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Local communities rally around girl


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Alysta King with her mom and sister. Alysta is fighting for her life due to a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Photo submitted

Alysta King is, by essence, a joy to be around. The Rushford 10-year old and 4th-grader at Houston Elementary is known for her big smile and bubbly attitude, so it’s no wonder that she’s often surrounded by family and friends. “She has been an active, outgoing, fun girl,” says her parents, Eric and Tara. That changed abruptly four weeks ago.

Hindered by a mysterious, severe pain in her hip, Alysta’s family brought her to Gunderson, in LaCrosse, Wis. on October 27. After initial testing, the family was sent home. They returned to Gunderson’s Emergency Room one week later and doctors suspected appendicitis. This was soon ruled out. Further testing revealed two tumors and doctors soon realized the pain was something far worse. On November 4, the family received word that the lively youngster was suffering from Burkitts, a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Of Non-Hodgkin’s, the third most common childhood cancer, Burkitt’s has notably the fastest growing human tumor. Typically identified among the children of Africa, it is uncommon outside of the continent. In the U.S., according to statistical data, roughly 1,200 people are diagnosed annually with the majority over age 40 and the disease is most often seen in males. However, it accounts for an estimated 40 percent of pediatric lymphoma cases. Essentially, Alysta’s case is rare.

Reeling from the news, the family wasted no time in making plans to tackle the disease head on with extensive chemotherapy. After several tests, scans, a spinal tap, and surgery to install a double port for chemo, Alysta began treatments November 11, just seven days after diagnosis. Three days later, the family was told that treatments were going well. The good news continued November 18, following further tests and examination.

“Dr. ‘Bob’ came to check her out, and said everything was going in the right direction. He felt for her tumors and is pretty sure they have shrunk. She also gained one pound, which is good,” noted mom Tara. An allergic reaction to a new chemo medication threatened to derail the progress, but Aylsta started back on the medication in slower doses with little problem. CT-scan results November 19 showed the problem has significantly decreased and organ function was normal. “Basically what it’s saying is the tumors have drastically decreased. Dr. ‘Bob’ said it was amazing and couldn’t believe how great she is doing,” she e .....
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DMC impact expected to spill into Root River Trail towns

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Features

A crowd gathered at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. Monday evening to learn more about Destination Medical Center (DMC) and how it could have a positive effect on local economies. The nine towns that hosted the event belong to the Root Ri ..... 
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Slant Avenue Mercantile offers many unique items

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There is a place in Fillmore County that can put a different slant in your attitude. A place where you can get lost in all of the diverse and unique offerings available to patrons of the store. The name of that business is Slant Avenue Mercantile ..... 
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Lanesboro business makes scents

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There are many wonderful small businesses in Fillmore County which add their own special touches to the area. One such business, located in Lanesboro, Minn., is ESSENCE of Lanesboro. The products that owner Peter Bilkey creates cannot be found any ..... 
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Veterans turn out for groundbreaking ceremony

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Features

On a gray, chilly, early November morning a couple hundred people including veterans from across the region, friends and family members, and government officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. ..... 
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Turned Write Handcrafted Art turns new opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner More often than not, many dream of casting off their professional lot in life in favor of their true passion. How great would it be to spend your days enjoying your favorite hobby as your career? If you’re fortunate enough to ..... 
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Family Dollar coming to Rushford

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Living in a small town can have its advantages and disadvantages. While we are able to enjoy things such as knowing your neighbor and seeing more green grass than concrete, there is the disadvantage of having to drive out of town for certain items t ..... 
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Additional carved musicians to be unveiled in Harmony

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

The city of Harmony, Minn. is about to enjoy the company of musicians. Three additional wood carved musicians will be joining the Czechoslovakian Concertina Player which was dedicated in 2009 and was placed on the corner of Main and Center Street in ..... 
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Man rides 2,000 miles for Dakota land recovery

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

Since September 3 John Stoesz, orignially from Mountain Lake, Minn. located in Cottonwood County, has been riding miles on his bicycle all to support a cause that he’s very passionate about. Hoping to hit 40 Minnesota counties by the end of Octobe ..... 
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