Fillmore County Journal 9.24.12
The 9.24.12 weekly edition of the Fillmore County Journal.
PRSRT STD ECR WSS US. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 70 MADELIA, MN 56062 POSTAL PATRON Wykoff's Fall Fest Pages 12-13 "Where Fillmore County News Comes First" Weekly Edition Monday, September 24, 2012 Volume 28 Issue 1 Freedom and Responsibility page Amy's Milestone Pre-conditioning? Farmers have a Field Day page 4 page 10 page 23 26 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 Requests to vacate streets and grants variances approved By K aren R eisner firstname.lastname@example.org Teri Klaehn feels at home in her new Preston office. Photo by Jade Sexton Teri Klaehn opens accounting office in Preston in Accounting from Winona By Jade Sexton State. email@example.com "I took an accounting class Teri Klaehn worked almost in high school, and I thought it four years as a tax preparer and was awesome," shared Klaehn. accountant with AgStar/Look- Klaehn loves working with out Ridge Consulting. She can numbers, and she has been balstill be found in Preston, but ancing her mom's checkbook now in her own office down- since the age of 12. She worked town as Teri Klaehn CPA, LLC. as an accountant at Mayo ClinIn May, Klaehn was laid off ic, for an architectural and engifrom her position at AgStar as neering firm, and at her own part of downsizing. She loved office in Adams, where she lives working in Preston, and she with her husband Bryan. loved helping the farmers in The job at AgStar was a good the area, so she opened her own fit for Klaehn. "I was raised on a farm, I'm married to a farmer," accounting business on July 9. Klaehn didn't make the choice she said. "I speak the language, to become an accountant until if you will." the age of 27, at which time Klaehn loved it in Preston, she went back to college and and loved helping farmers with received her Bachelors Degree their accounting needs. Since she was laid off from AgStar, she cannot contact her client list from there, but she has gotten calls from many of them that still want her services. She has received a good response from the advertising she has done so far. Klaehn does a lot of tax preparation and planning with people, and she also offers payroll and accounting services for businesses. She has been told she must be crazy to enjoy doing taxes, but it makes her happy. "I don't want tax prep season to be stressful," said Klaehn. "I like to help my clients get the See KLAEHN Page 15 The Preston City Council at their September 17 meeting discussed and granted two petitions for vacating portions of city streets and two requests for building variances. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Jon and Christine DeVries requested that the 300 block of Brownsville Street West be vacated. This section of street is not developed. The section to be vacated is a 33-foot section with city utilities under it. The city would retain an easement for electric, water and sewer utilities. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said there is no intention to build on this area. Linda Hennessey emphasized the importance of easements, asking questions about her own sewer line. Neighbor Fran Sauer spoke in favor of vacating this section of street. The resolution was adopted vacating this section of Brownsville Street West with additional language stating the city retains easements. Charles Aug, representing C & G properties, requested that the dead end section of the 400 block of Farmers Street West be vacated. The dead end street cut off by the Highway 52 new construction is adjacent to the USDA Service Center. Hoffman said the entire 66 feet would go with the lumber yard property. This section of street is 165 feet long. He recommended the city retain the easements as the city has water and sewer utilities under the street. Aug commented that the use for the street would be for parking spaces, which is how it is currently used. He added that the building to the north is rented See PRESTON Page 22 Mining ordinance drafts go to Planning Commission By K aren R eisner firstname.lastname@example.org Comment on this article at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com The ten-member Sand Committee has been meeting regularly since before the moratorium on mining was put into place late last February. About forty concerned citizens, many worried about possible negative effects of large industrial mines and others concerned about whether excessive limitations will be put on the mining industry, have faithfully attended the meetings. They ask questions, express their concerns and voice their suggestions. This September 18 meeting was the last for the Sand Commit- tee. However, committee members will participate in Planning Commission discussions of the ordinances. Originally, the moratorium was put into place to learn about the industry, study how to regulate the fast-growing industry and to amend Ordinance 721 to include the mining of industrial mining like that of `frac' sand. Over the many months the thinking has evolved to draft two separate ordinances. Ordinance 721 will have some revisions, but remain essentially the same and regulate traditional construction aggregate mining. 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The money will be kept in a fund and if it is determined after a period of years that an excessive amount has been collected, excess monies will be returned to the operator. Bakke said they went away from the bond idea for roads and generally copied Winona County's fee based system. Trucks will only be allowed on hard surface roads except when a short section of gravel greatly reduces the hauling distance. The exception must be applied for by the operator and approved, in which case the operator must maintain the roads. �Limit on Number of Active Mines Bakke introduced a new possible restriction for the ordinance which would limit the scope of the industry within the county. He proposed putting a countywide limit on the number of active industrial sand mines to six or eight. He compared it to animal unit caps the county has for feedlots or limits cities have on the number of liquor licenses allowed at a time. Bakke explained the limit on mine size and number will allow them to better know after a few years what the effect of the industry will be on the county. A new application will be considered with the closure of an existing operation. It is possible there could be waiting lists. Frank Wright said the proposed See MINING Page 13 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Page 3 Continued from Page 1 MINING Ordinance 736 is being specifically drafted to regulate industrial mining. The Sand Committee voted to move the drafts of both ordinances to the Planning Commission. This is the next step in the process. Effect on Economic Activity Cris Gastner, Community and Business Development Specialist and Fillmore County EDA Office, was tasked by the committee with gathering information from communities in Wisconsin that have had large industrial mines already in operation. Fillmore County citizens had expressed their concern that the industrial sand mining industry would have a negative effect on economic activity in the county, especially concerning the tourist industry. Jayson Smith, city planner in Chippawa Falls, Wisconsin, related to Gastner that the industrial sand mining industry has generally increased income and jobs in the county. Jobs not only in the industry, but also additional jobs in other community service areas like healthcare. The EOG Resources plant that processes and ships out the sand by rail car employs 70 people with another 30 employed at the mine sites. The plant, which achieved full operation this last January, paid to the city of Chippawa Falls $1.4 million in property taxes last year. About 100 people also have been employed as truck drivers. Smith says the plant has had a positive economic impact on the city. Two residential neighborhoods are near the plant. There apparently has been no negative impact at this point, no mass turnover of property because of the plant. Smith adds that