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Looking back on 2013

January 3 - Paul Bringgold has been a staunch supporter of the local hospital and its construction project; CFHS "We the People" took first place in a state contest; Donna Lindahl's class at Randolph recognized the date "12-12-12" and a photo was taken at 12:12 p.m.; CF school students gathered over 3,000 pounds of food and $450 in cash for the food shelf.

January 10 - The CFHS debate team reached the state tournament; two of three "View" units were shut down by the state; CF elementary teacher of the year is Carrie Schliep; Corey Sjoquist was featured in the Life After Graduation feature in the Beacon; the RHS boys basketball team won the title at the Grand Meadow tourney; Mayo has set visitor restrictions at the hospital because of illness in the community; a group of local residents are working hard to raise funds for the new hospital.

January 17 - Eli Cooper, 4, has read 1,000 books in his day care reading program; Bomber dance parents are again selling raffle tickets to benefit the program; Bob Brintnall was re-elected school board chairman; Shepherd's Center is sponsoring a trip to Georgia; the CFHS teacher of the year is Rob Stachowski; the CF library project is expected to come in $56,000 under budget; Rotary is adding books and magazines in its "Packing for the Weekend" backpacks.

January 24 - Cannon Equipment is closing its Rosemount plant, relocating some jobs and operations to Cannon Falls; Larry Van De Walker of Wanamingo is chosen as citizen of the year by county editors; mousetrap powered cars were made by St. Paul's Lutheran School; a 40-home development is approved for land west of PetersonTurkey Farm; Cheri Van Guilder was named Lion of the Year by club membership; feeding deer is prohibited in Goodhue Co.

January 31 - Bob Schlekewy was honored for teaching firearm safety for 40 years; CFHS class of 1997 repeated as alumni basketball champs; the Bomber dance team repeated as HVL champs, the 6th year in a row; Richard Rottman filed a plea agreement in his theft of money from the veterans memorial; Loren Evenrud was elected chair of the Shepherd's Center; Sandy Wollschlager is featured with her trip to China; carp seining at Lake Byllesby resulted in 300,000 lbs. of fish caught; first baby of the year is Preston Puppe, born January 8.

February 7 - A flock of two dozen trumpeter swans is hanging around the Cannon River; Dick Dalton was honored for being in the newspaper business for 50 years; Caleb Thielbar, Randolph, is on the Twins 40-man roster; Rod Johnson was elected president of the Minnesota auctioneers; Deputy Dan Breuer, CF, was named sheriff's office employee of the year; six bikes will be given away to elementary students who read at least 10 books.

February 14 - The Bomber dancers reached the state for the 10th straight year; Nathan Zibolski was a starting linebacker for the UMD football team; CF building permits soared to $6.67 million in 2012; the Cannon Falls portion of the TH52 overpass/interchange project is $1.52 million; Dick Podritz was honored for his seven years on the Randolph School Board; Cory Lorenzen was appointed to take Podritz's place on the school board; Goodhue Co. contributed $4 million to the Hwy. 52 project in Cannon Falls.

February 21 - The Bomber Dance team is a state champion!; the home of Dennis and Jan Dunker burned; Mayo Health Systems will break ground for a new facility in the spring; the wrestling team was seeded #2 in the section, but came within one win of the state tourney; 61 species of birds were counted in the annual Audubon count organized by Cannon's Laura Coble; $2,800 was raised for the scholarship fund in memory of CF football player Jason Provost.

February 28 - Loyalty Day queen is Erica Berg; Randolph dance team is 5th at sections; Clay Broze, wrestling at 220 lbs., is section champ; Hoops for Heart raised more than $6,900 at the elementary school; ground was broken for Randolph's $24 million corn and soybean terminal; the city is opposed to the Stanton housing project off Co. 24; city administrator Aaron Reeves got a 4.9% raise in pay; the junior high math league had Cannon placing 2nd to Northfield in the Wasioja North Division.

March 7 - Noah Callister and Samantha Modrak were named Academics, Arts and Athletics (Triple A) winners at CFHS; Lauren Lecy and Austin Noble are ExCEL winners at CFHS; Clay Broze is a state wrestling champ and his record this year is 50-1; Hwy. 19 from CF to Northfield will be milled and paved at a cost of $4.18 million; Mike Kennedy has opened a law office here; Shepherd's Center now loans out some medical equipment.

