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Black Hawk Aviator, former Kingsland grad, visits home


Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Eric Mathison, a Black Hawk Aviator, graduated from Kingsland High School in 1996 and shortly after joined the U.S. Army. Photo submitted

Even as a young boy growing up in the community of Spring Valley, Minn., Eric Mathison knew he was destined to join the military. A long line of proud and dedicated servicemen in his family definitely had an impact on Mathison’s vision of his future. By the time he graduated from Kingsland in 1996, he had already researched each military branch and made his decision to join the U.S. Army.

And so began a career for Mathison and more than that, a way of life. Mathison started out in the infantry, moved to reserves, became a dental tech and then a recruiter. Today, he is a UH-60 Black Hawk aviator and serves as a Chief Warrant Officer, two. CW2’s become commissioned officers by the President of the United States; they are tactical and technical experts…in short, they’re kind of a big deal, but you would never hear Eric say that. Mathison simply wanted to become a Warrant Officer so he could have more fly time. He wasn’t interested in moving up the ranks to sit behind a desk and make big decisions; he wanted to make those decisions in the field and teach others to do what he does.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet because before Eric became an aviator, his life really began. In 1997, Eric had his first deployment to Korea. Being from a small town in southeast Minnesota, saying that Eric was excited is probably an understatement. To go from Spring Valley to Korea was a giant leap for a guy like Eric who had always been ‘the boy next door’. Korea was a peace keeping mission and a good experience for Mathison. By the time he had his second deployment to Bosnia in 1999, another peace keeping mission, Eric was more seasoned in the infantry.

Things were pretty low key after his first two deployments and even though Mathison now had some worldly experience under his belt, nothing could prepare him for what happened when he was stationed at Fort McCoy, Wis. The Army had prepared Eric for anything and everything, well, almost everything. In 2003 Eric met his now wife, Chelby. They were both stationed at Fort McCoy and reservists in the dental field at that time.

Chelby had made the decision to join the reserves to help with her college ambitions after high school. She readily admits that the thought to join the military never crossed her mind until a recruiter visited her high school. Chelby is from Bemidji, Minn. and grew up in Fargo, N.D. What a small world to meet a Minnesota guy w .....
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Donald Reiland

Tue, Feb 18th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Don Reiland, age 80, of Spring Valley, Minn. passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Ostrander Care and Rehab in Ostrander, Minn. Donald Allen Reiland, the son of Max and Ethel (Johnston) Reiland was born November 5, 1933 in Farmington, Min ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council raises ambulance service rates

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, February 10 and had a short meeting. Council Sets Rates for Ambulance Service The council approved changes to the Rates Charged For Services for the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service. In an effo ..... 
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Ray Beving

Wed, Feb 12th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Ray Beving, age 89, of Spring Valley, Minn. passed away Monday, February 10, 2014 at home. Raymond Paul Beving was born April 8, 1924 in Wilkin County, Minn. to John and Maude Beving. He graduated from Bertha High School in Bertha, Minn. Ray serve ..... 
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JoAnn Emma Brusse

Tue, Feb 11th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

JoAnn Emma Brusse, age 72, of Spring Valley, Minn., she was called to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, February 8, 2014, at the Patty Elwood Center at Country Winds Manor in rural Cresco, Iowa, with her daughters at her side, followi ..... 
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Kingsland School District...

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Another great article this week talking about the Kingsland School District! Jackie Horsman wrote a great article interviewing Al Williams making both towns open our eyes and question what goes on at Kingsland. I think a lot is being ..... 
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Kingsland School District...

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, Jason Sethre, had a very good article in the January 20th edition. It was an interview with John McDonald, the superintendent for the Kingsland School District and it was related to the c ..... 
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Spring Valley florist receives recognition as an FTD premier florist

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.- Carol, Jacob and Jered Gehling from Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral have recently been designated as an FTD Premier Florist. This elite recognition is only available to top quality florists that are a part of the 100 year-old ..... 
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Diane M. Schwartz

Wed, Feb 5th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Diane M. Schwartz, age 62, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Tuesday morning, February 4, 2014, at her home following a four month battle with lung cancer. Diane was born March 30, 1951, in Mankato, Minn., to Orlando and Ruth (Bartsch) Olson and gradu ..... 
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