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03
Dec
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Class trip to Washington D.C. "a success"

By R.D. Aaland

GOODHUE – At the Goodhue School Board meeting on Monday, November 24, Elementary Principal Mark Opsahl’s summed up the Washington D.C. trip: “Amazing weather + awesome kids + great chaperones + well planned trip = successful learning experience.” High school Principal Mike Harvey said, “The Washington D.C. trip was a success. Our students represented the Goodhue community well during the trip.”

A follow-up survey with chaperones and students will get feedback for improving the trip.  The biggest trade-off would be whether they want to see fewer sites for a longer period of time or many sites in a shorter period of time.

Wed
26
Nov
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Goodhue Lionesses to host tenth annual Christmas Tour of Homes


On top is the Germain home; on the bottom, the Goodman home.

GOODHUE – The Goodhue Lionesses are hosting their tenth annual Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. They are featuring two newer homes along with two older remodeled homes. The homes on the tour will be those of Keith and LeeAnn Carlson at 19179 385th St., Travis and Michelle Goodman at 35569 180th Ave., John and Janet Adams at 107 10th St. N, and Mike and Heather Germain at 504 4th Ave. As in the past, attendees will be asked to remove their shoes. Children 14 and older are invited to attend.

This event is in conjunction with the Goodhue Christmas celebration. Tickets are $10 and are available at First Farmers &Merchants Bank in Goodhue, at the Community Center craft sale on December 6, and at each home. The Goodman and Germain homes will be featured this week. Next week will be the Adams and Carlson homes.

Mike and Heather Germain

504 4th Ave

Wed
05
Nov
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Kussmaul corn plot harvested


Roy Hardy and John Augustine check the weight and density of kernels in a pre-measured container.

By R.D. Aaland

GOODHUE – Just one-half mile west of County Road 2 on County Road 9 is where John and Kathy Augustine planted a Kussmaul corn plot on May 8. There were twelve brands selected and each brand was planted in six rows of 490 feet long. The different varieties had maturity times of between 90 and 102 days. Supervising and assisting in this venture were Duane Jonas of Jonas Farm Seeds and Roy Hardy, area manager of northern Wisconsin and Minnesota with Kussmaul Seeds.

Wed
29
Oct
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Goodhue School is investigating an adapted athletic program

By R.D. Aaland

GOODHUE – At the regular school board meeting in Goodhue on October 20, Superintendent Mike Redmond presetned a plan to implement an adapted athletic program for the Goodhue County Education District. The team would be called the Goodhue County Gophers and would be made up of students from Cannon Falls, Goodhue, Kenyon-Wanamingo, Red Wing, and Zumbrota-Mazeppa. The first sport would be bowling, with practices held at Nybo’s in Red Wing. It would cost an estimated $10,562 to start the program and the season would began on March 2, 2015.

Elementary principal’s report

Wed
29
Oct
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Goodhue Area Historical Society holds 15th annual auction


From left to right, auctioneer Paul Witte sells homemade wine with Norris Voth and Keith Dicke.

By R.D. Aaland

GOODHUE –The evening of October 16, 2014 found many people supporting the Goodhue Area Historical Society at their 15th Annual Auction fundraiser. 

The auctioneers from Casey’s Auction Service (Keith Dicke, Travis Klindworth, Pat Franklin and Paul Witte) promoted each item that had been brought for sale. These men all donate their time to the Society.

Each year, people from Goodhue and the surrounding communities come forth with many different, unique, and delicious articles for sale. Some of items that sold well this year were bottles of homemade wine for $50, a pound of butter for $13, cheddar cheese for $35 per pound, and a load of wood for $65. A pecan pie went for $100.

Wed
15
Oct
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Goodhue pool is under construction


Goodhue’s new pool now has a floor.

By R.D. Aaland

GOODHUE – City engineer Andy Brandel of I & S Group gave an update on the swimming pool project at the October 6 Goodhue City Council meeting. Bids for the bath house had been opened and the low bid belonged to WAK Construction Inc. of Plainview.

Because there were a few concerns by the pool committee about the possibility that the electrical was included in both the pool and the bath house bids, Brandel suggested that the council not finalize the bid until both contractors were contacted. This was acceptable to the council.

Wak Construction would like to start work this fall. Aqua Logic, Inc., the pool contractor, has completed pouring the floor of the new pool. Brandel reported that the contractor was working closely with I & S Group.

Third Street reconstruction

Wed
01
Oct
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Augustine farm hosts Corn Plot Day


Roy Hardy, Duane Jonas, and John Augustine show off some well-developed ears of corn at Augustine’s farm on Kussmaul Corn Plot Day, September 23.

By R.D. Aaland

GOODHUE –  Tuesday, September 23 was the Kussmaul Corn Plot Day at the John Augustine farm near Goodhue. KDHL Radio and Kussmaul Seeds dealer Duane Jonas were there to celebrate another successful year of crop farming. Coffee and donuts were available to those who arrived early, and Augustine cooked brats for the lunch crowd.

Wed
24
Sep
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Street dance requested in Goodhue for October 4

By R.D. Aaland

GOODHUE – At the Goodhue City Council meeting on September 17, Brenda Reese, representing the Corner Bar, requested permission to have a street dance on Saturday, October 4. Discussion included police coverage, fencing off the area to be used for the dance, and insurance and liabilities.

Tyler Stehr and his band would perform live that evening. Alcoholic drinks will only be served inside the bar.

The council will give its final decision at its September 24 meeting.

Water/sewer rates too low

It was brought to the council’s attention that the water and sewer rates of Goodhue are not adequate to cover the expenses needed to run these facilities. The last rate change took place four years ago.

Wed
17
Sep
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Flinner and Schrimpf are among new teachers at Goodhue School


Andrea Flinner, left, is Goodhue’s new elementary music teacher. Merribeth Schrimpf is the new art instructor.

By R.D. Aaland

GOODHUE – Andrea Flinner is the new elementary music teacher and Merribeth Schrimpf is the new art instructor at Goodhue School.

Andrea Flinner

Flinner said, “I am really excited to be joining the Goodhue music department this year! I grew up in Duluth and studied music education at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. While there I enjoyed playing French horn in band, orchestra, pep band, and marching band, and also sang alto in choir.” 

Wed
03
Sep
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Safety concerns about former Doc Sawyer's restaurant

By R.D. Aaland

GOODHUE – At the August 27 Goodhue City Council meeting, old business went immediately to concerns of the condition of the building formerly known as Doc Sawyer’s Restaurant. City Attorney Richard Gorman received a letter from the new proprietor Mitzi Bjork and it stated that they have hired people to correct some of the problems. One concern addressed by the council was safety.

Bonnie Reese, owner of the neighboring business, has had difficulty hiring someone to fix her roof because of the fear of falling bricks. Gorman and building inspector Scot Safe will bring their recommendations to the next council meeting.

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