Fillmore County Journal 9.3.12
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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 Monday, September 3, 2012 Volume 27 Issue 39 County residents stage protest Page 16 Fillmore Central approves staffing changes page 2012 Football Preview page County awarded grant for AEDs page Diverse points of view on sand page 2 11 22 25 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 Rushford seeking to retain, expand business By K irsten Zoellner firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer Nolte of Chatfield shot and killed a 403 lb. Black Bear. Photo submitted Local bear hunter tags possible record holder By K irsten Zoellner email@example.com The city has received a detailed summary report following a Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Needs Assessment by Economic Development Authority (EDA) member Tom Driscoll, Joyce Iverson, and City Administrator Steve Sarvi. Formed in the spring, the BR&E group is seeking to not only demonstrate the municipalities interest in strengthening the business community, but to identify any red flags within that community immediately. The process began the careful structuring of a quality survey geared at the area's approximate 260 businesses. Once a varied cross-section of the business was identified, 26 surveys were sent out. Then, appointments were set up with the businesses and in-depth interviews were conducted. From there, the group took the 3,200 points, plotted them into a worksheet, studied the answeres and categorized them into a system. "This isn't the Holy Grail, but it does provide a pretty good snapshot of the area," noted Sarvi. Driscoll agreed adding, "We tried to capture the comments, sentiments, flavor of where we're at with our business community. No one has objected to the process or the recommendations." The recommendations rang clear, according to Driscoll, who encouraged that a second round of surveys could be sent to collect further data, focusing the snapshot further. They included training, marketing and promotion, and singled out a few red flag areas. In terms of training, local businesses would make significant use of hospitality training for their staff. Driscoll encouraged that municipalities "pony up and provide" this service, See RUSHFORD Page 3 Comment on this article at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com When you think bear hunting, you may get the image of a burly, north woodsman holding a large rifle while stalking a massive beast. You may be surprised then to meet Jennifer Nolte, of Chatfield. The smallframed mother of three young children is hardly the stereotypical hunting image, but her skills with a bow are nothing less than impressive. Nolte, along with husband Chad and friend Tim Melver, of Preston, recently returned from a hunting excursion in Ignace, Ontario with quite a tale to tell. While the trio is still awaiting official news, following a 60-day wait period, Jennifer may have tagged the largest black bear ever shot by a woman. There's no doubt that the bear will at least make the top ten record book. With the season opening this past August 15, the trio made arrangements to hunt through an outfitter. The way the system works is much different than the lottery-type hunting here, due to the high number of bears in Ontario. "The outfitter purchases a permit for a 150 square mile piece of land in a bear management area," says Melver. "It's wild hunting, on provincial land, exclusively open to only nonresidents, and we purchase our tags through the outfitter. It's actually really affordable." While it was Melver's fourth bear hunting trip, it was the Noltes' first bear expedition. In two days, Melver says the trio saw six bears and they tagged their bears in three days. To some it may sound terrifying, being only 12-15 yards away from the bears in nothing but a portable tree stand, but Black Bears are not See BEAR HUNT Page 13 Chatfield Center for the Arts, local landmark designation school buildings in January. Another copy was sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org Minnesota Historical Society Robert Vogel, Preserva- for review and comment. tion Planner, explained to the The Minnesota Historical Chatfield City Council at their Society noted in a June letter August 27 meeting the process that the "auditorium-gymnasito designate the Center for the um is a well-preserved example Arts as a local landmark. Paul of a Public Works AdministraNovotny was absent. tion project, thereby serving to Vogel had submitted a report illustrate the benefits of the fedto the Heritage Preservation eral relief program at the local Commission detailing the his- level." The letter continued that tory and plans for the 1936 the Chatfield High School and auditorium and the 1916 high See CHATFIELD Page 10 By K aren R eisner Comment on this article at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com New LaNdING behind outfitters for tubing 101 Parkway Ave. S. Lanesboro � 507-467-3400 Sun-Thurs 11am - 9pm � Late Night Bar Menu 9-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-9pm � Late Night Bar Menu 9-11pm two-for-tuesday Tuesday is Tubing � Sunday, Sept. 9, 5-9pm ~ To Be Announced Watch Our Website For Musicians!! Live Music 109 S. Parkway, Lanesboro, MN 55949 www.riversideontheroot.com Martini Dirty Lounge Page 2 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Monday, September 3, 2012 Call the FCJ at 507-765-2151 to advertise or offer news tips! the person will be shared with Kingsland, and will do things that her staff can't do on their own until they find a full-time employee. The contract is for up to 15 hours during that two-month time. Other business The Truth in Taxation hearing will be held at 6:30pm on December 18, with the regular board meeting held afterward. The board approved the following items: �Support staff and custodial staff assignments for 2012-2013 �The second reading of the new and revised policies �An open enrollment request for a kindergarten student from Kingsland. Fillmore Central School Board approves staffing changes By Jade Sexton The new school year is off to a great start for Fillmore Central students, who started school early this year due to a project being done at the high school next summer. Principal Heath Olstad said everything is running smoothly. At their regular meeting on August 28, the school board approved several staffing changes for the new year. The resignation of Special Ed. teacher Julie Siebenaler was approved, as well as the hire of Barbara Cihak to take her place. They also accepted the resignation of Terisa Scrabeck as Title I paraprofessional, and approved her hire for the 4/5 School Readiness teacher. The new Title I teacher, Laura Graves, was approved. Christina Bothun was hired as the ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) Parent Educator, and Connie Lindstrom was approved for the Response to Intervention teacher at .4 FTE. Tracy Ward was approved for a Special Ed. Paraprofessional position. Aubrey Johnson was approved for a paraprofessional position, and she will be doing special ed. billing and office work as well. Angie Haugerud was approved for a parttime Community Ed. position. For sports, Ashley Case was approved for a 9th grade volleyball coach. Athletic Director Chris Mensink said there are now five coaches for the 57 girls in volleyball in grades 7-12. It was approved to allow additional assignments for two high school staff; Becky Mueller and Levi Olstad for additional math help for students, and Brady Grewe for adaptive Physical Education 45 minutes a week. A contract was approved for Melissa Simonson for a Mental Health Therapist for the Root River Program. The contract includes tuition paid by the district for her to finish getting her license. Superintendent Richard Keith made it clear that the tuition is something that is being paid back by Simonson. A psychologist service agreement was approved from Hiawatha Valley for a Physically impaired/traumatic brain injury staff, which will be paid hourly. They will use this person as needed. A two-month Psychologist Service agreement was approved for the Root River Program. 