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Fountain City Council welcomes new employee By Barb Jeffers

Director Janeen Wingert, far left, teacher Jessica Marzolf, back row, far right, and high school helper Courtney Schroeder, front row, far right along with SAC children who sent letters in the Holidays for Heroes program. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Fillmore Central SAC kids send letters to Heroes By Barb Jeffers

Children at Fillmore Central’s School Age Childcare (SAC) wrote letters to service members in the Holidays for Heroes program to wish them happy holidays and to thank them for their service. Janeen Wingert, Director of Fillmore Central SAC, said the idea came from a directors meeting and was put on the website and seemed like a great activity for the children. The children wrote letters to service members who are overseas and will not be able to be home with their families this holiday season. Jessica Marzolf, who runs the program in the mornings, also helped the children with their letters and said the children were very excited to write to service

members. Wingert stated that many of the kids have parents or family members in the service so it was very meaningful to them as they know the sacrifice military members and their families make. Twenty-seven children wrote letters to service members with wishes such as “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas” and also expressed their thankfulness for the service of the person they were writing to. Various holiday greetings were written on the chalk board and the kids could choose which they would like to use in their letters and could add anything else they wished. Olivia Sethre, age 9, was happy to write a letter to a service member and said she wrote, “Have a Merry Christmas” and “I hope you are able to see your family” in her letter while Abi-

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gail Parker, age 8, wrote “Happy Thanksgiving,” “Merry Christmas,” and “Happy New Year” in her letter making sure to cover all of the recent and upcoming holidays. Many of the children also drew pictures along with their letters. The most popular, according to Wingert, were pictures of trees, Santa Claus, and presents under the tree. The pictures drawn by the kids are sure to bring a smile to the faces of the service members who receive them. Wingert commented that the letters were written so well that they made her cry when she read them. It is no doubt the letters from the Fillmore Central SAC children will mean a great deal to the service members who receive them and may produce a tear when the letters are read by the service member as well.

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The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fountain City Hall. All council members were present in addition to Ronda Flattum. John Heibel attended the meeting to discuss his property and to determine that no former roadway was ever on his property and to be assured that no additional roadway would ever be placed there. The council agreed that no roadway would be added to the property in the future. Consent agenda items were approved including the minutes from the November 7, 2013 meeting, the treasurer’s report, monthly city bills and monthly fire department bills. John Hanson, the new city maintenance employee, asked

the council if there were any additional places in town that needed to be plowed for snow or have ice melt put down other than what had already been done. A request was given to purchase tools for servicing city equipment. The city council approved receiving quotes to purchase the necessary tools locally if possible. Hanson requested further instructions on where to place holiday wreaths around town. Ronda Flattum reported that the preliminary audit will begin on December 11, 2013 with Smith Schafer Associates. The City Office will be closed December 24 - 26, 2013. There was no activity for Police Chief Tom Mosher to report in the month of November 2013. See FOUNTAIN Page 2 

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Rushford approves third officer unanimously council to step back and evaluate the need before locking the city into a union contract. The debate After two months of discussion has continued since. and the item brought before the In an open letter to Chief Eide, council on three occasions, with Bunke cited the point of the disat least one decision ending in cussions as two topics. One, “An a deadlocked 2-2 vote, the city appropriate level of patrol procouncil approved the hiring of a vided for the safety of all City of third, full-time police officer. The Rushford taxpayers.” According city has held a third position for to Bunke, patrol options includover a decade. In the wake of a ed “use of three full-time officers resignation from former officer and relying on a minimum usage Chris Frick, Chief Adam Eide of part-time officers to complete sought to move part-time officer the patrol schedule,” “use of two Wade Anderson into the position. full-time officers and a heaviAt the November 12 meeting, er reliance on use of part-time Councilor Vern Bunke asked the See RUSHFORD Page 10  By K irsten Zoellner

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Fountain and the city would receive a lot of feedback from the instructors and students who will monitor everything and perform various tests. The council approved contacting the U of M to apply for participation. In Old Business the final budget was approved, a replacement needs to be found on the Zoning Committee, and shingles will be replaced on the city equipment building after quotes are received. The purchase of a trac-


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Mayor Richard Kujath reported that a meeting was held with Valley Design and it was discussed that the University of Minnesota has a program in which students go to troubled wastewater treatment plants, such as Fountain with its nitrate problems, and try to find a solution to the problem. There would be minimal charge to the City of

Preston residents enjoy visit with bearded guest - until the time came - when suddenly shyness took over and they were not able to utter a simple word. In either case, Santa did his best to provide the parents with a photo of their child with him and the children each received a book before leaving. Santa Claus was not the only attraction though as there were many activities happening in the elementary school. A Craft and Gift Shop was set up for children to purchase presents for family members and most children searched very care-

By Barb Jeffers Excitement was in the air early on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Fillmore Central Elementary School as children bound through the doors with one goal in mind - to talk to Santa. Santa needed to know what was on their lists for this holiday season. There were those children who ran right up to Santa and leaped into his lap spewing words such as fire truck, doll, and the occasional puppy as items they must have. Then there were the little ones who were so ecstatic to see Santa

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C ommentary Peace on earth By Yvonne Nyenhuis The birth of a baby is a source of wonder. We marvel at the perfection of the tiny toes and fingers of this miniature person. Once he gets over the insult of being thrust into the world, he settles into his blanket and Yvonne goes to sleep Nyenhuis as if nothing extraordinary has taken place. According to the Christmas story, Mary was told that her baby would be special. Since the birth of Jesus, we have had other leaders born in humble circumstances who, as grown men, changed the course of history. Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Kentucky. Nelson Mandela was born in a small hut in a village in Africa. When President Obama was born to a young woman from Kansas and an African father, his parents had no way of knowing that he would become President of the United States and the leader of the “Free World.” Sixteen years ago my husband and I went with our oldest son and his wife to spend Christmas with my family in Pennsylvania. Christmas Eve we attended an informal service in a multi-purpose building. The minister wore slacks and a sweater. Music was provided by someone playing a guitar. As we entered the building, we were each given a candle. At the designated moment the lights were turned out. Someone went along the isle lighting the first candle in each row. Then the flame was passed along as we turned to light the candle of the person sitting next to us. Soon faces emerged in the darkness as the light filled the room. I often think of that moment. Editorial Cartoon

One Moment, Please... Most of us will not do great things and change the world but we all have the power to light a candle and help dispel the darkness. When the angel appeared to the shepherds, he said, “Fear not, for I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people!” The message of Christmas is not for any one group. It includes people of all religions, believers and non-believers. “Glory to god in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” We are told “He shall be called the Prince of Peace.” While peace on earth may appear to be unattainable, we have leaders like Ghandi, Mandela, and Martin Luther King that renew our faith, that love can overcome hate and that good can conquer evil. In a speech recently, President Obama said that Nelson Mandela reminds us “We must be guided by our hopes instead of by our fears.” Daily we are assailed by a media which thrives on conflict. Advertisements, political pundits and televangelists tell us we must be afraid. CNN is to be congratulated for bringing heroes into the spotlight. Oprah has interviewed people who do amazing things. Changing behavior is not easy. Stepping out of the comfort zone requires courage. Staying with a commitment to lift up those who need help requires personal sacrifice. For those of us who are not brave, hopefully it’s enough to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings, enjoy sharing the colored lights, music and delicious food of the season. It is the wish of my husband Glenn and I, that the spirit of Christmas finds you now, and stays with you in the coming year!

In the aftermath of Sandy Hook By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 Just one year ago, on December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School became a crime scene that claimed the lives of 20 elementary-schoolaged children and six adult staff members of the school. These types of tragedies, while fading in our memo- Jason Sethre ries over time, ultimately become a historical reference that changes our perception of threats, risk and security. Just like when 9/11 happened, these events expose our vulnerabilities and rattle the foundation of our securities. Have you flown on a plane lately? Just think of the boarding process pre-9/11 compared to the process of today. And, while schools have established greater security measures, I’m sure there are many more changes yet to come. Sandy Hook 911 Calls The Associated Press utilized the Freedom of Information Act to push for the release of the 911 dispatch recordings from teachers, a secretary and a janitor working at Sandy Hook Elementary School while shooter Adam Lanza made his way through the school. As anyone can imagine, listening to these recordings full of despair can only bring back haunting memories of that gloomy day in American history. Why anyone would want to listen to these

recordings is beyond me. And, as much as it bothered all of us who were only watching from afar, just imagine what the family members of those victims feel like knowing that these recordings are being released to the media and the public via a court order. While Judge Eliot Prescott ordered for the release of the recordings (according to because he was afraid that holding them back would “fuel speculation about and undermine confidence in our law enforcement officials,” I still question the value of making this information public. It brings to light our appetite for too much information. Sometimes I question our moral compass as a society for the videos, photos and articles that are shared in the name of journalism. Do we feast on sensationalism? Sensationalism Working in the media industry for more than 20 years, I’ve had my share of interactions with national media that swoops into story opportunities and turns them into a three-ring circus. But, really I question whether the sensationalism that captures our attention for 15 seconds of fame is driven by us or the media. Does the media, and more so national media, target content that drives our emotions to create awe-filled conversation and sometimes even disgust just to gain viewership? Or, is it the overwhelmed information consumer that is so desensitized by

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commonplace stories, that we need a jolt of stunning news to grab our attention? Unfortunately, murder, sex and violence in the headlines does sell, but is that what we really want? Apparently, the majority of media outlets think so. And, if we feed off of this, then I guess we are just as much a contributor to the information epidemic. Closer to home This past week, Fillmore Central faculty and students participated in an unexpected lockdown drill. Even the teachers were unaware that a lock-down drill was going to be a part of their day. Lock-down drills have become a common training exercise at schools throughout America, so this drill at the Fillmore Central Schools facilities is the norm. Addressing security risks, and establishing policies and procedures is one thing. But, how do we strike a balance between providing a secure learning environment without creating a sense of fear in our children? One year later, we still have much to ponder. How do we explain the reasons for school lock-downs to our children? How do we explain to our children what happened in the tragedy surrounding Sandy Hook Elementary School? With tragedies like 9/11 and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, we are often left with more questions than answers. Processes are easy to administer. It’s the emotional aftermath that takes its toll.