March 14 - Sonja Jenson, 5th grade, has read 1,000 books in her day care group; Randolph FFA alumni raised $6,200 for scholarships at an auction; grand opening of the city library is Saturday; Thomas Duff, Randolph senior, got the Key Award, the highest honor a 4-H member can receive; former resident Kay Gysbers faces felony charges in Barron Co., WI; city council has decided to move the farmers market from the city parking lot to the park and ride lot.

March 21 - Scott Safe was recognized by the Caledonia school for helping to develop a weightlifting program; retiring Hampton Township Supervisor Donna Otto was recognized; Randolph will go to all-day, every-day kindergarten; a time capsule was placed in the library cornerstone; Hwy. 52 work will start on July 8; MnDOT plans a U-turn at the dangerous 52/9 intersection; Dave Pederson was written in as a Stanton Town Board member.

March 28 - Mary (Endres) Frandrup was recognized for her work in the food service at Randolph; Randolph Spanish students toured Puerto Rico; the eastside street and utility work will cost $1.7 million; Hwy. 19 in Stanton will close for 10 days due to road work; the PUC has suspended the permits for the controversial New Era Wind Farm; CFHS speech team won the HVL and subsection tournaments; the city annexed 13 acres for the new hospital construction project.

April 4 - The Education Foundation annual hair dye contest has morphed into a "pie in the face" contest; the hospital district has transferred property and tax levy assets to Mayo; coyotes are now seen in the area during daylight hours; Breanna Wille is the MVP of Randolph girls basketball; locals Lisa Hawthorne, Jessica Hoffer, Marc Kelliher and Jan Peters took a mission trip to Cambodia; the area has experienced a very late spring.

April 11 - Mary Johnson, R.N., has worked at the hospital for 42 years; Taylor Pagel, CFHS grad, is the new baseball coach at Hastings High School; Kaesey Glaess is the Minn. Angus queen; teacher Laura Hemmah will retire at the end of the year; Herb, Scott and Erik Johnson all have had their pilot licenses, father Herb died this year; the Shepherd's Center is bringing entertainer Ricky Skaggs here; Habitat for Humanity will build a house on St. Clair St.; Rick and Brenda Naatz spent 8 years in Nigeria as missionaries.

April 18 - Five inches of snow fell on April 12; Josie (Louis) Hayes is a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic; Nick's Diner is now open at the Cannonball; Mayo Clinic broke ground here for a new hospital on April 12; residents want an overpass at the Hwy. 52/9 intersection; Katy (Berquam) Vriez finished the Boston Marathon and was a block away from the bombings; CFHS speech sent 17 students to the state tourney.

April 25 - CF fourth graders experienced time at Eagle Bluff Environment Learning Center; 81 tractors were in the Randolph FFA parade; it will cost homeowners $30,000 to hook up to water near the school; the $7.2 million Byllesby dam project will begin in May; Pat Dougherty got the pie in the face and helped the Education Foundation raise $40,000; Sydney Erhardt is a state speech champion from CFHS; the CF school board approved a request to start soccer program; Randolph turned down a permit for a $20 million shingle recycling plant.

May 2 - Chuck Scofield retired from the Rotary Club after 56 years as a member; Maddie Adel won a trip to the St. Olaf Music Camp this summer; Jake Dubbels, RHS basketball player, was named academic all state; the diabetes fundraiser at the school raised $13,700; a proposal to name a school liaison person is put on hold.

May 9 - Farmers can't remember a later planting season than this year; Jeff McCormick will lead the Minn. Chiefs of Police Ass'n; over a foot of snow fell here; RJ's Barbecue will open on Mill St.; MnDOT has upgraded its plans for an intersection at Hwys. 52 and 9; three longtime Randolph Township volunteers have retired, Bonnie Hvistendahl, Dan Boykin and Bill Callister; the dwarf trout lily is blooming here; Bomber baseball is off to a 6-1 start.

May 16 - CFHS baseball has 6 games in 7 days; a Northfield woman died in a 52/9 car crash; Shepherd's Center plans a trip to Mackinac Island; the fire dept. got a $13,000 grant from a sand miner; city sewer and water will cost homes near the school $15,000; DRM got the mowing bid in Randolph; the winery will hold a silent auction to benefit the veterans memorial.

