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David Leo Zimmer


Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

David Leo Zimmer was born July 6, 1940, in Spring Valley, Minn., to Raymond and Gladys (Schmidt) Zimmer. He grew up on the Zimmer family farm outside Wykoff, Minn., one of six generations of Zimmers to grow up there. On May 3, 1963, Dave married Gerry Alderman, Preston, Minn. and they made their home in Mabel, Minn. Dave graduated from Wykoff High School in 1958, attended Rochester Community College and Mankato State University and graduated with a BA in teaching. While working on his master’s degree at Mankato State University, he did some graduate work at Columbia University in New York City and lived with his sister LaVerna (Zimmer) and brother-in-law Ron Loken.

Dave was a teacher at Mabel-Canton High School throughout his 34-year career and taught out of the same classroom the entire time. He retired in 1997 and started his second career as a travel guide for Legacy Tours in Decorah, Iowa until his retirement in 2013. Over the years Dave had a variety of additional jobs, including senior class advisor, football and basketball coach, driver’s education instructor and ambulance EMT. Throughout his life, Dave was enthused and energized by working with people, especially students. He established annual educational tours in 19 area school districts in southeast Minn., northeast Iowa, and western Wisc. He also operated as an independent tour guide for Zimmer Tours with his wife, Gerry, as the co-owner and bookkeeper for many years. Dave personally led class trips for approximately 10,000 students and 2,300 adults. He enjoyed pulling back the layers of history and sharing his passion for learning with others.

Dave had a zest for living; he loved his family, his friends, and sharing stories. He had a phenomenal memory for telling jokes. Dave was especially interested in the Civil War and was a re-enactor for many years with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry out of Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Minn. His hobbies included John Deere tractors, traveling, reading, fishing, bonfires in his yard, and visiting family and friends.

Dave, age 74, passed away April 15, 2015 (150 years to the day after Abraham Lincoln) at his home in Mabel after winning many battles but ultimately losing the war with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He is survived by his three children: daughter Nikki of Forest Lake, Minn.; son Kyle, daughter-in-law Stacy, and granddaughters Savannah and Emma of Maplewood, Minn.; son Ryan and his significant other Ang .....
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Todd Copeman

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Visitation for Todd Copeman was held 3-6 p.m. Sunday April 12, 2015 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley. The visitation continued at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley at 12:30 p.m., with a short servi ..... 
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Arthur Jordahl

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Arthur (Bud) Jordahl, Jr. will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn. with Pastor Vern Christopherson officiating. Burial will take place in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in ..... 
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Limit Creek Fishing Rods, a labor of love

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

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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Philip Snyder

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Philip W. Snyder were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 9 at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley, Minn., located one-half mile west of Kwik Trip, with the pastors Joe Haynes and Ben Snyder officiating. Visitation was he ..... 
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Loretta Staples

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Loretta Staples was held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, Minn., with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in ..... 
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Letter about sharing opinions...

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, It made me proud to live in Fillmore County when I read and observed all the different and numerous opinions/commentary sent in and published in this last week’s Fillmore County Journal. Wow, there are many here who take the job of ..... 
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Fillmore County resident is a lottery winner

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

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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Traffic stop turned into high speed car chase

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

On Friday evening, March 27, 2015, at approximately 7:57 p.m., a Fillmore County Deputy conducted a traffic stop at East Grant St. and North Section Ave, in the City of Spring Valley. The traffic stop was for an equipment violation. As the deputy ap ..... 
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