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A view from the  teeing grounds looking down the No. 1 fairway at Springfield Golf Course.
The Springfield Golf Course is open for play.   “It’s playable,” Club House Manager Jennifer Schultz said during an interview last week.  “It not up to the standard that Jeff (groundskeeper Jeff Kretsch) likes to keep it, or to the standards we were accustomed to, but it’s playable,” she said.  The...
Pastor David Fretham and wife Darlene
The Rev. David Fretham will soon retire after serving 40 years as a Lutheran pastor, and having served the local Zion Lutheran Church the past seven years. Pastor Dave considers retirement as moving on to other things. Retirement is specifically mentioned only once in the Bible.  It applied to the...
Brynne Mielke,
2019 Springfield Teacher of the Year
A great teacher makes learning fun — as stimulating, engaging lessons are pivotal to a student’s academic success, says Brynne Mielke, Springfield’s Teacher of the Year. Keeping students engaged and motivated can be a challenge, even for the best teachers. It’s easy to teach the same lessons year...
Master Sgt. Jeffrey R. Vogel, former Springfield man who is the noncommissioned officer in charge for the U.S. Army National Guard Personnel Policy Mobilization and Readiness Branch, will be speaker at this year’s Memorial Day Service that starts at 5 p.m. Monday, May 27, in the Springfield Public...
Valedictorian Elijah Kirschstein and Salutatorian Sarah Dunn — will lead their classmates into the school gymnasium for 2019 Commencement Friday evening.
Springfield High School will conduct its 2019 commencement Friday evening, May 17, starting at 7:00 in the school gymnasium. Thirty-four graduates will walk through the school corridors one last time as students, march into the gymnasium to the music of Pomp and Circumstance to receive their...
St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield
St. John’s Circle of Care will celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week May 12-18, 2019. This year’s theme, “Living Soulfully,” will celebrate skilled nursing centers, their residents and staff, by showcasing how they achieve happy minds and healthy souls. Every day, skilled nursing care...
Ken Groebner and son, Joe Groebner, in their dairy barn, on the last dairy farm in North Star Township.
Small dairy farms are rapidly disappearing.  Groebners’ Dairy Farm is going out of business after four generations.  “We’re the last dairy farm in North Star Township, Ken Groebner said during a recent interview.   At one time there were 17 dairy farms in North Star. The Groebners  began dispersing...
Adam Conroy
by D.J. Hedstrom Advance-Press Publisher From the day I was born and the rest of my life I will recognize the fragrance of ink and newsprint. After a lifetime in the printing business, I’m hanging up my apron and am pleased to announce the sale of the Springfield Advance-Press and Springfield...
Flowers are a symbol of spring and traditionally used at Easter as gifts, centerpieces and religious decorations. The traditional flower of Easter, lilies are often mentioned in the Bible as a joyous symbol of new life, hope, and spirituality. The glory of snow created stunning white “flowering” shrubs at the United Methodist Church during last week’s snow storm.
At sunrise Wednesday, April 10,  the sky was bright red in the eastern sky and a pinkish-red sky was overhead as far as one could see.  By 6:45 a.m. the red was gone, and by 7:00 snowflakes were falling to the ground. The common phrase “red sky at morning” is a line from an ancient rhyme often...
The Springfield Advance-Press staff — Publisher D.J. Hedstrom, seated; and, from left, Kimberly Hagert, Jeff Krueger, Sally Anderson and Doris Weber.
  We at the Springfield Advance-Press believe the future for small town newspapers is continued success. As each individual has their own identity, their own hopes, dreams and personalities, so does each of the many small communities that dot the landscape of our country. It is the local community...

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