water usage has not had a negative impact on the city's water capacity. The plant uses 18,000 gallons of fresh water per day and recycles 90 percent of the water using flocculants. The plant processes enough sand to fill 50 train cars per day. Smith sees two major negative issues due to the plant. With the increased rail usage wait time at rail crossings has increased, which will require more signage and caution. Quiet zones are needed for residential neighborhoods which are disturbed by train whistles. Mike Jordan, president of the Chippawa Falls Chamber of Commerce, notes there has not been a negative impact on visitors to the community or tourism, even along the truck route. He suggests there has been a positive effect on food, beverage, and hardware businesses. He credits the sand industry with increased employment. The industry including mining, processing, and railroad facilities is expected to employ 2,500 more people when 86 facilities across the state become fully operational than were employed by the industry in 2008. Comments Bill Swanson, Lanesboro, sug- gested the study was not applicable to Lanesboro. Gastner felt it was a good comparison due to the similarity in outdoor recreation available in both areas. Swanson said Stockholm, Wisconsin, would be a better comparison. Harvey Benson asked how permanent the jobs will be? He added we "know the cost of everything and the value of nothing." Monica Hatch, Lanesboro, insisted the only thing she sees as permanent is permanent damage to the land and bluffs. Committee member Gary Ruskell maintained that the sand industry will provide year-round employment, more constant than tourism. He added the tourism industry adds to traffic also. He did seem to agree that the thing that could really be hurt is the landscape. Renee Bergstrom asked the committee to consider the effect on trout streams due to runoff, increased turbidity and sediment and water temperature. Robert Hatch, Lanesboro, asked that people in these communities be interviewed as to what they are living with, adding "that will be us." Gastner said the greatest concern in Chippawa Falls is train traffic. Karen Swanson insisted property values will go down near a mine, adding she would never buy a house next to a mine. Zoning Administrator Chris Graves noted that the county assessor's office has not found any impact on property values near an active mine near Highland. Bonita Underbakke insisted 2,500 jobs for the whole state of Wisconsin is measly. Gastner said he personally wouldn't consider 2,500 jobs to be measly. Frank Wright complained that they hadn't talked about the downsides which would be useful information. He added nobody knows the size, scope and duration of the industry for Fillmore County. Limits need to be set. Committee member Steve Duxbury asked Mathy Construction representatives if they hire local for big projects. They said they normally do. Gastner noted that we want people to move into our communities for jobs, citing the negative population growth of small rural communities. Fran Sauer asked for clarification on what unit of government can set limits. Committee member Duane Bakke explained that the state sets minimum standards and the county can further restrict those limits, and the township can even further restrict those limits. The county can amend their ordinances to make those limits more or less strict as long as they remain within the state standards. Ordinance 721 The language in 721 will remain pretty much the same with some clarifications on blasting and reclamation and the addition addressing off road parking. Committee member David Williams noted if an operation is permitted for 721 and the operator wants to produce industrial Kingsland happy with the start of new school year By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board held its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. Superintendent McDonald was present. All School Board members were present except Steve Tart. Consent agenda items were reviewed and accepted. Superintendent McDonald thanked all staff for a very good start to the school year. He also thanked everyone who donated school supplies. Two representatives spoke on the work of the student council and FFA including plans for a Fall BBQ. Superintendent McDonald reported on new programs for the new year, Homecoming activities, technology, post-secondary enrollment options, MMR, and upcoming evaluations. Principal Priebe spoke about the fantastic start to the new year, Positive Behavior and Intervention Strategies, strengthening communication, NWBA/MAP testing, and building relationships. Principal Hecimovich spoke on several subjects including an update on Project Lead The Way. Committees reported on their recent activities. The second reading of the Emergency Management Plan was approved. Three resignations were accepted and members voted on one termination which was passed. Four new hires were approved. Winter coaching staff was approved. Extra-curricular assignments were approved. Motion passed to accept the proposed property tax levy. Seniority list was approved. A request by a staff member for reimbursement for attorney fees was denied. Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. Student representatives for Student Council and FFA speak at the Kingsland School Board meeting on Sept. 17th, 2012. Photo by Barb Jeffers Page 4 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Monday, September 24, 2012 The FCJ reaches over 12,000 households each week. C ommentary Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand By Karen Reisner Rights and freedoms granted by the first amendment to the Constitution including the freedom of speech carry with them the necessity to act responsively. Ideally at least, they should. With the unfolding of the pro- Karen Reisner tests and riots in the Islamic world which were sparked by a crudely made, denigrating film, we are reminded that freedom of speech is an American value and unassailable, and not all will act responsibly. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, or Sam Bacile as he represented himself while making the 14-minute trailer film, used and twisted the protection afforded by the freedom of speech in his production of an inflammatory film, "Innocence of Muslims." Even the title was a lie, as it was a film made to incite the Islamic people. Actors hired to make the film were duped. Mohammed was later dubbed over `Master George.' Nakoula falsely claimed he was an Israeli-Jew to add to the effect of the hate film to further his agenda. He was surely well aware of the Islamic reaction to other disrespecting and disparaging depictions of the Prophet Mohammed. If the intention of the film was to denigrate a religion and knowingly provoke violence, is that protected under the First Amendment? The simple answer is yes. Nakoula is actually a Copti Christian which is the largest religious minority in Egypt. He has spent about a year in prison for bank fraud. He is currently on probation and lives in a Editorial Cartoon suburb of Los Angeles. Nakoula also plead guilty in 1997 to possession with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Per terms of his probation, he is not allowed to use aliases or the Internet. He is under investigation at this time for probation violations related to the making and dissemination of the film on the Internet. The reason for the investigation is not the production of the film, as it is not a crime under US law. The film was posted on the Internet in July and not translated to Arabic until shortly before the protests. The United States has denounced this film, which was made in America, but respects the first amendment right to make the film. This film has been used by extremist elements to spark outrage. The film provided the spark to ignite the abundant fuel of discontent in Islamic countries which has driven the angry mobs. It seems the hate film is now being used by Islamic extremists and anti-American militants to create more anger and further their agenda in the Mideast. The film stirs up populations in countries with weak, fledgling