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While the city campground is empty right now, city staff is preparing for the upcoming camping season. Proposed is an online booking/payment system and a campground host program to make users feel safe and welcome. This past camping season, COVID-19 regulations only allowed the city to open up half of the 20 camp sites. In addition, the restrooms and fish cleaning facility had to be closed. Despite this, the city saw an increase in revenue in the campground.

Making Appleton welcoming to campers, ATVers important to city council

by Leslie Ehrenberg

An online payment system and host program for the Appleton Campground, and permit fees for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), were discussed by the Appleton City Council at their February 17 meeting.

Susan Rittenour, city staff member, began her presentation to the council stating the campground is a huge asset to have in Appleton. “There’s been an overall increase in camping Nationwide and our campground also saw the benefit of that,” she said.

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Featured Articles

March brings MN Food Share campaign

The MN Food Share March Campaign is just around the corner and it is because of continued support and generous donations in Swift County that the local food shelves keep their shelves full of food and ready to help families in need. This year the MN Food Share March Campaign is celebrating its 40th Anniversary!

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Extremely low interest rates affects county investments

by Reed Anfinson

“I don’t know quite where to start,” Swift County Treasurer Ron Vadnais told the County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16.

“I have been in this position for a number of years and I guess when I first came on board, the interest rate structure was in double digits to the point of it being almost loan-shark rates. Now here we are in 2021…” Vadnais said.

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Facilities plan identifies nine streets and avenues in need of new utilities, resurfacing

by Leslie Ehrenberg

Following a public hearing Wednesday, February 17, the Appleton City Council unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to approve and adopt a facilities plan for utility and street improvements to nine areas within the city.

See page 1, Feb. 24, 2021, for more of this article. Read More

local sports and school

LqPV celebrates FFA Week

The Lac qui Parle Valley High School FFA will celebrate National FFA Week, February 20 through 27. This National FFA Week embraces more than 93 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization's future. More than 760,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.

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Eagles pass test with two top-10 wins

Last week was circled on Camden Conference and Class A calendars, and Lac qui Parle Valley came through unscathed, defeating two state ranked opponents at the Eagles Nest.

LqPV, the No. 4 ranked boys team in Class A, beat No. 9 Renville County West 60-54 Tuesday, then took down No. 10 Central Minnesota Christian 68-58 Friday.

The Eagles record sits at 11-0 as they hosted Dawson-Boyd this Monday and travel to MACCRAY Thursday.

Lady Eagles split home and away games

Lac qui Parle Valley girls basketball split two Camden Conference games last week, falling to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in overtime before beating Dawson-Boyd.

The Eagles record sits at 8-2 on the year as they head to MACCRAY this Tuesday before hosting Ortonville for Senior Night Thursday.

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  • To the editor:

    I went to the TMB girl’s basketball game at the Lac qui Parle Valley (LqPV) High School on Monday, February 15. The LqPV kids clapped and made noises when TMB was shooting free throws. That shows very poor sportsmanship.

    Tim Dolan, Appleton

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    1. A letter to the editor gives you the ability to express your opinion or point of view.

    2. Your community wants to hear what you have to say.

    3. You can offer a new perspective to a story not previously addressed.

Everyday Health

by Penny Hormann, FNP

That age old saying “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” simply put, doesn’t ring true when it comes to heart disease and hypertension. In fact, high blood pressure that is left untreated, increases your risk for heart disease and stroke as well as a number of other health risks. Hypertension affects almost half of all adults in the United States, yet many people who have the condition don’t know they have it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. Fortunately, high blood pressure is treatable and preventable. To lower your risk, get your blood pressure checked regularly and take action to control your blood pressure if it is high.

Here are five interesting facts about high blood pressure or hypertension:

1. High blood pressure may be linked to dementia.

Studies show that having high blood pressure in your midlife (ages 44-66) increases your risk for dementia or loss of cognitive function later in life. Take the necessary steps now to manage your blood pressure and learn more about the connection between hypertension and dementia by visiting https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/risk-factors-and-prevention/high-blood-pressure ...

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