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Busy year for Winthrop Ambulance

by Michael Mattison Unfortunely, the Winthrop Ambulance was extremely busy last year and that trend has continued in 2024. Ambulance Captain Ed Stoll said that from November 16, 2022, through November 15, 2023, the ambulance service went out on 264 calls. Stoll said a typical year runs between 175 and 180 calls. “2023 was the…

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It’s back!

That’s right. The snow is back as Mother Nature dumped 4-6 inches of snow on the area on Wednesday. But it shouldn’t hang around for too long as temperatures are predicted to be in the mid- to high 40s for the rest of the week. The winter outdoorsmen enjoyed getting outside while those who were…

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Lafayette City Council hears positive audit report

by Doug Hanson Sara Oberloh of Oberloh & Oberloh of Redwood Falls gave the 2023 audit to the Lafayette City Council on Monday, Feb. 12. She stated that the City has a general fund (unassigned balance) of $278,684. The assigned portion of the fund was $293,2434 which dealt mainly with capital improvement, but also included…

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Gibbon hires Police Chief

At a closed meeting on February 6, the Gibbon City Council reviewed the interviews by the Human Resource Committee of four candidates for the Gibbon Police Chief position. When the meeting reopened, the Council passed a motion to offer the position to Sara Miller of Litchfield. The 19-year veteran is currently an officer for the…

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Minor changes to GFW school mascot

by Doug Hanson Several ideas have been discussed while the GFW School Board has been dealing with the fact that it needs to change the Thunderbird mascot name. The Board has been leaning to keep the same school colors. Also the idea of a name change has been mentioned. At the work session on February…

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Winthrop, Gibbon and Fairfax REVed up

by Michael Mattison The communities of Winthrop, Gibbon and Fairfax are on their way in the three-year Rural Entrepreneurial Venture (REV) as they just completed their first session in January. Three other individual communities were also selected to the program this year. “REV is a program that communities enter when they are trying to help…

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Lafayette jumpers take part in Polar Plunge

by Ruth Klossner With temperatures in the mid-30s, it was a much warmer day than normal for the 18th annual St. Peter Polar Plunge that raises funds for Special Olympics. The Lafayette Fire and Ambulance team was there as usual and raised a lot of money for the cause. Lafayette’s Nick Klingler was the top…

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Miller appointed to GFW School Board

by Doug Hanson GFW will have a full complement of school board directors in 30 days. At a special meeting on Monday evening the School Board interviewed two applicants for the open director’s position. Nathan Loewy and Russel Miller both answered a set of seven questions Both candidates had mangerial experience, had three kids going…

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Council approves bids for Second Street project

by Michael Mattison The Second Street project is now a go as the Winthrop City Council approved the low bid of R & R Excavating of Hutchinson at a special meeting Monday night. This was a continuation of the regular meeting last Monday when the City Council received the bid from Bryan Petzel of ISG. The…

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Miss Gibbon Coronation

Gibbon crowned its royalty and added a Minneapolis Aquatennial Honorary Commodore on Saturday. Left: Lynnea Schwecke (left) and Gabi Gonzalez (right) were crowned Gibbon Royalty. Above: Nate Firle received the Honorary Commodore for his efforts with the R3 trailer and he has also created a foundation to help rural fire departments everywhere fund equipment, such as…

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