The Caledonia Argus http://hometownargus.com The Caledonia Argus covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the cities of Caledonia, Eitzen, and Brownsville; Independent School District 299 and Houston County, Minnesota. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:56:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lorraine (Bernd) Miller http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/21/lorraine-bernd-miller/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/21/lorraine-bernd-miller/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:56:45 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35834 Lorraine May (Bernd) Miller, 87, of rural Hokah, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center on Friday, November 21, 2014.

She was born in La Crosse Wisconsin, on May 4, 1927 to Edward C. and Freda C. (Thompson) Bernd. Lorraine graduated from Logan High School in 1945 at the top of her class. On August 29, 1950, she married Arthur J. Miller and together they farmed in Hokah for many years. Lorraine contracted polio in 1952 and still was able to raise her children and remain an active partner in their daily farm life.

In addition to her husband Arthur, she is survived by her four children, Linda Stemper, Hokah; Ellen (Fred) Pilger, Winona, Minnesota; Gordon Miller, Winona; Adrian “Sam” Miller, Hokah; six grandchildren, Missy (Shawn) Andring, Jessy (Jeff) Berkley, Andy Miller, Amy (Josh) Walters, Emily (Jeremy) Johnson and Grace Stemper; seven great-grandchildren, Jena and Jade Johnson, Madeline and Spencer Andring, Valarie and Megan Berkley and Isaac Stemper.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Larry, and an infant brother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hokah.  Rev. Pratap Reddy Salibindla will officiate. Private family burial will take place a  later date. Friends may call on the family Tuesday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services La Crescent Chapel, 111 South Oak St. Visitation will also be held at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be used in Lorraine’s memory.  Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.

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Supervisor Mtg Time http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/19/supervisor-mtg-time/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/19/supervisor-mtg-time/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:15:20 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35832 PUBLIC NOTICE
The Root River SWCD Board of Supervisors Meeting Time Has Temporarily Changed Starting December 2014 through April 2014 meeting time will be 1:00 p.m.
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Statement of http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/19/statement-of-2/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/19/statement-of-2/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:15:16 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35830 PUBLIC NOTICE
STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION
Ace Telephone Association, a recipient of federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, physical or mental disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individuals income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDAs TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
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Swimming Pool http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/19/swimming-pool/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/19/swimming-pool/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:14:28 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35828 CITY OF CALEDONIA
PUBLIC NOTICE
The City of Caledonia will be conducting a town hall meeting on Tuesday November 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Auditorium (basement). This meeting is to inform the public of the upcoming special election, specifically the swimming pool referendum and its impact on the community. All business owners and residents are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting. The General Bonding agent, County Assessor and USAquatics personnel will be present to answer any detailed questions the public may have.
Thank you and if you have any further questions/concerns please contact City Hall at 507-725-3450.
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October 28 http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/19/october-28/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/19/october-28/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:14:19 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35826 HOUSTON COUNTY
PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN
Members Present: Judy Storlie, Justin Zmyewski, Steve Schuldt, Teresa Walter and Dana Kjome
Presiding: Teresa Walter, Chairperson
Call to order.
Motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Storlie and unanimously carried to approve the agenda.
Motion was made by Commissioner Storlie, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the October 21, 2014 meeting.
Motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to approve payment of the license center and Human Services disbursements and the following claims:
County Revenue Fund $ 90,984.38
Road & Bridge Fund 103,160.40
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Total $194,144.78
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On the recommendation of HR Director Arrick-Kruger, motion was made by Commissioner Storlie, seconded by Commissioner Kjome and unanimously carried to approve the change of employment status for Chris Hartley from probationary to regular effective November 12, 2014.
There being no further business and the time being 9:34 a.m., motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being Monday, November 10, 2014.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA
By: Teresa Walter, Chairperson
Attest: Charlene Meiners, County Auditor
THE ABOVE PROCEEDINGS OF THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS IS ONLY A SUMMARY. THE FULL TEXT IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE HOUSTON COUNTY AUDITORS OFFICE AS WELL AS ON THE HOUSTON COUNTY WEBSITE LOCATED AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESS: http://www.co.houston.mn.us/
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Sounds of the season underway http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/sounds-of-the-season-underway/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/sounds-of-the-season-underway/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:15:17 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35824 Daniel McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus  High School band.

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High School band.

The Caledonia Middle and High School band kicked off the holiday concert season with their band concert on Thursday, November 13. Under the direction of Dustin Moburg, students treated the crowd to a variety of joyous material.

Daniel McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus  In the foreground with saxophones (L to R) Dominick Konkel, Marissa Shannon, Chilynn Booker and Monty Booker; background with trumpets (L to R), Manny Fort and Trenton McHan represent the middle school band.

