxes this year. Of all people, Governor Dayton actually had to publicly lash out at his Senate Democratic teammates for acting as roadblocks before the legislation finally moved forward. Yet at the same time, and with a $1.2 billion surplus at our disposal, legislative Democrats cant find a way to provide a five percent funding increase to help pay the employees who care for people with disabilities. Minnesota Senate leaders have only one priority this year to add a new $90 million castle to their kingdom of government. The Minnesota House has the rare opportunity to stand up for Minnesotas taxpayers. Not surprisingly, due to the controversial nature of this proposal, majority members of the Rules Committee have moved slowly and have not called for a vote on the plan. I am truly hopeful they will join with Republicans in bipartisan fashion and stop this abuse of Minnesotas taxpayers. Think about what the state could do with $90 million: repair roads and bridges; support schools; relieve some taxpayer burdens; make life easier for elderly and disabled residents. The possibilities are endless. Instead, legislative Democrats prioritized a new Senate office Building and a parking lot. Common sense says we should be able to put our heads together and find a place for displaced senators to call home while Capitol renovations are taking place. After all, we are elected to solve problems. Surely Republicans and Democrats can find a temporary solution to a minor inconvenience without wastefully spending $90 million on a grandiose, excessive, and unnecessary new Senate complex.

When it comes to properly compensating people who selflessly work for our disabled residents, Minnesota has dropped the ball. Caregivers who choose this line of work do so not to become rich; they simply love what they do and the people they help. However, this does not mean that we should expect them to be satisfied with consistently low salaries. This is an essential, yet often thankless profession that has gone unrewarded for far too long. 2013 marked the fifth year in a row that services for the disabled did not receive rate increases to keep up with rising costs. Its time to right this wrong. With Minnesota now seeking ways to allocate a $1.2 billion budget surplus, I am fully supporting The 5% Campaign, which would provide a five percent rate increase for those who care for Minnesotas most vulnerable residents. How did we get to this point? Years of continued state budget deficits forced the industry to accept budget freezes if not outright cuts. Admittedly, these occurred during times of Democratic and Republican legislative majorities, so both parties can accept their share of the blame. In hindsight, the high staff turnover result should have been expected. Those who did choose to stick around often had to find a second job in order to pay their bills. We currently have a $1 billion budget surplus projected for the remainder of the 2014-15 biennium and also a $2.6 billion windfall for the 2016-17 biennium. There is no reason for lawmakers to play games with their salaries and give these folks anything less than a five percent funding increase. Lets not forget that when you lose highly skilled employees from the workforce, quality suffers. A five percent increase will not only help retain current staffers who are helping residents who cannot care for themselves, but may also entice others to join the industry and make a difference. This would also show employees that the legislature not only values, but prioritizes their commitment. Long-term care providers are some of the largest em-

ployers in rural Minnesota, so its important that we have quality care, and quality employees, in place. The good news is that the 5% Campaign has solid bipartisan support. Even better news is that legislative leadership has now agreed to fully allocate a five percent funding increase. The bad news is that legislative leadership has chosen to include the proposal in a 436-page spending bill that covers new finance and spending decisions from nearly every area within state government. I was truly excited to give a positive update on this bill to my constituents. Make no mistake, I believe in this legislation and it is very much needed. But it is so disappointing to once again see politics at work. Instead of giving this proposal a straight up or down vote, it has now been bundled into what some have called a garbage bill that includes a $400 million bailout of

MNsure which is Minnesotas version of Obamacare and another $10 million for Metro Area rapid transit. Overall, the bill increases state spending by more than $300 million for the rest of this biennium and by nearly $1 billion in 2016-17. Vote for the proposal, and youre supportive of these controversial items. Vote against it, and you can ultimately be labeled as a nonsupporter of the 5% Campaign. The campaign itself is just good common sense. In all, nearly 91,000 caregivers and staff would finally receive long overdue, needed compensation increases. These folks will then turn around and spend this money on goods and services in their towns, while the State of Minnesota will benefit through increased income sales tax collections on their purchases. Its a true win-win situation. Its just unfortunate that politics was forced to get in the way of very good policy.


Goodhue Wanamingo


ZUMBROTA The ZumbrotaMazeppa High School is holding its annual senior high art exhibit from Tuesday through Thursday, April 15-17. The kick-off for this event coincides with the spring high school band concert on Tuesday evening. There will be a variety of artwork on display paintings, draw-


Oronoco Pine Island

ZMHS art exhibit runs April 15-17

ings, prints, pottery, sculptures and computer graphics created by students in grades 9-12 throughout the year. The show, located in the upper walkway of the high school gym, will be on display Tuesday all day and evening until after the band concert, and from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Prints by Celeste Bergum and Kayla Wedde. Sophie Leonard, left, and Laura Gerken will have paintings in the art show.

Gary Collins named Everyday Hero by Lions

PINE ISLAND Gary Collins was voted by Pine Island Lions Club members to receive the Everyday Hero Award. 5M1 District Governor Earl Orvik recognized one Lion in each of the 49 clubs who work hard but havent received much recognition. Collins joined the Pine Island Lions in 1988 and has perfect attendance. He served as club president with the 100% President Award and has served as popcorn sales chair, tail twister, first vice-president, program committee chair, membership chair, tailgate chair, bake sale chair, citywide cleanup cashier, on Habitat for Humanity and for many terms on the leadership board. He taught industrial arts in Pine Island from 1963-1990 and continues to live on the farm.

Maverick Jackson works on a clay project for the upcoming art show.

Jenica Darcys painting was inspired by Kandinsky.

Daniel Roebuck to present his documentaries at the State Theatre

ZUMBROTA Join actor Daniel Roebuck for a fun and free evening of entertainment at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Zumbrotas historic State Theatre located at 96th East 4th Street. Roebuck, currently filming His Neighbor Phil in Zumbrota, will screen two documentaries that he has recently produced, written, and directed. The first, Monstermaniacs, examines the pop cultural phenomenon of people who collect horror movie memorabilia Roebuck being one of them. The second documentary, Cave Girl, A Second Journey Back In Time, is a tongue-in-cheek look back at the very first film in which Roebuck starred. This event will be the debut screening of the Cave Girl documentary. Daniel Roebuck has starred in countless movies and television shows including Matlock, The Fugitive, Lost, Agent Cody Banks, and hundreds more. The actor will also take part in a no holds barred Q and A after the screenings. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Donations to support operations at the State Theatre will be gratefully accepted. The State Theatre is owned and operated by the Zumbrota Area Arts Council, on the The documentary Monstermanweb at iacs is hosted by Roebucks
spooktacular alter ego, Dr. Shocker.


Mike Harvey holds a Holstein mailbox and auctioneer Keith Dicke solicits bids at the Goodhue School auction, which was held to raise funds for the ninth grade trip to Washington D.C.

Goodhue School holds auction for Washington D.C. trip

Dylon Starr in Mantorville Theatre play
MANTORVILLE Dylon Starr of Zumbrota is among the cast of The Mantorville Theatre Companys presentation of Ken Ludwigs classic comedy, Lend Me A Tenor. Per formances are Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at the Mantorville Opera House. Call (507) 635-5420 for tickets.

By R.D. Aaland GOODHUE Goodhue Schools first annual charity auction was held at the schools garage and parking lot on April 5. Superintendent Mike Redmond Daniel Roebuck, center, on the set of the 1985 film Cave Girl. A documentary looking back on the film will play at the State Theatre on gave all the credit for the auction to high school principal Mike April 10.

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Harvey who came up with the idea of an auction to raise money for the ninth grade class trip to Washington D.C. Six weeks of hard work by the eighth grade class soliciting items for the auction finalized at ten oclock Saturday morning. Auctioneer Keith Dicke handled the sales. When the receipts were totaled, the school had added $5,727 to its Washington D.C. trip fund. There were also several cash donations. The first sales item was a large painting of a dog that sold for $20. The Goodhue County Sheriffs Office donated many boxes of new shoes and other clothing. Mike Harvey and Tony Poncelet assisted Keith Dicke by displaying the item that was being sold. Lindsey Mace recorded all sales as they occurred. Ensuring a smooth-running auction by handling the paperwork were Carol Dicke, Holly Haire, and Nancy McCleary. Judy Lodermeier and her staff supplied the concession stand complete with hot soup, hot chocolate, and coffee. Many items were dug out of storage from the school. Many old From left to right, Carol Dicke, Holly Haire, and Nancy McCleary make sure all transactions are accurate at desks, chairs, blackboards, and wall
the Goodhue School auction.

maps were sold. There were old computer desks and unpaid-for shop projects. Haire found seven boxes of old Goodhue yearbooks which were all offered for sale. Several birdhouses sold from $6 to $17.50. A set of fourteen dishes sold for $17.50 while a compression bow and four arrows sold for $10. The buy of the day might have been an electric Rhodes Mark II piano for $12. On the other side of the price range pecan pies and turtle cheesecakes sold from $55 up to $110. Other high-priced items were two electric welders, a branch chipper, an ATV fourwheeler and a one-horse doctors buggy.

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Zumbrota plans to pass a penalty for water meter violations
By Tara Chapa ZUMBROTA The Zumbrota City Council met Thursday, April 3, and discussed the need for a penalty when a Zumbrota resident violates a water meter regulation. By the time the discussion concluded, the council did agree to set forth an administrative fee of $1,000 that encompasses all methods of bypassing a water meter; however, a formal penalty was not yet passed. The water department received information about a house that has been plumbed so the sprinkler system is ahead of the water meter. A picture was provided for council members at the meeting. The plumbing is a violation of city code and needs to be corrected. Currently, the city has no penalty in place other than a criminal penalty (1099). City Administrator Neil Jensen said that in talking with attorney Matt Rockne, the city needs to put something in place. Jensen said that the City of Byron has a penalty for bypassing a homes water meter. Residents and businesses caught doing this for any reason are fined $1,000 and may be issued a criminal citation. Jensen said that, on average, sprinkler systems use 34,000 gallons of water per month in the middle of the summer. This translates to $65 to $70 per month. The sprinkler systems run about six months a year. The violation under discussion is one method of bypassing the water meter, and there are several others ways. If the council agrees to charge for a violation, Jensen said it should pertain to all methods of bypassing a water meter. Jensen added that Zumbrota residents can bring their violation to the city council for a hearing.
Rebranding the City of Zumbrota


At the last city council work session meeting in early March, the council decided that a committee should be formed to direct the councils effort to rebrand the city. The committee would be a cross-section of business owners and residents from Zumbrota. This committee would also look at the strategic plan of the city as a guide for the next 10-15 years. Mayor Rich Bauer said that the possible sale of the former Grover Auto lot to Dollar General Store has resulted in quite a bit of talk about how Zumbrota should look as a community. An updated strategic plan will guide the downtown and other areas of the city as well as help the council and fellow boards with placement of business inquiries such as this. Bauer said that city staffs duties are to present these business inquiries to the city for review and consid-

eration of specific areas of Zumbrota that are best suited for their type of business. Bauer also said they will continue to present inquiries to the council for consideration, no matter the type of business or situation. City Administrator Neil Jensen and City Development Director Dan King announced that there is a seminar coming up in May regarding the citys rebranding efforts. Both of them said they felt this would be a great opportunity for city staff to educate themselves. Councilor Tina Hostager said no further decisions should be made until councilor Sara Durhman is available to take the lead on the rebranding of the city as well as the strategic planning committees. Durhman was not present at the meeting. The council agreed to wait for her to assist in appointing a sub-committee for both the citys rebranding efforts and the strategic plan. After appointing the one or two committees, they will move forward with listening to marketing firm presentations.
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The city is need of renewing a lawn care company. The council agreed to move forward with Green Edge Lawn Service at $715 total per mowing. This is a 6% increase over the current contract and runs from 2014-16.

Jamie Warneke Parents: Jeff and Janet Warneke Siblings, ages: Jared, 24; Nathan, 20; Megan, 18 High school activities: Volleyball, track manager, Senior Class Committee, mock trial Favorite class or subject: Chemistry with Mrs. Post and AP language with Mrs. Bradley Best high school memory: Volleyball senior year Out of school activities, hobbies: Reading, watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, shopping, watching sports, going to Ice Hawks games with the girls Part-time job: Dairy Queen Favorite book: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen; movie: Harry Potter; TV show: Law and Order: SVU, Once Upon a Time, Friends, How I Met Your Mother; song: Tiptoe by Imagine Dragons Future plans: Go to St. Cloud State University, major in accounting or finance, become successful, and live the good life.

