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Almanzo Bike Race coming to Spring Valley


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

Chris Skogen shaking the hand of a man who finished last year’s Almanzo 100 bike race. Photo submitted

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,” explained Skogen. “With no entry fee, no benefit or cause, just to ride.”

The Almanzo race, which is on May 18 this year, takes place on gravel roads. There are three races; the Almanzo 100, which is 100 miles; the Royal, which is 162 miles; and the Alexander, which is 380 miles. This is the first year for the Alexander race.

There are many reasons to have the race on gravel instead of pavement. “For one, it’s more challenging,” said Skogen. “There is less traffic, and what traffic there is is more friendly.”

Skogen described the gravel roads as more of a natural environment, since they are less manicured, and hills are not usually cut away. All of these things make for a more intimate experience with nature.

Living in Rochester with his wife, Annie, and their two children, Skogen likes to ride his bike wherever he can, and whenever possible. Along with spending the entire year planning and organizing the race, he works full time at Trader Joe’s.

The race began in Rochester with 13 people. The second year there was 60 riders, 90 by the third year, and it exploded to 400 by the fourth year. This year, there are 1,500 people registered between all three races.

As the race grew in numbers, it became more difficult to host it in Rochester. At a City Council meeting, it was decided to charge $4,500 to continue to have the race, in order to have police and other city employees supervising the route. There was no possible way to continue.

Skogen read an article about the city of Spring Valley and their search for more tourism. He met with Kathy Simpson, who owns the A&W and is on the tourism board. Everyone involved with the city was willing to help out and was happy to host the event.

“Fillmore County has been tremendous,” shared Skogen. “I am super grateful for the opportunity to come back.”

The race brings a lot of people to Spring Valley and the rest of Fillmore County. Skogen spoke of the spirit of the residents of Fillmore County, and their welcoming attitude, and the ability to bring people together.

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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
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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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Miken Sports products prize in local fundraising contest

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
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Exclusive sports products from Miken Sports in Caledonia is the prize for an upcoming challenge between two area Community Foundations. The Spring Valley Community Foundation has challenged the Preston Area Community Foundation to see who can have t ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses pool-related issues

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Gary Peterson “The Spring Valley Swimming Pool has a leak and is losing 7,000 gallons a day through the bottom of the pool.” Park Director John Fenske brought the problem to the City Council on Monday night. He said that he will probably ..... 
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Spring Valley purchases playground equipment

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The agenda for Monday night’s City Council meeting was very short, in fact the meeting didn’t quite last to the 10 minute point. First on the agenda was reviewing a possible violation of the Junk Ordinance. There was time set aside for review ..... 
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