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One man’s goodbye is another’s good buy By Barb Jeffers After a lifetime of reading and collecting books, Ed Jackson of Chatfield, Minn. has decided it’s time to say good bye to his vast collection of approximately 4,000 books and has opened a bookstore called Famous Books in the basement of his home. Jackson has been an avid reader his entire life and his collection grew until he first decided to sell on eBay. Jackson stated that he sold a lot of books on eBay but was not making very much money. He then started selling books out of his garage and had pretty steady business. He then decided he had enough room in the basement of his home to move everything inside and set up a bookstore where he could sell his books on his schedule at reasonable prices, and still manage to make a little extra income as there isn’t much overhead. So Jackson put some work into setting up the basement, built some bookshelves, and organized the books. Jackson said, “I have managed to fill the shelves with books by many great authors.” Although three-quarters of his collection of books are fiction, Ed Jackson stated that there is something for everybody no matter what type of books a person likes to read. There are suspense

Government this week •Monday, December 16, Preston City Council meeting, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. •Monday, December 16, Kingsland School Board meeting, 7 p.m. •Monday, December 16, Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting, Rushford Computer Room, 5:30 p.m. •Monday, December 16, Chatfield School Board meeting, H.S. Media Center, 7 p.m. •Tuesday, December 17, Houston School Board meeting, 5:30 p.m. •Tuesday, December 17, Rushford Village City Council meeting, Community Center, 7 p.m. •Tuesday, December 17, Mabel-Canton School Board meeting, 7 p.m. •Wednesday, December 18, Fillmore-Central School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. •Wednesday, December 18, Lanesboro School Board meeting, Lanesboro School Office, 7 p.m. •Monday, December 23, Spring Valley City Council meeting, City Hall, 6 p.m. •Monday, December 23, City of Rushford City Council meeting, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. •Monday, December 23, Chatfield City Council meeting, City Hall, 7 p.m. Schedule subject to change.

novels, thrillers, and mysteries in addition to many other types of books to choose from. Many of the books at Famous Books are classics, which are close to Ed’s heart. When asked if it is hard to let the books go, Jackson answered “some of them” as he has his favorites but says that he can’t keep adding more books to his collection he instead needs to thin it out. This is a good way to do that. Jackson commented that many of the books that students often need can be found on his shelves in ‘like new’ condition at a fraction of the price of buying new. The books are primarily hard cover and include all the great American writers such as Hawthorne. There are also books for pre-teen, teen, and young readers also. The books are alphabetized by author in each category so finding favorite writers and their books are easy. Jackson has been enjoying meeting people who have come to shop for books helping them find books they are looking for and sometimes to try a different type of book than they are used to reading. Most of Jackson’s books are by well-known authors, but he comments that there are some great books that are by some not so well-known authors too. Although Jackson has not read all of the books he has read a lot

of them and is happy to share his thoughts on them. Jackson and his wife, Helen, moved to Chatfield in 2002 when a new grand daughter was born. Since the couple was planning on retiring and could conveniently provide daycare for their granddaughter in Chatfield, they pushed up their retirement and moved to Chatfield. They have been doing daycare for their granddaughter Lydia since. When asked if his granddaughter, now 12 years old, likes to read, Jackson said, “Yes, but I can’t get her to read what I like.” He says it is alright as long as she is reading. Jackson commented, “People were upset about the Harry Potter books but the books got some kids reading that didn’t before.” As for Jackson’s favorite authors he said, “There are so many.” But he named a few of his top choices which follow. Jan Karon - books are inspirational and humorous. She wrote the ‘Mitford’ series. Vince Flynn - A Minnesota author who unfortunately passed away last summer. He wrote books about anti-terrorism and CIA thriller type books. Jean M. Auel - wrote a series titled “Earth’s Children,” which is a favorite of Jackson’s. Currently Jackson has a table full of holiday themed books on a table display including “The Nutcracker” among other clas-


sics. Ed Jackson said he will keep Famous Books open as long as he is making enough money to make it worth his while. He stated that business has been up and down with weather not cooperating recently, but business is picking up now as people are calling and stopping in. Most of the books are priced between $3 and $5 which is less than half of what a normal second hand bookstore would

to return home to the farm if it means living in a rural area that does not provide the same amenities as a metropolitan community? How should the Farm Bureau help prepare its members – both young and old – for transferring operations to the next generation of farmers and ranchers? What is Farm Bureau’s role in encouraging more transfers? How can Farm Bureau play a role to ensure the viability of quality agricultural education programs within our schools? This year’s winner was Katie Winslow from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Winslow is from Fountain, Minn.

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charge and is a very reasonable price. Famous Books is open Wednesday - Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and Jackson will also open for private showings by appointment. The address is 13947 117th Street S.E. in Chatfield, Minn. The phone number is (507) 250-4826. Stop in for a quiet, peaceful browse through some of the greatest books every written offered at a great price.

Ed Jackson holds a copy of “The Nutcracker,” which is one of approximately 4,000 books Jackson is selling in his bookstore located in the basement of his home in Chatfield, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Winslow wins Minnesota Farm Bureau collegiate discussion meet The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation hosted the ninth annual Minnesota Collegiate Discussion Meet. The competition was held Thursday, November 15 on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. Six undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities participated. Students participated in two rounds and a final and were judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues, and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving. The contestants discussed three topics: What can be done to encourage young farmers and ranchers

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in Fillmore County. She is a junior majoring in agricultural education. The state winner receives an all expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., February 7-10, 2014 to participate in the national competition. The winner also receives a $500 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. Other finalists included: Jared Luhman of Goodhue, Minn., Sarah Marketon of Howard Lake, Minn., and Kirby Schmidt of Marshall, Minn. Finalists receive a $100 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. Other participants included Michaela Gallup of Dassel and Lisa Roker of Bird Island. Minnesota Farm Bureau rep-

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domestiC sHoRtHaiR miX It’s time to spice up your life with a boy called Chives. All five of us kittens and our mom, who were all found under a deck in Rochester, were named after herbs. I’m the big boy of the bunch, the boy who loves to wrestle, the boy who thinks it’s awesome to stage sneak attacks on anyone - cat or human. I’m also the boy who enjoys curling up for a quick cuddle session, recharging my body so I’ll have energy for my next great exploit.

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Houston accepts $15,000 donation from Friends of the Nature Center By Angie Rodenburg The Houston City Council held their monthly meeting on Monday, December 9. At the meeting the council adopted the final 2013 levy, collectable in 2014. The total levy amounts to $437,126. It was signed by Mayor Connie Edwards and City Administrator Larry Jerviss. Jed Hammell, the city attorney, also addressed issues within the town. One situation was in regard to the West Spruce Street easement. Terry and Annette Jergenson requested reimbursement for taxes that they mistakenly paid to the county as a result of the county considering a portion of Spruce Street as part of the Jergenson property. The city is under no obligation to reimburse the Jergenson for several reasons. Houston does not receive all of the taxes that would have been paid from 1995 to present. Also, it was not the city’s fault that the county improperly included part of

Spruce Street with the Jergenson property. The council was not inclined to accommodate the Jergenson’s request. Mayor Edwards commented that property owners are responsible to know the land they have bought and the taxes they are responsible for. The council is willing to reconsider the reimbursement should the Jergenson’s decide to further investigate the situation and present their findings to the council. Larry Jerviss, the city administrator, also officially announced his retirement that will take effect January 31, 2015. The council plans to fill the position soon in order to have Jerviss be able to effectively train the new hire before his retirement. Until his retirement, Jerviss will have the new title of Financial Director and will only work 20 hours per week. The council also approved 2014 wage increases for the

majority of city employees. There will be a 3 percent wage increase for most of the full-time employees and a 6.5 percent wage increase for the parttime deputy clerk. The increase of 6.5 percent would bring the deputy clerk’s wage to a more standard wage for the given position. The council also approved staff uniforms for city workers and officials. They will have a combination of hats, shirts, name badges, and possibly jackets that will display the Public Works logo. A highlight of the night was when Connie Verse, the treasurer for Friends of the Nature Center, presented Mayor Edwards with a donation check to the City of Houston in the amount of $15,000. The council was thrilled to accept the generous donation. The next city council meeting will be held on January 13, 2014 in the meeting room of Houston City Hall.

Happy Holidays!! We thank you for you patronage and hope you will be surrounded by good fortune, good friends and good health throughout this festive season.

The wood stove will crackle with heat, the kerosene lamps will flicker with light in the windows, the old, wooden floor will creak when people come through the heavy, oak doors at the historic Lenora United Methodist Church for special Christmas events this season. The old 1856 Lenora Church building on the National Register of Historic Places is being readied for the Advent and Christmas season. People from near and far will want to enjoy the festive opportunities at this rustic, pioneer church in rural Fillmore County. Here’s what’s happening: •December 21 at 3 p.m.

