January 5 - Over 3,000 items were collected in the Randolph drive for the food shelf; the veterans memorial is nearing its financial goal; Mary Duncomb is retiring from Dakota Co. 4-H; Mark Norton bought Johnson Collision, now known at Soulfisher Collision; Owen Hernke got the Bronze Star, 60 years after he served in Korea; Gov. Mark Dayton skied and visited at Welch Village.
January 12 - New chairman of Shepherd's Center is Chuck Rademacher; a new fitness/weight room has opened at Randolph; Richard Samuelson, CF, is new chair of the county board; Anthony Flemmons was relieved of his softball coaching job at CFHS; 50 degree temps brought out golfers and canoeists; Subway marked 20 years in CF.
January 19 - Amy Boe lost 194 lbs. in a weight loss program; Gary Moorhouse will chair the Randolph School Board again; Gary Schmidgall moved to Hancock where he will assume a position in the corporate office of Hancock Concrete; Lorentz Meats and Organic Prairie joined forces here and will expand their operation; Megan Zillgitt is CF elementary teacher of the year.
January 26 - Mike Zillgitt tied for 1st in the DNR wild turkey stamp contest; Cedric Dicke set the alltime scoring record for CFHS of 1,447 points; Amy Dombeck of CFHS is named teacher of the year; the home of Bucky and Wanda Lindow was destroyed by fire; the CFHS music dept. is holding a fundraiser to purchase a Clavinova.
February 2 - Al and Roy Lodermeier were named citizens of the year by county editors; CFHS Bomber high kick team won the conference; Rod Johnson is vice president of Minnesota auctioneers; class of '97 won the CFHS alumni tourney; close to $2,000 was raised at the ed foundation fundraiser; CF police had 6,389 incident in 2011.
February 9 -Cedric Dicke is a preferred walkon with the Gopher football team; Stanton Twp. issued $2.2 million in building permits in 2011; Wendy Carpenter is the new Hampton clerk; longtime businessman Bob O'Gorman died; Greg Hedeen is Lion of the Year; CFHS speech team opened with a team win at Rochester Lourdes.
February 16 - A judge ruled the CAPX high voltage line should go around CF; the CF school board approved $320,000 in cuts; CFHS students gave a $2,500 check to the Lindows, whose house was destroyed by fire; CFHS boys won the blue division in the HVL; the team of '94-96 won the Randolph alumni tourney; the Masonic Lodge is promoting reading with a "bikes for books" program.
February 23 - the Bomber dance high kick team took 2nd in the state; Rod Johnson again is a Timberwolvers announcer; Jerry Hall spotted a bluebird on Feb. 16, a month early; Carson Chytracek caught a 10 lb. walleye on Lake Byllesby; Shepherd's Center plans a Cape Cod trip in July; open houses are planned on the Co. 24 collector road.
March 1- Randolph has joined a nine-man football conference, starting this fall; the CFHS math team placed 3rd in the Wasioja division; the Jack Lucking family runs Cannon Valley Orchard; Merchants Bank backed the wine and art festival with a $10,000 donation over 3 years; the booya is March ; 52 and 9 was the scene of yet another accident.
March 8 - Kalyn Friedges was named the Loyalty Day Queen; the CFHS junior varsity team went 23-0 this season; Ag Partners will hold a grand opening; PB Crave, a new peanut butter is made here; an old hotel site in New Trier gave up some interesting artifacts; construction is on track for the new city library; 122 building permits worth $1.4 million were issued in CF during 2011.
March 15 - Jessica Kasa was named childcare provider of the year; Old Market Deli will expand its kitchen; Bianca Caputo, 2nd grade, has a goal of $2,500 for clean water in developing countries; CF firemen will buy a used ladder truck; staffing changes at CFHS will save $25,000; Twin City band Cactus Blossoms will play here; area golf courses are open.
March 22 - National Honor Society blood drive got 75 units of blood at CFHS; seven from CF advance to BPS national competition; a group met to improve the water quality in the Little Cannon; Missy Klapperich is named middle school teacher of the year; write ins elected were Mark Nelson, supervisor, and Sue Safe, clerk in CF township; the school "walk for diabetes" is now a "dance for diabetes.
March 29 - Bob Koch commutes to work, in Moscow!; Linda Hindal raises money for her church by selling caramel rolls; CFHS speech team won the HVL title; community garden space is available at Spring Garden Nursery; the west side street project has started.
April 5 - Don Shelby will speak at Adventures in Learning; volunteers logged 825 hours at the medical center in 2011; the education foundation donated $70,000 to programs at the school; CFHS speech team is subsection champ; bike trail use and revenue was up in 2011; the spring city-wide sale is May 5.
