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Thursday, July 13, 2017 2:17 PM
I’ve found something that motivates me more than a Fitbit to get my recommended steps in each day. It’s all natural, provides forceful reminders to get moving and even adds emotional benefits to daily walks.

  • Who needs Fitbit when natural  step motivator is by your side?
    I’ve found something that motivates me more than a Fitbit to get my recommended steps in each day. It’s all natural, provides forceful reminders to get moving and even adds emotional benefits to daily walks.

  • Many changes for SV schools over 163 years
    Think on 163 — that’s how many years Spring Valley has been blessed by a school, from a one-room log cabin to the present system.
  • Immerse yourself in wildflowers at Iron Horse Prairie
    After looking at some summer destinations in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains the past few weeks, I figure it’s time to check out an easy day trip to a place you’ve likely never heard of near Hayfield.

  • Most alumni of ’93 state softball team still living in area
    If anybody is going to complain about the weather, don’t do it to me. I love the hot weather. I’d rather be hot than cold any day! I’ll be doing my complaining sometime around mid-January.

  • Our towns may be ‘cool’ even if their community newspapers aren’t
    A list of “the 15 coolest towns in Minnesota you’ve probably never heard of” created quite a bit of excitement among area residents recently because three local communities were named. Spring Valley came in at No. 7, Chatfield was 12th and Rushford was 13th.

  • Heroes aren’t born, but they do die
    I was at a cemetery at Memorial Day. We left flags, flowers and tears at graves.

  • Hardscrabble building has interesting history
    Old-timers may have heard people tell of Dad Merrick’s Palace in Spring Valley where horse shoeing was a fine business. At one time the American Legion building stood on this corner — now it is Hardscrabble Hides & Furs.

  • Tips make for better Rocky Mountain park visitor experience
    If you’re thinking of heading to a couple of our famous national parks in the Rockies, I’ve got some tips and interesting facts for you, thanks to the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI).
  • Early settlers in area had many hardships
    The Spring Valley Historical Society maintains a file of biographies that were printed in the centennial newspaper in 1955.  We continue with the letter “C” with the Comstock family.   
  • Nostalgia trip full of good food, delicious bread
    When we first booked this current trip to Europe, we had no set agenda. We just had an opportunity to get a great fare, so we decided to make use of it. I have long wanted to revisit places where I worked and people with whom I had worked, years ago, so this was going to fulfill that wish. We booked the seats and planned later how to use the time.
  • Homestead offers NASA solar eclipse viewing site
    The amazing total solar eclipse that will travel in a path across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21, is the subject of this column once again. You all know how excited I am about it and that my plans are in place. But I want you to have the chance to see it, too. So, when I run across new opportunities, I just have to share the excitement. Although – as I’ve been saying all along – act NOW and you still might luck out to find a viewing spot and perhaps, maybe, possibly, overnight accommodations. Get on it TODAY.
  • Pioneers come west to make their homes in SV area
    The Spring Valley Historical Society maintains a file of the bios presented in the centennial newspapers of 1955. We were looking for veterans of the Civil War, but instead chose three of the early settlers who came to Spring Valley with their families to grub out a living.
  • Scare tactics and laser eyes make toast faster
    Last week, I wrote about my Mom’s slightly haphazard approach to cooking: the glug-and-dump method. As it turns out, she’s not the only one who gets a little creative in the kitchen.
  • Luck plays a part in all of our lives, even if we won’t admit it plays a part
    A trap shooting team member at a local high school attributed his perfect score in a recent competition to luck when he was interviewed by one of our reporters. He was being modest as it isn’t an easy accomplishment since it had never been done in the history of the team. It appears he may also have been looking out for the team as he also mentioned in the interview that trap shooting at the high school level is a team sport, not an individual sport.
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