Megan Bennett Parents: Dan and Jennifer Bennett Siblings, ages: Nathan, 19; Jacob, 13 High school activities: Senior Class Committee Favorite class or subject: Advanced biology with Heitmann Best high school memory: Homecoming senior year Out of school activities, hobbies: Hanging out with friends and family, watching Netflix Part-time job: Dairy Queen Favorite book: The Hunger Games; movie: Taken and The Heat; TV show: Friends and Prison Break; song: Team by Lorde Future plans: Go to Minnesota State University Mankato for medical lab science

Collin Carney Parents: Kari Douglas and Michael Carney Siblings, ages: Emma Carney, 20; Grady Carney, 7; Alyssa Jenkins, 18 High school activities: Football, Close-Up Favorite class or subject: Physics Best high school memory: Football, hanging with friends Out of school activities, hobbies: Golf, lifting, football, hanging out with friends Part-time job: Dairy Queen Favorite book: The Da Vinci Code; movie: Wolf of Wall Street; TV show: Game of Thrones; song: There He Go by Schoolboy Q Future plans: University of Missouri

Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities (H3) Festival is April 12

MAZEPPA Want to learn more about the history and animals of the Zumbro River? Ever wonder why the regions ponds and lakes fill with sediment? Want to learn about eagles, otters, and other wildlife that live in our area? Do you wonder what farmers and homeowners can do to protect our soil and keep our rivers clean? Then youll want to bring your family to the first annual Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities Festival on Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mazeppa Community Center. Children will be able to play games and take part in activities to learn about river animals and history. Pictures will be taken with Zumbro Zoe the six-foot-tall Zumbro River otter mascot. You can also learn about the history of Mazeppa and the Zumbro River, and discover simple things you can do to work for cleaner water and fewer floods on the Zumbro River. Speakers will talk about the history, science, and wildlife of the Zumbro River from 10 3 p.m. If you want to get outside, join us for a two-hour Zumbro River History and Conservation Bus Tour, with the first bus leaving at 8:30 a.m. and the last bus leaving at 1:30 p.m. Tours will leave on the hour. Youll have a chance to see the results of flooding and erosion problems on the Zumbro River, and what local farmers are doing to protect their soil and keep the Zumbro clean. At this family and child activity event, youll learn to see soil in a whole new way, through handson activities and presentations about the Zumbro River, healthy soil farming practices, riverfriendly lawn care, area wildlife, and more. For more information, contact ZWP Education Coordinator Kevin Strauss at 507-993-3411 or Rachel Whipple Parents: Guy and Denise Whipple Siblings, ages: Maurria, 22; Tahtina, 18; Olivia, 15 High school activities: Mock trial, FFA, track, SADD Favorite class or subject: AP language with Mrs. Bradley Best high school memory: Meeting Khloe Kardashian Out of school activities, hobbies: Hockey, camping, shopping, reading, hanging out with friends Part-time job: Dietary aid at Zumbrota Health Services; nanny through Possibilities Favorite movie: Perks of Being a Wallflower; TV show: Law & Order: SVU Future plans: Go to college for nursing, work, and then go back to earn my doctorate and work as a nurse practitioner.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa students attend Solo/Ensemble Music Contest

GOODHUE On April 1, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School Music Department attended the Section 1 Solo/Ensemble Music Contest in Goodhue. The following students received a superior rating for their vocal solos: Dillon Downes (baritone), Emily Krohn (mezzo-soprano), Haley Ellingson (soprano), Jazmin Portillo (alto), Griffin Gartner (baritone), Georgia Hinrichs (mezzosoprano), Tianna Beniak (Soprano), Kennedy Mueller (alto), Sabrina Spratte (soprano), Sarah Baack (soprano), Nathan Horsch (baritone), and Sophie Holm (mezzo-soprano). Vocal ensembles receiving superior ratings were Madi Nelson, Katy Gerleman, Justine Cash, Jenna Roark, Haley Ellingson (freshmen womens ensemble), Sophie Holm, Emma Gunhus, and Laura Schueler (womens trio), and Rachel Tschann and Sophie Holm (vocal duet). Earning excellent ratings were these soloists: Jessica Anderson (mezzo-soprano), Laura Schueler (soprano), Jenna Roark (soprano), Kari Thoreson (alto), Cody Tabor (baritone), Alex Moreno (tenor), Amber Brown (alto), Brittany Syhakhoun (soprano), and Emilie Rubio (soprano). Ensemble excellent rating performances: Amber Brown, Caleigh Avery, Shania LaCanne, and Katlyn McCarty (womens ensemble), Dillon Downes, Dakota Kruckenberg, Chad Vodovnik, and Cody Tabor (mens ensemble) and Emily Krohn and Shania Bode (vocal duet). The following students received a superior rating for their instrumental solos: Justine Weber (Oboe), Rebecca Steffes (flute), Georgia Hinrichs (clarinet), Callie Ryan (clarinet), Lindsey Renken (flute), Breanna Haag (alto saxophone), Rachel Tschann (horn), Paul Dahlen (trombone), Mark Yeakel (alto saxophone), and Kellie Nordquist (flute). Sophie Holm (clarinet) received an excellent rating for her solo performance. Instrumental ensembles that received a superior rating were the ZM jazz band, and a clarinet quartet. Jazz band members are: Mark Yeakel, Anna Haugen, Sully Spratte, Sawyer Deraas, Sid Subramaniam, Paul Dahlen, Colton Webster, Landon Rauen, Brady Hinrichs, Jacob Tschann, Aricka Roberson, Rachel Mensink, Anne Wilson, Jackie Matuska, and Payton Kruse. Clarinet quartet members are Emma Gunhus, Georgia Hinrichs, Callie Ryan, and Sophie Holm. ZM band students were winners of the Best in Site award for each of the four instrumental sites. Best in Site winners were: ZM jazz band, Lindsey Renken (flute solo), Rachel Tschann (horn solo), and Callie Ryan (clarinet solo). Callie Ryan, a sophomore clarinetist, was the only student at the contest from any school to receive a perfect score of 40. Other solo/ensemble participants were Chad Vodovnik, Caleigh Avery, and Jeremiah Benson. Accompanists were Jackie Matuska, Anne Wilson, Kristen Donovan, Dianne Issacson and Susan Peterson. Vocalists are taught by Susan Peterson. Instrumentalists are taught by Scott Cory.

Maddie Roberts Parents: Rodney and Michelle Roberts Siblings, ages: Ben, 12; Ella, 7; Ashley, 26; Ricky, 25 High school activities: Soccer (wish there was more but I was a really shy kid in school) Favorite class or subject: Biology and art Best high school memory: When I think of high school I get a video montage of all the ups and downs in my head. But if I had to pick, it would have to be my sophomore year altogether. Out of school activities, hobbies: Hanging out with friends and family, shopping, working out, baking, playing PS3 and XBox, pinning things on Pinterest Part-time job: Sales associate at American Eagle at Apache Mall Favorite book: Perfect by Ellen Hopkins; movie: Maybe The Other Guys, The Heat, Prisoners, or Meet the Millers; TV show: Games of Thrones, Girl Code, Friends; song: Pumpin Blood by NONONO, White Room by Cream, The Man by Aloe Blacc Future plans: Travel, get out and see the world, or at least the United States for starters. Hopefully along the way Ill figure out what I want to do for a career. Nothing too exciting, just getting experiences and figuring life out.

Sully Spratte Parents: Heidi and Arlan Spratte Siblings, ages: Samuel, 21; Sabrina, 15 High school activities: Band, jazz band Favorite class or subject: Science Out of school activities, hobbies: Video games, Magic: The Gathering, reading Part-time job: McDonalds Favorite book: Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire; movie: The Lego Movie; TV show: Dr. Who; song: Flikr by Johnathan Coulton Future plans: Open a gaming store

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SCHOOL BOARD WORK SESSION ZUMBROTA-MAZEPPA PUBLIC SCHOOLS MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 7:00 P.M. ZUMBROTA-MAZEPPA HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER ZUMBROTA, MN I. Staffing Needs for 2014 2015 II. Construction Home Update III. Early Childhood Update IV. Various Committee Updates a. Strategic Planning b. Community Ed c. Curriculum d. Meet and Confer e. Building and Grounds

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Jessica Anderson Parents: Karen Anderson, Jim Anderson, step-mother Sara Anderson Siblings, ages: Ryan, 21; Michael, 16; Noah, 9 High school activities: Speech, choir, play (Grease) Favorite class or subject: Choir or art Best high school memory: Going to Nashville, Tennessee, for the choir trip freshman year; going to Omaha, Nebraska, senior year for choir Out of school activities, hobbies: Hunting, reading, shopping, fishing, swimming Part-time job: McDonalds Favorite book: Mysteries and fiction books; movie: Scooby Doo and Disney movies, Fast and Furious series, Frozen; TV show: How I Met Your Mother and The Andy Griffith Show; song: Colder Weather and Chicken Fried by the Zac Brown Band Future plans: Go to college, Jacob Tschann become a kindergarten teacher, get Parents: Paul Tschann and married, have kids, visit all fifty Monica Capra states, grow old, die. Siblings, ages: Juan, 23; Isaac,

Amber Gehrke Parents: Scott and Cyndie Gehrke Siblings, ages: Sarah, 16; Richard, 13; Charlie, 11 High school activities: Softball, trap shooting, Senior Class Committee, and Close-Up Favorite class or subject: Advanced biology Best high school memory: Winning senior Powder Puff game Out of school activities, hobbies: Anything outdoors, hanging out with friends, family, and boyfriend, hunting, snowmobiling Part-time job: Cashier at Hub Food Center Favorite book: Heaven is For Real; movie: Tommy Boy; TV show: Duck Dynasty; song: Anything country Future plans: Go to Luther College, get a bachelors degree in the medical field, get married, travel, start a family, and enjoy life.

Brady Holst Parents: Leon and Lara Holst Siblings, ages: Sarah Holst, 15 High school activities: Soccer, musicals Favorite class or subject: Physics/science Best high school memory: 2011-12 PIZM soccer season Out of school activities, hobbies: Coaching, playing, and reffing soccer; watching Netflix; lifting; running this town Part-time job: Dairy Queen and Holst Construction Favorite book: Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-43; movie: The Book of Eli; TV show: Game of Thrones; song: On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons Future plans: Attend University of Wisconsin - Madison for a bachelors or doctorate degree in nuclear engineering 20; Emma, 19; Rachel, 15 High school activities: Football, basketball, track, mentor, band, National Honor Society Favorite class or subject: Gym Best high school memory: Semifinals in soccer my sophomore year Out of school activities, hobbies: Soccer, marching band, youth group, fishing Part-time job: Soccer referee Favorite book: The Hunger Games; movie: Frozen ; TV show: 90210; song: Let it Go (Frozen) Future plans: Go to Minnesota State University Mankato, get married, and live happily ever after.



Cougar Care staff, Zumbrota-Mazeppa students, and Zumbrota Public Library staff gather at the April 2 literacy program. Sitting, from left to right: Emma Flotterud, Tristan Lohmann, Jent Beyer, Anders Hellyer, Autumn Reese, Hudson Ohm, Ethan Miller, Aaron Miller, Evan, Stimets, Kyla Hanson, Ella Chandler, Aaron Cruz, Kalli Paukert, Grady Striet, Jadyn Flynn, Clara Hornseth, Megan Rafnson, Annabelle Kettner, Lydia Hatleli, Courtney Andring, Ivy Baldauf, Emma Hatleli, Ava Schumacher, Mitchell Olson, Evan Kutschied, Gage Goranson, Nick Seaver, Vivian Hatlevig, Amirah Barrett, Conner Barrett, and Pam Stehr; middle row:

Erin Huneke, Carter Christopherson, Stanley Hinchley, Lucas Mann, Preston Ohm, Ben Murray, Ryan Stimets, Sommer Post, Janica Balash, Jackson Shane, Taitum Shane, Cora Ohm, Danica Frohlich, Sydney Preston, Rylee Nelson, Arianna Rivas, and Kristi Robb; back row: Monica Dohrn, Alyssa Stehr, Angie Tutewohl, Jackie Sorensen, Joey Schreyer, Quinn Mulder, Warren Murray, Conner Preston, Chase Jervis, Drew Christopherson, Cole Lohmann, James Eickhoff, Hunter Streit, Hailey Schliep, Peighton Buck, Tucker Buck, Emma Jervis, Wyatt Mulder, Isaac Moore, Caden Stumpf, Jordan Schliep, Amy Giannini, and Angie Gustafson.

Cougar Care students improve literacy and cognitive skills with help from Zumbrota Library
Princess Kay of the Milky Way, MarJenna McWilliam, talks to ZumbrotaElementary School students about the dairy industry.

Princess Kay visits ZM Elementary School

ZUMBROTA Princess Kay of the Milky Way, MarJenna McWilliam, the goodwill Minnesota Dairy Industry ambassador, came to Zumbrota-Mazeppa Elementary School on March 28 and talked to the kindergarteners and the high school agri-science students about the dairy industry. One student asked me my favorite thing to do as Princess Kay, and it was easy to respond that coming to classrooms like theirs is my favorite. I love to bring the farm to the them, stated McWilliam. A 20-year-old college student from Winger representing Polk County, McWilliam was crowned the 60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on August 21. McWilliam, who will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 4,000 Minnesota dairy farmers, is the daughter of Bruce and LaVonne McWilliam and attends North Dakota State University, majoring in English education with a Norwegian language emphasis. Throughout her year-long reign as Princess Kay of the Milky Way, McWilliam will make public appearances helping consumers make a connection with Minnesota dairy farm families who are dedicated to producing wholesome milk while caring for their animals and natural resources.

ZMHS bands to perform their spring concert

ZUMBROTA The ZumbrotaMazeppa High School symphonic band, concert band, and jazz band will be performing their annual spring concert on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the ZMHS auditorium. The jazz band is fresh off of its recent contest performance in which it received a superior rating and was awarded Best in Site. The band will be performing three selections: Im Beginning To See the Light (up-tempo swing), Do Nothin Til you Hear from me (swing ballad), and Aftershock (rock). The concert band will be performing four selections: Into the Clouds (an overture), Ammerland (lyrical), Counterbalance (standard selection), and finally a rousing arrangement of music from the Pirates of the Caribbean film, At Worlds End. The symphonic band is capping off a busy performance season where they performed at Large Group Music Contest and received the highest scores on the day of 39, 38, and 38 out of 40 possible points from each of the three judges. The band also just had a very successful concert on March 17 with the Augustana Concert Band. Even with performances this close together, the band will be proud to share some new music with you including: A Jubilant Overture by Alfred Reed, Amazing Grace arranged by Frank Tichelli, Groove Music by Brian Balmages, and, finally, one of our two selections from large group contest, Dreams and Proclamations by Roland Barrett. The ZMHS Art Show will also be taking place in the halls outside of the auditorium.