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In the foreground with saxophones (L to R) Dominick Konkel, Marissa Shannon, Chilynn Booker and Monty Booker; background with trumpets (L to R), Manny Fort and Trenton McHan represent the middle school band.

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Houston County Wild Turkey Federation donates 25 turkeys to area food shelf http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/houston-county-wild-turkey-federation-donates-25-turkeys-to-area-food-shelf/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/houston-county-wild-turkey-federation-donates-25-turkeys-to-area-food-shelf/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:13:06 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35822 Daniel McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus   Members of the Houston County Wild Turkey Federation, represented by Steve Hagen, left, and president Loren Lapham, right, presented Barb Schmitz, Food Shelf Manager with a donation of 25 turkeys by the group.

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Members of the Houston County Wild Turkey Federation, represented by Steve Hagen, left, and president Loren Lapham, right, presented Barb Schmitz, Food Shelf Manager with a donation of 25 turkeys by the group.

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

For over 25 years, the Houston County Wild Turkey Federation has been donating 25 turkeys to give to the area food shelf.

“It is very nice that these local guys help support the food shelf the way they do,” Barb Schmitz, Food Shelf manager in Caledonia said. “The clientel are always very excited to see turkey donations before the holidays.”

It is estimated that over 500 turkeys have been donated by the Federation.

“In the 25 plus years, we’ve given over 500 turkeys,” current president Loren Lapham said. “We buy the turkeys and donate them to the food shelf for those in need.”

There are more than 200 members in the Houston County Wild Turkey Federation, and over 20 members who are on the committee.

“We are always looking for new members,” Lapham noted.

The Houston County Wild Turkey Federation is among the oldest chapters in the state.

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Council flooded with storm water management concerns http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/council-flooded-with-storm-water-management-concerns/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/council-flooded-with-storm-water-management-concerns/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:11:53 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35820 By Kelley Stanage

The Caledonia Argus

The Caledonia City Council had to set up extra chairs to accommodate the large audience at their November 10 meeting. Most of the attendees were there to express concerns about the city’s storm water management, summed up by Bob Klug, of Ma Cal Grove Golf Course, “We’ve seen the problem grow over 10 years, and it’s getting worse every year.”

The concerns were prompted by a Zoning Amendment, and Conditional Use Permit  (CUP) proposed by ABLE, Inc. ABLE proposed a new commercial building on a 4-acre parcel of agriculturally zoned property on Loeffler Avenue. The building will be 10,000 – 12,000 sq. ft., with a 9,000 sq. ft. parking lot.

ABLE representative Gail Meyer articulated a clear need for the facility. ABLE serves the developmentally disabled community, working with clients on social skills and independent living skills with the goal of helping them live on their own. Many of their clients need handicapped accessibility, which is not available at their current facilities.

The new facility would provide for care, training, and recreation for ABLE clients, as well as office facilities for staff. Meyer said their plans are to build a single story facility and to blend in with the neighborhood. The parking lot would be behind the building.

Builder Fred Kruckow was present with engineer, Dick Wessel. Kruckow said this parcel would typically accommodate 7 to 8 homes. Wessel said, “typically you’ll get 3-4 houses per acre (12-16 houses).” The proposed ABLE facility would create roughly 20,000 square feet of impervious surface, which would require 3,000 cubic feet of water storage. Wessel said water storage sized as such would handle a typical rain of less than one inch.

Resident Tom Hoscheit noted, “In the last seven years, we’ve had a lot more five inch rains.” He said he had attended a meeting where “a University of Minnesota climatologist said seven inch rains are going to be more of the norm than one inch rains.”

Those present who were concerned about the CUP expressed great respect for the work of ABLE. They pointed out they are not opposed to the project. Their concerns were targeted at what they characterized as the city’s lack of planning for storm water runoff control. The example cited was runoff from the Caledonia High School site.

“I want to see progress,” Hoscheit said, “I want to see new homes. I want to see the school full. But, every time we make a new building, we create a new problem. Ultimately, we’re talking about water control. I’m not opposed to this facility. But, one more building, one more chunk of blacktop, without the proper plans, is just going to multiply our problems. We’re talking about a new building, and we still haven’t fixed our old problems yet.” He added, “It cost me $7,000 for me to fix up my land because of the water that comes through.”

Resident Chuck Schulte said, “That’s actually a school district problem. I was involved in that. When we got everything done and we got it seeded down, we got some pretty heavy rains. Without having the grass caught, it washed a big ditch down through there. That all ended up in that pond. But, nobody ever cleaned the pond out. The school district should be alerted to the fact that this needs to be fixed. “

“Every year it’s gotten worse,” said resident Andy Allen. “I’d be the first to say, ‘Hats off to ABLE and everything they’ve done.’ I applaud ABLE and their practices. The water is why I’m here. We’ve spent $40,000 of our own money fighting the issue of poor planning. We can’t have it any more. I’m here as a citizen and a taxpayer. You folks behind the table have a big task ahead of you. And, you have to maintain that authority.” Allen noted, “We approached the school and they treated us like a redheaded stepchild.”

