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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, and search and rescue units, many of them volunteers, searched for the victims of an SUV that plunged into the frozen Mississippi River in Winona, Minn. early the Sunday morning of January 5.

The body of the 36 year-old driver, Christina Lee Hauser of Winona, was discovered along with the body of 29 year-old Matthew Erickson of Chatfield after the vehicle was pulled from the river early that Sunday. As search efforts continued Monday despite the bitterly cold temperatures, the body of 28 year-old Blake Overland, of Stewartville, was found, leaving just one more passenger missing, 29 year-old Andrew Kingsbury of St. Charles.

At the time this edition was published, crews were continuing their efforts to recover Kingsbury’s body--a step that would help to provide some closure for the Kingsbury family.

In additon to dive teams, sonar equipment and a special underwater camera have been utilized in the recovery of the victims’ bodies.

On Tuesday night, January 7, a prayer service was held in Winona not far from the scene of the accident, as family and friends began the mourning process, coping together over the loss of three well-known young men.

Though listed as residents of different communities within southeastern Minnesota, the three friends are more closely connected than one may realize by the information provided in any report of the accident. Well acquainted through their years at Lanesboro High School, Erickson and Kingsbury were members of the Class of 2003. Overland was not far behind, graduating in 2004.

Often, it’s hard for those in larger communities to understand that classmates soon become family when you graduate with a class of under 30 members. The Class of 2003 in Lanesboro had 29 graduates, and the class of 2004 had 26, respectively.

As the Erickson, Overland, and Kingsbury families grieve the losses of Matthew, Blake, and Andrew, there’s no question that the Lanesboro community and all acquaintances grieve alongside them.

Regardless of what details surface around this tragic accident in the days to come, there’s no doubt that Matthew, Blake, and Andrew will be missed, though .....
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Jeffery Lynn Strom

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Jeffrey Lynn Strom, 59 died January 1, 2014 at his home in Rohnert, Calif. of natural causes. Jeffrey Strom was born July 20, 1954 in Preston, Minn. Raised in Lanesboro, Minn., he was a 1972 graduate of Lanesboro High. After graduation he move ..... 
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Documentary Films featuring Action/Adventure in Lanesboro January 18

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Sit back and experience big-screen action-packed adventure in films featuring everything from mountain bike jumps to Yosemite Valley rock climbing to Mexican jungle kayaking to extreme skiing to wingsuit flying. To kick off the 2014 Frozen River Fi ..... 
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Blake Erik Overland

Thu, Jan 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Blake Erik Overland, 28, of Stewartville, Minn., died Sunday, January 5, 2014 in an automobile accident near Winona, Minn. Blake was born December 30,1985, to Erik and Laurie (Jorde) Overland. He attended school in Lanesboro, Minn. and graduated ..... 
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Vacancies

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Legals

The City of Lanesboro is seeking qualified candidates to fill two vacancies; one on the Historic Preservation Commission and one on the Economic Development Authority Commission. Interested candidates should apply in person at City Office by submitt ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show at Lanesboro Arts Center

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Juried High School Art Show at Lanesboro Arts Center January 11 – February 8, 2014: Featuring Art by 9-12th grade students from four regional schools. Opening Reception Saturday, January 11, 6-8 p.m. Artwork by 9th-12th grade students from throu ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board sets 2014 levy

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board certified their levy and approved the budget at their regular meeting on December 19. The levy for 2014 was set at $373,445.53. Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the levy has gone down this year, and has been doing so for t ..... 
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Light Matters

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, What a poignant irony that it is in these shortest, dark days we gratefully celebrate the gift of the infinite and brightest of lights as manifest in the Christ. His unique biological life story - His origin, His counsel and works ..... 
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Darrell W. “Squirrel” Simonson

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Darrell “Squirrel” Simonson, age 75, of Grand Meadow, Minn., died Monday December 16, 2013 at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center where he had resided for a short time. He was born in Grand Meadow on June 16, 1942 to Leland Simonson and Berni ..... 
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