governments and triggers an underlying resentment of the West. Our forefathers could not have foreseen this kind of abuse of the first amendment. They could not have envisioned how a filmmaker with his own agenda and a very small number of backers could so effect world events through modern technology. There is the inability of many in the Mideast to understand that this offensive film is the work of a few and not condoned by or representative of the United States. The United States defends the right to free speech regardless of how detrimental this particular film has become, even when it effects national security. President Obama has maintained that the attackers of the Libyan consulate that killed four Americans will be brought to justice. They are certainly guilty of criminal acts no matter what their provocation. US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice reported that at this time (September 16) there is no evidence that suggests that the Libyan attack was preplanned. She believes it was a spontaneous reaction, after the riots in Egypt over the offensive film just a few hours before. Extremists with heavy weapons which are plentiful in Libya used the protest to attack the consulate and kill the four Americans. However, Libyan interim President Magarief claims foreigners came into Libya in recent months and planned the attack which occurred on September 11. Rice reported that an FBI investigation is in progress. It should be noted that a majority of the Libyan people are pro American. Rice believes "opportunist extremist elements" escalated the protests that resulted in the deaths of the Americans. In any case the extremists are taking advantage of relatively new, unstable and weak governments formed after the Arab Spring. These governments have not publicly supported the violent attacks. Opposing factions are jockeying to direct the future of several of these countries. Some have suggested that the making and dissemination of the film would fall under "reckless endangerment." If the filmmaker expected the film to incite a riot and intentionally produced it for that purpose, would it still be protected by the First Amendment? The film when aired broadly in Islamic countries produced the effect that one would reasonably expect. Many citizens in Islamic countries view their religion as their identity. Any disrespecting of the Prophet demeans their culture which is one with their religion. It is difficult for many of us to understand, as the violent protests seem to be an overreaction to a vulgar film. We should understand that the film was like throwing a match into a very dry grass; the conditions were already there for the angry mob reaction. Extremists are ready to take advantage of any spark to further their own political agenda. People with hateful agendas in this country have the right to use freedoms which many have fought and died for, thereby creating circumstances where more have to fight and die to continue to protect American values. Geoffrey Stone, professor of law at the University of Chicago, concluded, "If we punish American citizens for engaging in otherwise constitutionally protected speech in order to prevent foreign terrorists from engaging in violent acts, then we cede to those very terrorists the meaning of the First Amendment." Stone is right. That being said, First Amendment freedoms are basic to our way of life. We should not abuse these freedoms, but protect and use them responsibly. Letter about Kingsley's article To the Editor, Andrew Kingsley hit the nail on the head. It was refreshing to read someone saying it like it is. "We the people" as the preamble states, have been lulled into complacency. The thought of standing for something has been made to look unnecessary. When we think of the "what if's," it's also a bit scary. Something as simple as a campaign sign in our yard shouldn't be a big deal. But... we found one sign bent up and strewn on the lawn. The other two signs were undamaged so it wasn't the weather. We fixed it and put it back up. This morning that sign and another were missing. We have heard about incidences of people's properties being vandalized due to the use of campaign signs. The debate? Do we put them back up and chance damage to our property or do we play it safe and let someone else fight the fight? It makes me wonder, are we as a people ready to do what it takes to get this country back in shape or are we content to let others pay the price? This country was formed and founded on the right to worship God and live in freedom. A lot of people sacrificed a great deal, even their lives for those rights. There are plenty of other countries that do not live by God's teachings and just as many that are socialistic, taking from those who work and redistributing it to support their social programs. Is it so wrong that we keep this nation available for those who want to live God's laws and for those who want to provide for themselves in a free economy? I say keep this nation what it was formed to be � "One nation under GOD indivisible with liberty and justice for all". Rose Voigt Fountain, MN Comment on this column at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com Letter about Lanesboro To the Editor, This past weekend I was a guest in Lanesboro and privileged to take part in the "Taste of the Trail." While Whalan and Peterson went all out with signs and decorations, I feel Lanesboro was sadly lacking in both. Where was your "food on the trail"? Lanesboro, I think you should get your volunteers and your act together. Better luck next year. P.D. Payson White Bear Lake, MN 136 St. Anthony St. � P.O. 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Grant applications are part of a competitive bid process, and selections are made by Governor Dayton's staff � not the Legislature or any individual lawmaker. Further, Grehl mentions his frustration with spending $500 million on a Vikings stadium. Let's remember, a Vikings stadium was Governor Dayton's top priority last year � not mine. While I was trying to prioritize rural schools, nursing homes, job creation, and lowering your tax rates, the Governor was off schmoozing with the Wilf's in hopes of sealing the deal. And speaking of Governor Dayton's selection process, I'm sure Mr. Grehl is now fuming that Dayton spent $25 million just last week on another new stadium. This new ballpark goes to the St. Paul Saints � raise your hand if you've heard of or care about that team � while rural Minnesota's needs continue to be ignored. It's unfortunate Mr. Grehl didn't seek out the real facts before penning his letter. Governor Dayton is infatuated with professional sports teams and giving them new stadiums. But as your state representative, I will continue fighting to improve our schools, our economy, and making Minnesota a better place to live and work. Sincerely, State Representative Greg Davids Preston, MN Letter about Voter ID amendment To the Editor, Please join with me to oppose the Voter ID amendment. AARP Minnesota opposes this amendment because many seniors in assisted living and nursing facilities do not have up-to-date photo identification cards. If residents have photo IDs, they usually have the address from their former home. Currently, nursing home staff can vouch that residents do live there. Other states with Voter ID laws have made exceptions for nursing homes, but the current proposed amendment does not. If I were living in a nursing home because I couldn't walk or see, I would still want to vote. Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities, the service arms of our churches, also oppose the photo ID amendment. They work with very poor people who move around a lot for various reasons, who rarely have photo IDs with their current address. The problem is that in their current chaotic lives, their birth certificates may be lost, and paying to get one so they can get a Voter ID card so they can vote is too much work and too much money. Another problem is the distance to the county courthouse to get a voter ID. Residents of Finland, Minnesota have a polling place in town, but to get a current ID they must travel 80 miles to their courthouse, not an easy trip for frail elderly voters. Let's preserve the right of seniors and poor people to vote. If a new amendment preserving absentee voting and making exceptions for nursing homes is put forward in two years, I might vote for it. But this amendment is unacceptable. Please join me in voting no to the Voter ID amendment. Pastor Karen R. Grandall Spring Valley, MN Letter about election To the Editor, First Things First. In a recent Commentary a reader listed topics associated with this campaign cycle. The writer then suggested that only President Obama has the wisdom and compassion needed to change the status quo. While reading I felt like a spectator at a sporting event where one side cheers wildly when a point is scored and intermittently jeers and verbally jabs at the opposition. That both sides engage in such behavior only proves the point that many of us are so busy scoring points and trying to damage the opposing side that we spend little intellect or energy considering serious issues. To illustrate, the claim that millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share may cause some damage to the opposition but even a 100 percent wealth tax does nothing to resolve our debt issues. This is not a serious solution. The most fundamental issue today concerns how we can continue to exist. If we continue borrowing to fund all of our great ideas we will cease to exist and none of us will have made a lasting difference for anyone � except for our children and theirs who will inherit our mess. As we sort through campaign rhetoric: We must agree on specifics addressing how to restore our national fiscal sanity; and, we must select leaders that can deliver success. Both the President and Mr. Romney have track records. These document their achievements and success or lack thereof in bringing opposing sides to a common position. If we're serious about this stuff, we must ignore sound-bites and discover for ourselves which of the two can best complete our financial turn-around. Our first task is economic selfpreservation. For now all else must be secondary since if we don't economically survive our unfulfilled dreams will be permanently unfulfilled. Eugene Thomas Mabel, MN Letter about Voter ID To the Editor, Voter ID A Simple Thing? The Voter Restriction Amendment is not a simple thing at all. It changes Minnesota's election process which currently works. Local governments would need to raise property taxes to pay for it because it was passed without detail or price tag. Estimates range from $4.5 million to $84 million! It creates obstacles for eligible Minnesota voters, many of whom have legally voted for years: senior citizens; military men and women; those who have recently moved. It would impact more that 700,000 Minnesotans. Voter Restriction is wrong. Join me to vote NO in kNOwvember. Bonita A. Underbakke Lanesboro, MN In the September 17, 2012, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, a photo under the article titled "OMC in Preston sees farm-related injury and illness," a woman in the photo was identified as Polly Kraling. It should have read Polly Harstad. Correction Long-term care providers endorse Gregory Davids CARE-PAC, the political action committee for Care Providers of Minnesota, recently endorsed Gregory Davids for re-election to the House of Representatives in District 28B. Davids's support and interest in long-term care was the primary reason he earned the CARE-PAC endorsement. "Our dedicated long-term care professionals are proud to support Gregory Davids," said Patti Cullen, president and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota. "Representative Davids understands our state's long-term care issues and he has a deep commitment to maintaining Minnesota's reputation for high-quality long-term health care." Cullen stated that the greatest threat facing Minnesota's longterm care community today revolves around the continued Medicaid funding crisis. "Over the past four years, nursing home rates have been frozen. Minnesota law does not allow nursing homes to charge private pay residents anything above the Medicaid rate, so in effect the state dictates what we can charge (called rate equalization). Additionally over the past four years, between legislative and administrative cuts, there have been double-digit decreases to the rates that Medicaid will pay for services needed by seniors and people with disabilities in assisted living settings," commented Cullen. "We are at a crisis point in our state and we need renewed state investment so we can continue to provide quality care to the `greatest generation.' "We look forward to continuing to work with Representative Davids in finding solutions to this grave situation." Established in 1947, Care Providers if Minnesota represents over 600 proprietary, non-profit, and government-owned providers of long-term care including nursing facilities, housing with services, assisted living, foster care, home care, and hospice. Our membership includes providers ranging in size from three bed to 500; and includes over 100 business partners who actively support the Association and its members. For more information on Care Providers of Minnesota, visit www.careproviders.org. Catch up with the Journal � Local Features � Government News � Classifieds � And More P: 507.765.2151 � F: 507.765.2468 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.fillmorecountyjournal.com Fillmore County Journal www.fillmorecountyjournal.com Pet of the Week Dilute CaliCo Mix Bluebell is the Best Cat Ever according to her foster parents. We don't know anything about her past. She was found with a litter of kittens. She is super playful and plays with the older cats and kittens in her foster home. She likes catnip and playing laser light. She loved the toddler in the foster home and tolerates him picking her up and giving her kisses. If you would like more information about our Trap, Spay-Neuter, Return program or would like to adopt or volunteer, please contact us. Camp Companion PO Box 7478, Rochester, MN 55903 Phone: 507-951-7801 or 800-896-7009 Email: email@example.com Preston Public Utilities Will Be Flushing Hydrants In The City Of Preston The Week Of: Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 12, 2012 Please Be Aware That You May Notice Rusty Water For A Short While After This Is Done. If You Have Any Questions, Please Call Preston Public Utilities Office 507-765-2491. Hydrant FlusHing Bluebe ll Page 6 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Monday, September 24, 2012 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren who all fondly called her, "Granny Green." She is also survived by two brothers, George (Barb) Dimler of Fridley, Minn. and Tony (Joan) Dimler of Willmar, Minn; and two sisters, Barb Colburn and Linda Stai, both of St. Paul, Minn. She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Ruby Dimler, daughter Brenda Watkins, grandson Joe Kunert, and brothers Kenneth and Stanley. Memorial services for Corine Krahn were held Thursday, September 20, 2012, at the Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with Pastor Mark Rader officiating. Gary T. Odegaarden Gary T. Odegaarden, 69, of Rushford, Minn. died on Monday, September 17, 2012, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. Gary was born on July 24, 1943, in Winona, Minn. to Chester O. and Mabel (Madland) Odegaarden. He was raised in the Winona and Lanesboro areas. Gary married Ileen Fox on July 8, 1978. He worked in the auto body industry for several years. He also worked at the Schueler Mink Ranch in Rushford. Gary was a master of all trades and was a perfectionist at all he did. He was a member of the Eagles Club. Gary enjoyed drawing, fishing, canning, baking, cooking, mak- Call the FCJ at 507-765-2151 to advertise or offer news tips! ing people laugh and was very proud of his Norwegian heritage. He is survived by his wife, Ileen; a son, Tom Odegaarden of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three step-children: Shirley Anderson of Tucson, Ariz., Jerrold Anderson of New