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Twite is an inspiration on wheels


Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

There are times when circumstances can test our resolve. Josh Twite of Harmony, Minn., has passed that test with flying colors - while holding a hockey stick.

Now 34 years of age, Twite was unknowingly born with Muscular Dystrophy. “I wasn’t coming along in stages where a baby and a toddler should - I didn’t walk until 22 months” states Twite.

“My folks could see there was something wrong,” so his parents, Dale and Linda, pushed for answers. At four-years-old, Twite was diagnosed with Central Core Disease - one of the rarer forms of Muscular Dystrophy.

The family was living in California at the time and moved to Minnesota when Twite was nine.

“Minnesota has been my home,” says Twite, as he grew up here, went to school here, and built his life here.

While growing up, Twite attended an MDA camp near Maple Lake in Minnesota where he started playing hockey “just for fun,” he says. He liked it so much that in 2001 he began playing with the local league there.

In 2004, he began playing with his current team, the Saints, in the Minnesota Power Hockey League. “Most of the people on my team have Muscular Dystrophy - just different types,” states Twite.

Twite comments, “Over the years I can see how it has progressed,” and how it has affected different players, which is difficult as he has gained many close friends through hockey.

Each team consists of five people, including three forwards, a goalie, and a defensive person. Twite’s position is normally forward but occasionally he plays center. The Saints are “kind of an all-star team made up of players from different teams,” notes Twite.

The players use modified floor ball sticks and waffle balls. Twite notes that “having a fast chair is key” along with being as mobile as you can be. Twite does not have a secondary chair so he uses his primary chair for hockey. At a full-speed rate of seven-and-a-half miles an hour, his chair is not the fastest, as some teammates chairs go eight-and-a-half or nine miles an hour.

Twite, who is right-handed, started playing left-handed because he chose to control his chair first. Now after so many years playing left-handed he states “I don’t think you could get me to play with my right hand now” as he is become so accustomed to using his left hand to hold his stick.

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Broadband for tomorrow

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in All Features

The Fillmore County Economic Development Authority hosted a community alliance summit on August 10 centering on potential opportunities to make high speed internet access a reality in the county. Fillmore County residents currently have poorer acces ..... 
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Chatfield Fire Department to be honored with parade

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

As the City of Chatfield prepares for its annual celebration, Western Days, there are many fun and exciting things to look forward to. This year there will be an extra meaningful event with an additional parade on the Sunday of the celebration week ..... 
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KFIL to celebrate 50 years of serving SE Minnesota and NE Iowa with open house

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

When Obed Borgen, or OB as most people called him, started KFIL in Preston, Minn., back in 1966, most people doubted that it would be successful. After all, a small town couldn’t support a radio station, could it? But Borgen proved them wrong an ..... 
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Tiny house trend displayed in Lanesboro

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Trends come and go. As is the case with trends, they explode onto the scene and it becomes the latest craze. Tiny houses is one of the most popular trends right now, not only throughout the United States, but around the world. The city of L ..... 
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Onward and upward: Houston Schools undergoing upgrades

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in All Features

As many districts are struggling with ongoing long-term facility maintenance, the Houston School District has taken a proactive stance in care of their three facilities. District sites include the 1859 preschool, 1939 elementary, and 1957 and 1969-7 ..... 
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New location for Novotny Law Office

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Attorney Lee Novotny has settled in to his new office in Chatfield, Minn., after purchasing the building at 22 Second Street SE on July 1, 2016. The building, which became available for purchase as former tenants, Springer and Gumbel Law Office, d ..... 
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Independent insurance company opens in Wykoff

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Features

Steven Rehm grew up on a farm outside of Chatfield. He moved out of the area for some time, but his love for the country and this area drew him back. He and his wife, Amy, especially like being able to raise their three children, whom they homesch ..... 
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In less than 41 minutes

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

It’s been an eventful summer with storms producing gusts of wind and heavy downpours of rain throughout the region. On the eve of Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Mother Nature unleashed a wall of force that called upon emergency response units all throug ..... 
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