Area News

Gibbon City Council agrees to amend liquor ordinance

by Doug Hanson Ashvin Papel, a representative of Fill Me Up, presented plans for remodeling the convenience store in Gibbon at the January city council meeting last Wednesday. The plans include a separate liquor store in the location where the old laundry mat was located in the building. No decision was made on whether or not…

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Winthrop’s State of the City

by Mayor Kelly Pierson Last year in my State of the City article, on the second to the last line, I wrote: Once again I feel our city is well positioned to handle the challenges and opportunities that will arise in the coming year. And what a year it has been! I am happy to…

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New GFW School Board meets

The GFW School Board held an organizational meeting on Monday, Jan. 4, with three new directors taking part. Mike Kuehn was elected chairman with Jason Haas taking the vice-chairman position. Marissa Lee will continue on as clerk and Dan Merkel will be the treasurer. Directors volunteered for various committees with the designation of the banking,…

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GFW winter sports and activities could start up on January 4

The GFW School Board recognized Sharon Fossum for the work she has done with Spirit of the Season. From left to right: Marissa Lee, Julie Elmer, Becky Vos, Sharon Fossum, Jeff Horton, Jason Haas, Phil Klenk and Mike Kuehn.     Photo by Doug Hanson   by Doug Hanson At the regular GFW School Board…

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Families dealing with the COVID pandemic

by Michael Mattison During the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone knows of someone who has contracted the virus. There are varying degrees of how people are affected. Some are asymptomatic and others show mild symptoms for a short period of time. Some have symptoms that are more powerful and have lasting effects. And unfortunately, some have passed…

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Helping Hearts of MN providing presents for children at Christmas

by Michael Mattison After finding herself in need of some help, Laura Pulley decided to return the favor and create something to help others. “In 2017, I was a mom of three, pregnant and living on my mom’s couch,” she said. “I didn’t really have much for my baby.” She had a lot of people…

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Former GFW grad opens own electric business

by Michael Mattison It had been a dream of Kyle Hoffman’s to own his own business and earlier this year that dream became reality when he started Hoffman Electric. Hoffman is a 2010 graduate of GFW High School and completed the electrician program at Ridgewater College in Willmar 2012. For the complete story, check out the…

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Gallagher’s Glad Rags

by Maggie Buettner Up until about a year ago, Gallagher’s Glad Rags was literally a figment of Colleen DeShaw’s imagination. “My mother was a seamstress and reupholstered furniture and I started sewing Barbie dresses at eight (years old),” she stated. “And I was able to use the machine by myself at eight. My sister, Rita,…

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