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Local gymnast competes at regional and national events


Mon, May 30th, 2016
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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 something different,” so she decided to give gymnastics a try beginning in November of 2015. As a member of the USA gymnastics club, Skyler trains at Dolphins II in Decorah, Iowa.

Practicing anywhere from one to three days per week, depending on how near the next competition is, Skyler trains for three hours at a time. This training time is in addition to her other responsibilities, extra-curricular activities and hobbies which include basketball, volleyball and riding her horses, to name a few.

Skyler’s mom, Ashley Rinn says, “We didn’t know what to expect and Skyler has turned out to be a natural,” adding, “she loves it and wants to go (train) all the time” to enrich her skills. Skyler “has been very successful despite a wrist injury and severe tendinitis in both ankles,” says Rinn.

With Skyler just beginning gymnastics in November, “We weren’t sure what the season would bring,” Rinn stated.

Skyler’s first gymnastics meet was held on January 17, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa at the famous Chow’s Invitational. Although Skyler was “very nervous”, she “always does well under pressure,” states Rinn.

Skyler’s first event happened to be her favorite event, the uneven bars, where she scored a 9.0. Next came the floor exercise, where she was given another 9.0, balance beam brought her a 9.450, and the final event, vault, she scored an additional 9.0.

From her first event in gymnastics, Skyler brought home three medals in uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise. From that moment they were “hooked on gymnastics”, states Rinn.

In addition to receiving her three medals, there was another highlight at that first meet. Skyler had the opportunity to meet the famous Liang Chow himself, and he tapped Skyler’s head, which she thought was “awesome”, according to Rinn. Chow has trained famous gymnasts including Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas.

On February 20, 2016, Skyler competed in Iowa City, Iowa, where she was awarded another three medals and on March 5, 2016 in Hiawatha, Iowa, three more came home with her.

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New owners for Old Barn Resort

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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Although there are new owners at the Old Barn Resort near Preston, Minn., the transition happened so seamlessly many area residents may not have even noticed. Eric Brenna and Travis Dundore purchased the business from former owners Doug Brenna (Er ..... 
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Harmony Kids Learning Center celebrates Grand Opening

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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All across the county, parents struggle to find daycare for their kids, and Southeastern Minnesota is no different. The Harmony Kids Learning Center was built to fill that need in the community. The center can serve up to 99 children. The room ..... 
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Rushford honors veterans with Memorial Park

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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As another Memorial Day is drawing near, our Fillmore County municipalities prepare plans for special services and remembrances to honor those serving in our nation’s military and more importantly, those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. In at lea ..... 
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Chatfield resident recalls the last battle of the Vietnam War

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Clark Wiger thought he had put his time in the military behind him. He’d served as a hospital corpsman third class in the Navy from 1971 through 1975, enlisting at the age of 17. After he got out of the Navy, he returned home to Minnesota and mo ..... 
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Famous WWII nurse was born in Fillmore County

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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A well-known WWII nurse who was born and spent her formative years in the Harmony, Minn. area lived to help others and has been recognized and remembered for her service in many ways. Hortense E. McKay was born northeast of Harmony, Minn. on a far ..... 
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Cemetery staff prepares to host dedication ceremony

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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Honorable. Memorable. Patriotic. Those are three words that will most likely describe Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Preston, Minn. Now home to a $10.1 million 169-acre state veterans cemetery dedicated to honoring those who have served our country, Pr ..... 
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Willy towers over other steers

Mon, May 16th, 2016
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At the May 10 Fillmore County board meeting commissioners approved sending a letter to Governor Mark Dayton and legislators requesting a transportation package this legislative session. The letter will be signed by all of the county commissioners. ..... 
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B&B Olympic Bowl owners named Grand Marshals of Trout Days Parade

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
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When Shelly Hanson received a call from Sarah Wangen asking her and her husband Paul to be Grand Marshals of the Preston Trout Days Parade, she thought that surely there was someone else more deserving of the position. The Trout Days Committee disa ..... 
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