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Area grocer gives shoppers' choice


Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

When Spring Valley businessman Don Lanning opened his IGA grocery store on Spring Valley's north side in 1987, customers were treated to many conveniences and amenities not found in the small community. In just a few weeks, customers will be treated again when a new updated store, dubbed Don’s Family Market, will open its doors to the community. The new store is located a hop, skip and a jump from the current store on North Broadway, but will feature a safer, side road access, which many in the community are looking forward to. “You’ll be able to get to the new store from North Park Drive,” Lanning said. The new 23,000 square-foot facility, located just north of the Super 8 Motel, has been given an extreme make-over of sorts compared to the current 15,000 square-foot facility. Variety, variety, variety is what the new store is all about. “We’ll have expanded deli, produce and meat departments and our frozen and dairy sections will double in size,” Lanning said. Fresh cut floral arrangements and other plant and floral items will be available near the front of the store. Local floral designers Ann and Lee Kappers will operate that area. The entire store has a bright, simple décor and will offer 110 extra wide parking spaces. The current store has just 60 parking spots. It will be easier to maneuver your shopping cart, too, thanks to wider isles. Expanded space for displays and merchandising cases will allow for a much wider selection of products, which is one of the reasons Lanning decided to break ground on a new facility in Spring Valley. More square footage has also been laid out for the store’s busy pharmacy. “Our current facility is undersized and outdated,” said Lanning. “We’ve been there for 16 years,” he said.The new market is pretty much a mirror image of Skippy’s, the grocery store Lanning owns in Chatfield. Skippy’s, named after wife Jan’s nickname, was opened in November 1999. The operations of Lanning’s two facilities is a family affair. “Jan runs the deli in both stores and does our books,” Lanning said. Son-in-law Brian Boelter manages Skippy’s, daughter Kim Boelter does the accounts receivable and son, Tim Akers does bookwork at both stores. Tim will also operate the new adjoining liquor store called TJs, designed to offer shoppers additional convenience.Opening a new store, especially in a small community, is somewhat of an art…but also takes a little b .....
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Wayne Selmer Grant, 43, of Harmony, has been charged with child neglect endangerment, malicious punishment of a child, and domestic assault related to an incident on November 3. According to the criminal complaint ..... 
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Home for the Holidays

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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"Driving around in the city, the kids seem real upbeat. They’ve got no shoes and ragged clothes but they’re still smilin’. If they can persevere, anyone can do it."   Specialist E 4 Tim Bisek,   NaJaf ..... 
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Fabian orders city of Preston to issue building permit to Mausts

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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On Wednesday, December 3, Houston County District Court Judge James Fabian ruled that the city of Preston must issue a building permit to Robert and Elaine Maust. The Mausts are the developers proposing to build the Heartland Energy & Recycling plant ..... 
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Judge Wieners hears arguments in MPCA suit

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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ROCHESTER - Judge Joseph Wieners listened to more than two hours of arguments from attorneys on Tuesday in a suit brought against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency by an environmental group. Orig-inally scheduled for courtroom #6, the hearing ha ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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Felony Charges

Wesley Duane Alden, 35, of Preston has been charged with two felony counts of first degree driving while impaired following his arrest on November 26 in Fountain. He is also charged with driving without a license, ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: New police officer sworn in

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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At the regular meeting of the Preston City Council Monday evening, Blaise Sass was sworn in as the newest member of the Preston Police Force. Officer Sass will start on Wednesday, December 3.

Truth in Taxation

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Spotlight on Lanesboro’s Chamber of Commerce

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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“$1.5 million comes into Lanesboro each year through tourism.” This is just one of the facts Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce representatives Joan Ruen, Carla Noack, Lori Bakke, and Julie Kiehne shared with the Lanesboro City Council at their regular me ..... 
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County Board approves sand and rock quarry permits

Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
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As the board reviewed the resolutions, the issues of sites stockpiling supplies in road right-of-ways, dust control, and a growing trend of abandoned automobiles accumulating at the sites, was visited several times. The dust control issue appeared to ..... 
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