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29
Jul
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National Night Out is August 4

ZUMBROTA – On Tuesday, August 4, the City of Zumbrota will be celebrating National Night Out at the Zumbrota Fire Department from 5-7 p.m.  The Zumbrota Fire Department will serve grilled hot dogs, and other food and beverages will be provided.

The Zumbrota Police Department, Fire Department, and Ambulance will have their emergency vehicles there for the public to view. Also present will be McGruff the Crime Dog, Howie from Partners in Prevention, a petting zoo, a smoke trailer, a bounce house, glitter tattoos, Bingo, and other events for the family.

Several local businesses have donated over fifty door prizes to be handed out.

Wed
29
Jul
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David Lee Murphy to perform at Goodhue County Fair


David Lee Murphy

ZUMBROTA – Country music singer and songwriter David Lee Murphy will headline the Goodhue County Fair Grandstand on Friday, August 14, at an exciting night of new fair entertainment. 

The evening will kick off with action-packed bull riding, barrel racing and mutton bustin’ from MT Bucking Bulls at 7 p.m. Murphy will take the stage immediately following the rodeo with “Forgotten Highway” as the opening act. 

Murphy’s hits, including “Dust on the Bottle,” “Party Crowd” and “Loco,” have become staples of country music, and he has even more songwriting credits to his name. Murphy has helped pen numerous modern day country hits, including Kenny Chesney’s “Living In Fast Forward” and “Live A Little,” Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” and “The Only Way I Know,” and Jake Owen’s “Anywhere with You.”

Wed
22
Jul
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Moon Hofschulte retires after 37 years with City of Mazeppa


Duane “Moon” Hofschulte’s last day as Mazeppa City Administrator was June 30.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

MAZEPPA – After spending over three decades working for the City of Mazeppa, Duane “Moon” Hofschulte punched the clock for the last time on June 30. Although he will still be around and an active part of the community, transition naturally comes with a sense of loss. He will miss working with city employees whom he has come to know and respect. “I was glad to be retired, but at the same time I still very much care about the city and its future,” he said.

Wed
15
Jul
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Zumbrota will hold 2016 budget work meeting

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

ZUMBROTA – After discussion of next year’s budget at the Zumbrota City Council meeting on July 9, a budget workshop was scheduled for August 6 at 5 p.m.

Mayor Rich Bauer said that at this time the city is looking at a 6.5% increase in the proposed budget for 2016, due in part to expected increases in police, salary, and life insurance costs. He suggested that the council hold off on proposed increases until the council has a better eye on the comprehensive plan and city finances.  

Dale Hinderaker said he would like to see the budget stay flat, but aspects of the budget, such as rising health care costs, are out of their control. This line item accounted for about one-third of the increases, with salary increases being the second factor in increased costs.  

Wed
15
Jul
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Children from around the world to perform in Zumbrota

ZUMBROTA –Songs of Hope, the concert tour resulting from a six-week camp for children from around the world performing the music of their countries, stops in Zumbrota for the fifth year in a row, on Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. The free concert is at the State Theatre. Crossings and the Zumbrota Area Arts Council are sponsoring the performance.

In addition to the concert, Songs of Hope offers a free Drumming Workshop for youth ages 7 to 16 earlier in the day. Participants may then perform onstage at the concert during one song.

Wed
08
Jul
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More than fifty quilts displayed at Covered Bridge Festival Quilt Show


First Congregational Church hosted the 2015 Covered Bridge Festival Quilt Show on Saturday, June 20.

ZUMBROTA – More than 50 quilts were displayed at the Covered Bridge Festival Quilt Show on Saturday, June 20, at the historic First Congregational Church. Quilts of nearly every style were shown, including hand-pieced and hand-quilted heirlooms, traditional style-machined pieced, with machine quilting; both free hand and computerized, pieced and tied, paper-pieced, embroidered, applique, whole cloth, crazy and bargello quilts.  The collection included baby quilts, lap quilts, full-sized bed quilts, table runners, wall hangings and quilts honoring recent graduates.

Visitors of all ages, male and female, found something to admire.  With the 150-year-old church as a background, it was difficult to decide what to focus on first, the awesome 1870s pump organ, the huge double-hung windows, the ornate alter area or the outstanding colorful quilts.  

Wed
08
Jul
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Mazeppa Daze is July 9-12

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

MAZEPPA – Mazeppa Daze 2015 will kick off on Thursday, July 9, and run through Sunday, July 12. With bridge construction in Mazeppa on Highway 60, plan for extra time to follow detours to get to and from and around Mazeppa for this year’s events. 

Thursday, July 9

At 7 p.m. the Field of Honor will open at Jaycees Park. The event in hosted by the Mazeppa Veterans Honor Guard and will be open throughout the weekend. American flags on display may be flown in honor of an individual for a donation to the MVHG. 

Friday, July 10

Wed
01
Jul
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Village Barbershop is sold to the next generation


Jason Hinz (left) nears completion on the trim of Eliot Cornell’s hair while his dad, Don Hinz, begins to cut Fred Roberson’s hair. Jason recently took over ownership of the Village Barbershop from his dad. The two have been working side-by-side since 2009. Cornell has been a regular client of Jason’s for two years; Don has been Roberson’s barber for 25 years.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – For forty years, the Village Barbershop has been in the business of trimming men’s hair and beards on Zumbrota’s downtown Main Street. That tradition is continuing, but a change recently occurred. Effective June 1, Jason Hinz assumed ownership from his dad, Don Hinz.

Don is now ready to cut back on his hours. He recently went from working full-time to barbering on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The extra time will allow him to do more boating on the weekends with his wife, Vicki, and to spend more time with their three grandchildren.

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, June 23, the two could be found working side-by-side at the shop located at 355 South Main Street. Friendly discussion and bantering among the two barbers and their clients was also heard. Many customers have come to Don or Jason for many years for their barbering needs.

Wed
01
Jul
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ZM School Board approves contract for Principal Dave Anderson

By Alice Duschanek-Myers

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Board approved hiring Dave Anderson as the new grade 7-12 principal on June 22. Anderson has been working as the assistant principal at Winona Senior High School. 

The board approved a one-year contract for Anderson for the 2015-16 school year, beginning on July 1, 2015. New superintendent Gary Anger said the contract is for one year to align with primary/elementary school principal Quinn Rasmussen’s 2014-16 contract. In the future, negotiations for the two principal contracts would be at the same time.

Anderson has agreed to take on temporary responsibilities as the middle/high school principal through June 30. He will be paid stipends of $100 for a partial day and $200 for a full day at the ZM Schools until the start of the contract. 

Wed
24
Jun
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Art on Main benefits State Theatre renovation


Art on Main banners hang below the American flag on Main Street light poles. This banner is titled ZENbrota and was designed by Ann Allen.

ZUMBROTA – Twenty-four colorful banners depicting original works by area artists will grace the town’s Main Street this summer.  

 Artists from the wider Zumbrota area, Rochester, and the Twin Cities donated original art in various media, such as oils, watercolors, and fiber art including basket weaving, quilting, and felting. 

Art on Main is a fundraising project of the Zumbrota Area Arts Council (ZAAC) to pay for renovations to the historic State Theatre. The original works will be on display at various businesses. On September 18, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., there will be a celebration of Art on Main, with live music, food, and a silent auction for the banners and the original works. If someone is interested in bidding but cannot attend, a proxy will be arranged. All proceeds will go to ZAAC State Theatre Fund.

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