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PRSRT STD ECR WSS US. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 70 MADELIA, MN 56062 POSTAL PATRON “Where Fillmore County News Comes First” Weekly Edition Veterans Day is November 9th Page 44 Thoughts about tomorrow’s election page Monday, November 5, 2012 Local “Give to the Max Day” 4 page 11 Volume 28 Issue 7 Chosen Valley Threads relocated page 14 Bring it on! page 31 Canton l Chatfield l Fountain l Harmony l Lanesboro l Mabel l Ostrander l Peterson l Preston l Rushford l Rushford Village l Spring Valley l Whalan l Wykoff What Veterans Day means to veterans By Barb Jeffers Veterans Day may conjure up images of the flag of the United States of America blowing in the wind, courageous soldiers in their uniforms, and the faces of those we have lost. It should also make every citizen feel a sense of pride and remembrance. But what does Veterans Day mean to Veterans? Veterans Day must take on an entirely different meaning for those who have served in any branch of the armed services for our country. The following soldiers were gracious enough to share with us their thoughts and feelings about Veterans Day. Adam Knoepke Adam Knoepke, originally from Preston, Minn., served ily with several 15 years active members having in the United served, including States Army. His Adam’s Grandrank of Sergeant father, Lavern First Class is a Knoepke, who credit to Knoepis a Korean War ke’s outstanding Veteran, and service. Adam his brother Ben recently transamong others ferred to the who have enlistArmy National ed. Adam has a Guard where he family at home will spend his who waits for next four years him when he is until he retires away including from service. his wife, Nicole, The last four Jake Fournier Adam Knoepke and sons Caden months Mr. (3), and Carson Knoepke spent among other duties. in Afghanistan as a civilian When asked why he made (5 months). Adam recently contractor performing various the decision to enlist Adam stat- began employment with the jobs. Having been the Secu- ed, “It was something I always Federal Bureau of Prisons as a rity Director at Bagram Air wanted to do.” Serving their Correctional Officer and sees Force Base, Adam has provided country runs in Adam’s fam- himself working there until retirement. personal security and escorts, Preston Overlook good for another 75 years By K aren R eisner The historic Preston Overlook has undergone a thorough makeover. Over the last three months, 75 years of time and weather has been erased. The Preston Overlook was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. It is a 1.8 acre property and serves as a wayside rest and a scenic overlook. If you look carefully at a picture that was taken shortly after it was originally constructed in 1937-1938 and compare it with a picture after reconstruction, you will see the most obvious difference. The young Oak tree centrally located on the flag- stone walk was there when it was first constructed and stands tall, strong, 75 years older and much more majestic today. The beginnings of the restoration of the overlook began several years ago with the effort to raise the funds to do the restoration. Kathryn McFadden is a licensed landscape architect and the Historic Properties Program manager with MnDot. Her office, with the help of the historic scenic highway group, successfully applied for a federal Scenic Byways grant. The Preston project was one of five projects that benefited when the Minnesota Scenic Byways Program received more than $2.3 million through the Fed- See VETERANS Page 2  Cooking contest brings out the best eral Highway Administration. The amount awarded for the Preston project was $787,516. MnDot’s District 6 is to provide 20 percent matching funds. The final number as to the actual cost has not been tallied at this point. McFadden was quoted in MnDot Newsline after the Scenic Byways grant was awarded saying, “Historic properties can easily be lost if not properly restored. We could never build this site again. Now it’s going to be saved.” She was referring to the Preston Overlook restoration. The restoration began in See OVERLOOK Page 8  Tuesday & Wednesday - Closed Monday & Thursday - 4-8pm Friday - Noon-9pm Saturday - 11am-9pm Sunday - 11am-8pm 109 S. Parkway, Lanesboro, MN 55949 When asked what Veterans Day means to him Adam answered, “It is a remembrance of everyone who serves,” and, “To think about their families, past and present, who have someone serving.” Veterans Day means to recognize the “freedoms we enjoy here,” Adam stated. He then added, “It makes you appreciate where you live.” Jake Fournier Jake Fournier, of Lanesboro, Minn., enlisted in the United States Marines at the age of 17. At the age of 18 he began life as a soldier. While in Afghanistan Jake’s primary job was as a Mortar man in the Infantry. At the age of 24, Jake has risen to the rank of Corporal. Jake is Dirty Martini Lounge eve of Tuesday, October 30th. At this cooking contest, there were 60 recipes entered into In Fillmore County, potlucks nine categories. With a total break up the monotony of a of five judges taste-testing nine daily lunch break. Whether categories, this was an enorit’s a slow-cooking crockpot mous task. We will definitely masterpiece, or a casserole dish be looking for more judges for full of an odd combination of next year’s competition. deliciousness, all of the best Upon the conclusion of tasterecipes come out of the wood- testing, the judges tallied their works during these moments scores to determine the top in which we choose to feed a three winners in each category. crowd. The challenge for all of the And, the Fillmore County judges was that all of the food Journal, Harmony Foods, Pres- was superb. The judges were ton Foods and Rushford Foods Sheena Suckow, Gabby Gatzke, have sponsored a cooking con- Kim Sapp, Mitchell Walbridge test for three consecutive years. and myself. This latest competion was See COOKING Page 2  held at Harmony Foods on the By Jason Sethre Wine Dinner • November 17TH at 7pm Reservations Required - $70 plus tax Canarditas, Bean & Greens Cassolet, Layered Shrimp Remoulaude, Cornish Game Hen, and White Chocolate Cappucino Mousse

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