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2008: The year in review

January 4 - The city skating rink is sitting vacant, not cold enough to make ice; barber Bob Boser, 40 years at the 19/4th St. corner, moved across the street; Wayne Erickson celebrated his 80th birthday; Donald and Nancy Nord, Goodhue, are county conservationists of the year; Missy Klapperich and John Fogarty are teachers of the year at CF schools.

January 11 - Dick Peterson was re-elected chairman of the CF School Board and was picked on the all-state school board; Marek Haggerty was winner of the geography bee at the CF middle school; Richard Samuelson of CF is chairman of the county board; Mayor Weibel has recommended terminating city administrator Kathleen Miller; Logan Heinlein, born Jan. 1, is the first baby of the year.

January 18 - Rod Johnson of CF was named state champion auctioneer; Celebrity Night, a fundraiser for the hospital, is Feb. 3; Joel Stenhaug, Warsaw Town Clerk for 48 years, was honored as citizen of the year by county newspapers; Scott Peer and Rick Rottman, two local soldiers, will remain in Iraq until August; CEO Greg Angstman prefers the new hospital be built on land it owns east of TH52.

January 25 - Dale Froyum, Welch, was named Horseperson of the Year; CFHS dance teams took first at a Waconia tourney; Korie Jackson became the 4th CFHS girls basketball player to score 1,000 points in her career; Supt. Don Pressnall at Randolph will retire at the end of the year; Cedar Hills residents feel sidewalks are unnecessary; the medical center officially picked its own 35-acre site for a new hospital, with no timetable for construction.

February 1 - CF elem. students skipped rope and raised $4,000 for the education foundation; Alex Montgomery became the fifth CFHS girls basketball player to score 1,000 points; a decision on the TH52 interchange is expected in April or May; an outbreak of herpes has shut down the wrestling season temporarily; Luvy Rapp and Tim Trost sculpted the centerpiece of the snow sculpting contest at the winter carnival.

February 8 - A total of 1,097 children received toys in the Toys for Tots county program; the house of James Larson was destroyed by fire; Megan Murphy is homecoming queen at Briar Cliff University; some Stanton Twp. residents have inquired about incorporating as a city; CF police investigated 3,774 incidents in 2006.

February 15 - The Falls, Healthy Living by Nature, has plans to move to Pine Island instead of a Stanton Twp. location; the annexation petition in Stanton Twp. has been cancelled; Bernice Stenhaug continues writing to pen pals; the CFHS Dance Team is going to the state tournament; 114 building permits were issued in the city in 2006, worth $5 million.

February 22 - The CFHS dance team won its third straight state Class A high kick precision dance title; Randolph will see a water rate increase; the council gave city administrator Kathleen Miller a vote of confidence; volunteers are sought to "stoke" the wood stove at the Welch trail access; if the Met Council takes over Hampton's wastewater plant, 30 new homes a year would need to be built; the Rapp family is walking to raise funds for autism research.

March 1 - Book Buddies are reading to residents at the care center; 23 BPA members at CFHS earned trips to state; wrestlers Spencer Flodeen, Jared Erlanson and Stephen Johnson are going to state; 12 inches of snow fell; the Stanton annexation petition has now been ruled invalid; a redesign is considered for the trailhead in the city parking lot; the CFHS speech team is first at a KW tourney.

March 8 - The July 4 parade route has been changed; two storms totalled 22 inches of snow; the chamber showcase is March 18 and 19; an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner raised money for St. Mary's School in New Trier; one of six local men will get hair color in an education foundation fundraiser.

March 15 - A fire damaged the garage of James Larson; Sara and John Otterness went on a mission trip to Tanzania; Jordan Strelow hit 1,000 points in his career on the CFHS basketball team; Anastasia Smith won the spelling bee at Randolph; Curt Callstrom bought Lindahl Tire & Battery; the chamber added 21 members in 2006; Goodhue County backs a plan for a pedestrian/bike bridge below the Byllesby dam.

