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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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Severe Weather strikes Spring Valley area

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

For several days the National Weather Service has been predicting strong storms that would be affecting NE Iowa and SE Minnesota and their warnings started on Sunday afternoon. It started out as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, advanced to a Warning and ..... 
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Spring Valley views new ambulance equipment

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, May 13th and approved a resolution to approve the issuance and sale of a Housing and Health Care Facilities Revenue Note, Series 2013 and authorizing the execution of documents re ..... 
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VFW Ride for Healing Rally

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Arts & Culture

St. Paul, Minn. - The Department of Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars announces that Spring Valley, Minn. will be one of their ‘Rally Points’ for the weeklong Ride For Healing. All Veterans and the Community are invited to Hanson -- Raabe VFW P ..... 
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Impacting our communities

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Tim Penny, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Recently, our Foundation (Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation) held its annual community luncheon in Spring Valley. Each year, we do this type of community visit to celebrate our accomplis ..... 
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George “Roger” Gilbert

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

George “Roger” Gilbert Mr Gilbert, age 77, of Spring Valley, Minn. passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, April 19, 2013 after a lengthy illness. George Roger Gilbert was born November 4, 1935 at St Mary’s H ..... 
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Louis LaFevere

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Louis LaFevere Louise LeFevere, age 92, of Spring Valley, Minn., passed away Saturday morning, April 27, 2013, at the Spring Valley Care Center where she had resided since January 2011. Louise Lena Augusta Linnemeyer was born September 4, 1920, ..... 
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Robert Mensing

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Robert Mensing Robert Mensing, 88, a lifelong resident of Rochester, Minn area, died Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester where he spent the past week in hospice care. Robert was born June 10, 1924 at the family farm outsid ..... 
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