Wanamingo-Kenyon

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22
Jul
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Roundabout planned for highway intersection in Wanamingo

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – The city and district transportation officials appear to finally be on the same page. At the July 13 Wanamingo City Council meeting Mayor Ryan Holmes and City Administrator Michael Boulton gave an update on a meeting held with officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation regarding safety concerns with intersections along Highway 60. On June 16, Holmes, Boulton, councilmen Larry VanDeWalker and Todd Kyllo, and resident Bob Benson met with MnDOT officials at the District 6 office in Rochester.  Holmes said MnDOT was receptive to the short-term concerns of the city, and that their long-term concept is to install a roundabout at the Highway 60/57 intersection and close access to 2nd Avenue from the highway.

Wed
15
Jul
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Fire at Kenyon restaurant is under investigation

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

KENYON – No one was injured in a fire at Papa’s Kenyon Family Restaurant (620 2nd Street) after the close of business day on Wednesday, July 8. The fire marshal inspected the restaurant on Thursday morning, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The fire was reported at 8:03 p.m. after a motorist saw smoke coming from the roof of the restaurant. Officers responded to the scene and Kenyon Police Chief Lee Sjolander forced open the back door to find the building engulfed in smoke.  

No one was inside the building at the time of the incident so the Kenyon Fire Department concentrated on quickly getting the fire under control. Wanamingo and Zumbrota Fire Departments were placed on standby in the event mutual aid was needed.

Wed
15
Jul
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New sand volleyball courts at JB's Tavern


Four co-ed volleyball teams make use of the new sand courts at JB’s Tavern in Wanamingo. Twenty teams play in Monday and Thursday nights leagues.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Opened in early June, the new sand volleyball courts and a large outdoor deck at JB’s Tavern in Wanamingo have been a popular addition for the local pub and eatery. The idea for the expansion was a year in the making. 

In July 2014, bar owner Barney Nesseth and property owner Merlin Ring applied for a deck and fence permit with the city. Nesseth purchased the vacant lot along Railroad and Main Streets to construct the sand courts. The small deck off JB’s was removed and a much larger one was built. Then earlier this year the vacant lot was prepared for the sand courts and the area was enclosed with fencing, taking about one month to complete. Nesseth said it was quite the undertaking but well worth it, as many customers now enjoy hanging out on the patio. “It’s a nice atmosphere out here,” he said. 

Wed
08
Jul
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Katy Schuerman is the new KW Elementary School principal


Katy Schuerman

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – With the hiring of Katy Schuerman as Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School principal, the KW School District is back to a full roster of administrators for the first time since December 2014. Schuerman said she is honored to join the KW district and community.

After 23 years in the classroom she is embarking on a new path as principal overseeing kindergarten through sixth grades. “I think the greatest strength I bring to the principal’s position is my extensive experience in the classroom,” she said. “I know firsthand the joys and challenges of working directly with children, and that will help me support teachers and students in an authentic, realistic way.”

Wed
01
Jul
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Aspelund Winery celebrates grand opening July 3-5


Dawn and Bruce Rohl opened Aspelund Winery on June 13.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

Rural Aspelund could become a hot new destination for wine lovers with the opening of a new vineyard. Bruce and Dawn Rohl opened Aspelund Winery on June 13. They will celebrate with a grand opening July 3-5 with free wine tasting from noon until 6 p.m. each day. 

Bruce began dabbling in wine making in 2005. Over the years the Rohls have planted 150 apple trees, 80 grape vines and 450 elderberry bushes. In 2009, their intent was to grow enough fruit for the Rohls and their parents to make their own wine, jelly, and raisins. But after their parents moved south their plans changed. About three years ago Rohls began the process of opening a winery and seeking approval at the local and federal levels. 

Becoming vintners was done through trial and error. “It’s a school of hard knocks process,” Bruce said. His greatest lesson? Patience. 

Wed
01
Jul
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Independence Day activities in Wanamingo

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – This year the 4th of July celebration in Wanamingo is making a big move. Although many activities are the same as in past years, some changes are in store. Many activities on July 4 are being relocated downtown. Events begin on July 3 and run through July 5. 

July 3

Thursday, July 3, marks the kickoff of citywide events. At 4:30 p.m. an opening ceremony to dedicate the Field of Honor will take place at the Wanamingo Veterans Memorial off 3rd Avenue and 5th Street East. The Wanamingo Veterans Honor Guard will have rows of American flags on display. By making a donation to the WVHG, a flag may be sponsored to recognize a loved one. Contact a member of the WVHG or stop by the Field of Honor July 3-4 to sponsor a flag.  

Gates open for the Wanamingo Firemen’s Dance at 5:45 p.m. See article in this week’s issue for more information.

Wed
17
Jun
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Special meeting set for Mingo View and alley road reconstruction

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – A special informational meeting will be held Monday, July 13 at 6 p.m. in the Wanamingo Community Center for residents who would be affected by two proposed street projects. At the June 8 Wanamingo City Council meeting, City Administrator Michael Boulton shared one option for repair and its approximate cost in each project. 

Mingo View Drive

Wed
10
Jun
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Wanamingo pool opens for the season


Lifeguards at the Wanamingo pool for the 2015 season are, from left to right, front row: Sarah Benrud, Bethany Renken, Miranda Mollenhauer, Megan Quam, Kaite Bohn, Taylor Blakstad, and Heidi Kieffer; back row: Logan Quam, Ben Bohn, Peyton Hilke, Ben Ringham, Dylan Mollenhauer, and pool manager Brandi Kyllo. Not pictured: Mara Johnson, Ellyn Buelke, Bradley Kish, Mariah Quam, and assistant manager Stephanie Kish.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Brandi Kyllo will return as manager of the Wanamingo pool this year. On June 2 Kyllo said, “We spent five hours on training, safety, and rescues. You should feel very ensured having your kids down at the Wanamingo pool this summer!” Safety is always Kyllo’s number one concern. She likes to run a tight ship, and is serious about having staff trained exactly as the Red Cross recommends. Another priority for her this year will be to increase swimming lesson participation. 

Wed
03
Jun
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Six students are reading millionaires at KW


Ben Short was the only KWES student to read over two million words this school year.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – At an all-school assembly at Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School on May 28, students who participated in the Accelerated Reader program were recognized for word levels attained during April and May. Ben Short, a third-grader in Valerie Ashland’s class, reached the elite two-million-word club, reading 2,199,424 words this school year. He was inducted into the AR Millionaires Club in February and at that time made it his goal to reach two million words before the end of the school year. Five other students reached the one million word mark: Sophia Poquette, Bailey Leininger, Josie Flom, Sophia Culuris, and Brody Parks. 

Wed
03
Jun
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Lost Highway signs radio promotion deal in Nashville

By Tawny Michels

WANAMINGO – The country band Lost Highway got its start in Wanamingo, playing its first show together on July 4, 2009. On May 17, 2015, it was announced that the band signed a deal with Spin Doctors Music Group in Nashville, Tennessee.

Spin Doctors Music Group is an entity of SMG Records Nashville. The A&R (artists and repertoire) team at Spin Doctors Music Group is assigned to find new talent. “They heard Lost Highway, liked us, and reached out to me, and then put me in direct contact with Al Brock,” front man Jesse Charles (Jesse Steberg of Wanamingo) said. Brock is the president and CEO of Spin Doctors and has been in the music business for over twenty years. 

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