Upsala

By Kerry Drager Correspondent Youth Pastor Josh Hodgson of the Community Covenant Church has taken on the role to inspire youth in the Upsala area. His mission is to guide them to follow their interests and goals while staying true to their love in God and learning what it takes to be a good leader. [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Phil and Jan Gerth of Upsala traveled to the East African country of Tanzania in December 2013,  to visit their son, Ben, and his family. They participated in the daily routine tasks of their son’s family as well as received unique privileges offered to visitors. “We flew into Nairobi, [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com A horrific fire at Cedar Lake, three miles west of Upsala, killed four people Thursday, May 13, 1948. But as sometimes happens, positive things came from heartbreaking tragedy. Ben and Emie Hippe, their three children — 21-year-old Navy veteran Donald, 18-year-old Dolores and 16-year-old Delbert — and two hired [...]

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Community joins together to deliver message to teens   By JENNIE ZEITLER, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@mcrecord.com Upsala students in grades 9 – 12 witnessed something a person hopes never to have to watch — the aftermath of a fatal car crash. Morrison County’s annual mock car crash was held in Upsala for the second time, April [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com It was the supportive atmosphere and confidence-building that drew 2012 Upsala graduate Marjorie Schleper to the National FFA Organization (formerly known as Future Farmers of America.) While still in elementary school, Schleper was allowed to tag along when her mom, Upsala FFA adviser Gretchen Schleper, went to activities. “I [...]

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By JENNIE ZEITLER, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Christmas decorations in Upsala hold 1,700 bulbs, leading the City Council to look for more cost-effective ways to light up the town during the holiday season. “We put in 1,200 new bulbs this year at about 25 cents each,” said Maintenance Supervisor Frank Koopmeiners. “It seems like we are replacing [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Rather than sending the usual blue-colored postcard to water account customers who are behind on their payments, Upsala City Administrator Adrian Welle sent certified letters in September. “Ten of them responded immediately, and of those 10, eight have already made payment,” Welle said. Those eight payments added up to nearly [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com As Elementary Librarian Wanda Erickson presented a video report to the Upsala School Board Wednesday, the flow was repeatedly interrupted while her laptop took time to catch up. This led directly into Technology Coordinator Curtis Robertson’s presentation regarding the need to update Upsala School’s technology resources. Robertson had conducted a [...]

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