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By Jade Sexton The Harmony City Council approved the budget and set the 2014 levy at their regular meeting on December 10. The levy was set at $550,000. When discussing the budget items, Mayor Steven Donney asked about the $40,000 that has been in the budget every year for Heritage Grove. City Administrator Jerome Illg said the city lost $300,000 when they sold Heritage Grove, so that will remain in the budget and go into the general fund. Donney also had some concerns with the library budget, and suggested a cut of $3,500. He noticed an increase in the budget of $3,500 over the last two years, and felt it was excessive. Librarian Stephanie Silvers was at the meeting for the discussion. “Costs are going up, too,” noted Silvers. “If I don’t get an increase, I won’t be able to get as many books. Right now I can barely keep up with bestsellers.” Silvers said that 67 percent of the increase she was asking for was for salary and wages. The rest of it was for books, audio, and videos. Illg clarified that the budget for audio, video, and books was $7,500 in 2012, $9,500 in 2013, and $11,270 proposed for 2014. That comes to an increase of $1,800 from 2013 to 2014. Donney felt the increase was a lot higher than a maintaining level, and suggested they cut the budget by $1,000. He also made a motion to set the COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for city employees at 1.5 percent. Those changes in the budget were approved. The $550,000 levy was not changed from the preliminary set in September. The extra $1,000 from the library budget will go into the general fund. The levy is currently at 99.165 percent of the tax capacity, which is right near or below what other cities in the area are at, and a decrease of 4.27 percent. Assessment policy Brett Grabau of the engineering company Bonestroo was at the meeting to discuss the proposed special assessment policy and the 1st Ave SW project. The city never had a formal assessment policy. In the past, they have consistently assessed 25 percent of street reconstruction, and 25 percent of the utilities. In the proposed policy, property owners will be assessed 40 percent of the project costs. The city will pay 100 percent

of storm sewer improvements and sanitary sewer replacement for street reconstruction projects, and the public utilities will pay 100 percent of lateral water main improvements. After some discussion about the standard width of streets, it was decided to place a maximum of 32 feet to be assessed in non-industrial areas. Having a formal policy in writing will help the city when it comes time for future projects. “You can tell people this is how it’s set up,” said Grabau. “You guys can do what you want, but we have something here to try to follow.” Council member Debbie Swenson asked if the 40 percent was common in other areas. Grabau said that policy has been used for many years in other communities. More discussion was had about sidewalk replacement. The proposed policy states that sidewalk replacement will be assessed 100 percent to the benefitting property owner. Mayor Donney felt that if the city wants a sidewalk replaced, the city should pay for it. Grabau said if an existing sidewalk has to be replaced during street reconstruction with the purpose of correcting a grade, the cost will be assessed to the property owner. The policy was adopted as presented with the addition of the maximum street width. 1st Avenue project Grabau presented the council with a tentative schedule for the 1st Avenue SW street project coming up next summer. According to Grabau, a feasibility report needs to be done before a public hearing can be held. The schedule shows that Grabau will present a brief report to the council at the

regular meeting on January 14. He then suggested they have a separate meeting on January 21 just for the public hearing. That way, they can submit the plans to the county and Minnesota Department of Transportation on January 27. The council approved the January 21 public hearing. Building and Maintenance City maintenance employee Chris Johnson shared Al Torgerson of TLC Excavating has done some work around town recently. Torgerson cleared the way for the skating rink that is now completed and ready to use. Johnson said the rink is 40 feet by 60 feet, and might be bigger next year if it gets used a lot this winter. There was some discussion about lowering the chlorine levels in the water. In order to renew the five-year permit, the city must show they are doing something to lower the levels. This involves Johnson getting water samples on a daily basis. Johnson said the samples taken closer to the plant have higher chlorine content than water samples taken further away. Community Center The city had received an estimate from Morem Electric for some work that needs to be done at the Community Center. The projects presented were electric wiring and lights in the kitchen ($2,950), a cabinet heater for the kitchen ($2,500), and some lighting in the library ($300). There was some discussion about whether all of the projects needed to be done at this time. Illg said the lighting and wiring in the kitchen were probably more important than the heater, if the council were to pick one. The council eventually approved all three projects.

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Obituaries Loyal P. Brusse Loyal P. Brusse, age 91, of Harmony, Minn., died Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Gunderson Harmony Care Center. Loyal was born October 20, 1922, in rural Preston, Minn., the son of William and Grace (Berning) Brusse. He attended Big Spring country school. He served in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre. He Loyal P. Brusse married Bernice Finke July 24, 1947, in Cherry Grove, Minn., where the couple made their home until 1958 when they moved to Harmony, Minn. They were the last owners and operators of the Harmony Hotel. Loyal drove school bus in the Wykoff and Harmony School Districts for 32 years, and was the bus mechanic for Harmony schools for 26 years. He was a resident of Heritage Grove in Harmony and then became a resident of Harmony Healthcare

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in January 2012. Bernice died December 20, 2009. He was a member of the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church, the Preston VFW, and the Harmony American Legion. Over the years Loyal enjoyed woodworking, remodeling, and doing crossword puzzles. Loyal is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Eddie Whalen) Frank of Canton, Minn. and Debra (Terry) Hanson of Blaine, Minn.; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; two brothers, Calvin and Russell; and a sister, Erna McCoy. The funeral was on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church with lay minister Allen Hanson officiating. Burial with military graveside rites was in the Cherry Grove Cemetery. Obert A. Johnson Obert A. Johnson, 84, of Rushford, Minn. died on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Obert was born on December 11, 1928, in Arendahl Township of Fillmore County Minnesota to Christ and Ella (Koljord) Johnson. He attended Gilbertson Country School and graduated from Peterson High School in 1951. Obert farmed all of his life in the Arendahl area until

moving to Rushford in 2007. Obert loved tinkering with old cars, and when he moved to the nursing home, he missed driving his car more than anything. Obert was a very quiet, gentle man who was very easy going and took everything that life had to offer him in stride. He was a member of North Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro, Minn. He is survived by his sister, Cora Johnson of Rushford and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Esther and brother, Norman. There was a funeral service for Obert on Thursday, December 12, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Activity Room in Rushford. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at Good Shepherd. Burial was at the North Prairie Lutheran Cemetery in rural Lanesboro. Anna Rose LaFreniere Anna Rose LaFreniere, 90, of Preston, Minn., died Monday, December 9, 2013 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Anna Rose was born on August 30, 1923 in Anna Rose Preston the LaFreniere

The FCJ reaches over 12,000 households each week. daughter of William and Emma McDowell. She attended school in Preston. She worked at the local Red Owl grocery store and then several businesses throughout Preston. On September 7, 1947 she married Hirsel Ray LaFreniere at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston. After her marriage Anna continued to work and was also a homemaker. She was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church. She loved to travel and take drives on Sunday afternoons. She also enjoyed going out for lunch. She is survived by her two children, Rosie LaFreniere of Savage, Mont., and son Robert (Cindy) of Preston. Three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Two sister-in-laws, Dorothy and Florence McDowell. Also many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Christ Lutheran Church with Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston. Paul A. Lunde Paul A. Lunde, age 96, of rural Preston, Minn., died Saturday, December 7, 2013, at his home. Paul was born October 20, 1917, in Austin, Minn., the son of Clarence and Stella (Anstett) Lunde. He was raised in Austin. At the time

of his high school graduation, he was working as an assistant pressman at the Austin Daily Herald. In October 1935, Paul began a five year printing a ppr e nt i c e ship at the US Government Paul A. Lunde Printing Office. He became a Journeyman Printer in 1940, but that career was interrupted as the country prepared for war. Paul married Elizabeth VanGeuder June 1, 1940, in Washington D.C. In the same year he soloed in a Piper Cub and began his additional flying training. By 1942, Paul was teaching pilot training to army cadets in Stearman open cockpit bi-planes. For the next three years he flew cargo planes for the Military Air Transport Command—from New York to Britain and to Casablanca—cargo eastbound and critically wounded soldiers westbound back to New York. In May 1945, Paul flew to Paris to bring a conquering general home. This was General Mark Clark, who arrived at Midway Airport in Chicago at high noon on Memorial Day, accompanied by 25 Illinois GI’s. After the war, Paul continued flying with American Airlines, based in Chicago, until See OBITUARIES Page 15 

Fillmore County Church Directory Fillmore County Journal • Preston MN 507.765.2151 Perfect Glossy • Preston MN 507.251.5297 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 & 9:30am 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 Services.…………………………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, 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 - 9:00am 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

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Grace Lutheran Church..……………………………Sundays - 9:00am 365 Park St, Peterson, MN 55962 (507) 875 -2218 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 - 10:30am 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 Lutheran Church.……………….Sundays -9:00am 43267 Bowl Dr, Peterson, MN 55962 (507) 864-2731 Historic Lenora United Methodist Church (Special Occasions) 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 - 10:30am 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. (1 & 2) - 8:45am & (3 & 4) - 10:30am 640 1st Ave SW, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886-2393 New Life Victory Church……………………………Sundays - 9:30am 225 3rd Ave SW, 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 - 8:30am 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

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Snow accents Lanesboro’s Christmas Inn Tour 2013 By Barb Jeffers A light snow throughout the day put the finishing touch on a seasonal favorite in Lanesboro, Minn. on Sunday, December 8, 2013. The annual Christmas Inn Tour was held from 2-6 p.m. while a beautiful fluffy snow covered the area bringing attendees holiday spirit to the surface as they toured the exquisitely adorned Bed and Breakfasts and Inns of the area. Lanesboro, the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota, offers a self-guided tour where ticket holders can tour any of the businesses included in whichever order they prefer and spend as much time at each as they would like. This year’s Christmas Inn Tour included eight different Bed and Breakfasts, Inns, a resort, and Art Lofts. The participating businesses offered drawings for lodging stays for lucky winners who signed up along the tour. Refreshments and assorted treats were offered to tour guests as well. Stone Mill Hotel and Suites opened the doors of the building which was built in 1885 and is owned by Colleen Lamon. The business has 11 themed rooms and each seemed to have a touch of the holiday spirit. Mr. and Mrs. Claus (Doug and Jan Baker) were on hand to greet visitors as they walked in. Free wine tasting was offered compli-