March 22 - Andrea Schiebe is the Loyalty Day queen; a quilt raffle will benefit the Shepherd's Center; Kalyn Schroeder and Natalie Beavers are all-state dancers; Keith Smiley is re-elected chairman of the township board; the education foundation auction raised $16,000 for the schools; a gravel pit is proposed in Leon Twp.; proposed annexation in Stanton will be a big issue in the future.

March 29 - The DNR has been trapping turkeys in the area where they are becoming a "nuisance"; Michael Kelley, formerly principal at Randolph, is now the superintendent; the mortgage on the development of Sandstone Ridge has been foreclosed upon; Freeberg Ins. has moved to 309 W. Main; Nina Zipfel of Germany will be the next Rotary exchange student; Cannon Falls FFA celebrated its 75th anniversary.

April 5 - CFHS grad Emily Banks is the new editor of the Minnesota Daily; the PTO carnival raised $4,800 for the school; Anne Spillman of CF was crowned county dairy princess; street and utility work starts in Cedar Hills; Steve and Karen Holt bought the Stone Mill Coffeehouse; Kathy Tilderquist is honored for her 20 years working with the high school BPA chapter.

April 12 - Dick Peterson was honored for his contributions to the state turkey industry; Joel Girardin was honored by the Seed Savers Exchange; Leon and Paulette Hanson have opened The View, a senior living facility; the Randolph tractor parade had 93 entries; Cannon Falls voters will get a school building bond to vote on in the fall; Randolph will hold "Railroad Days."

April 19 - Six have applied for the economic development director job in the city; the former Edgewood Restaurant will go on the auction block; Chad Sheridan, CFHS grad, was awarded a Purple Heart for an injury in Iraq; the community band is back for the summer; Brian and Kim Niehaus will walk for the March of Dimes, their two daughters were born weighing a pound each.

April 26 - The theme of the CFHS prom is "007, Bond and Beyond"; Holden Seeds will expand in Stanton; barber Bob Boser will have a retirement open house; Ashley Weinhandl took first place at the state high school speech tournament; after eight years, Kraemer and Douglas Twp. are still fighting over a gravel pit; the EDA committee has recommended the Minn. Malting site be rezoned back to industrial; stray cats are a concern to Ridgecrest area residents and Pet Adoption.

May 3 - School classes have attended Eagle Bluff for 10 years; the diabetes walk at the elem. school raised over $26,000; RHS prom theme is "Caught in a Midnight Moment"; an ethanol plant is proposed in Hampton Twp.; Bryan Moon and others left for New Guinea to help find more lost WWII American airmen; Sue Von is facing federal charges in the theft from a local company, Sustane.

May 10 - Local people have gone to help hurricane victims; Rockets, a new restaurant, has opened in the former Hardee's location; CFHS is presenting the play "Once Upon a Mattress"; Debbie Bauer, with a son in the Army, hopes to form a Blue Star Mothers group here; Missy Klapperich's 4th graders have read one, two or three million words in a class program; reconstruction of Co. Hwy. 1 has cost more than expected.

May 17 - The DuBar Dolls will walk to beat cancer; Kyle Blakeslee is HVL champ in the 3200 meter run; the Randolph playground drive raised $33,000; new owner of the Sogn Valley Orchard is John Zimmer; Sue Von pled guilty to federal charges of theft from Sustane; the historic fire hall, now the museum, has a new bell and historically correct bell tower.

May 24 - Bryan Malone and Evan Owens will attend Boys State; Angels Care Center chapel fund drive raised $38,780; scholarships totaling over $50,000 went to CFHS seniors; Tom Heski retired after teaching 35 years at Randolph; Linda Lindor retired after 35 years teaching at CF; Nancy Berhow retired after 32 years teaching in CF; 1st National Bank will be sold to Merchants Group of Winona.

May 31 - CF teacher Pat Senjem retired after a 35-year career; Molly Neil, Randolph, is a finalist for Princess Kay of the Milky Way; an F-0 tornado hit Holden, Warsaw; Supt. Don Pressnall will be honored at a retirement reception; RHS will graduate 44, CFHS will graduate 128; Co. 1 is closed at White Rock; Treasure Island Casino will start a $50 million building project; the new lights at John Burch Park have been paid for.

