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A surge of arctic air is bringing the harshest cold yet this season to the Midwest.   The National Weather Service said in its forecast discussion that a “potentially record breaking push” of Arctic air will inundate the Northern Plains and Great Lakes by Wednesday, bringing wind chills as low as -...
Valerie Folkens
Valerie Folkens, nurse practitioner, is the newest member of the family medicine team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield. As a nurse practitioner, Folkens helps care for people of all ages with preventive treatment and illness evaluation, including the prescription of medications. She...
Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield, MN
As we start 2019, our medical center is in a much different place than this time last year. With the transitions that took place in late 2018, we have moved to make our local health care delivery system sustainable. Keeping rural health care sustainable is a challenge for many. In fact, the...
Springfield Public Library
Almost a year ago, a group of local citizens gathered together at the Springfield Public Library for their first informal meet and greet, shared a few comments about the most recent book each had read, and made concrete plans for continued meetings which would be held on the first Tuesday of each...
City of Springfield employees — seated, from left: Amy Vogel, Jeff Weisensel, Doug Walton, Joel Pingeon, Tim Gramentz and Brenda Anderson.  Back: Dan Domeier, Randy Wendt, Jason Fenger, Todd Windschitl and Linda Roiger.
The City of Springfield’s management recognizes the importance of retaining quality employees.  Twenty-two workers recently received Certificates of Appreciation for long-term service. Service Year Award Certificates were presented in five-year intervals for 20 years or more.   30 Years —...
Jay Drury
During the summer between his sophomore and junior high school years, Jay Drury applied for a job at Madsen Drugs in Pipestone.   During his first day at work he decided that he wanted to someday be a pharmacist.    His entry into the workforce was as a stock boy where he learned the job from the...
St. John's Circle of Care GrandKids program
It’s a dilemma many Minnesota parents face — trying to find affordable child care.  There is a growing gap between the number of children that need child care and the number of spaces available at both child care centers and in-home providers.  The problem of child care accessibility is growing in...
“We have a small herd of reindeer that we keep, and pamper, as pets. We absolutely adore these animals,” said the Bluestem Reindeer Ranch team.
With visions of Santa and his reindeer and sleigh on their Christmas Eve visit in the minds of children  around the world, local children had the opportunity to see a pair of  real, live reindeer at the Holiday Cheer Event hosted by St. John’s Circle of Care Thursday afternoon.  The reindeer weren’...
Samantha and Adam Hesse and their four-month-old daughter, Rowyn, will portray Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus in this year’s Nativity Pageant.
Adam and Samantha Hesse and their four-month-old daughter, Rowyn, will portray Joseph, Mary and the Baby Jesus in the 2018 Springfield Nativity Pageant. The Hesses are “excited”  to play the role.   The Nativity Pageant “is something our community really likes and we wanted to help,” Adam said.   ...
Brent and Rachel Kucera, their children, Caidence, Nathan (in the trash can), Nolan and Leah and their dog, Tito, are pictured with one of the trash cans that soon will be put into service in Springfield.
Garbage disposal service in the City of Springfield is being upgraded to a cart-based system.  River View Sanitation supplied garbage cans will be delivered to residences in Springfield the week of December 3-7.   Approximately 1,000 garbage cans will be delivered to residences; but, because of the...

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