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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. 

Wed
27
May
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Wanamingo EDA reviews projects and financial audit

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Directors of the Wanamingo Economic Development Authority board met on May 11 to get  updates on the Cenex 4 addition and the needs for the medical building, and to review the 2014 audit. In the Industrial Park expansion, work on the Cenex 4 addition was over 80% complete before halting for the winter, with all grading, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water lines completed. This spring the concrete around the catch basins, ditch tiling, seeding, cleanup work and the second layer of blacktop will be tackled. City Administrator Michael Boulton said the project is on schedule and on budget. 

Review of EDA funds

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19
May
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Wanamingo 2014 audit approved

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – The financial situation for the City of Wanamingo continues to improve, as confirmed by Jason Boynton, a certified public accountant with Smith Schafer & Associates. Boynton presented the 2014 city audit to the city council at its May 11 meeting. “The general fund being stronger is definitely an improvement,” he said. Following his presentation, Jamie Majerus made a motion to approve the audit, which carried 5-0.

The complete 69-page audit report booklet can be viewed at city hall. Below is an overview. 

Income breakdown

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12
May
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KW's Sydney Warner selected for All-State Band


Sydney Warner

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

KENYON – Kenyon-Wanamingo High School sophomore Sydney Warner has been selected to play baritone saxophone with the All-State Band. KW Band Director Claire Larson said, “It has been sixteen years since anyone from KW has been selected for an all-state group.” The band will meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield and have rehearsals and performances from August 3-8

The day that Warner learned she was selected was an emotional rollercoaster. Larson spoke with Warner briefly in the morning and asked that she come to her office after school to hear the results of the audition. Warner said, “I went through the whole day anxious and worried...When I found out I was very excited and could hardly believe what I was hearing...I gave Mrs. Larson a hug and I was crying and laughing at the same time. I was so excited that the year I spent working and prepping for this paid off and helped me get into this.”

Wed
06
May
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Historic log house gets new shingles


On the roof, Larry Holst replaces wood shingles on the old Larson Log House on Main Street Wanamingo on Friday afternoon, May 1. Holst is assisted by Roger Hinz (on the scaffolding) and Dale Bremer (on the ground).

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – The Larson Log House in Wanamingo received new wood shingles last week. The leaky roof on the structure was over 40 years old and in desperate need of repair. In 2013, the Wanamingo Historical Society asked the community for help to replace the roofing, with material costs estimated at over $2,000. On Friday, May 1, three men took on the two-day job of tearing off the old shingles and laying new red cedar shingles on the cabin. 

Larry Holst tended to the primary duty of placing the cedar wedges in a way to properly fit from end to end. “It’s like a puzzle,” he said. Holst has experience with replacing this type of early era construction and has re-roofed other structures with wood shingles. 

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