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Memorial fishing tournament takes place in Lanesboro


Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

As snow fell on a chilly winter’s day at the 2014 Memorial Fishing Tournament in Lanesboro, Minn. on Saturday, February 15, all the participants felt was warmth as friends, family, and neighbors of Andrew Kingsbury, Blake Overland, and Matthew Erickson gathered on the ice for the tournament which was dedicated to the three men this year.

The tournament, sponsored by the Root River Saloon, was started six years ago as the Bass Pond Ice Fishing Tournament to give residents a chance to get together during the middle of winter. After the tragic loss of the three Lanesboro graduates in a car accident in Winona, Minn. in January 2014 the organizers decided to dedicate the 2014 tournament to Matthew, Andrew, and Blake. The three friends had participated in the tournament in past years and this was a heartfelt way to bring everyone together to honor and remember the men.

The tournament was held from noon - 2 p.m. with entry fees of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Hundreds of prizes were given out with the largest five prizes handed out to the anglers that caught the largest fish in five different species. A ceremony was held at 4 p.m. at the Root River Saloon to present the top five awards.

One of the organizers of the event, Rob Wagner, stated that 208 adults and 98 children participated in the ice fishing tournament this year, which Rob states “shows how much those kids meant to everyone” and added it was a great event that was well supported by the community. The total amount raised at this year’s tournament is not yet available, but the amount raised comes secondary to bringing a community together at a time of great loss to support one another.

A portion of the money raised from this year’s tournament will be used to start memorial scholarships in the names of Matthew, Blake, and Andrew. Another portion will be given to the Winona County Dive Rescue Team that searched tirelessly until the lost were found. Some of the money raised will also be used to purchase prizes for next year’s tournament.

The Lanesboro High School Senior Class served food and beverages during the fishing tournament to show their support and also as a fundraiser for their senior class trip. Food included brats and hot dogs donated by Jim and Becky Iverson, chips donated by Gil B’s and Sue Moen, bars and cookies furnished by students, and pop donated by BP. According to Senior Class Advisor John Sm .....
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Cindy Gallea to compete in 12th Iditarod

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

While some people in this area complain about the cold and the snow of winter, there are others whose passion depends on such conditions. Cindy Gallea of Wykoff, Minn. has a passion for dog sled racing or “mushing” and the snow we now have in ..... 
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Power and Money - Who is paying the most for electricity?

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Power costs money. When residents and business owners of Fillmore County receive their monthly utility bills, they see firsthand the cost of their consumption. But, how does your utility bill compare with others in the region and the nation? Specifi ..... 
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Johnson dazzled by fireworks engagement

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Haeli Johnson’s life changed the day she graduated from Lanesboro High School in 2008. It was not only the fact that she had graduated, but it was also because of who she met at her graduation party. Haeli’s cousin, Jordan Johnson, stopped ..... 
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Tienter-Ertl couple to celebrate true small town wedding

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As many people from small towns know it can be difficult to find love in a community where you are related to almost everyone--and if you find someone you’re not related to you just might want to confirm with grandma. Lucky for bride-to-be Grace T ..... 
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Wedding venues plentiful in Fillmore County

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Features

As we all know, but sometimes forget, Fillmore County is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Minnesota. Nestled in the Root River Valley, we are privy to astounding bluffs, hardwood forests and historic areas that can only be found in o ..... 
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Unsolved mystery in death of family dog

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Features

As animal lover’s know, a pet becomes part of the family when it is brought home. Joe and Angi Kaase and their sons, Ryli and Quinci, felt this way about their 15 month-old German Shepherd named Tyson. Ryli and Quinci loved spending time with ..... 
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Lanesboro mourns the loss of three

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

As the story topped many media outlets’ broadcasts and headlines across southeastern Minnesota for days, those in the community of Lanesboro were hoping for the best, or at least some piece of good news, as law enforcement officials, dive teams, a ..... 
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