June 7 - Raphael Anderson has graduated from the Coast Guard Academy; Tim Getman, art teacher at CFHS for 31 years, has retired; "Hollywood Nights" is theme of the senior class party; Caitlyn Otis will be an exchange student in Norway; Gemini plans to expand in CF; 180 homes are proposed on a site in Stanton Twp.; the CF School building referendum will amount to $21 million.

June 14 - Curb and gutter is next for Cedar Hills; Brad Leonard and Dina Fesler have adopted a child from India; the county is frustrated with MPCA regulations over the solid waste plan; new bleacher seating has been installed at the fairgrounds; a new gas pipeline will be installed to serve the Invenergy power plant; the July 4 parade will have a new route this year; four baby swans were hatched in the Minnieska Park pond.

June 21 - Jane Dahl and kids attended six major league baseball games in 4 days; a new kids playground is installed at Byllesby Park; New Trier will decorate its fire hydrants; manager Danielle Fogarty said the Lorentz Meats & Deli will close; longtime banker Paul Bringgold is leaving a legacy of generosity with the sale of 1st National Bank; Nancy Spooner-Mueller is the city's new economic development director; the Nature Valley Gran Prix bike race will start and end in the city.

June 28 - Paul Bringgold is the grand marshal of the July 4 parade; members of BPA attended a New York conference; a Prior Lake man died in a plane crash in Leon Twp.; former CFHS coach Jeroy Carlson is honored by Augsburg College; Stanton officials have concerns about the 180-home development; Wanamingo plans a cemetery walk; the Spring Garden road will be open only in the summer.

July 5 - Marie Hernke baked 46 pies for her own 90th birthday open house; Jason Pagel and Mike Meyers were the overall winners at the fair demo derbies; the library board said that building on property just south of city hall was the best choice they could make; Nick Weber won the combine derby at the fair; Hampton mayor Tim Skog was arrested for DUI; Dave Von is indicted by a federal grand jury; Rod Johnson seeks a seat in the MN House.

July 12 - A Florida man died in a crash at TH52 and Co. 9; Greg Wulf is the new president of the Rotary Club; CF Police promote National Night Out; Rod Johnson lost his bid for a House seat at the endorsing convention; two of the city's swan cygnets have died; the Bears topped the Hampton Cardinals 6-0 on July 4; you can get married at the Rice Co. Fair.

July 19 - A 10-year-old girl from CF escaped an attempted abduction; Jeff McCormick is hired as the new police chief; Nora Nordling returned home after an aneurysm prior to delivering a baby; a Harry Potter reading party is planned; the depot at Little Oscar's Restaurant will be moved to the Antique Power Show grounds; a charter school is proposed at the Maltby Nature Center; nine WWII plane crash sites were mapped by Bryan Moon and MIA Hunters.

July 26 - Debbi Howden is the new manager of Country Kitchen; Greg Endres of Greg's Meats was inducted into the Cured Meats National Hall of Fame; Progressive Rail proposes uses and rezoning of the Minnesota Malting Co. property; local guardsmen Scott Peer and Rick Rottman have returned home; Megan Ripley won a national weightlifting contest; Belle Creek 4-H won its 6th straight softball title; Randolph's Railcats raised $5,000 for the Nordling family.

August 2 - Open house is planned at the new Lake Byllesby Park; Ashley Weinhandl won a $52,000 scholarship to St. Ben's; Bernard and Mary Lou Bauer were named Dakota Co. Farm Family of the year; Church of the Redeemer is 150 years old; Randolph Twp. residents are opposed to the proposed ethanol plant in Hampton Twp.; Matt Pietrzak, Randolph graduate, is home from Iraq; local donations are going to help tornado victims in Kansas.

August 9 - The new chapel at Angels Care Center is dedicated; music and movies starts at the bandshell; AgStar donated $2,500 to the fair; CF grad David Schwietz was on his bike on another bridge when he saw the 35W bridge collapse; former resident David Brown was on the bridge, fell 50 to 60 feet, and was injured; Benjamin Fisher is the new principal at Randolph High School; if the Bears win their next game, they're in the state.

