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Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration and soldier grave rededication to be held in Houston


By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Features

On Saturday, July 12, a Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration and soldier grave rededication will be held at Silver Creek Cemetery in Houston at 10:30 a.m. The service will commemorate the Battle of Tupelo in Mississippi that was fought on July 14/15, 1864.

The service will honor Private Joseph Cox, who was seriously wounded at the Battle of Tupelo and died upon his return home from those injuries. A new stone marker will be unveiled at the service at Silver Creek Cemetery, Private Cox’s final resting place.

The event will include presentations by state and local dignitaries, as well as historians. The Houston American Legion Color Guard, Rushford American Legion Riders, and Civil Warreenactors will all take part in the commemoration service.

“It’s a huge privilege to be able to honor the veterans,” said Riquell Witt from Silver Creek Cemetery, “By doing the dedications, even though the events happened 150 years ago, it shows our appreciation for the veterans and that their sacrifices are not forgotten.”

The event is hosted by the Governor’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force and Silver Creek Cemetery Association. The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine.



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A successful Dairy Night on the Farm 2014

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

A perfect summer evening brought a large crowd to Blue Valley Holsteins for this year’s Dairy Night on the Farm hosted by Bruce and Tracy Wingert along with their son Matt and daughter Loni. Blue Valley Holsteins is a third generation farm locate ..... 
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Father’s Day fun at Lanesboro’s Art in the Park

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Father’s Day in this area of Minnesota is also synonymous with another important date on the calendar which is Lanesboro’s Art in the Park event. For those who may have a difficult time finding dad that gift that you thought he may actually use ..... 
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“Officer Joe”, Harmony native, named South Dakota School Resource Officer of the Year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

“It has been a pleasure to work with Officer Joe in Brookings,” says Mickelson Middle School Principal Melinda Jensen, one of the administrators responsible for a nomination for the School Resource Officer of the Year award. “Officer Joe adds ..... 
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Preston Dairy and Farm Association breaks ground on expansion

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Groundbreaking on the Preston Dairy and Farm expansion outside of Preston took place Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with Preston Area Chamber of Commerce members, Preston Mayor Curt Reicks, Preston Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Wangen and EDA Direct ..... 
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Four Daughters breaks ground on expansion

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

When Vicky Vogt first dreamed of starting a vineyard and opening a winery, she, like all new business owners, hoped it would do well. After opening the doors of Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery on December 15, 2011 the business has so exceeded expe ..... 
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Mock crash brings real emotion

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

A routine fire drill sent hundreds of Fillmore-Central students to the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn. on Friday, May 16, 2014 and what the students found there was anything but routine. As the student body and staff made their way to t ..... 
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South Dakota man survives plane crash in thick woods of Newburg Township

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Features

As farmers were working up the rich soil of Southeast Fillmore County on the afternoon of Saturday, May 17, an orange and white Preceptor Ultra Pup home-built single-passenger plane overhead seemed to be flying lower than usual. And, it was. Experienced military pilot, Carl Koch, age 65, had just refueled at an airport in Caledonia. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, the pilot had just purchased the plane in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and was planning on flying it back to his home in Mitchell, South Dakota. His plane fell short of the 453 mile journey, only making it approximately 145 miles to where he crash landed. Koch’s original plan was to refuel in Caledonia, Albert Lea, and Worthington along the way until he arrived at his destination in Mitchell, South Dakota. But, due to mechanical difficulties still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), pilot Koch had lost power and had to navigate where to crash-land his newly purchased plane. With a dense volume of woods throughout Newburg Township, Koch and his plane crashed just on the fringe of some tillable farmland on a property owned by Weisel Creek, LLP. Following his crash landing with blunt head trauma, Koch found his way across a field and down a gravel road to the entrance of the property at 42489 County Road 18. From the site of the crash to County Road 18 is a little over one mile on foot. Once he arrived at the entrance of the property, he dialed 911, at approximately 2:43 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, to inform the Sheriff’s Department. Then he contacted his wife, who was traveling by vehicle following his flight path. Koch ended up with minor injuries and was transported from the scene to the hospital by a private party. The Mabel Ambulance also responded to the call. In the days that followed the plane crash, an FAA inspector investigated the damaged aircraft, upside down and mangled among the trees. According to Sheriff Jensen, FAA inspectors do not speak to the media. In the weeks to come, more information will be made available relating to the investigation of the crash. Sheriff Jensen said that the FAA inspector shared with him that investigating a crash in which the pilot survives is very helpful. With these types of crashes, the pilot often doesn’t survive to talk about what went wrong. Victor Spaulding, one of the owners of the property where the crash occurred, also arrived on the scene, asking Sheriff Jensen, “Is the pilot OK? How’s he doing?” Victor Spaulding, his son Alan Spaulding, and another partner named Mike Cashill are owners of the property under the entity known as Weisel Creek, LLP. All three owners live in the Twin Cities area. According to correspondence with reporter Mark Roper with television station KSFY in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, an ABC affiliate pilot Carl Koch is in good spirits back at his home in Mitchell, South Dakota. Koch, who is the city attorney for the City of Mitchell, credits his experience for surviving the plane crash. “I don’t believe that I would have a fear of flying again. The truth of the matter is, that when I was flying in the military, I experienced things, and when things did go wrong it scared me more than this and obviously I continued to fly,” Koch said, in an interview with KSFY news anchor Mark Roper. But, he did go on to say, “I’m not going to put my wife, whom I expect to be married to until I die, and family, through concern and worry. I’m not going to put them through that kind of concern and worry again.”

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Visitors move quickly to attend Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

A horse with a mustache, a barbershop quartet, warm lefse, and classic cars were only a few of the attractions at this year’s Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The 19th annual Stand Still parade is one of the most uniq ..... 
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