Area News

Library providing hot spots for those in need of internet

Internet service is so important these days, especially for students who may be still learning at home due to COVID-19. Winthrop Library Director Elizabeth Niebuhr and Arlington Library Director Kathy Homme were instrumental in securing grant funding to acquire Chromebooks and hot spots for each of the libraries in Sibley County.   For the complete…

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Views from Winthrop and Gibbon city candidates

Incumbent Kelly Pierson is the only candidate on the ballot for Mayor of Winthrop at the General Election next month. Incumbents Pete Machaiek and Julie Trebelhorn are running unopposed for city council. For the two-year council seat, Lynn Drinkall and Megan Schmidt are vying for the position.   The City of Gibbon has a vacancy…

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Gibbon Fill Me Up requests off sale liquor license

by Doug Hanson A representative from the Fill Me Up Convenience Store in Gibbon attended the October Gibbon City Council meeting to request an off sale liquor license. He stated that the company was researching expanding the food items and also changing the east portion of the building to off sale. Mayor Jeff Gatton stated…

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State candidates

State Senate and House of Representative candidates discuss the issues in the October 14 issue of the Winthrop News.

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Duering installed as Faith United pastor

  Merline Duering was recently installed as pastor at Faith United in Winthrop. Duering began serving the congregation at Faith United after the passing of Pastor Eric Haugen. A parishioner someone who had been to a funeral that Duering had done and thought she might be a good fit for the church.   For the…

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Winthrop Library has new director

by Michael Mattison Elizabeth Niebuhr became the new director of the Winthrop Public Library in March after serving as a sub in February. Niebuhr had been working part-time at the Fairfax Library before taking the Winthrop position. Working other part-time jobs as well, she found that the new job would make a better fit for…

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GFW School Board candidate forum held Monday

A public forum was held for the GFW School Board candidates in the upcoming General Election on Monday evening in Gibbon. From left to right: Nathan Loewy, Drew Schmidt and Peter Schuckert are vying for the Winthrop seat. The event was sponsored by the Winthrop General Federation of Women’s Club. Photo by Melissa Hanson

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Downtown streets get blacktop

The North Carver-North Hennepin project is nearing completion. Crews were in on Monday to pave both of the streets. The remainder of the week was spent filling in the boulevards and yards. They will come back to put the final lift on the streets in the spring. Photo by Michael Mattison

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Ginny’s serving up family foods

by Michael Mattison Winthrop has a new cafe in town. After delays at the beginning of the year, Ginny’s Cafe finally opened on June 26. Ginny Stoll said she originally wanted to open a bakery and was talked into opening a cafe and coffee bar with baked goods. For the complete story, check out the September…

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GFW Board refinance bonds to reduce taxpayer’s levies

by Doug Hanson With interest rates at a 10 year low point for bond sales, Steve Pumper of PMA Securities attended the Monday evening GFW School Board meeting to present an interest savings plan. The bond in question is a $1.9 million 16-year bond taken out in 2009 to help finance Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB). The…

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