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A proposal on the Root River


Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

When adventurers travel down the Root River in a tube, kayak or canoe, they never know what wonders they will witness. They may see eagles, deer, trout, turtles, ducks -- an abundance of wildlife.

But, people may also observe a once-in-a-lifetime event such as a wedding proposal.

If you were tubing, kayaking or canoeing on the Root River and made your way down to Moen’s Bridge around 4:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016, you would have witnessed an elaborately crafted wedding proposal “KATHY WILL YOU MARRY ME?” on a 5 foot tall and 52 feet wide sign overlooking the river.

On this perfectly sunny day on the river, with the backdrop of Pilot Mound’s lush bluffs, Joe Walton carried out a plan he had been working on since this past winter.

Joe was going to propose to Kathy Lubahn.

How they met

Joe Walton, age 29, is from the big city of Rochester and Kathy Lubahn, age 25, is from rural Wykoff.

They first met at Denny’s Restaurant in Rochester on a blind date in March 2012. Alan and Stephanie, mutual friends of Joe and Kathy, set them up on a blind date.

After that first date, they didn’t stay in touch right away. So, while Alan prodded Joe to contact Kathy, good friend Stephanie was on the other side encouraging Kathy to contact Joe for another date. Finally, Joe sent a text to Kathy to set up another date, and they’ve been together ever since.

Kathy reflects, “Those friends are now married themselves and we were both in their wedding two years ago.”

When he knew

While Joe works at the St. Mary’s power plant as an assistant relief boiler operator, Kathy is a registered nurse at the Federal Medical Center and a part-time registered nurse at the Mayo Clinic.

Whether it is because Kathy is a nurse or it is just in her nature, Joe realized he had found the one he wanted to marry when they went to visit his mother in the hospital.

Joe shared, “I knew I wanted to marry Kathy when my mother was in the hospital for a surgery. After the surgery, we went to visit her. And, with Kathy being an RN, she got my mother out of the hospital bed and walked her around the floor and took care of her while we were there. I realized that night that I needed to marry Kathy some day. So after a long while of thinking about how I should do it, last winter it finally hit me that hangin .....
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Memories of Mabel... What one loves in childhood stays in the heart forever

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Features

By Karen Lind Brazas Channel Islands, California I was only six-years-old when my family moved into a big old Victorian house in Mabel, Minn. They say a true Victorian home “evokes childhood memories of fantasy and make-believe.” Looking bac ..... 
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Jeff and Kathy Hebl find new beginning with their independent business

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

By Hannah Wingert “It wasn’t easy to walk away from that $45,000 piece of paper that declared our franchise with Servicemaster. We’d invested a LOT of time and money into it,” said Jeff Hebl. But walk away from it he did, along with his c ..... 
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County bounty: feet, tails, pelts, and ears

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Features

By Jason Sethre Since 1874, in a community that resembles a roller coaster, often referred to as the land of the Shea family (a plentiful farm family spanning generations that occupy more than half of the town), there has been the annual Viola Goph ..... 
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Henrytown Lutheran Church is rising from the ashes

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Canton Features

By Barb Jeffers Since the loss of their church by a devastating fire on April 16, 2016, the congregation of Henrytown Lutheran Church may have been without their church but they never lost faith. Before the smoke had cleared from the fire at Henr ..... 
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Local martial arts master finds fulfillment in refereeing

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

By Hannah Wingert “I was just looking for something else to do after wrestling ended,” remembers Dan Rogers. He had just finished his wrestling career in college and wanted to replace it with something else while he completed his undergrad in ..... 
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No limit on fun during DNR Fishing Day

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Barb Jeffers On a beautiful summer day, there is no better place to be than in Sylvan Park in Lanesboro, Minn. with a fishing pole in your hand. Many visitors with several area groups had the opportunity to spend a day not only fishing in Sy ..... 
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F & M Community Bank celebrates 105 years

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

When the F & M Community Bank was first started in March of 1911 by a group of local individuals, they had no idea how much the bank would grow and change over the next 105 years. “When I started working at the bank full-time in September 1982 ..... 
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Lanesboro School welcomes new superintendent

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

As soon as Matt Schultz saw Lanesboro Public School’s posting for a new superintendent, he knew he wanted the job. He applied for it, went through the interview process and was thrilled to hear the news that he had gotten the job. He will be rep ..... 
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