Fifty years later, Joel's Greenhouse still blossoming in Pine Island

Joel Flemke can’t walk around the community nowadays without being recognized.

The 68-year-old Pine Island native is known throughout the town for “Joel’s Greenhouse” which has been a staple of the community. The greenhouse is celebrating its 50th anniversary and has grown from the simple, small setup in 1971 to now having 12 greenhouses and over 12,000 square feet.

“Time just goes so fast and it speeds up when we get older,” Flemke said of being in business for half a decade. “It doesn’t seem real.”

Read the full story by Erich Fisher here.

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We are honoring World Press Freedom Day by taking down our paywall so everyone can discover the value of local news with well-researched facts from reliable sources. Access to news free from government bias or interference is an important part of American democracy, which is why freedom of the press is protected in the First Amendment.

While World Press Freedom Day honors the many journalists who have braved jail or death to deliver the news, it also recognizes the threat of extinction for local news media throughout the world. While Americans are granted the right to a free press, local journalism is still fighting for survival throughout the United States.

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Bombs and Ks: The 10 best performances on southeastern Minnesota softball diamonds so far this spring

Mayo's Tiegan Mancuso (36) high fives teammates after scoring a run during a softball game against Austin Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Mayo High School in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Mayo's Tiegan Mancuso (36) high fives teammates after scoring a run during a softball game against Austin Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Mayo High School in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

The high school softball season made its much-anticipated return last month after nearly a two-year absence, and local stars are shining like it never really left.

Let's count down the Top 10 performances we've seen in local high school softball throughout the first month of the 2021 season.

Read the full story by Isaac Trotter here.


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'Senators need to be held accountable' on a police reform bill

Jack Dudley, community organizer with Faith in Minnesota, speaks at a rally at Soldiers' Field in Rochester Sunday, May 2, 2021. John Molseed / jmolseed@postbulletin.com
Jack Dudley, community organizer with Faith in Minnesota, speaks at a rally at Soldiers' Field in Rochester Sunday, May 2, 2021. John Molseed / jmolseed@postbulletin.com

As the Minnesota Legislature moves into conference committee meetings Monday to narrow down spending, a nonprofit political organization mobilized a door-knocking and phone campaign Sunday.

Faith in Minnesota held a rally at Soldiers Field on Sunday afternoon to urge volunteers to contact their state senators and talk to others in the area to do the same. More than three dozen people attended.

At issue are policies the state Senate has declined to take up, including a House version of a police reform bill. The Senate has not held hearings on that nor come up with one of their own this session.

Read the full story by John Molseed here.


Blake Proehl ‘excited’ to become a second son on Vikings of a Super Bowl-winning receiver

East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Blake Proehl (11) makes a second half catch against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Nov. 28, 2020. Proel has reached a deal to sign with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent. James Guillory / USA TODAY Sports
East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Blake Proehl (11) makes a second half catch against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Nov. 28, 2020. Proel has reached a deal to sign with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent. James Guillory / USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings since 2018 have had a wide receiver who is the son of a Super Bowl-winning receiver. Soon, they will have another.

Blake Proehl of East Carolina, the son of longtime NFL receiver Ricky Proehl, has reached a deal to sign with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent. He joins on the roster Chad Beebe, the son of former pro receiver Don Beebe.

“I think that’s pretty special right there,’’ Blake said Sunday. “I know that Beebe was a big receiver for them last year, and I saw him make some plays. … I’m really excited to join the Vikings.’’

Read the full story here.