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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 29, 2014

ICS Consulting rep outlines K-M Elementary, H.S. projects

Ryan Hoffman, representing ICS Consulting, Inc. of Moundsview, gave the school board an overview of construction that is to take place over the next 18-24 months at the K-M Elementary and High School.

October 22, 2014

Mantorville residents comment against accessory building

During a lengthy public hearing at the October 13, 2014, meeting of the Mantorville City Council, several residents spoke out against a variance to a city ordinance prohibiting an accessory building being built before a house and a conditional use permit to operate a home business in the accessory structure.

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 29, 2014

Sunshine Foods is now also Arrow Ace Express Hardware

When Vern Bennett, part owner of Sunshine Foods, purchased John's Food Center and changed the name to Sunshine Foods extensive remodeling and expansion took place. At the time his thought was to add 3,000 square feet so some day the area could be converted into a pharmacy.

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.

October 22, 2014

Mantorville Fall Festival-fun for all!

Bring your family, friends and even your pets to enjoy a beautiful fall day in historic Mantorville this Saturday. You will be treated to a fun filled day which promises something for everyone to enjoy.

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.

October 22, 2014

Potential spotted in gymnast Ambra Andrist

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

October 29, 2014

Dodge County Historical Society Benefit Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

It’s that time of year again! Each year, the Dodge County Historical Society opens the holiday season with an opportunity for you to taste and order a variety of wines just in time for your holiday entertaining.

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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