“It’s the city’s responsibility to tell the school it’s their responsibility to get this fixed,” said Hoscheit.

Resident John Hauser said the city should be looking at the most appealing use for the property. He felt there were “other, better-suited locations than putting a commercial building where a residential neighborhood should be.”

Mike Rommes commented that “ABLE is a great employer of this county and this city. They do have a brand new office building over in La Crescent. I’m sure La Crescent would be very happy to have a new building put up over there.”

Fred Kruckow said, “If we can keep ABLE in the community it would be great.”

“All I’m asking is when their engineer comes in with a plan, I want your engineer to approve it,” suggested Hoscheit. Mayor Burns agreed that the city’s engineer would review the plans for adequacy.

After listening to public comments, Councilmember Paul Fisch said, “I have a hard time approving this off of this drawing. Somebody just drew a pencil drawing. I’m struggling with it.”

The council ultimately approved the zoning amendment, adding the following conditional land use for their Agriculture District: “Non-profit tax exempt entity providing developmentally disabled care, training and associated office facilities.”  The motion carried, with Mayor Burns voting against.

They also approved the CUP, with Councilmember Fisch and Mayor Burns voting against. Mayor Burns noted the approval allowed ABLE to proceed with their process, but did not authorize building. Any building will require approval at a formal meeting of the city council.

Later in the meeting, Mayor Burns directed Mike Gerardy to “check with Soil and Water to see if there’s something that could be done about the school district’s pond.”

In other business, the council:

• Set a public hearing for a variance at 503 Old Highway Drive for November 24, 2014 at 6:15

• Deferred action on parking on N. Sunset Blvd., to consult with the Police Chief.

• Approved a change order for the shared use pathway, and approved payment of $125,747.22 for the pathway.

• Heard concerns from Chuck Schulte about new Utility Policy for rental properties.

• Discussed access road to the substation.

• Set a public hearing for November 24 at 6:00, for a property tax abatement.

• Set a public hearing for November 24, 2014 at 6:30 to certify utility bills to taxes.

• Canvassed election results.

• Approved PERA eligibility for the new police officer.

• Approved purchase of a new sand rake for the baseball field.

• Held a closed session for purposes of labor negotiations, after which no action was taken.

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We salute our Veterans http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/we-salute-our-veterans/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/we-salute-our-veterans/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:10:33 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35818 DeAnna McCabe/The Caledonia Argus  Veterans David Klinski, Harold Heaney.

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Veterans David Klinski, Harold Heaney.

On Tuesday, November 11, America paused to salute the men and women who are, and have served to provide us with the many freedoms that we enjoy. A Veterans Day Program at the Caledonia Elementary school welcomed veterans, students, staff, parents and members of the community who paused to remember the noble service and sacrifices of those who have or are wearing our nation’s uniforms.

DeAnna McCabe/The Caledonia Argus  Wyatt Spier, Brendan McDonald and Elijah King performed the National Anthem.

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Wyatt Spier, Brendan McDonald and Elijah King performed the National Anthem.

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MnDOT working with local officials to support, improve state’s highway system http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/mndot-working-with-local-officials-to-support-improve-states-highway-system/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/mndot-working-with-local-officials-to-support-improve-states-highway-system/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:44:35 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35816 By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

The economic strength and vitality of Minnesota depends on an effective transportation system.

Each year, nearly two billion dollars is pumped into the Minnesota Highway users tax distribution fund.

For 2014, fuel tax revenue brought in $847,124,000. License fees across the state brought in an additional $644,174,000. Motor vehicle sales tax revenue brought in $383,033,400. The account earned $3,041,000 in interest. The total highway users fund for 2014 fiscal year use was $1,877,372,400.

Of that amount, the state uses 95 percent with a break down of resources of 62 percent to the trunk highway fund, 29 percent to the county state aid highway fund and nine percent to the municipal state aid street fund.

Five percent of the monies are distributed to the town bridge account, town road account and a flexible highway account.

“Monies from the Minnesota highway users tax distribution fund are used to support more than 100,000 miles of trunk highways, county state-aid highways, municipal state-aid streets and township roads,” according to a brochure distributed by MnDOT. “The department’s state aid for local transportation division works closely with local levels of government to ensure the state maintains a safe, effective and coordinated highway network.”

So Houston County will receive money from the County State Aid Highway fund or the 29 percent pool of resources.

The 2014 CSAH apportionment, spread out amongst all 87 counties, will see 60 percent of the fund to contruct, and 40 percent of the funding source to maintain each county’s CSAH system.