ments of Scenic Valley Winery of Lanesboro. The adjoining gift shop was also open for anyone wishing to shop for holiday gifts or a little something for themselves. The Scandinavian Inn Bed and Breakfast, owned by Peter and Vicki Torkelson, had “a lot of people” come through on the tour according to Vicki who stated, “A bus load of people had just left,” but it had been very manageable throughout the day. The Scandinavian Inn was decorated simply but beautifully with items such as handmade edible ornaments on the tree. The Inn and each of its five guest rooms felt like a home away from home making it a comfortable choice for a getaway. Berwood Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast was built in 1873 and began as a Bed and Breakfast in 1998 by Fran Scibora who lived in the house as a child. The home is three levels that seem to go on forever with interesting things to look at in every direction. Deb Meyer, innkeeper, lives in the house and tends to guests’ needs. Meyer said that four people decorated the trees at the Berwood Hill Inn, but the owner made the decisions as to how they would be decorated. Meyer stated that she gets awesome guests at the Berwood Hill Inn which she enjoys. Fran Scibora’s brother, Larry Berland,

was available during the tour to answer any questions of the visitors. Berland remembers living in the home and has fond memories of Christmas in the home as they were allowed in the living room during the holidays. They usually were not as his mother wanted to keep it nice for company. Berland stated they had a good turnout for the Christmas Inn Tour and the weather this year was different from last year’s tour when the weather felt more like fall. Berwood Hill offered guests refreshments and snacks in the kitchen of the house. The Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast was sparkling in holiday glitter and glam from outside and the theme continued inside as live music was being performed. Owners Nancy and Dave Huisenga put much effort into spreading the holiday spirit throughout the Inn. Standing in a third floor window watching snow fall onto the sprawling lawn outside as dusk fell was a spectacular view. Apples in bushel baskets waited on a dining room table as complimentary gifts for guests. The Historic Scanlon House, which has been owned by Kirsten Mensing for 27 years, was the first Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro and has seven rooms. The smells of the Christmas season filled each room with scents such as caramel and each room

had a taste of the holidays. Mensing stated that she also had a bus load of tour guests stop and had been very busy with many people coming through on the tour. The Art Lofts, which are above Cornucopia Art Center, were also part of this year’s Christmas Inn Tour and gave people a chance to see the private fully furnished retreat space. Each loft sleeps six people and has full kitchen facilities. The space was decorated artfully with many homemade ornaments and decorations just as one would expect from the art center. The view of a white main street out the front

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windows was just as interesting as the view of the Root River out the back windows. Giving tours was Fran Sauer who stated they had visitors on the tour from places such as La Crosse, Wis. and Estherville, Iowa. Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast is owned by Marv and Carol Eggert who have operated as Innkeepers for the last 10 years. There are guest rooms on three levels. The home was built in the 1920’s and was decorated like it would have been in the 1920’s. Homemade treats were handed out including caramel corn and the Eggert’s had the recipes available for guests on the tour. Carol takes special care See CHRISTMAS INN Page 11 

Santa and Mrs. Claus (Doug and Jan Baker) greeted visitors to Stone Mill Hotel and Suites during the Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour on December 8, 2013 in Lanesboro, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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officers,” and “use of additional community resources as they are available to assist the officer on duty.” This last option brought its own share of debate. Community members, business members, local business owners, and members of local emergency personnel all noted that while community involvement and safety support is beneficial, it may not measure up to or replace police service. However, increased public support is a goal of both the city and the police chief to gain ‘multipliers’ to police efforts. Bunke’s second point of discussion, “Significant savings attained with wise management of time and efforts that reflect fiscal responsibility to the citizens,” also resonated with some. Eide admitted that there is an initial savings in using part-time officers in lieu of a full-time officer, but said there were more points to consider that would quickly eroded those potential savings. Without having to hire another full-time officer, the city would need additional 6-8 part-time officers, bringing the department to 10-12 parttime positions to compensate for scheduling. With Rushford’s lower wage scale and part-time officers typically looking for fulltime placement, the turnover is high and each officer that leaves then triggers the process over again with new candidates, according to City Administrator Steve Sarvi. Added training, equipping, physical and psychological testing of each candidate will then further erode the savings. “These part-time people are fresh out of college. They have debt, and they’re looking to get their license activated,” added Eide. “Full-time people will have a lot of contacts with people in the community. They live with these people, their kids go to school together, go to church together, and see each other at the store. There’s more ownership in the community than someone who wants to get a start here and then leave here.” “Through the letter from Mr. Bunke, I learned a lot,” noted Eide. “He’s smart and dedicated to saving the taxpayers’ time and money. We’re on the same page, I think, but we still have to provide for services.” Again, Eide

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put forth a recommendation for promoting Wade Anderson to full-time officer. “There are just too many hours in a day. A third officer adds stability.” Bunke insisted he wasn’t against a third full-time officer, but that the window to review the need was present. “I appreciate the effort you put in. I learned a lot from our discussions and understand the position it puts the department in to train up. The discussion, while uncomfortable, has been good.” Councilor Mark Honsey also acknowledged the benefit of the discussion. “Going through this, I have had people question our decisions and some appreciate that we’re not rubber stamping this. But, I have not had one person tell me we shouldn’t have a third officer. I think that’s a testament to the chief and to this council. Maybe we over-analyze it, but they do want us to look at it.” “What I’m going to say probably isn’t going to come out right. I don’t know how to phrase it, except to say I don’t want to hamstring the department. We have some flexibility coming into 2014 and some time. There needs to be a continued, genuine effort to provide the most cost effective service of policing as possible. If we have an agreement, then I feel comfortable with the arrangement,” noted Bunke prior to the vote. “I don’t want to hamstring you, and never have, but the public needs to know that their tax dollars are being used as wisely as possible.” Mark Honsey made the motion to accept the chief’s recommendation of hiring Wade Anderson full-time. Mayor Chris Hallum seconded the motion. Following the unanimous decision Bunke noted his thanks to all who contributed their thoughts to the discussion. Leading into the discussion on budget and setting the 2014 levy, only one citizen was present to bring forth concerns to the council. The proposed levy is currently sitting at 2.02 percent, but the amount is not final. Final levy certification to the county is due December 23. “We can’t stay at zero forever,” noted Mayor Hallum, citing the levies of 1 percent in 2011 followed by no increase for 2012 or 2013. While the city has definite options for the funds, either in levee work, the Highway 43 project, or other items, Sarvi 1-507-765-3837 E.O.E

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noted there is a fine balance in funds. “We need to have just enough that we don’t get in trouble.” However, the audits of 2012 and 2013 both cited the city’s need to have a healthier general fund balance. Previously sitting around 11 percent, it is up to near 20 percent in 2013. Still, the target amount is 40-60 percent. “It’s only paid a couple of times per year and there can be long stretches in there.” “I think it’s worth noting that the last four years, our expenses have come in under budget; and it’s not a thousand or two that we’re coming in under,” added Councilor Honsey. “We’re doing our part to steward the money.” However, Sarvi noted that some of the savings that the city has had may not present themselves as opportunities in the future. “There are quite a few unknowns. The more we cut back; it’s just going to allow less resources in the future if other issues come up.” Not surprisingly, Councilor Bunke offered up a recommendation for cutting the city budget. “I wouldn’t mind setting it down 5 percent,” he quipped. When asked where the funds to operate the city would come from after cuts, Bunke added, “Want to leave that to me or to staff? I think we can do it. The extra $25,000 from the state, we can start right there. I believe there are circumstances that will allow us to go lower.” The cut would amount to approximately $37,000. “I think it’s the right thing to do; set it at a workable number. I have confidence we could do that on behalf of our citizens. Push it as low as we can and then challenge them to work with it.” Mayor Hallum, clearly not in agreement with Bunke’s recommendation, acknowledged that he felt the city could responsibly do 0 percent. “It would be a good exercise for staff, but we’ve held this for two years. There are not many things that stay static for four years running.” The council voted 3-2 in favor of having city staff prepare a reduced budget from last year’s $740,000 levy amount. The 5 percent reduction would set the levy for 2014 at a potential $703,000. In other news, the city also received an updated report on levee recertification from Josh DeFrang of Otomo Engineering and Dave Lombard, representing the Public Works Department. Most notably, the city which was applying for the SWIFT program, will now be managed at a state level. The city has some unacceptable items, but largely items are minimally acceptable or acceptable and progress on the items is continued on a regular basis. Thorough documentation of work needing to be done and its completion is being documented by both Otomo Engineering and Public Works. The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Monday, December 23, at 6:30p.m., at city hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Fillmore County Sports Basketball hot starts

athlete of the week

By Paul Trende A number of county basketball coaches have to be pleased with the way their seasons have started. Five squads’ records are unblemished through a week and a half of action. The Rushford-Peterson boys and girls, the Chatfield girls, and the Mabel-Canton girls are all 3-0. The Houston girls are 2-0 (and have half as many wins as last year total). Additionally, M-C’s boys are 3-1 (and are almost half way to last year’s win total). Who’s Better, Trojan Boys or Girls? The R-P girls highlight the undefeateds because of the streaks they ended to get to 3-0. Their first win of the week came over Caledonia, 64-58. has results back to the 2004-2005 season. R-P doesn’t have a win over the Warriors in that nine-season, 18-game span. The Trojans then made the long trip to Adams to down Southland 68-56. The last time R-P’s girls beat the Rebels was the 2009-2010 school year, or a sixgame span. Helping spearhead those wins is the revelation that is sixthwoman Brianna Koop. After scoring 22 in R-P’s season opener versus Hope Lutheran, the 5’9” freshman forward followed that up with 24 points (11-13 FG’s), 7 rebounds, and 3 steals against Caledonia, and then 22 points (6-11 FG’s, 10-11 FT’s), 10 rebounds, and 6 steals versus Southland (both off the bench). Of course, Koop isn’t doing it alone. Senior guard Kendra Crawford had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals versus Caledonia, and then 24 points (9-12 FT’s), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 6 steals versus Southland. Hope Morrison had 13 points and Brooke Johnson 9 rebounds and 6 steals against Caledonia. Keela Brand (a 5’3” forward mind you) had 8 points and 14 rebounds against the Rebels. Terry Pelzl’s ladies aren’t actu-

