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Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging under new ownership


Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Dan and Melanie Ritter are the new owners of Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Dan and Melanie Ritter have set their “sites” on a new adventure with the purchase of Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging located between Lanesboro, and Whalan.

After owning and operating several businesses in the past the couple decided in was time for something different. The two looked at restaurants with cabins, and resorts with cabins, but after one resort owner told Melanie she owned over 60 sets of sheets that idea faded quickly!

The search then led to campgrounds with four separate attempts to purchase different campgrounds falling through. The couple then heard about Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging and, in a last ditch effort, came to meet the owners and tour the campground.

Melanie and Dan fell in love with the campground and the area saying, “It’s gorgeous here with the bluffs and the eagles,” said Melanie. The Root River running alongside the campground adds beauty you can not only see but also hear and in areas the river is shallow enough to walk across to a sand bar.

On June 17, 2014 the Ritters took over ownership of the campground from previous owners, Ivan & Gail Naber and Harry & Mary Naber, who had built the campground to what it had become over the last 20 years. Melanie said that the Nabers are wonderful people and thank them immensely for all they have done.

Since moving from Blue Earth, Minn. and selling their home there the Ritters have been immersed in learning the day to day operations of the campground. Melanie said, “We are hard workers.” And that is good, because hard work is what they have, although, along with the work comes many positives as well.

Easing the transition for Dan and Melanie has been long time seasonal camper, and worker at the campground, Kermit Knutson, who has been a seasonal camper at Eagle Cliff for 17 years. The Ritters describe 73-year-old Knutson as a “go-getter” and Melanie added “he is amazing” while Kermit describes himself as “a seasonal, a worker, and a loafer” with a chuckle.

With 217 sites which include seasonal, weekenders, and tent sites there is no shortage of work to be done. Then take into account 75 acres of property that needs to be maintained and you will get an idea of just how much manual labor is needed to keep the campground looking as beautiful and well-maintained as it is. The campground also offers group sites which have been used for Boy Scout camping .....
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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent. Lee Grassley, ..... 
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Spring Valley makes an offer for ambulance director

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council is in the process of hiring a new ambulance director. Since Jim Cooper announced in April that he was going to retire on August 15 the council has been working on finding a replacement. After the advertising phase for ..... 
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Bullying in politics

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson There has been a huge fuss about bullying in schools but people seldom are concerned about other menacing bullies. Bullying is a tactic often used by people holding “certain” political views. Though liberals tell us they a ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Keeping Houston County citizens informed and involved

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Justin Zmyewski Houston Commissioner District #2 “The Big Picture in the Short Term” when looking at the construction of a new Houston County Highway Shop should have the following facts considered: FACT: Houston County had a 3.52 percent ..... 
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Response to “Ashamed of America’s citizens”...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to respond to the letter “Ashamed of America’s citizens” from Tom Frederick. I have heard a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, each claiming bizarre and unfounded s ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Running for office

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

We’ve seen quite a bit of controversy revolving around some of our locally elected officials. Recently, in the past few months, we’ve seen a mayor get voted out of office by a city council exercising a collective vote of no confidence. This de ..... 
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Voting...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

To the Editor, Like most in my generation, I am reluctant to engage myself in the political process. In this era of big money interests and emotionally-charged rhetoric, it’s incredibly difficult to find a candidate that I can actually trust as a ..... 
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Photo contest for 2014 Fillmore County plat book

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is seeking scenic photos of Fillmore County to include in the 2014 edition of the Fillmore County Land Atlas and Plat Book to be published in September by Rockford Map Publishers. If you have ..... 
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