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Winter Talent Show

LEFT: Winners of the 2023 Winter Talent Show held at the Performing Arts Center in Grafton on Sunday are, from left, Hannah Gagner, who sang with her dad, Kyle, as he played the guitar. Misti Koop, who performed a saxophone solo and sang. The winner of the talent contest was Lucas Mondry of Minto, who sang a Michael Buble number, […]

Flood insurance no longer a requirement

Residents urged to contact their lender

GRAFTON—The ball is in their court. That is what residents of Grafton learned at a city sponsored flood insurance forum held last Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Grafton Armory. Mayor Chris West, who is an independent insurance agent, Jon Markusen, who was KLJ’s lead engineer on Grafton’s Flood Risk Reduction Project that removed Grafton from the 100-year floodplain and Russell […]

Grafton School Board candidates answer questions on various issues

Election to be held at the Armory

GRAFTON—Grafton’s special school board election will be held Feb. 21. Patrons of the district can vote at the Grafton Armory between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The vote will be held in conjunction with the Grafton City Council special election. Voting will take place in the community room. There are four candidates running for the at-large position […]

Local merchants struggle to find help

Workforce issues affect entire region, state

STATE—Heading into 2023 many financial pundits have been pointing to a slowing of the economy if not a downright recession. Much of this slowdown can be attributed to a year of increased interest rates, a practice the federal reserve board plans on continuing at least for the first part of 2023 as a tool to combat inflation that is also […]


Photos by Chelsea J. Wysocki RIGHT: Harvey Avenue Saloon owner Steve ‘Beaver’ Novak is nothing but smiles while delivering a handful of drinks to patrons helping out in the kitchen during the 37th annual bologna contest in Minto last Friday.

Commission approves budget amendments

County passes roadside mowing policy

COUNTY—After The Samuels Group presented its proposal for a new correctional facility to the commission on Jan. 17 the Board of County Commissioners went into its regular slate of business. The Walsh County commissioners continued their Zoom presentation of their meeting with commissioners Karen Anderson and Ernie Barta attending virtually. Denny Skorheim, chairman, Kristi Brintnell, vice-chairman and commissioner Amy Suda […]

Sen. Klobuchar comes through for BTAG

Joint power board to receive $2.3 million

OSLO, MINNESOTA — Border Township Association Group (BTAG) welcomed Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar to Oslo, Minnesota last Wednesday, Jan. 11 to thank the senator for her support and to further explain the group’s overall plan. Klobuchar’s office was instrumental in getting the group $2.3 million through the federal infrastructure grant. The BTAG group consists of chairman James Bergman, Higdem Township […]

Samuels Group presents jail possibilities to counties

Commission to decide on paying for study

COUNTY—Walsh County commissioners and members of the county’s jail committee listened to a presentation from The Samuels Group to kick off off Tuesday’s commission meeting. The hour-long presentation touched on numerous issues regarding the study, planning, design and different avenues the county may want to take in terms of financing and management of a new correctional facility. The Samuels Group […]


Grafton’s Family Dollar store is partnering with Dollar Tree in the former Shopko building to create one super dollar store. Although the store opened last week it was closed Monday and Tuesday while the plumbers worked out some issues. Store manager Shelley Wippler, front and center is flocked by three of her 14 employees. Back are, from left, Casey Wilson, […]

Park board finishes year with slight surplus

Candlelight hike raises $1,000

GRAFTON —Grafton Parks and Recreation (GPR) business manager Matt Oppegard reported at their Wednesday, Jan. 11 board meeting that the park district finished its year end with a $21,500 surplus. In presenting the profit and loss statement for the year Oppegard reported that total revenues were $1,168,426 and expenses were $1,146,909, leaving a net income of $21,516. “Revenues and expenses […]

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