ally on par with their 2nd-ranked male counterparts, but they are progressing in that direction. The R-P guys also got two wins on the week, matching their ranking in state. One would think starting the season 3-0 would be a natural occurrence for the Trojans, but they haven’t done so since 2010-2011. They started 1-2 each of the past two seasons (before, well, turning it around). R-P got its first win of the week over Caledonia, 73-66. The Trojans trailed 36-34 at the half, before finding the win column with a better second half effort. Senior forward Jorli Hauge had a big overall night (14 pts, 13 rebs, 6 assists, 6-8 FT’s). Junior guard Alex Vix was pretty good too (18 pts, 6 rebs, 5-6 FT’s). Austin O’Hare added 13. R-P then rolled through Southland 80-39. Charlie Krambeer led the way (5 of 9 three’s, game-high 19 points). Cole Kingsley had 8 rebounds and 6 assists (4 pts, 3 stls). Up 44-22 at the break, R-P got good work from reserves Jacob Merchlewitz (12 pts), Zach Vix (11 pts), and Kyler Paulson (7 pts, 6 rebs). The boys are 3-0 in league, the girls 2-0. A Gopher Swarm The Chatfield football season just got over, so the phrase ‘swarm’ might lead a reader to think of the football team’s defense. Actually, it refers to the Gopher girls basketball team’s ‘D’. Head Coach Brian Baum is playing a multitude of players, pressing a bunch cause of his depth and athleticism, and it is paying dividends; a 3-0 start to the season. Southland was no match. Chatfield suppressed the Rebels 76-45. All 12 Gophers to play scored. Kirsten Keefe (12 pts, 5 assists), Sidney Irish (11 pts, 7 stls), Sydney Gould (10 pts, 8 rebs), and Camille Rasmussen (10 pts, 5 rebs) were in double figures. McKenzie Kirtz had 24 for Southland. Chat then took on Fillmore Central. The score was tied at 13 thru roughly

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9:00, but Chatfield out-scored the Falcons 43-12 the rest of the way for the 56-25 victory. Ten Gophers scored led by Maddy Larrabee’s 10 (including a half-courter to beat the first half buzzer). Keefe and Irish each had 9. The backcourt duo of Morgan Malley (9 pts, 5 rebs) and Kenzie Broadwater (7 pts, 5 rebs) led FC. They are 1-1 (in league/overall). The Gophers finished their week with a big win over the Lourdes Eagles. The Gophers’ pressing triggered 16 first half turnovers and prompted a 31-17 intermission lead. Sidney Irish hit a three out of the break to extend that lead to 34-17. Lourdes then made pushes that cut Chatfield’s lead to single digits. Gopher junior Kirsten Keefe made plays that put her team back ahead by double digits. The 5’7” guard either scored or assisted Chatfield’s other six second half field goals. Her three field goals all were trifectas including the third, a ‘heat check’ shot (three feet behind the line) that hit the net with an emphatic, ‘yep, still hot.’ Chatfield got the win 52-43. Six Gophers had four or more led by Keefe (13 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists). Lourdes was led by 6’0” freshman F Megan Hobday (18 pts, 7 rebs, 4 blks). The Gophers are 2-0 in league play. Coug’s 3-0, ‘Canes 2-0 In the SEC, M-C coach Adam Wilder has used his four returning starters to get off to a great 3-0 beginning to the season. The Cougar’s started with a 57-32 win over Riceville, Iowa. It wasn’t as close as that score indicated. M-C led 37-7 at halftime. Lydia Geving had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals to lead the way. Fellow seniors Carly McCabe (10 pts) and Sara Lind (9 pts, 9 rebs, 4 blks) also were big contributors. The Cougars then handily downed Schaeffer Academy 51-20. The senior triad of Lind (15 pts, 8 rebs), McCabe (13 pts, 9 rebs, 6 stls), and Geving (10 pts, 5 rebs, 8 assists, 3 stls) was again money. M-C finished off its week with another cake-walk victory, a 67-19 drubbing of Glenville-Emmons. Cue Geving (21 pts, 7 rebs) and Lind again (11 pts, 9 rebs). Freshman PG Coranda Vickerman chipped in 10 points, 7 steals, and 5 assists. M-C is 2-0 in the SEC, 3-0 overall. Houston’s girls got off to a nice start mostly courtesy of the services of stand-out senior 6’0” center Abbey Loken. In a season opening 56-53 win over conference rival Lanesboro, Loken had 22 points (10-16 FG’s) and 10 rebounds. Anna Sweet helped

out, scoring 9 points with 6 steals. For the Burros, they went to their 6’0” center Olivia Haug and she delivered 21 points. Kelsey O’Koren added 11. The Hurricanes then got a slightly easier victory over Schaeffer Academy. Behind Loken’s 19 points (8-13 FG’s), 6 rebounds, and 4 steals, they downed the Lions 46-25. Kelly Jerviss added 7 points, 6 boards, and 5 steals. The ‘Canes are 2-0 in league/ overall. Boys Basketball 12-02: Riceville IA 35, M-C 59 (M-C: Noah Manning 14 pts, 5 assists, 5 stls; Donnie Lind 11 pts, 10 rebs; Justin Ward 11 pts, 5 assists. R: Emilio Gomez 14 pts, 9 rebs. Cougars, led 24-23 at half. Their press wore out the Wildcats in second stanza) 12-03: Kingsland 73, Fillmore Central 79 (FC: Carter Rindels 17 pts (9-11 FT’s), 14 rebs; Logan Masters 14 pts (10-12 FT’s), 5 assists; Nick Powell 10 pts (6-9 FT’s), 9 rebs; Collin Bennett 10 pts. K: Quinn Larson 21 pts (5-9 three’s); Jacob Rindels 16; Marcus Plaehn 12. Knights led 40-32 at halftime. FT’s: FC 27-37, K 12-21. Falcons are 2-1 in league/overall) 12-05: Schaeffer 62, Houston 64 (H: Mason Drake 13; Christian Sires 12; Sam Ross 12. ‘Canes are 2-1 in league/overall) Caledonia 92, Kingsland 63 (K: J. Rindels 11. C: Kyle Sorenson 21) 12-06: G-E 44, M-C 70 (M-C: J. Ward 18 pts (9-15 FG’s), 5 rebs, 6 stls; Mac Nelson 10 pts, 8 rebs; Wayne Ross 10. Coug’s are 2-1/3-1. For more on the Coug’s 3-1 start to the season, go to and click on the sports tab) 12-07: Lake City 36, Kingsland 42 (K: Q. Larson 14. Knights improve to 2-3 overall, 1-3 in the 3-Rivers) Girls Basketball 12-03: FC 49, Kingsland 34 (FC: K. Broadwater 16 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists; M. Malley 15 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists, 7 stls. K: Marissa Bornholdt 17 pts, 7 rebs. For more on this game, go to and click on sports tab) 12-05: Kingsland 61, Caledonia 60 (K: Melinda Woods 14 pts, 9 rebs, 4 assists; M. Bornholdt 11 pts, 8 rebs; Lacey Schwartz 10 pts; Haley Colton 8 pts, 6 rebs, 4 assists. Knights led 34-21 at halftime. With just under 0:10, Caledonia scored to take a

Post-Season Football Awards

Most high school players are lucky to score 20 points in a game. Not too many start their career, as a freshman, with three straight 20-point games. That’s what Rushford-Peterson freshman forward Brianna Koop did (See ‘Who Better…’). Behind Koop, Kendra Crawford, and company, the Trojans won all three games and are off to a now 5-0 start to the 2013-2014 season. Photo by Paul Trende

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All-State (3rd Team): Jayme LaPlante (Sr. TE/LB Chatfield), Cale Stensgard (Sr. OL/ DL RushfordPeterson) SFA Blue All-Conference Team (county players): Chatfield Jayme LaPlante > LaPlante, Jake Neis (Sr. CB/RB), Nate Skare (Sr. QB), Sawyer Prinsen (Sr. OL/ DL), Ian Morrison (Jr. OL/DL), and Drew Hurley (Jr. WR/S). R-P

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60-59 lead. Knights got a basket by frosh Gracie Schmidt (her only) score just before the buzzer for the win) Lanesboro 43, Lewiston-Altura 55 (L: O. Haug 21. L-A: Emilia Schindeldecker 22 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assists) 12-06: Grand Meadow 74, Lanesboro 50 (L: O. Haug 12. GM: Rachel Oehlke 25; Rio Landers 21. Burros are 0-2/0-5) 12-07: Lake City 51, Kingsland 23 (Knights are 1-1, 1-3 overall) Wrestling 12-05: St. Charles 36, FCLMC 44 (Via forfeits, Wolves spotted Saints 24-0 lead. Wins from Alex Fishbaugher (132, 5-2 dec), Gabe Decker (138, pin), Andy Love (145, 17-0 tech fall), Connor Hanson (152, pin), and Trevor Barnes (160, pin) changed that. Wolves led 26-24. Saints got the lead back after 170 (30-26), but a pin from Tom Henry (182), a forfeit victory for Niko Anderson (#3 at 182, wrestled 195), and a pin from Monty Holm (225) secured the team win) L-A/R-P Triangular > Stewartville 34, L-A/R-P 36 (Xavier Riser (106), Jordan Theede (170), Dominick DePestal (195), and Cody Nahrgang (220) won via pin; Nahrgang’s sealed the team victory. McCoy Tekautz (126) won via 20-5 TF. Jackson Riebel (160) won via 15-6 MD. Justin Mueller (113) won via a 2-1 Dec); Dover-Eyota 38, L-A/R-P 34; Dover-Eyota 45, Stewartville 16. 12-07: Winona Invite (Chatfield placed 3rd (171), L-A/R-P 4th (158) of 12 teams. K-M (198.5) and D-E (180) went 1-2. For the Goph’s, Ryan Meeker (138; pin, 3-0 dec, 6-5 dec) and Harvey Friederichs (#3 at 152; three pins) won their respective weights. Hank Friederichs (#6 in Class A at 145) and Jacob Bleess (220) took 2nd at their respective weights. Hank lost 23-8 to K-M’s Brady Berge (#1 in AA at 145). For the Eagles, McCoy Tekautz (126; 19-3 TF, 21-4 TF, 12-8 dec) and Jordan Theede (#1 at 170 in AA; two pins, 3-0 dec) won their weights. Sam Riebel (132) and Andrew Knapczyk (182) each took second) Jackson County Central Pizza Ranch Invitational (GMLOK finished 9th of 10 teams using just six wrestlers. Parker Hale won 152 (pin, 3-1, 5-1) and Jace Bunne (145) took 3rd place (won 4-1, lost 7-1, pin, won 7-4)) performers. Southeast All-Conference Team (county players): Lanesboro > SEC Back of the Year Niko Anderson (Sr. RB/DE), Garrett Boggs (Sr. QB/S), Kole Ruud (Sr. WR/LB), and Will Semmen (Jr. S/TE); Clay Olson (Sr. OL/DL) Honorable Mention. M-C > Hunter Johnson (Sr. RB/LB) and Noah Manning (Sr. RB/DB); Donnie Lind (Jr. TE/LB) Honorable Mention. Houston > Dylan Lee (Sr. RB/LB) and Nathan Hahn (Jr. OL/ DL); Hunter Dockter (Sr. OL/DL) Honorable Mention. Burro coach James Semmen was voted co-coach of the year (GM’s Gary Sloan and SG’s Zach Houser).

