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Almanzo Road Race hits Spring Valley


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Bicyclists from all over the United States participated in this year’s Almanzo Road Race. Photo by Gary Peterson

By Gary Peterson, Mitchell Walbridge

As people gathered on the weekend of May 17-19 for Spring Valley’s annual WilderFest, many also participated in the seventh annual Almanzo Road Race.

This year’s Almanzo Road Race bicyclists set out from Spring Valley for a free 100 kilometer race through the gravel back roads of Fillmore County. Participants came from all over the United States for this event.

The founder of the the Almanzo Road Race is 35 year old Chris Skogen. Each year Skogen organizes the race. He even gave the Almanzo Road Race its name based on Almanzo Wilder, a character of the popular television show “Little House on the Prairie.” Almanzo Wilder was the husband of the famous Laura Ingalls Wilder.

In addition some cyclists continued the ride to the challenging Royal 162, a 162 mile race named after Almanzo’s brother, Royal. Seventy cyclists were reported registered to complete the Royal 162. Some even went on to complete the most challenging and longest distance, the Alexander 380 mile. Thirty cyclists were expected to take on the grueling Alexander 380.

Over the weekend there were also several foot races as part of the WilderFest celebration. One of the most popular races is the Abel Wilder foot race, named after Almanzo Wilder’s great grandfather. The Abel Wilder foot race is a distance of 100 mile. The race began at 5:00am and closed at 9:00pm, giving racers only sixteen hours to complete the more than 60 mile long route through scenic southeastern Minnesota.

The Almanzo Road Race, the Royal 162, Alexander 380, and the footraces are widely popular events in a beautiful part of southeast Minnesota as participants commented, “This is a beautiful city.” The city of Spring Valley is proud to host such large events with names that commemorate the area’s history.

The Spring Valley Fire Department

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The Spring Valley Fire Department responded to a fire at 135 S. Broadway late Sunday afternoon. The apartment building had four units, two of which were occupied. The apartment where the fire is believed to have started had been unoccupied for over ..... 
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SMIF brings people together

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Jason Sethre On Thursday, April 18, at the prestigious and award-winning Four Daughters Winery and Vineyard located on the outskirts of Spring Valley, Minn. Tim Penny and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) staff hosted an event ..... 
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A & W: The Hot Rod of Restaurants

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Jason Sethre The Spring Valley A & W Drive-in is rich with history tied to food, fun, and hot rods dating back to 1956 when the original owners Roger and Marge Simpson brought this restaurant to life in the small rural farming community. Back ..... 
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Almanzo Bike Race coming to Spring Valley

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Jade Sexton Chris Skogen of Rochester has been riding a bike since he was a kid, and as he grew into adulthood, he rode his bike in many races. In 2007, he decided to start something unique of his own. “I wanted a different way to race,” ..... 
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Spring Valley business owners making themselves at home

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

In January 2013 the Spring Valley Inn & Suites began operating under new ownership. The new owners are Munish and Raj Kaushal. Munish and his wife Raj have two boys, Aryan, age 4, and Arav, age 3. Munish stated they like the Spring Valley area ..... 
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Kingsland will be featured in EDTECH Magazine

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The Kingsland School Board met Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland conference room with a full agenda. All members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. All consent agenda items were approved including February ..... 
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Spring Valley Bakery is a staple

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

At the age of twelve, Peter Haack, of Spring Valley, Minn., like all children, wanted a bicycle. He asked his Father, Daryl, if he could get one. Daryl, who owned the Spring Valley Bakery at the time, told Peter he could work at the bakery to earn ..... 
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True Value to re-open in Spring Valley

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

A year and a half after a fire destroyed the basement and did major damage to the main floor of the True Value Hardware store building in Spring Valley, Minn., work has begun on a new True Value Hardware store that is being built in a different loca ..... 
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