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Following the presentations a final report will be given to the business community. In other news, a replacement for long-time Rushford Chief of Police Sam Stensgard has been selected. Current Sargeant Adam Eide will fill the position, beginning September 1, following a subcommittee recommendation. The position is subject to a 30-day provisional period. "Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve the community of Rushford," said Eide. "The community was blessed to have Sam for 28 years." Eide will begin working immediately with City Administrator Steve Sarvi on a work plan for the department, which will be presented to the council September 10. Some new initiatives are being considered, including bi-monthly or quarterly dialogue between the department and the council. With Stensgard's retirement, the city now has only two full- FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Page 3 Continued from Page 1 RUSHFORD taking a leap on organizing it. The idea of a Tri-City marketing strategy continues to be a concept that is also favorable to businesses. "I looked at US survey data and DEED payroll data and analyzed it, compared to Lanesboro. It showed that the Rushford area has a deep economic foundation, much more so than Lanesboro. Peterson and the Village also looked very strong. It's a very positive message. We came through the recession well, came through the flood well. A three-city marketplace is dynamic and strong." Driscoll went on to encourage further cooperative ventures and partnerships with the three cities and business working together as a united entity. "Geographical boundaries exist, but economic boundaries do not. Rushford may be at the center, but you need to recognize the economic strength of the others." Three red flag issues emerged from the survey. The first of which is several "legacy businesses," which are currently for sale in the area. "It's clear that losing these businesses would greatly impact the snapshot," cautioned Driscoll. "We need to develop a plan to implement a successful sale, and hopeful replacement, of these businesses. We also need to provide incentives to ensure businesses hang around." The water pressure on the north side of Rushford, which was recently documented by a water study, was also highlighted as a problem area. Driscoll suggested the city use the EDA to aid in finding a solution to the issue, which would certainly impact the number of businesses in that area, as well as providing improved fire flow capacity to existing businesses. Lastly, the concept of a business incubator was singled out by current area businesses participating in the survey. "Several businesses came out and said, `We are incubators for other businesses,'" noted Driscoll. "That's worth looking into. Some said, `Why business incubators? We're established and we need help. We need to mold the incubator idea so it doesn't turn its back on existing businesses.' "This has provided a clear picture of how this community's economic heart beats," concluded Driscoll. "We need to focus not only on retention, but on expansion and growth. It's not a large leap. We need to get time officers, Eide and Cody Bellock. Since 1999 the city has relied on having the coverage of three full-time officers, along with part-time positions, and the labor management committee recommends the city seek a third full-time officer to fill the vacancy. "I strongly urge you to get the spot filled," cautioned Eide. "There's a constant flow of people coming out of law enforcement, but we've been pretty selective in the past. "Do we need all that coverage?" questioned Councilor Roger Colbenson. "Couldn't we cut it back to 16 hours a of coverage a day? Couldn't we use the sheriff's office?" "It's an insurance plan," responded Eide. "We don't like to pay for it, but the citizens deserve to have someone respond quickly. There's going to be a time when someone is needed and we're not going to want to wait for a part-time or on-call person to respond. The citizens of Rushford deserve better. We could use the sheffif 's office, but thery're already spread thin and they'll only respond to emergencies." "Remember, part-time positions have a lower rate of pay and you get a lot for their time," added City Clerk Kathy Zacher. "Or you have to call-in officers and pay overtime. With only two full-time, there's going to be a lot of call-out time." "Without third full-time person, a lot of time is taken up with follow-up and paperwork, not policing," added Sarvi. "These people come, they have families, other jobs, they work their way up. That's why I'm here," noted Eide. "Realize that most of these people are taking a pay cut to work for me, or vacation time from their other jobs." Both part-time officers Chris Frick and Wade Anderson are eligible for the full-time position. Councilor Vern Bunke thought it may be prudent to advertise for the position outside of current city employees, as is the current practice, drawing a larger pool of possible applicants to assure the city gets the best person possible. However, both the labor/management committee and Sarvi recommended posting the position within the city and the council voted unanimously to do so. The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Monday, September 10, at 6:30pm, at city hall. The public is encouraged to attend. NASCAR competitor is `driven' to recognize military women In a male-dominated sport, Jennifer Jo Cobb, a driver with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is doing something to show that women are just as capable as men. She is the creator of the promotional campaign "Driven2Honor," which brings recognition to female U.S. military servicemembers. The Driven2Honor program, which Cobb created in 2011, has three goals: to honor women in the military; to inspire young women that the military is a viable option for their future; and to empower female veterans postduty. Amid other nominees, Cobb chose Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Rebecca Polzin of Preston to accompany her during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at the Michigan International Speedway, in Brooklyn, Mich., Aug. 18, 2012. Cobb decided to use her racing platform to bring attention to military-related causes concerning female soldiers and reward soldiers for their service by hosting them as guests at the track each week she competes in a NASCAR event. Polzin, officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station Michigan City, Ind., was nominated for the event by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charlene Sander, a crewmember of the station. "I nominated Senior Chief Polzin because I feel that she is a great role model for women to look up to," said Sander. "She inspires others to become great leaders and empowers them through various organizational initiatives." "I did not know I was nominated until I received an email about two weeks prior to the race that I had been selected," said Polzin. During the Driven2Honor, Polzin met Cobb, had lunch with her and her crew, attended the driver's meeting and opening ceremony at the winner's circle and watched the race from Cobb's pit box with her crew chief. "It was an incredible experience, and it is great what she is doing for military women," said Polzin. 2x2 & 2x4 ads to run ONE TIME, the week beginning 9/2/2012 South Talent l is rna or u o J ch f ty oun t sear rite a C ion en ore ow illm a tal iter t rotat ly F The ucting ry wr on a imate s x a d le con ment artic , appro ur view m m y o s a co entar writer ress y ice, fro ny m p o a com other th. 