“It is only a small chunk of money that we get each year,” Houston County engineer Brian Pogodzinski said.

The state links MnDOT officials with city and county engineers to transfer technical expertise and determine ways to improve the state’s highway system.

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Great American Smoke Out is Thursday, Nov. 20 http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/great-american-smoke-out-is-thursday-nov-20/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/great-american-smoke-out-is-thursday-nov-20/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:35:49 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35813 By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

This Thursday, November 20 is the Great American Smoke Out.

Nationwide smokers are being tasked with avoiding the habit for the day.

Statistics show that even quitting for a 24 hour period, can drastically improve health.

“There are many resources available to help,” Heather Myhre, health educator with Houston County Public Health said. “You can also check with your respective insurance plans. Many of them offer additional resources designed to help smokers quit.”

Her office points smokers in a direction that can give them the tools needed to help break the addictive habbit.

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, those facts bear themselves out.

The habit causes cancer, heart disease, respiratory illness and more.

American Cancer Society statistics show that 42 million Americans smoke cigarettes (about 1 in 5) and smoking is still the No. 1 preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year.

Despite research, public awareness and smoking bans, almost half-a-million Americans die from health impacts of the habit each year.

The Great American Smoke Out Day is a day designed to help smokers who are trying to quit. Thousands of other smokers who are also trying to quit the habit, will come together on November 20 in an effort to support one another in the struggle to quit the addictive habit.

“Regardless of where a smoker is on their path to quitting, this month is a great opportunity to unite in the name of better health during the Great American Smokeout,” the American Cancer Society website notes.

The Great American Smokeout, the third Thursday of November each year (November 20 in 2014) – encourages smokers to use the day to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting, even for one day, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life.

If you are looking for resources, there are plenty. For starters, go to quitplan.com for tools you can use on your journey to better health. We hope that smokers and friends and family members of smokers will use the Great American Smokeout as an opportunity take action and kick the habit once and for all.

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Houston’s Parade of Owls http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/houstons-parade-of-owls/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/houstons-parade-of-owls/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:32:31 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35811 great gray owl plunging_rgbBy Kelley Stanage

The Caledonia Argus

Sculptures for the “Parade of Owls” are now complete.  The unveiling at this year’s International Festival of Owls will be the culmination of the project sponsored by the Houston Arts Resource Council and the Houston Public Library.

HARC is committed to identifying arts-related resources in the area, helping to coordinate and publicize local arts events, and supporting local artists and arts activities. A couple of years ago, thirty-one people in the arts community met to formulate a plan for a community project.

At that time, Trailhead Park’s Natural Playground had just been completed. Beth George and Ann Matthews had created a concrete owl sculpture for the playground, as well as another, which is installed at Barista’s Coffee House.

The city of Houston has gained international distinction regarding owls, thanks to Karla Bloem, the International Festival of Owls, the Houston Nature Center, and its great horned owl educator, Alice. It seemed natural for the group to do an arts project centered on owls.

HARC was interested in doing a project that would highlight and support aesthetics, education, economics, arts, and nature for the entire community.

Liz Gibson-Gasset, of Houston Public Library, suggested they seek a Legacy grant, SELCO’s Arts and Culture Live: Community Collaboration. Working together with Gibson-Gasset, HARC members, Diane Crane and Mary Denzer were successful in securing a grant for the project.

HARC was interested in achieving uniformity in the project, so they selected one sculptor, Howard Tomashek to create all of the pieces. Tomashek, of Winona, works in welded stainless steel. Tomashek worked very closely with Bloem to get a feel for the birds, and to understand what poses and postures would best characterize each of the seven different species of owls he would portray.

They received generous support in time, money and expertise from a variety of sources, among them are the Houston Public Library, Friends of the Library, Friends of the Nature Center, and the Board of the International Owl Center. AcenteK and the Houston Money Creek Snow Riders provided essential financial support.

Individual community members jumped in with support, as well. Justin Zmyewski welded the bases on which the pieces will be permanently installed. Craig Stanislawski, of Wild Exhibit, designed and produced the interpretive signs, with lots of help from Bloem, which will provide educational information about the particular species of owls represented in each sculpture.

The works will ultimately be permanently installed in highly visible locations around Houston. One of the pieces, a dramatic portrayal of a Great Gray Owl plunging toward its prey, is installed temporarily inside the Houston Public Library. Another piece, named “Hoot”, is serving as an ambassador for the Parade of Owls, visiting a variety of locations around town until the unveiling.

All sculptures will be unveiled at their permanent homes during the International Festival of Owls in Houston on March 6-8.

HARC is sponsoring their 17th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 29 at the Houston Community Center. The event is the organization’s primary vehicle to promote and support area artists and artisans, who display and sell their works including ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts, wood, sculpture, furniture, quilting, and more. “Hoot,” the traveling owl sculpture will be on display at the Fall Festival.

