July 22, 2015

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

This year’s Miss Franklin competition finds two candidates vying for the crown at the 40th Annual Catfish Derby Days.

The crowning will take place at the end of the Variety Show on Friday, July 24. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cedar Mountain Elementary gym.

Both young ladies will demonstrate a talent at the Variety Show.

This event kicks off the weekend of fun and fishing. Come support the candidates and enjoy the many talents of all of the participants.


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Mike Siemer in new 
Morgan utilities postion

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Morgan native Mike Siemer began his new role as a city streets and utilities employee last week.

“My first day here was great,” Siemer said.

He began learning the ropes on Monday, July 13.

A graduate of Morgan High School, Siemer is a hometown guy with a lot of experience for his new position.

Before accepting this position, Siemer worked for the Cedar Mountain School District doing maintenance work. He worked for Cedar Mountain for a total of 31 years.

His primary duties, once he’s trained in, will be to assist Public Works Head Scott Welter with streets work, parks, and snow removal in the winter. Another major aspect of Siemer’s new job will involve training and certification to work with the natural gas line.

The city council created this public works position to have back up if Welter is out of town or on vacation, as well as having a second person certified to work with the natural gas.

Siemer resides in Morgan with his wife Jen.

July 15, 2015
Fairfax Streets Projects get underway

The Fairfax 2015 streets project got underway on Monday, July 13 with M & R Paving of New Ulm beginning to reclaim the asphalt. Work will be done on First Avenue Northwest (north of the apartments), Third Avenue Southwest (between auditorium and Four-Square Builders) and Fifth Street Southeast (between the city shop and 5th Street Auto). Construction is estimated to cost $588,000 with the total improvement project totaling approximately $741,650. (Staff photo by Amy Berg)

You're sure to have fun 
at Gibbon Fun Fest

Just because the Fourth of July is over doesn’t mean there’s no more fun to be had in July. With the Gibbon Fun Fest going on this weekend, there are plenty of activities and events to delight young and old alike.

The celebration kicks off with the Business Appreciation Meet & Greet on Main Street Thursday, July 16. With a beachy Hawaiian theme, you won’t have to leave town to feel like you’re on vacation.

The weekend continues with tournaments, games, kids’ events, fireworks, a bake sale, and new this year a co-ed human foosball tournament.

Sunday wraps up the fun with the Gibbon Reds taking on the Hanska Lakers at 4 p.m., and a pork chop supper at the City Park from 5 to 7 p.m. 


RS Fiber Broadband Initiative broke ground July 8

History was made in the mud and sticky clay on the south side of Co. Road 8 in eastern Sibley County last Wednesday morning as the RS Fiber Co-operative broadband initiative broke ground after nearly six years of effort and lots of obstacles.  Pictured are members of the board, along with Toby Brummer, the project’s general manager. 


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July 8, 2015

Artistic windows refresh Gibbon

The murals located on the right depict scenes of social events that used to take place at the old Gibbon City Hall  and the mural on top of the entrance depicts a fireman and a Dalmatian.

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

From conducting business to pleasure, a small town’s main street is its pride and glory. So when a local business owner had an idea to rehab Gibbon’s old City Hall, husband and wife duo Eric and Tara Kokesch-Valdez jumped at the chance.

“It’s one of the coolest buildings in town,” Tara said.

“It looks like a castle,” Eric added.

Eric and Tara are the operator/owners behind Distinctive Brushwerks. They recently designed and painted the new window panels on the old City Hall. They were installed on June 18.

“It was just a shame,” she said. “The windows were broken out in some places.”

Eric added that these new windowpanes perk up the town’s downtown atmosphere.


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Gibbon FunFest just around the corner

By Kayla Ernst, Summer Intern

It’s that time of year again! Gibbon’s annual Funfest festivities begin Thursday, July 16 and will continue through Sunday, July 19.

The weekend kicks off Thursday afternoon with the Business Appreciation Meet & Greet sponsored by the EDA. Local businesses will be lined up on First Avenue (Main Street). Stop by, visit and maybe take advantage of a good deal or two!

Citywide garage sales will also begin on Thursday and continue through Saturday. Check out next week’s issue of the Standard-Gazette & Messenger for a list of sale locations.


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July 1, 2015

Kleinschmidt retires after 42 years

as Morgan City Clerk


Kleinschmidt is set to retire after 42 years. (Staff photo by Amy Berg)

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Just as the mayor is viewed as the leader of a community, the city council viewed as the mouthpiece of the citizens, the city clerk should be viewed as the glue that holds everything together.

Morgan City Clerk/ Treasurer John “Jac” Kleinschimdt has been that glue for 42 years, but will soon turn the role over to the next clerk. His last day was Tuesday, June 30.

“I really didn’t have any idea I would be doing this for this long,” Kleinschmidt said. “It just became routine.”

He will continue working for the city in a semi-retired basis of four hours a day, in a phased retirement option package, until the new clerk is trained in.


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