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Apply his thinking to our Congress and we have a very eloquent way of saying, our lawmakers "kick the can down the road" or avoid the inevitable until they are cornered and forced into making the hard decisions. Delay has only magnified the economic problems. The failure of our lawmakers to develop a long-term balanced plan that will both increase revenue and trim government programs including Medicare and defense is a threat to our economic future well being. Many believe a long-term plan that allows for measured changes so as to not damage the current slow economic recovery is a necessity. CBO On August 22 the CBO in its annual summer update maintained that if Congress does nothing and lets the scheduled tax policies, including the end of the Bush tax cuts and the payroll tax holiday, and spending policies, scheduled reducEditorial Cartoon tions in domestic and defense spending, take effect at the beginning of 2013, tax revenue will go up and spending will go down and likely drive the country into recession. Resulting job loses could cause unemployment to rise over nine percent. This huge shift, anything but measured plan, would be a significant shock to the economy. The deal for the automatic spending cuts was signed into law a year ago, and there still is no one at the switch to keep the slow motion train from going over the cliff. There is a consensus among most lawmakers that they need to do something, but as usual, the polarization of Congress is getting in the way. The projected deficit for 2013 would be about $500 billion less than the $1.1 trillion projected for 2012 if Congress does nothing. If the above policies were continued for 10 years, the CBO estimates the country's debt held by the public would be reduced from 73 percent of GDP in 2012 to 58 percent of GDP in 2022. However, if Congress moves to continue current policy, then deficits will be almost 90 percent of GDP by 2022. Current policy is not a viable option, nor is doing nothing, thereby letting the so-called fiscal cliff happen. Both parties have participated in the gridlock or the inaction that has put this slowly recovering economy at risk. With the upcoming elections lawmakers lack the courage to make the tough decisions. It is reasonable to believe that with the country nearly as polarized as Congress neither party is going to get a "mandate." Not much will be different after the elections except the next election will be two years off. If Congress would act before the election, the electorate would more truly know where serving congressional people stand on the issues. Bipartisan commissions have come up with reasonable and studied plans to deal with the ballooning deficits and the country's growing debt, taking into account the long-term needs and future demands of entitlement programs, due to projected growth in numbers of elderly people in the coming years. Pew Research Center For the first time since World War II, during the decade from 2000 to 2010, the middle class is less prosperous than the previous decade. Pew refers to these years as "the lost decade." It found a shrinking middle class with declining income and wealth. Twenty-five hundred and eight adults were surveyed, of which 1,287 identified themselves as middle class. Rich Morin, senior editor for the Pew Research Center, maintained that political scientists believe the key to a functioning democracy is a functioning middle class. Upper income households were `more' prosperous in the ten-year period with 46 percent of total household income in 2010 compared to 29 percent of the total household income enjoyed by this group in 1971. The middle class percent of total household income fell from 62 percent in 1971 to 45 percent in 2010. Middle class net worth has dropped 28 percent over the last decade partly due to lost value in their homes. Middle class income has fell about $3,500 over the last decade. People put most of the blame for the lost decade on Congress, 62 percent. They also blame financial institutions, larger corporations, and foreign competition to a lesser extent. More people put blame on the Bush administration (44 percent), than blame the Obama administration (34 percent). Only about eight percent place some of the blame on themselves. I agree Congress deserves most of the blame due to a general reluctance to work together to solve fiscal problems facing the country. The delay only puts more strains on the economy. Regardless of their distinctly different underlying political philosophies, the only reasonable solution is a blending of ideas and vision toward goals of fiscal growth while protecting the vulnerable. The country's problems have grown in part due to the inability of members of Congress to put a balanced longrange fiscal plan into place. This will avoid across the board indiscriminate spending cuts, will deal with the large deficits, will reform the ridiculously complicated tax code, which is riddled with loopholes, and will make necessary reforms to Medicare and other entitlement programs to preserve them for years to come. In addition, Congress deserves blame for their general inability to define the problems truthfully to the American people. Congress has only a 12 percent approval rating; well deserved. Doing Our Part Both of these reports illustrate what needs to be addressed by Congress. Congress has exhausted all other possibilities, now it is time for them to do the right thing for the country. They have continued to pass legislation that doesn't attempt to put any realistic fix into place, but only to keep the government limping along until the next deadline approaches. This is not sustainable and has a negative impact on the economy. It is our job to become educated on the issues and the candidates. Many political ads we are being subjected to provide misinformation and sometimes outright untruths. Allow yourself to get your information from a variety of media sources. Most of us tend to seek out information sources that conform to our point of view, but this limits our understanding of the issues. We need to do our homework to learn about the candidates and exercise our right to vote or we can't complain about the lawmakers we get. Let's hope Churchill is correct, that Americans and Congress can be counted on to do the right thing. To this point, surely, all other possibilities have been exhausted. Government this week � Tuesday, Sept. 4, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m. � Tuesday, Sept. 4, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m. � Tuesday, Sept. 4, Ostrander City Council, Ostrander Community Center, 6:00 p.m. � Tuesday, Sept. 4, Rushford Village City Council, Community Center, 7:00 p.m. � Tuesday, Sept. 4, Fillmore County Commissioners, Courthouse, 9:00 a.m. � Wednesday, Sept. 5, Canton City Council, Canton City Hall, 7:00 p.m. � Thursday, Sept. 6, Fountain City Council, Fountain City Office, 7:30 p.m. � Monday, Sept. 10, Lanesboro City Council, 5:30 p.m., Council room. � Monday, Sept. 10, Wykoff Council, Wykoff City Hall, 7:00 p.m. � Monday, Sept. 10, Houston City Council, Houston City Hall, 7:30 p.m. � Monday, Sept. 10, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m. � Monday, Sept. 10, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 7:00 p.m. � Monday, Sept. 10, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7:00 p.m. Schedule subject to change. 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Circulation: 11,232 FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS to Zip Codes served, 920 FREE STORE DISTRIBUTION and 246 paid subscriptions at $55 per year, third class or $105 first class. DEADLINE for news & advertising is NOON WEDNESDAY for the Monday Edition. � 2012 The Official Legal Newspaper for Fillmore County Monday, September 3, 2012 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Page 5 C ommentary Shouldn't we all be Americans first? By Lee H. Hamilton I was first elected to Congress in 1964. That was the year Lyndon Johnson won a full term as president in a landslide. If ever a president had a popular mandate to pursue his goals, it was LBJ in the few years that followed that election. Yet one of my strongest memories of him is not of a president reveling in partisan supremacy, but of his cautionLee Hamilton ing against it. Johnson used to love meeting with freshman members of Congress, and after taking office we Democrats who'd been elected along with him had every expectation that he would allow us to bask at the expense of our Republican colleagues. He didn't. "I'm an American first," he told us. "And I'm a Democrat second." It was a bracing affirmation of a quality essential to national leadership -- a firm conviction that the good of the country comes first, even if it runs counter to the interests of one's political party. I can't help thinking of it today, in an era when deep, seemingly unbridgeable differences divide Democrats and Republicans, and when these divisions are being stoked by the current presidential campaign. It has been apparent almost since the beginning that our nation's welfare rides on how Letter about sand mining To the Editor, Jim, thank you for your excellent letter to the editor about