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Mantorville maintenance department workers Dave Leth and Scott Larson (pictured) removed the remains of an old Maple tree in the boulevard at 315 4th Street West in Mantorville.The rings were impossible to count because the trunk and most of the branches were hollow. They estimated to tree to be well over 100 years old. Submitted photo by Dick Leonard.


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October 1, 2014

Kasson-Mantorville Class of 1957 holds golden reunion

Fifty-seven years ago 52 members of K-M Class of 1957 graduated in Veteran's Park just east of the swimming pool in Kasson. Nine are now deceased.

September 24, 2014

City of Kasson operating levy raised 9.09% for 2015, figure expected to drop

The Kasson City Council set a preliminary operating levy for 2015 at $2,581,601, an increase of 9.09% over the 2014 levy. City finance director Nancy Zaworski was quick to point out a city can lower the percentage when the final budget is approved, but is not able to increase it.

October 1, 2014

City of Kasson residents to see 2% electrical increase October 1

The Kasson City Council voted 4-1 to increase electric rates 2% for the October billing and consider another 2% increase January 1, 2015. According to city administrator Randy Lenth the 2% amounts to only an average increase of 80 cents per household.

October 1, 2014

A Look Back 22 years ago Incumbents have opposition in council races

Incumbents in the City of Kasson and Mantorville will face opposition in the upcoming November general election. There are five running for three positions in Kasson and five after two positions in Mantorville.

October 8, 2014

40 Years of Change and Growth at 1 Stop Realty, Inc. in Kasson

What could a John Deere dealer and Ben Franklin Variety Store owner have in common? It just so happens that 40 years ago Ben Franklin owner Warren E. Swenson and Ralph B. Engelstad, owner of a John Deere dealership in Kasson, incorporated to form 1 Stop Realty, Inc.

October 15, 2014

Former Folkestad Garage to have second tenant, Empower You Wellness

A second tenant will take up occupancy in the former Folkestad Garage property which will fill the first floor of the building. Empower You Wellness, owned by Paula Ricke, will use the remainder of the main level of the incubator building.

September 24, 2014

The Mantorville Theatre Company announces fall/winter 2014-15 seasonz

Although best known for its long-running Summer Melodrama Season, the Mantorville Theatre Company also produces four additional full-length plays every season, each fall through late spring.

October 15, 2014

Broadband expansion KMTelecom partners with Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota telecoms to benefit business network solutions

KMTelecom has forged a partnership with five southern Minnesota telephone companies, and Iowa provider and Sioux Falls, SD based SDN Communications to create better and more affordable network connectivity and Internet services for Minnesota and South Dakota businesses.

September 24, 2014

Home construction up in Kasson so far

Through August of 2014 the City of Kasson has already issued more new home building permits than the last seven years.

September 24, 2014

Groundbreaking for new Kasson Library October 1

The Kasson Public Library Building Committee has announced “the important day” has finally arrived for the City of Kasson, surrounding areas and the Kasson Public Library.

October 8, 2014

Annie Jr. to be performed Oct. 11th and 12th at K-M

Annie, set in 1933 in New York City, is a story of a young girl living in the Municipal Girl’s Orphanage, hoping to find her parents someday. The musical is based off the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie that made its debut in 1924.

October 8, 2014

Farm background helped land Karl Malisheske his first mechanic job

Karl Malisheske, service manager/mechanic at Strain's Automotive and Strain's Body Shop, grew up on a farm near Brainerd. He was attending vo-tech to become a mechanic and his mother had the idea he should get a job at K-Mart.

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October 15, 2014

37 years of ups and downs in hog farming have been worth it for Hayfield's Steve Demmer

When asked how the hog business has been, Steve Demmer has a simple answer. "For 37 years it's been an up and down business," grinned Demmer. That may have summed it up for most hog farmers who have been in the business for a long period of time.

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