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Wednesday, October 12, 2016 11:15 AM
Across the country, social media has been abuzz about threats being made by clowns. Yes, we said clowns! Even small towns are not immune to the hysteria that a couple rumors can create as seen on Facebook and heard in the hallways of Spring Grove Public Schools last week, as talk of potential “clown attacks” were discussed – a group was in Lewiston, another was coming to Caledonia’s football game on Friday night. They were even coming from Decorah.
  • Fire damages Warren Grain building in SV on Christmas Eve
    Spring Valley firefighters quickly put out a fire at a building owned by Warren Grain in Spring Valley on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 24.
  • Public’s help wanted

  • Voters in Fillmore County favored the status quo as they returned three incumbent commissioners to office and overwhelmingly voted against two ballot questions that would have changed the way two county offices were filled. They also favored Republicans for state offices and president.
  • Kingsland school district voters overwhelmingly rejected both referendums on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 8, while electing Heather Betts, Jackie Horsman and Tiffany Ramaker Mundfrom to the Kingsland School Board.

  • Updated Oct. 25, 7 a.m.: A Rochester police officer shot and killed Kristofer Youngquist of rural Lanesboro on Sunday, Oct. 23. The shooting occurred while assisting Fillmore County officers to apprehend Youngquist who was suspected of domestic assault, according to Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase.
  • Across the country, social media has been abuzz about threats being made by clowns. Yes, we said clowns! Even small towns are not immune to the hysteria that a couple rumors can create as seen on Facebook and heard in the hallways of Spring Grove Public Schools last week, as talk of potential “clown attacks” were discussed – a group was in Lewiston, another was coming to Caledonia’s football game on Friday night. They were even coming from Decorah.
  • Due to flooding caused by recent heavy rain, the Lanesboro High School football team will not be able to play its homecoming game at home and RCTC has offered to host the game at Rochester Regional Stadium. The game will begin tonight at 6 p.m. with the team taking on West Lutheran from Plymouth, Minn.

  • Heavy rains cause temporary highway closures, mudslides, downed trees
    Highway closures remain in effect Thursday morning on a small group of roads in southeastern Minnesota, including Highway 16 west of Lanesboro, because of high water, mudslides or downed trees that were caused from heavy rains overnight, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
  • The Rushford swimming pool was closed down last week due to a confirmed case of cryptosporidium in a child who had recently been swimming in the pool. 
  • On Thursday, Sept. 1, Gail Boyum of the Root River Trail Towns attended the regular Fountain City Council meeting, sharing information regarding the possibility of the city obtaining bikes to be loaned out to the citizens and visitors to Fountain. This opportunity has been made available through a $3,000 grant to encourage walking, biking and other physical activities.
  • Houston County commissioners reaffirmed their stance on collecting State of Minnesota Medical Assistance estate claims on Tuesday, Aug. 30. 
  • Gas line leak forces downtown evacuation
    A leak in a natural gas line forced the evacuation of downtown Spring Valley at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.
  • Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission hold public hearings on zoning matters

  • Chatfield’s City Council determined during its Aug. 22 meeting that it isn’t into pods, just like a lot of neighboring cities have concluded.  
  • Seed Savers Exchange in rural Decorah has just announced it has canceled the benefit concert, featuring Mason Jennings and the Pines, that was set to take place on Saturday.
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