May 23 - Bob Boser is back cutting hair; Vince Cockriel's military museum will open; the Masonic Lodge gave three bikes by drawing from sixty kids whose combined total read was 2,000 books in three months; county board decided to demolish the public health building; Matt Moskal is HVL all conference in golf; lefty Caleb Thielbar made his debut with the Twins; CFHS seniors received $54,000 in scholarships; the grand prix bike race is here June 13; a soccer program is approved by the school board.

May 30 - Fair dates have been extended to July 6; east side road work has begun; Hwy. 56 from Randolph to Kenyon is closed until August; Hancock Concrete has expanded its facility here; an 1812 war vet, Ralph Tanner, is buried here; Sam Modrak and Connor Rechtzigel are Hall of Fame students at CFHS; Dr. Peggy Lorentz will join the staff at the Molenaar clinic; a pioneer cemetery in Vasa, Gravebakken, is featured.

June 6 - Ros Hjermstad and Laura Hemmah will retire from teaching at CF; golfer Matt Moskal and track star Emi Trost are going to state; RHS grads got $45,000 in scholarships; technology director at CF schools Linda Smith will retire after 28 years here; an overpass is finally planned for the 52/9 intersection; Lorentz Meats will have an open house at their 20,000 sq. ft. addition; Friends of the Fair are seeking donations.

June 13 - After working on the Habitat for Humanity home, Kaylyn Nygaard will pursue a career in carpentry; Geri Hedeen retired from teaching in Randolph; the Reinhardts will open a store, Rhino's Archery, Fishing & Hunting; Berta Miller celebrated her 85th birthday; Emi Trost is a state champion in the 800 meter run; a study has started on a Rochester to Twin City high speed passenger zip rail line.

June 20 - Megan Bauer and Madison Taylor will attend Girls State; Ryan Foster and Austin Moorhouse will attend Boys State; Amy Mattila is the new health coach at Mayo Clinic; Kay Meyers has retired at Subway after 21 years here; Lorentz Meats showcased their $5 million expansion; Laura Mech helped tornado victims in Oklahoma; yard waste in the streets violates city ordinances; the former Remme's Skelly has been demolished to make way for a Casey's; the trail got a $19,000 grant to buy an excavator.

June 27 - A new covered bandstand is being built at the Cannon Valley Fair; Joel Nelson helped test a new Rapala lure; two new murals are approved for downtown; Jeff Broze was voted cutest strawberry server at Cannon River Church; the county voted in a new mining ordinance; a new spillway project is underway at Byllesby dam; Beacon editor Dick Dalton is grand marshal of the July 4 parade; 64 tractors were in the parade that went from Vasa to Spring Garden.

July 4 - Emma Watson, 9, is reader of the week; Molly Taube marked 50 years in the banking business; the Molenaar Clinic being built uses local workers; locals remember Civil War heroes on the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg; a bear has been spotted by several people in the Miesville and Sogn areas; work on the Hwy. 9 overpass should start in spring 2014; single copy price of the Beacon is now $1.25.

July 11 - Megan Bauer will go to Girls Nation as a senator; Megan Geiken and Brandon Breithaupt were engaged July 4 to the sound of fireworks; Cheri Van Guilder is president of the Lions Club; Jessica (Larson) Haug and her family will spend three years in Hanoi, Vietnam; the Wine and Art Festival is July 20-21; city council denied an excavation permit to Geoff Griffin; the winery plans an appreciation event for CF residents, for its 12th anniversary.

July 18 - Angels Care Center plans a Peace Garden; Pat Greene is owner of Raw Bistro, a company located here; Linda Thompson died in a deer/motorcycle crash; Eugene Freiermuth has a 100-foot wide walnut tree; Farm Country and Ag Partners will merge; Paul Bringgold has been an American Legion member for 60 years; Libby Mills was awarded a scholarship from the 4-H Foundation; White Rock Bank and 1st Farmers & Merchants will merge; CapX substation work starts near Hampton.

July 25 - The farmer's market is across from the bandshell now; a mural is planned on Althoff's storage building; Melissa Woosley is the new director of Twin Rivers; a new record was set at the fair harness races; over 10,000 people attended the Wine and Art Festival; damage was heavy in a fire at the home of Marc and Jan Karrmann; the fire dept. street dance is July 26; the city will spend $800,000 of its reserve; Barb (Holt) Brandt is featured in the Life After Graduation feature; the vintage band festival will have four visits to CF.

