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Four Daughters breaks ground on expansion


Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

When Vicky Vogt first dreamed of starting a vineyard and opening a winery, she, like all new business owners, hoped it would do well. After opening the doors of Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery on December 15, 2011 the business has so exceeded expectations for owners Gary and Vicky Vogt that an expansion on the winery building has been started ahead of schedule. Groundbreaking for the 8,000 square foot addition took place on May 29, 2014 and is scheduled to be finished in late fall 2014.

As the name of the business describes, yes, Gary and Vicky have four daughters. Vicky states that opening the winery was a way to get her children back home and into a form of agriculture as the four daughters did not want to farm corn or soybeans, but she thought they may be interested in wine and they were. Two of the daughters moved back home to work at the winery and two son-in-laws work there full-time as well.

The four daughters and their families are 1) Shawn - married to Patrick Sween with five children: Kieran, Lucca, Rowan, Calum, and Eliot. 2) Erin - married to Tim Stromberg. 3) Kristin - married to Justin Osborne with three children: Henry, Evan, and Archie. 4) Justine - married to Dan Prieve with two children: Kalvin and Isla.

It was always the intention of the owners to build an addition onto the winery but did not have it in their business plan to happen this soon. The first year Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery produced 8,000 gallons of wine and this past year production jumped to 26,000 gallons creating the need for additional space for production now.

Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery has a total of six acres of grapevines used to produce wine for the business each year and the person in charge of the vines is Vineyard Manager Patrick Sween. As you can imagine taking care of such a vast amount of grapevines cannot be an easy task but based on the quality of wine that is produced at the winery Patrick does a magnificent job.

Justin Osborne, the Winemaker, went to school and did a lot of research which provided him with the knowledge to become very creative and also extremely successful at his craft. Vicky states that some of their most popular wines are the Sparkling Pinot Noir, Marquette, and Big Boy Blend.

The Sparkling Pinot Noir is described as “a full and grapey wine with big flavors and a hint of sparkle” on the business website (www.fourdaughtersvineyard.com) .....
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Mock crash brings real emotion

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

A routine fire drill sent hundreds of Fillmore-Central students to the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn. on Friday, May 16, 2014 and what the students found there was anything but routine. As the student body and staff made their way to t ..... 
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South Dakota man survives plane crash in thick woods of Newburg Township

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Features

As farmers were working up the rich soil of Southeast Fillmore County on the afternoon of Saturday, May 17, an orange and white Preceptor Ultra Pup home-built single-passenger plane overhead seemed to be flying lower than usual. And, it was. Experienced military pilot, Carl Koch, age 65, had just refueled at an airport in Caledonia. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, the pilot had just purchased the plane in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and was planning on flying it back to his home in Mitchell, South Dakota. His plane fell short of the 453 mile journey, only making it approximately 145 miles to where he crash landed. Koch’s original plan was to refuel in Caledonia, Albert Lea, and Worthington along the way until he arrived at his destination in Mitchell, South Dakota. But, due to mechanical difficulties still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), pilot Koch had lost power and had to navigate where to crash-land his newly purchased plane. With a dense volume of woods throughout Newburg Township, Koch and his plane crashed just on the fringe of some tillable farmland on a property owned by Weisel Creek, LLP. Following his crash landing with blunt head trauma, Koch found his way across a field and down a gravel road to the entrance of the property at 42489 County Road 18. From the site of the crash to County Road 18 is a little over one mile on foot. Once he arrived at the entrance of the property, he dialed 911, at approximately 2:43 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, to inform the Sheriff’s Department. Then he contacted his wife, who was traveling by vehicle following his flight path. Koch ended up with minor injuries and was transported from the scene to the hospital by a private party. The Mabel Ambulance also responded to the call. In the days that followed the plane crash, an FAA inspector investigated the damaged aircraft, upside down and mangled among the trees. According to Sheriff Jensen, FAA inspectors do not speak to the media. In the weeks to come, more information will be made available relating to the investigation of the crash. Sheriff Jensen said that the FAA inspector shared with him that investigating a crash in which the pilot survives is very helpful. With these types of crashes, the pilot often doesn’t survive to talk about what went wrong. Victor Spaulding, one of the owners of the property where the crash occurred, also arrived on the scene, asking Sheriff Jensen, “Is the pilot OK? How’s he doing?” Victor Spaulding, his son Alan Spaulding, and another partner named Mike Cashill are owners of the property under the entity known as Weisel Creek, LLP. All three owners live in the Twin Cities area. According to correspondence with reporter Mark Roper with television station KSFY in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, an ABC affiliate pilot Carl Koch is in good spirits back at his home in Mitchell, South Dakota. Koch, who is the city attorney for the City of Mitchell, credits his experience for surviving the plane crash. “I don’t believe that I would have a fear of flying again. The truth of the matter is, that when I was flying in the military, I experienced things, and when things did go wrong it scared me more than this and obviously I continued to fly,” Koch said, in an interview with KSFY news anchor Mark Roper. But, he did go on to say, “I’m not going to put my wife, whom I expect to be married to until I die, and family, through concern and worry. I’m not going to put them through that kind of concern and worry again.”

KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports ..... 
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Visitors move quickly to attend Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

A horse with a mustache, a barbershop quartet, warm lefse, and classic cars were only a few of the attractions at this year’s Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The 19th annual Stand Still parade is one of the most uniq ..... 
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Chatfield couple finds a way to give back

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

When Tom and Michelle Root started planning a motorcycle run to benefit the Eagles Cancer Telethon back in February, they had no idea the amount of work they were getting themselves into. Thankfully, we all get by with a little help from our friends ..... 
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Correction

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

In the May 5, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the Whalan Stand Still Parade will stand in place for 19th year press release. It was printed that pre-parade entertainment will be provided by Walter Bradley and Tom Arnold. ..... 
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Area businesses work together to bring local options at Fillmore County Wedding Show

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Features

Small business owner, Trisha Christoperson, is full of vision. She started her business, Sweetie Cakes, out of her home with the idea of bringing a local option of baked delights to southeast Minnesota communities. Featuring only made from scratch t ..... 
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Help save the depot in Canton

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Features

Some locals still remember the time when trains ran through Canton. Unfortunately not much remains of the railroad these days except for the memories and history preserved by those who have taken an interest and the old depot building. The depot ..... 
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Spring Valley Area Community Foundation banquet discussion centers around DMC

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

“There is no doubt that the epicenter of DMC is Rochester,” said interim President of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Jerry Williams. However, there is also no doubt that the neighboring towns in Fillmore County like Spring Valley will fee ..... 
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