By Tawny Michels ZUMBROTA Students from Cougar Care, the after-school program at Zumbrota-Mazeppa School, are getting excited about literacy with the help of the Zumbrota Public Library. The partnership between Cougar Care and the library began in October 2013. The idea came about late last summer when library staff decided to come up with a way to get more elementary-aged children involved in library activities. Childrens librarian Angie Gustafson was concerned about the lack of involvement for elementary students. She said, We have story times and programs aimed at preschool-aged kids, but we really wanted to get the older kids involved. Staff decided to look at the school calendar to try and find a way to make a program work that wouldnt cause too many conflicts for students and their parents. The prospect arrived when they discovered that ZM started having early release days the first Wednesday of every month. Students get out of school at 12:45 p.m. on those Wednesdays and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get the students involved. The library reached out to Cougar Care to pitch the idea and plan a joint effort to get the students involved in library activities. Erin Huneke, Cougar Care staff lead, expressed their interest in the program, saying, The program offers something different for the students from their everyday rou-

tine. It has been a nice change for all of us. It gives the students a chance to do things we dont have the resources to provide at Cougar Care. When the weather is nice students walk over to the library from ZM School. When the weather is poor library staff meet the students in the cafeteria with books and crafts to do their activities. The program puts a large emphasis on cognitive development with the use of arts and crafts as well as literacy with books and story time for the younger students. The students in grades two through five go into one room for their choice of a craft or Legos while K-1 students join Gustafson for story time

followed by a craft related to the book that was just read. The best part for me is that I get to connect with kids who dont get to come to the library otherwise, Gustafson said. In some cases, certain kids had never been in the library before this program began. This is where the program thrives. Their goal is to encourage reading and creativity to students who dont get the opportunity to learn in that type of environment otherwise. Second-grader Arianna Rievas said about the program, I love coming here because I get to do a lot of arts and crafts. My favorite from today is the cup we made out of paper. Third-grader Lucas

Mann said he loves going to the library because, they have lots of Legos! These are things Erin Huneke says they arent able to enjoy in the same capacity at Cougar Care. Library staff realized through their partnership with Cougar Care that Legos are a popular hobby now with elementary students and they have since formed an evening Lego Club that began on March 20. There will be one more event on Wednesday, May 7 at the library, but the library staff want to make everyone aware that all students in grades K-5 are welcome, and encouraged, to attend whether they are in Cougar Care or not.

A Spring Wonderland on April 4

ZUMBROTA With several inches of new, heavy snow on April 4, many Minnesotans are wondering if spring will ever come. As the snowfall was ending at 9:30 a.m. traffic on Highway 52 north of Zumbrota was moving slower than usual as roads were covered with snow and slush. By 1 p.m., the roadway was melted and clear. Zumbrota-Mazeppa and several other area schools began classes two hours late.

Poet-Artist Collaboration returns to Crossings

ZUMBROTA Crossings 13th annual Poet-Artist Collaboration exhibit is on display now through May 15, celebrating a pairing of the two art forms that allows poetry to inspire visual art of all kinds. Fifty poets and visual artists took part in this years exhibit, which can be seen free of charge during regular business hours. A reception and poetry reading takes place Saturday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. both at the gallery and next door at the State Theatre. Some 110 poets and artists participated in this years event by entering up to three poems each, or submitting artistic work samples. Jurors winnowed nearly 210 poems down to just 26. Other jurors selected 26 artists from those who entered. For this exhibit, each selected artist chooses one selected poem from which to create an artwork. Poems and the work they inspired are displayed together. Coleen Johnston of Mazeppa wrote a poem about Abraham Lincoln that reads in part, He wasnt perfect, not a god, not much for looks by all accounts, but still he calls us to write words so sopped with truth that they can be wrung into eternity This poem grew out of my reflections on the kind of person who might have the insights Abraham Lincoln had, Johnston said. Zumbrota artist Wendy Westlake selected Johnstons poem to inspire a watercolor portrait of Lincoln, with a color-divided map of the United States behind him. I tried to capture the enormous pressures Lincoln must have faced. The nation threatened to rupture, socially, politically and economically. Only a great man can lead under those circumstances and thats how we remember him, a great man, Westlake explained. The 50 participating poets and artists come from around Minnesota, including three from Zumbrota and others from Rochester, Minneapolis, Faribault, Wabasha and elsewhere; two are from Iowa and one each from North Dakota The Power of Ideas, watercolor on paper, Wendy Westlake of Zumbrota. and Wisconsin. Avon: Larry Schug Watkins, Kit Rohrbach, Raul The exhibit can be viewed durBloomington: Chet Corey Urrutia, Steven Vogel, Toni ing regular open hours, at no charge. Dodge Center: Gary Eddy Stevens, Tony Pucci. Crossings is open MTWF 10 a.m. Faribault: Audrey Kletscher Sauk Rapids: Char Hopela to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 Shorewood: Becky Liestman p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 Helbling, Larry Gavin Hampton: Aimee Radman St. Cloud: Sandy Bot-Miller, p.m. For more information, call Kasson: Ingvild Herfindahl Micki Blenkush Crossings at 507-732-7616, stop Lake City: Kate Halverson St. Paul: Cary Waterman, Karen in at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, or Minneapolis: Alison Morse, Trudeau go to www.crossingsatcarnegie. Holly Grimsrud, Kim Gordon, St. Charles: Lisa Becker com. Linda Back McKay. Wabasha: Nicole Borg News-Record area participants New Brighton: James C. Out of state Goodhue: Connie Ludwig Cedar Falls, Iowa: Joanna ThHenderson Mazeppa: Coleen Johnston ompson Yezek Plymouth: Franklin Knoll Oronoco: Maggie Sutton, SuOsage, Iowa: Lori BiwerRed Wing: Dan Wiemer, Marta san Waughtal Stewart Biittner Pine Island: Greg Finnegan West Fargo, North Dakota: Rochester: C. Anthony Huber, Zumbrota: Nick Sinclair, Sarah Greg Wimmer, Gwen Lomberk, Travis Moore K Nygaard, Wendy Westlake. Hagar City, Wisconsin: Cathy Other Minnesota Ivete Castro Martinez, Jeanne Austin: Rich Campbell Licari, Jeff Bell, Jody Brown, Justin P. White

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ZM FFA attends FFA Day at the Capital

ST. PAUL On Thursday, March 27, Zumbrota-Mazeppa FFA members attended FFA Day at the Capital. Students had the opportunity to meet with legislators, sit in on committee meetings, watch the Senate in session, and learn about how the government works. Students also had the chance to walk on the Senate floor and see it from the point of view of the Senate president. From left to right are Emma Flotterud, Lisa Ecker, Senator Matt Schmit, Hannah Eckblad, and Alyssa Stehr.


Extra distracted driving enforcement set for April 11-20
Law enforcement will conduct extra enforcement April 11-20 in an effort to reduce distracted driving. The Cannon Falls, Kenyon, Red Wing, and Zumbrota Police Departments as well as the Goodhue County Sheriffs Office participate in Towards Zero Deaths enforcement campaigns. Several southeast Minnesota high schools, including Pine Island High School and ZumbrotaMazeppa High School, are partnering with AT&T and the Minnesota Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, which offers the It Can Wait distracted driving awareness campaign in April. During the week of April 7, high school junior and senior students will engage in a friendly competition. They will take the pledge to never text and drive. Far too many lives have been forever changed because someone decided to text behind the wheel, and we want to spread the word about how deadly a simple text can be, said Paul Weirtz, president of AT&T Minnesota. Were challenging all Minnesota drivers, especially our teens, to take the pledge to never text and drive and make it a lifelong commitment. Nationwide, more than four million pledges have been made at The movement is making a difference. One in three people who have seen the texting while driving message say theyve changed their driving habits Drivers need to make a serious effort to recognize and limit dangerous and unnecessary distractions, and passengers need to speak up to stop and prevent drivers from texting, says Rob Jarrett, Zumbrota Police Officer. Your focus behind the wheel is far more important than the text message you are sending or reading behind the wheel. State Farm Insurance has provided law enforcement agencies with Stop the Distraction cards as a reminder of the dangers of distracted driving. These educational cards will be distributed to drivers, along with a citation, during the enforcement wave. The cards give factual information on one side, along with a tragic story of how texting and driving impacted one family. We all should be concerned about the very real safety risk distracted driving creates, said State Farm Agent Bruce Fujan. Education efforts are an important part of the comprehensive approach we must pursue to reduce distracted driving. In 2012, distracted driver-related crashes resulted in 51 deaths and 8,304 injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails, and access the Internet on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic, such as at a stoplight or stuck in traffic. It is also illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time. Goodhue County Health and Human Services participates in the Towards Zero Deaths Coalition and says driver distractions include reaching for items, fiddling with radio/music/vehicle controls, eating/drinking, dealing with rowdy passengers, grooming and more. Tips to minimize distractions: Turn off your cellphone, or place it out of reach. If on a phone conversation with someone driving, ask them to call you back. Texting, emailing and web use while driving is illegal in Minnesota, including when stopped in traffic. Drivers under age 18 are prohibited from any cell phone use. Passengers should: Speak up to stop drivers from engaging in distracted behaviors. Assist with phone, directions and radio/music controls. Distracted driving education is a component Minnesotas core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.


Kayla Morey Parents: Vicki and Dale Morey Siblings, ages: Tiffany, 20 High school activities: Track and field, Panther Crew leader, wrestling statistician Favorite class or subject: Math Best high school memory: Senior Leadership Day, 2014 New York music trip Out of school activities, hobbies: Dance, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, fishing, skiing Part-time job: Panther Pals Favorite book: The Notebook; movie: August Rush; TV show: The Walking Dead; song: Anything country Future plans: Attend Bemidji State University

Kalley Berg Parents: Tom and Penny Berg Siblings, ages: Jon, 29; Matt, 25; Mark 21 High school activities: Basketball, track and field, dance, FFA Favorite class or subject: Shop and art Best high school memory: Senior Leadership Day Out of school activities, hobbies: 4-H, welding, running, farming, four-wheeling, spending time with family and friends Part-time job: Trailside Dairy Favorite book: Catching Jordan; movie: Forrest Gump; TV show: Blue Bloods, Castle; song: Outsiders by Eric Church and I Hold On by Dierks Bentley Future plans: Attend a twoyear college for welding and farm operations

Nicole Fokken Parents: Shawn and Gregg Fokken Siblings, ages: Mitchell Fokken, 20 High school activities: Basketball, volleyball, peer helpers, Panther Crew, track and field Favorite class or subject: Human anatomy and physiology or any art class with Mrs. Mentjes Best high school memory: Playing at the 2013 state basketball tournament with my best friends Out of school activities, hobbies: Playing basketball, shopping, spending time with friends, and camping with my family Favorite movie: Despicable Me 1 and 2; TV show: Psych and How I Met Your Mother; song: Clouds by Zach Sobiech Future plans: Going to college, playing basketball, and becoming a physical therapist

Report shows how Goodhue County ranks in factors that affect health
Goodhue County ranked 43rd in health outcomes and 24th in health factors, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The rankings come out during National Public Health Week, an opportunity to remind Americans about the importance of public health in their lives. Quality of life and clinical care were highlighted as areas of strength for Goodhue County. We are fortunate to live in an area of the state where we enjoy good quality of life and high-quality clinical care. As part of the quality of life measure, I was pleased to see the continued decline in the percentage of low birth weight babies in our county, said Nina Arneson, Goodhue County Health and Human Services Director. The health outcomes rank of 43rd rose ten places from 53rd last year. This was due to a slight decline in low birth weight babies and a slight decline in poor physical health days reported. Goodhue County ranked 13th for quality of life, including a decline in low birth weight, which was 5.8% compared to the state average of 6.5%. Health outcomes included both quality of life and length of life. Goodhue Countys health factors ranking held fairly steady at 24th, up three places from 27th last year. The health factors ranking was based on clinical care, health behaviors, and a few other measures. Goodhue County was ranked 17th for clinical care. Olmsted County took first in the state as it has since County Health Rankings were first issued five years ago, and Goodhue Countys neighbors Wabasha (6th), Steele (11th), Rice (14th), and Dakota (15th), were also in the top 20. Clinical care measures things like the percent of diabetics receiving proper screening, which was 94% in Goodhue County, above the 88% state average. An area where the rankings changed in Goodhue County was health behaviors, ranked 40th in 2014, up from 68th in 2013 and 81st out of 87 counties in 2010. Health behaviors include smoking, obesity, and excessive drinking, and for each of these measures Goodhue County remained slightly worse than the state average. This year, measures of a healthy food environment and access to exercise opportunities, where Goodhue scored well, were added in to the health behavior score. There is room for improvement and it takes all of us to improve individual and community health. This important work starts by us learning more about those factors that influence individual health like where we live, work, learn, play and receive health care, said Arneson. Ian Radtke Parents: Kevin and Michelle Radtke Siblings, ages: Mikayla Radtke, 15 High school activities: Football, baseball, FFA Favorite class or subject: Any class with Mr. Mainhardt Best high school memory: Winning Section 2AA championship for football Out of school activities, hobbies: Hunting, fishing, trap-shooting, hanging out with friends Part-time job: Farm laborer for Klingsporn Farms Favorite book: Enders Game; movie: Happy Gilmore; TV show: Family Guy; song: Any rock song from the 80s. Future plans: Attend University of Wisconsin River Falls and major in agricultural engineering.

