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ZM National Honor Society raises $1,400 for food shelf


ZM High School student Derek Stehr pies Joey O’Gorman and teacher Ms. Heitmann pies Mr. Rauen after the food shelf challenge.

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – Members of the National Honor Society at Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School have been volunteering to raise money for the local food shelf. Students decided to make things more interesting by having a contest with advisors, teachers, and students to see who could raise the most money or food. Whoever won got to shove a pie in the face of another advisor, teacher, or student. The contest spanned two weeks and ended with large amounts of food and $1,400 being raised for the food shelf. 

Deb Walstad, director of Zumbrota Area Food Shelf, along with the board members and volunteers, appreciate the response received thus far. The food and money raised by ZM students in March qualify for additional incentives during the Minnesota March FoodShare campaign. 

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Dollar General Store may open in Zumbrota

By Tara Chapa

ZUMBROTA – Representatives of the retail business Dollar General contacted Zumbrota city staff recently about developing on the former Grover Auto dealership site downtown. At the city council meeting on March 20 the council approved the intent to purchase for the Dollar General Store.

Dollar General is a growing discount retailer that is aggressively expanding into Minnesota, specifically smaller non-metro communities. They are proposing a 9,100 square foot building on the site, with 16 off-street parking spaces provided.

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Thomford joins elite group of marathon runners


Mazeppa native Deb Thomford completed the Green Mountain Marathon in Burlington, Vermont on October 13, 2013. This marked her completion of a marathon in each of the fifty states plus the District of Columbia with a race time under four hours.

By Marilyn Anderson

ROCHESTER – Growing up at a time when high school sports for females was just beginning, it is unlikely one would have predicted what 1975 Zumbrota High School graduate Deb Thomford (O’Brien as a student and track team member) would accomplish in the years ahead. On October 13, 2013, as Thomford crossed the finish line at the Green Mountain Marathon in Burlington, Vermont, it also marked her completion of a marathon in each of the fifty states plus the District of Columbia.

But that is not all. Her time at the Green Mountain Marathon was 3:38:03. In fact, each of the 26.2 mile courses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia was under 4 hours, making her the first woman in Minnesota to accomplish this, and only the eighth woman in the United States to do so. On January 25, she was named “Runner of the Year” at the annual Rochester Track Club banquet. 

Wed
12
Mar
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Conditional use requested for Mazeppa commercial building

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

MAZEPPA – A conditional use permit has been requested by Pat Laganiere to use a commercial building in the downtown area as a residential rental property. The building on 1st Avenue South, across the street from the community center and formerly occupied by Steve Peplinski, is now owned by Laganiere.

Joe Sand of the Mazeppa Planning & Zoning Board presented Langaniere’s plans to the council on March 5 for review. Laganiere would like to turn the building into two rental units, with an apartment upstairs and another on the street level, with space for a business suite on the main floor. To do this a conditional use permit is needed. 

The P&Z Board has reviewed and approved the plan. Approval of a conditional use permit requires a public hearing. The next city council meeting will be moved to April 9 at 6 p.m. to allow time to advertise the public hearing. 

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12
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Wilkinson surpasses 5,000 consecutive days of walking


Despite the air temperature of zero the morning of February 28, John Wilkinson had already completed his two-mile morning walk along Jefferson Drive in Zumbrota. In mid-February, he reached 5,000 consecutive days of his walks, routinely walking 2-1/2 to 3 miles. Wilkinson has a parka and other clothing to keep him warm. The trail was excellent considering the winter’s heavy snowfalls and drifting.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Those who know John Wilkinson also know he is not afraid to volunteer or to take on new projects. Most of his projects have a deadline or are completed and he can move onto something else. But Wilkinson started something on June 10, 2000 that he has no intent of ending. That was the day he got up early and went for a walk. Since then, Wilkinson has continued his daily walks, covering 2-1/2 to 3 miles each day. February 16, 2014 marked the 5000th consecutive day.

In 2000, at the of age 49, the Mayo Clinic physician in family medicine found himself in less than ideal shape – out of breath, even when doing routine activities, and carrying 30 pounds of extra weight. Although physically active and fit during his college and medical school years, priorities seemed to change and the doctor found his own health in jeopardy.

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12
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Ah-Sirt Fitness has new location in Zumbrota


Ah-Sirt Fitness is now located behind SuperAmerica and Dairy Queen in Zumbrota.

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – Ah-Sirt Fitness and Nail Studio, formerly located in the basement of Wild Ginger Boutique, has recently moved to a bigger location. They will also be adding a  hair and nail salon to the business sometime in April or May. The new location is 205 18th Ave behind SuperAmerica and Dairy Queen. 

