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Sep
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Zumbrota hires new police chief

By Peter Grimsrud

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota City Council offered Patrick Callahan the position of Zumbrota Police Chief at the Thursday, September 4, meeting. Of the three finalists, he was the first choice by four of five councilpersons. 

Councilor Brad Drenckhahn asked the other members if he was their clear top choice? Sara Durhman said, “I think he’ll be a great asset,” and the others agreed. Out-going Chief Gary Selness was thanked for his service earlier in the meeting.

Since the meeting, Callahan accepted and will assume the position pending a medical and background check.

Other hires

Council approved hiring Dave Meyers to be the Senior Street Maintenance Supervisor and promoting Mike Olson to the position of Public Works Director. Both hires were unanimous.

Flower baskets

Wed
03
Sep
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ZM School Board discusses extending water and sewer to softball fields

By Alice Duschanek-Myers

ZUMBROTA – On August 25, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Board discussed extending water and sewer service from the street to the softball and practice football fields in Zumbrota. When attempting to connect to city service near the concession stand on the softball field, it was discovered that the city utilities are buried 20 feet deep in the street. 

The alternative is to connect from West Avenue. The board discussed an estimate for the utility extension from West Avenue that totaled $29,250. To bring the utilities from the street there, the blacktop in the street would be cut. For the sewer line, 350 feet of 6” sewer line with three cleanouts must be installed. For water, it would be necessary to tie into the water main in the street to install 325 feet of 6” water line. From there 75 feet of 1” pipe would be installed to hook up the water outside the softball concession stand.  

Wed
03
Sep
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Zumbrota native reminisces about the time he met Robin Williams


Zumbrota native Paul Marvin said this photo with popular comedian and actor Robin Williams in 2004 “is one of my favorites ever of my wife Michele. She looks like the happiest kid in the world with that big smile.” Williams committed suicide on August 11, 2014. Marvin, the son of Conway and Avonne Marvin of Zumbrota, now lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife and two children.

By Paul Marvin

My wife Michele and I had a chance encounter back in 2004 during a biking trip in the last week of the month-long Tour de France bike race. It would be Lance Armstrong’s sixth and record victory. 

To commemorate the occasion and perhaps make a few dollars, we designed and brought with us twenty T-shirts that said “Six Victories” in four languages. On the final race day, we met a fellow fan who gave us two passes into the VIP area. An hour or so before the riders came into Paris, I left Michele in the stands for a moment.

Upon returning to our seats, I saw Robin Williams walking into the “Friends and Family” VIP area with Sheryl Crow. As I tried to get in position to take a photo of the two of them, I knocked a case of water bottles off a table. It made enough racket that Williams turned around to see what caused the commotion.

Wed
03
Sep
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Speakers announced for Relay for Life community reception

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – In lieu of the traditional Relay for Life conducted locally the past several years, a Relay for Life community reception will be held Thursday, September 4, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Covered Bridge Park. There will be a root beer float ice cream social to honor survivors and caregivers. The general public is welcome and encouraged to attend to honor all those touched by cancer.

A brief program will occur at approximately 6 p.m. featuring Pat Lawler as the guest survivor speaker and Jill Keach as the guest caregiver speaker. An American Cancer Society representative will also speak.

Wed
27
Aug
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Saudi Arabian feed grain buyers visit corn farm in Zumbrota


Marty Amundson shows members of a Saudi Arabia feed grain buyers team a cob of corn near one of his fields in Zumbrota.

ZUMBROTA — A team of six feed grain buyers traveled from the sands of Saudi Arabia to the farm fields of southeastern Minnesota on Tuesday, August 19, to get an up-close look at a Minnesota corn farm in Zumbrota. The team visited Marty Amundson’s family farm in Zumbrota. Amundson is the former Chairman of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC).

Most people think of Saudi Arabia as a desert, but it has regions where farming is possible. The country is also home to a handful of large dairy operations, including Almarai, the largest vertically integrated dairy company in the world.

You can find poultry and beef operations, too, as well as crops such as wheat, barley and sorghum.