2014 theme for National Public Health Week is Public Health: Start Here
National Public Health Week is April 7-13. Every year in the United States, seven out of ten deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, chronic diseases account for a whopping 75 percent of national health care spending, yet only three percent of our health care dollars go toward prevention. Here in Goodhue County, the age-adjusted diabetes rate is 7.4 percent, compared to 6.2 percent statewide. But there are steps we can take to help turn these statistics around. It takes all of us to improve the health of our communities and GCHHS staff is happy to help lead the way said Nina Arneson, Goodhue County Health and Human Services Director. Many small preventive steps related to how we live, work, learn, play and receive health care can add up to make a big difference in our overall individual and community health. Five topics are part of the American Public Health Associations annual celebration of the role of public health and prevention in our communities. Since 1995, communities nationwide have celebrated NPHW each April. This years five topics are: 1. Be Healthy from the Start Public health starts at home. From family nutrition to maternal health, the first step the community takes toward public health are in the comfort of their own home. Breastfeeding is associated with decreased risk of many chronic conditions such as obesity, Type one diabetes, and leukemia. The most effective way to encourage breastfeeding among soon-to-be or new mothers is education, said Krista Early, Family Health Supervisor. We participate in the Goodhue Wabasha Pierce County Breastfeeding Coalition to do promotion and education with hospitals and in the community. 2. Dont Panic Public health professionals help communities withstand the impact of a natural or man-made disaster by planning ahead and acting as a source of information during the crisis. Susan Johnson, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, has resources available to help families put together an emergency stockpile kit, create a crisis communication plan, and designate an emergency meeting place. 3. Get Out Ahead Prevention is now a nationwide priority. More than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices such as not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active and getting recommended screening tests According to recent research, every ten percent increase in investments in community-based public health programs is estimated to reduce deaths due to preventable causes by one to seven percent. The Minnesota Department of Health awarded two new grants to Goodhue County last year which increased funding for prevention. The Tobacco-Free Communities grant, beginning in February 2013, has so far led to twelve smokefree policies in multi-unit buildings to reduce secondhand smoke exposure. The Statewide Health Improvement Program grant was awarded in November 2013. 4. Eat Well In total, Americans are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were 40 years ago including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners. The average American now eats 15 more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970. Our Statewide Health Improvement Program grant is required to work with local schools to help them educate children on healthy eating habits early. Many school districts in our county are already working on this, and we are planning with them how to expand those efforts as well as share whats worked in one school with the other schools, said Ruth Greenslade, Healthy Communities Supervisor. 5. Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation For the first time in decades, the current generation isnt as healthy as the one that came before. Public health professionals can lead the way by helping communities identify the resources and information available to make sure that children and young adults have bright, healthy futures. National Public Health Week helps educate and engage Americans in the movement to create a healthier America for ourselves and the generations to come, said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association. We all have a role to play in making America the healthiest nation in one generation. And it starts with each of us taking the simple preventive steps that lead to better health. For more information about National Public Health Week, visit To learn more about public health efforts in Goodhue County, visit http://

Taylor Baker Parents: Bryan and Sara Baker Siblings, ages: Jaden, 11; Brandon, 8 High school activities: Oneact play, carolers, womens ensemble, Panther Crew, Culture Club, Art Scream, choir Favorite class or subject: Choir Best high school memory: Play practice for Anything Goes my junior year Out of school activities, hobbies: Singing, dancing, acting, taking pictures, writing, reading, spending time with my family and friends, and traveling Part-time job: Personal care assistant and working at Island Market Favorite book: The Fault In Our Stars; movie: National Lampoons Christmas Vacation; TV show: That 70s Show; song: Breathe by Angels & Airwaves Future plans: Earn a degree in English education with a minor in theater at Winona State University

Marcus Woelfle Parents: Jeannie and Michael Woelfle Siblings, ages: Erica, 22; and Jillian, 20 High school activities: Track, FFA, Environmental Club Favorite class or subject: Psychology, anatomy, and humanities Best high school memory: Every day with my friends at school no day was dull with them! Out of school activities, hobbies:Reading Manga, gaming, reading stories that my friends wrote, looking up conspiracies, watching anime on the computer Part-time job: Bergens Greenhouse in-store merchandising along with Wal-Mart Favorite book: Armageddons Children by Terry Brooks; movie: Riddick series; TV show: Sherlock (BBC), Game of Thrones, Firefly; song: Dance with the Devil by Breaking Benjamin Future plans: Join the Coast Guard

Danielle Bye Parents: Raymond and Robin Bye Siblings, ages: Joshua, 29; Miranda, 27; Aaron, 23; and Bradley, 21 High school activities: Yearbook, FFA, track, National Honor Society, wrestling statistician Favorite class or subject: Chemistry Best high school memory:

Protection from heating and utility disconnections ends April 15

After April 15, connected utility companies will be turning off heat and electric service for accounts that are past due. Cold Weather Rule protection ends then. Funding is still available for heating and utility assistance in Goodhue, Rice, Olmsted and Wabasha Counties. Household income must be within the following guidelines: Number in household, gross three-month income 1, $6,808 (2,269/mo) 2, $8,903 (2,968/mo)

Being in Louisville at the National FFA Convention and getting the phone call saying the football team was going to State Out of school activities, hobbies: 4-H, hanging out with friends, reading, shopping, being outside Part-time job: Calf feeder at Albert Brothers Dairy Favorite book: Vampire Academy series; movie: Dirty Dancing ; TV show: Friends; song: Drink to That All Night Future plans: Attend the University of Wisconsin Stout for cross-media graphics management. Id like to graduate and go right Allison Anderson Parents: Connie and Doug into a job, advance in the field, and settle down with a family. Anderson, Jon and Lisa AnderMaybe move somewhere warmer. son Siblings, ages: Steven, 19; Mackenzie, 19; Morgan, 16 High school activities: Gymnastics, softball, National Honor Society, Panther Crew, Art Scream Favorite class or subject: Digital photography or ceramics 3, $10,997 (3,666/mo) Best high school memory: Any 4, $13,092 (4,364/mo) of the Homecoming Week activi5, $15,187 (5,062/mo) ties 6, $17,282 (5,761/mo) Out of school activities, hob7, $17,675 (5,892/mo) bies: Dance 8, $18,067 (6,022/mo) Favorite book: Look Again Households that heat with oil or propane can apply also. Visit by Lisa Scottoline; movie: and zen or That Awkward Moment; TV search for energy assistance. The show: The Bachelor/Bachelorette; energy assistance telephone num- song: Holding On Too by Lori bers are 507-732-8554 and 800- Martini Future plans: Attend the Uni277-8418 Utility accounts do not need to versity of Minnesota Mankato and figure out what to do with the be past due to apply. rest of my life


ROLLING MEADOWS MENNONITE CHURCH, Belvidere Town Hall, 2 miles north of Bellechester on County 2, Pastor Aaron Witmer, 651-9234240. Sundays: 10 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Worship; 7 p.m. Hymn Sing every fourth Sunday. ST. MARYS CATHOLIC, Bellechester, Father Paul Kubista. Sunday mornings: 8:30 a.m. Mass. Tuesday mornings: 8 a.m. Mass. 10:30 a.m.; Confessions 4:15 p.m. Saturday; Daily Mass Wednesday 8:30 a.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.; Confessions 8 a.m. Office Hours Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ST. PAUL LUTHERAN, ELCA, 214 3rd St. S.W., Box 708, Pine Island, John Torris Lohre, Senior Pastor; Kip A. Groettum, Associate Pastor. Email:; Web site: Wed., April 9: 3:30 p.m. 7th and 8th grade confirmation; 6 p.m. Adult ed; Dinner; 7 p.m. Worship; 8 p.m. Chancel choir; 8:45 p.m. Praise team. Thurs., April 10: 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Senior quilt tying; 6 p.m. Stewardship meeting; 6:30 p.m. 5th grade 1st communion class and seder meal. Sat., April 12: 5:30 p.m. Worship. Sun., April 13: 8:15 a.m. Worship; 9:30 a.m. Fellowship; Sunday School; 7th grade confirmation; Handbells; 10:30 a.m. Worship; Sunday School. Mon., April 14: Newsletter deadline. Tues. April 15: 8:30 a.m. Staff meeting; 1:30 p.m. Bible study; 3:15 p.m. Childrens choir. UNITED METHODIST, 200 Main St. North, PO Box 8, Pine Island, Carolyn Westlake, Pastor; Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.; Web address:; email: Wed., April 9: 9-11:30 a.m. Better Brew hours; 6 p.m. Worship meeting; 7 p.m. Lenten study service. Thurs., April 14: 2 p.m. Rebekah Lodge; 7 p.m. Disciple study. Sun., April 13: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:15 a.m. Sunday School. Sun., April 13-Wed., April 16: IHN Mon., April 14: 2 p.m. Disciple study; 6:30 p.m. Silent prayer. Tues., April 15: 7 p.m. Finance meeting. Wed., April 16: 9-11:30 a.m. Better Brew hours; 6 p.m. Worship meeting; 7 p.m. Lenten study service. Sunday: 9:30 a.m.; Ecclesiastes, Wednesday 7 p.m., Bible School classes and seminars FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC, 455 East Avenue, Zumbrota; Rev. Lisa Johnson office hours Tuesdays 8-11 a.m. at Bridgets. Secretarys office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed., April 9: 5:30 p.m. Lenten study. Sat., April 12: 8:30 a.m. Church cleaning in preparation for Easter. Sun., April 13: 11 a.m. Worship. LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHURCH , a Wesleyan church, 179 W. 3rd St., Zumbrota, lighthousecommunityzum, Janet Fischer, Pastor. Office: 732-5074. Thursdays 6:30 p.m. Bible study at the Busches. Sun., April 13: 10:45 a.m. Worship. Luke 19:28-44. Mon., April 14: 6 p.m. Passover seder at the home of the Busches. NEW RIVER ASSEMBLY OF GOD , 290 South Main Street, Zumbrota. 507-398-2604. Pastor Gary Basinski. Service times: Saturday, 7 p.m. OUR SAVIOURS LUTHERAN AFLC Eric Westlake and Tim Banks, Pastors, 1549 East Avenue, Zumbrota, 732-5449, church office. Website: Office hours: Tues., Wed., and Fri., 8 a.m.-noon. Wed., April 9: 11:30 a.m. Womens Bible study; 3:15 p.m. WINGS; Junior youth group; 6 p.m. Meal; 7 p.m. Worship. Sat., April 12: 7 a.m. Mens prayer breakfast; 8:30 a.m. Womens prayer breakfast; 11:30 a.m. Womens luncheon at OSLC in Cannon Falls with Wendy as guest speaker; 10:50 a.m. car pool will leave from church; 4 p.m. Youth group. Sun., April 13: 8:30 a.m. Prayer time; 9 a.m. Sunday School; 10:15 a.m. Worship with Sunday School kids singing; 6:30 p.m. Bible study at Poncelets. Mon., April 14: 7 p.m. Building committee meeting; Moms in prayer. CHURCH OF ST. PAUL, 749 Main St. South, Zumbrota, 732-5324, email Pastor Father Randal Kasel, pastor. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. Mass Schedule: Sunday, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Mass at the nursing home is the second Tuesday of the month at 9:15 a.m. UNITED REDEEMER LUTHERAN, 560 W. 3rd St., Zumbrota, 732-7303, Susan Vikstrom, pastor; Cindy Wilson Youth director. Wed., April 9: 7:15 a.m. CBC; 5:30 p.m. Supper; 6 p.m. G4C practice; 6:30 p.m. Worship; 7 p.m. Choir rehearsal. Thurs., April 10: 9 a.m. Naomi circle at Dollys house; 1:30 p.m. Rebekah circle with Janice Olson; 5:45 p.m. Finance meeting; 6:30 p.m. Church council. Sat., April 12: 1:30 p.m. Mother-daughter tea. Sun., April 13: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship; 9:15 a.m. PACE; Sunday School; 5th grade 1st communion classes. Mon.-Wed., April 1416: Visit Care Center. Wed., April 16: 7:15 a.m. CBC; 6 p.m. 5th grade seder meal; 7 p.m. Choir rehearsal. Sunday of the month. St. Johns: Sundays: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:15 a.m. Sunday School; Bible study; Communion on the second and last Sunday of the month. Sun., April 13: 9 a.m. Worship at St. Johns. 10:30 a.m. Worship at Grace. HAUGE LUTHERAN, Rural Kenyon, Martin Horn, Pastoral. Wed., April 9: 3:15 p.m. Overcomers; 5 p.m. 1st year confirmation at Emmanuel; 6 p.m. 2nd year confirmation at Emmanuel; Supper at Emmanuel; 6:30 p.m. Choir at Emmanuel; 7:30 p.m. Bible study at Emmanuel. Sun., April 13: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:30 a.m. Sunday School; 3 p.m. Choir concert followed by supper. Mon., April 14: 9:30 a.m. Rachel circle at Brenda Boyums. Wed., April 16: 3:15 p.m. Overcomers. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, Hay Creek (LCMS), 24686 Old Church Road. Pastor Lowell Sorenson, 651388-4577. Sundays: 9 a.m. Sunday School; Bible class; 9:45 a.m. Fellowship time; 10 a.m. Worship. LANDS LUTHERAN, 16640 Highway. 60 Blvd., Zumbrota, MN 55992-5105. Zumbrota. Text study; 7 p.m. Spiritual guidance. Wed., April 9: 9 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Worship; 5:30 p.m. Supper. Thurs., April 10: 7:15 a.m. Youth Bible study at Bridgets; 7 p.m. Council meeting. Sat., April 12: 7:30 a.m. Council retreat. Sun., April 13: 7:30 a.m. Praise practice; 8:30 a.m. Praise worship; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; Choir; WOL bake sale; 10:30 a.m. Worship. Tues., April 15: 11 a.m. Text study; 7 p.m. Praise practice. Wed., April 16: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Quilting; 6:30 p.m. Worship committee meeting. MINNEOLA LUTHERAN, 13628 County 50 Blvd. Wed., April 9: 6 p.m. Supper and study; Planning council and pastoral board meeting following. Sun., April 13: 8:30 a.m. Youth board meeting; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship with communion. ST. COLUMBKILL CATHOLIC , 36483 County. 47 Blvd., Belle Creek, Father Paul Kubista. Sundays: 10:30 a.m. Mass. ST. JOHNS EV. LUTHERAN, Bear Valley, Alan Horn, Pastor. 843-6211, home; 843-5302 work. Bible Class is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Mazeppa. Sun., April 13: 10:30 a.m. Worship. ST. JOHNS EV. LUTHERAN, WELS, Minneola Township, County Road 7, rural Zumbrota, Randall Kuznicki, Pastor. Wed., April 9: 8 p.m. Worship with Vicar Drake speaking. Sun., April 13: 10:30 a.m. Worship; 11:30 a.m. Ladies aid afther church. Tues., April 15: 1-4 p.m. Pastors office hours. ST. PETER LUTHERAN, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Belvidere, 28961 365th St., Goodhue, MN 55027-8515, Dr. Scott T. Fiege, Pastor. Wed., April 9: 6 p.m. Supper and worship at Bethany. Sun., April 13: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Easter egg hunt; 10:30 a.m. Worship. STORDAHL LUTHERAN, ELCA, Rural Zumbrota. Church: (507) 732-5711, Kathy Lowery, Pastor, Home 507271-5711. Wed., April 9: 5:30 p.m. Supper; 6:30 p.m. Worship. Sat., April 12: General church cleaning. Sun., April 13: 9 a.m. Confirmation; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. Choir; 10:30 a.m. Worship. Tues., April 15: 11 a.m. Text study. URLAND LUTHERAN 6940 County 9 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009. Church: 507-263-5544; Pastor David Hurtt, Interim. Wed., April 9: 6 a.m. Mens Bible study; 1 p.m. WELCA and Bible study at Twin Rivers; 6 p.m. Supper; 7 p.m. Worship. Sun., April 13: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; Youth forum; 10:30 a.m. Communion worship. Wed., April 16: 6 a.m. Mens Bible study. WANGEN PRAIRIE LUTHERAN , LCMC 34289 County 24 Blvd., Cannon Falls, Curtis Fox, Pastor, 507663-9060; Linda Flom, Visitation Minister, 263-5613. Sundays 9 a.m. Worship. Thursdays 9:30 a.m. Bible study; 7 p.m. Blue grass jam. ZWINGLl UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 23148 County Highway 24, West Concord (Berne), 507/527-2622. Rev. Victor Jortack, Pastor.

