1/13/2014 3:45:00 PM Publisher's Column
2014 is off and running
2014 has really made an impressive entrance. We will be talking about the cold spell last week for many years to come, I suspect. It was hard to take the -23F we experienced Monday, but it sure made 7F on Tuesday seem warm. I don't mind getting a sub-zero temperature early on in the winter, as it gets me acclimated, but January is too late for an introduction to that level of cold. Temps ought to have stabilized by now but obviously haven't. I wonder if I'm ready for the rest of 2014. A lot is already happening.
We had a good time at the first Dodge Refreshed Healthy Living Expo last Saturday in the new Triton West Gym. This is a new event. Dodge Refreshed is a group effort by a number of individuals and organizations to promote healthy living and to address physical and mental health issues among residents of all ages here in Dodge County. Somewhere around a hundred to a hundred and fifty people visited the 22 exhibits covering various approaches to healthier living. The plan is to repeat the event annually.
Planning is also underway for the 2014 Dodge County Expo, which is one of the most successful shows of its kind in southeast Minnesota. This year the Expo will be held Saturday, March 29 in the East and West gyms at Triton School. There will be 104 booths, same as last year, with 25% already taken. Anyone who wants to participate better get registered as soon as possible, as the show fills up quickly.
Dodge Center is planning a housing study and has hired a consultant, Jay Thompson, who will be contacting local business people to learn more about present and future housing needs in the area. If you are among those contacted, they ask that you answer his questions so the city can do a good job planning for housing to handle continued economic growth.
Mantorville Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner last Thursday at the Hubbell House. K-M Superintendent Mark Matuska was speaker with an interesting talk on his life experiences, school programs and students. His pride in the school, staff and students was apparent. Speaking of Mantorville, the Mantorville Theatre Company is planning its next production and scheduling auditions, in case any thespians are looking for an opportunity.
Friday night, the Hayfield Ambulance Service held its annual meeting and dinner at Uncle Mony's Restaurant in Hayfield. Calmer and Karen Severson put on an incredible Christmas display at their home each year, a show that drew 6,620 cars this year, with a free-will donation requested for the ambulance service. This year at the dinner, the Severson's presented a check for more than $10,000.
The restaurant on Main Street in Dodge Center is planning to open next week.
Even the extreme cold has its upside. Byron made the front page of the Wall Street Journal with its -24F -- so people on the East Coast know we're here.
Yeah, 2014 promises to be another interesting, exciting year.