August 16 - Thirteen teams threw horseshoes at Harry Robinson's; for the first time in three years, a train came into CF with equipment for the Invenergy power plant; Duane and Pat Rother are the Goodhue County Farm Family of the Year; the Bears beat Lonsdale 4-1 to gain the state tournament in Class C; Rod Johnson of CF is the Wisconsin auctioneer champion; the city has discontinued publishing minutes in the Beacon.

August 23 - Spring Garden Church sold their parsonage; Pastor Arte Sharot is the new pastor at Urland; Greg Wulf of First Farmers Bank is named manager of the year by the Short Companies; the DuBar Dolls team raised $24,000 for breast cancer research; the city has set hours for minors by an ordinance; the city escaped damage from weekend heavy rains; a blood drive netted 106 units here.

August 30 - Stan Molstad has a wind turbine at his rural CF home; Cannon River Church celebrates 150 years; Ray and Ken Taylor families are top conservationists in Dakota Co.; the Bears lost to Princeton 3-1 in the state baseball tournament; Prudential Realty has merged with Edina Realty; Hampton Town Board said no to an ethanol plant; Stanton and the city spar over an annexation plan.

September 6 - Molly Neil, Dakota Co. Dairy Princess, had her head carved in butter at the State Fair; Bob Bidon is skating in-line marathons at age 63; Augsburg will retire Scott Hvistendahl's football jersey; the Todd Prinks have gone organic on their 68 acres; former residents Bonnie and Jim Norstad related their flood experience in Rushford, where they now live; a group of local people traveled to Guatemala, helping at an orphanage; local politicians are lobbying for a TH52 freeway.

September 13 - Herb, Scott and Erik Johnson are three generations from CF who are airline pilots; college student Stephanie Wegmann traveled to Kenya to study human rights and social justice; the city-wide garage sale includes 77 homes; Bob Snyder is the Cannon Golf Club champion; Jesse and Bobby Johnson are both serving in Iraq; city administrator Kathleen Miller and councilperson Lisa Wilcox-Erhardt have resigned; the grape harvest is underway at Cannon River Winery; CF school is down 56, Randolph up 19 in enrollment.

September 20 - The scout camp here has 6,000 visitors a year; the Randolph FFA is the premier exhibitor at the State Fair; David Pagel left his township job to be streets/parks supervisor for the city; a new $3.3 million library is to be voted on by the city council; Edina Realty and Edward Jones plan a grand opening in their newly remodeled offices in the former Ben Franklin building; Amanda Pagel travels widely in her global studies at Long Island University; Carolyn Chester resigned from the Randolph City Council.

September 27 - The Byllesby drawdown starts Oct. 1; Lanell Endres is appointed interim city administrator; king Riley Trom and queen Alex Brown reign over Randolph homecoming; Rotary honored Bryan Moon, Tom Heski and Paul Hurt for their community service; the steering committee has recommended the south interchange for TH 52; city council postponed the library decision two weeks; Heaven's Touch is now Acacia Studios.

October 4 - Queen Michelle McCoy and king Aaron Christianson reign at CF homecoming; Kenyon-Wanamingo took back the Little Brown Jug in football; the CFHS musical is "Bye Bye Birdie"; Sheryl Flom got a ride on a fire truck for her 50th birthday; the ad hoc committee has recommended passage of the school referendums in the Nov. 6 election; two openings from the city exist on the library board; local nurses helped provide flood relief in Rushford.

October 11 - The chamber scarecrow contest drew 28 entries; Jim Cherwinka was appointed to the city council filling the seat of Lisa Wilcox-Erhardt; Evelyn Strack is the 2007 Hometown Spirit Award Winner; a new library was approved by the city council in a 4-2 vote; the city council stopped the annexation process of 120 acres in Stanton Township; block parties are held to convey information on the Nov. 6 school bond vote.

