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Love of steel guitar provides 65-year career for Barb Mosher


Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The first time Barb Mosher saw a steel guitar when she was a little girl, she was hooked. She was visiting the new chick hatchery in Spring Valley and a musician was there playing his steel guitar. She sat down in the front row and didn’t move until he was done playing, not even getting up to get lunch because she was afraid that someone would take her spot.

After he was finished playing, Barb asked him if he’d teach her how to play. He told her that if she could find five other kids to sign up for lessons, he would come to Spring Valley once a week and teach them all. Barb wasn’t about to miss her chance, so she talked five of her friends into taking lessons with her. However, steel guitar is a difficult instrument to learn and one by one, they all dropped out, which meant that the lessons were no longer available for Barb, either.

Barb halfheartedly took piano lessons from her mother, but her heart was still set on steel guitar. When she was a junior in high school, she got a job as a nurse’s aide at the hospital in Austin, Minn., because she knew she could take steel guitar lessons at a music studio in Austin.

Within a short time, the owner of the studio asked Barb to start teaching steel guitar. On Fridays after school, she would take the bus from Spring Valley to Austin to teach lessons on Friday night and then stay overnight so she could teach all day on Saturday as well before taking the bus back home. When she graduated high school, she moved to Austin and took a full-time job at the music studio.

One day, a man came into the studio, signed over his Hormel paycheck and told her to buy as many guitars as his check would cover and send them to a ranch for troubled boys. His name was Roy Lily and it wasn’t long before he asked Barb to join his band. They played on the Austin tv channel at 6:30 on Saturday nights and at Union Hall for a two-hour family show ,along with other gigs.

After several years of working at the music studio, the owner, Mr. Lindstrom, decided to sell it and move to Colorado, where a musical chorus he had written was being played. He offered to take Barb with to work at the studio he planned to open in Colorado, but she declined. She had always lived in the Spring Valley area and wasn’t interested in going that far away.

So Barb moved back to Spring Valley to live with her parents and open her own small music studio above a store. Afte .....
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Gordon Johannsen

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Gordon Johannsen Gordon Johannsen, 79 of Harmony, Minn., passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Greenfield Luthera ..... 
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Historic Pleasant Street Inn preserves a piece of Preston’s history

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

Eric and Tara Corson never planned on becoming landlords, but when their backyard neighbor had problems selling her home after her husband passed away, they saw an opportunity to help her. They bought her house in 2008 with the intention of renovat ..... 
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Volleyball Preview

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende sports@fillmorecountyjournal.com The 2015 volleyball season was a highly competitive one. Five of seven Journal covered teams finished with winning records. Two won conference titles. Four made Rochester. One played for a trip t ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts agreement

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the August 22 city council meeting, an agreement between the city of Chatfield and the city’s EDA concerning the Center for the Arts was approved. The Economic Development Authority owns the Center for the Arts and they have an agreement with ..... 
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Root River noxious weeds: Japanese hops

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties When most people hear the word hops, they think of the common hop used for brewing beer. But over the past five to ten years a related species, Japanese Hops, has been invadin ..... 
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Exploring the origins of Labor Day

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in All Business Announcements

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summertime fun and a day when thousands of people gather across the country for their final big barbecue blowouts. Labor Day has evolved into a holiday about relaxing with friends and family, and that has led to ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 8/29/16

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: What is the rule for drivers of motorcycles for making left or right turns at intersections? Someone told me that because some vehicles are not heavy enough to trip the signal lights they are legally able to make a left or right turn at a ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 8.29.16

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Benjamin Corey Finke, 40, Chatfield, Minn.; 6/5/2016, Disorderly Conduct – Fighting, Fine $1,000 (stay $700 until 8/9/2017), Total Fees $390. Local Confinement – 90 days (stay 87 days for one year). Serve as: weeke ..... 
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