Pine Island
PINE ISLAND Pine Island Area Home Services, serving the Pine Island and Oronoco areas, is sponsoring the following April events. Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at the Pine Island Senior Center located at 109 3rd St. SW. Services: Available to adults 65 and older. For more information or if you are in need of assistance, please contact our office. Shopping trips to Wal-Mart: Thursday, April 10 at noon (no lunch) and Tuesday, April 29, at 11 a.m. (with a lunch stop). Limited seating/ reservation required. Foot Care Clinic: At the City Centre on Thursday, April 17. Inhome appointments are available for those who have difficulty leaving home. Call for an appointment. Bone Builder Exercise Classes: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Incorporates gentle strength training, balance training, stretching and fun. You can join this ongoing class at any time and exercises start at your ability. Weights are provided and their use during class is optional. Aerobics Exercise Classes: Fridays from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Blood Pressure Clinics: 11 a.m., second and fourth Tuesdays at City Centre in Pine Island; 11 a.m., first Wednesday at Pine Island Senior Center and 12:30 p.m. every second Wednesday at the Oronoco Community Center. Unable to leave home? Call 356-2999 to schedule an in-home blood pressure check. Caregiver Support Group: Held on the second and fourth Mondays each month at 1 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Island. Respite caregiver is available upon request. Open to any caregiver. Senior Forum with Dr. McBeath: Thursday, April 24 at noon. Topic to be announced. TRIAD: Third Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. TRIAD is seniors and law enforcement working together to promote senior safety in our community. Refreshments will be served Senior Bus Trip: Tuesday, May 13. Join us as we travel to the LARK toy store with a ride on the carousel, lunch at Slipperys in Wabasha, a tour and wine/chocolate taste testing at the Chocolate Escape and shopping at Grandpas Barn with over 200 craft booths. On our journey home we will stop at the Nelson Cheese Factory for treats. Cost includes transportation, carousel ride, lunch and guided tour and sampling at the Chocolate Escape. Reservations and prepayment required. Call or stop into our office for more information. If you enjoy visiting with and helping senior citizens, why not consider volunteering for our program? We have a need for people to drive clients to and from clinic appointments both locally and in Rochester and we are looking for substitute Meals on Wheels drivers. Contact us today for more information on how to volunteer.

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC , Goodhue, Father Paul Kubista. Saturdays: 5:30 p.m. Mass. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:45 a.m. Mass. ST. LUKE LUTHERAN, Goodhue, 651-923-4695, Pastor Regina Hassanally. Wed., April 9: 7 p.m. Worship; Council meeting. Sun., April 13: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. Worship with communion by intinction and all grades singing. Wed., April 16: 9 a.m. Quilting; 6:30 p.m. 8th grade confirmation. ST. PETERS EV. LUTHERAN, WELS, 702 Third Ave., Goodhue, Randall L. Kuznicki, Pastor. Wed., April 9: 8:30 a.m. Quiling at church with Bible study; 7:30 p.m. Worship with Pastor Shoch speaking with fellowship following service and Ladies aid. Sun., April 13: 8:15 a.m. Worship with communion; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; Bible study. Tues., April 15: 1-4 p.m. Pastors office hours.

ST. JOHNS EV. LUTHERAN , Mazeppa, Alan Horn, Pastor. 8436211, home; 843-5302 work. Bible class every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Sun., April 13: 8:30 a.m. Worship; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School. ST. PETER & PAUL CATHOLIC , Mazeppa. Weekends-Masses: Sun.: 10 a.m., Mazeppa, Fr. Joe Fogal. UNITED METHODIST , Mazeppa, David Neil, Pastor. Church: 843-4962; home: 732-4291. Every Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship.

NEW LIFE CHURCH , Wanamingo, Pastor Patrick McBride, 507-8243019. New Life Church meets at 10 a.m. at 525 Beverly Street, Wanamingo. Free nursery for infants through age three; Sunday School for all ages beginning at 9 a.m. Small Group Bible Studies Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. TRINITY LUTHERAN , Wanamingo, Christopher Culuris, Pastor 507-8242155. Wed., April 9: 2 p.m. Wednesday circle hosted by Ruth Braget; 6 p.m. Planning council; Supper at Wanamingo Lutheran; 7 p.m. Worship. Thurs., April 10: Newsletter deadline; 2 p.m. Thursday circle at Heritage Hill hosted by Ethel Hauge. Sun., April 13: 8:45 a.m. Sunday School sings; 9 a.m. Worship followed by coffee fellowship. Mon., April 14: 8:30 a.m. Quilting. Wed., April 16: 9 a.m. Volunteers help with newsletter. WANAMINGO LUTHERAN ELCA, Wanamingo, MN 55983, Christopher Culuris, Pastor. Office hours Thursdays 1-3 p.m., 507-824-2410. Wed., April 9: 6 p.m. Supper; 7 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer. Thurs., April 10: 2 p.m. WELCA Bible study; 6:30 p.m. Council meeting. Sun., April 13: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

When city mains freeze, Oronoco delivers

By Karen Snyder ORONOCO When city-owned water mains in two subdivisions froze, Oronoco followed the counsel of engineering firm Stantec and the Minnesota Rural Water Association to leave the mains alone and wait for the thaw. The handsoff policy saved streets from getting dug up but left five houses waterless. The iced-up mains belong to the city which felt obligated to help the homeowners, so Oronoco Public Works installed temporary water tanks in the five basements and began filling those tanks three days a week and will keep to that routine until the mains defrost. Public works director Cain Dolan and his assistant Travis Reed pump water from hydrants into the citys fire truck tank and from there into the basements tanks. The two men have mastered the process and make the rounds in two to twoand-a-half hours. That is, if the weather doesnt challenge. Dolan worries about driving the truck on slippery roads, and in cold weather, the water in the tank starts to freeze. Its been a little hectic, he said, but we want to do everything we can to keep people happy.

GRACE LUTHERAN, WELS , 45 1st Avenue NE, Oronoco: 507-367-4329, Pastor Ben Kempfert 507-367-4426. Office hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.noon. Sundays: 8:45 a.m. Sunday School; Bible class; 10 a.m. Worship. Wed., April 9: 7 p.m. Worship. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ORONOCO , 40 3rd Street SW., Rev. Lisa Johnson office hours Mondays 1-4 p.m.; Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed., April 9: 5-7 p.m. Food shelf open; 5:30 p.m. Lenten study; 6:30 p.m. Session meeting. Thurs., April 10: 9:15 a.m. Food shelf delivery and restocking. Sun., April 13: 9 a.m. Worship.

In the chart labeled Pine Island Facility Referendum Bond Election on the front page of the April 2, 2014, issue, the numbers in the State Aid column were misreported as percentages when they should have been dollar values in the millions. The total for Question #1 should have been $4,126,000 and for Question #2, $3,892,000.

CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH , Pine Island, Tim Graham, Pastor, 507-356-4306, www.corner, ASL Interpretation available. Cornerstone Kids meet every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Prayer meeting is Wednesdays at 7 p.m. GOOD NEWS EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, 208 North Main, Pine Island, Chris Paulson, Pastor, (507) 356-4834. Sundays: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for children and adults; 10:30 a.m. Worship; 7 p.m. Youth Group for grades 7-12. Wednesdays: 6 p.m. AWANA for grades K-6; 7:30 p.m. Bible study for all ages. PINE ISLAND ASSEMBLY OF GOD, 520 So. Main St., Pine Island, 3568622, email: dashpole@bevcomm. net, Rev. Dan Ashpole, Pastor. Sundays: 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible class and Childrens Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship. ST. MICHAELS CATHOLIC, 451 5th Street SW, Pine Island, 356-4280, Father Randal Kasel, Pastor; Saturday Mass 5 p.m.; Sunday Mass

CHRIST EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH and School, WELS, 223 East 5th Street, Zumbrota, Office 732-5421. Wayne Schoch, Pastor, 732-4089; School, Daniel Kell, Principal, 7325367. Wed., April 9: 10:30 a.m. Bible study; 1 p.m. Nursing Home communion 3:15 p.m. Junior choir sings at Nursing Home; 3:30 p.m. Confirmation class; 5 p.m. Supper; 6:30 p.m . Worship; 7:30 p.m. Choir. Thurs., April 10: 1:30 p.m. Sewing circle. Sun., April 13: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship with communion; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. Teen Bible study; Adult Bible study; 3 p.m. Womens Bible study; 4:30 p.m. Father-son banquet. Mon., April 14: 6 p.m. Bell choir; 7 p.m. Bible study. Tues., April 15: 7 pm.. Church council. Wed., April 16: 10:30 a.m. Bible study; 3:15 p.m. Junior choir picnic; 3:30 p.m. Confirmation class; 7:30 p.m. Choir. FAMILY WORSHIP CHURCH Weekly worship services: 81 West 5th Street, Zumbrota, 507-732-7438, www.fwc EMMANUEL LUTHERAN, Aspelund, Martin Horn, Pastor. Wed., April 9: 3:15 p.m. Overcomers; 5 p.m. 1st year confirmation; 6 p.m. 2nd year confirmation; Supper; 6:30 p.m. Choir; 7:30 p.m. Bible study. Thurs., April 10: 1:30 p.m. Rachel circle at Dorothy Hjermstads. Sat., April 12: 8 a.m. FBI Bible study at church. Sun., April 13: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:45 a.m. Worship; 3 p.m. Choir concert at Hauge followed by supper. Mon., April 14: 6:30 p.m. Deacons meeting; 7:30 p.m. Church council meeting. Wed., April 16: 3:15 p.m. Overcomers. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, Nerstrand, Don Kloster pastor, (507) 3342822. Sundays: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:15 a.m. Coffee hour; 10:30 a.m. Sunday School; Confirmation class. GRACE & ST. JOHNS LUTHERAN CHURCHES, Rural Goodhue, County 4 Blvd., Vacancy Pastor: Randall Kuznicki. Grace: Sundays: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship; Communion on the second and last

Palm Sunday concert at Hauge April 13

By Alicia Hunt-Welch KENYON In a combined effort through two area churches, a Palm Sunday concert will feature music and the Spoken Word in celebration of this Easter season. The program titled Great Is Our God! will be held at Hauge Lutheran Church in Kenyon on Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. The parish choir of Hauge and Emmanuel Churches and the First Lutheran bell choir will sing. Everyone is invited to attend, and a light supper will be offered following the concert. Hauge Lutheran Church is a handicapaccessible building and is located on the corner of Third and Bullis Street in Kenyon.


Pastor Gary Basinski New River Assembly of God With two big box office hits recently, a lot has been said about whether or not Christians should be in the movie business. Should we go to these movies and how should Christians react to these situations? I am sure there are more, but the two movies that have caused the biggest uproar recently are Son of God and Noah. One was done by a more conservative person who, I believe, also wrote or had a part in Touched by an Angel and the Bible mini-series on the History Channel. The other stars Russell Crowe and was done by a more traditional Hollywood movie producer. Christians want to use them as a way to make a statement or a way to witness to someone; personally, I just do not understand it. I get it. I love movies and I am going to see both of these very soon. But, in no way, do I take either of these movies as truth. They are both stories from the Bible, which is true by the way. But each movie has taken personal liberties and in doing so has changed the real account. One may have taken this liberty more than the other one, but either way, neither of them are the gospel. They are both forms of entertainment. They need and should be treated as such. It is a sad day when we are arguing over a movie. You see many people who call themselves Christians who have been extremely vocal about these movies and do not even believe the Bible themselves. They believe in a form of it, or most of it but they do not take the entire thing as the inherent Word of God. That is the biggest issue facing Christianity today, but these movies come out and we freak out. Oh no, someone got the story of Noah wrong! But how many of them know that Noah got drunk and passed out in his tent only to have his sons find him naked. So they covered him up, and when he awoke he cursed the one who covered him up. You see the Bible is full of stories that no one knows about. Thats what should bother us, not a movie meant for entertainment. We see our culture and all the disturbing trends, and all we can do is fight over a movie. It is dumb. Wake up and see the only thing that can change lives is Jesus Christ. If all we do is fight over this dumb stuff, no wonder the rest of the world thinks we are a bunch of crazy people. We just saw Ken Hamm get destroyed in the media because he actually has faith in a God who created the world in six days like the Bible says. That should get us riled up. Lets stand up for the Bible, enjoy good entertainment and show the world the love of Christ and stop arguing about things that do not matter. If you want to go see these movies go for it, who cares! Have a great time, buy some pop and popcorn and enjoy your night. Just remember they are movies, not the Bible! If you ever have questions you can call me at the church at 507-732-5156 or just stop on by New River Zumbrota. You can also email me at gary.nragz God bless and have a great week.

