Highway 60 Improvements Project – MnDOT Virtual Open House

The Highway 60 Improvement Project will impact Zumbro Falls, since Highway 60 is also our Main Street. This project is expected to begin in Spring of 2022. To learn about the Project overview, Anticipated Schedule, Zumbro Falls Sidewalk Renderings and more visit https://hwy60improvements.com/?fbclid=IwAR0nTwNyLIz6Pqh_4wLJ16OB5FqlNhU1pjr2HXcA9Gp1rQlWdaK-iHH8hKc

Following guidance from state health officials to prevent the further spread of COVID 19, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has temporarily postponed all public meetings and in-person events. Public engagement remains a priority and we appreciate you joining us online to learn more about this project.

Christmas In Zumbro Falls Update

The City of Zumbro Falls is cancelling the 2020 Christmas Festival. The City relies on local Businesses, Volunteers, Crafters and others to plan a successful and enjoyable event. This year is different with the covid19 pandemic. It is very difficult to find people willing to participate during this time. Zumbro Falls wants everyone to stay safe and stay healthy. Hope to see everyone next year December 2021!

The Zumbro Parkway Bridge

The Zumbro Parkway Bridge, #3219, Preservation has been completed.

The project was started in April 2020 and completed in July 2020. In August 2014, the Minnesota Department of Transportation completed the Local Historic Bridge Report Executive Summary Bridge Number: 3219. Built in 1937, the bridge is located immediately south of Zumbro Falls; along County road 68 in a rural area of Wabasha County.

The Zumbro Parkway Bridge is significant as a representative example of a multi plate arch bridge featuring stone headwalls, wing walls, and railings. Due to the historic nature, any work on Bridge 3219 should proceed according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (Standards) [36 CFR part 67] and The Secretary’s Standards with Regard to Repair, Rehabilitation, and Replacement Situations, as adapted by the Virginia Transportation Research Council (Guidelines). To learn more about the bridge history and the Minnesota Department of Transportation Historic Bridge Report visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/historicbridges/bridge/3219/bridge-report.pdf

Take a scenic drive to Zumbro Falls and visit the bridge location, we can now enjoy a piece of history for many more years to come.

Bridge Restoration Completed

Bridge restoration is completed on County Road 68, Zumbro Falls, Mn. The project began in April and was completed this past week, July 2020. County Road 68 is open for traffic once again. Enjoy a ride to check it out.

Donated Masks

Zumbro Falls says Thank you to everyone that donated masks on April 25th at the Zumbro Falls Fire Hall. The mask drive was a state wide effort to make homemade masks available to those that need them during the Covid19 pandemic. The ZFFD collected 109 masks and received messages, posted on their door, Thanking them for their efforts and service during this unprecedented time. Masks and messages greatly appreciated!

Bridge Restoration

Bridge Restoration continues on County Road 68 in Zumbro Falls. The project began in April and will be completed in July, weather permitting. Planning began in 2014. County Road 68 is closed until project completion.

There’s A Big Void in Zumbro Falls

There’s A Big Void in Zumbro Falls
A Tribute to Dan Preble
By Dori Klein

The city of Zumbro Falls was shocked the week of October 7 with the sudden death of a pillar of the community, Dan Preble. Disbelief ran rampant and there were no words that could be found to describe the deep sense of loss that was being felt.

Dan was friendly, gregarious and had a bigger than life persona. He seemed to enjoy life and people in turn seemed to enjoy his company. According to his obituary he liked to fish, snowmobile and go on ranger rides. He was friendly and seemed to be ready to have a good time at a moment’s notice.

But he had a serious side to him too. He was the Chief of the Zumbro Falls Fire Department and he tackled his job with integrity and professionalism. He would readily know the numbers and the answers to the questions at the annual Fire Department meeting that was held with the townships. And if, by some slight chance he didn’t know the answer he sought out someone who did. He had a “take charge” attitude, but he was also able to look at different options, give others a chance or give them credit for a job well done. It was evident that members of the fire department had complete and utmost respect for him.

As a reporter for the Mazeppa-Zumbro Falls Messenger he was often the “go to” guy that I called for information about the fire department. He was a great resource. He returned my calls promptly, provided me with the information I needed and was also helpful in explaining things I didn’t understand. And though I called him many times, there are three things that he did and/or said that stand out to me.

One was his leadership during the 2010 flood. With him in charge, the fire department took on the unsurmountable task of trying to save many of the buildings as the flood waters rose, and when that proved futile, of getting people to safety. All the while, I might add, while his own home was flooding.

The second memory that stands out for me is when the fire department took part in a fundraising event for former fireman, Scott Deobald. At that time Deobald was going through cancer treatments and had lost all of his hair. Several firefighters raised about $4,000 and had their heads shaved in front of Scooter’s Bar. Last in line was Dan. Once his hair was shaved the chants began, “shave the mustache.” He was pretty reluctant to let his “signature” mustache go, but all of a sudden he seized the moment and raised another $200 before having it shaved off. Yup, he was always game to helping out his comrades whenever he could.

According to assistant fire chief, Bruce Heitmann, Dan had been a fireman for over 30 years and he had been chief for the last eight.

The third memory I have of him also relates to the flood. I interviewed him and his wife Kelly as they reflected on the one year anniversary of the flood. During the interview Dan stated that he felt as if he had “let his family down” during the flood. As a result, they made the decision to demolish their home and move up on top of the hill in Zumbro Falls. For him, he said, it was a way to “keep Kelly safe.” From his comment it was evident to me that he truly was a family-first man.

Yes, I think we can all agree that the passing of Dan Preble has left a void – not only for his family, but for the Zumbro Falls Fire Department and the entire community of Zumbro Falls. Sincere sympathy is extended to Kelly and his family, to members of the Zumbro Falls Fire Department, and to the many friends he leaves behind.

Rest in Peace Dan Preble. You’ve earned it.

The Salsa Guy

Zumbro Falls welcomes THE SALSA GUY, a new business in the City. It is located at 410, Hwy 60 in Zumbro Falls.

Grand Opening will be October 10-13th, hours – Thursday & Friday 1:00-7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm.

Normal hours of operation are Friday and Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm. Daryl Boettcher 507-398-3540.

To learn more about the Business visit https://www.facebook.com/The-Salsa-Guy-364493050345603/

The Salsa Guy