sand mining. You hit the nail right on the head. A group of people that their only intention is to kill the sand mining industry or any other project does no one any good. Also, I see that the L. S. P. (Land Stewardship Project) is opposing it. Their own agenda is always very narrow and political. Usually they want to zone their neighbors out of business. They to want property rights for themselves; but not their neighbors. We do need zoning regulations, but they need to be reasonable. Fillmore County needs every job possible. The county has about the lowest per capita income in S.E. Minnesota. We have employment issues and health care issues. Our work force leaves the county for work in nearby counties and there goes our young families. It is apparent in our schools and churches that the county's young population is going downhill. Lets use our energy towards a positive point of view and everyone will be ahead. The journey is not going to be an easy one anyway. Merwood Storhoff Lanesboro, MN well political leaders balance the needs of the country against their partisan goals. In 1796, preparing to step down from the presidency, George Washington devoted much of his Farewell Address to this question, and to the destructiveness of what he called "the fury of party spirit." Surveying with alarm the regional discord and the growing hostility between Federalists and the Republicans that took hold in the final years of his second term, he set out to warn Americans that the very permanency of the Union depended on "a government for the whole." Other national leaders understood the sentiment. Patrick Henry's famous statement, "United we stand, divided we fall" was followed by these words: "Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs." "We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists," Thomas Jefferson said in his first inaugural address. Each of these leaders signaled a bedrock belief in the importance of working together to bridge differences and find common ground because the nation's welfare demanded it, regardless of the dictates of a party's extremes. Now, I'm not urging that we be naive. We're not going to abolish parties, and we shouldn't. They help us organize our political choices, define and advocate issues, and make sense of elections. But if we're not careful, they can be carried to such an extreme that they divide government, when what we need is unity of government. We need it in foreign affairs, where the more united we are as a nation, the stronger we are. And we need it in domestic policy, where excessive partisanship agitates the people and creates animosities among them. It leads to distrust within Congress, mistrust of Washington, weaker administration of government, and an inability to resolve the problems that press against our future. If you doubt any of this, just look around. It is extraordinarily difficult to create a government that works together for the common good. One reason most presidents end up talking about the unity of the country and of government is because they, more than most of us, can see the centrifugal forces of region, ethnicity, religion, and ideology at work. They know that there is no magic formula for balancing them all. But in this era of unforgiving partisanship, it is too easy to forget the importance of trying -- and of working hard not to fan the flames of divisiveness. It is crucial to avoid painting the other side as un-American or eager to betray the national interest, just as it is to recognize that we have more in common than we have differences. Our differences are important; they are part of who we are as a nation. But if we want to overcome our challenges and preserve our greatness, unity is indispensable. The great work of our democracy, as it has been for over 200 years, is learning how to reconcile the two. Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. $30 OptiOn Upgrades! Regular Price $99 each Must Mention Ad | Expires 9/30/12 Top Down | Bottom Up Cordless to any shade 507-696-0902 www.hangmanblinds.com 201 Main Steet. S. Chatfiled, MN Republican Picnic Wednesday September 5TH, 2012 4:30-7:30pm Creek Side park in Rushford, MN (Next to ball field) Garrison Keillor Returns to Lanesboro Wednesday, September 19 at the Lanesboro Community Center � 6:00pm Doors Open � 6:15pm Pre-show lineup of ravereview local musicians � 7:30pm The Main Event, a DFL Fundraiser featuring Garrison Keillor's original homegrown humor. Sharing the stage will be Minnesota DFL legislative candidates Ken Tschumper and Jack Krage. Enjoy Grilled Hamburgers & other goodies! $6.00 per person $3.00 for children 10 and under The Delegates and Alternates will get updates from the Candidates as well as campaign signs to display across the county. All Republican supporters are invited. Come and meet the Republican Party. Learn what we are about. Admission is $20, cash or check. No advance ticket sales. Dine before the show at a local eatery. Visit Lanesboro.com for restaurant listing. Stop by the Voter Registration Station Open to all eligible unregistered voters before and after show. Invited Scheduled Guests: Representative Greg Davids, Candidate for Minnesota House District 28 B Senator Jeremy Miller, Candidate for Minnesota Senate District 28 Kurt Bills, Candidate for US Senate Allen Quist, Candidate for US Congressional District 1 Janet Beihoffer, Voter ID Amendment Tim Gould, Marriage Amendment Past & Present Republican Delegates & Alternates and All Republican Supporters Invited to Attend. Go to fillmorecountygop.com for more details. For more information on the picnic contact: Fillmore County Chair: Doug Baker at 507-951-2238 or Fillmore County Deputy Chair: Deb Carlson 507-864-3737 Paid advertisement. Prepared and paid for by Fillmore County DFL. Teresa Cerling, Treasurer, 337 5th Ave SE, Harmony, MN 55939. Contact Peggy Hanson at 507-467-2620 or email@example.com Lanesboro Celebrates the Taste of the Trail Downtown Lanesboro in the open lots. Playing old style bluegrass and gospel music, Highway 52 Bluegrass strives to stay true to the traditional American Bluegrass. www.highway52bluegrass.com Open All Year-Round! With Highway 52 Bluegrass Saturday, September 8 11am-2pm Sept. 8: Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson Sept. 15: Preston, Harmony Sept. 22: Rushford, Rushford Village, Houston Taste of the Trail Events September 8TH Cedar Valley Resort & Outfitters Lanesboro Bikes, Canoes, Kayaks, and Tubes � Music by Highway 52 Bluegrass 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Downtown Lanesboro Playing old style bluegrass and gospel music. � Participating businesses: Intermission, Pedal Pushers Cafe, Rhino's Pizza & Sub Shoppe, Riverside on the Root, and Lanesboro Local. � Lanesboro Community Theater Presents: A Silent Movie in the Park After Dark! Sept. 8 & 9 in Sylvan Park at 7:30pm live entertainment. 8pm the movie begins. Bring your lawn chair! Whalan � A taste of the famous pie from Aroma Pie Shop � Win a prize - Spin the Wheel at the Bike Safety Booth, free wagon rides & see the 34" miniature horse & her baby � Sample and see Bucky and crew make Lefse on his old-fashioned wood stove & taste blood klub � Savor the flavor of homemade products - jams, jellies, relish and salsa from Jerilyn of Eddyville � Enjoy the flavor and taste of one of Whalan's favorites, a Scandinavian pudding called rommegrot - made with real cream from the farm. � Experience the excitement of knowing how honey is produced and sample its rich flavor � See an old tobacco planter and talk with Arnie Severtson, the last farmer to grow tobacco in Fillmore County 3, 4, 6 & 8 BEDROOM DELUXE LOGSIDED CABINS Located on the Root River Trail 4 1/2 minutes East of Lanesboro on Hwy 16 All built between 2001-2009 www.cedarvalleyresort.com 507-467-9000 Get a little taste of Fall at Potiche! Remember to sign up for Great new Fall Styles for you and your home. Ladies Night in the Studio September 7TH Stop in September 8TH for food samples and refreshments! Back to School Specials in the Pottery Studio all through September. Peterson � "Tastes" by Geneva's Ice Cream Shop and Judy's Country Kitchen and perhaps a few surprises! � Country Western Music by Highway 30 at the Bandstand. � Petting Zoo by Arendahl High-Flyers 4-H and R-P FFA. � Farmers Market. Peterson Legion & NWTF sponsor "Jake's Aim Trailer" for