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Construction underway on Spring Valley library


Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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By Carol Thouin Monday, April 2, 2001

A drive past Jefferson Street near the heart of Spring Valley's downtown may just cause a double take these days. The familiar gray building on the corner of Washington and Jefferson Streets once housed a thriving grocery business, but in more recent years has been vacant. The lack of upkeep combined with the elements of time and weather had begun to take its toll on the once high-traffic location. But passers-by are beginning to see a transformation to the property, which could give a boost to the vitality of the downtown business district. The site is slated for Spring Valley's new public library. Gone is the shaggy, overgrown shrubbery that crept along the walls and over sidewalks. The old retaining wall is being demolished to make room for a sturdier, more aesthetic wall that, when completed, will blend seamlessly into the landscape. The old loading dock to the back of the building where semis used to unload their cargo has been converted into what will eventually become a comfortable reading area for adults. Wood framework is reshaping the flat roof and large, concrete beams have been erected to create what will become the library's new entryway.

It's a project that's been a long time in coming, according to David Foster, President of Spring Valley's Library Board for the past three years. "It's taken us way too long to get started," said Foster about Spring Valley's desire to build a larger, more user- friendly facility. Talk about expansion actually began some 25 to 30 years ago, according to Foster who said the town's small Carnegie Library hasn't been able to keep up with the demands of more users and advances brought about by technology. The main reason? Space. The quaint, historic structure only has 1,650 square feet of space. Perhaps ample in its hey day, today Spring Valley's library has become cramped and out of compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The facility rests on a picturesque patch of land alongside Spring Valley Creek. An attractive location, yes, but it's located in a flood plain. Flooding throughout the years, in particular the past two years, has caused severe damage and loss of furniture, books and research materials and has forced library staff to abandon use of the facility's basement. The historic Carnegie Library will remain in the City's possession and house City Hall offices once the new library facility is up and run .....
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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©Maxxximum Madcap

Answer:

FOOT OF BED

Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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©Maxxximum MadcapWeekly cartoon, Max, Maxxx, Maxxximum, Madcap, food for thought, fud 4 thot

Journal Profile #84

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Kay’s Rhubarb Dessert

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Kay’s Rhubarb Dessert

4 cups fresh chopped rhubarb
1 cup sugar
1 (3 oz.) package red gelatin (or cherry, strawberry or raspberry)
1 small-size yellow cake mix (like Jiffy)
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup butter or margarine

•Sp ..... 
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