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A skiing retreat in rural Vining

Dave Simpkins stops for a minute as he carefully gazes through the woods near a pond at his Folden Township retreat.

The crunch of the hard snow is beneath his skis and the long-time Sauk Centre area newspaper publisher discusses a new cross country trail he was thinking of creating through a patch of trees. It’s the type of vision he’s shared in the past as he has carved countless cross country skiing trails through the rolling hills and trees on his property.  

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Vinterfest cancelled

Due to a lack of snow, the Leif Erikson Sons of Norway Vinterfest scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Dave and Linda Simpkins farm has been cancelled.

Local rehab projects moving forward

A public hearing was held at last Tuesday’s Henning City Council meeting regarding the city’s desire to opt out of the Temporary Family Health Care Dwelling Act, which was passed by the state government.

The new law allows for a second dwelling on a lot to be listed as a place for a family member to be housed on a temporary basis while being cared for due to various mental and physical health scenarios. Many other regulations are associated with the law. The state government is allowing for cities to opt out of this requirement, which Henning has decided to do.  

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New members sought to carry on ambulance tradition

Brian Brogard will never forget one of the first calls he answered as part of the Henning Ambulance Service. Although it was almost 35 years ago, Brogard remembers the moment he arrived at his grandmother’s house like it was yesterday.

After checking her vitals, breathing and circulation, Brogard said Dick Cloeter, who was also on the call, offered to take over on their way back to town.  

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County seeks support for buffer flexibility

Otter Tail County’s Board of Commissioners, during their Feb. 7 meeting, approved a plan to contact state legislators and urge a united effort for buffer flexibility.

Commissioners, at the same time, strongly oppose repealing the state law that calls for field borders, field windbreaks, shelterbelts and contour grass strips along waters and ditches.  

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Elementary students pay tribute to America

Henning Elementary second and third grade students sang the National Anthem prior to the start of Thursday’s girls basketball game between Henning and New York Mills.  

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LRE to proceed with natural gas project

Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) will be participating in a joint effort to deliver natural gas to the Deer Creek and Parkers Prairie areas. Construction of natural gas distribution infrastructure will begin this spring. The $1.6 million investment by LREC is expected to have gas flowing by August 2017.

The cooperative’s board of directors recently approved the joint effort with Greater Minnesota Gas, based in Le Sueur, Minn.  

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