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Caledonia students food drive http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/caledonia-students-food-drive/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/caledonia-students-food-drive/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:31:23 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35809 Submitted  Pictured left to right, front to back: Alexis King, Brenna Werner, Sophia Augedahl, Ashley Gavin, Claudia Melde, McKenzie Denstad.

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Pictured left to right, front to back: Alexis King, Brenna Werner, Sophia Augedahl, Ashley Gavin, Claudia Melde, McKenzie Denstad.

The numbers are still being tallied, but Caledonia students achieved their goal for the food drive which took place for the past few weeks in early November. Students from the school solicited donations from community members and businesses in a friendly competition with students from Spring Grove. This is the first year that Caledonia has participated in the competition. No matter the winner, the big winners are those in need this holiday season. The students also win by taking part in something bigger than themselves.

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NTSB unable to find conclusive cause for 2013 airplane crash that killed three http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/ntsb-unable-to-find-conclusive-cause-for-2013-airplane-crash-that-killed-three/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/ntsb-unable-to-find-conclusive-cause-for-2013-airplane-crash-that-killed-three/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:29:38 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35807 By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

The National Transportation Safety Board says the cause of a plane crash near the Caledonia airport that killed three men in November of 2013 will remain unknown.

The plane, which was traveling from Troy, Michigan, to the Houston County airport in Caledonia when it crashed into a field in the middle of a clear afternoon last November, went down about a half-a-mile from its destination.

NTSB officials found that no communication from the pilot of any issues had occurred.

The weather also didn’t suggest any problems, and the plane was found to have plenty of fuel onboard.

Yet it crashed 500 feet short of its destination.

The three men killed in the crash were Joel Alan Garrett, 79, of Troy, Michigan; Dale Edward Garrett, 49, of Berkley, Michigan; and John Paul Bergeron, 50, of Birmingham, Michigan.

The lone survivor, Joseph Stevens, 61, of Bloomfield, Michigan, doesn’t remember the crash nor know why they would have landed in Caledonia.

Stevens did say that when the men would normally fly, they would pick a place about half-way towards their destination.

When they would land the men would exercise their dogs, use a restroom, top off with fuel and return to flight, acccording to an investigator’s memo.

The memo indicated that Stevens said they would typically, fly over an airport, get the landing direction, and  then enter the traffic pattern for the landing;.

The report noted that Stevens had never observed them do anything unsafe. His words were that “they were very meticulous with the airplane.”

Stevens also couldn’t recall any problems with the flight or the plane the day of the crash.

In submitting its final report this month, the NTSB ruled the crash was caused by “the pilot’s loss of control for reasons that could not be determined because the post-accident airplane examination did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.”

NTSB reports are usually released about a year after the crash as investigators are sure to be thorough in their investigations of the accident.

According to flightaware.com, a website that tracks air flights, the plane had left Troy on November 1, 2013 at 12:07 eastern time. It was supposed to have arrived at the Houston County airport at around 2:05 central time. The plane came down just southeast of the Houston County Airport. Its last recorded location was just north of Caledonia.

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27th Annual Family Fair is this weekend, 9-11:30 am http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/27th-annual-family-fair-is-this-weekend-9-1130-am/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/27th-annual-family-fair-is-this-weekend-9-1130-am/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:29:05 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35805 By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

This Saturday, November 22 marks the 27th annual Family Fair in Caledonia.

“This year the Family Fair has been moved back one week to Saturday, November 22,” Caledonia Community Education Director Nancy Runnigen said. “This has been done to avoid any potential conflict with the Minnesota State High School League football tournament.”

The Family Fair is a community service project which provides families with young children an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the wide variety of community resources, organizations, and businesses available to them in the Caledonia area. The Family Fair is a collaborative community event, hosted by Caledonia Area Schools, organized by the programs of ECFE, ECSE, and Hand in Hand Preschool.

Time/location

The 27th annual Family Fair will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Caledonia Elementary Gymnasium, located at 511 West Main Street.  There will be several “hands on” type of activities, displays and/or printed resource materials that is relevant to families with young children, your own materials and supplies.

“The winning of door prizes has become a fun part of our fair,” Runnigen said. “Several organizations donated door prizes which makes it a fun day for families.”

This year there will not be any live entertainment as has been in the past.

However, there will still be plenty of hands-on fun, activities for children, resources for parents and parent/child activities.

“It’s a fun morning,” Runnigen said.

A free will donation will be accepted at the door.

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Houston residents present tourism findings http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/houston-residents-present-tourism-findings/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/houston-residents-present-tourism-findings/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:28:25 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35803 Submitted  Hein Bloem (L) and Matt Schutte (R) from Houston, Minnesota, Vicki Oakes (2nd from right) of Clinton-Beardsley-Graceville and Peg Davies of Akeley (3rd from Right) shared their preliminary findings in a tourism study of their small town areas. The representatives of small communities were able to compare findings at a November 5 statewide meeting of the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) in Akeley.

