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BUSINESS OWNERS RESPOND TO CITY CONCERNS

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

Safety concerns raised by Freeman city officials about a preschool located on the second floor of a downtown business have generated a response from the building’s owners, Amy Beck and Josue Torres (Sway), as well as the preschool director Autumn Huntimer.

NEW: FREEMAN PUBLIC DABBLES IN CONSOLIDATION CONVERSATION

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

A question raised by school officials from Marion this past summer about a possible sports cooperative with Freeman Public turned into a larger discussion about possible consolidation at the Freeman School Board meeting Wednesday night, Oct. 14.

CANISTOTA/FREEMAN FOOTBALL ON AS PLANNED

Canistota Superintendent Larry Nebelsick confirmed Monday morning, Oct. 19, that there are several cases of COVID-19 in the junior high, but the Canistota/Freeman football team is not impacted. One Canistota volleyball player will miss tonight’s home match against Irene-Wakonda, but there is no reason for alarm, he said.

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH BAZAAR CANCELED

The St. Paul Lutheran Church Bazaar has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. The ladies do have cutlery and dish cloths on hand for those who would like to make a purchase. Please call Corrine Handel at 925-7433.

 

AND THE BANDS PLAYED ON

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

It may have been 50 years ago, but Martin Sieverding remembers well the very first Menno Band Day well.

Marching in it must have really left an impression.

“I was in the band at the time and I remember coming down to Menno and especially driving into town,” said Sieverding, who estimates he was an eighth-grader or in his early high school years at West Central at the time. “I think I even saw a picture of our band in the files in the Menno band room.”

MEXICAN RESTAURANT OPENING DELAYED

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

The Tienda CentroAmerica restaurant that was scheduled to open this week Thursday, Oct. 15 is now scheduled to open the following week instead.  According to a Facebook post by the building’s owner early this week, the new opening date is slated for the weekend of Oct. 23-24.

MUNKVOLD, HECKENLAIBLE REIGN

Big Friday on tap in Menno with pep rally, parade and football game

Menno seniors Josh Heckenlaible and Jesse Munkvold were crowned king and queen as Menno Public School and the larger community kicked off a week of homecoming activities at coronation Monday night, Oct. 12. Heckenlaible and Munkvold were joined by a royal court that also included candidates Brady Fergen, Levi Bender, Kylie Harriman and Morgan Edelman.

MENNO HOMECOMING THIS WEEK

Students and staff at Menno Public School and the larger Menno community will get their chance to celebrate homecoming this week under the slogan, “The Wolves will stun in 2021.”

The traditional coronation will formally get things started Monday night, Oct. 12 and a parade on Friday, Oct. 16 will highlight the week. Coronation begins in the old city/school gym at 7 p.m., with the parade starting at 1:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Roadtrip” — landmarks and destinations.

A 1 p.m. pep rally will precede the parade.

MENNO BAND DAY RETURNING OCT. 9

This week Friday, Oct. 9, nine area bands will take to the streets of Menno for the 12th Menno Band Day. Many precautions for COVID-19 are being taken as bands participate in this street-marching competition and the drumline battle at the football field.

There will be three classes based on band size. The bands in Class C are: Gayville-Volin, Elkton-Lake Benton and Avon. The bands in Class B are Scotland and Centerville. The bands in Class A are: Sioux Falls Christian, Platte-Geddes and Castlewood.

CENTROAMERICAN RESTAURANT SET TO JOIN GROCERY STORE OCT. 15

JEREMY WALTNER - PUBLISHER

The Tienda CentroAmerica grocery store that has been operating on the north side of the former Chislic House since late August will soon become the CentroAmerica grocery store and restaurant.