So far this marketing year, which ends on August 31, the U.S. has exported 37.4 million bushels of corn to Saudi Arabia.

Wed
27
Aug
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Zumbrota City Council takes stance on Aurora Solar and Zip Rail

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – On August 21, the Zumbrota City Council addressed matters of concern brought up by the public at the August 7 meeting – the proposed Aurora Solar project and the Zip Rail line. 

Mayor Rich Bauer had already drafted a letter to the executive director of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on the solar energy project. The letter starts,“On behalf of the City Council I would like to state we are not opposed to alternative energy projects when they are appropriately sited. We do, however, have concerns about the proximity of a portion of this project to the City of Zumbrota and potentially detrimental impacts on the future land use of this area.”  Bauer sought the council’s support and approval of the position taken and to send the letter. All councilors agreed that this was a good position to take and approved the letter 5-0. 

Wed
20
Aug
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Mazeppa approves pay for street resurfacing project

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

MAZEPPA – A final pay request for resurfacing work on 1st Avenue South was submitted to the Mazeppa City Council at the August 6 meeting. All work had been completed and the pay request of $6,626.33 was the final amount owed for the project. The council approved the payment to Aslakson’s Blacktop. 

Building permit

Sean and Randi Callahan spoke to the council about the idea of building a home on a property in the River Bluff subdivision. The Callahans would like to construct a garage with a living space to move into right away, then within the next few years, construct a home with the garage. The Callahans presented construction plans and answered questions. No decision was made at this time. 

Public Works report

Wed
20
Aug
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New face at Lands Lutheran Church


Ashley Corbett, with her well-traveled guitar, serves as the new Minister of Children, Youth, and Families at Lands Lutheran Church in Zumbrota.

By Heidi Magnuson

ZUMBROTA – Meet Ashley Corbett, the new Minister of Children, Youth, and Families at Lands Lutheran Church in Zumbrota. Despite being one of 90-some Ashley Corbetts on Facebook, Lands’ Ashley Corbett is anything but ordinary.

Raised in Forest Lake, Corbett embraced her faith at an early age, thanks in great part to her parents’ example. Confirmation class at Hosanna Lutheran Church and summer Bible camps at Luther Dell in Remer cemented her understanding of a personal relationship with Jesus and God’s unconditional love. She shared that understanding as a Sunday school teacher, youth and peer ministry leader, and camp counselor at Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp  (“Camp Wapo”) in Amery, Wisconsin. 

Wed
20
Aug
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Free book available to veterans


Zumbrota VFW Veterans Service Officer Bill Budensiek displays the “Korea Reborn” book available for free to eligible veterans.

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA  – “Korea Reborn” is a book published, distributed, and paid for by the Republic of Korea to thank Korean War veterans and their families. Anyone who served in active duty from 1950 through January 1955, whether they served in Korea or not, and anyone who has served in Korea from January 1955 to the present is eligible to receive the book for free.

The book opens with a thank-you page to the United States of America for “60 years of commitment. 60 years of Friendship” and goes on to say, “The peace, prosperity, and liberties that we cherish today are built on your selfless sacrifices and contributions. Korea is forever indebted, and we will continue to build the trust and friendship between our nations.”

The book chronicles what led to the Korean War, what happened during the war, what happened after, and how they as a country have benefited from our continued support.

Wed
20
Aug
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State Theatre to hold Classic Car Cruise-In and movie


The “Deuce of Spades” will be shown at the Classic Car Cruise-In at the State Theatre on August 23.

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – The State Theatre in Zumbrota is holding its second annual Classic Car Cruise-In  on Saturday, August 23. It was held at the end of July 2013, featuring the film “American Graffiti.”  This year the film is “Deuce of Spades.” Patrons who are bringing their classic cars to the event should park on East Avenue.

 The cruise-in starts at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a 7 p.m. showing of the award winning, independent film, rated PG-13. Patrons bringing a classic car will receive $1 off their movie ticket. During the movie there will be various food vendor options provided by Firebrick Ovens Pizza, Little Fox Wagon, and State Theatre concessions. 

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