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County reviews Hidden Valley Campground owner Veterans Service given seven weeks to set things right Officer appointment
By Paul Martin RED WING Goodhue County staff were unaware that Lyman Robby Robinson, Jr., was reprimanded for sexual harassment in 2010 while working in Washington County, a report in the Red Wing Republican-Eagle by reporter Michael Brun revealed on March 30. Robinson started work as Veterans Service Officer for Goodhue County on March 21 after fulfilling the same role in Washington County since early 2010. He also serves as Mayor of Cannon Falls. Robinson exhibited a pattern of inappropriate eye contact with multiple female staff members, an investigation found. He was ordered to attend a respectful workplace training session at that time. No further complaints were recorded against him in his time with Washington County. Goodhue County routinely conducts background checks on all new county employees during the hiring process. Robinson did not reveal the reprimand as an applicant, but it was discovered by a public data request made by the Republican-Eagle. Goodhue County Board of Commissioners Chair Ron Allen expressed frustration that the countys investigation had failed to uncover the record. County Attorney Steve Betcher told this reporter on April 1 that county staff are actively considering what action to take, if any.
Lorentz wins ordinance change

At its April 1 Board of Commissioners meeting, the board approved David Lorentzs request for a change in the wording of the countys zoning ordinance for the A-2 (mixed agricultural use) zone. The definition of allowed commercial recreation facilities now includes health facilities. Lorentz plans to develop a communitybased fitness and wellness center on his property on Highway 19 west of Cannon Falls, the former site of Spring Garden Nursery. Commissioner Jim Bryant asked, What is the definition of a health facility? Board and staff are content to leave that undefined, since any application will still have to pass the planning process. Paul Strand and Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc., were given approval for a new turkey feedlot on Highway 23 in the west side of Cherry Grove Township. The township had approved the new into line with new state regulafeedlot. tions. Under the new rules, sysSeptic ordinance change tems will need to be inspected and will impact property sales when the property is The board approved changes to relicensed or transferred. Sellers may the county ordinance concerning sold to place money in escrow if septic systems. The changes are need system needs repair or replaceneeded to bring Goodhue County the ment.

By Paul Martin RED WING Hidden Valley Campground, a popular resort in Welch for over 50 years, is close to a permanent shutdown. At a public hearing during its April 1 meeting, the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners gave owner-operator Cory Axelson seven weeks to agree to a binding plan with county staff to correct numerous alleged violations of his operating permit or see it revoked. New regulations, from which Axelson is protected by grandfathered status, would require all buildings to be set back 150 feet from the Cannon River, and up to six feet of fill to be added to the campground to bring it above flood level. In that event, it is most unlikely Hidden Valley would ever reopen. The decision came after a full hearing that lasted over four hours, with sworn witnesses and the presence of the county court recorder. Land Use Management Director Lisa Hanni set out the countys case for revocation, summarizing

about 100 pages of records that detail alleged violations of rules and hazards to public health and safety stretching back to 1982. The county alleges that Axelson expanded the campground in the area and number of sites without approval; operated a campground without a license; and lacks the state-required permit for the camps sewage system. Commissioners were reluctant to close down this long-established and popular family-owned business, but were also mindful of the

numerous complaints made by area residents about noise, drunkenness and, at times, violence in recent years. The campground suffered serious flooding several times between 2010 and 2013, which left the bank deeply eroded and sewer and electric lines exposed in the river. The corner of the main bathhouse is hanging over the riverbank. Axelson represented himself, and repeatedly thumbed through stacks of papers as he searched for answers to the allegations. Com-

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From Our Files

20 Years Ago March 30, 1994
Dave OReilly received the School Board Recognition Award from Superintendent Mike Smith at the recent school board meeting. *** Christine Voth, piano stu50 Years Ago dent of Kathryn Sandquist of Red Wing, has qualified as a finalist in March 26, 1964 the 1994 state contest of the MinBORN TO: Mr. and Mrs. Fred nesota Association. *** The Stu- Huneke of Bellechester, a son, on dent of the Week is Michelle Kirtz. March 18. *** Mrs. J.J. Buchholtz visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. 40 Years Ago Henry Holst in Zumbrota on SunApril 4, 1974 Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rohe of day. *** Mr. and Mrs. Lester Banidt Braham spent the weekend visit- were hosts to members of their ing their respective parents, Mr. Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Club Sunand Mrs. Carl Rohe and Mr. and day evening. 60 Years Ago Mrs. Wayne Buck. *** Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Lodermeier and SuApril 1, 1954 san were Sunday guests at the Mr. and Mrs. Emil Dohrn and LeRoy Utecht home in honor of their daughter Donnas First Communion. *** Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Benitt celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with a family dinner Friday evening at the Town House in Rochester. family were Sunday dinner guests at the Harvey Dankers home. *** Saturday night, the Arnold Thomfordes, Otto Rehders, and Russell Carlsons were guests in the Alvin Bode home. *** Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Guenther of Rochester were Sunday visitors at the Art Buck home.

20 Years Ago March 30, 1994
A family dinner was held Sunday, March 27, honoring Inky Syverson on her 80th birthday. *** Tudy Olson visited Larry and Karen Freiheit and son Kirk in Orlando, Florida, March 16-23.

70 Years Ago March 30, 1944

70 Years Ago March 23, 1944

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Dankers and family were Wednesday evening visitors at the August Banidt home. *** Mrs. Wilfred OReilly, Mrs. Raymond Banidt, and Mary Kelly were visitors in Red Wing Thursday. *** Mr. and Mrs. Luverne Haas and family were Sunday evening visitors at the J.J. Ryan home.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Quittem and family were Sunday afternoon visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Wallaker. *** Mr. and Mrs. Helmer Moe spent Tuesday and Wednesday at the Lars 40 Years Ago Hjermstad home. *** P.M. March 28, 1974 Vandiver and Alvin Steberg atKathy Hadler, daughter of Mr. tended a pasture planning meetand Mrs. Harvey Hadler of rural ing in Red Wing on Monday. Goodhue, has been named a candidate for Goodhue County Dairy Princess. *** Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wavrin and family of Forest Lake and Peter Sather of Fertile visited Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lund. *** Mr. and Mrs. Ron Johnson have been visiting the past few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luverne Johnson.

missioners patience wore thin, and several times they cornered him with yes/no questions, only for him to avoid giving a simple answer. He claimed several times that he is being singled out, a claim which county staff refuted. Several second- and third-generation campers voiced support for Hidden Valley. Leigh Nelson, who has operated Welch Ski Area for 50 years, said, Regulations change often. Small businesses find it hard to comply, and need support. Virginia Lynn, who lives close to the campground, said, We hear screaming and loud music to all hours, and nobody seems to control it. I dont want to see the campground closed, but there has to be a way to make life better for the neighbors. Board members found all five areas of complaint against Axelson proven. Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel said, We are really left with only two options: let him continue despite all the problems or revoke his permit. They all weighed in to make clear that they will vote on whether to revoke Axelsons permit on May 20 unless he has agreed to firm plans to put things right with county staff by that date. Commissioner Rich Samuelson said to him, If we could put some reasonable conditions in place, things could change including for you. Rechtzigel added, None of us wanted to get to this point. Staff and the board have made multiple efforts over years to work with you. Action was tabled until May only after Commissioner Ted Seifert confirmed that Axelson cannot open his campground now anyway. Because he has no approval for his sewage system, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has withdrawn his license. County Attorney Steve Betcher confirmed that he could face heavy fines and up to 90 days in jail for every day he would open. Board Chair Ron Allen said in closing, Youre a lucky man, Cory. If I werent Chair, I would make a motion now to close you down.

50 Years Ago March 26, 1964

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Solberg and family of Hampton, Iowa, were visitors over the weekend at the home of her mother, Mrs. Ella Froyum. *** Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Larson and son Todd of Minneapolis visited Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. L.E. Larson. *** Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hilling of South St. Paul were Sunday visitors at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Hilling.

WANAMINGO, 1974 In their first year in interscholastic basketball competition the Wanamingo girls basketball team finished the season as Wasioja Conference champions with a 6-1 record. Displaying their championship trophy, from left to right, are co-captains Sue Thoreson, Gretchen Bordson, Betty Jo Grothe, and Coach Lois Bjorngaard.

10 Years Ago March 24, 2004
Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Becky Nelson of Zumbrota is on the road to success. This month Nelson earned the use of a new Pontiac Grand Am in recognition of her outstanding business performance as a member of the Mary Kay Independent sales force. *** ZumbrotaMazeppa sixth-graders who took part in the Math Master competition in Austin were Sarah Kruse, Carol Tesmer, Ryan Anderson, Monica Nigon, Marcy Swenson and Justin Cole. Jennifer Goplen and Lora Lyon. *** Lori Archer, Kim Call and Marit Merseth, students at Zumbrota High School are attending the Heart Leadership Conference at the Radisson South in Minneapolis. *** Mr. and Mrs. Archie Olson were recent dinner guests at the Henry Vang home. Also present were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ahrens, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Holst and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Zipp. *** Mr. and Mrs. Robert Monson of Duluth visited with relatives and friends in Zumbrota this past weekend. St. Paul were Monday night visitors at the Clyde Mark home. Mr. Gausman is a former band director of the local school. *** Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hoven returned Monday night from Wisconsin where they visited friends in Dodgeville and Rev. Duane Hoven and his family at Warsaw. *** Saturday visitors at the Marlowe Island home were Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ringstad of Davenport, Iowa. *** Bruce Schliep, son of Mr. and Mrs. Aldon Schliep entertained ten boys at a bowling party Saturday morning in honor of his 10th birthday.

GOODHUE, 1974 Each year members of the community who have helped make the year a success are awarded the Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree. Recipients of the award this year are, from left to right: Wayne Thomforde, Arville Buck, Burt Austad (Bruce Meyer accepting), Carl Rohe, and Donald Gregoire.

20 Years Ago March 30, 1994
rector of one of the two melodramas Pine Island School will perform April 27-28. Although director Tom Bollman usually has a student director working with him on every play, having a student entirely in charge of a play is much different, and not often done at the high school level, he said.

Record, are among the candidates in the Goodhue County Dairy Princess contest. *** Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Mike Krause are new David Bertsinger and Keith of junior members of the American Oronoco and Mr. and Mrs. DenAngus Association. *** St. Cloud nis Kundert were supper guests of State University has recognized Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Kelly this Kaine Kerkhoff and Marin Swee weekend. *** Mr. and Mrs. Denfor scholastic achievement dur20 Years Ago nis Kundert spent Thursday ing the winter quarter. *** Joshua March 23, 1994 evening with their son Melroy and 40 Years Ago Grenell was selected as the SubRosana Vivar Rios of Ecuador, family at Mantorville to celebrate March 28, 1974 section 4 winner of the AAL award. an exchange student, is the guest Linda Yennie, sponsored by Pine his birthday. 30 Years Ago 50 Years Ago of Jim Borden and Pastor Barbara Island Pharmacy, and Susan Reese, April 4, 1984 April 2, 1964 Kopperud who are her host parVicky Holets is the student di- sponsored by the Pine Island Mr. and Mrs. Sam Stucky of ents. *** The ZM Middle School Fort Dodge, Iowa, spent the week- students helped buy a freezer for end at the Peter Stucky home. *** the Zumbrota Area Foodshelf. Dale Weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Hinderaker of the Zumbrota Food Carl Klingsporn were Mr. and Mrs. Shelf Board received a check for Blaine Klingsporn and family of Mountain Lake. *** Mr. and Mrs. $300 from the seventh and eighth Bob Norris and family of grade students. *** Marine Lance Humboldt, Iowa, were Saturday Cpl. Randy J. Lexvold, son of Jerry visitors at the John Miller home. C. and Jerretta J. Lexvold of rural Zumbrota recently returned from 60 Years Ago a six-month Mediterranean Sea and April 1, 1954 Mr. and Mrs. Roy Drazen of Indian Ocean deployment with the Oronoco will celebrate their sil- 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. ver anniversary with an open house 30 Years Ago on April 4. *** Mr. and Mrs. G.T. March 28, 1984 Sollenberger visited her mother, Two student of Mrs. Dean GorMrs. Ed Engeldinger, at Red Wing don were winners in the Minneon Saturday. *** Mr. and Mrs. sota Music Teachers Association PINE ISLAND, 1974 Mr. Dave Johnson, Pine Island varsity basketball Robert Nelson and family of West State Piano Contest and will percoach, center, congratulates two Panther basketball players who were Concord were dinner guests of Mr. named to the Wasioja All-Conference team, Paul Stofferahn, left, and and Mrs. Gilbert Hagre on Sun- form in the 49th Annual State Honors Student Concert. They are Tony Murray. day.

40 Years Ago March 28, 1974

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Brunner enjoyed having their children, Jay Brunner, Nick and JoEllen (Brunner) Buzenic and David and Julie (Brunner) Morris home on Sunday. *** Mrs. Willis DeValois of Mesa, Arizona, visited for several days last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cleon Chapin. *** Mr. and Mrs. George Fogelson arrived home Monday after a trip to Arizona to visit Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Fogelson and boys at Phoenix and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Starch at Tucson. *** Mr. and Mrs. Alfrerd Bares and Neal Tembreull were dinner guests Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Tembreull of Owatonna.