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his retirement at age 60 in 1977. He started flying DC-3s for American; his last flight was in a DC-10. His favorite route was from Chicago to Honolulu to Sidney, Australia. In 1970, Paul and Elizabeth moved to the family farm in Preston where he started a third career as a farmer/Angus breeder. They became the fifth generation of Lundes to live in the stone house originally built in 1865. Paul did the design and most of the construction on the expansion and modernization of the original home. Paul is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his children, Joan (James) Fencil of Chicago, Peter (Sue) Lunde of Houston, Texas, and Paula Lunde, M.D. of Kalamazoo, Mich.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, C.A. Lunde. The funeral was on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston


with Allen Hanson presiding. Burial was in the Union Prairie Cemetery in rural Preston. Berwyn C. Ploof Berwyn C. Ploof, 78 of Austin, Minn., died Saturday, December 7, 2013 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home. Berwyn Callan Ploof was born on June 7, 1935 in Rochester, Minn. the son of Callan and The- Berwyn C. Ploof resa (Wanke) Ploof. He graduated from Austin High School and served in the US Army. Berwyn married Jacqueline M. Hulme on April 17, 1964 at Minneapolis. Berwyn worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and he worked at Hormel Foods Corporation. After the strike, the Ploofs moved to Elk River, Minn. where he worked for the Otsego School District until his retirement. He moved back to the Austin area following his wife’s death. Berwyn was a “picker”

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and attended many area auctions and garage sales, making a host of friends. He enjoyed repairing and “tinkering” with things. He was a member of the Eagles, Moose, Austin Post #91 American Legion, Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ducks Unlimited. He was preceded in death by his wife Jacqueline, his parents and a sister LaDonna Hoffman. Berwyn is survived by his daughters: Cindy Buttshaw, Austin, Sue (E.T.) Lewis, Everett, Wash.; grandchildren; a great grandson; a sister Theresa Grover, Texas; a brother David Ploof, Rapid City, South Dakota. A memorial service was on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Mike Sager officiating. Military honors were conducted by Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Austin Post #91 American Legion. Visitation was at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Wednesday and on Thursday morning.

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By Kirsten Zoellner Following a formal petition for annexation to the City of Rushford Village on December 3, the Peterson council discussed the issue at length, along with City Attorney Richard Nethercut. The petition, presented by Peterson residents Jan Smaby and Al Lipowicz, represents a parcel of land just under 40 within the city. The pair petitioned for annexation based on their current land zoning (agricultural) and because their land goals fit “naturally” with the Village’s comprehensive plan and ordinances. At the time it was presented, the Village made no official vote on the matter. However, the council noted the delicacy of the issue due to the cooperative nature between the cities. The council indicated at that time that they would have no issue with annexation so long as the Peterson council had no concerns. According to Nethercut, a state statute allows for detachment and annexation of properties if both petitioned entities agree. If no agreement can be reached, the statute allows for a governing state board to determine whether or not the property petition should allowed. If the entities have opposing wishes, a hearing would be held with a board examiner, the board would then vote on examiner’s findings. The statute lays out six points of criteria. The Smaby/Lipowicz petition meets at least three of the criteria: All property owners must have signed the petition; property must be rural in character and not developed; and property is within city limits and abuts property of township. The other three criteria are more limiting in their definition and it is unclear how

they would be interpreted in this case: detachment/annexation would not unreasonably affect symmetry of boundaries; land is not needed for reasonably anticipated development; and determination that detachment does not interferes with city’s function of government without undue hardship. The property, which represents the northwest corner of the city boundaries, represents one of the most developable areas within the city. Standing less than one square mile, to lose it would be significant to the small community, according to the council. The tax revenue from the property is currently $1,307 annually. Nethercut also noted that most detachment/annexation issues are resolved before a hearing. Costs for the effort are usually shared 50/50 between the petitioner and the city. Based on recent cases, the timeframe is typically 6-9 months.

If the issue went to a hearing, the parties would first meet with the board examiner, followed by ordered mediation. Nethercut also noted that there is currently no known timeframe from receipt of petition, in which cities must act, but for zoning and land use petitions a 90 day rule is in effect. In this case, he suggested it may be wise to act within a 90 day timeframe for safety. One other key to Peterson’s case, according to legal counsel, may be that the statute does not allow detachment/annexation from city to city. Rather, cases are usually detachment from a township and annexation to a city. The City of Rushford Village, while more rural in nature and surrounding both cities of Peterson and Rushford, is by definition a city. “In my opinion, we’ve been voted in to protect taxpayers’ interests,” stated Mayor JenSee PETERSON Page 18 

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get in. Even if our seats are in the back row of the balcony, it matters not, because the Center for Faith and Life concert hall is so acoustically perfect that we will hear every note. We luck out once again, and after greeting friends from Harmony, we thread our way upstairs to the very back and settle in our seats. Memories of these concerts come to mind, stretching back two decades when we brought our young daughters to hear the moving vocal performances under musical icon, director Weston Noble. It must have made a deep impression, as they both sang in school, competed in contests, sang with the Honors Choirs of South-

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nifer Wood. “We wouldn’t vote for detachment, at least not arbitrarily. This is a unique situation.” The city will wait to find out the Village’s response to the petition before taking official action. In the meantime, Nethercut will look into the issue further. Mayor Wood will speak with City of Rushford Village Mayor Dale Schwanke regarding the issue, as well as appear before their council at the Tuesday, December 17 meeting. That meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Village hall. Nethercut also spoke to other zoning issues, particularly enforcement of ordinances, which have been plaguing the city over the course of the year. “You have to address it. You have no option not to enforce ordinances when there’s a complaint brought to the city,” he noted. “There’s a good reason why ordinances are in effect. The purpose of zoning is to

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enforce it. At some point you have to address your ordinances. The laws apply to everyone. You all play by the same rulebook.” “When someone purchases a property within the city, it’s important to have those zoning ordinances in place to secure their investment,” added Mayor Wood. “That’s why we have ordinances. We have a format. It’s not a personal thing, it’s policy.” Several of the issues revolve around an ongoing issue between Mike Eidenschenk, of Chuck’s Feed & Grain, and residents Dave Colbenson and Lori Martinez. Property purchased by Colbenson is in dispute between the two. Several other issues, including parking of grain trucks, and subsequent blocking of Colbenson’s property, and noise have stemmed from there. “I have semis parking in front of the house, blocking the driveway. I laid on horn for nearly 20 minutes to try to get them to move. When I got out and started taking photos, then

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By Barb Jeffers On Saturday, December 7, 2013 the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn. was filled with kids who were there to see the man dressed in red. As they stood in line and watched other children climb on Santa’s lap, they were going over their lists in their heads not wanting to forget anything on their wish list for the upcoming holiday. Children were able to take home a picture of themselves with Santa which was a prized possession upon leaving the Community Center as was the book the children each received after their photos were taken. The day began earlier for many as the volunteers prepared for the free cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings that began at 7:30 a.m. and were offered by Fillmore County Public Health. The Harmony Lions Club was also busy in the wee morning hours preparing to serve a pancake breakfast which included pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee. Many hungry people sat down to a hearty warm breakfast by the Lions. There were many volunteers of all ages helping at the breakfast including Kayden Shaw, age 7, who is part of the Little Miss Harmony Royalty, and was working hard with a smile on her face. The Harmony Lions Club also collected eye glasses, cell phones, and hearing aids at the event which will be forwarded to people in need. The Salvation Army Red Kettle was also at the Community Center with volunteers ringing bells. A Cookie and Candy Sale was

held by the Greenfield Lutheran Youth giving attendees a chance to pick out their favorite goodies to take home with them. The assortment of cookies and candy made the decision a difficult one. Volunteers working at this fundraising sale included Nathan Birch, 15, and Matson Kiehne, 15, who worked as cashiers for the Cookie and Candy Sale. Children were able to decorate cookies which was sponsored by Gunderson Lutheran Clinic. Some cookies were decorated so heavily they could hardly be picked up in one piece while others had little or no decoration, but each one tasted fantastic. Sisters Autumn and Amber O’Laughlin concentrated very hard on frosting their cookies to perfection. Autumn and Amber are the daughters of Marge and Jacob O’Laughlin of Rushford, Minn. Kids were able to do their Christmas shopping for their Mom’s and Dad’s with gifts to choose from that were all under $3. The shopping was sponsored by the Fillmore Central ECFE and volunteers were on hand to wrap gifts as well. Children felt very proud leaving with their holiday shopping complete. Guests were able to register for a drawing of Harmony Dollars and winners were notified by phone following the event. The children and their parents enjoyed Santa Day in Harmony, which ended with a free children’s matinee at the JEM Theatre with free popcorn courtesy of First Southeast Bank and Kingsley Mercantile of Harmony.

