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Spring Valley’s new “coffee time” place


Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Comfort of the Past owners Wayne and Joanie Musel, along with their manager, Sarah Osterhus and prep cook, Shannon Snow, invite everyone to stop into their new coffeehouse at the corner of Highway 63 and Park Street in Spring Valley, Minn. Photo by Mary Whalen

Anytime can be “coffee time” in Spring Valley since Wayne and Joanie Musel have opened the doors of Comforts of the Past August 15, 2016. The idea of sharing her gifts came to Joanie in 2013 when employment conditions changed and Wayne began thinking about retiring from his roofing position at Schwickert’s in Rochester. “I wanted to give back to the community in a way I know best,” states Joanie. “Cooking for a big family and using family recipes combined with my love of people, coffee, music, and the Vikings came together in this new business.”

The months which ensued between this initial wish to open a business and the opening day were filled with details. Wayne comments, “After buying the building, we were surprised to find the stained glass windows covered by insulation and panel board. When you take a building built in 1891, many design changes and structural details need to be looked at. It’s been quite a job, especially hard boarding the kitchen and we’ve got a lot more projects we want to complete.”

The coffeehouse is still “a work in progress” as the Musels muse as they reflect on the transformation this structure has made over the years. This building was constructed as a church in the late 1800s and home of the United Brethren Methodist Congregation until 1950 when it was closed. For many years it was the meeting place of the Masonic Lodge and is now a gathering place for an early morning coffee, a little lunch anytime of the day, or a place to meet after a day’s work is done. Shannon Snow, prep cook and daughter of the owner, is thrilled with the historical connection of Comforts of the Past. She shares, “I like the fact that in the time period this building was constructed, neighbors came together to build. It’s neat to think that Almonzo Wilder was probably involved with this building.”

The beauty of the stained glass allows light and mood to flow throughout the three floors available at Comforts of the Past. The loft area allows a more casual setting and may be ideal for small meetings like a book club. Joanie says, “We are Vikings fans and will have parties during the football season, but not on Sundays when we are at the games ourselves. Plus, we are planning on October 31st to have football on the big screen in the lower level and a party for Halloween on the main floor.”

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Love of steel guitar provides 65-year career for Barb Mosher

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The first time Barb Mosher saw a steel guitar when she was a little girl, she was hooked. She was visiting the new chick hatchery in Spring Valley and a musician was there playing his steel guitar. She sat down in the front row and didn’t move u ..... 
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Bank workers find their niche

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
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First State Bank in Spring Valley first opened in 1993, and moved into their current building in 2002. The branch boasts many loyal employees, and several volunteered to share their thoughts and experiences. Juanita Gilbert (Bank Teller), Renae La ..... 
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Thin Blue Line Memorial vehicle visits Spring Valley Ag Days

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
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The Thin Blue Line Memorial Vehicle made a stop at Ag Days in Spring Valley on August 13. Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase was present at the event and reported that there were many positive comments and reactions by those who stopped to view the c ..... 
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Once Upon a Reader moo-ves into region Moo-velous opportunity at Spring Valley public library

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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Join author David LaRochelle, illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, and Cow – the star of their book Moo! – for a one-of-a-kind show at Spring Valley Public Library! The fun begins at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23. After interviewing Cow about her travels, D ..... 
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Highway 63 detour begins May 18 from Spring Valley to Iowa border

Mon, May 18th, 2015
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ROCHESTER, MN – Motorists on Highway 63 between the Iowa border and Spring Valley will encounter a detour beginning Monday, May 18 as concrete road repair work begins, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The $3.6 million pr ..... 
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Matt’s Body Shop & Tire Service

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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When something unexpected happens to your vehicle, you want it fixed and you want it fixed now. Matt’s Body Shop of Spring Valley, Minn. can help. In 2001, owners Chris Czapiewski and Dave Blazing purchased Matt’s Body Shop, which had been in ..... 
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Limit Creek Fishing Rods, a labor of love

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
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Jim Wernimont has lived in Spring Valley since 2000 and for most of that time, he co-owned several Culver’s Restaurants, which kept him busily commuting to the Rochester area to oversee operations. That made it tough to find enough time to spend ..... 
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Fillmore County resident is a lottery winner

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
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ROSEVILLE, MN. – Congratulations to David Ewald of Spring Valley. Ewald won $21,000 by playing the Lottery’s Spring Fever Crossword scratch game. Ewald claimed the prize on April 1, 2015. The winning ticket was purchased at Fareway Stores Inc. ..... 
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