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Pastor Rick Frederickson
“This is the beginning of a very exciting time for us,” said Rick Frederickson, who is settling in and getting comfortable with his new job as pastor of the Springfield United Methodist Church.  “It is a real joy getting to know Springfield,” he said during a recent interview. Pastor Frederickson...
The Kiddy Park in Riverside Park was extensively damaged by flooding.
Cleanup of the popular Riverside Park is underway and volunteers — organizations, businesses, individuals — are needed to give of time, labor and equipment in the endeavor. City crews are taking care of necessary and some volunteers have been working at various chores every day since the water...
Thunderstorms that poured heavy rain on already saturated soil caused flash flooding in southwestern Minnesota last week and sent the Big Cottonwood River on a rampage once again.
Southwestern Minnesota was hammered with rain — with impressive rainfall totals that caused severe flooding in Springfield and throughout the region over the July 4 holiday. It began with a wave of severe, slow-moving storms in Lincoln and Murray Counties and severe thunderstorms  that brought...
What’s happening at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield and Lamberton? Kelsey Nylander, D.O., medical director at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield and Lamberton, has submitted her resignation effective October 2018. This was a difficult, emotional decision for Dr. Nylander, but her...
John Schenk gave his 34th gallon of blood June 18, when the Red Cross Bloodmobile was in Springfield. His sister, Jean Kitzmann of Sioux City, Iowa, came to congratulate him and also rolled up her sleeve and gave blood.
John Schenk, who lives in St. Cloud, walked into the Springfield Area Community Center in his hometown the afternoon of Monday, June 18, to take part in a Red Cross blood drive. This trip was a little more special than previous ones.   For the 272nd time, Schenk stretched out his left arm and gave...
Richard Almich is Springfield’s interim city manager.
Springfield is a very attractive and well-maintained community,” says Richard F. Almich, who as interim city manager, is getting acquainted in his office and in the community.  “I’m impressed with the quality of public buildings, the schools, churches and nursing home, the beautiful parks and...
Kim and Pat Lang to retire and close Lang’s Meat Market after nearly 40 years.
Lang’s Meat Market will soon close after nearly 40 years, owners Pat and Kim Lang announced last week. The retail part of the business will remain open for the week, the Langs said during a recent interview. “We’ll be open until our inventory is down and all orders are filled.”   The company...
Julie Prechel has retired from teaching music at Springfiield Public Schools.
“Music was always encouraged and promoted in our home,” said 2018 Springfield Teacher of the Year Julie Prechel during a recent interview. “We all played some kind of instrument and we all took piano lessons,”  recalled Julie, the oldest of eight children of Bob and Helen Landkammer.  The...
“The things that I do, I do because I love to do them,” says Cheryl Diede, recipient of the 2018 Spirit of Springfield Award. “If someone feels I have made a difference in someone’s life, that makes a difference for me.”   She was presented the award at a dinner program and celebration sponsored by...
Smile!  You’re a graduate! Ross VanDerWal, Makenna Winkelmann and Kate Vogel.
Salutatorian Anna Plotz reflected on school days past, recalling times of achievements in academics, arts and athletics, state championships, friendship and fun times.  She expressed thanks to the teachers and school staff that inspired graduates throughout the 13 years of school, and community...

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