Friday, April 3, 2020

Dodge County Independent

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Aug. 14 on the new merry-go-round at Kasson’s West Park. The project should be completed by the end of the month.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new merry-go-round at Kasson’s West Park took place on Aug. 14.   This city-owned park is located in front of Kasson Public Library. The effort to add a new merry-go-round was spearheaded by 11-year-old Grace Reed of Kasson who raised the entire amount of $7,500...
Mike Welch is the project manager for the Dodge County Wind Energy Center, which is seeking state approval to construct 71 wind turbines in western Dodge County and eastern Steele County. NextEra Energy of Florida will operate the wind farm. The company has opened a Main Street office in Kasson, and officials will operate out of it until construction begins.
As excitement continues to build over a large wind farm coming to Dodge County, the owner of the project has set up a local shop to educate the public about wind energy. NextEra Energy Resources is based in Florida, but the company has opened an office at 107 Main St. in downtown Kasson.  Project...
A camper begins to map out his course for an optibot.
The world is always changing and with that comes inventions that help make our everyday lives easier. Of course, to have those new innovations and technologies, someone has to have the foresight to come up with it. That type of creativity must come at an early age where simple ideas can turn out to...
A new program at Kasson-Mantorville Schools is reaping big benefits for children around Dodge County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota started a new program last year of training high school students to mentor younger children. Michelle Redman, executive director of BBBS, is thrilled...
The Kasson American Legion has taken to community festivals like last week’s Festival in the Park to push for wreaths for veterans, a fundraiser to benefit the local organization.
It may be hard to think about the holidays in the middle of the warm August days of summer, but a local veterans group is getting into the holiday mode already. At its booth during the Festival in the Park last weekend, the Kasson American Legion began taking orders for Christmas wreaths. It is one...
As a youngster growing up in Kasson, Ryan Jech vividly recalls the Festival in the Park celebration when it featured a car show. “I just remember coming here as a kid checking out the cars,” Jech said. “I really enjoyed it.” Jech was disappointed to see a few years ago when the festival stopped the...
Elsewhere on this page readers will find a lengthy and detailed summary from the county’s top law enforcement official about an unfortunate situation that took place at Naylor’s Pond in Dodge County a few weeks back. Unfortunate because a 7-year-old Owatonna boy lost his life, but equally...
A 58-year-old Rochester man died in a motorcyclist crash in Dodge County Wednesday night. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motorcycle that had flipped over and went into the ditch in the 23300 block of County Road 24 outside of West Concord.  A witness began doing CPR before...
In what has become an annual tradition, my college friend and I hit the road and cross of another Major League Baseball park off our list last month. Like the other previous two trips, the destination of said trip was held at the negotiation table and over a couple of beverages. The first part of...
Donning cancer t-shirts, Jay and Kristie Lundberg spent the day before the Dodge County Relay for Life on Thursday at their Kasson home preparing smoked brisket for a taco stand. They donated the proceeds raised to the relay event.
It may have been 31 years ago that Jay Lundberg lost his mother to cancer, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing something special in her honor. Lundberg and his wife, Kristie, operated a food stand at the Dodge County Relay for Life Friday night at the fairgrounds in Kasson. And it wasn’t just...


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