Albin, Iowa, and Duane (Debbie) Anderson of Fountain City, Wis.; three grandchildren: Jasmine, Eric and Marcus; two sisters: Claris (Ronald) Thompson of Minnetonka, Minn. and Carol Hatlevig of Rushford; and by many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Marion and Sonja. The funeral service was on FriSee OBITUARIES Page 8 The funeral was Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Greenleafton Reformed Church with Rev. Roger Lokker officiating. Burial Levern Grooters Levern C. Grooters, age 97, of was in the Greenleafton Cemthe Greenleafton, Minn., area, etery. died Tuesday morning, September Corine Krahn 18, 2012, at Spring Valley Estates. Levern was born January 15, Beloved wife, mother, and 1915, in Sioux City, Iowa, the grandmother, Corine Krahn, age son of James and Anna (Elfrink) 76, of Spring Valley, Minn. passed away unexpectedly Sunday, SepGrooters. The family moved to a farm tember 16, 2012, at St. Marys in the Greenleafton area when Hospital in Rochester, MN after a he was six weeks old. He attend- brief illness. ed country school. He married Corine was born May 24, 1936, Beatrice Sikkink July 27, 1939, to Ralph and Ruby Dimler. She in Hinkley, Minn. The couple grew up in the Spring Valleyfarmed in the Greenleafton area Ostrander area. On August 14, during their married life. Beatrice 1953, Corine married Lawrence died March 17, 2005. He became "Shorty" Krahn, her husband of 59 a resident of Spring Valley Estates years. They have lived in Spring Valley where they have farmed in October 2010. Levern was a lifelong mem- their entire lives. They have five ber of the Greenleafton Reformed awesome children who were the Church. He enjoyed his family, joy of her life. At the time of friends, bowling, woodworking, her death, she was employed by Manpower at the Rochester IBM and his garden. He is survived by one son, plant. Duane (Jerilyn) Grooters of She enjoyed her flowers, gardenEdmonds, Wash.; one daugh- ing, sewing and crafts. Most of all, ter, Carol (William) Clausen of she enjoyed being a wife, mother Omaha, Neb.; four grandchil- and grandmother. dren; two step-grandchildren; six She will be remembered and great-grandchildren; one brother, always loved by her husband Shorty Perlum Grooters of Spring Val- of Spring Valley, her children; ley; and three sisters-in-law, Phyl- Brad of Spring Valley; Beverly lis Grooters of Harmony, Glenice (David) Battis of Wenatchee, WA; Grooters of Preston and Venita Betty (Kirk) Kunert of Spring ValSikkink of Spring Valley. He was ley; Bonnie (Larry) Long of Therpreceded in death by his wife, two mopolis, WY; son-in-law Shane Watkins of Kirksville, MO; 14 sisters and two brothers. Obituaries Park Lane Estates Assisted Living 111 Fillmore Place SE, Preston, MN (507)765-9986 � 507-259-3291 Where new friends are made and past friends reunite Move in and receive: � Cook, (3 homecooked meals and 2 snacks, 7 days a week) � Housekeeper � Free laundry service � Chauffer � Gardener/maintenance man � 1st alert pendants � On-duty staff 24 hours a day ALA,LPN/RN � Daily Music & Activities � As much or as little help with daily cares as you need SEPTEMBER ENTERTAINMENT Tuesday, 25TH Bingo - 1:30pm Wednesday, 26TH Lunch Out - 11am Thursday, 27TH Chris Vonarx - 4:30pm Friday, 28TH Brother Music Sister Rhythm For A Day Or Month We Now Have Respite Care Available If Help Is Needed For A Loved One Fillmore County Church Directory Fillmore County Journal � Preston MN 507.765.2151 VBC Video � Preston MN 507.765.2704 Visit Bluff Country � Preston MN 507.765.2151 A rendahl Lutheran Church ...........................Sundays - 10:30am Highway 30, Peterson, MN 55962 (507) 875-2477 Assembly Of God Church ..............................Sundays - 10:00am 610 Territorial Rd, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-2101 Assumption Catholic Church .........Fri. - 8:30am & Sat. - 5:00pm 207 N May St, Canton, MN 55922 (507) 743-8320 Bethlehem Lutheran Church ...........................Sundays - 9:00am 200 Kenilworth Ave S, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-3344 Calvary Baptist Church ..................Sundays - 10:45am & 6:00pm 910 Winona St SE, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867-4686 Canton-Scotland Presby terian Church...............Sundays - 9:00am 104 W Fillmore Ave, Canton, MN 55922 (507) 743-2260 Chatf ield Lutheran Church ............Sundays - 8:00am & 10:00am 304 Fillmore St SE, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867-4721 Chatf ield United Methodist Christ ..................Sundays - 9:30am 124 Winona St SE, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867-3529 Cherry Grove United Methodist .....................Sundays - 10:00am 18183 160th St, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (Cherry Grove) (507) 937-3177 Christ Lutheran Church .................................Sundays - 9:00am 509 Kansas St NW, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765-2161 Christian Science Ser vices ..............................Sundays - 10:00am Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-2251 Elstad Lutheran Church .................................Sundays - 9:00am 37784 Dogwood Rd, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-3769 Emmanuel Episcopal Church ........................Sundays - 10:00am 217 W Jessie St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-2164 Faith United Methodist Church ......Sat. - 5:00pm & Sun. - 9:00am 617 Maple Ln, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-2830 Fillmore Free Methodist Church ...Sundays - 8:30am & 10:30am 19127 County 8, Wykoff, MN 55990 (Fillmore) (507) 352-5450 First Baptist Church .....................Sundays - 10:30am & 6:00pm 701 Kasten Drive, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-2840 First Baptist Church-Preston ............Sundays - 10:30am & 7:00pm 108 Chatfield Ave NW, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765-4960 First English Lutheran Church ........................Sundays - 10:00am 217 W Grant St, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-2793 First Lutheran Church of Highland ..................Sundays - 10:30am 22423 391st Ave, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-3318 First Presby terian Church ..............................Sundays - 10:00am 110 S Mill St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-2854 Fountain Lutheran .......................................Sundays - 9:00am Main Street, Fountain, MN 55939 (507) 268-4413 Fountain United Methodist Church ..................Sundays - 8:30am Co. Rd. 8 and Cedar St., Fountain, MN 55939 (507) 268-4456 Garness Trinity Lutheran ..............................Sundays - 11:00am PO Box 88, Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5905 Grace Lutheran Church .................................Sundays - 9:00am 365 Park St, Peterson, MN 55962 (507) 875-2218 Brought to you by: SMG Web Design � Preston MN 507.765.2704 SMG Computer Solutions � Preston MN 507.765.2704 Greenf ield Lutheran Church ...........................Sundays - 9:00am 235 Main Ave S, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886-3272 Greenleaf ton Reformed Church .....................Sundays - 10:00am Highway 9, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765-2546 Harmony United Methodist Church .................Sundays - 8:30am 60 Main Ave S, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886-6851 Henry town Lutheran Church ..............................Sun. - 10:30am PO Box 103, Harmony, MN 55939 (Henrytown) (507) 886-2425 Highland Prairie Church ...............................Sundays -10:30am 43265 Bowl Dr, Peterson, MN 55962 (507) 864-2731 Historic Lenora United Methodist Church (Special Occassions) Lenora, MN (Rural Canton) (507) 545-2641 Immanuel Lutheran Church ...........................Sundays - 9:30am 254 Main St S, Wykoff, MN 55990 (507) 352-2801 Lanesboro United Methodist Church ...............Sundays - 8:30am 507 Parkway Ave S, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-2646 Mabel First Lutheran Church ...........................Sundays - 9:00am 202 N. Oak, P.O. Box 395, Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5293 