Thank You For Your Service

“Thank You” for your service.

Zumbro Falls January 2017 City Council meeting welcomed incoming council members and thanked out going members.

Bruce Heitmann begins his first term as Mayor. Sarah Jackson will serve as a Council member and Sue Eischens continues her service as City clerk.

Al VanDeWalker retires after 24 ½ years as Mayor of Zumbro Falls. As Mayor, he began serving in 1990 and terms ran consecutively thru 2010. He stepped back in to fill a mayoral vacancy in 2012 and completed two more terms. Looking back in history, beginning 1898 thru 2016, Al served as Mayor longer than anyone before him (Zumbro Falls Centennial Book, City Government information-chapter 4). Zumbro Falls has seen many challenges and changes during these years. Al’s leadership, dedication, determination, perseverance and hands on approach has surely been an asset to our community. Thank you!

Thank you to Kelly Preble for serving a term as a Council member.

Zumbro Falls Fire Department 2017 Election Results

Zumbro Falls Fire Department Election Results for 2017 are as follows:

  • Fire Chief, Dan Preble
  • Assistant Chief, Bruce Heitmann
  • 2nd Assistant Chief, Nate Richardson
  • President, Matt Fick
  • Vice President, Scott Kennedy
  • Secretary, Leon Sexton
  • Treasurer, Ashley Kennedy
  • Training Officer, Chris Conrad
  • Assistant Training Officer, Ashley Kennedy
  • Fire Relief members, Leon Sexton, Matt Fick, and Logan Deobald

Hiawathaland Transit Survey

HiawathaHiawathaland Transit is looking to expand into the Zumbro Falls area. Do you need a ride to the clinic, grocery store, or work? Do you struggle getting your child to/from pre-school or home after school activities? Does your middle schooler or high schooler need rides in the summer to the pool or library? These are some of the ways that Hiawathaland Transit can help. Hiawathaland Transit is available to everyone, for any reason. Every year, we transport thousands of individuals (seniors, adults, children, persons with disabilities) in Wabasha, Goodhue, and Rice counties to activities, shopping, clinic appointments, school, and work.

Due to the rising number of transportation requests, we are starting the process to bring Hiawathaland Public Transit to your neighborhood. The first step in the process is to survey the area for need. Please help us by completing the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HWTWAB If a computer is unavailable to you, surveys may also be filled out by calling the transit center toll-free at 866-623-7505. The survey takes less than a minute to complete.

Barn Quilt/Valley Giant Art Tour

barnquilt2The Barn Quilts/Valley Giants projects are a part of the Zumbro Valley Art Tour Projects. The goal is to promote tourism and aimed at bringing motorists to the Zumbro Valley.

Barn Quilts in the Zumbro Falls area are located at the Cold Brook Farm, just west of Zumbro Falls and Scooters Bar & Grill, downtown Zumbro Falls.

barnquilt1There are currently 20 locations to visit; approximately 12 of these locations are on or near the Highway 60 corridor. Each one of the Barn Quilts/Valley Giants on display has a story to tell. For example, the Barn Quilt at the Cold Brook Farm has special meaning for Chuck Sprenger and his sister Linda. The double wedding ring quilt was a pattern that Sprenger’s grandmother made and gave 9 of her grandchildren. The Valley Giant art billboard is an image of the late Jim Poncelet that is located on the Terry Poncelet Farm, west of Mazeppa.

These colorful images enhance the valley history and invite visitors to the Zumbro Valley.

The Art Tour projects are funded by the Zumbro Valley Community Growth Initiative (CGI) process; which was facilitated by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. This is a multi-county community economic development effort.

The Zumbro Valley Art Tour Map gives the locations along the Art Tour and access to more information.

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Zumbro Falls – Buckman Coulee Park Project receives $1000 Lift

Vicky Fick of the Greater Lake City Community Foundation presented a $1,000 check to Zumbro Falls Mayor Al VanDeWalker for the Buckman’s Landing park project in Zumbro Falls. Lawrence Svien is the executive director of the Zumbro Watershed Partnership. Other project partners include the City of Zumbro Falls, the Center for Changing Landscapes (University of Minnesota), the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Corps of Minnesota and the Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (University of Minnesota).

See more at: http://www.lakecitygraphic.com/community/zf-park-gets-1000-lift

More Trees

treeThe City of Zumbro Falls has added more trees to the landscape, Hwy 63 along the Buckman Coulee Drainage Channel. Check it out, turning green space into city beautification!

5 Year Anniversary of the 2010 Flood

Zumbro Valley Disaster Recovery from Flight Creative Media on Vimeo. Video narrator – Al VanDeWalker, Mayor.

September 24th is the 5 year anniversary of the 2010 Flood in the Zumbro River Valley. Zumbro Falls endured the greatest flooding in City history. Approximately 2:00 am on September 24, 2010 the Zumbro River flowed over the 28 foot level of the City dike. The river crested 8 feet above the dike. This wall of water flooded homes and businesses, City buildings, the City park, the US Post Office, also State Highways 63/60 were closed. The City, including downtown residents and businesses, was devastated. The national guard was called in to assist along with other state and federal agencies. ZUMBRO FALLS SURVIVED! Residents relocated, businesses rebuilt, the Hills of Zumbro Falls housing development offered a new beginning to those in need of housing, the Buckman Coulee Diversion Project was initiated and directs water over flow to the east of State Highway 63, green space created areas for new trees and beautiful landscaping projects, a Community Garden and Zumbro River Access have been added. The City of Zumbro Falls, Residents, and Businesses continue to move forward.