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Whalan holds cookie walk and chili feed


Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Xia Peterson, age 7, Steph Jakim, and Xavier Peterson, age 9, visit with Char Johnson while enjoying a delicious lunch of chili and cornbread during Whalan’s Cookie Walk and Chili Feed on December 14, 2013. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Tasty comfort foods could be found at the Whalan City Hall in Whalan, Minn., on Saturday, December 14, 2013 as the Whalan Taste of the Trail Committee held a Cookie Walk and Chili Feed. The event was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. giving people plenty of time to stop in and pick out their favorite treats and then sit down for a nice warm bowl of chili with all the extras including cheese, sour cream, onions, etc. and cornbread on the side sure hit the spot on a cold winter’s day. The fundraiser was held to raise money for the Taste of the Trail event.

Many different varieties of cookies and other goodies were brought in from committee members as well as others from the community and surrounding area. Some of the types of cookies available were buckeye cookies, date filled cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and molasses cookies just to name a few of the assortment that were made especially for this event. There were nearly 150 dozen cookies donated for the Cookie Walk and they were selling quickly. One particular gentleman had come in and purchased over $60 worth of cookies and many other people bought several dozen.

The cookies were weighed at a cost of $4 per pound with specialty items being priced separately. Depending on the cookie type there are quite a few cookies in a pound making the cost very reasonable and easier than baking them yourself. Individual cookies sold for 25 cents to 75 cents each. No doubt certain buyers were stocking up for upcoming holiday festivities.

In addition to cookies, there were other specialty items such as caramel corn, snack mix, and preserves. Lefse was also available, which was kindly donated by Bucky Rogers.

Chili is a local staple during winter and the folks in Whalan pleased a lot of bellies throughout the day with their specially made chili. Whalan Taste of the Trail Committee members Charlotte Johnson, Jerri Gustuvson, Judy Harding, and Sheryl Stadtmueller made 18 gallons chili, which was much to the liking of hungry guests. Chili, cornbread, additional fixings and a beverage cost a very reasonable $6. Coffee and water were also available.

Enjoying a lunch of chili and cornbread were Xia Peterson, age 7, Steph Jakim, Xavier Peterson, age 9, and Char Johnson during the chili feed, and Xia stated that the chili was good and Xavier said the chili was “in between my mom’s best chili and regular chili” and was enjoying the cornbread as well.
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Christmas on Historic Broadway 2013

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

For the eighth consecutive year the lights on Broadway in Spring Valley, Minn. were a little brighter than usual during Christmas on Historic Broadway, which took place on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The annual event brings residents and visitors ..... 
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Preston residents enjoy visit with bearded guest

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Excitement was in the air early on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Fillmore Central Elementary School as children bound through the doors with one goal in mind - to talk to Santa. Santa needed to know what was on their lists for this holiday seaso ..... 
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One man’s goodbye is another’s good buy

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

After a lifetime of reading and collecting books, Ed Jackson of Chatfield, Minn. has decided it’s time to say good bye to his vast collection of approximately 4,000 books and has opened a bookstore called Famous Books in the basement of his home. ..... 
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Santa Day in Harmony brought smiles and wishes

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

On Saturday, December 7, 2013 the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn. was filled with kids who were there to see the man dressed in red. As they stood in line and watched other children climb on Santa’s lap, they were going over their lists ..... 
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Local artist spreads joy with Playtime Jubilee

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Local artist Karl Unnasch has completed a sculpture that is spreading joy to the City of Silver Spring, Md., the Washington D.C. area, the Fillmore County area, and perhaps the world. The sculpture, which is titled Playtime Jubilee, began as only ..... 
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Traditions of Preston under new ownership

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Roger Carlsen, of Mantorville, Minn., has taken ownership of Traditions of Preston located in Preston, Minn. Roger states that he has been looking to purchase an assisted care facility for quite some time and found Traditions of Preston to be just ..... 
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Christmas comes to Peterson

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

Peterson is all about tradition, but the creative town also thrives on new opportunities and a chance to blend the two during the holidays was just the thing they were looking for. Looking to draw visitors out of their winter shells, the city is gea ..... 
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Local communities rally around girl

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

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 ..... 
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