Local officials pause to look back, think ahead to unfolding of new year

With several notable projects completed in 2019, Spring Grove officials are looking forward to another productive year in 2020.

The Spring Grove Herald asked officials from throughout the area for their thoughts on the last year and their outlook for the coming year as 2019 transitions to 2020 this week. The people who responded were asked to list the highlights for 2019 and what they predict to be the highlights in 2020.

Following are their responses in their own words.



The Little Gnome

2019 highlights:  The highlight of 2019 had to be the viewing and opening of the Lions Den, a much anticipated and missed business in the community by some of us older ones that have many good memories from our time spent there before and after our softball games.  

2020 predictions:  That will be tough as so many things coming in the new year…Musicfest…the opening of the new salon from Jen Gulbranson…new plans for the fire station remodel…..possible additions to Trinity church…..athletics staying strong at the school and who knows what we don’t even know is in the works yet…..That’s what is nice about Spring Grove…constantly changing, growing and improving….while we all work together!

Director Lorilyn Dehning

Spring Grove Economic Development Authority

2019 highlights:  Working with the community to learn more about where we are and where we want to go was my highlight of 2019. The EDA embarked on several studies to learn more about our needs for housing, recreational trails, lodging, and business resources, and we also welcomed several new businesses and Spring Grove’s first-ever Habitat for Humanity project. 2019 was a great year of positive momentum!

2020 predictions:  I believe we will see some really innovative community collaborations in 2020, specifically around housing, business development, and youth engagement. Spring Grove has worked very hard to preserve its history and prepare for its future, and the EDA would love to continue business district development to help entrepreneurs access the space they need to be successful. 

Co-director Courtney Bergey Swanson

Spring Grove Post Office

2019 highlights:  The highlight for me was the wonderful productions put on by Ye Olde Opera House.  I had the opportunity to watch my daughter direct “Almost, Maine,” and perform in “Godspell” and “Steel Magnolias.” 

2020 predictions:  I predict a bike trail coming through Spring Grove.  I predict even more cool businesses coming to town and Spring Grove being the destination place to be.     

Postmaster Pat McManimon-Moe

Spring Grove Public School

2019 highlights:  The highlight for 2019 has been the work we’ve done centered around our district core values of inspiring innovation and valuing community.  Activities included the Habitat for Humanity House, family heritage projects with the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, a “Safe Routes to School” planning grant with the city, student led support for community causes including the food shelf, Care and Share, and cancer research, and the music, fine arts, and athletic events in our community.  The relationship between the Spring Grove community and the school is one of our greatest assets!

2020 predictions:  We are very excited about our first ever Spring Grove Learning Showcase on May 14, where students and community members will be invited to celebrate and share projects, performance tasks, and service-learning projects. Our school wants to team with our parents and community to bring deeper learning experiences to our students in a way that guides them to take ownership and build confidence in their own learning and strengths.  

Superintendent Rachel Udstuen