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March 27, 2017

Rockford cares for family after loss of young mother

Support from the Rockford community and beyond is helping a family who tragically lost 34-year-old Allison Moline, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

A YouCaring page has been set up for her family, and as of March 17, the fundraising goal of $100,000 has been exceeded.

Allison and her husband, Brandon are the parents of five young children. Allison underwent surgery to remove kidney stones earlier this month. She suffered a complication and passed away within a couple days after the operation.

Her sisters told KMSP they will never forget the smiles, laughter and joy Allison inspired.

Hutchinson warns: watch where you’re tapping

The Hutchinson City Council adopted a resolution March 14 to prohibit tapping publicly owned maple trees, the Hutchinson Leader reported. John Olson of public works presented the resolution, which is meant to protect trees from possible damage caused by the tap.

Tapping maple trees creates a tap hole in the tree that can lead to rot or decay in the trunk of the tree over time. While most healthy trees are able to recover from a wound, the holes can fester and create a problem if not treated. And with so many trees in Hutchinson, a wound like that could easily go unnoticed. “We won’t notice until it’s too late. It just takes awhile,” Olson said.

Litchfield Dairy Queen to hit sweet milestone

Some things get sweeter with time. For four decades, Litchfield Dairy Queen owners, Jeff and Paula Miller have dished out a plethora of frozen creations at their franchise on the edge of town, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

The Millers, who plan to retire, have entered their 41st and final season of running the local Dairy Queen. Jeff and Paula have worked side-by-side all their years in Litchfield. They will celebrate 45 years of marriage in June.

The Millers enjoy seeing repeat customers and find great reward in getting to know them and watching their families grow. “For us, it’s been a great run,” Jeff said.

Cologne volunteers gather for a cause

A group of about 70 area volunteers representing several different organizations packed the Cologne Academy lunch room March 18, sending about 2,700 messages of hope for soldiers serving the US, the Sun Patriot reported.

Volunteers put in a little under five hours of shared work to finish blank cards which will be sent to soldiers overseas so they can send them back home.

About 15 different kinds of cards, including birthday and thank you cards, were prepared ahead of time that soldiers can then send to their families.

Annandale Middle School principal given top job

The Annandale School Board approved offering a contract to Annandale Middle School Principal Timothy Prom to become the district’s new superintendent, the Annandale Advocate reported.

Prom will replace Steve Niklaus after Niklaus retires at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Prom said he is looking forward to the new role. “I have some big shoes to fill, but feel great about where the district is at right now and I know that the transition will be a smooth one,” he commented. “I am excited and humbled that I was chosen to be the next superintendent of such an excellent district.”

Buffalo Polar Plunge raises $45,000 for Special Olympics

The air temperature was 19 degrees and the water temperature was 27 degrees, as more than 200 people braved the cold and fiercely plunged into Buffalo Lake, all to raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota March 11, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

The Buffalo Polar Plunge raised close to $45,000, The top three individuals with the most donations were Barrett Chrisis with $3,153, Kelli Ouverson with $2,409, and Bonnie Wiltseith $1,566. Due to recent warm weather, the Polar Plunge was more of a run from shore at Sturges Park into Buffalo Lake to about waist-deep water.

Waconia man will speak on World Autism Awareness Day

Despite a loss in the 2016 election for a city council seat, Waconia resident Noah McCourt isn’t slowing down in terms of involvement, the Waconia Patriot reported.

McCourt was invited to participate in a United Nations panel during World Autism Awareness Day March 31. The panel will take place in the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations in New York. McCourt is scheduled to sit on a panel event titled “Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination,” which will look at guardianships, legal capacity, independent living, developing relationships, and more.

At a young age, McCourt was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

Hutchinson’s Mason Klabunde heads to state geography bee

Hutchinson sixth-grader Mason Klabunde is the winner of Hutchinson Middle School’s geography bee, the Hutchinson Leader reported. That win led to online testing that ultimately earned him a place among 100 students competing in Minnesota’s National Geographic state bee.

The state competition will take place Friday, March 31 at Minnesota State University in Mankato. Klabunde admits he is nervous, but trying to relax. “I do decent with crowds,” he says, “but I definitely get butterflies in my stomach.”

Care Connection Thrift Store to reopen in Glencoe

The Care Connection Thrift Store, which closed at the end of last year, will reopen in a new location Tuesday, March 28, as the Allina Health Hospice Thrift Store, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

As it did previously, the thrift store will collect and sell donated goods with the proceeds going to support the Allina Health Hospice programs in the Glencoe and Hutchinson region.

The funds go to such services as music therapy, aroma therapy, bereavement support for loved ones, community grief support group, and the charity care fund.

The new store is at 1018 Greeley Ave. in Glencoe.