from the front page

Tobacco and vape shop opens on Appleton’s main street

by Leslie Ehrenberg

Bad Apples Tobacco and Vape shop has opened their doors to business at 245 North Miles Street in Appleton. Co-owned by Jen Weets and Dallas Senske, they purchased the building and the one connected just to the south last August. Since then, they have been navigating through all the proper channels to open. Read More


Advanced Correctional Healthcare to provide county jail nursing services

by Reed Anfinson

Swift County will contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc., for its jail nursing services rather than stay with Countryside Public Health. It was a decision influenced by action by Chippewa County to go with Advanced.

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DNR grant will be sought for Swift Falls Park upgrades

by Reed Anfinson

Last year, the Swift County Parks and Drainage department applied for a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Outdoor Recreation Parks and Trails Grant to upgrade the Swift Falls Park. However, it wasn’t awarded the funds.

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County approves ditch avoidance decision on County Ditch 13

by Reed Anfinsonn

In its role as the Swift County Ditch Authority, members of the county board of commissioners were asked to decide on a ditch avoidance request at its meeting Tuesday, March 21, but faced a much larger question in the process.

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Area sports and school Highlights


The LqPV Robotics Team traveled to Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Saturday, March 11, to take part in the Great Northern Regional event. They were ranked sixth and were chosen to compete with the third ranked alliance. The team came in third place. The team is made up of Kylee Asfeld, Anthony Tafoya, Charles Rolfsmeier, Brody Petermann, August Amland, Tyler Rolfsmeier, Dante Torres, Claire Lowry, JT Ulstad, and RJ Koosman.

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LqPV girls complete successful hoops season

Going into this year, Lac qui Parle Valley girls basketball Coach Dylan Erickson knew his team had an outstanding nucleus of returning players and expectations were high. For most of the season, those expectations were realized as the Eagles captured the North Camden Conference with a perfect 18-0 record, followed by the overall Camden Conference championship by defeating Minneota on their home court.

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Students of the Week

Ryan Bjerke is a student in Pete McGinty's homeroom class. His parents are Erik and Brooks and he has two brothers: Grant and Josh. His favorite subject in school is math and he loves to play outside and play basketball. He would like to be an NBA player in the future.

Shyann Balladares is also a student in McGinty's homeroom class. Her parents are Lauralee and Sergio. She has six siblings: Jordan, Diamond Angel, Sergio, Ciaralee, Sebastian, and Nicia. Her favorite subjects are ag, math, and language arts. She loves to watch TV, play outside, and go to stores with her family. She would like to work in a homeless shelter in the future.

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LQPV Athlete of the Week

Athletes of the week is:

Taylor Shelstad & Camryn Lee - Basketball

Shelstad and Lee were both named All-State Honorable Mentions for the 2022-23 season.

Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Appleton Area Health


from the archives

125 YEARS AGO – 1897
– Appleton Pop: 400

C. F. Woods, the Correll merchant, was transacting business in Appleton yesterday.

The post office has been newly painted and papered and now presents a neat appearance.

Geo Huholz returned yesterday from a visit of several months at Zumbrota.

100 Years Ago – 1923
– Appleton Pop: 1,579

Herman Judish of Holloway was an Appleton business caller last Saturday.

A. M. A. Hansen of Dawson drove to Appleton Sunday and visited at the K. Knutson home here.

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Birthdays & anniversaries


Wed., Mar. 30:
Karin Hendrickson, Fawn Engebretson, Stephanie Schmid, Matthew Swigart, Grace Bergholz, Lois Mielke
Thu., Mar. 31:
James Koosmann, Reed Franklin, Kevin Friedrich, Joyce Milander
Fri., Apr. 1:
Norman Pederson, Aaron Koosmann, Elmer Pederson, David Thompson, Ry Stith
Sat., Apr. 2:
Marlene Gronholz
Sun., Apr. 3:
Sheri Munsterman, Kari Larson, Scott Platow, Eileen Schwarz
Mon., Apr. 4:
Sheila Goettle, Megan Nohrenberg, Kasandra Otto
Please contact us to make any changes, additions or deletions to the birthday or anniversary list at 289-1323.


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