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Many gave to the max in 2016


Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s Give to the Max Day is an annual event held statewide on November 17 that focuses on supporting local non-profit organizations in your community. It was evident again this year, it’s eighth year, how much Give to the Max day means to residents in the area and the importance of the work the foundations do.

Sue Kolling, President of the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation (SVACF) in Spring Valley, Minn., and board member of SMIF, would like to give a big shout out to their donors, saying, “We raised almost $19,000 on November 17,” which is amazing!

The money raised this year by the SVACF will be used to support the State Veterans Home in Spring Valley, states Kolling, as the foundation has committed $25,000 towards this.

“We see the ability to attract the State Veterans Home to our community as a huge economic driver for our community, our school and area residents,” says Kolling, adding, “we felt the Foundation should take a leadership role in supporting this project and show our commitment and the community’s commitment to this project” that will be of great importance to the area.

In the event the veterans home is not approved in Spring Valley, the funds will be used according to the vision, mission and purpose of the foundation, which is “Striving to build a dynamic community by encouraging generosity, promoting civic engagement and providing the opportunity to enhance the quality of life by creating community partnerships,” says Kolling.

The money SVACF raised last year was dispersed throughout the community, according to Kolling. Recipients included the Wykoff Veterans Memorial, the Little Husker 1k kids run, Missoula Children’s Theatre for Kingsland school, St. Johns and homeschool children; Music in the Park, Gateway Academy - STEM Summer School, the annual banquet, a summer reading program, and the Spring Valley Historical Society.

The Chosen Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) is an active group whose funds are managed by the Rochester Area Foundation. The mission of the CVCF is “The Chosen Valley Community Foundation will be well known for its efforts to inspire, sustain and enhance the quality of life for the Chatfield community’s residents, from the youngest to the oldest. The Foundation will achieve this goal by facilitating, supporting and acting as a catalyst for community growth as it .....
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Rebecca Marie Brand

Mon, Dec 12th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Rebecca Marie (Grote) Brand passed away on December 6, 2016, surrounded by her family, at the age of 39, after a long illness. Rebecca loved her family farm and the wild woods of northern Wisconsin. She passed away at the farm with her family. Re ..... 
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Silas Orlando Vongroven

Mon, Dec 12th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Silas Orlando Vongroven, age 94, of Mabel, formerly of Canton, died Friday, December 2, 2016 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. Silas was born August 27, 1922 at home in Allamakee County, Iowa, the son of Lewis and Laura (Goodno) Vongroven. He ..... 
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Billy C. Carman

Mon, Dec 12th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Billy C. Carman, age 59, of Grand Meadow, died Tuesday November 29, 2016 at Ostrander Care and Rehab. Billy Charles Carman was born January 16, 1957 in Spring Valley, Minn., to Gerald and Marcia (Martens) Carman. He attended and graduated from Gran ..... 
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Jenanne D. Vikre

Mon, Dec 12th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Jenanne D. Vikre, age 88, of Decorah, Iowa, formerly of LeRoy and Harmony, Minn., passed away Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at LeRoy ..... 
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Mildred Lillian Johnson

Mon, Dec 12th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Mildred Lillian Johnson, 100, of Lanesboro passed on Monday December 5, 2016 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Mildred was born to Albert and Blanche (Inglett) Egge on March 19, 1916 and was baptized at the Elstad Lutheran Church. Her pa ..... 
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Randy J. Lange

Mon, Dec 12th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Randy J. Lange, age 62, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Thursday, December 1, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. Randy Joe Lange was born on July 10, 1954 in Spring Valley, Minn., son of Albert and Adeline (Fimon) Lange. He graduated from Spring ..... 
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Ostrander couple jailed after disturbing discovery

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Police Reports

On November 17, 2016 a Fillmore County Probation Officer contacted Ostrander Police Chief Tom Mosher regarding one Ryan Robert Rechtzigel, 36, of Ostrander. Among the concerns were that for Rechtzigel’s five-year-old child, who hadn’t been seen ..... 
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Chronic Wasting Disease identified in Fillmore County

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Sixteen years after being first identified in captive Minnesota elk herds and five years after the state’s only case involving a wild herd, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been identified in Fillmore County. Two bucks were harvested approximatel ..... 
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