April 12 - Ashley Banitt is MVP of CFHS girls basketball; Megan Myers is the Athena award winner at Randolph; Rachel Friese is county dairy princess; the city library bond is $932,000, at 1.98%; Jacob Robinson was first in line at the Easter basket hunt; Marion Frandrup, Randolph, hosted a "Peep" show at her house for Easter.
April 19 - The county is offering CodeRed warnings by cell phone; there were 108 tractors in the Randolph FFA parade; CFHS entered its first robot project in a U of M contest; Pauline Nerison is retiring at White Rock Bank; the CF speech team is section champ; the MN PUC voted to keep the CapX line along Hwy. 52; fees, lunch costs are going up at Randolph.
April 26 - 4th graders are back from the annual trip to Eagle Bluff; the MN Aviation Hall of Fame honored Bryan Moon; U-turn construction is set for Hwys. 52 and 86 in 2013; the education foundation raised $40,000 at its benefit auction; paving of Hwy. 19 to Red Wing is complete; seven from CFHS earned medals at state speech.
May 3 - CF native Tom Heski was officer of the year with the Savage Police Dept.; over $9,000 was raised for the hospital at Celebrity Night; Lake Byllesby Improvement Assn is 45 years old; Gemini plans to add a warehouse in the industrial park; 40,000 lbs. of carp were pulled out of Lake Byllesby; the city library is closed and will reopen at city hall on May 14.
May 10 - the first Mn. High School Rodeo will be at Simon Arena; work is being done on the dock and beach at Goodhue Co. Park; "Shattered Dreams " is theme of CF mock crash; Jim Foss is the new president of Minn. State Fair; Chuggers is looking to add a deck; RHS grad Dan Dosedel is in the Peace Corps and stationed in Sierra Leone; lawsuits are threatened on a proposed wind farm between Cannon Falls and Zumbrota.
May 17 - Mold, sewer odor close the county public health building; 65 residents held garage sales; 15 students from CFHS toured Washington, D.C.; the Bryan family is hosting a swap meet, where 1,500 glass insulators will be displayed; the winery is hosting a veterans memorial benefit; 65 harness horses raced at the fairgrounds May 12.
May 24 - RHS students are involved in an Arizona wildlife project; James Rolfes and Joslyn Hendrickson were awarded the CFHS Hall of Fame;
$47,000 in scholarships went to CFHS seniors; the 52/9 interchange scores high in MnDOT plans; Jane Bracken spent her entire teaching career, 41 years at CF. She will retire this year.
May 31 - The 100-Year-old home of Jim Kuhn was burned as training by Randolph firemen; rail grain loading facility is proposed in Randolph; 100 will graduate at CFHS, 44 at RHS; Michael Growette, Matthew Hernke and Matthew Duff were given full-ride scholarships by Gemini; county and MnDOT have plans for 14 and 52.
June 7 - The Randolph community gave $33,850 to grads this year; Emi Trost and Paul Hernke are going to state track; Spring Garden Nursery moved to a new location on Hwy. 52; library bids approved, demo set for next week; Evie Strack raised her granddaughter, Caitlyn, and she graduated from CFHS this spring; Bomber baseball team won the subsection.
June 14 - CFHS put on "Our Town" recently; 160 took part in the 5K Komen race for the cure; the CFHS baseball team will play in the state tourney; Hernke was 5th, Trost 6th in state track; there was a pie social at Twin Rivers; Nicole Erickson was named teacher of the year at Randolph; Mayo takes over Red Wing Fairview; CF 2nd graders meet their pen pals.
June 21 -Nick McIntee is MVP of Randolph baseball; CFHS baseball lost in the state to champ Holy Family; 97th fair approaches; a foot of rain pummels the area, washing out roads and closing the trail; the old library building is no more; Fr. Jay Kythe reflects on his tenure at St. Pius; autocross is new at the fair.
June 28 - Megan Ripley is MVP of CF softball; recent storm damage at CF school is $170,000; Randolph Twp. stopped Interstate Mills project; storm damage in the area is in the millions; 60 tractors, mostly vintage, paraded from Vasa to Spring Garden; Duane Hermanson is grand marshal of the July 4 parade; Lorentz Meats and Cannon Power Sports plans were reviewed by city council.
July 5 - VFW baseball team has at 8-4 record; Zach Williams is home after two tours in Afghanistan; Sibley Engineering opens a pro truck retail store; Patrick Walker is new pastor of Christ Church; huge crowd saw the first demo derby at the fair; the governor and FEMA toured CF, disaster money sought; county board met at the Cannon fair.
