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Spring Valley, MN


Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Sample the Seasons in Spring Valley

Sample spring and rediscover the solitude and harmony of nature. Angle for trout, enjoy wild flowers, take up birding, scout for mushrooms -- these and more can be enjoyed in the countryside near Spring Valley. In town, check out the Tourist Info Stop on the main highway for complete information on Bluff Country attractions.

If you would like to sample fascinating history, tour the 1876 Methodist Church Museum on the National Register with its 21 remarkable stained glass windows and its connection with Laura Ingalls Wilder. A photo and artifact exhibit show the Wilder family's involvement with Spring Valley history. Visit the rest of the historical society's museum complex including the Washburn-Zittleman House with its 12 exhibit areas of turn-of-the-century furnishings, the new Ag Building and adjacent History Hall. Also on the National Register is the 1904 Carnegie Library.

Summer can best be sampled through recreation. The City Park offers a solar-heated swimming pool, picnic shelter and tables, children's playground, ball fields, and tennis and volleyball courts. Tee off on the Root River Country Club's excellent 9-hole golf course, or check out other relaxing options such as tubing, horseback riding or picnicking at nearby Lake Louise State Park. For a cool change of pace, tour Mystery Cave where you will see an underground cathe-dral, beautiful Turquoise Lake and many more unusual and ed-ucational sights.

Any time is the right time to visit Forestville State Park located 11 miles southeast of Spring Valley. You can camp, horseback ride, hike, picnic, fish, bird, snowmobile, or cross-country ski at this lovely forested park. Camping is also available near Spring Valley at Deer Creek Campground. Motels, a B&B and sev-eral dining places furnish more good places to eat and stay over.

As summer draws to a close, enjoy the Wilder Fest Celebration in Spring Valley in mid-August. The entire family can participate or be entertained by a multitude of events which include dancing, contests, a parade, a quilt and flower show, an ice cream social with live music, an historic house tour, and an exciting fireworks display to climax the weekend.

Fall comes alive when you sample the Fall Foliage Tour. Take the scenic drive beginning in Spring Valley, traveling east on Highway #16 to Hokah circling west on Highway #44 back to Highway #63, then north to Spring Valley. The trip .....
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Spring Grove, MN

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Velkommen til Spring Grove

In a world of mass-produced, carbon copy, electronic images and impersonal life experiences, fine quality service and warm, friendly people are scarce as hen's teeth. But not in Spring Grove.

Spring G ..... 
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Rushford, MN

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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The first pioneers pole-boated up the Root River to the junction of Rush Creek, peered through 10-foot tall grasses, and learned what Indians already knew - this was astonishing beauty. On Christmas Eve 1854, the first four families gathered and name ..... 
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Peterson, MN

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Peterson, nestled in the nar-row Root River Valley, was founded in 1867, when the rail-road was built on land donated for the use by Peter Peterson Haslerud, who settled here in 1853. He owned and platted the village site and was the major force behi ..... 
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Plan Now for Fall Vegetables

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Its not too late to sow seeds of many short season vegetables. Many gardeners want to get all their seeds in and then just let it grow! But staggering planting dates will give you a longer harvest season. This week there ..... 
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Scenes from Childhood

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

We stand on a cracked sidewalk, looking across a cyclone fence at vacant lots and trees, all that remains of the Sumner Field Housing Projects in North Minneapolis. In 1938, the year he was born, my husband's family becam ..... 
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The elusive Blue Racer

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000

In an edition of this column published earlier this year (Fillmore County Journal Vol. 15, No. 34, May 29, 2000) we briefly examined how the physical geography of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, in combination with th ..... 
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A mystery writer visits

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Running a motel in Helena, Montana, was a very confining business, the mystery writer and Chatfield native, Elizabeth Gunn told an audience last week at the Harmony Public Library. "There were whole years where we didnt ..... 
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Bare Feet

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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I did something very daring last night. I walked outside in my bare feet to put a bag of trash in the dumpster. The dew-covered grass felt cool to my hot feet. The sidewalk was smooth and warm in contrast. The different temperatures and textures comp ..... 
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