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Springfield American Legion members Dan Skarp, Floyd Rogotzke and Tom Anderson share a laugh as they load up flags to be placed at the Avenue of Flags on the morning of July 4.
Local American Legion members came out bright and early this past Saturday morning to raise flags in honor of the 4th of July.   Tom Anderson, Dan Skarp, Floyd Rogotzke and J.D. Davidson from Springfield’s John Watson Post 257 American Legion, placed 26 flags at the Avenue of Flags located at the...
Elton and his wife Nadine recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on June 19.  This Thursday he will celebrate his 100th birthday.
Elton Ahlness can easily be described as both hard working and happy. He is also a part of the “Greatest Generation” He will celebrate his 100th birthday this Thursday, July 2.  Elton was born near Hanska, in Linden Township to Hans and Ida Ahlness.  He grew up on the family farm, with his three...
Lavonne Hauth received her 10 gallon pin during last Monday’s blood drive.
On Monday, June 15 the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive at the Springfield Area Community Center. During the drive many community members received pins. It was also a time for some new people who donated for the first time.  One of the first time donors is Springfield resident, Sara Bast.  “...
After 43 years, Father Phil Schotzko is retiring.
 “It’s like coming to an end of a journey”, said Father Phil Schotzko. Father Phil will be retiring on July 1, 2020.  “I’m retiring from being an administrator of an area faith community,” said Father Phil during an interview last week.  He’ll still be working from his home in St. Peter. Father...
On Friday, June 5, Governor Tim Walz announced Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan, including a gradual turn of the dial to allow cautious and safe re-opening of indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues beginning Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Customers and employees will be either strongly...
Emily Wendt’s family held a surprise goodbye party for her on Sunday, May 31. She’s being deployed with the National Guard to the Horn of Africa. Emily (middle) is pictured with her parents Liz Wendt and Randy Wendt.
Emily Wendt was very surprised last Sunday as her family and friends held a surprise goodbye party for her at Riverside Park.  Emily, a 2018 Springfield High school graduate, is being deployed with the 2-135th Infantry Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Horn of Africa. “Our...
Class President Mitchell Buerkle gave his student address titled Committed to Excellence during May 21 graduation ceremony.
Springfield High School Principal Patrick Moriarty, in his welcome remarks extended a warm, “Socially distant” welcome to the parents, and family during the 2020 commencement exercises Thursday evening, May 21.   “Your presence here not only demonstrates your love for the members of the graduating...
John Watson Post 257 American Legion members Ken Koll, Floyd Rogotzke, Doug Wenisch and John Ryan were seen placing flags on Central Street this past Friday.
Flags were placed for Memorial Day and in honor and mourning of military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the American Legion made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Memorial Day Program.  The John Watson Post 257 will,...
Diane Johnson is pictured with one of her volunteer drivers Fran Schmitz.
Lutheran Social Services Congregate Meals on Wheels program in Springfield has a new coordinator, Diane Johnson. Bright and cheerful Johnson is a senior herself at 72 years old. Born and raised in Dovray, Minn., she spent 35 years as a LPN working in operating rooms. She has two sons, three...
School Lunch Heroes kitchen staff includes the pictured members. Nancy Matter, Sue Rosenstengel and Missy Thorston.
Friday, May 1, 2020, was Annual School Lunch Hero Day. Honoring the dedicated people who feed children at school each day. Even with distance learning, local heroes are working hard to provide a quality meal for kids.  “We have a very dedicated lunch room staff. The quality they have been...

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