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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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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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A letter to President Obama

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis Life is full of surprises, including the results of the election and the former President George W. Bush taking up portrait painting! Before the election, a little girl in kindergarten asked, “Why can’t we keep the Presiden ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Cross Country commentary

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Journal Student Writing Project

By Kiera Olson As my final high school cross country season comes to a close, I’m able to look back on my four years of experience very favorably. I reached success on the courses, but what will stick with me more throughout my life, rather than ..... 
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The giving season begins

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

There are two numbers I’ve been reflecting on this month: $2.1 billion and $373.3 billion. One of these is the total amount raised by the Trump and Clinton campaigns in the last election cycle. One is the amount of charitable contributions during ..... 
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Christmas at Lenora: Everyone invited and welcome!

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Faith & Worship

Established in 1856 and the current building completed in 1865, the historic Lenora United Methodist Church in rural Fillmore County will be the place for beautiful and meaningful Christmas services in December. The old church, which is original ..... 
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Spring Valley to join safety training group

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 28, 2016. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp and Bill Bires were absent. No visitors ..... 
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Trojan Football State Runner-Up

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende sports@fillmorecountyjournal.com In August, if you would’ve told Rushford-Peterson (12-1) football that they’d play for a state title, they’d have naturally been all in. A few days in late November will sting a bit for the Tr ..... 
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