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Four candidates to vie for two Appleton City Council seats

As Appleton voters head to the polls in the November 3 election, they will be voting in two new council members.

Two four-year open council positions are up for election. Council Members Amber Molden and Andrew Schmidt did not file to remain on the council.

To fill their spots, Gary L. Borstad, John Droogsma, Tim Rittenour, and Matt Tollefson have filed to become members of the city council.

See page 1 for more of this article. Read More

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Local banks make significant donations to city’s COVID-19 Economic Hardship Grant Program

The City of Appleton COVID-19 Economic Hardship grant program received in total from the Corona Virus Relief Fund (CRF) $102,161.00. When the city council established the program they allocated $83,980.28 to be available for residents and businesses.

See edition October 14, 2020 for more of this article. Read More

Drop in students caused deficit for LqPV in 2019-20 school year

by Lydia Rebehn

While their audit is still ongoing, preliminary numbers are showing that Lac qui Parle Valley was left with a negative balance of $405,000 in their general fund for the 2019-20 school year.

According to LqPV Financial Director Brenda Domeier, the deficit was due primarily to the drop in enrollment that the district saw in the summer of 2019. As most state and federal funding is based on pupil counts, the drop in students caused a large subsequent drop in funds coming into the district.

See edition October 7, 2020, for more of this article. Read More

MN Valley, Borgund, and Zion to share pastoral services

Leslie Ehrenberg

Minnesota Valley, Borgund, and Zion Lutheran churches will be combining pastoral services. Officially beginning October 1, a year-long ministry contract will have Pastor Roger Fears serve as pastor for all three churches.

See edition September 30, 2020, for more of this article. Read More

local sports and school

Eagles tennis takes Section 5A consolation championship

Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd carried momentum through their final match of the season, defeating MACCRAY 4-3 in the Section 5A consolation championship Tuesday in Clara City.

Not only does the win give the Eagles revenge on the Wolverines, who defeated them 4-3 earlier in the year, but it also gives LqPV/DB a winning record, finishing 7-6. LqPV/DB started the season 1-5, then turned things around by winning six of their last seven matches.

In a tightly contested match, MACCRAY won all three doubles matches but the Eagles swept singles, giving them the 4-3 edge. Read More

SOAR Character – responsibility

As a part of the on going SOAR Character program at Appleton-Milan Elementary, each month they focus on a different character-building word. Throughout the month, students have the opportunity to be nominated for their ‘character’ at school. The October word of the month is responsibility. Character nominees for this week are Huxton Trager, Makia Thomson, and Skyler Stock. Read More


  • Letter to the editor: America is the only place in history to attempt a free, self-governed nation. When asked what kind of country we were given Ben Franklin responded “a Republic – if you can keep it.” In his farewell address to Congress, George Washington warned of the “channels of party passion” that are “the customary weapons by which free governments are destroyed.”

    The Golden Rule embodies freedom, which itself is built on four pillars, interdependent and connected: Liberty, Virtue, Faith and Fidelity.

    • Liberty is a natural right, claimed in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the US Constitution which limits and divides government power. Thus liberty is “unalienable” to the human soul and American’s progress. Only in liberty can we have the innovation, achievement and private property that enables prosperity, personal fulfillment and wealth creation.

    • Virtue is necessary for a free, civil society. The rule of law codifies and enforces, The Golden Rule provides the path, guardrails and signposts. No school can teach virtue. Virtue is learned in the home and by mentors and binds humanity on a global scale.

    • Faith comes from knowing, hearing and applying the Golden Rule. It provides hope, confidence, wisdom and is manifest by actions. In an unpredictable world this pillar gives unmovable support.

    • Fidelity is based on love which cannot be bought, coerced nor demanded. There are tyrannical factions trying to conscript freedom for their own gain; whether power, loot or advantage. From those forces a nation must be vigorously defended by binding” our lives, our fortune and our sacred honor.”

    Knowledge gives birth to wisdom. When you vote in an American election, it is your duty to know The Book that guides free peoples’ lives, elucidates the Golden Rule and natural rights. Read the Federalist Papers, or Alexis de Tocqueville and Plato. The best primer is George Washington’s farewell address to Congress. The perils of today were predicted, yet he is chock-full of solutions.

    This democratic republic is under attack by enemies both foreign and domestic. Its only defense lies in the hearts and minds of a free, well-informed citizenry. Freedom does not come from any political party. It is endemic to Americans. And it is un-American to abdicate your responsibility to live by The Golden Rule.

    Larry Rebman, Appleton

For your health


by Marcia Kells

Serious infections put people at risk for death. Sepsis is an infection of the blood stream. Septic shock is a body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency. Sepsis happens when an infection that a person already has in the skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else spreads to the blood stream and triggers a chain reaction throughout the body. Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. You can play a critical role in saving a life if you know what the symptoms are!

Each year 1.7 million adults in America develops sepsis. Nearly 270,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis each year. One in three patient’s die in a hospital have sepsis. What causes sepsis? Most sepsis is caused by bacterial infections, but it can be a complication of other infections including viral infections such as COVID-19 or influenza. The most frequently identified pathogens that cause infections can develop into sepsis including Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph), Escherichia coli (E. coli) and some types of streptococcus (Strep). SARS-COVI-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can have a similar presentation and similar clinical course to some forms of sepsis. Many people who require hospitalization for COVID-19 meet the definition of sepsis such as those who require assistance with breathing. Read More