Mabel United Methodist Church .....................Sundays - 9:30am 111 W Newburg St, Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5296 Nativity Catholic Church ... Sun. (1st & 2nd) - 8:45am & (3rd & 4th) - 10:30am 640 1st Ave SW, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886-2393 New Life Victory Church .................................Sundays - 9:30am 440 2nd Avenue Southeast, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886-3525 Newburg United Methodist Church 3.1 miles N. of Mabel on Hwy. 43; 2.2 miles W. on Co. Rd. 24 North Prairie Lutheran .................................Sundays - 10:30am 35957 Highway 30, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 875-2460 Our Savior's Lutheran Church ......Sundays - 8:00am & 10:30am 805 S Broadway St, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-7251 Pilot Mound Lutheran Church ........................Sundays - 9:00am 8 miles N. of Lanesboro on 250 then 4 miles W. on Hwy 30 (507) 875-2460 Pioneer Presby terian Church ...........................Sundays - 8:30am 206 Fillmore St NE, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867-4037 Preston United Methodist Church ..................Sundays - 10:30am 212 Saint Anthony St N, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765-2503 R iver Of Life Regional Church 220 N Money Creek St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-2853 Root Prairie Lutheran Church ........................Sundays - 10:30am County Rd 11, Fountain, MN 55939 (507) 268-4455 Root R iver Church of the Brethren ..................Sundays - 10:00am 23553 County Rd 20, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765-4772 Root R iver Community Church .....................Sundays - 10:30am 503 Nannestad Lane, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-7074 Rushford Lutheran Church ............Sat. - 5:30pm & Sun. - 9:00am 101 S Mill St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-7152 Olmsted County Journal � Rochester MN 507.288.5201 Daytripper � Rochester MN 507.288.5201 Studio-A-Photography � Preston MN 507.251.6372 Saetersdal Lutheran Church ...........................Sundays - 10:30am 21447 Co. Rd. 30, Rural Harmony, MN Scheie Lutheran Church .................................Sundays - 9:30am PO Box 88, Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5680 St Columban Church ....................................Sundays - 9:30am 4 08 Preston St NW # 2, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765-3886 St Ignatius Catholic Church ...........................Sundays - 10:30am 213 W Franklin St, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-7565 St John's Lutheran Church ..............................Sundays - 9:00am 241 Line St S, Wykoff, MN 55990 (507) 352-2296 St John's Lutheran Church ..............................Sundays - 10:00am 31497 Highway 43, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-2585 St Joseph's Catholic Church ...........................Sundays - 10:00am 103 N Mill St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-2257 St Mark 's Lutheran Church ...........................Sundays - 9:00am 104 E North St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-7111 St Marys Catholic Church ..........Sat. - 5:00pm & Sun. - 11:00am 405 Twiford St SW, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867-314 8 St Matthews Episcopal Church ........................Sundays - 9:30am 100 Fillmore St SE, Chatfield, MN 55923-1219 (507) 867-3707 St Matthew's Lutheran Church ........................Sundays - 9:00am Harmony, MN 55939 (Granger) (507) 772-4474 St Olaf Catholic Church ... Sun. (1st & 2nd) - 10:30am & (3rd & 4th) - 8:45am 114 N Locust, Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5268 St Patrick 's Church Hall .................................Sundays - 8:00am Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-2480 St Paul Lutheran Church .........Sun. - 10:00am & Wed. - 7:00pm 128 Fillmore St SE, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867-4604 St Paul's Lutheran Church ............................Sundays - 10:30am Harmony, MN 55939 (Big Springs) (507) 886-8175 Sumner Center United Methodist Church .........Sundays - 10:30am 9 miles N. of Spring Valley on Co. Rd. 1 (507) 378-4801 The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints-Sundays - 10:00am 21257 US Hwy 52 South Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765-4551 Trinity Fellowship ELCA ..............................Sundays - 10:00am 110 S Mill St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-7211 Trinity Lutheran Church ..............................Sundays - 9:00am 204 South St, Ostrander, MN 55961 (507) 657-2203 Union Prairie Lutheran .................................Sundays - 9:00am Hwy 16, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-3363 United Methodist Church ..............................Sundays - 10:30am 236 Gold St S, Wykoff, MN 55990 (507) 352-4136 Valley Christian Center ..................................Sundays - 10:00am 610 Territorial Rd Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-2101 W halan Lutheran Church ..............................Sundays - 9:00am Lanesboro, MN 55949 (Whalan) (507) 467-2398 Do you want to sponsor the Fillmore County Church Directory? Call 507.765.2151 Page 8 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Monday, September 24, 2012 The FCJ reaches over 12,000 households each week. Continued from Page 6 OBITUARIES day, September 21, 2012, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford with funeral celebrant John Wagenaar officiating. Lucille Rathbun Lucille Rathbun, age 94, formally of Spring Valley, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 16, 2012, at the Glenn Southwest in Minnetonka, MN. Cel was born on August 10, 1918, and raised with five other sisters in Spring Valley on a dairy farm on the edge of town. She remained in Spring Valley after high school and went on to marry a wonderful man who grew up with five brothers on a farm down the road from Cel's family. They bought a house on Washington Avenue, where she remained until March 2012. At that time, Cel moved closer to her family in the Twin Cities where she resided until her death. She is survived by her sister Patricia Goeman, many nieces and nephews who loved her very much, and many friends. Cel is preceded in death by her husband Ross and son Michael. Funeral mass for Lucille Rathbun was held Saturday, September 22, 2012, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, Minn. with Father Marreddy Pothireddy and Father Steve Peterson officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Edna E. Schultz Edna Emma Schulz, age 90, of Spring Valley, died Monday, September 17, 2012, at home. Edna was born on July 7, 1922, in Forestville Township on the home farm to Otto August and Amanda (Affeldt) Meyer. She was confirmed on May 24, 1936, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff, Minn. and was united in marriage to Harold Schulz on May 19, 1945, in Spring Valley. Edna was a farmer and homemaker. She was a current member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and enjoyed playing piano, baking and cooking, playing cards with her neighbors, gardening and canning, and watching country music shows and the Twins and Vikings on TV. She is survived by her daughter Roselle "Sally" Wagner of Rochester, her son Thomas Schulz of Spring Valley; two grandchildren Eric Wagner of Farmington and Jessica Wagner of Brooklyn Center, two great-grandchildren Emma and Maiya Rutherford. She is also survived by her siblings Otto Meyer, Marvin "Buddy" (Darlene) Meyer, Magdalene Jeske all of Spring Valley; daughter-inlaw Jackie Schulz of Alexandria, Minn.; and Amanda Laue of Pine Island. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold, son Larry Schulz, six brothers and one sister. Funeral services for Edna E. Schulz were held Friday, September 21, 2012, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with Rev Dennis Timmerman officiating. Burial was in Wadena Cemetery. Trinity Lutheran Church. He was Burial was at the Martin Luther Arrangements were with the John- a member of the American Legion son-Schuller Chapel in Wadena, a and enjoyed his team of Belgian Cemetery in rural Spring Valley. horses which he broke, entered Schuller Family Funeral Home. plowing contests, and used them Paul James Schumacher to help work the farm, and collectWilliam George Young Paul James Schumacher, age 65, passed away on September 14, William George Young, age 66, ing antique farm machinery. 2012, surrounded by family and of Canton passed away Wednes- William is survived by two friends. Paul was a devoted hus- day, September 12, 2012, at his children Kristle Young and her husband Billy Jack Thurman, and band, an exemplary father, and a home. loving grandfather. His sense of William was born September Scott Young both of Santo, Texas; humor, delightful wit, and gener- 16, 1945, in Decorah, Iowa to his wife Carolyn Young of Santo; ous spirit has enhanced the many Georgie and Irene (Jones) Young. a sister Joanne (Calvin) Henry of lives he touched. He will be greatly He graduated from the Canton Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and sistermissed by all, but has left us with High School in 1963. From 1963 in-law Joan Young of Hayfield, to 1966 he served in the United Minnesota. He was preceded in stories to keep us laughing. Paul grew up in St. Michael, States Army. William then drove death by his parents and a brother Minn. and graduated from St. truck for Wennes Trucking before Roger. John's University in 1969. After he started dairy farming with Funeral services were Monday, college, Paul brought his passion his father. After over 25 years of September 17, 2012, at the Canton for teaching social studies to the milking cows, he drove truck for -Scotland Presbyterian Church in Verndale School System for over Caledonia Haulers for 10 years. Canton. Burial was in the Elliota 40 years. Paul was a lifelong Twins On June 10, 1967, he married Cemetery. Mengis Funeral Home fan who enjoyed traveling, bowl- Carolyn Larson at the Garness in Mabel handled arrangements. ing, gardening, fishing, and the company of good friends. Paul also enjoyed cooking lasagna for his family over the holidays and had a sweet tooth for anything that had frosting. Union Prairie Lutheran Church Paul is survived by his wife, 31872 State Hwy 16, Lanesboro, MN Karen of 37 years, three children, Amanda (Tom) Peck, Erin (Aaron) Zondervan, Josh, his three grandchildren, Elsa, Noah, Emmerson, NooN - 6:00 pm his parents, Ermin and Muriel Ham, Meatballs, Mashed Schumacher, and his four siblings, Potatoes, Gravy, Squash, Corn, Coleslaw, Joan (Dave) McCoy, Allan (Deb), Dave (Kris), and Janet (Bill) Eull. Lefse, Buns, Homemade Pie, Milk, Coffee The Mass of Christian burial Adults: $12.00 � Children 6-12: $5.00 was celebrated on Wednesday, Preschool (under age 5): Free September 19, 2012, at St. Ann's Adult Carry Outs Available Catholic Church in Wadena with 507-467-3363 Father Donald Wager as celebrant. Ham & Meatball Supper Sunday, October 7, 2012 Menu: Rental Rental Return Return Sale! 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The September Annual Meeting included an overview of the 2012 Marketing Plan for Southern Minnesota, updates and opportunities from Explore Minnesota Tourism, and reports from the Government Relations Committee. The keynote speaker was John Edman, Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism, who gave a "State of the Industry" report. Additional speakers included Al Batt noted author and birding expert, plus representatives from Hunting Works for Minnesota, and Minnesota Pheasants Forever. State conducted research studies show tourism is one of the state's largest industries and continues to grow. Marketing tourism is an investment in the economy of our region. Research reveals that for every dollar spent marketing tourism in Minnesota, an estimated $4.60 in state and local taxes, $20.40 in wages, and $53 in gross sales are generated. The Southern Minnesota Tourism Association is part of a network of tourism professionals throughout 36 counties in 2x2 & 2x4 ads to run ONE TIME, the week beginning 9/23/2012 years, and supervised probation for seven years. Henry L. Hershberger also appeared before Judge Benson for sentencing on September 17, 2012. He was found guilty of Drugs in the 4th Degree- Sale of marijuana in a school zone, which has a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail, $100,000 or both. He was sentenced to 18 months at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, which was stayed for 15 years. He was also given 180 days in the Fillmore County Jail on work release, with credit for 14 days served, 15 years supervised probation, and he must pay fees and fines totaling $10,090. the southern region. The Southern Minnesota Tourism Association's marketing efforts have helped to make the southern region one of the fastest growing tourism regions in the State. With continued support of the counties and tourism industry, the future prosperity of Southern Minnesota is excellent. If you are interested in becoming involved in the promotion of Southern Minnesota as a travel destination, please contact Dave Vogel, Explore Minnesota Tourism, Southern Regional Office at 888-975-6766 or dave.vogel@ state.mn.us. South Fillmore County District Court a maximum penalty of seven years in jail, $14,000 or both. Thorson was sentenced to 180 days in the Fillmore County Jail on work release, with credit for three days served. He was also given 48 months at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, which was stayed for seven On September 17, 2012, Jeffrey Curtiss Thorson, 27 of Decorah, IA appeared before Judge Robert Benson for senwspaper tencing to par- at the Fillmore County Courthouse. 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North Prairie Lutheran Church Is Located 1 Mile East of Hwy. 30 & Hwy. 250 on Hwy. 30 Worship Service at 6:00pm Page 10 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Monday, September 24, 2012 The Official Legal Newspaper for Fillmore County Fillmore County Sports Amy's Milestone By Paul Trende The volleyball term "kill," broken down, is a consonant followed by a vowel, and then the same consonant twice. It's only a coincidence the last name Todd is the same way. In R-P volleyball circles this season (especially), the two have been virtually synonymous. If there's a Trojan kill, odds are 5'9" senior everywherehitter Amy Todd authored it. She's slammed home a bunch this season (in her career). In Plainview, late in set #1, Todd took a pass from cousin Savannah Skalet and hammered the ball off a Bulldog block out of bounds; kill number 1,000. She becomes only the second R-P player to attain the milestone, joining former teammate Kenzie Lind. They did it in slightly different ways. Kenzie was finesse and power. Todd is 5-foot 9-inches of bundled up energy and power, ready to explode up, and swing hard, from a variety of different spots and angles. She's listed as a middle hitter, but she attacks from everywhere. She has to be wellversed offensively. As R-P's best hitter, and one of the best in the Three Rivers conference, teams definitely gear up to stop her, including PEM. Kill number 1,000 was against a double-block. The Bulldogs sometimes sent three defenders. The Todd formula (as in, set her up often) has R-P off to a 10-4 start to the season, a 3-0 week (a 3-0 downing of PEM). They're on their way to finishing in the vicinity of last year's school record win total of 21. That recent success is directly tied to Todd's overall on-court abilities. The two are definitely not coincidences. It's also not a coincidence, after reaching the 1,000 kill milestone, Amy Todd is the FCJ Athlete of the Week (topping Lanesboro's Niko Anderson; see "Get Real"). Get Real If one were to say that Niko Anderson gained 144 yards on 11 carries and scored 2 TDs in a football game, it wouldn't be a surprise. Niko is a talented running back. If one were to say Garret Boggs had 5 carries for 122 yards and 2 TDs, Burro fans would be happy to see Niko have a sidekick. If one were to say Mabel-Canton tailback Hunter Johnson