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Pertussis outbreak at ZM Schools

By Vicki Iocco

Goodhue County

Health & Human Services 

Pertussis, commonly known as Whooping Cough or the 100-day cough, has made a comeback in recent years causing outbreaks in communities and schools. There is currently an outbreak of pertussis among elementary, middle school, and high school students in Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools where nineteen confirmed cases have been reported as of November 19. The Minnesota Department of Health is working with the school district, local clinics, and Goodhue and Wabasha County health departments to control the outbreak and prevent it from spreading. 

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ALCO stores to close following bankruptcy order

ZUMBROTA — Small town discount retailer ALCO Stores will close after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas, Texas approved an order by the company’s creditors to close. On Friday, November 21, the ALCO store in Zumbrota put up signs advertising  its “Going Out of Business Sale.”

The court order follows an ALCO announcement of last month that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At that time, the company’s headquarters in suburban Dallas stated that it intended to stay in business while reorganizing. 

All eleven stores in Minnesota and 198 nationwide will close after inventories are sold. The ALCO website states that all gift certificates and store credits will be honored through Thursday, December 4.

ABC News reported that ALCO had $474 million in net sales in its latest fiscal year and that was a two percent drop from the year before.

Wed
19
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Fifteenth annual Christmas Tour of Homes is December 6


On top is the home of Brent and Heather Caswell; on the bottom is the home of Berniece Naesith.

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota Area Historical Society is hosting its fifteenth annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 6, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Four homes, two newer and two older, are featured and will be decorated for the holidays. The history museum (55 East 3rd Street) will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the public and tour attendees to see an exhibit of collectible trains.

The four homes on the tour are those of Brent and Heather Caswell, 540 West 2nd Street; Brad and Jamie Quam, 41348 Cty Blvd 6; Berniece Naesith, 1442 Dorothea Drive; and Mary Jansen, 1423 Dorothea Drive.

Wed
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Nordvold serves as election monitor overseas


Norris Nordvold, a 1960 Zumbrota High School graduate, served as an election monitor in Ukraine. From left to right are Anna Kristina, an election monitor from Helsinki, Finland; Dennis, a young college student and interpreter; Nordvold of Phoenix, Arizona; and Vladimir, who served as driver for the other three.

By Wayne Anderson

Since 1997, Norris Nordvold of Phoenix, Arizona, has worked as a volunteer to monitor elections overseas in areas of trouble and controversy. The State Department runs the program, and there are about 2,000 people who sign up for it. Because of his background in government affairs and foreign language, Nordvold has had the edge in getting assignments. Nordvold has been to Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Moscow, Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Belarus, Macedonia, and Montenegro. His most recent election assignment was in the Ukraine area in October of this year.

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Mazeppa refinances bond at savings

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

MAZEPPA – On November 13 the Mazeppa City Council met briefly to approve refinancing of bonds and the election results. Financial advisor Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates presented a resolution to the council for refinancing of the general obligation bonds for the Cherry Street project. By refinancing, the city will save over $28,000 on payments over the next ten years. A motion by Mike Hammes, seconded by Tom Marsh, to approve the bond refinancing carried. 

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Fifth annual Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving morning

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Thanksgiving morning, November 27, will mark the fifth annual Zumbrota Turkey Trot to benefit the Zumbrota Area Food Shelf. The number of participants and the amount of money raised has increased yearly since the event was first organized in 2010. This year’s Turkey Trot will begin at 8 a.m. at the Covered Bridge (library side). Participants are asked to make a free-will donation for the Zumbrota Area Food Shelf of non-perishable food items or cash. 

Regarding the weather, the event poster says, “Sun, snow, sleet, or rain – we will trot!” In 2012, the temperature was 51 degrees when 80 registered walkers, runners, bikers, trikers, and strollers turned out. Last year, despite temperatures in the low 20s, the number of participants nearly doubled to 150, and so did the monetary donations. A total of $1,245 and nearly 400 pounds of food was collected – a record amount. 

Wed
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Surveillance cameras to be installed inside Covered Bridge

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota City Council approved a bid to install surveillance cameras inside the Covered Bridge at its meeting on Thursday, November 6. The bid came from M2M Advisors in the amount of $3,049 and will include two cameras and the router to be installed inside the center of the bridge. This will also involve a monthly fee of around $60 to be paid to Verizon for the internet services and backup.

Each camera will be facing outward from the center of the bridge. If the cameras work well the council will then discuss placing one or two more cameras outside  the bridge. 

City Administrator Neil Jensen explained that the cameras continuously record and can hold data for about two weeks before it will start to record over itself. “If we like how these cameras work and we start to have issues elsewhere in town we can look into getting more,” Jensen said. 

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Knotts Away Massage opens


Christine Baumgartner has opened Knotts Away Massage in Mazeppa.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

MAZEPPA – Christine Baum-gartner is excited to bring her six years of massage experience to Mazeppa. Knotts Away Massage opened at 229 1st Avenue North on October 1. The business offers relaxation and therapeutic massage.

Baumgartner grew up on a farm in West Concord. After graduating from high school in 1992, she moved to the Twin Cities area and worked in medical billing for about twelve years. After the birth of her son Cade in 2004, she decided to move closer to family. After living in Chatfield for several years, she moved to Cannon Falls in 2013.

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Zumbrota teenager missing since October 30


Jaid Marx

UPDATE FROM ZUMBROTA POLICE DEPARTMENT: Jaid Marx was found safe today, November 11, 2014 by the Zumbrota Police Department.  A joint investigation with the Lake City Police Department, Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office, MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and Owatonna Police Department determined the location of Jaid Marx in Owatonna, MN. 

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

ZUMBROTA — The Zumbrota Police Department is searching for a missing 17-year-old girl after she did not return home from work on October 30. Jaid Marx was reported missing by her parents on Saturday, November 1. On November 6 news outlets began circulating the story and photo of Marx to the public in attempts to help locate her. Marx is a Caucasian female, 5-foot-6, 150 pounds, medium build, with long red hair and blues eyes.Her nose is pierced and she have gauges in her earlobes.

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ZM School Board discusses bowling as a club sport

By Alice Duschanek-Myers

ZUMBROTA – Minnesota Youth Bowling Commissioner Jim O’Reilly and Steve Pleschourt attended the October 27 Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Board meeting to discuss adding letters and bars for bowling. Pleschourt said 85 schools have bowling club activities or organizations. It is co-ed. 

ZM has a team of nine students. Their coach is Craig Rouerk. Students are eligible for college scholarships because collegiate bowling programs are growing.

The students buy their own shirts. Parents transport them. Coaches volunteer. These items are not expenses for the district. There would be the expenses of letters and bars. Pleschourt requested the school pay for background checks for coaches. The school does not pay for background checks. Employees pay for their own background checks. 

He requested that the school board consider:

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