October 18 - The original 150-year old log cabin of Spring Garden Lutheran Church was moved to the church grounds; the county board approves the south location of an interchange in CF; weather is taking its toll on the 129-year-old Oxford Mill; Hampton approves a site for a new fire hall; the local CROP Walk raised $3,442; CFHS grad Nate Safe plays for the NDSU team that beat the Gophers.

October 25 - Paintings by lab tech Pat Nelson grace the medical center walls; North American Hydro is behind on lease payments to the two counties; students at CFHS and RHS are building houses again this year; the library board is rethinking site for a new library; Sue Rheingans, Pat Anderson and Stephanie Fox received volunteer awards from the city; RHS football is champion of the north division of their conference.

November 1 - The fence at the cemetery is replaced; the first lutefisk dinner of the season will be at Urland; John Althoff is re-elected fair board president; Rotary donated a bench along the Cannon Valley Trail; Dave Vandergon is the new director of Kenyon Sunset Home; the concession stand at CFHS failed a county health dept. review; Joel Willenbring was injured when run over by a car before CFHS play practice; CF Medical Center offered flu shots at no cost.

November 8 - The Randolph Foundation collects aluminum cans to raise money for school activities; Kyle Blakeslee gained the state cross country meet; 10,000 pounds of rough fish have been seined at Lake Byllesby; Turtle River Press stopped publication; Mary Lou Endres has made over 100,500 rosaries; the operating and building referendums at Cannon Falls School both passed; Sister Patricia Fritz retired after 11 years at Angels Care Center; Dave Von pled not guilty in federal court.

November 15 - CFHS and RHS member of FFA attended the national convention in Indianapolis; 59% of voters approved the $22 million building bond school referendum; Rachel Rapp shot her first buck; more than 530 people ate lutefisk at Urland's dinner, raising $2,000; Aaron Christianson of CFHS is all-conference in football.

November 22 - The city council agrees to review sewer and water fees; 2008 tax estimates do not include the school bond issues recently approved; a soybean conditioning plant is going up in Randolph; Alex Montgomery will play Div. I basketball at Drake; the Molitor family has raised over $100,000 for diabetes research; Robert Appelgren is appointed to the Randolph City Council; the real estate slump has hit CF.

November 29 - MnDOT says all local bridges are safe; 49 elk roam the Vasa farm of John and Shirley Fredrickson; Jim Bassett took a bike trip to Croatia; Bob Davis, county veterans service officer, was honored by the state association of counties; Shelby Edberg, Kalyn Schroeder and MacKenzie Hanson were all-conference in tennis; a pot-bellied pig is loose near Randolph; about 120 people enjoyed the community Thanksgiving dinner; Toys for Tots has local dropoff points.

December 6 - Deck the Falls events were cancelled due to heavy snow and rain; a propane heater caused a fire at the home of Kent and Jessica Peine; a public meeting is planned here on the proposed new power lines that will come through the area; Spring Garden Church will celebrate the history of St. Lucia; Sharon Prestegard's horse won a national title; Welch Village opened for skiing.

December 13 - A federal judge cleared Dave Von of all charges; Habitat for Humanity wants to build a house in CF; the library board has again gone on record as favoring a site near city hall for a new library; a winter formal dance is at CFHS Dec. 15; Cannon Valley Trail is open for cross country skiing; the city council approved hiring a full time EMT; Wangen Prairie Church has its first full-time pastor, Glen Holland; Friends of the Library shopping spree attracted 80 kids.

December 20 - Hampton sets a growth plan for 10 homes yearly; St. Ansgar's Church plans a $1 million expansion along with annexation to the city; the CFHS wrestling program is 50 years old in 2009; there was a huge crowd at the CFHS dance team preview; Goodhue Co. will increase the levy 3.97% in 2008; City officials published their Christmas wish lists; Jack and Alonza Raway have made over 1,100 quilts this year.

December 27 - A city council vote to affirm the site of the new library near city hall failed on a 3-3 vote; Chris Heiman and others waited in line for hours to get on "Deal or No Deal"; Police Chief McCormick was fined $50,000 for an excessive force incident in Chatfield in 2005; neighbors want blacktop streets in Stanton's Penfield addition; CFHS wrestlers beat perennial power Goodhue 34-31.

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