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After staying his welcome by at least one month, old man winter has left southern Minnesota for good this season — but not without some strong reminders of the effects that weather has on people’s everyday activities.  This April will undoubtedly go on record as our worst — the  snowiest and among...
Coach Darcy Hoyt, Coach Cody Schwartz, Colton Jensen, Sarah Dunn, Kate Vogel, Grace Pingeon, Ross VanDerWal and Head Coach Brianna Jensen
A total of five students from the River Valley speech team participated at the Minnesota State High School League Class A Speech Tournament held at Apple Valley High School on Saturday, April 21.  Each participant involved put in a tremendous amount of work throughout the season to earn the...
Headed to the 2018 State Class A Speech Tournament on Saturday, April 21 — from left: Colton Jensen, Sarah Dunn, Kate Vogel, Grace Pingeon and Ross VanDerWal.
The River Valley Speech team will have their own interesting story to share years from now, whenever there is talk of that “crazy 2018 April blizzard” that hit the area. Originally, students were prepared to compete on Saturday, April 14, at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Section 3A...
Bryce McVicker
A new real estate agent is making southwest Minnesota home. Bryce McVicker, Whitetail Properties Land Specialist, relocated to Sanborn where he and his wife, Kristina, moved home to her family’s farm. McVicker grew up in Western Nebraska where he shared his time between raising black angus cattle...
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...

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