50 Years Ago March 26, 1964

Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Hinrichs spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Allan Huppert near Hager City, Wisconsin. *** Mr. and Mrs. Lester Gausman, Don and Cheryl of North
ZUMBROTA, 1984 Casey Bradley, son of Roy and Gloria Bradley, was named to the 1983-84 All-Conference Basketball Team.


Community Calendar
Senior Dining
Reservations are required by calling 24 hours ahead at each of the nutrition sites. In the Pine Island area, meals are served at the Pine Island Senior Center; Zumbrota area, Zumbrota Towers. April 10-16 Thursday: Pork roast, mashed potatoes/gravy, sauerkraut (alt: carrots), rhubarb custard Friday: Meatloaf (alt: fish), sweet potato, green beans, Morning Glory muffins, grapes Monday: Taco salad, fruit salad, bread, dessert Tuesday: Easter dinner, baked ham (alt: chicken breast), sweet potato, California blend vegetables, cranberries, dinner roll, strawberry shortcake Wednesday: Ham/scalloped potatoes (alt: Minnesota hotdish), mixed greens salad, orange wedge, moon cake If you have questions, call 3562228 or the SEMCAC kitchen at 732-4072. such as birthdays and anniversaries, can be especially difficult times for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The program is available to any adult who has lost a loved one. All groups are held at the Center for Grief Education and Support, Seasons Hospice, 1696 Greenview Dr. SW. Registration is required two days prior to the date of the event. For details: 507285-1930 or shbp@seasonshos April was moved to Wednesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the city chambers at city hall.

History Center

Area History Center
The Oronoco Area History Center is open to visitors in the City Building every second Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. Contact us at OAHC, 54 Blakely Ct. NW or call 507-367-4320. You may also visit our web page at oronocoarea

Chester Woods
Friends of Chester Woods Annual Spring Cleanup, Saturday, April 12, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Take the opportunity to help ready the park for summer and meet some new friends. Friends of Chester Woods will conduct their business meeting from 10:30 a.m. noon, folllowed by a potluck lunch. Cleanup begins at 1 p.m. Questions, call Celeste Lewis at 507-287-2624.

Tops #1280
PI Tops #1280 meets every Monday night at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Weigh-in is at 5:15 and meeting time is 6 p.m. Everyone welcome. Questions call 3568596 or 356-8990. Seniors 55 and over are welcome.

Oxbow Park

Caregiver Support Group

The group meets Monday, April 14, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Respite is available upon request. Call the Pine Island Area Home Services at 356-2999 for more information.

Feed the Critters, Saturday, April 12, 3 p.m. Join staff as they lead you on a short tour through the zoo during an evening feeding. Gunderson House Tea Questions, call Clarissa Josselyn A Downton Abbey style tea will at 507-775-2451. be held at 107 Gunderson Boulevard in Kenyon on Saturday, April 26, at 1:30 p.m. The West Concord Tea Ladies are sponsoring the event, with proceeds benefit- Community Library The Goodhue School Library, ing the Gunderson House, an 1895 Victorian style home listed on the in conjunction with SELCO and National Register of Historic Goodhue County, is open to the Places. Information and reserva- community on Mondays and tions can be obtained by calling Wednesdays, 3:30-7 p.m. when 789-5954 or emailing rhanajo@ school is in session. The library is equipped with interlibrary loan service, which means if the library does not have a book you want, Tax Day Rally The fifth annual Tax Day Rally, that book can be there in two days. sponsored by the Rochester Tea Party Patriots, will be on April 14 Historical Society The Goodhue Area Historical at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Club, 917 15th Ave SE, Rochester. Speak- Society is closed for the season ers will be Sunny Lohmann, Bob until June 1 when regular hours Davis, and Kelly Erpeldind. Free resume. If you want to arrange a and open to the public. visit in the meantime call Ardis Henrichs, 651-923-4629; Marie Seasons Hospice Strusz, 651-923-4302; Ray McNewly Bereaved Program, Namara, 651-923-5117; or Roy Thursday, April 17, noon - 2 p.m. Buck, 651-923-4388. Visit good A gathering for anyone who has for information experienced the loss of a loved one within the past three months. about the historical society. Coffee Get-Together, Thursday, April 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. A dropin time to share with others who are experiencing grief. City Council Meeting Managing Special Days WithThe regularly scheduled out A Loved One, Tuesday, April Mazeppa City Council meeting for 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Special days,

Pine Island City Council

The council will meet Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. on the second floor of city hall. The Senior Citizens meet at noon on Wednesday, April 16, at the handicapped accessible Senior Center for social activities following a noon meal. All community seniors 55 and over are welcome.


The Zumbrota History Center has a new photo stand displaying over 50 photographs of early Zumbrota scenes. They have been enlarged to 8 x 10 for easier viewing. New photos are being added all the time. Also on display are military memorabilia, including Civil War items, different models of telephones, Zumbrota telephone books dating back to the 1900s, and items of Zumbrota advertising. Museum hours are Saturdays, Crossings 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Other hours by apPoet-Artist Collaboration expointment (732-7049). hibit, March 31-May 15. Reception Sat., May 10, 6:30 p.m. Make and Take: Gumball MaZM 2nd Grade Musical chine class, Sat., April 12, 1-4 p.m. The The Zumbrota-Mazeppa Beginning Woodcarving, Sun., second grade will present Lets April 13, noon - 5 p.m. Sing America by John Jacobson, Yoga, Tues., April 15, 6:30-7:30 Emily Crocker, Moses Hogan, Audrey Snyder, Cristi Miller, Mac Huff, and Tom Anderson. The musical celebrates all of the great thinkers, heroes, dreamers, and doers who have gone before us, ALL YOUR PROPERTY NEEDS and who worked so hard to make America great. A matinee perfor- Including Stump Grinding, mance will be on Thursday, April Lawn Care, Snow Removal Joe Coffey 10 at 2:20 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. in the ZM Neuman Auditorium. The second SEven,NOdd graders are taught by Susan Peterson.

iacs and Cave Girl, A Second Journey Back in Time on Thursday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Monroe Crossing concert, Fri., April 11, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 732-7616 for tickets. The State Theatre is at 96 East 4th Street in Zumbrota. For information visit call 507272-1129.

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Tops Meeting
Zumbrota Tops #563 meets evLutheran Church. Weigh-in time is changed to 5:30 p.m. and meeting time to 6 p.m. Everyone welcome. Questions call 732-7459 or 732-4766.

PI Senior Citizens Meeting ery Monday night at Our Saviours

Community Band Practice Toastmasters Meeting

The Pine Island Toastmasters meet at 6:30 a.m. Fridays at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They do not meet on holiday weekends: Christmas, New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day or Thanksgiving. The Zumbrota Community Band practices on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School music room. Volunteer musicians are welcome.

State Theatre
Actor Daniel Roebuck presents his documentaries, Monsterman-

History Center
The Pine Island Area History Center is located at 314 North Main Street. Open hours are Sunday from 1-3:30 p.m. and Mondays from 811 a.m. or by appointment. To contact the History Center please call 507-356-2802 or 507-3985326 or visit www.pineisland


Bank of Zumbrota Supports Small Business

Just one of the many ways community banks build more economically sustainable communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. (APRIL 7, 2014)-Community banks help America build more economically sustainable communities by lending to local small businesses, said the Independent Community Bankers of America(r) (ICBA) and thousands of its community bank members, including Bank of Zumbrota, which are celebrating ICBA Community Banking Month this month. Community banks, such as Bank of Zumbrota help local economies thrive by helping to put local deposits back to work in their communities through loans to local residents and small businesses. In fact, small business lending has always been cornerstone to Bank of Zumbrotas business. Community banks serve a vital role in maintaining the lending flow to fellow small businesses in their neighborhoods. Often when other banks wont lend, its the community banks that step up and help Main Street succeed, said ICBA Chairman John H. Buhrmaster, president of 1st National Bank of Scotia, N.Y. Community banks are small businesses too, which puts them at a huge advantage because they can relate with the challenges and needs small businesses face better than anyone else in the marketplacehelping their small business customers through good times and bad Community banks are the primary source of lending for small businesses and farms. For their size, community banks are prolific small business lenders-providing a substantial number of small business loans across the country, including Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. In fact, even though they comprise just 20 percent of banking industry assets, community banks with less than $10 billion in assets make nearly 60 percent of small businesses loans to small businesses. By driving our local economy and creating jobs in Zumbrota through lending to small businesses and residents, Bank of Zumbrota can help build a sustainable community, said Jeff Perra, President, Bank of Zumbrota. Community
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VFW/Honor Guard
The Wanamingo VFW and Honor Guard will meet on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, at the Wanamingo Community Center.

Ervin Sibley 1945-2014
farming and he continued to do over-the-road trucking and later dispatch work for Knutsons. While trucking he also owned and operated Ervs Caf in Mazeppa for many years. Erv worked for Knutson Trucking until 2006. On January 14, 2006, he married Mary Maskrey at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Mazeppa. Erv worked at AJ Trucking until he retired in 2008. Erv loved to go to the lake home, playing with his dog, Porter; and playing cards, especially cribbage and euchre and collecting things, especially eagles. Erv was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church and the Mazeppa Lions Club. Erv is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Kia (Steve) Hackman of Mazeppa; son, Jason Sibley of Florida; stepdaughter, Sharlene (Tim) Paradis of Forest Lake; stepson, Scott (Darla Reese) Maskrey of Red Wing; grandchildren, Dustin Maskrey, Danielle (Matt) Schmidt, Zachary Paradis and Olivia Paradis; great-grandchildren, Carter Maskrey and Sylis Schmidt; sisters, Laurel (Bill) Scott of Inver Grove Heights and Beverly (Harlan) Tweed of Mazeppa; and many nieces and nephews. Erv was preceded in death by his parents, Lela and Joe Sibley; and a brother, Richard Sibley. The funeral service was on Tuesday, April 8, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Mazeppa with Pastor Alan Horn officiating. Burial was in Mazeppa Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Croix Hospice.

Moms in Prayer
Moms in Prayer meet on Mondays, 7 p.m. at Our Saviours Church, 1549 East Avenue, Zumbrota.

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April 10-16 Thursday: 8:30 a.m. MAC/ NAPS; 10:15 a.m. Exercises Tuesday: 10:15 a.m. Exercises; 1:30 p.m. 500

The Zumbrota Public Library is at 100 West Ave., Zumbrota, 507-732-5211. Hours are Mon., 12-8; Tues. 10-6; Wed., Thurs., 12-8; Fri., 10-5; and Sat., 9-3. During closed hours you can learn more about the library at http:// www.

banks nationwide are an integral part of our countrys financial system, and they will continue to serve their communities well into the future-making communities a better place for all residents. There are almost 7,000 community banks, including commercial banks, thrifts, stock and mutual savings institutions, with more than 50,000 locations throughout the United States. Assets may range from less than $10 million to $10 billion or more. Community banks constitute 96.8 percent of all banks. To learn more about community banks, visit About ICBA The Independent Community Bankers of America(r), the nations voice for nearly 7,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit

MAZEPPA Ervin A. Sibley, 69, of Mazeppa died on Friday, April 4, 2014 at his home in Mazeppa surrounded by his loving family. Ervin Ami Sibley was born on March 6, 1945, in Mazeppa to Joe and Lela (nee McDonough) Sibley. He grew up in rural Mazeppa, attended Mazeppa schools, and graduated from Mazeppa High School in 1963. Erv went to work for DeMuth Steel in Zumbrota. He later did carpet installation and cleaning. On August 5, 1967, he married Elaine Edgar and they divorced in the late 1980s. He farmed from 1972-1981. Erv started working for Knutson Trucking in Red Wing before he quit

65-50 Club
The club meets Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727.


Marvin Kline 1929-2014

Marvin (Bud) Kline 84, of Ranier, passed away February 22, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in International Falls. Marvin was born on October 26, 1929, to Claude and Sadie Kline. He graduated from Zumbrota High School in 1947. He was stationed with the United States Army in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. After the service he pursued a life-long career with the National Weather Service in Duluth and International Falls. He was an avid outdoorsman, and a devoted husband and father. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Olive Mark, Helen Kuehn, Betty Evarts and Shirley Wood; and a brother, Mervin. He is sadly missed by survivors: wife Bette (Tiller) Kline of International Falls; daughter Kathy (Lennie) Christopher of Ranier; two grandchildren, Sara Christopher of Canada and Zach Christopher of Florida; and several nieces and nephew, including Helen (Herb) Sorby, Janet Ofstie, and Mary (Howard) Ayen.

Heather and Jon Kerr of Kenyon are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Harper Mae Elizabeth, on March 26, 2014, in Faribault. Harper weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David Sibley of Zumbrota, Diane and Jerry Barrett of Kenyon, and Mike and Debbie Kerr of Kenyon. Greatgrandparents are Richard Hanson and Connie Barrett of Kenyon.


Wanamingo Annual Farm Business Management banquet held April 4

By Marilyn Anderson ZUMBROTA Approximately 200 people attended the Riverland Community College annual Kenyon/Wanamingo Farm Business Management (FBM) Banquet on Friday evening, April 4, at StaryYerka VFW Post 5727 in Zumbrota. The program included comments by the College President Adenuga Atewologun, Ph.D., and Eric Deters, FBM program director for Riverland. Riverland Community College is a public two-year college with three campuses located in southeastern Minnesota Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna. The FBM education programs are administered through eight college campuses at 85 different sites across Minnesota. Riverlands FBM program has eight sites, including Kenyon/Wanamingo. Instructors Rex Quam and Jennifer Smith work with program participants from their office located in Wanamingo. To be eligible for enrollment in Farm Business Management courses a student must be a farm business operator or manager or must secure the consent of the instructor. This personalized program is designed to help working farmers improve business operations. In addition to FBM staff and administration, the evenings program was attended by area producers, lenders, and businesses that support or are enrolled in the program.
Overview of FBM

Kenyon/Wanamingo Farm Business Management program faculty and advisory council members are, from left to right: Jennifer Smith, FBM instructor; Mike Patterson, Ag Star Financial Services; Paul Drackley, First Farmers & Merchants Bank; Craig Nord, Zumbrota (chair); Steve Matthees, Goodhue; Rex Quam, FBM instructor; Bruce Benrud, Goodhue. Other council members include Kelly Amunrud, Dodge Center (secretary); Peter Burfeind, Goodhue; Reed Clemenson, Pine Island; Josh Willour, Northwestern Mutual; and David Maring, SEMA Equipment. Benrud and Amunrud are retiring from the council and were honored during the evenings program.

