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Harvest Fest Grand Marshals announced

Into a hornet's nest

What's new at the Fair in Meadowlands

Workman Township discusses Grouse Street

A pair of ... pest control options

A new (Orion) Electric option near Floodwood

Cromwell 5K raises another 14,000

FLOE forms Hay Huts

Area 4th of July events

Lake Country Power to sponsor Rachel’s Challenge in McGregor

Grand Rapids, Minn. — Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. As part of its commitment to community, Lake Country Power will be sponsoring a challenging and powerful message of kindness and compassion for students and community members at the McGregor School in McGregor, Minn., on Thursday, September 10.

Since 2010, Lake Country Power has sponsored Rachel’s Challenge for 11 schools throughout its service area, and will sponsor the program for three more schools this fall.

An evening assembly for parents and the general public will be held September 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. The assembly is free, and everyone is urged to attend. There will be a Community Dinner in the cafeteria from 5:30 - 6:15 before the evening assembly starts

Rachel Scott, the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting that occurred April 20, 1999, wrote several journals and said, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will ...

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Recent Headlines

Into a hornet's nest

What's new at the Fair in Meadowlands

Workman Township discusses Grouse Street

A pair of ... pest control options

A new (Orion) Electric option near Floodwood

Cromwell 5K raises another 14,000

FLOE forms Hay Huts

Area 4th of July events

Courtney Kinnett is new Park Ranger at "Libby Dam"

Harvest Fest Grand Marshals announced

CROMWELL, Minn. — This year at the Harvest Fest on September 12, Arnold and June Collman will be the Grand Marshalls. The Cromwell locals have been a part of the community for quite some time. June was born in Cromwell, and has spent her entire life there, while Arnold was born in South Ridge, Iowa. He came to Floodwood shortly after. Aside from Arnold’s three years in the service when the couple lived in Florida, the two have resided in the area for the majority of their lives.

The couple will be celebrating 58 years of marrige this year. As the parents of five chidren that were a total of eighteen years apart, they led busy lives as the kids grew up. With all of them grown up now, it leaves time for them to be active members of the community.

Both Arnold and June worked in Cromwell before retirement. Arnold worked as an EMT at the Cromwell Fire Department during his working years, while June was a teacher at Cromwell-Wright for 15 years. Following their years working, they began to get involved in the community. June has volunteered her time painting. “I did the banners and I did the school logo that they use,” she commented of the cardinal at Cromwell-Wright School. June chaperones quite a bit for the school. She also brings flowers ...

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news photo
Recent Headlines

What's new at the Fair in Meadowlands

Workman Township discusses Grouse Street

A pair of ... pest control options

A new (Orion) Electric option near Floodwood

Cromwell 5K raises another 14,000

FLOE forms Hay Huts

Area 4th of July events

Courtney Kinnett is new Park Ranger at "Libby Dam"

Winners announced in fishing contest

Into a hornet’s nest

The story of World War II Technical Sergeant (U.S. Army Air Forces) Wiljo J. Matalamaki has produced quite a few conversations since coming out in the New York Times on August 7, 2015. News sources from all over the state and across the nation picked up on the unique set of circumstances that led to the return of a Purple Heart that had been lost but not forgotten.

Former Cedar Valley resident Randy Heikkila, Wiljo’s nephew, couldn’t be more pleased to have the medal back in the family. More importantly, the questions surrounding that fateful day when Wiljo’s B-24 Bomber (Mary Ellen) with nine other men went up in flames over the Baltic Sea on June 20, 1944. The Mary Ellen and 11 other planes were on a mission to bomb oil refineries in Politz, Germany.

According to a pilot in another plane, the Mary Ellen exploded in a ball of flame, apparently from a direct hit in the fuel tanks. All 10 men on the Mary Ellen were lost. Matalamaki’s body was never recovered. He was 22.

Of those 12 planes, 11 went down that day. An illustration of this moment has been preserved by Randy Green.

Randy shared that the second plane is most likely the one Wiljo was in. “Some of the people in one of the planes survived and ...

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