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December 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. The minutes from the November 13, 2013 meeting were reviewed and approved. The monthly bills were reviewed and approved for payment. LeAnn Jevne was present at the meeting to discuss the wording for a limited parking sign to be put up in front of her shop. She has had issues, as recently as the day before the meeting, with people parking in front of her shop for extended periods of time which is inconvenient for her customers. She suggested putting up a customer parking only sign. Council member Laura St. Mary was against the exclusivity of that and suggested putting up a two hour parking sign instead. After some discussion, the council approved a motion to put up a sign reading “2 hour parking from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.” It was also noted that other Main Street businesses are welcome to request a sign if needed as well. City Clerk Karen Larson pointed out that city worker Chuck Dahl is currently being paid wages that are slightly below the rate he should be at with his experience and time. The council passed a motion to bump Dahl up to the wage bracket that is more appropriate. Gene Grover from Local 49 was present to answer any questions the council had about the union contract before it was signed. The

ees which will benefit both the city and the employees. All council members were in favor of the change. The council approved Tim Mengis as the new fire department chief and welcomed him to his new position. City Clerk Karen Larson noted that the 1994 Improvement Fund is currently overdrawn by $20 and has been for some time now. She spoke with the city’s auditor who recommended transferring $20 into the fund from the General Fund to bring the balance to $0. She also pointed out that the Sewer Fund will be approximately $10,000 short at the end of this year due to engineering costs. Money can be transferred into the fund from the Nursing Home Fund temporarily to cover that until the microloan that was approved at the last meeting is complete. The liquor and cigarette license renewals were reviewed and approved. The final budget and final levy were adopted and approved. Mabel City Maintenance Director Robert Miereau presented the public works department report to the council. There will be a preconstruction meeting on December 17 at 1 p.m. with the contractors. However, due to the current cold weather, they may not be able to begin working until January.

standpipe bid which would then be approved at the February city council meeting. Miereau noted that Noah Manning, a Mabel-Canton high school senior, has been working at the sewer plant four days a week from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and has been doing a great job. After the first of the year, the city employees’ health insurance will switch over to the Local 49 Union plan. Both Robert Miereau and Chuck Dahl, both employed at the sewer plant, have accumulated their maximum hours of sick time. Due to the switch, the city employees will receive PTO instead of sick time and vacation time which will be maxed at 220 hours. It was decided to pay Miereau and Dahl for their hours of sick time that are over 220 if it is legal to do so. City Clerk Karen Larson will check with the city’s auditor before taking any action. A motion was passed to have Orel Tollefson blow insulation into the attic of the fire department. This will save on energy costs. Richland Sanitation notified the City of Mabel that there will be no garbage pickup on Christmas Day or New Years Day. The garbage will be picked up the day before each holiday, on December 24 and 31 instead. The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held January 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Spring Valley passes ambulance budget By Gary Peterson The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and acted on several important issues. The 2014 Budget was reviewed and adopted. The total for the 2014 Budget was $914,632, which is what the budget was in 2013. The tax levy for 2014 has a couple of line items that were adjusted, but the total remained the same as last this year. The General Fund Levy will be $326,924, EDA is $25,000, Parks $120,000, Library $109,736 and Debt is $332,972. Under the 2014 Capital Expenditures there were several items acted on. $115,000 was approved for the snowblower for the Street Department. The Main Street/County 1 Improvement amounts to a $130,000 Transfer from the General Fund. $511,000 will go toward the Industrial Park Expansion. This will be a Transfer from the General Fund from the Rochester sales tax money. There will be expenditures for Park Improvements. $65,000 will go to new Playground Equipment and Grant Street Park. There will also be new bathrooms at southpark totaling $50,000. City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that STS will be doing much of the work on the bathrooms. For the pool $4,000 for a concrete slab by the baby pool. Final approval of the 2014 Ambulance Budget will be held off until the audit is done for next year.

Currently, $25,000 is budgeted for the 2014 Budget, but the Ambulance Budget shows a deficit of $15,750. Under consideration is a power lift for the ambulance. The Sewer Fund set aside $15,000 to camera and jetting of the lines. An additional bit of information said; “The operating budget for the Parks is very tight which is the reason the improvements are coming

from other funds.” It continued by stating that the Library Fund is budgeted for a deficit of $11,203. A resolution was passed that set the fire department pay. The fire chief will be paid $1,200 per year. The first assistant chief $750 per year, the second assistant chief $450 and the Secretary $450.00. $10 per hour will be paid for fire/ rescue calls and drills and meetings.

The subzero temperatures and winds did little to discourage a momentous groundbreaking in Rushford Tuesday. The site will be home to a new downtown hotel, owned and operated by John and Eileen Loken of Houston, Minn. Present at the ceremony were (L-R) Craig Richardt of Superior Walls, John Loken, Mayor Chris Hallum, Councilor Robert Dahl, Eileen Loken, Councilor Roger Colbenson, EDA representative Brad Hoiness, Rushford State Bank representative Jim Roberton, and City Attorney Terry Chiglo. Photo by Peggi Redalen

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Ostrander City Council determines liquor license expirations By Jackie Horsman As liquor licenses expired for businesses in Ostrander on November 30, questions were raised about the exact time an establishment must have a new license in place by. The issued licenses themselves are unclear, giving only a date and not a time. Officer Tom Mosher explained to the council that he had contacted the state and was advised that cities set the ordinance to make the details clear, although Mosher did state that most surrounding cities also do not have an exact expiration time. Councilwoman Erin Brugh asked Office Mosher if he would be obligated to ‘shut down’ a business operating after mid-

night [if a license expired at 12:01 a.m.], to which Mosher replied yes. Councilman DJ Start made a motion for all liquor licenses to expire at 12:01 on November 30 from here on out, the motion was seconded and carried unanimously. The city clerk will be updating ordinances, applications and letters for shut off notices. City water shut off notices will now be true to the ordinance in place; a 10 percent late fee of total bill will be enforced opposed to the $10 late fee that has been previously charged. Officer Tom Mosher addressed the council about parking against the flow of traffic at the Post Office on Main Street. He asked that a reminder be put on

the city’s water bills going out to residents, citing a safety hazard. It was also suggested a sign be posted at the Post Office, as well as the business across the street to remind patrons to park legally. Officer Mosher told the council that he would pay extra attention to the area and talk with citizens to correct the hazard. Repairs to the Ostrander Community Center basement are nearly finished. The basement suffered damages due to flooding. Public Works Director, Jimmie Dean, reported that the ‘musty smell’ was now gone, the walls were up and support posts for the ceiling/ upstairs floor needed to go in.

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to the landfill could be recycled. This includes a great amount of recyclable paper and cardboard which is in high demand by manufacturers, and plastic that can be made into construction materials, packaging and food containers. Wayne Gjerde of the MPCA has stated that Minnesotans throw away about half of the glass, aluminum, and plastic bottles they use. We are drinking fewer soft drinks, but the national average of 10 gallons of bottled water per person consumed in 1991 skyrocketed to 30 gallons in 2012. Plastic bottles thrown away by Minnesotans in one day would form a line that would run from Winona, Minn. to Bemidji, Minn. The aluminum cans we throw away in Minnesota each day would stretch from Minneapolis to Grand Marais. The MPCA has released the following findings. The amount of plastic thrown away has increased from 11 percent of the waste stream to 18 percent since 2000. Paper in the waste stream has decreased from 34 percent to 25 percent, likely due to decreased printing of newspapers. Twelve thousand tons, or 24 million pounds, of aluminum beverage containers were discarded in Minnesota in 2012--the equivalent of 3.56 million aluminum cans per day. Over 543,000 tons (1 billion pounds) of recyclable paper were discarded in Minnesota in 2012. Organics (food) accounts for 31 percent of the waste stream, which is a 21 percent increase from the 2000 study. A new year is just around the corner. If everyone in Fillmore County would improve their recycling habits a little bit, and throw a little less into the landfill, tons of material would be reclaimed and recycled. According to an article I read recently, Fillmore County is about 15 percent below the state recycling average. Fillmore County’s recycling rate has increased throughout the years, but with some extra effort put toward recycling, I know we can do much better than that.