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Hein Bloem (L) and Matt Schutte (R) from Houston, Minnesota, Vicki Oakes (2nd from right) of Clinton-Beardsley-Graceville and Peg Davies of Akeley (3rd from Right) shared their preliminary findings in a tourism study of their small town areas. The representatives of small communities were able to compare findings at a November 5 statewide meeting of the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) in Akeley.

Hein Bloem and Matt Schutte recently presented the preliminary findings of a University of Minnesota supported study of sustainable tourism in Houston.

Their often entertaining presentation was one of five at a statewide meeting of the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP), which sponsored the project. The Sustainable Tourism Assessment for Small Communities selected five communities of fewer than 1,500 people in Minnesota and is based on the resources of the U of M Tourism Center.

Bloem and Schutte were able to compare findings with community representatives from Akeley in Central Minnesota, Warroad in Northwest Minnesota, several communities surrounding Voyageurs in Northeastern Minnesota, and Clinton-Beardsley-Graceville in Southwest Minnesota. The two role-played a visitor and a knowledgeable local discussing Houston’s assets and quality of life, and they discussed the possibility of creating an international owl center in order to draw more visitors.

RSDP brings together Greater Minnesota communities and talent with University of Minnesota resources and knowledge in the areas of sustainable agriculture and local food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy. Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is one of five partnerships across the state that make up RSDP and is led by Executive Director Erin Meier (507-536-6313 and tegtm003@umn.edu ) and a joint university-community board. RSDP is part of UMN Extension.

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.

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Horns a’ Plenty http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/horns-a-plenty/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/horns-a-plenty/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:27:03 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35801 By Angela Denstad Stigeler

What truly makes a dinner special is a special dinner roll. So this Thanksgiving, don’t let your rolls be an afterthought. With these wonderfully soft and buttery little breads at the table, you’ll surely be graced by thanks all around. What’s better still is that these rolled rolls look extra fancy, but are actually quite easy to make. They can even be formed and frozen in advance. The night before your big feast, just set them on baking sheets in the refrigerator and bring them to room temperature before baking as directed. So don’t forget to add this recipe to your Thanksgiving repertoire. One batch will turn your breadbasket into a veritable cornucopia. Yielding 24 rolls, you’ll surely have horns a’ plenty.

Butter Horn Rolls

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

1 cup warm milk

½ cup sugar

3 large eggs

4 ½ – 5 cups all-purpose flour

1 package (2 ¼  teaspoons) rapid-rise or instant yeast

1 ½ teaspoons salt

Melt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of the butter in a small saucepan. Add the milk and heat until the mixture is warm, about 110 degrees. Mix in the sugar and the eggs.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, whisk together 4 ½ cups of flour with the yeast and salt. Add the milk mixture and, using a dough hook, mix  until the dough comes together. Increase the mixing speed to medium and add the remaining flour as necessary, a little bit at a time, until the dough is shiny and smooth, about 6 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead by hand briefly and form into a neat ball. Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, about an hour.

Grease or line two baking sheets with parchment paper and melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter.  Divide the dough into three equal pieces (about 1 pound each).  Working on a floured surface, roll each piece of dough into a 10-inch circle. Brush the dough with melted butter and, using a knife or pizza cutter, cut each circle into eight equal wedges. Stretch each wedge slightly as you lift it and, starting at the wide end, roll the wedge up, ending with the pointed tip curled under. Bend the rolls slightly into a crescent shape and place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Brush the tops of the rolls with any remaining butter and cover loosely with greased plastic wrap or damp kitchen towels. Let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Bake the rolls until golden brown, 25-30 minutes, switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through baking. Serve warm.

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Public Record http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/public-record-23/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/public-record-23/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:25:55 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35799 The following non-confidential traffic and criminal cases were  compiled from reports released from the court administrator’s office Nov. 6 to Nov. 13, 2014. Ages are given at time of offense.

DEPT. NATURAL RESOURCES

Keith John Peterson, 66, Winona, Minn., personal flotation or livesaving devices required, fined $100.

MINN. STATE PATROL

Devin Michael Decker, 18, St. Charles, Minn., underage alcohol possession, fined $175.

John Robert Esser, 53, Eitzen, Minn., speeding, fined $215.

Eva Louise Peterson, 19, Chippewa Falls, Wis., speeding, fined $215.

Jeremy Uriah Sharpe, 25, Houston, Minn., speeding, fined $115.

Kimberly Mae Steers, 26, La Crosse, Wis., speeding, fined $115.

Michael Robert Thompson, 31, Spring Grove, Minn., driving after revocation, fined $275; seat belt violation, fined $25.

HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF

Rhianna Rae Arentz, 30, Holmen, Wis., DWI, fined $1,100, $600 stayed for 2 yrs, jail 90 days stayed for 2 yrs, 2 yrs probation.

William Earl Blum, 23, La Crescent, Minn., speeding, fined $135.

Craig A. Frye, 52, Warrenville, Ill., speeding, fined $215.

Alvin Randolph Green, 52, La Crosse, Wis., driving w/o a valid license, fined $175; driver who is not owner must later produce proof of insurance, fined $200.

Jennifer Rae Guidry, 29, Hokah, Minn., uninsured vehicle, fined $280.

Brandon A. Hanson, 24, Baraboo, Wis., careless driving, fined $474, $200 stayed for 1 yr, jail 30 days stayed for 1 yr, 1 yr probation.

Mikeal Alex Kountkofsky, 33, Hokah, Minn., DWI, fined $3,025, $3,000 stayed, jail 365 days, 335 days stayed for 2 yrs.

John Michael Luhman, 27, speeding, fined $115.

Damon Benjamin Manns, III, 37, La Crescent, Minn., uninsured vehicle, fined $100; failure to obtain new driver’s license after changing name or address, fined $50; speeding, fined $115.

Tyler Blake Mauss 24, Caledonia, Minn., speeding, fined $135.

Catherine Lucille McCabe, 47, Brownsville, Minn., DWI, fined $1,100, $700 stayed for 2 yrs, jail 90 days stayed for 2 yrs, 2 yr probation.

Jeremy Paul Virock, 33, La Crescent, Minn., speeding, fined $215.

CALEDONIA POLICE DEPT.

Jesse Allen Acker, 26, Caledonia, Minn., driving after suspension, fined $275.

Cody Alan Colsch, 22, Caledonia, Minn., unregistered vehicle, fined $275, $100 stayed for 1 yr, jail 30 days stayed for 1 yr, 1 yr probation; vehicle registration required, fined $100.

Heather Lynn Gavin, 19, Caledonia, Minn., open bottle law violation, fined $175, jail 30 days stayed for 1 yr, 1 yr probation.

Trevor James Mitchell, 28, Caledonia, Minn., driving after suspension, fined $100, 30 days probation.

Richard Joseph Olson, 39, Caledonia, Minn., issue dishonored check, fined $175, $59 restitution, jail 30 days stayed for 1 yr, 1 yr probation.

Alesandra Yvonne Rojas, 19, Caledonia, Minn., underage alcohol consumption, fined $175; possess/sale sm amt marijuana, fined $50; possession of drug paraphernalia, fined $50.

HOKAH POLICE DEPT.

Geraldine Mae Murphy, 63, Hokah, Minn., driving after suspension, fined $100, 6 mo probation.

LA CRESCENT POLICE DEPT.

Brian Gerald Darling, 36, La Crescent, Minn., DWI, fined $3,105, $1,700 stayed for 2 yrs, jail 365 days, 362 days stayed, 2 yrs probation.

Karanda Loren Dockerty, 24, Dakota, Minn., theft, fined $100, $80 restitution, 1 yr probation.

Kariann Marie Farrey, 39, La Crescent, Minn., DWI, fined $1,605 $1,200 stayed for 2 yrs, jail 180 days, 150 days stayed for 2 yrs, 1 yrs probation.

Devin Daniel Felton, 67, Cashton, Wis., driving w/o a valid license, fined $175.

David Her, 28, Minneapolis, Minn., instruction permit violation, fined $125.

Travis Jeffrey Nation, 26, Brooklyn Center, Minn., DWI, fined $1,000, $800 stayed for 2 yrs, jail 90 days stayed for 2 yrs, 2 yrs probation.

Shannon John Spencer, 18, Huron, S.D., driving w/o a valid license, fined $175.

SPRING GROVE POLICE DEPT.

Anthony Michael Geraghty, 39, Spring Grove, Minn., issue dishonored check, fined $130, $50 stayed for 1 yr, $55.76 restitution, jail 10 days stayed for 1 yr, 1 yr probation.

Aspen Jay Kalaina, 23, Spring Grove, Minn., prohibited burning, fined $175.

Kimberly Lynn Kirchmann, 44, Grundy Center, Iowa, speeding, fined $115.

Jared Thomas Murphy, 29, Decorah, Iowa, speeding, fined $135.

Corey Allen Rundle, 26, La Crosse, Wis., speeding, fined $125.

Catherine Elizabeth Threat, 41, Rockwert, Ga., speeding, fined $135.

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Season comes to an end in the snow vs. BOLD http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/season-comes-to-an-end-in-the-snow-vs-bold/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/season-comes-to-an-end-in-the-snow-vs-bold/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:24:46 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35797 Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus  Senior Captains Seth Twite, Justin Burg, Case McCormick, and Austin Bauer.

