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Flamingos flock Fillmore County


Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Some of the Root River Outback Bowl Dancers flock an unsuspecting homeowner. Photo submitted

You may have noticed a flock of flamingos moving around the Preston, Harmony, Lanesboro, and Fountain area in the last year and wondering what they were for.

The flamingo flock was started by the Harmony Just For Kix dance team as a fundraiser for a trip to the Outback Bowl. The Outback Bowl is held in Tampa Bay, Fla., around New Year’s each year and features college football teams. Each year, 800-1000 Just For Kix and high school dancers from across the country to perform a routine at the pregame show and during halftime and have been doing so for over 20 years. This is the first year that the Harmony Just For Kix group will attend.

In January of this year, a parent meeting was held for the Just For Kix parents to discuss the Outback Bowl. The signups were open for any dancers between 2nd and 12th grade. Ten dancers signed up to go on the trip. The cost isn’t cheap at around $1600 per dancer, but the girls have been working hard to fundraise all year and most have already raised about 75% of the total cost. The group of 10 named themselves the Root River Outback Bowl Dancers.

The girls will work on learning the routine before leaving on their trip and will have two to three hours of practice each day while they’re there. But it won’t be all work for them. They’ll be able to take a day trip to Disney World as well. Most of the dancers will be traveling on the same flight out of Minneapolis and will be accompanied by a parent.

Vicky Musel, the Harmony Just For Kix dance director, first heard about the idea of flamingo flocking as a fundraiser from some other area directors and thought it sounded like fun. So she bought 24 flamingos online for $90 and picked a friend’s house to start at on August 13.

When someone is “flocked,” they also receive a zippered pouch with instructions to call the Rescue Hotline to have the dancers/skilled flamingo wranglers come and remove them from their property. There is a $15 flocking fee and an additional $5 fee to anonymously have the flamingos moved to someone else’s yard. “It’s hilarious to see who they get sent to,” Vicky laughed. So far, the flock has been moved to 24 different yards.

Vicky rotates which dancer will move the flock so all of the girls get a chance to experience the fun. They usually move them at night or, if they know someone will be gone during the day, they can also do it then. “We do it supe .....
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Wykoff city clerk resigns

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on September 12th in regular session. Members in attendance were Mitch Grabau, Rocky Vreeman, Mayor Al Williams, Deputy Clerk Becky Schmidt, Megan Lund, and Brody Mensink. Also in attendance was city attorney Thomas Man ..... 
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Chatfield Public Schools welcomes new dean of students

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Carlisle Corson’s teaching career has taken him to Hawaii and Texas, but he considers the Chatfield School District to be his home. Corson has a license in elementary and special education and has been teaching for 25 years. For the past 14 year ..... 
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Marlene Anderson

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield All

Marlene LaVonne Anderson, 81, of Chatfield, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Marlene was born February 5, 1935 in St. Ansgar, Iowa, to Orlando and Iona (Everson) Grove. Marlene graduated high sch ..... 
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Irven Holtegaard

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Irven Holtegaard, 90, of Lanesboro, passed away September 8, 2016 at Gundersen Health Care in LaCrosse, Wis. Irven was born March 25, 1926 in Belmont, Mont., to Oscar and Minda (Benson) Holtegaard. He moved with his family to St. Charles as an in ..... 
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Chuck Fellows

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Chuck Fellows, age 90 of Canton, Minn., went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 7, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the age of 90 years, 10 months, and 15 days. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, Sept 12, 2016 at the Cresco Community ..... 
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Wallace L. Osland

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Wallace L. Osland, 80, of rural Lanesboro, died Friday, September 9, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Methodist Campus. He was born in Cresco, Iowa, on June 29, 1936 to Nels and Agnes (Miller) Osland. The lived on a farm near Bristol Center in York Township of F ..... 
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Gary Herbert Heyer

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in All Obituaries

Gary Herbert Heyer, age 73, of Spring Valley, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Ostrander Nursing Home from complications of heart surgery. He was born April 8, 1943 to Herbert and Nina (Haupt) Heyer in LaCrosse, Wis. He grew up in N ..... 
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Jerker Saxentorp

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Word has been received of the sudden death of Jerker Saxentorp, 51, of Vargarda, Sweden.On Thursday, August 25, 2016. Jerker passed away on his way to work. He was born April 22, 1965 to Elov and Britta Johansson, and went to school and lived his ..... 
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