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Fountain man enjoys living on the edge


Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Fountain The Great Outdoors

Nick Schwebach stands next to his race car, which was recently wrapped by Kelly Printing and Signs, giving it a professional look. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Many people would not drive a race car if you paid them, but that is exactly what Nick Schwebach is hoping for when he climbs into his race car.

Schwebach races at Deer Creek Speedway near Grand Meadow, Minn., and also at Dodge County Speedway in Kasson, Minn.

The 29-year-old says he “grew up around racing”, having two cousins that raced in Decorah, Iowa. Schwebach’s dad sponsored his nephews and the family spent a lot of time at the racetrack.

Schwebach says he then “helped out a few people” who were racing, hoping to someday have a car of his own to drive onto the track.

When he turned 18 years old, he realized his dream of owning his own race car and “ever since then we have been racing,” states Schwebach.

His car consists of a 1988 Monte Carlo body with a small block 355 engine. It was just recently wrapped by Kelly Printing and Signs of Preston, Minn. and looks very professional with the sponsors names and other logos displayed.

When asked what is the best part of racing, Schwebach smiles and says, “winning”, of course, but he also enjoys “the kids coming down afterwards” because he enjoys meeting them. He gets driver’s cards made to give to the little fans and for the past few years, he also gives away any trophies he wins to kids following the races.

The payout at Deer Creek Speedway is both trophies and money, but “one nice thing is whether we win or don’t win, we still get money to help us keep the costs down,” states Schwebach.

Schwebach’s first race of the season at Deer Creek Speedway was the Season Opener, which was held on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Results were not available at the time the Fillmore Country Journal went to press. Races begin at 6 p.m.

For more information on races including sprint cars, school bus races, Tasseldega Nights, Featherlite Fall Jamboree, and more, go to deercreekspeedway.com.

Schwebach grew up in Caledonia, Minn. He and his fiancé, Brooke Thissen, moved to Fountain, Minn., in October of 2015. The couple will be wed on September 10, 2016 in Hayfield, Minn.

As racing is a hobby at this time, Schwebach works a full-time job as a mechanical insulator for Diamond Energy Systems of St. Joseph, Minn., and enjoys working on his car and racing in his free time.

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SE Minnesota Historic Bluff Country to hold annual meeting April 14

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

RUSHFORD, MN - Southeast Minnesota Historic Bluff Country will be holding its annual meeting on April 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Stumpy’s Conference Room in Rushford, Minn. The group is committed to encouraging visitors and interest to the ..... 
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Bluff Tracks trail system development eyes economic impact

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Peterson The Great Outdoors

Development of a multifaceted recreational trail system, centered in the Rushford Peterson Valley, continues to gain momentum. The Bluff Tracks Recreational Trail System seeks to enhance the existing natural beauty of the area, while providing a var ..... 
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Bluff Tracks trail system development eyes economic impact

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village The Great Outdoors

Development of a multifaceted recreational trail system, centered in the Rushford Peterson Valley, continues to gain momentum. The Bluff Tracks Recreational Trail System seeks to enhance the existing natural beauty of the area, while providing a var ..... 
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Locals testify for Blufflands Trail System

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Pictured, left to right: Kerry Kingsley, Mark Bishop, Andy Batstone, Vicky Tribon, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston), and Chris Giesen. The group traveled to the State Capitol recently to testify in support of Rep. Davids’ bill that woul ..... 
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Landowner contracts secured to extend Harmony-Preston Valley bike trail to Iowa

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony The Great Outdoors

The City of Harmony is pleased to announce they have secured purchase option contracts from the necessary landowners to extend the Harmony-Preston Valley bike trail from Harmony to Niagara Cave and the Iowa border once funding for the project is mad ..... 
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Bluff Tracks trail system development eyes economic impact

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 8th, 2016
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

Development of a multifaceted recreational trail system, centered in the Rushford Peterson Valley, continues to gain momentum. The Bluff Tracks Recreational Trail System seeks to enhance the existing natural beauty of the area, while providing a var ..... 
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Snakes of the Blufflands

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes live in the blufflands.  On Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m., come to the Houston Nature Center to learn how we can live, work and recreate and still conserve these awesome creatures. Find out how rattle ..... 
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Newest state record fish hooked in Root River, again

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

May 8 is turning into a red-letter date for angler Chad Wentzel. Last year on that day, Wentzel landed the state record golden redhorse. A year later to the day, on the bank of the Root River in Fillmore County, he broke his own state record by on ..... 
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