Ah-Sirt is a 24-hour workout center that specializes in group fitness classes including Pilates mat, Pilates reformer, Zumba, Zumba toning, Turbokick, kick-boxing, boot camp, circuit training, Kettlebell, Piyo, TRX, Yoga, line dancing, and more. They also offer personal training. 

Once the hair and nail salon is added they will offer manicures, pedicures, acrylics, gel polish, paraffin, nail art, haircuts, colors, and perms. 

Wed
05
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Tawny Michels joins News-Record staff


Tawny Michels and her daughter Cheyenne.

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – Hello, readers. I recently joined the reporting staff at the News-Record and, along with Marilyn Anderson, will be covering news in the Zumbrota area and for Zumbrota-Mazeppa School. I am a 28-year-old single mother of a beautiful 8-month-old baby girl.

I moved to Zumbrota from Eagan this past December. I attended Kenyon-Wanamingo High School until the middle of my sophomore year, 2002, when I made the decision to be home-schooled. I lived in Wanamingo until 2004 when my family moved to Inver Grove Heights. 

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05
Mar
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Plans are revealed for Mazeppa Veterans Memorial


The proposed design of the Mazeppa Veterans Memorial in Cooper’s Park.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch  

MAZEPPA – Plans for underway for a new veterans memorial to be constructed in Mazeppa. It will overlook the Zumbro River in Cooper’s Park, located on the west side of the riverbank between Mazeppa’s historic walking bridge and the Maple Street bridge. 

The Mazeppa Veterans Memorial will pay tribute to all who have served honorably in the United State Armed Forces or the U.S. Allies, from the time of the Revolutionary War to present. The memorial will feature an expansive wall of bronze plaques engraved with the names of veterans. A 4 by 8 inch bronze engraved plaque can be ordered in the name of a veteran for $300.  Veterans may be from any military branch of service. 

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05
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Cast announced for Zumbrota movie


The local, regional, and national cast members for the original feature film “His Neighbor Phil” were announced at a Grand Unveiling Event on February 25 at the State Theatre. Area cast members include, from left to right: JC Koepsell of Zumbrota, Linda Kelly of Pine Island, Tricia Stiller of Zumbrota, Kristi Knudson of Rochester; and Bob Bird, Marie Marvin, Pam Potter Langley, and Ronda Anderson-Sand, all of Zumbrota. Not pictured: John Perra, Aaron Schumacher, and Joan Hendrickson-Hellyer, all of Zumbrota; Sue Johnson, Pine Island; Tim Balderramos and Logan Langley, both of St. Paul; Doug Petty, Mark Hanson, and Greta Herbert, all of Rochester; Lauren Langworthy, Wheeler, Wisconsin.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – The local, regional, and national cast members for the feature film “His Neighbor Phil” were announced at a Grand Unveiling Event on February 25 at the State Theatre. Scott Thompson, writer, director, and producer from My Town Pictures, announced the names of four confirmed national cast members followed by the sixteen local and regional selections. More than 60 people had auditioned for roles in the film.

An up-to-the minute report on the financial contributions for the film and a request for volunteer community support was presented. Filming is planned to begin March 28 and conclude by April 17.

While some national cast members have been identified with contracts completed, others are still tentative. Professional cast members who are confirmed for roles in “His Neighbor Phil”:

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Jacksons celebrate 30 years at the Coffee Mill


The Coffee Mill is holding a 30th anniversary celebration throughout March. Carol and Dean Jackson opened the café on February 6, 1984. Their daughter, Sharla Gerken, and her fiancé, Ben Ray, work at the café and are learning the business, with the plan to take over in the future. Use the coupon from the Zumbro Shopper to register for prizes and discounted prices.

By Marilyn Anderson 

ZUMBROTA – All through March the Coffee Mill café is celebrating 30 years of business in downtown Zumbrota. Owners Dean and Carol Jackson opened the restaurant – known for its Friday night walleye special, homemade pies, soups, and salad bar – on February 6, 1984. Drawings for $5,000 worth of prizes and coupons for discounts are all part of the month-long celebration and customer appreciation.

Prizes include a 46-inch flat-screen television, boxes of steaks, and gift cards and certificates to local businesses. To register for prizes and to receive a 30 percent discount off your bill, use the coupon that can be found in the Zumbro Shopper.

In 2009, using a different promotion format for the 25th anniversary celebration, 1,400 free meals were served. 

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