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Wednesday, March 08, 2017 12:38 PM
More headlines from the Stars & Stripes, dated Nov. 29, 19l8.  “Surpassing all soldier precedent for generous and spontaneous giving, the AEF (Allied Expeditionary Force) this week adopted 294 fatherless little children from France.”  For Christmas giving, the War Orphan Campaign had gone over many, many francs.
  • Need to cull file seems to be never-ending job
    Sometimes, the only thing to do is just clean it out. Whether it is a cabinet in the kitchen or bathroom, or a file in the desk drawer, sanity requires getting it sorted, rearranged, or (gasp!) tossed out. Lately I’ve been making progress in that direction, by cleaning out the pantry, rearranging my closets and drawers, and sending bags of what was formerly “good stuff” to the thrift stores. 
  • I’m not a groupie, but I’m surely a fan
    I was recently sitting in a coffee house, listening to some great music with friends, when it suddenly occurred to me that I might be becoming a “groupie.” I even asked a friend sitting near me if we were groupies or just devoted fans. She laughed and told me to look up the definition of a “groupie.”
  • ‘I Can!’ programs teach outdoor skills
    Maybe your daughter or son has been begging you to go camping – in a tent. Maybe you know little – OK, absolutely nothing if you’re brutally honest – about tent camping. You might be willing to try it and would love to spend outdoors time with your kid or kids. But still the fear of a total disaster keeps you at home, or in a best-case scenario, taking lots of day trips.
  • No matter how old you are, you never get tired of hearing your birth story.
  • Trip planning’s a breeze at website for federal locations
    It’s never too early to start thinking about fun summer activities and vacation. Where will you go? When? Wouldn’t it be sweet if there happened to be just one website with all kinds of planning help?
  • Two local athletes prepare to sign letters of intent
    It’s hard to believe I’m halfway through the second year of writing the WEB column. Time sure flies when you’re having fun. This is really a neat voice for me. I try to cover our seven Reader-area schools and at the same time I get to write about my kids and how they’re doing, my grandkids and what’s happening with them. I also get to take a look at the Minnesota sports scene and the national sports scene, if it is important.
  • Early birds search for food on a lovely day
    I cranked open a window of the house and inhaled the joy of the day.
  • Recollections include playing softball while fueled by bad pears
    We played softball in a pasture. It was a wonderful activity. It taught us to make do with bats nailed together and softballs clutched by tape. Gloves were shared, as were victories and defeats. The bases were cobbled together from what was available. First base was a sow thistle, second base was a dried cow pie, third was someone’s younger brother and home plate was an anthill filled with angry fans.
  • Seemingly simple solution  requires extensive research
    Can something so simple as a sponge — well, not exactly a simple sponge, but a sponge nonetheless — undo the damage from President Donald Trump’s rollback of regulations on the coal industry?
  • Ice skating rink busy winter before city pool opens
    This column in 2007 reported that the 1957 Spring Valley Tribune carried a special announcement:  “The skating rink was flooded, it boasted a fine layer of ice, and awaited eager skaters.”  During winter holidays, the rink was open all day until 4 p.m., “supper time,” then again from 7 to 10 p.m.  On school days it was open 4 to 6 p.m., 7 to 10 p.m., all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoons and evenings.  Church groups often scheduled skating parties, and lights were strung around the rink for evening illumination. 
  • Comprehensive plan from 1959 charted future
    A comprehensive plan was formulated for the Village of Spring Valley in 1959.  Serving on the Planning Commission were prominent businessmen Lester Gaugert (banker), Reuben Wordelman (insurance), William Gritzner (lumber man), Leo Kruegel (gas company), Joel Jacobs (Sears store), and George Kaess (electrician).  The plan was compiled by a planning consultant from Sioux City, Iowa.
  • White-Nose Syndrome confirmed in county
    The devastating and deadly White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), which affects bats, continues to spread through bat populations in Minnesota. The DNR (Department of Natural Resources) recently provided an update on WNS, which is included here.
  • Fillmore Central student wins State AAA Award
    Top of the news: Congratulations to Kiera Olson, the Triple A Award state champion! I love this award and Kiera is so deserving. 
  • ‘Old-timer’ looks back at yesterday — 1987
    Thirty years ago — 1987 — seems almost like yesterday to us old-timers.  In January the Spring Valley Recreation Center opened in the former Wolves Den, formerly Duffy’s, owned by Phil Erickson and Laura Groth.  The DNR worked on making Mystery Cave part of Forestville State Park; much discussion ensued and we enjoy the merger today.  The 28th annual meeting of the Community Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home was coming up.
  • New pitch-count rule could affect local baseball teams
    The final event of the 2016-17 winter sports season is upon us, the State Boys Basketball Tournament, and already many of the boys and girls have exchanged their sneakers for spikes. It’s a little bit ironic that all of the sports I cover in the spring have spikes of some sort, in their shoes, golf, track, baseball and softball, and all of them are played outside. 
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