November 19, 2014

Holiday Shopping Night

in Fairfax this Thursday

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

If elbowing and pushing people out of your way in the wee hours of the morning to get that pair of slippers you just have to have for Uncle Ray on Black Friday doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, well, there’s another option.

The Fairfax Civic & Commerce Association (C & C) is sponsoring a Holiday Shopping Night in Fairfax on Thursday, November 20 from 4 to 8 p.m.

The C & C hopes that this special shopping night filled with deals will encourage citizens to check out what local businesses have to offer for the holidays. Home-based businesses will also set up shop downtown for a chance to check out those items as well.

Certain local businesses that close up shop at 5 p.m. on normal nights will stay open later with special deals. Some will even have door prizes, refreshments, and other goodies.

This is the third year Fairfax has had a Holiday Shopping Night. Members of the C & C got the idea after attending a holiday shopping night in Springfield and seeing the great turnout.

Check out the special Fairfax Holiday Shopping Night advertisements from local businesses on Page 3.

November 12, 2014

Gibbon native inducted into

Gustie Athletic Hall of Fame

By Denise Bonsack, Publisher

Gibbon native Bob Southworth was one of nine people inducted into the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 1.

After graduating from GFW in 1995, Southworth headed to St. Peter for college at Gustavus. He definitely left his mark.

Southworth played quarterback on the football team and was a shooting guard on the basketball team. According to a Gustavus press release, he was “a two-time all-conference performer on the gridiron, he graduated as the school-record holder in career passing yards (7,085), touchdowns (59), completions (561), and completion percentage (56.9%), and still holds records for passing TDs in a season with 31 (1998) and passing TDs in a game with six (1998 vs. Hamline). 

On the hardwood, Bob was a three-year starter and two-time all-conference selection on Gustavus teams that won MIAC championships in 1996 and 1997 and made NCAA tournament appearances in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.”

The new inductees were recognized at halftime of the football game, and then honored during a ceremony and banquet that evening. 

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Fitness center opens in Franklin

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

The Mayo Clinic reports: “Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries.”

That was a big part of Connie Lund’s choice to open the Franklin Wellness Center. The Grand Opening was this past weekend on November 8 and 9. It is located on Franklin’s Main Street next to the Franklin State Bank.

Lund’s positive attitude shines through when she discusses the possibilities of the Franklin Wellness Center and what she hopes it will bring to the community. She stressed the “wellness” portion of the facility’s name.

“You can’t just focus on fitness in a small town,” Lund said. “That’s just not going to work because everyone needs something different.”

Lund’s vision for the Franklin Wellness Center includes it being a place of activity, community, inspiration, and improvement, in addition to it being a place to work out.

She mentioned that the intimidating atmosphere that other gyms can have will be absent from the Franklin Wellness Center.

“That’s why I chose not to use the word “gym” in the title,” she said. “I’m looking for those who want to maintain or find overall wellness with fitness.”

People who have never been to a gym before are especially encouraged by Lund to try their hand at Franklin Wellness Center.

“Right after you sign up, you will be trained on how to use the different machines,” Lund said.

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