By Publisher & Editor:

Randy Carlsen


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November 26, 2014


Athletics over education. It happened in Allen, Texas. I heard about this dilemma a couple of months ago and wanted to see something in writing before believing.

October 29, 2014

Editorial: Fate of ZVRC

It will be a sad day if the Zumbro Valley Golf Course has to close their doors. There are many people out there who do not believe that is possible. It's true.

November 26, 2014


After examining 300 suburbs, the City of Kasson was recently ranked by Business Insider Magazine as one of the 50 best suburbs in America. Kasson ranked 45th, was seventh in Minnesota and the only community named outside the metro area.

November 19, 2014

Youth Tobacco

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the number of youth using tobacco has dropped from 18.1% in 2011 to 10.6% in 2014. There has also been a decline in chewing tobacco and cigar use by youth.

December 8, 2014

Editorial: Riots

Ferguson, MO has reverted back to the 60's. Rioting and violence appear to be the responses to a white police officer not being charged with the shooting death of an 18 year old black man.

November 12, 2014

New Family Member

I am such a sports nut and yet if I had to choose the 10 best things that I have experienced in my life a sporting event would not even be in the top five.

December 3, 2014

Editorial: Bell Ringing

Last Friday I had the privilege of ringing the Salvation Army bell for an hour in front of Erdman's County Market. Actually, due to the cold wind we were inside the entry.

November 19, 2014

Small Town

Earlier this fall a Kasson resident was bicycling on Mantorville Avenue headed south toward Burger King. A car pulled into the driveway, but was forced to stop. The biker did not have time to react and plowed into the side of the vehicle, flipped over the vehicle and landed hard on the pavement.

December 3, 2014

Where To Live

In my editorial last week I wrote a piece on the City of Kasson being ranked as one of the top 50 best suburbs in America, according to Business Insider Magazine. The City of Kasson was ranked 45th out of 300 communities selected between 5,000 and 100,000 population.











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December 17, 2014

And of An Era

Michaels Restaurant has always been connected to the Hubbell House. In 1946 Paul Pappas opened the Hubbell House in Mantorville and five years later he and three brothers opened Michaels Restaurant in downtown Rochester. Paul's son Don, is now the second generation owner of the Hubbell House.

December 17, 2014

Editorial: Rumor

Rumor has it that a number of employees at city hall joined the union as a way of protecting their jobs because of the three new faces that will be coming on the council.