Zumbrota-Mazeppa

Wed
25
Feb
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How Zumbrota Road in California got its name


An Alpine, California, street named Zumbrota Road. The street was renamed in the 1950s after Zumbrota native Clarence Stearns received permission from the county.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – More than half a century after Zumbrota native Clarence Stearns’s death, the Alpine Historical Society explained the connection between the well known professional photographer and the street in Alpine, California, named Zumbrota Road.

Merle Edel of Zumbrota recently shared the June 2014 article he received from a friend he met in college, who now lives in Alpine in San Diego County. The story tells how Stearns and his wife, Inez, purchased land on Victoria Hill in Alpine after his retirement in Zumbrota. The area had a population of 450 people when they built the house in 1952. The couple, who continued to return to Minnesota for their summers, was very active in their new community during the ten years they made Alpine their home. Clarence passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis on September 30, 1962, at the age of 85.

Stearns’s life 

Wed
18
Feb
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Zumbrota Area Food Shelf is participating in March campaign

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota Area Food Shelf is once again participating in the Minnesota Food Share March Campaign. For more than three decades, the March Campaign has been making a major difference in relieving hunger throughout the state. The annual effort raises money and food to stock nearly 300 food shelves throughout Minnesota. The contributions from this passionate annual effort, which brings together families, companies, faith communities, schools, and civic groups, raises more than half the food distributed each year by these food shelves

All food and monetary donations given to the Zumbrota Area Food Shelf stay at and are used by the Zumbrota Area Food Shelf only. Our food shelf service area includes, Zumbrota, Wanamingo, Bellechester, and Goodhue. Prior to this month we also served Mazeppa, however they have now started their own food shelf. 

Wed
11
Feb
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Comprehensive and Strategic Plan Steering Committee is chosen

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota City Council formed the 2015 Comprehensive and Strategic Plan Steering Committee at its February 5 meeting. 

Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School Principal Jeff Nolte is soliciting a student representative for the committee. The council should have a suggested sophomore or junior student volunteer soon. At this time the city council seat(s) are open. It was suggested that the entire city council and mayor be encouraged to participate on the committee. The city will then need to post a notice of the meetings to comply with open meeting laws if three or more council members agree to participate. 

Wed
11
Feb
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Free dental care provided on Give Kids a Smile Day


Midwest Dental employees, from left to right, Mary Birmingham, Megan Underhill, Laura Severson (kneeling), dentist Andy Christensen, and Stephanie Olson volunteered the majority of their work day on February 6 to provide care to more than twenty children from the Zumbrota area.

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – Midwest Dental on Main Street in Zumbrota hosted “Give Kids a Smile Day” on Friday, February 6, from 8 a.m. to noon. They saw about twenty kids before 10 a.m. 

The American Dental Association began Give Kids a Smile program in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time and services to provide screenings, treatments, and education to children throughout the United States. Each year, approximately 350,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers.

Wed
11
Feb
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Fundraiser to be held for Berg family and community programs

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Event organizers are encouraging area residents to attend two fundraisers to be held at the Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727 (25 East First Street) in Zumbrota in the next few weeks. 

The first will be a pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 15, hosted by Zumbrota American Legion Post 183, Mazeppa American Legion Post 588, Mazeppa Veterans Honor Guard, and Zumbrota Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727. Proceeds will be donated to assist the family of Lonnie Berg and towards veterans’ programs and various local groups. 

The second will be on February 28, with all proceeds going toward the unexpected out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of Berg’s illness. The 61-year-old Zumbrota man died December 27, 2014.

Berg’s battle with cancer

Wed
04
Feb
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Zumbrota-Mazeppa considers a pre-Labor Day school start

By Alice Duschanek-Myers

MAZEPPA – On January 26, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Board discussed submitting a flexible learning waiver request to start school before Labor Day for the 2015-16 year. Applications for flexible learning year programs must be submitted to the Commissioner of Education by April 15.

Superintendent Tony Simons said one reason to start school early is the increased learning and instruction time students would have prior to testing. An early start would require a memorandum of understanding with teachers, paraprofessionals, and others. The calendar could still have 173 to 175 student days. School could end earlier.

Wed
04
Feb
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Debra Alexander is the new Zumbrota Postmaster


Debra Alexander is the new Zumbrota Postmaster.

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – Debra Alexander became postmaster at the Zumbrota Post Office on January 10, replacing Kerry Stragey. Alexander was the postmaster in Minocqua, Wisconsin, for twenty years, and she also held a position as supervisor of nearly sixty employees in Illinois for five years prior to that. In total, she has been working for the US Postal Service for 29 years.

Alexander is originally from northeastern Wisconsin, but has moved around somewhat with her job. She currently lives in Zumbrota with her husband, Jerry, and together they have have three children, seven grandchildren, and have been married for 43 years. 

Wed
28
Jan
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Zumbrota amends wastewater permit for DFA

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – Mayor Rich Bauer informed the Zumbrota City Council on January 22 that the Wastewater Committee met and came up with a proposed plan for the DFA permit going forward, in light of the fines of the past year.  

The first amendment to the wastewater permit for DFA involves the fees and penalties for discharging into the city’s wastewater system. In reviewing other area cities who also serve cheese plants similar to DFA, it was found that Zumbrota has the lowest sewer rates among those surveyed. The cities that come closest to  Zumbrota were Pine Island, Plainview, Glencoe, Rochester, and Faribault. 

Wed
28
Jan
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ZM School Board seeks residents' input for superintendent search

By Alice Duschanek-Myers

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Board is gathering input from residents to assist in the search for a new superintendent. A six-question superintendent search survey is on the district website (www.zmschools.us.) to learn residents’ perspectives on the school’s relationship with stakeholders, strengths, weaknesses, challenges, short- and long-range goals, the qualities that are essential in a superintendent, and specific questions to ask candidates. 

The survey will be analyzed by Survey Monkey to assist in compiling the information collected. The board plans to use the information to lead their selection of a superintendent. 

The school board and School Exec Connect are holding two community meetings with stakeholders on January 28 at 6 p.m. at the elementary school media center in Mazeppa or high school media center in Zumbrota.

Wed
28
Jan
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Zumbrota welcomes new Police Chief Patrick Callahan


Zumbrota Police Chief Patrick Callahan

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – With Zumbrota Police Chief Gary Selness announcing his retirement at the end of 2014, the city worked diligently to find a suitable replacement. After numerous interviews the city felt they found the best match in Patrick Callahan.  

Callahan grew up in Apple Valley and graduated from Rosemount Senior High School in 1990. He graduated from Normandale Community College in 1993 and received a BA from Concordia University – St. Paul in 2008. He is currently attending Concordia to obtain his MA in criminal justice learning.  Callahan has been married for 21 years to his wife, Roberta, and together they have three sons. His family currently lives in Bird Island but he stays with family in Kenyon during the work week.

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