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Mr. and Miss Buffalo Bill chosen


Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Lori Bakke, with the Buffalo Bill Days committee, presented new bikes to the winners of the essay contest that the committee recently held. Photo by Barb Jeffers

As Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro, Minn. quickly approaches, the Buffalo Bill Days committee decided to hold an essay contest for the fifth graders at the Lanesboro school.

The winners of that contest were announced during an awards ceremony at the Lanesboro school on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

The 2016 Miss Buffalo Bill is Kaci Ruen, daughter of Nick and Trista Ruen. Ruen won a 15” Fuji bike. The 2016 Mr. Buffalo Bill is Orion Sass, son of Blaise and Misty Sass. Sass won a 13” Fuji bike.

The bikes, valued at over $400 each, were graciously donated by Gene, Mary, and Kirsten Mensing with the Little River General Store and Scott and Karla Strom with PSI, all of Lanesboro.

The fifth grade class was invited to write an essay about what Lanesboro meant to them. It was optional to participate and approximately half of the 24 kids participated.

The essays were numbered instead of having names on them so they could be judged anonymously. With many well-written essays from enthusiastic students, deciding the winners was not an easy task for the committee.

Since the Buffalo Bill Days committee constructed a new Buffalo Bill Days float last year, which was sponsored by Merchants Bank of Lanesboro, “The committee thought it would be great to have a Mr. and Miss Buffalo Bill ride on the float during our parade and other area parades,” states Lori Bakke with the Buffalo Bill Days committee.

“The Buffalo Bill Days committee is all about giving back to the community,” says Bakke, and adds, “the committee thought that the Lanesboro fifth grade class would be a great age to represent our city, as they manage the softball concession stand every year” during the celebration.

“The fifth grade class also sells soda and water during the parade,” states Bakke, and the money raised goes towards their trip to Eagle Bluff Learning Center.

English teacher Krissy Overland and fifth grade teacher Jody Ruen assisted the Buffalo Bill Days committee with the project.

In part, Kaci’s essays reads, “Our community is the best! It’s like we are all one big family and best of all, we’re always there for each other,” as she has witnessed many times in Lanesboro whether in good times or bad.

She ends her essay by writing “Lanesboro is a small town, but even though we’re small, we are definitely mighty and n .....
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Brake for Treasures on the Trail

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Features

We are very lucky to have a jewel like the Root River State Trail in our backyard and now the bike trail through Whalan, Minn. will bring you to a hidden treasure. After retiring from a full-time job as an office manager in Forest Lake, Minn., Jan ..... 
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Bump. Set. Spike! Rushford couple takes a chance on outdoor volleyball court

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Features

For Jim and Debbie Kitchens, keeping people interested in their business is vital. The couple already own and operate the popular Nordic Lanes & Lounge and The Creamery restaurant in Rushford and know good service and offerings keeps customers comin ..... 
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POET Biorefining opens employee fitness center

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

The forty-two team members of POET Biorefining in Preston can now get a workout in before they head home after work. A new fitness center in the plant’s office building was opened in November 2015. The center features weights, an elliptical, a t ..... 
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Veterans Cemetery Dedication brings about emotions

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Although the staff at the new Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn. did not know exactly what to expect for a turnout during the dedication ceremony that occurred on Sunday, May 29, 2016, the number of people who attended exceeded expectations. As v ..... 
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Veterans Cemetery Dedication brings about emotions

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Although the staff at the new Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn. did not know exactly what to expect for a turnout during the dedication ceremony that occurred on Sunday, May 29, 2016, the number of people who attended exceeded expectations. As v ..... 
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Slice of heaven for new owner of Aroma Pie Shoppe

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Features

On a bike ride through beautiful bluff country, Karna Hudoba found a slice of heaven she now calls her own. While camping in Lanesboro, Minn. in August of 2015, Karna and her husband, Pat, along with two other couples went for a bike ride on the R ..... 
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Local dealer for Old Hickory buildings

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Features

While driving through Preston, Minn. on Highway 52, there is something new catching the eye of local residents. Preston Auto Parts/Napa/Root River Hardware in Preston, Minn. is now carrying the Old Hickory line of storage barns, sheds, portable ..... 
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Local gymnast competes at regional and national events

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Ten-year-old Skyler Lynn Check of Lanesboro, Minn., knows the meaning of hard work; she also knows the results that come from that hard work. After five years of taking dance, the fifth grader at Lanesboro Elementary says, “I wanted to try some ..... 
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