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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...
Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Paul Torkelson met with constituents at a town hall  meeting in Springfield on January 26.
 “It should be an interesting session,” said local legislators, State Senator Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) and State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska), as they provided an update on 2018 Minnesota politics during a town hall meeting in the Springfield Area Community Center on Jan. 26.  The...
Phyllis Weber and Arden Brand at the Red Cross Bloodmobile held at St. John Lutheran Home, Monday, January 29.
*/ Phyllis Weber gave her 128th unit of blood on Monday, Jan. 29, when the Red Cross Bloodmobile came to St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.  Phyllis doesn’t recall when she gave her first unit of blood, but that she was required to get a signature to verify her young age. And, she’s been...
2018 Farm Family of the Year — Judy and Joe Schwartz, Rosie and John Schwartz, and Anita and Mark Schwartz — chosen by the Minnesota Pork Board.
The Minnesota Pork Board named the families of John, Joe and Mark Schwartz Family of the Year, and honored them during the 2018 Minnesota Pork Congress, the organization’s convention and trade show in Minneapolis during the week of January 15-18. Following is the story that appeared in the...
Doris Weber celebrates 60 years at the Springfield Advance-Press.
January 8, 2018, marked a 60-year milestone for Springfield Advance-Press Editor, Doris Weber, Doris has worn many hats since joining the A-P staff in January 1958 as a Society Editor, gathering all sorts of social mews. Throughout the years just some of her duties have included bookkeeping,...

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