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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 treats, with original recipes and a whole lot of talent, Sweetie Cakes is well on its way to success. Within a year of starting out, Trisha was renting kitchen space from another small business owner in the area and devising a plan to help other local businesses achieve success. Christopherson organized the Fillmore County Wedding Showcase, which is believed to be the first of its kind for the county.

The show, held on Saturday, April 26 at the Kingsland High School gym in Spring Valley, Minn. featured only local businesses that offered services in wedding event planning. For engaged couple, Sawyer Hanson and Marisa Bite, it was a treat to entertain the idea of supporting the local economy as they make their plans for their dream to come true. Sawyer’s mother, Lisa Hanson, explained she had brought the couple there so they could understand the importance of what was offered in the area and support the businesses that support the local communities.

Christopherson reached out to several businesses throughout the county and neighboring small counties in hopes of creating a business helping business atmosphere and relationships, while being able to create awareness to consumers. Much of what a couple would need or want for their special day, if not everything, can be found right in their own backyards.

From photographers to caterers, Christopherson thought of everything and local businesses that stepped up will reap the benefit of participating. Dawn Sloan, owner of Radiance Photography in LeRoy, Minn., was excited to be a part of the showcase. She explained how keeping low package pricing has been an advantage to her business. Understanding the competitive market and the tendency for consumers to naturally look in larger cities for services, she prides herself on her relationships with her clients. Getting to know them, making them comfortable; these are the things that make great photos. When a couple feels natural and has a good rapport with their photographer, it makes for beautiful and real memories to be captured by Sloan.

Char Carlson, of Spring Valley, was one of the vendors on hand for the showcase. Carlson has been an ordained minister for seven years. .....
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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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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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The rising cost of beef

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Features

If you have taken a trip to the grocery store or have gone out to eat in the last several months, chances are you have noticed a price hike, especially in beef. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average consumer price of ground beef per poun ..... 
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Oak Meadow Meats of Harmony

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Growing up on a farm near Harmony, Minn. with two older brothers and one older sister, Michael Aggen was active in showing cattle and swine at livestock shows along with his siblings. The family was involved in state and county fairs, junior livesto ..... 
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Eyes on the road

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Imagine a job in which you show up everyday and never know what to expect. Anything could happen, and your job is to remedy problems as they arise. In some cases, you are dealing with fatalities or life-changing events for someone you’ve never me ..... 
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Mustang celebrates 50 years with Serfling

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Not old enough to drive yet, he was just 11-years-old, but Dan Serfling had his eye on his dream car. Dan’s uncle Millard Runge, who passed away on May 31, 2012, at the age of 88, bought a 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang -- the very first year the world famo ..... 
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Road construction season not far off for Fillmore County and southeastern Minnesota

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

The joke is that there are two seasons in Minnesota: winter and road construction. Seeing as we’ve left one behind, it’s time for the other to begin. As usual, there are some projects that may impact your routes and travel times in the coming mon ..... 
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