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Kingsland spirit
Homecoming doesn’t start until next week, but Kingsland students are already taking part in activities to promote school spirit this year. During halftime at the Kingsland varsity football game, elementary and intermediate school students took part in games on the eld. Here, Connor Tangen, wearing a Knights jersey, throws a football through a hoop as fellow students follow the ball.
The 2016 Kingsland Homecoming court. Crown bearers, in front, are Bryce Oeltjen and Alyssa Fate. In the front row, from left are queen candidates Erica Earley, Marina Schwanke, Courtney Schmidt, Alayna Meskill and Kellyn Webster. In back are king candidates Scott Lechner, Zach Buchholtz, Derek Apenhorst and Brayden Oeltjen.
Not present is Carter Reiland.
The 2016 Kingsland Homecoming court. Crown bearers, in front, are Bryce Oeltjen and Alyssa Fate. In the front row, from left are queen candidates Erica Earley, Marina Schwanke, Courtney Schmidt, Alayna Meskill and Kellyn Webster. In back are king candidates Scott Lechner, Zach Buchholtz, Derek Apenhorst and Brayden Oeltjen. Not present is Carter Reiland.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:57 AM
Royalty will be crowned Sunday evening to kick off the 2016 homecoming week for Kingsland.
  • Sue Kolling named 2016 Citizen of the Year
    Sue Kolling has been named the 2016 Spring Valley Citizen of the Year by the local Kiwanis club.
  • Dedication of memorial for veterans Saturday culmination of three-year project

    The Wykoff Veterans’ Memorial Committee has spent the past three years working to raise flags over Wykoff to commemorate the service of its residents who gave their time and quite possibly their lives to the United States in the six branches of the military.  A special dedication ceremony is set to take place during this year’s Wykoff Fall Fest celebration to make the memorial an official installation of recognition for veterans deceased and still living.

  • Pumpkin baked goods for judging Saturday, eating Sunday
    The first-ever Wykoff Fall Fest Pumpkin Bake-Off will pit the pumpkin-baking skills of area residents against one another, but ultimately it is meant for bringing them together to raise funds for the 2017 Fall Fest celebration. 
  • Pickles, jellies head lineup of harvest events
    “People should enter the contest because it’s that time of year to taste the harvest and the fruits of our labors, and there are prizes — $25 gift certificates from Goodies & Gas and from the Gateway,” related Eva Barr, organizer of the 2016 canning contest, this year featuring cucumber pickles and jellies, though Barr imagined that a few accidental jams might appear as well.
  • Polka band with long ties to Wykoff named grand marshal of Fall Fest parade
    The three members of the New Blue Denim Farmers are accustomed to being at the fire hall as the official German beer keg-tapping band, rousing the audience with lively polkas, but this year the band will be riding a parade float as the grand marshals of the 2016 Wykoff Fall Fest grand parade. 
  • All-school reunion to bring many former students back to Wykoff
    “Anybody who ever attended Wykoff Schools during any time of their lives, and any and all people in our surrounding communities who would like to join in the fun is invited,” stated Wykoff schools alum and Wykoff all-school reunion co-organizer Mary Sackett, issuing an invitation for all former Wykoff WyKats to attend the reunion set to take place during Wykoff’s 2016 Fall Fest, this year on the weekend of Sept. 23 through 25. 
  • 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 Spring Valley City Council spent much of its Sept. 12 meeting reviewing the preliminary budget for 2017 as the levy must be set by the end of the month. Once it is set the amount cannot be increased but it can decrease when the council sets the budget in December.
  • The five people running for three open seats on the Kingsland School Board have agreed to take part in a Meet the Candidates Forum Wednesday, Oct. 26.
  • Homecoming week begins Sunday this year
    Royalty will be crowned Sunday evening to kick off the 2016 homecoming week for Kingsland.
  • Since 2014, members of the Wykoff Veterans Memorial Committee, along with support from the community and surrounding area, have been working tirelessly to bring the Wykoff Veterans Memorial to fruition. Now with Fall Fest just mere days away, the committee is ramping up its efforts to get the memorial ready for its Saturday, Sept. 24, dedication, which will begin at 10 a.m.
  • Spring Valley’s Home Federal Savings Bank announces two staffing changes, including a newly-appointed market vice?president.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the city of Ostrander a loan of $907,000 and a grant of $903,000 for wastewater collection system and water distribution system improvements, announced U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken last week.
  • Wykoff’s longtime city clerk, Cheryl Davis, tendered her resignation last Monday, Sept. 12.  
  • Wykoff’s City Council met last Monday, Sept. 12, with a full agenda, beginning with joining the ranks of other cities and counties that have opted out of legislation for “granny pods,” or temporary family housing for people who have illness and wish to live at the home of a caregiver for up to six months but are provided with adjoining quarters on a property instead of being housed in a spare bedroom.  
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