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Safety and Storm Spotter Training offered by National Weather Service


Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a Severe Weather Safety Presentation and a SKYWARN Spotter Training in Spring Valley, Minn. on Monday, April 13. The safety class will begin at 5 p.m. and the spotter training will start around 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not needed. Both talks, separated by a 30 minute break, will be held at the Kingsland High School Gym.

The spotter training class will last around two hours and includes a multimedia presentation. Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but is open to the public and free of charge. A review of past tornadoes will be included.

The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from “spotters”, which can include sheriff’s departments, local emergency management officials, police and fire departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else that has attended one of these classes. These reports can prompt warnings that save lives, which has been proven many times through the years when severe weather strikes.

Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the weather service in La Crosse, Wisconsin organizes the training each year and encourages large groups and active volunteers. “Accurate and timely reports of severe weather, by trained individuals, not only helps our office, but can save lives in the local community. We always need more eyes to the sky.”

Fillmore and Mower Counties, as well as other areas of southeast Minnesota, always need more “ground-truth” weather reports to pass along to the National Weather Service.

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Elsa Biel Wilkie

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Elsa Wilkie were held 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minn., with Pastor Jim Scaife officiating. Burial took place in the church cemetery. Visitation was held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Ma ..... 
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Bids accepted for Spring Valley Industrial Park project

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on March 23, attended by all members (Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer). Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Tom Wente g ..... 
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Kingsland K-6 school year starts with two Pre-Assessment Days

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Education

March 16, the Kingsland School Board met in regular session. In attendance were Doug Plaehn, Ann Oeltjen, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, and Superintendent John McDonald. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of th ..... 
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Lenora Hintze

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Lenora Hintze peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Spring Valley Care Center in Spring Valley, Minn., 10 days short of celebrating her 101st birthday. Lenora Hilda (Grabau) Hintze was born March 24, 1914, to Albert and Bertha ..... 
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Who will be the next District 1 Commissioner?

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Q & A with candidates vying for open Fillmore County District 1 Commissioner seat on March 31, 2015. Of 11,930 registered voters in all five districts of Fillmore County, District 1 has the most number of registered voters -- at 2,650. The question ..... 
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Who will be the next District 1 Commissioner?

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Q & A with candidates vying for open Fillmore County District 1 Commissioner seat on March 31, 2015. Of 11,930 registered voters in all five districts of Fillmore County, District 1 has the most number of registered voters -- at 2,650. The question ..... 
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Who will be the next District 1 Commissioner?

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Q & A with candidates vying for open Fillmore County District 1 Commissioner seat on March 31, 2015. Of 11,930 registered voters in all five districts of Fillmore County, District 1 has the most number of registered voters -- at 2,650. The question ..... 
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Spring Valley Council considers Industrial Park expansion

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A regular meeting of the Spring Valley City Council was held on March 9. Members in attendance were Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jeff Vehrenkamp, Bill Bires, Tony Archer, and Administrator Deb Zimmer. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, approv ..... 
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