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Praline Layer Cake will be served at The Springfield Area Historical Society's summer reception Friday, June 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Springfield Museum on Central Street.
The Springfield Area Historical Society will hold their summer reception Friday, June 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Springfield Museum on Central Street. This summer’s displays pay tribute to three former Springfield businesses: Springfield Milling Company (Vigorena Feeds), Ochs Brick &...
St. John’s Circle of Care's newly renovated Therapy and Rehabilitation Suites
St. John’s Circle of Care  showed their newly renovated Therapy and Rehabilitation Suites during open house the afternoon of Tuesday, June 2. St. John’s Circle of Care partners with Aegis Therapies to provide therapy and rehabilitation as both inpatient and outpatient services.  Nursing homes are...
Chase Groebner, 10, son of Nick and Sarah Groebner, remembers the day his family’s home burned in Clements on April 10, 2013. “I lost a lot of my stuff,” he recalled.   That included a number of stuffed animals in his bedroom. “I felt so bad,” he said.   He was impressed with the kindness and...
Anyone who would like to enjoy a baseball-themed, fun-filled evening at beautiful Target Field, is encouraged to join the team, Stepping Up for Shelly, that is being organized in search of a cure for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in memory of Shelly Ochs. The Minneapolis Summer CF Climb is a challenging and...
Springfield Middle Kix took third place at the Just For Kix Apple Valley Competition on March 8.
Springfield Middle Kix took third place at the Just For Kix Apple Valley Competition on March 8.  The dancers, pictured, front, from left: Leila Cruz, Allison Krueger, RyAnn Miller, Iliana Tempel and Courtney Wendt. Back: Director/Coach Brooke Mielke, Cylee Graff, Casey Wahl, Ashlyn Rosenau, Bella...
Springfield Mini Kix took second place at the Just For Kix Eastview Competition on March 1.
Springfield Mini Kix took second place at the Just For Kix Eastview Competition on March 1.  Front, from left: Madison Wester, Brianna Pidde, Kaylee Simon, Violet Hovland and Mallory Drake. Middle row: Madison Welch, Emma Pingeon, Jaeli Richert, Jordyn Plaster, Astrid Ramirez, Courtlyn Runck,...
Sophia Hillesheim Kral celebrates 100 years
Sophia Hillesheim Kral’s entire family gathered last weekend and celebrated her 100th birthday.  They gathered in Springfield because this is the community where she grew up,” explained Sophia’s daughter, Renee Wendinger, “and I always think of that saying, ‘it takes a village’ when it comes to Mom...
Cheryl Diede is a valuable volunteer at St. John’s Circle of Care. She plays keyboard for chapel services every Tuesday, at special services at other times, and for some Sunday services as well. She also goes to The Maples where she provides piano accompaniment for sing-alongs. 
Springfield Floral has set Grand Opening for Friday and Saturday, March 28 & 28.  Char Frank, new owner,  is pictured, at left, with employees, Laurie Ourade and Julie Hayden.
Springfield Floral, under new ownership, will hold Grand Opening Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, to celebrate spring as well as to offer a special opportunity for the public to stop in to meet and get acquainted with new owner, Char Frank, and staff.  Frank purchased the floral shop from Barb...
Brianna Portner was joined by nearly 30 close friends and family for the Third Annual National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Awareness Walk at the Mall of America.  The event attracted hundreds of participants and raised over $50,000 for the cause. Brianna is pictured at the right of the two children in the center, front row.
Brianna (Utz) Portner recently had the opportunity to co-coordinate the 2015 National Eating Disorders (NEDA) Awareness Walk at the Mall of America.  The event on February 22 attracted hundreds of participants and raised more than $50,000 for the cause. “This is not a typical walk. It is an event...

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