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Experience a Nightmare on First Street


Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Features

Screams will be heard in the graveyard, shrieks will echo through the haunted barn, and cries will send shivers down your spine. If this sounds like fun to you, be sure to grab your boys and ghouls and come to the third annual Nightmare on First Street: Field of Screams & Haunted Barn at 609 First Street in Fountain, Minn. this Halloween season.

After “haunting” their front yard in 2011, Paul and Regan Little began creating the spooky masterpiece in 2012 when they thought it would be a fun use of an old barn on the property.

Many hours were spent by Paul and Regan, along with their children Logan and Demery, tearing down a building and cutting walls into chunks which would be used to make the many different rooms or “scenes” in the barn. There were almost 300 visitors with the proceeds being donated to the Fillmore County Food Shelf in 2012. With such a large response and very little advertising, along with attendees urging the couple, the decision was made to continue in 2013 and ramp up the scariness even more. This meant more work for the Little family and many changes and upgrades have been made since last year.

The theme for Nightmare on First Street in 2013 is a traveling circus which was seeking shelter in the barn on a stormy night and none of them were ever seen again. Participants will learn the entire story prior to entering. Before reaching the Haunted Barn, one must walk through the Field of Screams which includes the “corn shock field” where there will be “scare-people.” Also be on the lookout for the electric chair and gallows as you are walking in the dark.

Next comes the cemetery which a visitor must walk through in order to reach the haunted barn, and at this point turning around could be more dangerous than continuing on, but under no circumstances does a person want to stop as you may even see death and death will certainly see you! Watch your step in the bone-yard so you don’t trip and wind up landing in Dracula’s open casket or falling onto a fresh grave.

After making it this far the blood-curdling sounds from the barn will make the heart start pumping as you step through the door only to be greeted by a clown who may not make you feel welcome.

Thirteen circus and barn related rooms seem to go on forever while walking on straw in dark narrow passages. A magician, many scary clowns, a fortune teller, trapeze artists, a lion’s cage .....
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Preston’s “Taste of the Trail” well attended

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Bikers from South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Illinois, the Twin Cities, and from the local surrounding area attended Preston’s “Taste of the Trail” event on September 21. Guests sampled food items at the Preston Trailhead Park donated by Preston A ..... 
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In peace, with honor

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Jason Sethre The story of the sword continued on Saturday, September 21, 2013, coincidentally also recognized as the International Day of Peace by the United Nations. Orval Amdahl, along with his wife Marie, traveled from their home in rural L ..... 
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Ann and Jim O’Connor

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Ann and Jim O’Connor share their stalk of corn boasting five ears in front of Preston Dairy & Farm. A normal stalk of corn has 1 - 2 ears. Photo Submitted by Ann O’Connor

Ceremony honors soldiers killed in 1862 Dakota War

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Joe Chase On Sunday, August 25, Chatfield Mayor Russell Smith and four others from Chatfield (Joel and Andrew Young, Michael Martin and myself) attended a memorial service at the cemetery at Fort Ridgely State Park, near Fairfax, Minn. It was an ..... 
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One man’s souvenir, another man’s heirloom

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

On August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb given the name of “Fat Man” was dropped over the Japanese city of Nagasaki. This was the second atomic bomb dropped on a major city in Japan in less than four days, as a measure of response to the Japanese attac ..... 
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Preston Apple & Berry Farm expecting larger crop this year

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

By Barb Jeffers Hopes are high for a more bountiful crop this year at the Preston Apple & Berry Farm after several years of lower harvest amounts. Owners Joe and Carol Gosi state that this year’s crop looks better as long as rain and cooler weath ..... 
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Worth the Wait

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Features

By Barb Jeffers Darrin and Sarah Cambern had a goal in mind after the birth of their son, Riley, 12 years ago. That goal was to build a new home for their growing family. The Cambern’s worked hard and made plans, but the time just never seemed ..... 
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Family fun during 2013 Steam Engine Days

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

By Barb Jeffers The 61st Hesper - Mabel Steam Engine Days took place September 6-8, 2013 in Mabel, Minn. with residents and visitors enjoying all of the activities. The highlight of the celebration is the steam engines and tractors although there ..... 
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