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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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Jack W. Beddow

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

Jack W. Beddow Jack Beddow, age 66, of Brownsdale, Minn. died on Friday, July 5, 2013 surrounded by the love of his family. Jack Wayne Beddow was born April 1, 1947 in Forest City, Iowa to Donald and Charlotte (Cooke) Beddow. In 1959 he moved wit ..... 
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Hugh E. Horsman

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Hugh E. Horsman Hugh E. Horsman, age 90, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Thursday evening, June 27, 2013, at Ostrander Care and Rehab. Hugh was born January 26, 1923, in Spring Valley the son of Ernest and Tressa (Cheney) Horsman. He worked on area ..... 
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Warren L. Peterson

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Warren L. Peterson Warren L. Peterson, age 92, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Friday morning, June 28, 2013, at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center. Warren was born November 13, 1920, in the family pioneer homestead in Amherst Township, Fillmore C ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council briefed by school officials

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley All

The lights were turned off in the City Council room after the regular agenda of items and For the next several minutes the Kingsland Superintendent of schools delivered a presentation regarding the mission and objectives of the school district. John ..... 
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Kingsland School Board wraps up 2012-13 and looks forward to 2013-14

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, June 17, at 6:30pm in the Kingsland Conference Room. Members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Steve Tart, and Gwen Howard. Absent: Troy Asher. Also present was Superinten ..... 
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Spring Valley receives Small Cities Grant

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, June 10 and dealt with a few items of business. Pearson Brothers of Hanover, Minn. had submitted a quote to furnish material and labor in accordance with specifications for installation ..... 
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Marlys J. Wagner

Tue, Jun 4th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

MARLYS J. WAGNER, age 84, of Mission, Texas, died Friday morning, May 17, 2013, at the Comfort House in McAllen, Texas. Marlys was born October 2, 1928, in Iowa the daughter of Soren Pater and Kari (Johnsen) Christensen. She married Lyle ..... 
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Public Transportation available for Spring Valley residents

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

The Spring Valley City Council met on Wednesday night because of the observance of Memorial Day. Starting July 1, 2013 Public Transportation will be coming to Spring Valley. SEMCAC has announced that they will be providing bus transportation to an ..... 
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