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Spring Valley resident celebrates her 97th Year


Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Barb Jeffers

Her words of wisdom are few - “keep active and keep moving” says Maggie Gragert, a resident of the Evergreens at Spring Valley Senior Living in Spring Valley, Minn.

Born on June 28, 1916, Maggie just turned 97 and continues to do whatever she can to stay active and healthy. While growing up on a farm in Canada, Maggie spent a lot of time outside working with her father. Maggie stated, “If he was outside working, I was outside working,” whether it was to repair machinery or any kind of work on the farm. She said, “I have always liked to be outside more than inside,” and stated that she didn’t even know how to cook until she got older because she had spent all of her time outside.

While growing up in Canada with three brothers and five sisters, Maggie was involved in many activities and sports including curling. She was on the ladies curling team and also a school curling team which she enjoyed. Maggie also liked to go ice skating, spent time playing softball, and pursued any other activity she wanted to saying “I always wanted to try new things” which has carried throughout her life and continues today.

After moving from Canada to a farm near Spring Valley, Maggie continued working on the farm and also worked at Olson’s Dry Cleaning business for 22 years doing alterations and other types of jobs. She also worked at Niesner’s five and dime store at the Miracle Mile in Rochester, Minn. for a time.

One thing Maggie had never learned was to roller skate. After she had her children, George and Eileen, Maggie was taking them to learn to roller skate so she figured she would learn too, since she was already there with her kids.

She had never learned how to drive a car and after the loss of her husband, Maggie decided she needed to learn how to drive a car and get her drivers license. She stated, “I wasn’t going to call the neighbors every time she needed something in town.” So, she learned how to drive in the field, noting it was a manual transmission so she also had to learn to shift. Maggie got her permit and received her drivers license when she was 41 years old. She still drives her car but no longer drives out of town.

Maggie also spent a lot of time baking for many years saying she made cookies, cakes, and pies as well as other goodies. Other activities Maggie has enjoyed are knitting and crocheting and has made ma .....
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Almanzo Road Race hits Spring Valley

By Mitchell Walbridge

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

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 ..... 
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The Spring Valley Fire Department

Fri, May 24th, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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