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The Honky-Tonk Starduck Cowboys (left) perform Friday night at Shooter’s Bar and Grill. Hicktown Mafia (right) will be the Saturday evening Applefest entertainment at Shooter’s Bar and Grill.

Applefest activities holds fun for all ages

Applefest weekend is here! After being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Appleton Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to be back with a full schedule of events. This year marks the 39th annual Applefest. New this year is the art show and Appleton museum tour at the Appleton Art and Culture Center, Appleton Area Health’s 5K run/walk, a dog parade, and bean bag tournament. Read More

Featured Articles

Local elementary students to present Peter Pan

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, the Lac qui Parle Valley School District, and Southwest Minnesota Arts Council will present Peter Pan on the Madison-Marietta-Nassau (MMN) gym/stage.

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P.I.L.O.T. Program will have hospital making payments in lieu of taxes to city

by Leslie Ehrenberg

In a three to two vote, the Appleton Area Health (AAH) Board of Directors agreed to a Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (P.I.L.O.T.) Program. The program will have the hospital pay the city a percentage of what they would have paid in property taxes.

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City council to hold public hearing on facility plan, local assessments

The Appleton City Council will meet in regular session Wednesday, September 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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local sports and school

Eagles pounded by Panthers in season opener

LqPV made the long trip south to take on Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in their season opener Sept. 3, falling to the Panthers 38-13. TMB got on the board first with a five yard touchdown run, taking a 7-0 lead. The Eagles answered back as Dain Mortenson broke loose for a 19-yard TD run, tying the game with 3:23 on the clock in the first.

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Sterud, Shelstad lead cross country teams at Appleton

The LqPV/DB boys and girls cross country teams placed first in the host meet held at the Appleton Golf Course Sept. 9. The boys varsity, led by Payton Sterud’s first place, won with 26 points. In second was Benson/KMS with 47. Third was Montevideo with 75 and fourth was Ortonville with 84.

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Opinion

    To the editor: I'm going to keep this short and to the point. On March 23rd, 2021, at the Appleton Area Health (AAH) Board meeting, the following statements were made council member Gary Borstad:

  • • “Not one intention of taking five cents of money from the hospital and putting it down in city office.”
  • • “I'll fight that till my four years are up.”
  • • “No, we're not going to take money from the hospital.”
  • • “I'll fight that tooth and nail.”
  • • “We're not talking about taking money from the hospital.”
  • • On September 9th, 2021, at the AAH Board meeting, there was discussion and resistance from the audience for the city to take money from the hospital through the P.I.L.O.T. (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) Program. See page 3


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Health & Wellbeing

by Kelsey Tollefson LICSW Mental Health Therapist Appleton Area Health

The office didn’t have a long couch to lay on like they show in the movies. The therapist wasn’t sitting behind the desk with a clipboard talking in a monotone voice. The waiting room wasn’t filled with other “crazy” people. It turns out the office was actually cozy and calm. The therapist was kind and welcoming. The waiting room was the same as the people waiting for their medical appointment. Sometimes our perception isn’t always reality. And really, in many cases, our perception isn’t the reality.

The number one thing that “newbie” patients tell me is that they are incredibly nervous to attend their first therapy appointment. The thought of explaining or re-explaining their symptoms and history is daunting. The thought of verbalizing their situation can be even more terrifying. Can you imagine if someone saw you in the waiting room as you waited for your therapy appointment? What would they think of you? Page 2