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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 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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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 presented with Patriot Award

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board held their monthly meeting on April 15, 2013 in the Kingsland conference room. All members were present with the exception of Troy Asher. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. In the first order of ..... 
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Letter about Erding commentary

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Your article is right on Jeff; too bad that Yvonne didn’t do a little history reading before she wrote. Her opinions on history and gun control are not factual. Yes, Hitler & Stalin were dictators but what made them Dictators? ..... 
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Kenneth D. Barcel

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Kenneth D. Barcel, D.C., age 81, of Spring Valley, Minn., passed on to be with the Lord Jesus Christ Thursday, April 4, 2013, at his home after a long battle with cancer. Ken was born in Minneapolis, Minn., May 22, 1931, the only child of William ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Aiden Levi Rowe

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Social Scenes

Aiden Levi Rowe Holli and Matthew Rowe of Spring Valley, MN are proud to announce the birth of their son, Aiden Levi. Aiden was born on March 19, 2013. He weighed 8 lb. and was 22 inches long. Grandparents are Geff and Nancy Dornink of Fountain, ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Pipeline a safe source

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest, Spring Valley I have read several letters against the Keystone XL pipeline. I am having trouble seeing why we should not build it. Some of the arguments make it sound like this is something new and we don’t understand the technol ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council talks chickens

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson The Spring Valley City Council met on March 25th and started off the meeting by opening the Public Hearing on the proposed Chicken Ordinance. Mayor Struzyk opened the hearing by saying; “there is a need for regulation of the ch ..... 
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