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Above, inside Appleton’s new water treatment facility the equipment is clearly marked with flow direction. At right, the official ribbon cutting. Left to right, Tim Paustin of Apex Engineering, Mayor Dan Tosel cutting the ribbon, Administrator Willie Morales, and Ryan Gallagher, Appleton Public Works director.

Ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates new water treatment facility

by Leslie Ehrenberg

Appleton’s new water treatment facility was celebrated on Monday, September 26, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours. On hand at the celebration were members of the city council, administration, and public works, and representatives from the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Public Facilities Authority, and Apex Engineering. Read More


LqPV School Board gives the go-ahead for wind turbine repair

by Lydia Rebehn

Lac qui Parle Valley’s wind turbine should soon be turning (and generating profits) once again. At the school board’s regular meeting on Monday, September 26, a bid from Williams Power Systems, of Egan, South Dakota, was approved for repairs to the turbine, which has been sitting stationary for the past six years.

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City council approves preliminary 2023 budget

by Rev. Herbert Rotunda

Mayor Dan Tosel gaveled the Appleton City Council meeting to begin at 5:30 p.m. on September 28. After approving the minutes from the September 14 meeting, a presentation was given on six model proposals for the 2023 city budget. The six models presented were the preliminary model from the previous meeting and five models – one from each council member.

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Swift County satellite food shelf in Appleton

by Vicar Sara Larson

Did you know that there is a local food shelf at Zion Lutheran Church? A satellite option for people in the Appleton area was established in 2008. The local ministerium decided if people could not afford food, they likely could not afford to drive to Benson, to get it at the Swift County Food Shelf. Therefore, a local option came to fruition.

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Area sports and school Highlights

Eagles battle, but lose to YME on Homecoming night

In a week filled with spirited homecoming activities, the Lac qui Parle Valley football team put up a valiant effort in losing to the YME Sting 48-19. On their first defensive series, the Eagles forced a turnover deep in YME territory, but couldn’t turn it into points, missing on a fourth down conversion attempt.

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Eagles tennis take two during homecoming week

Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd girls tennis team handled business during homecoming week with a 7-0 win over MACCRAY on Tuesday and then defeated Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 5-2 on Thursday.

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LQPV Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the week is:
Chloe Gloege - Cross Country

Eighth grader Chloe Gloege has come on strong, pacing the Eagles in their last two meets.

Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Appleton Area Health


from the archives of
The Appleton Press

125 YEARS AGO – 1897
– Appleton Pop: 400

Groonig Bros. at Holloway, wish to inform the public that they are well equipped to do all kinds of plow work and general iron and wood repairing on short notice. They make horse shoeing a specialty and guarantee to shoe the most fractious animals. Read More



The recently formed the 501C3 – Appleton Recreation Association (ARA) does not intend to take over Summer Rec, and or any other youth sports groups. The ARA’s intentions are to raise funds to revitalize and maintain the Centennial Field complex. Including the dilapidated softball field (summer rec used to play) for all ages. After 25 years of neglect by the previous city administration, both fields need work. Upgrades include, dugouts, concessions, press box, bathrooms, fencing, shaded bleachers, scoreboard, sprinkler system, and lights.

Work started on the baseball field in May 2022. This past baseball season Centennial Filed hosted the Appleton A’s, LQPV seventh and eighth grade, Madison Legion, and Junior Legion games. Benefiting youth players, not just a few adults. The ARA hopes to continue to add games, tournaments, and possibly LQPV high school games as facilities and grounds improve.

This project is going to need financial support from the city and community. The ARA did not request funds from the Summer Rec program. The ARA requested to be added to the 2023 budget (like the Appleton Golf Course) and submitted a spreadsheet outlining the potential costs and improvements needed.

John Droogsma, Appleton

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