August 1 - The Callister family has held a reunion for 100 years; a married couple from St. Paul was killed at the 52/86 intersection; the CF Bears are league champs; Olmsted Medical will open a branch clinic here August 5; Cannon Cruisin' Days is here Aug. 2-3; a $10 wheelage tax will apply to every vehicle in the county; a benefit for Peter Otto is Aug. 10.

August 8 - The golf tournament sponsored by 1st Farmers and White Rock Banks netted $9,591 for the ed. Foundation; Tom Murphy's purple martin colony has 50 nests; Cannon Mall Car Wash celebrated 28 years; the foundation and steel frame are up for the new hospital; Hwy. 19 from Cannon Falls to Northfield is being redone; the Hwy. 52 overpass project is in full gear.

August 15 - Large hail hit the Vermillion area; the Bears won four and the region, and are heading to the state; Mike Dalton was appointed to the Minn. Newspaper Ass'n board of directors; St. Pius Church will add an elevator and more space; White Rock Bank is sold to 1st Farmers & Merchants Bank; the Chamber of Commerce put flowers on the lightposts downtown; music & movies starts at the bandshell.

August 22 - The Hallcock farm near Randolph is recognized as a Century Farm; five-year-old Ryan Johnson has read 1,000 books; Cannon Cup was won by the Red team; over 2,300 were served chicken by Randolph firemen; the Paul Bringgold sign is now in place at the CFHS athletic complex; Randolph will join the Southeast Conference next year; the city-wide sale in CF is Sept. 21.

August 29 - Time Out Sports Bar will open where the Edgewood was; the Bears lost 1-0 to Avon in the state tourney; a new swim pool is studied by the city; Matthew Mallett was crushed by a skid loader, he later died; the city is asked to annex 52 acres of the Moline property for the new hospital; the farmers market moved back to the city lot, for now.

September 5 - Cannon beat KW 40-0, keeps the Little Brown Jug, the rivalry is in its 88th year; Harry and Betty Robinson's farm has roots back to 1882; Magdalena Heynicke is the Rotary exchange student from Germany; CFHS grad Orrin Estebo donated $1 million to the South Dakota School of Law; the state moved to shut down the Welch campground, Hidden Valley.

September 12 - Class Act strip club is torn down; the new library has a donor wall; 13 from this area went to Guatemala on a mission trip; a benefit for Brian Lorentz is Sept. 14; volunteers are needed for the Book Buddies project at CF school; Patti Kumm won an art label contest at the winery; Welch Village Ski Resort will expand; both CF and Randolph School Districts gained students; Cory Axelson fights to keep Hidden Valley Campground open.

September 19 - Misty Smalley family will occupy the Habitat for Humanity home; Sister M. Bernelle Taube celebrates 60 years as a School Sister of Notre Dame; CFHS soccer team got its first win over Schaeffer Academy; the Harry Ave. project starts next week; 121 homes are proposed across Hwy. 19 from the school; long bridge spans have been placed over Hwy. 52 at the south end of the highway at the new overpass.

September 26 - Vermillion Bank opened a branch in Miesville; Connie and Rick Bodeker plan open house at their Alpaca farm; open house is set at Raw Bistro, pet food company; Sogn girl Gladys Stenhaug is 100 years old; CF school board will adjust its retiree sub pay; a pool study committee is named by city council; the county board debates park extension at Lake Byllesby; Ferndale Market is five years old; a mission team from Spring Garden Church went to Tanzania.

October 3 - Trees were planted, fence painted and weeds pulled at the new CF library; the Sogn Craft Fair celebrates 41 years; Life Church had a re-opening; a judge ruled that Hidden Valley Campground in Welch may not reopen; Will Radman and Abby Meyer will reign over Randolph homecoming; work continues on the Veterans Memorial; CF and Randolph are above state averages in math and reading; Jeff Reinhardt is chairman of Northwestern Lumber Ass'n.

