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The Brown County Board Advisory Committee and the Brown County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that the first annual Public Health Partnership Award will be presented to the Springfield Community Wellness Committee.   This annual award is intended to recognize and honor the...
Easter fun!
The bitter cold and snow-covered ground didn’t stop St. John’s Circle of Care Foundation from hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt for hundreds of children Saturday morning.    The temperature of 26 degrees with a cold wind blowing, that didn’t seem to chill the enthusiasm of the  children who turned...
Michelle Ring of Germany
Attending Springfield High School as an international student is a dream come true for Michelle Ring, 16, of Germany.  “I decided very early that someday I would come to America” to study, said Michelle during a recent interview. “When I was 10, I talked to my dad  and told him that I wanted to...
Congratulations Tigers!
The Springfield Tigers Boys basketball team ended their season with a heartbreaking loss to Mayer Lutheran in the Section 2A title game at Minnesota State University in Mankato Friday evening, March 16.   The game was tied 75-75 with two seconds left when the ball ended up in the hands of Mayer...
Mary Pieschel Esselman is President and CEO of Operation Breakthrough, an innovative childhood development program in Kansas City, Missouri.
Operation Breakthrough is Missouri’s largest early learning center. Its mission is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. This organization provides day care, meals, Children’s Mercy Clinic, a...
The gold medal-winning United States men’s curling team, from left:  Joe Polo, John Landsteiner, Matt Hamilton, Tyler George, and John Shuster.
Curling clubs throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin — the home states of the American players in the 2018 Winter Olympics —  had late-night television viewing parties that attracted viewers in the local area to cheer for Minnesotans in the games. Those who watched the curling competition held in the...
The  week of Feb. 18-24  gave us 10.3 inches of snow with 1.18 inch of precipitation in Springfield, with 3.8 inches on Thursday, Feb. 22, and 5.2 inches on Saturday, Feb. 24.    The snow and frost —  for a few fleeting, frozen moments — created a beautiful landscape worth of a picture . . . or...
The Springfield City Council, during their February 20 meeting, discussed with City Engineer Andy Kehren the proposed Street and Utilities Improvement Projects for the 2018 construction season. While a project for improvements on Central Street was top of the list last fall, the city made...
Blood donations urgently needed.
Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school — it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in...
Crew 52 in Blue Jackets at Super Bowl Live volunteer headquarters as they arrived for a shift.” The logistics of getting that many volunteers in the right place in itself was remarkable. They fed us Schwan’s soup and snacks when we got done with a shift,” Olson said.  “It took a crew of 50 volunteers just to take care of the volunteers.
Volunteering by definition is the giving of your time or effort for a cause with the expectation of no compensation. This was not the case during the celebration in Minneapolis leading up to the 52nd Superbowl. I looked at this opportunity to volunteer as a way of giving back for all those who...

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