Friends & Family

Jackie Roiger holds her recognition plaque from Runnings.  Former store manager Craig Valentin is pictured left, and the new store manager, John Aanenson, is at the right.
Runnings in Springfield served cake and coffee Thursday, Dec. 6, to celebrate a milestone for employee Jackie Roiger, to welcome new store manager John Aanenson, and bid farewell to the former manager, Craig Valentin.    Jackie Roiger recognized for 35 years of service Jackie Roiger started work at...
Michelle Adrian shows the painting, “Following a Father’s Footsteps in the Flames.”
Michelle Adrian painted the picture that received the People’s Choice Award in the 2018 Juried Art Show at the Springfield Public Library.  Mrs. Adrian, who teaches art at Springfield High School, was commissioned by Shane Neperman, third-grade teacher in Springfield Elementary School, to make the...
 Jim Nelsen is pictured with his daughter, Colleen Hayes of Lakeville.
Einar James “Jim” Nelsen, along with Loren Sogaard, Alfred Thompson and one other man, took the train from Springfield to Minneapolis in October 1942, after the corn was picked, for the purpose of enlisting in the U.S. Navy. They chose the Navy because they didn’t want to be drafted into the Army....
Memory Makers Quilt Club members Laura Lee Bast and Arliss Petersen decorated a Christmas tree at the Springfield Museum, Christina Van Batavia and Michelle Farmer decorated a Christmas tree to represent the Red Rock Bank.
Memory Makers Quilt Club members Laura Lee Bast and Arliss Petersen decorated a Christmas tree at the Springfield Museum for the Springfield’s Area Historical Society’s annual Festival of Trees.  The quilters made the ornaments from fabrics, quilting supplies and notions.  More than two dozen trees...
Maxine Meine and Bridging Brown County board member Erin Meine.
Bridging Brown County, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Brown County by bridging relationships of understanding and communication, held its fifteenth annual networking dinner  at the Springfield Area Community Center the evening of November 1. During the fundraising dinner,...
by Roxann Jelinek,  University of Minnesota  Master Gardener, Brown County We had a beautiful summer, adequate moisture, and excellent yields in our gardens. But all good things must come to an end - heavy frost.   With that said, I am looking forward to next year’s challenges and what I want to...
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — the perfect time to give blood or platelets to support cancer patients and others. Anna Gwinnup, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in September 2017. Within weeks, it advanced to stage 2, forcing her to undergo...
Mary Flanagan
Writer and violinist Mary Flanagan grew up in Springfield, the oldest child of the David and Kathleen Goedtke family. Most people know the Goedtkes because of their music, but Mary’s passion has always been shared between writing and her violin, both of which she continues to use today in her work...
See apple recipes on page 4 in this week's issue.
Early season apple varieties like Zestar!, SweeTango, Sweet Sixteen, and McIntosh are now available for picking, while traditional Minnesota favorites like Honeycrisp, Haralson, Regent, and Honeygold will ripen throughout the month. Apple orchards are now open, with limited hours continuing into...
Finish line.
Run. Drive. Sleep? Repeat. This is the slogan of the Ragnar Relay series that occurs in 18 locations throughout the United States and one in Canada. I had the opportunity to join a group from Winona on August 17 and 18 at the Great River event. The Great River event travels from Winona, Minnesota,...

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