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  • LaVora Knudsen, 92, of Canton
    LaVora J. Knudsen, 92, of rural Canton, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016, less than two days before her 93rd birthday at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel.

  • Jeffrey Heusinkveld, 64, of Spring Valley
    Jeffrey Dean Heusinkveld, 64, of rural Spring Valley, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, on his farm doing what he loved.

  • Venita Sikkink, 103, of Greenleafton
    Venita Mae (TeStroete) Sikkink, 103, of Greenleafton, died May 27, 2016, at the Spring Valley Care Center, where she had been a resident since 2009. 

  • Bluff Country has gained a couple distilleries, a vineyard, a hard cider production plant and plans for a brewery in the past five years. It may seem like a new trend, but the developments actually harken back to a century ago when breweries were located in several area towns and a distillery produced rye whiskey in Forestville.

  • In the 16 years that Dad has been keeping bees in the backyard, we’ve gotten used to having them around. We don’t flip out anymore when they fly around our faces (although when they get caught in long hair that’s another story). But one of the hazards of keeping bees on the property is that the chances of getting stung go way up. We’ve learned to watch our step in the yard and to give the beehives a wide berth when the bees are going back and forth. Still, stings happen.

  • A recent Saturday was super-hot with a heat index of around 100 degrees. It made for good weather to kick off the swimming pool season, but not so much for other outdoor activities.

  • Entertainment for the entire family can be found at the library
    The Spring Grove Public Library is the place to be this summer on Monday evenings. At 6:30 p.m. for six Mondays the library will host family-friendly entertainment for all ages! These special events are part of its summer reading program. All the programs are free of charge. 

  • Remodeling project for Mabel Clinic completed
    Persons visiting Winneshiek Medical Center’s Mabel Clinic will probably be pleasantly surprised at the changes that have been made to the clinic located in downtown Mabel. After six weeks in the works, the remodeling project is quite evident. 

  • Spring Valley will be continuing the annual Music and Fun in the Park events beginning this Friday, June 17 at Spring Creek Park.

Healthcare

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the one of the state’s largest health care insurers, announced they would no longer be selling plans to individuals and families in Minnesota starting in 2017. Are you worried about how this could affect your coverage?


 

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