July 12 - The Schulz family recalls days at the Corner Cafe; the Legion team got 32 hits in two games; 150th anniversary of Vang Church planned; summer reading program continues; temps hit 103 at the parade; Willa Lukowicz had her golden birthday on July 4; west side residents voice concerns about drainage; wine and art festival starts July 21.
July 19 - Dunk a cop planned at Aug. first Thursday event; flood cleanup is underway; Jason Provost benefit is planned; the Mayo Clinic and Twin Rivers will partner; Scofield Drug, Econo Foods, donated $10,000 to the library; a street legal manure spreader highlights the antique power show at Steve Bauers; more study is needed on frac sand mining.
July 26 - FEMA will cover flood damage costs; Kevin Miller, Randolph, will lead the Minn. Ambulance Ass'n; Vince Cockriel found a massive elk horn after the recent flood; Lorentz Meats broke ground on its expansion; Joel Rustad is new president of the Lions Club; flood damaged bridge in Miesville may have to wait until 2013 for repair; Welch Twp. is 155 years old.
August 2 - copies of the EAW on the SE Co. 24 collector road are available; CF Mudcat team finished 23-0; Hwy.19 to Red Wing is now open; "Uncle Chunk" will play the firemen's dance; $3.4 million dollar road project starts in Hampton; Minnieska Park has undergone a major flood cleanup; New Day Auctions celebrates one year in CF.
August 9 - CF humanities class goes to Italy; CF Bears will play in the state tourney; 15 teams took part in Harry Robinson's horsehoe tournament; chamber served pancakes to 500 people; Mayo Health is recognized for care; Nashville's Tim Watson will appear here; CFHS class of '57 held 55th reunion.1st
August 16 -Derek Bell is new principal at CF elementary; Miesville Ravine Park re-opens; Bruce Hegland is CF golf club champion; Reed Qualey, popular owner of Scofield Drug, has died; city council hears an update on CapX2020; Anything Goes holds a grand opening at its new location downtown; recent blood drive netted 95 pints.
August 23 -Glennis Werner Roseboom writes of her Olympic experience; 1st Farmers and White Rock banks donated $7,337 to the ed foundation; the CF swans, Bonnie and Clyde, were moved to park in Iowa because of flood damage here; CF is above average in 11 of 14 state tests; over 2,000 ate sweet corn at Randolph; county board extends the moratorium on frac sand mining.
August 30 - The Sjoquist twins, formerly with the All-American Redheads, are in the women's basketball hall of fame; the winery is looking for vounteers to pick grapes; Bomber tennis starts 5-1; the Blossoms complete a 60-mile cancer walk; a campground is planned in the former
Spring Garden Nursery site; the county is working toward zero deaths; the city begins cable TV negotiations.
September 6 - Work is underway on the Lake Byllesby dam project; Ron and Jeanne Dosedel are teaching in Africa and they need books; the Bears lost in state baseball; RHS lost its first game in 9-man football; an economic initiatives loan helped Chuggers; enrollment at CF is 1,180 students, at Randolph 573; Joanne Peine Ruttgers married into the family that runs Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge; the city inspects the Tom Wilson property.
September 13 - A Macintosh lab is now ready at CFHS; Randolph FFA is named premier exhibitor at the 2012 Minn. State Fair; city-wide cleanup is Sept. 29; Hwy. 19 to Northfield will be repaved in 2013; with support from Riverwood Church, a youth group will go to a South Dakota reservation on a mission trip; County levy to rise less than 1%; Dr. Karl Molenaar plans to build a clinic here; County board to review wind project ownership;
September 20 - Hampton receives funding for streets; flood cleanup still going on; Goodhue Co. 4-H club seeks new members; the swans are back home in Minnieska Park; Stephanie and Erik Peterson are in the foreign service in Africa; McGruff kids ID kit now available.
September 27 - A four year old girl was hurt in a crash on Hwys. 52 and 9; local alpaca farms open for touring; winery to celebrate 8th anniversary; Stanton approves new cable company; respect for creation sent Pastor Ruud to BWCA; Sogn Valley Craft Fair is 40 years old; Mayo Health receives level 4 trauma certification; the city will save $200,000 on a bond refund.
October 4 - Over 130 cars at fall demo derby; Samantha Modrak and Blake Hogan reign at CFHS homecoming; Wine and Art Festival donated $10,000 to veterans memorial; Midwest sold to Toronto company; Casey's applies for 52 and 19 convenience store; Emily Banks managing editor of Mashable, a website in New York City; Nancy Diebenbrock and her dog Sam are fixtures at Cannon Golf Club.
