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Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Dental Hygiene Department join a statewide effort to provide free dental care to area children on Thursday, Feb. 1 and Friday, Feb. 2.

Concerned about the growing number of children who are unable to access needed dental care, Minnesota State University’s Dental Hygiene Department will provide free dental care to children on Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The dental clinic is located on the campus of Minnesota State University in the new Clinical Sciences Building.

Patients seeking appointments for cleanings, x-rays, exams, and sealants should be under the age of 18 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. MSU will also be offering free dental exams and x-rays for adults.

Call 507-389-2147 to schedule an appointment.

The inaugural Gopher Conference One Act Play Festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Medford High School. The six schools that have One Act Play this year will present their MSHSL competition play. The event will begin at 10 a.m..

The Minnesota State High School League yearly competition begins with subsection contests on Jan. 27. This leads to section contests the next weekend, followed by state competition Feb. 8 and 9.

The Gopher Conference Event is a festival. Two judges will give oral and written critiques of each play, but no scores are recorded. No champion for the event is named. The conference will name a Gopher Conference All-Conference One-Act Play Team. 

The performance is open to the public and admission will be per regular Gopher Conference event ($6/$4).

Staff Writer

The people of our area have donated a lot of money for cancer research over the years. It has also been nice to know that the people of our area are also ready and willing to offer their help for cancer patients who can find themselves short of funds when they are undergoing treatments.

Sandy Jensen hadn’t been feeling good back around the 4th of July last summer so she went to Urgent Care. She later had a CAT scan and once the doctors in Owatonna had her test results, they told Sandy they recommended she go to Rochester. She made an appointment and was able to see a doctor a couple of weeks later. They told Sandy that what she had been experiencing really didn’t have anything to do with cancer — but they had discovered that she had a metastatic cancer, a carcinoid tumor.  

It was felt that Sandy may have had the cancer for 10-15 years but had been undiagnosed. The cancer that Sandy has is slow growing and appears like speckles on X-rays. The cancer starts out in the small intestine and spreads into the abdominal cavity.

Sandy has already had to undergo two surgeries, the first in August, and the second one right before Thanksgiving, and hopes that she will not have to undergo any more.

Currently, Sandy is getting a chemotherapy shot once a month, which the doctors hope will stop the cancer or at least slow it down.

Sandy was not able to work for a while following her surgeries but continued to have medical expenses, as well as additional costs for travel and such for her appointments.

NRHEG School Board

Staff Writer

The NRHEG school board took a first look at a new draft of the district’s school lunch policy with the intent to bring it more in line with the district’s goals. Issues have arisen in other districts regarding the treatment of students with unpaid meal charges.

Last August the Policy Committee looked over the first draft of a new Unpaid Meal Charge Board Policy.

“At that time,” said Supt. Dale Calrson, “the committee asked for more work to be done on the policy, including making sure the appropriate staff were included in drafting the policy. The policy draft reflects additional revisions since the meeting, and supports our long time practice of providing a meal for every student regardless of the status of their account. The policy outlines procedures in working with families with unpaid meal charges.

“As part of the board’s first reading of Policy 534, the consideration of removing Policy 534.1 (the current version) will also be taken as part of the first reading.”

The board will consider further revisions on second reading.


Donations were approved from: E.F. Johnson Foundation, $1,000, Rosenau’s Legacy of Angels, $2,500, both for the New Richland Flexible Learning Space; E.F. Johnson Foundation and Rosenau’s Legacy of Angels each $1,000, for CE Youth Development scholarships; Wisconsin Power & Light $100 and NRHEG PTO $1,500, both for Eagle Bluff; NRHEG PTO $306.03 for Battle of the Books; NRHEG PTO $82.83 for Conference Meals; Court Sports $728 for Ellendale Sales – Letter Club; and anonymous $300 toward unnpaid lunch accounts.

Drop items at Geneva Bar & Grill

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The days of 2018 are already ticking away and before we know it the 34th Annual Geneva Cancer Auction will be getting underway. Who could have ever realized what would transpire from a conversation that Hank and Judy Thompson and Whitey and LaJune Hagen had back in 1984 about what they could do to help raise money for cancer?

Though Geneva Bar & Grill has changed hands many times over the years, it continues to serve as the place people come to help in this very important cause. 

This year the auction will be held the weekends of Jan. 13-14 and Jan. 19-20. The Friday night auctions begin at 7 and the auction resumes Saturday at 2 p.m.

People come from far and wide for this annual event, which provides them the opportunity to help others, as well as renew friendships or make new ones while enjoying fun, laughter and camaraderie.

If you have attended one or more of the past 33 years of events you know what I am talking about, and if you haven’t yet attended one of the auctions, I hope that you will make 2018 the year that you come to Geneva and see first-hand what takes place.

We are thankful that people continue to turn out to do what they can to help fight for a cure. An event as big as this takes many people to lend a helping hand, be it donating items for the auction, sharing auctioneering talents or helping to clerk the auction, while others come and bid on items they would like to take home with or share with others.