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Love of steel guitar provides 65-year career for Barb Mosher


Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The first time Barb Mosher saw a steel guitar when she was a little girl, she was hooked. She was visiting the new chick hatchery in Spring Valley and a musician was there playing his steel guitar. She sat down in the front row and didn’t move until he was done playing, not even getting up to get lunch because she was afraid that someone would take her spot.

After he was finished playing, Barb asked him if he’d teach her how to play. He told her that if she could find five other kids to sign up for lessons, he would come to Spring Valley once a week and teach them all. Barb wasn’t about to miss her chance, so she talked five of her friends into taking lessons with her. However, steel guitar is a difficult instrument to learn and one by one, they all dropped out, which meant that the lessons were no longer available for Barb, either.

Barb halfheartedly took piano lessons from her mother, but her heart was still set on steel guitar. When she was a junior in high school, she got a job as a nurse’s aide at the hospital in Austin, Minn., because she knew she could take steel guitar lessons at a music studio in Austin.

Within a short time, the owner of the studio asked Barb to start teaching steel guitar. On Fridays after school, she would take the bus from Spring Valley to Austin to teach lessons on Friday night and then stay overnight so she could teach all day on Saturday as well before taking the bus back home. When she graduated high school, she moved to Austin and took a full-time job at the music studio.

One day, a man came into the studio, signed over his Hormel paycheck and told her to buy as many guitars as his check would cover and send them to a ranch for troubled boys. His name was Roy Lily and it wasn’t long before he asked Barb to join his band. They played on the Austin tv channel at 6:30 on Saturday nights and at Union Hall for a two-hour family show ,along with other gigs.

After several years of working at the music studio, the owner, Mr. Lindstrom, decided to sell it and move to Colorado, where a musical chorus he had written was being played. He offered to take Barb with to work at the studio he planned to open in Colorado, but she declined. She had always lived in the Spring Valley area and wasn’t interested in going that far away.

So Barb moved back to Spring Valley to live with her parents and open her own small music studio above a store. Afte .....
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Historic Pleasant Street Inn preserves a piece of Preston’s history

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

Eric and Tara Corson never planned on becoming landlords, but when their backyard neighbor had problems selling her home after her husband passed away, they saw an opportunity to help her. They bought her house in 2008 with the intention of renovat ..... 
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Local American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA Troops offer faith-based programs for kids

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Features

In 2011, when Steve and Amy Rehm relocated their family from Rochester to southeastern Minnesota, they thought they were losing the opportunity to enroll their daughter in one of the area’s local American Heritage Girls (AHG) troops. “Being a C ..... 
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Like its namesake, tournament will never be forgotten

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

After 20 consecutive years, the Matt Hahn Memorial Arm Wrestling Tournament, which took place in Preston, Minn., has come to an end. Matt Hahn was born on September 12, 1975 to Randy and Bonnie Hahn. Tragically, Matt lost his life as the result ..... 
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Twite is an inspiration on wheels

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

There are times when circumstances can test our resolve. Josh Twite of Harmony, Minn., has passed that test with flying colors - while holding a hockey stick. Now 34 years of age, Twite was unknowingly born with Muscular Dystrophy. “I wasn’t ..... 
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Broadband for tomorrow

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in All Features

The Fillmore County Economic Development Authority hosted a community alliance summit on August 10 centering on potential opportunities to make high speed internet access a reality in the county. Fillmore County residents currently have poorer acces ..... 
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Chatfield Fire Department to be honored with parade

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

As the City of Chatfield prepares for its annual celebration, Western Days, there are many fun and exciting things to look forward to. This year there will be an extra meaningful event with an additional parade on the Sunday of the celebration week ..... 
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KFIL to celebrate 50 years of serving SE Minnesota and NE Iowa with open house

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

When Obed Borgen, or OB as most people called him, started KFIL in Preston, Minn., back in 1966, most people doubted that it would be successful. After all, a small town couldn’t support a radio station, could it? But Borgen proved them wrong an ..... 
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Tiny house trend displayed in Lanesboro

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Trends come and go. As is the case with trends, they explode onto the scene and it becomes the latest craze. Tiny houses is one of the most popular trends right now, not only throughout the United States, but around the world. The city of L ..... 
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