October 11- The auction of Clare and Marlene Willis was legendary; Miesville Trail is closed for repair; King Max Stoesz and Queen Jami Kusilek reign at Randolph; benefit for Pam Reinke is set; Shepherd's Center will host a health fair; hospital project moves into next phase; East Side street project estimated at $2.95 million.:
October 18 - Jonathan Eilen crowned at 2012 Midwest Tour champion; the new Cannon Falls library is coming along nicely; MnDot finalizing Hwy. 52 plan; Randolph discusses water tower repairs; housing market activity up; Cannon Falls ACT scores at state average; Randolph bond refinance at .89%; Liam Jacques, Sam White, Nolan Hartl and Tyler Chytracek were chosen for boys honor choir.
October 25 - Vang held its annual lutefisk supper; Betty McFarland, 89, had a 40 minute glider ride; Millie Ohnstad returned the trunk to Norwary 141 years later; officers were re-elected at Cannon Valley Fair; license revocation of the View confirmed; Ken Kressin explains why he is opposed to the marriage amendment; Cannon Falls district in black through the end of the year.
November 1 - Pastor Rod Anderson portrays Swede pioneer Eric Norelius; locals ride out the storm in New York; Vermillion Bank building a Miesville bank; Heather Sharp has written a book; Emi Trost will run in the state tournament; St. Mary's celebrates 100 years in "new" church; the Rotary Gala is November 10; Gemini is putting up a new warehouse.
November 8 - Bomber football fell one game short of state; Emi Trost is second at state meet; CFPD gets more raccoon calls; WWII vet Frank Doplen will speak at Adventures in Learning; Bomber debate team ranked 5th in state; Bucky Lindow named Dick Siebert award winner; CFHS performed My Fair Lady; Cannon Falls hospital fundraising over midway to $6.5 million goal.
November 15 - First English confirms 18; Rotary Club nets $28,000 to charity; Sam Aune named MVP of Rocket football; Brook Dillon is featured in a new series; the new CFFD fire truck weighs 75,000 lbs.; Jay Sjoblem is the new city council member; Dennis Underwood was killed in crash near New Trier; the 2.8 million dollar East Side project moves forward.
November 22 - Karl Molenaar is affiliated with Olmsted Medical Group; activities fees rise again at CFHS; Feed My Starving Children exceeds its goal of 116,000 meals; Jordan Lundell is MVP of Bomber football; Brianna Willie is MVP of RHS volleyball; and Nancy Busiahn are in Czech Republic; Mayo staff is designing rooms for new hospital; CF school district looks to borrow 1.5 million dollars; band boosters selling Christmas trees.
November 29 - Matthew Prink is featured in "Life After Graduation"; dance parents selling raffle tickets; Deck the Falls parade bigger than ever; the campground permitted in R-1 zoning in Stanton; plans are underway for new medical facility; King's Place collecting Toys for Tots; Kyle Blakeslee, senior at Augustana, named an all American in Cross Country.
December 6 - City administrator Aaron Reeves is a candidate for the Faribault job; ArtOrg of Northfield buys, to move to space next to Cannon VFW; Randolph band is in Nashville; CF elementary bears down on reading skills; holiday open house at Ferndale Dec. 8; young girl scouts set up mitten tree; Kristin Rudeen designs and wins a t-shirt contest nationally; Welch ski hill is open.
December 13 - Randolph dance team takes first at Zumbrota; Hannah Jensen featured in "Life After Graduation;" World Food will buy 45 acres in the Cannon Falls Industrial Park; Hampton Boosters host senior Christmas party; fifteen varieties at Vasa cookie walk; Aaron Reeves withdraws from Faribault job; City water and sewer fees to go up 10%; city will buy new squad, chief's car.
December 20 - Ellison sheep farm, where it's all about the wool, is featured; Mark Isaacson died in a waste hauler accident; County board approves purchase of 26 acres for trail; Cannon Power Sports donates to Food Shelf; Lenora Rapp and Marguerite Judge are featured; Clara Samuelson died at age 101; Goodhue County levy to rise .94%; Mayo will look for city annexation.
December 27 - Library project nears completion; Merchants Bank donates to local non-profits; first baby contest will give prizes; Mayo campaign making progress; Miya Horita is an exchange student from Japan; Interstate Mills gets approval to build a truck and rail grain handling facility in Randolph; Sandy Wollschlager tours China.