amassed 229 yards on 15 carries and scored 4 TDs, one would say, Hunter has been a big offensive bright spot for the Cougar's amidst a win-less start to the season. If one would say Lanesboro outscored Mabel-Canton 44-32 in a 9-man score-fest of long-time SEC rivals, one would say, that figures. All of that happened. It happened, though, with a disclaimer. It happened in one half of play. At the break, the teams had combined to roll up 760 yards and score 76 points. In the 2nd half, things got more realistic. The Burros used a couple 3rd quarter scores to build a 58-32 lead. Turnovers were then M-C's demise (four in the 2nd half plus a blocked punt). The scoreboard's lights flickered often in a 72-39 Burro win. Anderson (19 carries, 232 yards, 4 TDs, plus the play-of-the-game, a scintillating fingertip-juggling 70-yard TD reception) led the way, with an assist from Boggs (8 carries, 143 yards, 2 TDs rushing, one and three two-pointers passing). Daulton Gartner, Gabe Decker, and Will Semmen got in on the detonation (TD runs of 35, 57, and 57 respectively). Lanesboro had scoring plays of 48, 57, 35, 64, 30, 70, 33, 35, 19, and 57 yards. Johnson led M-C (23 carries, 242 yards, 4 TDs). Colin O'Bieglo hit Donnie Lind from 26-yards away See SPORTS Page 11 Not just an ordinary swing; Amy Todd seconds before her 1,000th kill. Photo by Paul Trende Share your thoughts at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com Monday, September 24, 2012 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Page 11 Fillmore County Sports Continued from Page 10 SPORTS for a score. Sophomore Keyser Wenthold sped 81 yards to paydirt on a kick-return for the final Cougar tally. Lanesboro is 1-1 (2-1 overall), M-C falls to 0-2, 0-3 overall. Fruechte, Lange, Enough Said Usually, when volleyball powers Caledonia and Mabel-Canton meet up, it's a competitive affair. The squads have met in the regular season the past four years. Caledonia has won two (3-2 in 2008, 3-1 in 2011). M-C has won two (3-1 in 2009, 3-2 in 2010). Given the rankings of each squad (Caledonia #8 in AA, M-C #9 in A), the talent, 2012's meeting looked to be a battle. It ended up being the first of the Warrior-Cougar series that wasn't. One play summed things up. In the third set, an M-C serve was sent short and to the right Caledonia's defense. Maria Fruechte dove to receive it, staving off an ace. Taylor Winjum accepted the (pretty darn good) pass (considering the difficulty). She set it back into the air, to an already-on-her-feet-and-readyto-attack Fruechte. The 5'10" senior super-hitter emphatically slammed down a point, having gone from diving to her knees and elbows, to ascending to 9-plus feet in the air, in the blink of an eye. That's what Fruechte (13 kills, 8 blocks), and 6'2" senior teammate Emma Lange (18 kills, 6 aces), offered all night long: great volleyball athleticism. Both will have a shot at the next level. With an assisting Winjum (32 times), the Warriors defeated M-C 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-14). Belle Sand was a smaller version of Fruechte/ Lange, tallying 14 kills (9 digs) for the Coug's. Carly McCabe (23 assists) and Christine Lee (12 digs) were M-C's other statistical leaders. It's the Coug's first loss. They entered having won 23 of 23 sets played. Football 09-14 �Kingsland 6, #10 in AA Lewiston-Altura 33 (K: Marshall Oeltjen 27 carries, 72 yards; Jacob Rindels 7-yard TD run. L-A built 33-0 lead. Knights scored with 0:27 left. They are 1-2 overall) St. Charles 6, Chatfield 34 (C: Nate Skare 6-13 passing, 108 yards, 2 TDs, INT, 6 carries, 51 yards; Jake Neis 124 total yards (90 rushing, TD); Justin Viss 87 total yards (54 rushing); Alex Haffner rushing TD; Reid Danielson receiving TD; Brandon Adler BP resulting in safety. Gophers led 34-0 at half, move to 3-0 on the season) R-P 41, W-K 13 (R-P: Alex Vix 3 receptions, 135 yards, 2 TDs, rushing TD; Casey McLellan 57 yards, rushing TD, 81-yard KOR TD; Zach Boehmke 65 yards rushing, TD; Steve Adcock 75 yards rushing. Trojans led 27-0 at halftime. They are 2-1 on the season) FC 0, Kickapoo (Viola), WI 8 (FC: Devon Block 17 carries, 80 yards; Dan Gatzke 82 total yards (69 rushing). K: games only score came on a Jacob Joseph to Carver Phillps 56-yard pass in 1st Quarter. Falcons had a chance late (4:23 to go), but a 3rd and 3 pass from the Kickapoo 8-yardline was intercepted in the end zone. FC is 1-2) Volleyball 09-10 �R-P 3, Houston 0 > 25-15, 25-22, 25-17 (R-P: Amy Todd 17 kills, 9 digs, 5 aces; Emily Wade 26 assists; Kendra Crawford 16 digs, 5 aces. H: Abbey Loken 10 kills; Vanessa Lee 17 assists) St. Charles 0, Chatfield 3 > 25-13, 26-24, 25-16 (C: Maddy athlete of the week Amy Todd Rushford-Peterson Volleyball Kammer 9 kills; Haley Kohlmeyer 8 kills; Gabrielle Salisbury/ Kileigh Dudek 29 combined assists; Alex Duxbury 28 digs) 09-11 �Dover-Eyota 3, Kingsland 2 > 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 11-15 (K: Jessi Kaster 14 kills, 18 digs; Lizzie Tart 35 assists, 17 digs; Sarah O'Connell 14 kills. D-E: Brandi Blattner 16 kills, 19 digs) Houston 3, Lanesboro 0 > 23-25, 21-25, 25-27 (L: Kaia Hongerholt 5 kills, 4 aces; Madison Ming/Olivia Haug 4 kills, 3 blocks each; Steph Erickson 12 assists. H: A. Loken 14 kills; V. Lee 19 assists) R-P 3, L-A 0 > 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 (R-P: A. Todd 20 kills, 6 aces; E. Wade 31 assists; K. Crawford 18 digs) 09-13 �R-P 3, P-E-M 0 > 25-18, 25-15, 25-12 (R-P: A. Todd 16 kills. Trojans are 3-2, 10-4 on the season) Chatfield 3, D-E 1 > 25-13, 24-26, 26-24, 25-11 (C: M. Kammer 13 kills; Brook Irish 9 kills; A. Duxbury 39 digs, 4 aces; K. Dudek 20 assists, 4 aces; G. Salisbury 18 assists. D-E: B. Blattner 14 kills, 12 digs) Schaeffer Academy 0, #9 in A M-C 3 > 25-11, 25-6, 25-10 (M-C: B. Sand 10 kills, 5 aces; C. McCabe 23 assists; Lydia Geving 5 aces. Cougars lead SEC at 4-0, 11-1 overall) Lyle/Pacelli 3, Lanesboro 0 > 25-13, 25-19, 25-15 (L: M. Ming 3 kills, 2 blocks; O. Haug 3 blocks. L/P: Ann Rysavy 6 kills, 16 digs, 5 aces; Sarah Holtz 7 kills, 8 aces; Madison Truckenmiller 6 kills) Kingsland 0, #2 in A W-K 3 > 25-10, 25-9, 25-13 (K: Cheyenne Losey 6 kills; L. Tart 7 assists, 7 digs. W-K: Katie Cavalco 25 kills; Kalyn Biever 40 assists, 8 digs. Falcons are undefeated at 4-0, 12-0) Southland 0, FC 3 > 26-24, 25-13, 25-9 (FC: Victoria Peterson 11 kills; Morgan Malley 21 assists) 09-15 �W-K Tourney (FC went 5-1, Lanesboro 1-2. Pool Play: FC 2, Cochrane-Fountain City 0 (2116, 21-12); FC 2, D-E 0 (21-17, 21-7); FC 2, Red Wing 0 (2110, 21-17). Lanesboro 0, Lake City 2 (7-21, 4-21); Lanesboro 2, L-A 0; Lanesboro 0, #2 in A Gala McIntosh, Cortland, Honey Crisp, Sweet Sixteen, Golden Supreme, Haralson, Regent and Wealthy. W-K 2 (7-21, 4-21); Quarterfinals: FC 2, Goodhue 1 (22-25, 25-14, 15-8). Semifinals: FC 2, Winona High 1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-11); it was the Winhawks first loss of the season versus 14 wins. Finals: FC 0, W-K 2 (14-25, 21-25). Falcons take 2nd. Loss ends an 8-match win-streak. The Falcons are 9-2 on the season, 3-1 in the Three Rivers. Burros are 1-4 in SEC, 2-7 overall) Southland Tourney (Kingsland went 3-2. Pool Play: Kingsland 1, Blooming Prairie 2 (22-25, 25-16, 9-15); Kingsland 2, L/P 1 (23-25, 26-24, 15-8); Kingsland 2, P-E-M 1 (25-14, 25-12, 13-15). Semis: Kingsland 2, Medford 1 (24-26, 25-20, 15-9). Finals: Kingsland 1, BP 2 (12-25, 25-15, 6-15). Knights are 4-6, 1-3 in the 3-Rivers) Farmington Tourney (Chatfield went 2-2, losing 2-0 (11-25, 22-25) to New Prague, beating White Bear Lake 2-0 (25-10, 25-15) and Lakeville-South 2-1 (22-25, 25-20, 15-12), losing to Rosemount 2-0 (21-25, 23-25). All four schools are Class AAA. Stat leaders: M. Kammer 26 kills, G. Salisbury 31 assists, K. Dudek 28 assists, A. Duxbury 80 digs/7aces, Kirsten Keefe 53 digs. Gophers are 8-2 on the season, 4-0 in 3-Rivers) Cross Country 09-11 �D-E Invite (Chatfield's boys finished 4th, L-A/R-P 6th (of 9). Top 10 finishers: Christian Bance (C) 6th; Ryan Ruberg (L-A/R-P) 7th. Chatfield's girls finished 2nd, L-A/R-P 6th (of 8). 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