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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 See today’s Fillmore County Journal insert for high school fall sports One moment please...Are we there yet? page 5 Monday, August 27, 2012 Spring Valley does not move ahead with street project page 14 Volume 27 Issue 39 The price of reality page 16 Preston reviews first draft of 2013 budget page 24 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 A perfect fit; what I was meant to do By K aren R eisner Gary Steuart with some of the products he sells out of his location in Mabel. Photo by Jade Sexton Steuart Labs in Mabel turns 30 this year By Jade Sexton Gary Steuart started his business thirty years ago in Preston. He later moved to Harmony, and as the company grew, he moved to Mabel in 2001. Steuart Labs now has three locations in the downtown area. The first product Steuart created was a pain cream for racehorses that had been injured or had sore muscles or joints. He quickly figured out it worked just as well on humans, and reformulated it for that purpose. The pain cream is now the biggest seller of Steuart Labs. “It’s really good on joints like hips and knees,” shared Steuart. “It’s also good for neuropathy, back and neck pain. It doesn’t fix these problems, but it’s an anti-inflammatory. A lot of pain comes from inflammation.” The formula for the pain cream is simple and natural; there are no steroids or antibiotics. One of the main ingredients is comfrey, which is recognized for its healing properties. It can be reapplied as often as needed, and there are no side effects. Many people have used this product with great results, and continue to buy it for their pain. Steuart also came up with a great product for healing sore, painful, and swollen udders. Local dairy farmers have found that nothing else works like Steuart’s Udder Heal to help heal painful sores that otherwise would affect the health of the cow and the production of milk. Steuart said the company has undergone many changes in the last five years. They used to sell diagnostic ultrasound machines to farmers and vets, but they got out of that in 2008. From there, Steuart and his employees had to come up with a New LaNdING behind outfitters for tubing Tuesday is Tubing 101 Parkway Ave. S. Lanesboro • 507-467-3400 two-for-tuesday See STEUART Page 6  When retiring Fillmore County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tom Kycek reflected on the past 37 years with the county’s Sheriff Department, he called his time with the department fulfilling, adding he enjoys the work today as much as he did when he first started. Fillmore County has been a “perfect fit” because of who I am. He never had a desire to work in a larger county or community. Kycek was raised in Albert Lea, and by happenstance graduated from the same high school as Sheriff Daryl Jensen, but they didn’t know each other at the time. A friend informed Kycek after high school graduation that there was an opening at Alexandria Technical College for law enforcement. He took advantage of the opportunity and ended up doing what he says he was meant to do. Leaving will be bittersweet. Kycek called his colleagues an incredible bunch of people. What comes next has not been decided. “We will be active doing something,” speaking for himself and Becky, his wife of 37 years. Becky works at Spring Valley city hall. Family is always first with Kycek. They have two adult sons, John and Mike. Becky has always supported his career and he says it is time to pay her back. Kycek started as a patrol officer in Spring Valley. Policing provided by the county was new for Spring Valley at this time. Wearing the uniform makes one stand out. It takes a while to get used to the way people treat you. A lot of the job is learning to deal with the public diplomatically. Kycek worked 15 years on patrol, 18 years as an investigator and four years as chief deputy. He sees each level as a building block which enabled See KYCEK Page 9  Chatfield ready for new school year standardized test scores had marginal improvement and the school will continue to imple The Chatfield School Board ment learning programs to keep met for the last meeting before scores elevated. Elementary the start of a new school year on Principal Craig Ihrke noted the August 20, 2012. A wide variety student handbooks that will be of information was passed on available to students and their from school administrators to parents. This year’s handbook the board about the academic will be segmented into useryear that will begin in Septem- friendly sections. The handbooks will be posted electronically and ber. 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