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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 accomplishments and to spend time visiting with our local partners.

We chose Spring Valley because of our many community partners in both early childhood education and entrepreneur development. We also have numerous grant partners both in Spring Valley and other Fillmore County cities--many of whom joined us at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery.

As part of the luncheon, we heard from a few community members. One of our SMIF board members, Sue Kolling, Senior Vice President of Cash Management at Home Federal Savings Bank in Rochester and board president for the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation (SVACF), reported on a matching grant opportunity. This grant allowed Kingsland School students to attend a prestigious science, technology, engineering, and math academic camp--The Gateway Academy--free of charge. The success of this grant has drawn an anonymous donor to support the program for the next two years.

During the past year, SVACF also participated in a friendly rivalry with neighboring Preston Area Community Foundation during Give to the Max Day. Both were successful in raising funds for their respective foundations. Naturally, we enjoy hearing these stories of successful grant and fundraising projects--and we are excited to see Spring Valley Area Community Foundation demonstrate such strong support for broader community needs.

At lunch, we also heard from David Phillips, owner and publisher of the Bluff Country Newspaper Group. He talked about the SMIF grant that Spring Valley EDA received--”Communities of a Lifetime”--in which five businesses participated in succession planning. David participated in the grant which helped support his own business succession planning for the newspaper. As an outgrowth of that project, Fillmore County EDA applied for another SMIF grant that is supporting business succession planning for the entire county. We know that succession planning is critical for small communities in our region--to keep the downtown vibrant and local businesses operating. We appreciate the efforts of the Spring Valley EDA and Fillmore County EDA in making succession planning a priority for their community and county.

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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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Letter about defending position

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, If you will allow me to defend my position, I would like to clarify to what I said that Mr. Grehl took offense with. I lived in Germany for three years. My duties took me into parts of Germany & France that even some German and Fr ..... 
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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 looking to become “Shovel Ready”

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

By Gary Peterson What does it take to make Spring Valley attractive to companies that are home grown or looking to move into the city? At the City Council meeting some eye opening thoughts came from Kevin Kelleher of the State of Minnesota certi ..... 
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