young Jakes and all ages to promote our Hunting Heritage. � 11am-Gone, Hamburgers, chips, and pop sold by Fillmore Country Cattlemen Pies - by Judy's Country Kitchen. � 1:30 - 7 pm (or gone) Pulled Pork Sandwiches sold by Peterson Legion. � Special New Event 10-3pm Wine Tasting & Lefse by Chiggy's. Stop in to create something fun! 113 Parkway Ave. Lanesboro, MN | 507-467-2929 www.potichepottery.com Stop in for daily specials and full menu! Free Sampling Starting at 11 am Taste of the Trail On the deck at Lanesboro Local Marketplace Join us for tastes of local foods while enjoying music with Arv Fabian. R HINO'S Pizza & Sub Shoppe 111 Parkway Ave. N, Lanesboro, MN Carryout available call (507)467-2200 Stop inside to view our expanded food lines and new artisan products! Support your neighbors by shopping at Lanesboro Local Marketplace. Hours: Sunday-Monday 10-6 Tuesday 11-3 Wednesday-Friday 10-6 Saturday 9-7 207 Parkway Ave. N in Lanesboro (across from the theatres) www.lanesborolocal.org 507-467-2944 Enjoy a down home, local experience. Savor the fare of great cooks. We've got your tastes covered. Martini 109 S. Parkway, Lanesboro, MN 55949 www.riversideontheroot.com Dirty Lounge Join us for complimentary sampling of House - Made Dressings: Green Chili Ranch & Balsamic Live Entertainment � Full Service Bar � Daily Specials Groups Welcome � Catering Available New!!! rew B Burro e Root Beer ad m e m o H Located in downtown Lanesboro 467-1050 Open 7 Days a Week! GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE www.pedalpusherscafe.com Sample Our Homemade Rhubarb Crisp! Full Menu Available All Day Large Groups Welcome Catering Available! LEGION PARK � SEPT. 8TH � 10 am - 3 pm This free event courtesy of the National Turkey Federation is a great opportunity for all youths to learn about shooting and hunting. OPEN 10 am SEPT. 8th Available 1:30 - 7 pm � PETERSON AMERICAN LEGION Come on in and enjoy some popcorn, pizza and your favorite beverage. Play pool, darts and try your luck at pull tabs. LEGION HOURS: Tues-Thurs 4-10pm, Fri 3pm-1am, Sat 2pm-1am, Sun Noon-8pm Ask Brandon about our party plan for your next event � Yummy Breakfasts � Homemade Soups � Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials � Friday Fish Fry � Scrumptious Pies 417 Mill Street, Peterson, MN 507.875.2424 HOURS: Mon-Thur 6am- 4pm, Fri 6am-9pm, Sat 7am- 4pm 410 Mill Street, Peterson, MN FREE ~ WINE TASTING COME IN AND TRY New Fall Wines! Coffee St., Lanesboro 507-467-2958 or 1-888-965-0250 HOURS: Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm Sat 10am-5pm Sun 12noon-5pm UPS Shipping available Page 8 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Monday, September 3, 2012 and Notre Dame High Schools. In 1969 they bought a farm where they worked together and raised their children. She also worked as a cook and bartender at Wheel Inn in Chester, IA, sold Lollies by Blong's, decorated cakes, and Avon. Rosemary and Gene lived on the farm until 2004 when they moved into Cresco. During this time Rosemary stayed busy subbing for area schools. Rosemary spent many years caring for her ailing husband, including trips to dialysis. Rosemary lived her life to the fullest. She spent it gardening, canning, freezing, baking, laughing with friends over a card game, playing her piano, fishing, hunting, typing, quilting, making trips to the casino, and traveling. Rosemary is survived by her children, Renee (Greg) Romig of Sioux City, Iowa; Raymond Blong of Cresco; Regina Blong of Preston, Minn.; and Rinetta (Ron) Fravel of Cresco; her four grandchildren; her brother, Phillip Bloeser; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Eugene, on June 2, 2006, and close friend, Walter Harwood. A Memorial Mass was held on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. The FCJ reaches over 12,000 households each week. Robert L. Bornfleth Robert Leslie Bornfleth, 89 of Columbus, Wisc. (formerly of Rochester) was born on November 29, 1922, in Jordan Township, Fillmore County, Minn. to Ernest and Isadora (Briggs) BornRobert L. fleth. He died Bornfleth on August 29, 2012, at the Larson Home in Columbus, Wisc. Robert attended school at district 99. He married Ida Crowson and later divorced in 1952. He married Anna "Anne" Rupkalvis Edwards on May 16, 1953. He worked as a farm mechanic, truck driver and opened his own small engine sales and service for several years. His shop was located at the Northgate Shopping Center. He also worked for Custodial Services for Mayo Clinic for 20 years until his retirement. Robert loved to fish and spend time camping and boating. After retirement, he and his wife spent their winters in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas near Weslaco. He was active in the park activities and enjoyed shuffleboard, playing cards and the Christian Fellowship in the park. Robert was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester serving on the finance committee. He also was a past member of the Men's Club and Camping Club. Survivors include his 2 daughters, Karen (John) Degroot of Fall River, WI and Deanne (Tom) Booth of Reeseville, WI; his son, Robert Bornfleth of Muskogee, OK and his step-daughter, Sharon (Ronald) Stockfleth of Rochester, MN; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Anna in 2006, his parents and one brother, Wayne. Memorials can be directed to Trintiy Lutheran Church or Mayo Clinic for research. A Memorial Service for Robert L. Bornfleth, was Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester with the Rev. William Otte officiating. Burial of his cremated remains were at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Chatfield, Minn. Marvin N. Brand Marvin N. Brand, 86, of Rushford, died on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Marvin was born on January 6, 1926, in Hart, Minn. to Otto and Clara (Meyer) Brand. He was raised in the Rushford area and attended school at Hart. Marvin graduated from Rushford High School in 1944. On January 18, 1947, he married Edel Grindland at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church. Marvin and Edel farmed See OBITUARIES Page 9 Obituaries Vernon Allen Vernon Allen, age 93, of Mabel, Minnesota died Friday, August 24, 2012, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Vernon was born October 23, 1918, in Winneshiek County, Iowa to John Thomas and Emma (Forde) Allen. He attended the Grindeland School near Hesper. On June 8, 1944, he was united in marriage to Ruth Hagen at the Riceford Lutheran Church parsonage. For a short time he was a partner in a farm implement and Chevrolet dealership. In 1950 they bought the home farm. They lived and farmed there for 54 years, raising Herford cattle and hogs. In 2004 they moved into Mabel and have resided there since. He was a member of the Hesper Lutheran Church and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Vernon is survived by his wife of 68 years Ruth of Mabel; a son Jonathan (Gwen) of Mabel; a granddaughter Jody Roberts of Mabel; two great grandsons Christopher Rogich of Rochester, Minnesota, and Adam Rogich of Houston, Minnesota; and a brother Lester Allen of Decorah. