Monday, June 1, 2020

Dodge County Independent

Cohen Melcher, left, and Charlie Finley feed llamas during the ‘Christmas Alive’ event on the Jim Checkel farm. The animals were among several featured in various scenes regarding the birth of Christ.
Tradition reigns on Jim Checkel’s farm. The Kasson man hosted the 10th-annual “Christmas Alive!” event on Dec. 2 – and a big crowd visited, guided by a “guardian angel” through seven dramatic scenes of the birth of Christ. Live animals including llamas and horses enhanced the Christmas atmosphere...
 Dodge County Emergency Management director Matt Maas offers advice to area church representatives during Monday’s “active shooter” training session at Kasson-Mantorville High School. Law enforcement officials emphasize a proactive “Run, Hide, Fight” approach to the situation.
Many people associate mass shootings with schools. Actually, more faith-based organizations were targeted during 2016, when 246 violent acts were reported, Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said Monday during a church safety training session at Kasson-Mantorville High School. The event was hosted by...
Dodge County’s Rose Kraus (28) scored along with Katie Montrose and Katrina Thoe as the Wildcats fell to St. Francis/North Branch 4-3 on November 25.
In the early part of the season, the Dodge County girls hockey team has looked like they will be a team to deal with. After taking home a victory in their season opener at Simley, the Wildcats displayed a deep offensive approach combined with a defensive effort that limits opportunities for their...
Lori and Dan Hodgman pause for a photo at their Dodge Center business, Hodgman Drainage Co., Inc. The company offers excavation, drainage and septic system services.
Don Hodgman was lead foreman for a drainage contractor in West Concord when he set out on his own in 1982. Thirty-five years later, his business dream has expanded into a large, thriving venture in Dodge Center. Hodgman Drainage Co., Inc., supplies commercial and agricultural drainage, earth-moving...
Adam Fredericksen speaks Nov. 22 during an event in Dodge Center. He works to educate the public on the effects of impaired driving. Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose is pictured at right.
Adam Fredericksen was 18 and riding high during his senior year at Kasson-Mantorville High School. Kaitlyn Hansen was a smiley 16-year-old “drama queen” at Fillmore Central High School in Harmony. But an impaired driver slammed into Fredericksen’s vehicle in Kasson on Feb. 7, 2004, leaving him...
Dodge County goaltender Annabel Smith picked up her first career varsity win as the Wildcats defeated Simley 4-2.
The opening game of most seasons can be one that is waiting to reach its climax. With the anticipation for the opener building since the team started practice, everyone awaits for that one moment where everything feels like it did when they played their last game months ago.  The season opener for...
Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School third-graders gather for a photo. The students, members of Jody Vossen’s class, prepared for Thanksgiving by indicating what they’re thankful for. They include: front, Delia Alberts. Back, from left, Grace Roethler, Beau Orser, Giovanni Carney, Jossalyn Burkhart, Floyd Ranvek and Dylan Meyer.
Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School fourth-graders participated this month in a pre-Thanksgiving “Grateful Challenge.” A paper chain link indicated what they’re grateful for as the big day rolls around. Mom. My Daddy. Hugs. Books. “I’m thankful for my friends, because they’re supportive and really...
Kasson-Mantorville volleyball players huddle up while the Academy of Holy Angels celebrates their victory behind them. The KoMets fell in the fifth set by a score of 15-13 which knocked them out of the championship bracket of the Class AA State Tournament.
One of the phrases that Kasson-Mantorville volleyball coach Adam VanOort reiterates throughout every season is that volleyball is an uneven sport. In every match, there are multiple ups and downs that a team has to get through to get to their final goal. Sometimes, that means playing one of the...
Rory Ginder is pictured with money she plans to donate to the Triton schools. The 6-year-old decided to help the schools after an operational levy measure failed Nov. 7.
Triton schools officials say the district may have to make difficult cuts since voters denied an increase in the 2018 operational levy. Rory Ginder is having none of that. The Dodge Center resident decided to chip in funds from her own savings account to try and help the district. “I don’t care...
The KoMets were feeling good in the closing moments …
In every sport, there are always sequences where the momentum swings backand-forth. While some sports represent the large pendulum of a grandfather clock, volleyball’s momentum shifts are more like a dog’s tail after seeing a bone out in the open. During the season for the Kasson-Mantorville...


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