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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. 

Wed
06
Aug
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Zumbrota signs new DFA wastewater treatment permit

By Tara Chapa

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota City Council approved a revised Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) permit at its July 24 meeting.  DFA had nearly $5,000 in violations in July.

As stated in the permit, DFA continuously uses whole milk and whey to manufacture cheese and dairy products.  It is a continuous process, so wastewater is always being discharged to the city sewer system.

The permit also states the following:

• The flow parameter shall not be subject to any permit parameter at this time

• During the interim permit period both the City of Zumbrota and Dairy Farmers of America will be exploring options regarding the flow

• The pH shall not be less than 6.5 nor greater than 10.0. These upper and lower limitations are not subject to averaging and shall be met at all times.

Wed
06
Aug
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"The Circus of Terror" opens August 15


Local co-writers of the musical “The Circus of Terror” are Jonathan Horn, musical director, and Luke Davidson, director. Performances begin August 15 at the State Theatre in Zumbrota.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

ZUMBROTA – Z-Theatre is proud to sponsor “The Circus of Terror,” a new murder-mystery musical comedy created by locals Luke Davidson and Jonathan Horn.  Set in 1929 on the site of a run-down circus in desperate need of financial assistance, the circus performers endure numerous obstacles that prevent them from putting on a show – including a mysterious killer who is murdering the main circus acts. Despite the title, Davidson said the musical is suitable for all ages; saying it would be rated PG.

Performances will be held at the State Theatre in Zumbrota (96 East 4th Street) on Friday and Saturday, August 15-16, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, August 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available one hour prior to the show, and advance ticket sales are available at Crossings. Children under ten years of age are free. 

Wed
30
Jul
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Zumbrota Care Center expansion nearly complete


From the outside, the new addition of the Zumbrota Care Center appears complete, though approximately three months of work inside remains. The new resident rooms and a large atrium occupy the upper level. The lower level houses a new therapy department, and a new kitchen, pantry and storage areas. On the south side, facing 4th Street (left side of picture) are four classrooms, offices and conference room that the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District will use for pre-school programs. Access will be via the door under the canopy. The adjacent Bridges of Zumbrota (assisted living) facility can be seen to the right.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – After ten months, the major new construction and renovation project at Zumbrota Care Center is in its final stages of work. Occupancy of some of the newly constructed areas is expected to begin by mid-August. Some remodeled areas in the existing nursing home area are already being utilized. Construction at the facility, located at the corner of West 4th Street and Mill Street, began after groundbreaking ceremonies were held September 11, 2013. 

While the building appears complete on the outside, finishing work remains inside. Scott Jackson, administrator and project director for Zumbrota Health Services (ZHS), said the construction has remained mostly on schedule with variations due to weather. While the footings were in place ahead of schedule, the wet weather impacted planned work later. However, crews adapted the schedule and worked on other aspects so “it all worked out well,” Jackson said.

Wed
30
Jul
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New ZM High School principal hired


Jeff Nolte is the new high school principal at Zumbrota-Mazeppa School.

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Superintendent Tony Simons has confirmed that Jeff Nolte has been hired as the new high school principal. Nolte was the principal at Mabel-Canton K-12 Schools for the past seven years. He replaces Erick Enger who accepted a position as superintendent at Lake City Public Schools. Nolte currently lives in Mabel but plans to move to Zumbrota.

“His education, experience, and implementation of programs we already use here at ZM played a role in why he was chosen,” Simons said of their new principal choice. “The implementation of one-to-one mobile in his previous school is one ZM hopes to use soon, and we feel he would be a great leader in helping us achieve that.”

Wed
23
Jul
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Focus group of women landowners to be held at Zumbrota Library

ZUMBROTA – Peggy Petrzel-ka, a rural sociologist and associate professor at Utah State University, is travelling the country to gather information from women farm-land owners who lease their land to others to farm. On Friday, July 25, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. she will be at the Zumbrota Public Library to hold a focus group with women landowners. A compli-mentary light lunch will be served, and mileage reimbursement will be provided.

The meeting is part of a project to learn more about the issues that women landowners face nation-wide. It is sponsored by the American Farmland Trust and Utah State University and coordinated locally by Renewing the Countryside, with support from The McKnight Foundation and the Woman, Food and Agriculture Network.

Wed
23
Jul
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Zumbrota Ford to celebrate grand re-opening


Kristin Johnson and Steve Johnson are looking forward to the upcoming grand re-opening celebration of Zumbrota Ford scheduled for July 31 through August 2. A complete renovation of the facility, including the reception area, has recently been completed.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Following a year-long renovation project that extended from one end of Zumbrota Ford to the other, owner Steve Johnson is looking forward to celebrating. Arrangements are being completed for a three-day grand re-opening celebration Thursday through Saturday, July 31-August 2. Zumbrota Ford is located at the intersection of Highways 52 and 58 at 1600 Main Street in Zumbrota. 

Johnson said,“Come see what we have done and celebrate with us.” Hot dogs, pop and ice cream will be available throughout the event with additional catered food available 4-7 p.m. on July 31. Guests will receive gifts, with special gifts for customers purchasing vehicles. Several door prizes will be awarded including a golfing vacation package to the Brainerd lakes area, a grill, and tickets to Vikings and Gopher football games.

“Really a new building”

Wed
16
Jul
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Moms Club forms in Zumbrota

By Tawny Michels

ZUMBROTA – A new club for area moms was formed in mid-June and currently has 36 members. The group is for mothers in Zumbrota and surrounding areas, and includes women from Red Wing to Rochester. 

Member Tuesday Shaw of Goodhue said, “I like the idea that there is someone I can turn to for advice, companionship, and adult conversation.” She likes that she can meet other people who understand that kids come first when you are a parent. “Our schedules are rarely our own anymore. So many of the people I knew and hung out with before kids do not see life that way. Being in a fairly new place, it helps me to meet people that I can relate to,” Shaw said.

Wed
16
Jul
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"BINGO! The Winning Musical" opens July 17


The cast of “BINGO! The Winning Musical” – from left to right, Laurie Rauen (Bernice), Emily Smith (filling in for Tomine Erredge), Kim Simonson (Patsy), and Ronda Sand (Honey) – rehearses the first act of the Zumbrota Area Arts Council’s summer play that will open Thursday at the State Theatre.

ZUMBROTA – Nothing will stop a group of girlfriends from getting to their BINGO game when “BINGO! The Winning Musical” opens at the State Theatre (96 East 4th Street) in Zumbrota on Thursday, July 17. The play will be presented July 17-19 and 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday matinee is offered July 27 at 2 p.m.

Gal pals Vern, Honey and Patsy travel through a terrible thunderstorm to get to the annual celebration of the birth of BINGO, where they reminisce about friendships and love, lost and found again, and cart around plenty of good-luck charms.

“It’s just plain fun and speaks to our crazy friendships and loving each other just the way we are,” said Kim Simonson, who plays Patsy in the musical. “Patsy is so neurotic. Everything is an omen or a sign to her. She speaks to us and all of our little superstitions we secretly hold, like crossing our fingers or wearing a rally cap at a ball game.”

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