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Irvin; and three sisters Bernice Henningsgaard, Esther Henningsgaard, and Doris Newgard. Funeral services were Thursday, August 30, 2012, at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, Iowa with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial was in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery. Rosemary I. Blong Rosemary I. Blong, age 67, passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at her home in Cresco, Iowa, surrounded by her four children. Rosem a r y Irene Blong was born on July 14, 1945, at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa to Lloyd and Irene (Nor- Rosemary I. Blong ton) Bloeser. Rosemary attended Jefferson #4 country schoolhouse in rural Denver, Iowa. She enjoyed her time in the one-room schoolhouse learning from the older students. Rosemary went on to graduate in 1963 from Denver Consolidated High School, in Denver, Iowa. She received her BA in Business Administration Education with a minor in English from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in 1967. On August 7, 1967, she married Eugene "Gene" Blong at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly. When they were first married, Rosemary and Gene farmed the Blong farm and Rosemary taught at Harmony 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, Chatf ield, 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, Chatf ield, MN 55923 (507) 867- 4721 Chatf ield United Methodist Christ ..................Sundays - 9 : 30am 124 Winona St SE, Chatf ield, 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 N W, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765-2161 Christian Science Ser vices ..............................Sundays - 10 : 00am Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-2251 Elstad Lutheran Church .................................Sundays - 10 : 30am 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, Wykof f, 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 Chatf ield Ave N W, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765- 4960 First English Lutheran Church ........................Sundays - 9 : 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 - 9 : 00am 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, Wykof f, 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, Chatf ield, 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 Satersdahl Lutheran Church ...........................Sundays - 9 : 00am 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 - 8 : 30am 4 08 Preston St N W # 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, Wykof f, 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 ....................................Sun. - 10 : 30am 405 Twiford St SW, Chatf ield, MN 55923 (507) 867-314 8 St Matthews Episcopal Church ........................Sundays - 9 : 30am 100 Fillmore St SE, Chatf ield, 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 ..............................Saturdays - 5 : 00pm Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-2480 St Paul Lutheran Church .........Sun. - 10 : 00am & Wed. - 7: 00pm 128 Fillmore St SE, Chatf ield, 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, Wykof f, 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 Share your thoughts at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com Monday, September 3, 2012 August 25, 2012, at the Green Lea Manor Care Center in Mabel, Minn. Jim was born on November 12, 1933, in Harmony, the son of Lowell and Esther (Henke) Johnson. He graduated from Harmony High School. Jim served in the Army for two years stationed between Colorado and Germany. Jim farmed north of Harmony with the family farm operation and as a carpenter in the area building pole sheds, remodeling, and building homes. Once retired, Jim continued his daily visits to the family farm helping Bill and Roxanne. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and enjoyed a daily episode of Gunsmoke. Jim is survived by one brother Roger Johnson of Dodge Center, special friend Elaine Michel, and over 47 nieces and nephews along with a host of friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Helen Johnson and four brothers Leland, Donald, Richard and Robert. Funeral services were held on Thursday August 30, 2012, at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, Minn. with Pastor Kyle Jackson officiating. Burial was in the Greenfield Lutheran Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Gustav Berg American Legion Post 81 of Harmony. Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of the arrangements. Larry E. Nielsen Larry E. Nielsen, 78, of Whalan and formerly of Rushford, died FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Page 9 Continued from Page 8 OBITUARIES in the Rushford area together for many years. They enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren and traveling together, especially their trips to Hawaii. Marvin was a member of Highland Prairie Lutheran Church where he served on the church council and was superintendent of the Sunday school. He is survived by his son, Robert (Paula) Brand of Rushford and daughter, Bette (Tom) Von Feldt of Madison, Wis.; three grandchildren: Sarah (Matt) Bacon, Ben (Amy) Brand, and Brandon Von Feldt; four greatgrandchildren: Isabel and Adelyn Brand and Andrew and Abigail Bacon; a brother, Melvin (Anita) Brand of Rushford and a sister, Ellen (Henry) Volkman of Winona; special niece, Joanne Anderson of Rushford; and numerous brothers-in-law, sistersin-law, and nieces and nephews. Marvin was preceded in death by his wife and parents. A private family service was held on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford handled arrangements. Charles L. Bremseth Charles L. Bremseth, age 76, was born in Lanesboro, Minn. June 28, 1936, the son of Alvin and Stella Bremseth. He resided in St. Anthony, Minn. He is survived by children, Renee and Bradley Bremseth, and Sara (Steve) K e d r ow s k i ; Charles L. grandchilBremseth dren, Joseph and Nisa; four sisters; Phyllis (Roger)Kivtrud, of New Brighton, MN, Lois Peterson, Eleanor Peterson, and Rebecca (Marv) Sandness of Lanesboro, MN; three brothers; Carroll of Reno, Texas; Roger of Buffalo, Minn.; and James (Janet) of Ramsey, Minn. and extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters; Judy Feay, Marlice Olstad, Neoma Youngquist, and brothers; Arden, Syrald, Alvin Jr, and Wallace. Private interment was Monday August 27, 2012, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorial service was held Saturday August 25, 2012, at Washburn-McReavy Hillside Chapel. Julian E. Briggs Julian E Briggs (Gene) age 70, of Spring Valley died Friday Aug. 24, 2012, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. He was born March 14, 1942, in Bloomfield Township, Fillmore County, Minn. to Julia (Rustad) and Grant Briggs. He attended school in Spring Valley, Minn. In 1963 he married Marion Smith of Wykoff, Minn. He worked for Land o' Lakes, Seabright Electric, and was a part-time custodian at the Spring Valley Community Memorial Hospital. Gene enjoyed many things some of which included bowling, puzzles, painting, working with wood, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Gene is survived by his wife; three children, Scott (Angela) of Cottage Grove, Minn.; Tammy Davidson of Dover, Minn.; and Glenda Greenwaldt (David) of Rochester, Minn.; seven grandchildren and one one brother, Roger (Kathy) Briggs of Racine, Minn. He was preceded in death by five sisters, six brothers, and two siblings that died in early childhood. Funeral sevices were at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church in Fillmore, Minn. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. James Russell Johnson James Russell Johnson, 78, of Harmony, Minn. passed away quietly Saturday morning on on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family, following a 22-month battle with cancer. Larry was born on April 5, 1934, in Albert Lea, Minn. to Niels K. and Dennise (Petersen) Nielsen. He was raised in the Albert Lea area and attended Albert Lea Schools. On October 25, 1953, Larry was united in marriage with Darlene Frandle in Albert Lea. In 1959, he started up Larry's Uptown Mobil in Albert Lea. In 1968 Larry and Darlene moved to Rushford where Larry purchased Rushford Oil Company. In 1970 he purchased a gas and service station in Rushford which was known as Larry's Mobil for 35 years. After his retirement, he and Darlene moved to their farm in Whalan where Larry raised Longhorn Cattle. Larry was a very active member of the Rushford Community. He was a member of Rushford Lutheran Church, Rushford Lions Club, Co-founder of the Root River Saddle Club, Root River Tractor Club, Frontier Days Committee, Texas Longhorn Association, Root River Spinners, Bluff Country Tourism Board, Rushford Area Society for the Arts, Rushford Area Business Association, and Mission Builders. Larry is survived by his wife, Darlene; four children: Susan Nielsen of Winona, Diane (Raymond) Nielsen-Pagnoni of Carol Stream, Illinois; Ross (Ann Brewster) Nielsen of Rochester and Gerri Nielsen of Harmony; four grandchildren; one great- grandson; two sisters: Nancy (Eddie) VerHey of Hollandale, Minn. and Joan (Marion) Mast of Bixby, Minn.; and two brothers: Doug (Pat) Nielsen of Hastings, Minn. and Steve (Ginny) Nielsen of Geneva, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents. The funeral service was on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at Rushford Lutheran Church with the Rev. Roger Michaelson officiating. Burial was at the Rushford Lutheran Cemetery. Gary J. Nierling Gary J. Nierling, age 48, of Dumont, Iowa died Friday, August 24, 2012, at the Dumont Wellness Center. Gary was born February 14, 1964, in Cresco, Iowa to Earl Francis and Crystal (Van Horn) Nierling. He lived in different establishments that could accommodate his needs as he grew older and has been at the Dumont Wellness Center for the past four years. He enjoyed playing ball, swinging, going for rides, and making games interesting. Gary is survived by brothers and sisters Dean (Ardie) of Decorah, Joan (Rick) Underbakke of Washington; Marsha (Kenny) Kruse of Decorah; and Randy of Tomah, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Darlene Kimber, an infant sister, and a brother Dale. Funeral services were Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel. Burial was in the Plymouth Rock Cemetery. Area resident is a lottery winner Congratulations to Cheryl Miller of Preston. Miller won $5,000 by playing the Lottery's Cash Multiplier scratch game. 