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Senior Captains Seth Twite, Justin Burg, Case McCormick, and Austin Bauer.

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Take nothing away from the BOLD Warriors; they are moving on to the state championship game after defeating Caledonia, 21-0 on a snowy field in Eden Praire on Saturday, November 15.

This version of the Warriors avenged a loss at the hands of the Caledonia Warriors during the 2012 run to state two years to the day.

That game was played in the Metrodome where Caledonia’s team speed couldn’t be nulified by the weather.

This version of the Warriors ran up against the size of the BOLD Warriors and mother nature who dumped about an inch or two of snow on the ground before and during the game.

As Tanner Gran would try to make cuts on punt returns, he would have to almost come to a complete stop in order to do so.

Those of us in the stands could see that with him and his running mates unable to trust the footing on the field and being unable to plant your foot and make one cut, the game conditions played right into the hands of  BOLD.

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus  Hunter Hauser-Caldwell looks down field after catching a pass.

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Hunter Hauser-Caldwell looks down field after catching a pass.

Both teams were trying to feel out the conditions early as neither team scored in the first quarer.

BOLD scored on a Brad Wolff three yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put the game at 7-0 at halftime.

A Caledonia fumble deep in BOLD territory led to a Ben Steffel 18 yard touchdown run.

The tandem of Wolff and Steffel have put up now 35 touchdowns between the two of them as Wolff would add another score in the third quarter to extend the lead to three touchdowns.

Caledonia had some chances when they were deep in their own end and couldn’t punch it in on four tries from the five yard line.

Caledonia threw everything they had at BOLD but on this snowy field, and with their team speed nulified, they were outscored and didn’t have it that day to come from behind for the win.

Their season wraps up with a 12-1 overall mark.

Stats

Caledonia was held to 30 yards rushing and 57 yards passing for a total of 87 yards.

They surrerended 168 yards rushing and 30 yards passing, mostly on just one long completion.

Austin Bauer was 6 of 17 passing for 57 yards and 2 int.

Mitchell Schmitz had five carries for 15 yards and two catches for 13 yards.

Seth Twite had one catch for 16 yards.

Tanner Gran had one carry for three yards and 1 catch for 26 yards.

Devan Heaney had six carries for 18 yards and one catch for one yard.

Ben McCabe had one carry for one yard and one catch for one yard. Alex Goergen had one carry for five yards.

Hunter Hauser-Caldwell had one carry for three yards.

Bauer had nine tackles and a fumble recovery.

Schmitz had seven tackles.

Goergen had nine tackles and Twite had 11 stops.

Justin Burg, Tanner Langen and Joe Schieber each had five stops.

Caledonia finishes the season as conference champions and Section 1AA champions.

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus  eth Twite (26), Eli Craig (56), and Case McCormick bring down BOLD’s running back.

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eth Twite (26), Eli Craig (56), and Case McCormick bring down BOLD’s running back.

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus  Sophomore Ben McCabe gets a hand off from Austin Bauer.

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Sophomore Ben McCabe gets a hand off from Austin Bauer.

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Three named to all conference team http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/three-named-to-all-conference-team/ http://hometownargus.com/2014/11/18/three-named-to-all-conference-team/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:12:46 +0000 http://hometownargus.com/?p=35792 Congratulations again, to Alison Goergen and Trece Frank for All State nomination, when you are nominated to All State this means you are one of the top ten soccer players in the section.

GSoccer_IMG_2383Trece Frank

Trece Frank, senior forward earned All Conference and nominated to All State.   Trece  was our leading scorer with eleven goals and three assists.  She scored five hat tricks (scoring three goals in one game) in the last two years, most often being double team by our competition. Trece was our team captain for the last two years.   She is a hard working individual who always leads by example.  If we needed a goal she was the go to player.   Trece was on the varsity team since eighth grade.  Our team will miss her enthusiasm and leadership.

 

 

GSoccer_IMG_2385Alison Goergen

Alison Goergen, senior defense earned All Conference and nominated to All State. Alison was a leader on our defense team.  Alison was assigned to stop the top scorer of our competitor. She would defend the goal and make it very difficult for them to get a shot off.   Alison played defense this year, but has the ability to play many different positions.   We always tried to get the ball to Alison during corner kicks and set plays, as she is our best header. We will miss her leadership on our defense as she always helped to keep the defense organized.

 

 

GSoccer_IMG_2382Samantha Colleran

Samantha Colleran, senior midfielder earned All Conference.  This is her third year being nominated to All Conference and her third year as a starter on the varsity team. Samantha is our center midfielder and is a great defender and passer.  She is our point guard on the field and starts our offense.   She does a great job of controlling the ball and getting the ball to our open players.  She brings constant energy to our field which will be greatly missed.

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