October 10 - Seniors Maggie Rutter and Dylan Safe are queen and king at CFHS homecoming; The View II and III revocations are affirmed, but they may reopen with new licensing; Brewster's is getting facelift; Greg's Meats celebrates its 35th anniversary; CF had 89 preschool students enroll, they are at full capacity; George Rapp, 95, retired as Beacon employee in charge of Shopper inserting and delivery.

October 17 - CF school Board approved the replacement of a school bus engine; 1,150 lbs. of lutefisk was prepared at Vang Church; Abigail Meyer is Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program, the first in Randolph in at least 15 years; former resident Lillian Hilton is 97 years old; Mitch Banks has joined Whitetail Properties as an agent.

October 24 - Emi Trost took first in the HVL cross country meet; $6,000 for breast cancer was raised at Randolph in the "Dig Pink" fundraiser; 161 households were served by the food shelf in September; Mike Daniels was re-elected fair board president; the city will spend $51,378 for new playground equipment at Troll Havn and Evergreen developments; Josh Colvard is the newest city policeman; Laura Mech, 36, had great support from the community as she battled breast cancer.

October 31 - The Hannah Griggs Art Project is a huge success; Dylan Gird, 4, is the latest day care member to read 1,000 books; CFHS football is one win away from the state tourney after upset wins over Tri City United and Plainview; Arnie Hjermstad is 95 and still working; Emi Trost is going to the state cross country meet; CF elementary has a goal of providing a "device in the hand of every student"; the education foundation hopes to fund $62,000 this year.

November 7 - 160 frozen turkeys were donated to the food shelf; Cloverdale 4-H sent Christmas cards to troops in Kuwait; Paul Hernke is a cheerleader for the NDSU Bison; Jim and Sharon Weinel are still involved in Gemini, a company they founded in the 1960s; Emi Trost is a state champion in cross country; CF football lost to Lourdes; the new hospital/clinic is almost totally enclosed; the county seeks bids for Byllesby Park expansion.

November 14 - RHS students are building a house west of the golf course; Tayler Banitt and Maddie Adel are MVPs of the tennis team; Angels Care Center is sold to Norm Jaffa; the city council voted to move the farmers market back to the old location; CFHS students will perform a musical, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.

November 21 - New Co. Rd. 24 has been cut to where it will intersect with Co. 25; concrete work continues on the Byllesby dam spillway project; Becca Vandenheuvel is MVP of Cannon volleyball; Hunter Johnson is MVP of CF football; CF ed foundation raised over $16,000 on Give to the Max Day; Dakota Co. approved an overpass/ramp plan for 52/86; Clay Broze and Becca Vandenheuvel signed letters of intent to play at Augustana and UM Crookston; Randolph School's audit shows $278,869 as of June 30.

November 28 - 29 students from RHS were at the national FFA convention; artifacts from the collection of Bob Molenaar are on display at Olmsted Medical; Beth Bongard has worked at Dudley's Pizza 20 years; south end businesses ask MnDOT to leave Hwy. 52 exits; planting is done at the Mayo Health Center Peace Garden; Casey's is set to open Dec. 5; Stanton has repealed its campground ordinance.

December 5 - CF eyes $20,000 for an odor tech plan; south end businesses ask legislators for help on TH52/24; a banquet celebrated the Lions Club 40 years in CF; band boosters are selling Christmas trees; Holly (Lindahl) Winjet is co-teacher of the year in CF; National Honor Society will hold a food drive at CFHS.

December 12 - Farm tax rates soar in 2014 in the county; city raises sewer rates 10%; the city will vote March 3 on $4.25 million for a new pool; the city cemetery is 150 years old; the county wind farm project is dead; Rotary is involved in the "Packing for the Weekend" project.

December 19 - City administrator Aaron Reeves has been hired by the city of Rochester; Scott and Donna Enzenauer have 14,000 Christmas trees they are growing; Rick Fox remembers Christmas in Vietnam in 1967; Caleb Thielbar night is Jan. 3 in Randolph; the Stedman home has 14,000 lights; RHS is looking to start a clay target team.

December 26 - Pfc. Cody Thorburn, home for holidays, surprised his brother, Brian, at the school; CFHS Lantern, is now an online paper; low bid on the 52/9 overpass and ramps is $6.72 million; Stan Magnier, France, and Mathijs Staal, Holland, are exchange students at CFHS; Lou Bowman has retired after nine years at the Chamber of Commerce; the addition to St. Pius Church is now complete.

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