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Applications must be post-marked by September 25, 2012. Semcac, Inc. is an EOE/AA/ADA Compliance Organization. Page 10 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Monday, September 3, 2012 said he didn't think there would be enough benefit for the cost. Councilor Josh Thompson asked if the designation will open doors for more funding. Vogel said the honorary status on the buildings attract interest and investment, adding the designation will be a very positive development. Jacobson worried that buildings under this designation will have a higher cost for renovation due to requirements to follow certain regulations. He insisted he didn't want to be put into that box. Thompson was concerned they could be forced to do something they are not prepared for. Vogel said you can only do what you can when you can. The council approved a motion to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance as the code requires to designate the Center for the Arts property as a Chatfield Heritage Landmark. Jacobson voted against. Preliminary Budget/Levy Young noted that the prelimi Once you're belly is full, there's still plenty to do, for all ages. The Arendahl HighFlyers 4-H Club and RushfordPeterson FFA will offer an array of animal exhibits and petting zoo, while the Peterson State Fish Hatchery presents fascinating trout tank tours. One major attraction this year, sponsored by Marine Credit Union, is an appearance by Cody the Buffalo of Money Creek Buffalo Ranch. The gentle giant, who always astonishes, will be on hand from 10:30am through 1:30pm. Another special draw to the event will be JAKES Take Aim, an inflatable trailer and indoor BB gun shooting range. The fully enclosed and noise-free range, the product of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Daisy Outdoor Products, is aimed at promoting hunting heritage, especially among youth. Sponsored by the Peterson Legion and arranged by Roy and Sandy Loken and Dan Book, JAKES Take Aim will be located next to the legion. Come celebrate a Taste of the Trail, the farm life, and wildlife surrounding this little town with big personality. For more information, visit petersonmn.org or taste.rootrivertrail.org. The Official Legal Newspaper for Fillmore County nary numbers are a result of budget numbers from department heads. The budget includes a three percent increase in the general pay grid, step increases, and a 10 percent increase in health insurance premiums. In written information relating to the budget, it was noted that the EDA has as one of its priorities the redevelopment of the Twiford Street area (area bounded by Twiford Street, Division Street, Main Street, and Grove Street). The EDA has requested a yearly additional allocation of $20,000 to provide funds to assemble the property to re-develop this area. There is no increase for 2013 to the subsidy provided for the Center for the Arts. The refunding of 2008 bonds results in a decrease in debt service payments in the amount of $17,000 per year. Young noted that there will be some need to address water and sewer rates. The council will not vote on the preliminary levy until the September 10 meeting. The current proposal has a 5.264 percent increase. Jacobson noted that this figure is the high end, it can be lowered. Mayor Don Hainlen suggested it is better to have a modest increase, rather than have a much higher increase in subsequent years to catch up. Other Business In Brief �A bid from All Weather Roofing for maintenance of the fire house roof was approved for a total not to exceed $10,369 as recommended by the Public Works Committee. The repair is expected to extend the life of the roofs by several years. �Approval was given for the proposal from Infratech, out of Rogers, for the sewer maintenance program, as recommended by the Public Works Committee. It is a five-year maintenance contract. �Tony Lammers explained there are problems at the booster station with the controls, as the valves in the water tower are a problem. Approval was given to have the problem valves removed at a cost of $6,800. Continued from Page 1 CHATFIELD Auditorium Gymnasium is "an ideal candidate for local designation under the City's local preservation ordinance." Vogel commented that all the legal requirements are in order. He said both buildings were built to last and saving the buildings can be a benefit in the future. The city can save by recycling the old buildings. Vogel suggested the buildings give a more interesting look to the city and would have been a $7 to $8 million investment in today's dollars. He maintained local designation can open doors to more funding sources. Public Hearing Councilor Ken Jacobson asked if this designation would limit renovation in any way. Vogel explained it is called rehabilitation rather than restoration, by using as much of the old as possible while making it usable in the twenty-first century. Jacobson asked if modern materials can be used and Vogel said they could be. Robert Thesenvitz noted he was a 30-year resident of the city and confirmed he had voted to save Potter Auditorium. He said his fear is that we open up the door, causing taxpayers to foot the bill as they did for the Thurber Building. He asked if the designation will open up tax obligation to the whole district instead of just the city. Later, City Clerk Joel Young confirmed it would not open up a larger tax base. Thesenvitz maintained that the auditorium was supposed to be self supporting. He complained that meetings have been held in the afternoon when working people can not attend, resulting in a lack of public input. He asked the council to seriously look at the benefit of this designation and inquired about the possibility of a listing on the National Historic Register. Young stated local designation is completely different than the national register. Vogel commented it would be redundant to have both. He Taste of the Trail in Peterson By Kirsten Zoellner Beginning Saturday, September 8, eight communities along the Root River State Trail will begin hosting the first ever Taste of the Trail over a three-weekend period. Peterson, one of three communities hosting the first Saturday, is gearing up for the event, holding nothing back. According to organizer Gayle Boyum, Peterson is combining the Taste of the Trail with their theme for last year's fall festival of Farm Life and Wildlife Along the Root River Trail. "Peterson will offer a fascinating view of the farm life and wildlife in our region with live country western music, by Highway 30, as your background. There will be farm animals and wildlife, you can tour the Peterson Station Museum, or take a ride in an authentic Amish buggy. And if you're hungry, we'll have food, refreshments, and a farmer's market." Again this year, visitors will sample get a free sample of local flavors and beginning at 10am and running through 3pm. Along the trail, delectable tastes will be provided by local favorites Geneva's Ice Cream Shoppe and Judy's Country Kitchen. New this year, Whitlock Apiaries will be offering up samples of raw honey and honey comb. To wet your whistle, Chiggy's Liquor will be hosting a wine and fall beer tasting on their deck, along with samples of lefse. Next to the newly refurbished bandstand, the Fillmore County Cattlemen