Friday, October 19, 2018


The Honor Guard from the Kasson American Legion raises the flags Monday afternoon in between rain showers during the dedication of the Freedom Rock, partially shown on the right in its bright colors. Several hundred people turned out for the ceremony marking Minnesota’s first Freedom Rock, which honors all veterans for their service to America. The 9-foot rock is located outside the Legion Club along Kasson’s Main Street.
Just enough time in between heavy rain showers, members of the Kasson Legion avoided getting wet and dedicated Minnesota’s first Freedom Rock Monday afternoon to a gathering of several hundred people next to the iconic boulder along Main Street. The rock’s artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorsensen II took the...
Expressions of happiness filled St. John's Lutheran Church in Kasson on Aug. 13-14 when 301 children from 137 families in Dodge County received supplies, including back packs, for the upcoming school year. Ready, Set, Learn of Dodge County distributed the supplies for needy families throughout the area.
Hundreds of area children are set for school next week with brand new supplies in hand thanks to the generosity of an area organization. Ready, Set, Learn of Dodge County has outfitted 301 children in 137 families with school supplies, according to Tanya Young, coordinator of the organization. The...
Besides showing dairy at the Minnesota State Fair last week, Carter Espinoza of Kasson picked up a $1,000 scholarship through the Minnesota 4-H Auction Committee. He was one of dozens of 4-Hers from across the state to earn such a scholarship.
A Dodge County teenager has ended his 4-H year on a high note by picking up a major scholarship through the 4-H program. Carter Espinoza of Kasson has been awarded a $1,000 4-H Auction Scholarship through the Minnesota 4-H Auction Committee. He received the scholarship during the Minnesota State...
Dave Wilcox of Mantorville led the effort to bring the Freedom Rock to Kasson after seeing several of them across Iowa. It is the first Freedom Rock in Minnesota. Wilcox is absolutely thrilled with the way it turned out and hopes it will be a shining beacon of giving thanks to veterans for many years to come.
It may only be a rock, but then again it’s not just any ordinary rock. It is a 9-foot boulder that carries an important message for all Americans. In addition, it is a thank you tribute to the nation’s veterans to honor their service. And it captures a history lesson of battles fought close to home...
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...


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Kasson, MN 55944

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