Dr. Adenuga Atewologun, president of Riverland College, spoke at the annual Kenyon-Wanamingo Farm Business Management Banquet Friday evening, April 4, at the VFW in Zumbrota.

Farm Business Management education programs have been a part of the agriculture education program in Minnesota since 1952. From the early cooperative efforts of the State Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture Education at the University of Minnesota, the program has expanded to serve over 5,000 farm families each year. Programs are currently administered and managed by the Minnesota state

colleges and universities system through the technical colleges. Since 1992, FBM education programs have been course/credit based. The programs are designed to provide education to farm owners and operators to assist students in meeting their business and family goals through the use of quality records and sound business decisions. Instructors in Minnesotas FBM education programs deliver the program using a variety of methods, but the primary method is through individualized instruction at the students farming business. Instructors meet with the students on a regular basis to evaluate the business and develop individual educational plans.
Kenyon-Wanamingo FBM

some have been in the program since the mid-1970s. Each instructor has approximately 60 students. When asked who a typical student in the program may be, Smith replied, We have people picking up analysis information this evening between the ages of 2280. There is no one thing that says any of them is the typical person. Quam added that participants receive personalized education. An example of a new student may be someone planning to join the family farm business.
Riverland welcome

Quam has been an instructor with the local program since December 2006, and Smith since October 2008. While they may begin seeing five new students each year,


By Alicia Hunt-Welch The following information was provided by the Goodhue County Sheriffs Office.
March 15

11:03 a.m. A driver with a revoked license was reported leaving in a blue car on Hillcrest Manor. A deputy was unable to locate the vehicle. 1:53 p.m. A speeding ticket was issued near Hwy 57 and 485th St in Roscoe Township. 7:45 p.m. A vehicle without rear running lights was stopped near Hwy 60 and 3rd Ave. 9:07 p.m. Gas was reported stolen from a vehicle on 3rd Ave. The amount was unknown.
March 16

1:31 p.m. An issue involving a person with mental illness was reported on 3rd Ave. 3:55 p.m. A speeding ticket was issued near Cty 12 and Hwy 57 in Cherry Grove Township. 4:28 p.m. A speeding ticket was issued near Hwy 57 and 485th St in Roscoe Township. 5:40 p.m. A speeding ticket was issued near Riverside Park. 5:53 p.m. A speeding ticket was issued near 440th St and Hwy 57 in Minneola Township.
March 17

11:37 a.m. A deputy stood by for a tow truck as a vehicle was hooked up near Hader. 7:01 p.m. A black lab was running loose near Hill Ave.
March 18

3:11 a.m. A neighbor dispute was reported on 3rd Ave. 8:43 p.m. Drug information was reported on 3rd Ave. The complaint was unfounded.
March 19

10:06 a.m. A man reported two burglary incidents on the 13100 block of Cty 11 in Roscoe Township. On March 16 he noticed a padlock had been cut off a storage van parked at this residence. Entry was not made to the vehicle. On March 18 he noticed a van door had been pried open. Noth-

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Eric Deters, FBM program director, shared the 2013 southern Minnesota agriculture financial review. With the net income for the median Minnesota farm publicized a week earlier and farmers already knowing their own specific statistics, there were no great ing was taken from the storage The amount was valued at $34.90. surprises in the details shared. van. 8:19 p.m. A K9 dog unit demAn annual report released March March 20 onstration was given for Cub Scouts 27 by Minnesota State Colleges 10:54 a.m. Two suspicious at the community center. and Universities (MnSCU) and the vehicles were reported sitting on March 22 2nd St W with female occupants. 1:13 a.m. A deputy checked An insurance adjuster was doing on a vehicle near Hwy 60 and 145th a claim on another vehicle. Ave in Minneola Township with 11:49 a.m. A speeding ticket flashers on. The vehicle was unwas issued near Cty 54 and Hwy occupied but had a note that a tow 57 in Cherry Grove Township. company would be picking up the 1:01 p.m. A speeding ticket vehicle. was issued near 505th St and Hwy 10:39 a.m. Harassment involv57 in Cherry Grove Township. ing neighbor issues was reported 10:55 p.m. A vehicle was all on 3rd Ave. over the road near Hader and al12:57 p.m. Four horses were most hit a guard rail. The driver on the road near Cty 1 and 480th said he was returning from work St. A deputy spoke with the owner. and tired. The horses were fenced before a March 21 deputy arrived. 11:24 a.m. Gas was reported 9:41 p.m. A subject wanted stolen from a vehicle on 3rd Ave. on an Olmsted County warrant was The amount was unknown. arrested on the 11700 block of 2:01 p.m. Medical assistance 415th St in Wanamingo Townwas requested on Main St. ship. 4:06 p.m. A person on the March 23 6200 block of Hwy 60 in 3:26 a.m. Three kids were runWanamingo Township received ning around downtown. A deputy harassing phone calls from a checked the area but did not lo- Meg Clark telemarketer. He was advised to cate them. Parents: Kevin and Paula Clark contact his cell provider. March 24 Siblings, ages: Jerad, 30; Anna, 7:34 p.m. Gas was reported 5:03 p.m. A person was re- 27; Audra, 17 stolen from a vehicle on 3rd Ave. moved from a location on Main High school activities: VolleySt. ball, basketball, golf, FCCLA, SADD, chorale, prom committee, National Honor Society Favorite class or subject: Heroes and villains Best high school memory: By Alicia Hunt-Welch Second grade Being a part of and competing with WANAMINGO Each week Mrs. Anderson Madison Stenstaff members at Kenyon- bakken, Landon Smith, Sophyna my volleyball, basketball, and golf teams Wanamingo Elementary School Lozano Out of school activities, hob(grades K-4) recognizes one stuMrs. Hildebrandt Brody Parks, bies: Shopping and spending time dent in each class for displaying Cooper Johnson, Ryan Ranc the expectations of: Be ResponMrs. Hinrichs Jozie Sandberg, with friends and family Part-time job: Waitress at sible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. Leigha Jacobson, Ivette Mendoza Kenyon Country Club The following is a list of KW teach- Third grade Favorite book: Someone Like ers by grade and the students they Mrs. Ashland Jaedin Johnson, selected as Student of the Week Zachary Kettwig, Emma Paulson You by Sarah Dessen; movie: for the weeks of March 14, 21, Mrs. Froehling Cameron The Notebook and Catching Fire; and 28, respectively: Borup, Maynor Guzman, Peyton TV show: How I Met Your Mother; Kindergarten Cole song: Slow Dancing In A BurnMrs. Haugen Karlee Bolton, Mr. Wieme Adam Crouse, ing Room by John Mayer Joe Estrem, Patricia Hoffman (none selected), Alyssa Traurig Future plans: Attend a fourMrs. Short Azrael Yennie- Fourth grade year university, major in biology, West, Evan Nesseth, Noah Bauer Mr. Anderson Buck Oeltjen- then go to med school to become Mr. Starr Ava Flom, (none bruns, Hunter Jones, Abby a dermatologist selected), Owen Caron DeGroot Mrs. Swanson Jayden Dudley, Ms. Thesing Stella Rechtzigel, Summertime Fun Andrew Baalson, Matthew Scheff- Luke Alme, Brooke OBrien and ler Braden Baumgartner Picnic Table Rental

Following dinner and introductions, Dr. Atewologun greeted the students and guests. He holds a bachelors degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Ife (Ile-Ife, Nigeria) and a masters and a doctorate in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. He became Riverlands president in July 2013. The new president explained how he started in agriculture at

age 12 in his native Nigeria, but he also loved the sciences. He found how he could pursue both in the area of agricultural engineering. He came to the United States in 1983. During his slide presentation, Dr. Atewologun highlighted several Riverland statistics. As one college with three campuses, it offers more than 50 career choices. FBM ranks as a top career program area. Nine of the 78 fulltime staff are FBM faculty members. By contrasting the farming practices of Africa and the United States, Atewologun noted, The U.S. takes care of the rest of the world. Future changes and enhancements for FBM are being looked at. He closed by encouraging the participants and sponsors to continue to support the program.
2013 agriculture financial review

University of Minnesota Extension revealed net income for the median Minnesota farm was $41,899, down from $189,679 in 2012 and the lowest since 2009. Deterss report, showing averages from approximately 400 farms from southeast Minnesota were no better, showing a median net farm income of $31,091 and down $145,502 from the previous year. The decreased income was largely due to three components that hit the local area especially hard: 30 percent reduction in corn prices; 30 percent reduction in acres planted (due to late planting season); and 30 percent reduction in yield (also impacted by the weather). But Deters also wanted to highlight some bright spots in the report. Last year wasnt as bad as you thought! An example was their management of debt, with the debt to asset ratio the best in the past 20 years.
Advisory Council

FBM has an advisory council made up of students in the program and members from the business and financial community. They provide assistance, feedback, and input to the FBM program. Craig Nord, current chair of the council, recalled that his parents, Charles and Joanne Nord of Goodhue, were involved in some type of local farm business man-

agement program since he was a child. When Nord began farming in his late teens and early 20s, he began maintaining his own records. By the 1980s, Nord was enrolled as an independent operator and has seen the program as it has transitioned and transformed over the years. Some of the key areas where Nord sees the value of the program is business planning and business projects. He said, It is easy to put numbers in a spreadsheet or use software, but the value is the instructors that understand how to help us...Then, once we get a business model, do we need to apply for a permit? Or for a loan? They help us to be able to communicate or go the next steps. On the backside, reports, including the year-end analysis such as that presented at the annual banquet, is important, Nord also explained. After an expansion or practice change, to see detailed analysis, broke down line by line why it worked or didnt work helps us learn from successes and failures. Paul Drackley, also a member of the Advisory Council and Vice President of First Farmers & Merchants Bank, based at the White Rock office, shared his thoughts on the importance of the FBM program, saying, Its good for our customers. It helps them stay on top of their records. We have a large customer base of farmers. When they come in, they have a consistent, up-to-date, detailed set of records. He noted that the program also assists the farmers in preparing for their taxes. Drackley said the program also benefits the financial institutions and is the reason why the bank in White Rock has been involved with the program for 20 years. As a result of the positives, many of the area banks will assist their customers who participate by contributing a portion of the programs cost.

Bomb threat at KW School unfounded

By Alicia Hunt-Welch KENYON On April 2 a note with a bomb threat was found on a bathroom wall at the KenyonWanamingo Middle/High School in Kenyon at 2:50 p.m. The Goodhue County Sheriffs Office reported that school policy and procedure was followed and law enforcement evaluated the threat. The school area was checked and no materials of concern were found. As a result, no evacuation measures were taken.


Audra Clark Parents: Kevin and Paula Clark Siblings, ages: Jerad, 30; Anna, 27; Meg, 17 High school activities: Basketball, volleyball, golf, FCCLA, SADD, National Honor Society, choir, prom committee Favorite class or subject: Marketing with Mrs. Nelson Best high school memory: All the memories and fun times Ive had with my basketball and volleyball teams and House of Bounce #Bling Squad Out of school activities, hobbies: Hanging out with friends and family, and I also like to draw Part-time job: Kenyon Country Club Favorite book: Perfect Chemistry and Hatchet; movie: The Hunger Games series and The Notebook ; TV show: How I Met Your Mother; song: Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute Future plans: Go to college, live in the city, get married, and live my life


Island League 3-24-2014 D&M Dairy 18 vs. Producers Hybrids 12; Majerus & Tiarks 19 vs. Comstock Farm 11; Kittelson Heating & Plumbing 13.5 vs. Owens Locker 16.5; Oertli & Pleschourt 7 vs. DMC Plumbing 23 Top team series: DMC Plumbing 3435 Top team game: DMC Plumbing 1192 Top individual series: Shannon Morrow 666 Top individual game: Chris Hus/Ken Lubahn 257 Classic League 4-1-2014 Hinrich Plumbing & Pump 7 vs. 0 Leos Sportsbar; Eberhart Construction 4 vs. 3 Groth Implement; Gars Repair 7 vs. 0 MJB Farms; Dupont Pioneer 5 vs. 2 M&D Construction Top team game: Hinrich Plumbing & Pump 1237 Top team series: Hinrich Plumbing & Pump 3484 Top bowler game: Darik Rude 269 Top bowler series: Darik Rude 707 Harvest League 4-2-2014 Jims Barbershop 4 vs. 0 Coffee Mill; Friedrichs 4 vs. 0 PI Pool & Pins; Schaefers Heating 4 vs. 0 Prigges Flooring Top team game: Jims Barbershop 1091 Top team series: Friedrichs 3086 Top bowler game: Dave Maxson 267 Top bowler series: Dave Maxson 608 Commercial League 4-3-2014 Stus ProShop 7 vs. 0 Kiffmeyer Motorsports; Nelson Family Services 2 vs. 5 Bluff Valley Campground; Ellefson Trucking 5 vs. 2 Maple Island Top team game: Bluff Valley Campground 1167 Top team series: Ellefson Trucking 3333 Top bowler game: Ron Nelson 255 Top bowler series: Ron Nelson 719

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