will be serving their always popular hamburger, along with chips, pop, and pies from Judy's, beginning at 11am and until they're gone. Outside of the Peterson Legion, Chad Rich of award-winning Biggen's BBQ and Peterson mayor Jennifer Wood will be offering delicious, smoked pork sandwiches from 1:30pm through 7pm 2012 Summer Reading at Preston Public Library We had a fantastic Summer Reading Program this year, and we extend Congratulations to all of our successful summer readers! A total of 85 participated in Preston Public Library's "Dream Big, Read!" reading program. Little ones in the Cuddle Me group logged 240 days of being read to. Kids in the Read-To-Me group enjoyed a total of 1,891 books. Readers read 54,180 minutes. In addition, Teens read 2,798 pages. In the Read-To-Me group, the following children had over 100 books read to them: Aeric Fontenello, Max McHan, Reid Olson, Nathan Pfremmer, Micah Rehm, Makayla Rehm, and Annakate Wingert. Those who read the most minutes in the elementary Readers group were: Hannah Rolfs, (7920), Annalise Shupe, (7020), Jonathan Anderson, (4140), DJ Leonard, (2160), and Solomon Stellmaker, (2160). In the Teen group Natalie Ford read 1747 pages and Gabrielle Shupe read 1051 pages. Chic's Pizza and the Preston Public Library donated grand Prizes for the summer reading program. Additional weekly treats and prizes were donated by the following businesses: B&B Bowl, Weber & Judd Pharmacy, Preston Foods, Sweet Stop, Trailhead Inn, Preston Apple & Berry Farm, and the Preston Motor Mart, thank You for your donations! The children really appreciated the prizes. Congratulations to all our "Dream Big, Read!" summer reading participants. Please check in at the Preston Library to find out if you've won a weekly or grand prize. Participants are asked to pick up their prizes by September 15. Ham & Chicken Supper Saturday, September 8, 2012 � 4:00 - 7:30 pm Menu ~ Ham & Chicken, Potatoes & Gravy, Vegetables, Coleslaw, Rolls, Coffee, Milk, Apple Pie & Ice Cream Adults $8.50 In AdVAnCe � At tHe dooR $9.00 CHIld 12 & undeR $4.00 � undeR 5 yRs FRee � dRIVe tHRu tAkeouts AVAIlAble dooR PRIzes wIll be GIVen AwAy on AdVAnCed tICket sAles only � St. John's Lutheran Church � 6 miles north of Rushford on 43 Church Bazaar Wednesday, Sept. 12th 2012 Auction at 7:00 pm raffle & lunch following auction Burr Oak Lutheran Pet of the Week Andry Andry has the appearance of an older dog because of the white around his face, but that's just his good look. Andry is a character. He was pulled by our rescue from a shelter in Texas 45 minutes before his scheduled euthanasia. Andry walks great on a leash and he begs for treats which is adorable. He loves to be carried around and is tolerant, up to a point, with the 10 month old baby in the house. He just loves to give the baby kisses, however. he does like to play rough so a home without small kids would be best. For more information on adopting Andry visit our website: www.smalldogsminnesota.org Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota 3853 Columbus Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407 www.smalldogsminnesota.org. Chihuahua Share your thoughts at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com Monday, September 3, 2012 FILLMORE COUNTY JOURNAL Page 11 Fillmore County Sports 2012 Football Preview By Paul Trende Graduation can be hard on high school football teams, just ask Fillmore Central, Kingsland, and Mabel-Canton. But so goes the prep football process. Five of the six county teams will have new starting quarterbacks in 2012. Four will have new starting running backs. Uncertainty will reign supreme in those towns, at least for a few weeks. One town, however, is exempt from all that. The Chatfield Gophers, from a skill-position perspective, won't look a whole lot different than they did in 2011 (when they finished 6-4, downed by ZumbrotaMazeppa in the second round of the play-offs). Nate Skare (6'2" 180-pound junior) returns at quarterback. Jake Neis (5'9" 160pound junior), who authored a pair of 250-yard rushing games in 2011, and Justin Viss (6'2" 210-pound senior), who also spearheaded the Gopher defense from his middle linebacker spot, also return. They form a splendid inside-outside running back tandem. Throw in juniors Alex Haffner and Jayme LaPlante (a particularly intriguing linemanto-tight end conversion who did double duty during track season, threw discus and ran sprints); the Gophers have some key pieces to the puzzle. Jeff Johnson's boys aren't without their flaws and obstacles though. They are very sophomore (20) and junior heavy (10), with just five seniors. They also play in the same conference/ section as Caledonia, the school that?s won 4 of 5 Class AA state football titles. It might take another year for all the pieces to really come together. In a word, Fillmore Central head coach Chris Mensink called his team "inexperienced." Last year's Falcons were senior-laden (all 18 of them) and successful because of it (began 6-0, earned a state ranking). A game against eventual AA state champ Caledonia and an injury (to tailback Tyler Eickhoff) later; things ended less positively than they began (7-3, downed by Southland in the second round of the play-offs). There aren't too many holdover on-field contributors from that fine squad. Seniors Dan Gatzke (6'2" 195), Jake Ristau (5'9" 180), Andy Coyle (5'10" 180), and Marcus Tucker (5'7" 145) are familiar names. All played their parts in 2011's defensive effort. On the offensive side of things, Mensink has the task of trying to replace 36 graduated TD's (of the 40 the Falcons scored as a team). Tucker's 265 all-purpose yards and 3 TD's is the best returning performer. A replacement for Andy Todd at quarterback is also needed. It's likely junior McKinnen Stone (the only returning player to complete a pass last season, literally, he was 1-4), or senior Brandon Breitsprecher. The Falcons will have a bit of added inspiration in 2012 though. Suiting up with them will be Mitch Ristau. The senior returns to the football field nearly four years after losing his lower leg in a farm accident. He'll compete while wearing a prosthetic. In Rushford, the Trojans will look to improve upon a rough 2011 campaign (2-7, downed by Fillmore Central in the 1st round of the play-offs). It was running back by committee: in nine games the Trojans had six different players lead the team in rushing. Five, Zach Boehmke (5'9" 170 Sr.), Steve Adcock (5'9" 170 Sr.), Alex Vix (5'9" 155 So.), Tyler McLellan (6'0" 170 Jr), and Casey McLellan (5'8" 170 Sr), return. None rushed for over 200 yards on the season though. Defense could be a strength this year, as the Trojans return their top seven tacklers from 2011. They have some experience on their side. After three days of practice, head coach Davin Thompson was pleased with the leadership his seniors had thus far showed. He spoke positively of the athleticism of his sophomore class. He was coy with any more particulars (including his starting QB). One thing is for certain though; Rushford-Peterson is a well-known school for both its (boys) basketball and football. The Trojans are three-plus years removed from 2008's Section 1A football championship. Coach Thompson is certainly looking to return his alma mater to that level of preeminence. In Spring Valley, the Knights went 3 and 6 last season. They lost to Goodhue in the first round of the play-offs 48-22. Like Fillmore Central, they graduated more than their fair share of seniors (15), particularly those at the "skill" positions (QB Tanner Lange, RB's Sam Eberle, Jerad Miner, and Jesse Crowson, TE Devon Pokorney). Head Coach John Fenske won't have much for returning key contributors. Senior Marshall Oeltjen (6'0" 210) is one of the few players to see extensive action last season (to see the end zone). Jacob Rindels (5'8" 150 sophomore), Lenny Moore (5'9" 150 junior), and Jordan Meskill (5'9" 160 junior) are three other guys who'll likely have the ball placed in their hands. Rindels is the only quarterback listed on the Minnesota State High School League Kingsland football page. With just 27 kids out, 9-12, the Knights aren't heavy on numbers by any regard. They have only six seniors and five juniors. In football, where numbers and age matter, not having much for either might make for a long season for Knight fans. At the very least, 2012