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has recently completed a study on the garbage Minnesotans are throwing away rather than recycling. The last study of this kind was done in 2000. A November 17 article written LaVerne C. Paulson by Josephine Marcotty of the Star Tribune dealt with the findings of this study. I would like to pass some of this information on to you at this

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Whalan Council approves final Winter crops day By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Edu- rize research conducted across the tax levy for 2014 cator for Fillmore/Houston Counties nation that looks at many of the By Steve Harris The City of Whalan’s tax levy for 2014 was adjusted at the December 9 Whalan City Council meeting—in a direction that should please town residents. After discussion about the previous preliminary figure of 5 percent set earlier this fall, and a review of the projected 2014 budget, a new and final rate of 2 percent was approved by council members. The rate will mean a per household tax rate increase of approximately $20 next year. Whalan’s 2014 budget was set at $22,832.70, with a major portion--$13,000—designated for street repairs. A total of $1,000 is projected for donations to two major town events: the Stand Still Parade and the Taste of the Trail event. Other Business •The council heard details about the upcoming “Cookie Walk and Chili Feed” that will take place in Whalan on Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is the first fundraising effort of the Taste of the Trail Committee, and will offer holiday cookies for sale and a chili dinner. Cookies will sell for $4 per pound, with specialty items priced separately. (Cookies are being prepared locally by volunteer bakers). The chili dinner with fixings and beverage will cost $6. Activities will take place at Whalan’s City Hall. People were encouraged to spread the word about the event—everyone is invited! •The council received an expression of appreciation from Wes Harding of the Taste of the

Trail Committee for their support of the production of a brochure used at the November 18 meeting held in Lanesboro with representatives from the Destination Medical Center (DMC). “We had 11 Whalan residents at the meeting,” said Wes, “And I think we made a good impression on the speaker from the Mayo Clinic. The DMC project has the potential to bring a lot of people to our area, including many tourists. It will be exciting to see how all this develops over the next few years.” The Trail Towns were all represented at the meeting; the Trail Towns Committee will discuss follow-up to the DMC discussion at their January meeting. •It was determined that given the recent snowfall it is a good time for the town brush pile(s) to be burned; that burning project will take place within the next two weeks. •The council approved $300 for the purchase of hoist equipment to help with moving sand for upcoming winter road safety. •It was clarified that the propane tank in town is owned by the town of Whalan. The need for the tank—and how much propane is needed—will be evaluated after going through this winter season. The City of Whalan will again be holding a “Candlelight Ski” event on the first Saturday in February. Final details will soon be available for the event, which annually features a lighted trail, bonfires, and food available at the City Hall. For more information, visit

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question, “How are corn yield and N loss affected by N source, application timing, nitrification inhibitors and weather?” In his talk, Jeff will discuss the fate of nitrogen fertilizer and how application timing can affect different Fertilizer N sources like anhydrous ammonia, manure and urea. Jeff will also discuss nitrification inhibitors and their potential to slow loss of nitrogen from fertilizer and manure applications. Cost for the event is $35 which will include morning refreshments, lunch, and handout materials. Continuing education credits have been applied for certified crop advisers. The program will be held on Wednesday, January 15 at the Good Times Restaurant in Caledonia. Registration begins at 8:30 and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For speaker information details can be found at the SROC website at http://sroc. or call the Houston County Extension Office at 507725-5807 or the SROC at 507835-3620.

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Chatfield 2014 levy down slightly By Karen Reisner At the December 9 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the 2014 final budget and property tax levy was adopted showing a decrease of .0002 percent in the levy or about $24. The total 2014 levy will be $1,225,793. City Clerk Joel Young credited the increase in local government aid (LGA) to $84,000 and the sales tax exemption (estimated to be over $9,000) to begin in 2014 as primary reasons that will allow the city to maintain a flat levy. The LGA was increased back to where it had been in 2003. The city added no new debt in 2013. Young pointed out that there are many variables that contribute to an individual’s property tax. Even with the flat levy, some property owners will enjoy a reduction and others will be hit with an increase. Councilor Paul Novotny noted that in order to minimize the sewer rate increases, a substantial portion of the tax levy is budgeted to satisfy sanitary sewer debt and related operation and maintenance expenses. For 2014 the total allocated from the general fund for the wastewater treatment plant is $115,000 which represents a $20,000 increase from 2013. The largest increase in gen-

eral fund expenditures will be a $35,000 increase to help cover basic expenses to operate the Center for the Arts, bringing the total yearly support to about $57,000. It is estimated that an additional $18,000 will be raised from rental income. City employees will receive a 1 percent increase in pay in 2014. Health insurance premiums for employees will increase 13 percent. There was no public comment on the 2014 budget/levy. A resolution was adopted that adjusted the city’s pay grid for 2014 up 1 percent. EZ Fabrication Addition Planning consultant Kristi Clarke reviewed the petition by Tuohy Real Estate, LLC to subdivide one industrial lot and to extend water and sewer service to the existing building. Clarke said there had been two comments; one from MnDOT saying there would be no significant impact on Highway 52 and one from the Fillmore County surveyor noting minor corrections. Clarke said there had been no comments from the public at the Planning and Zoning hearing. The preliminary plat was adopted by the council. Before adoption of the final plat, Mark Welch of G-Cubed Engineering offered to answer


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any questions regarding the plat. There were no comments or questions from the public or council. The final plat for the EZ Fabrication Addition was approved. Other Business In Brief •The second consideration of omnibus fees, Ordinance 409, was approved. The only fee changes were the increase of water rates by 3 percent and the increase of sewer rates by 6 percent. The addition of a $45 permit fee for demolition was also noted. Publication of the 2014 fee ordinance was approved. •The purchase of a small mixing pump at a cost of $11,995 was approved for the water tower. Tony Lammers said the pump will keep the water in motion constantly and help with water quality. •Six LED lights will be purchased at a cost of $525 each which will be retrofitted into the current units along the downtown street. The LED lights should last longer, use less energy, and produce more light. Lammers had requested the purchase of a few lights to try them out. •Rates for use of the city’s snow moving equipment with an operator were approved which will be charged to the state for snow removal on state highways within the city.

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•Semcac Bus to Rochester, bus picks up for shopping, 9:35am at Chic’s, Preston; 10am at Fountain State Bank. Call 800944-3874 to ride. •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, 10-10:30am, Lakewood Apartments, 420 Bench Street SW, Chatfield, MN. •SEMCAC Senior Dining Bingo, 11am, Rushford Tenborg Center.* •Knit it Together, 3:30-4:30pm, Preston Public Library. Knitting for all levels.* •Bluff Country Toastmasters meet, 5:30pm, Spring Valley Public Library.* •Chatfield AA meets, 7:30pm in the Pio­neer Presbyterian Church, 206 Fillmore St., Chatfield.* •AA Closed Meeting, 8pm, Presbyterian Church, Mill St., Rushford.* •Christmas Party, Rushford Tenborg Center.

•Free Senior Coffee, 9am, Heritage Grove, Harmony.* •Rushford Senior Dining, 10:30-noon, 113 E. Jessie Street, Rushford. •Semcac Senior Dining, Birthday Party Casey and the Good Timers, 10:30am, Rushford Tenborg Center. •Story Hour, 11am, Harmony Public Library. No school, no story hour.* •Canton Senior Citizens meet, 1pm for cards and visiting, Canton Community Center.* •Chatfield Brass Band rehearsals, 7pm, Chatfield Elementary Band Room. New members welcome. or 507-867-3315.* •“Trashy Little Xmas,” 7pm, Chatfield Center for the Arts. Call 507-867-2927 for tickets. •AA Class “Road’s Journey,” 8pm, 301 E. Franklin St., Spring Valley (a yellow house).*

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FRIDAY, DEC. 20 •Chatfield NA meeting, 7:30pm, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 206 Fillmore St. Chatfield.*

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MONDAY, DEC. 23 •Community Coffee, 9am, Park Lane Estates, Preston.* •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, 1-3pm, Fillmore County Public Health, 902 Houston Street NW, Preston, MN.* •“Merry Christmas...or Happy Holidays” Worship Service, 5pm & 7:30pm, Lenora United Methodist Church. •TOPS (take off pounds sensibly) Meeting, Spring Valley Care Center Activity Room. Weigh-in from 5:456pm, meeting from 6 to 6:45pm. Questions contact Judy at 507-3462469.*

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Sexual Assault Program ~ Victim/Witness Assistance Program All services are free & confidenital

Po Box 232 212 fillmore st. W Preston, Mn 55965

Advocacy, information & assistance for victim/survivors of sexual assualt & other felony crimes. Community & professional education & consultation. Located in the Fillmore County Court House - Preston, MN

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THANK YOU TO everyone who has supported us following the death of our sister, Virginia. We wish to extend our sincere thanks for your many kindnesses and for the condolences and support that we received. We also send our gratitude and appreciation to the staff at Green Lea Manor of Mabel for the care and friendship they gave Virginia this past year. Hartland hospice for making her final days comfortable and peaceful. Lindstrom Funeral Home for their loving care. Pastor Betsy for her visits and the lovely service. Marsha Johnson and Ilene Schansberg for the beautiful music. The casket bearers for their service. The November service group for serving lunch. Lee and Diane Bigalk & Family Deb and Jeff Erickson & Daisha t16-o ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

We would like to thank the Spring Valley Fire Department, The Wykoff Fire Department and the Spring Valley Ambulance Team for responding to our November 5th house fire. Thank you to the surrounding communities, individuals and businesses for your support and donations during this difficult time. We appreciate everything you have done for us. Thank You! Justin Schmidt Brianna Bushman t16-o ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I WOULD LIKE TO THANK my friends, neighbors, and relatives for all the nice things you have done for me the last 8 1/2 months that I have been at Golden Living Center in Rochester recooperating from my two broken legs. Thank you to the Preston Ambulance crew, Pastor Forde for all his visits, and also for all the cards, flowers, and food brought in. I’m getting stronger all the time and it is so good to be home. I also want to thank my husband, Larry, and my children Tom, Julie, and Tonya for all their help. Thanks and God Bless. Marge Hunt t16- o ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to each of you for your care and concern for us during these past few months while Stanley was in the nursing home and while at St. Mary’s Hospital. Thank you for your Prayers, cards, hugs, food, comforting words, and visits; for the flowers, and memorials with the kind remembrances sent after he passed away. Thank you to the nurses for their wonderful care. Our neighbors for help and support in unexpected and much appreciated ways. Thank you to those special persons taking part in the funeral service: the Greenfield Church for the use of their church; for our church’s fellowship committee members of Preston First Baptist Church for preparing and serving lunch following Stanley’s funeral; to Jeff and Diane Wilt whose carriage and team of beautiful black percherons conveyed my Stanley, our Dad, to the Greenfield Cemetery; a tribute to our loved one. We wish each of you a blessed Christmas season. Junetta (Dolly) Fishbaugher Bonnie Safe & Family The Phillip Fishbaugher Family Beverly Emme & Family Judi Tieman & Family Karen & John Babler & Family Mark Fishbaugher & Family t16- o ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Wanted: Cars, trucks, buses, and semi trailers, running or not. Serving SE MN and northern IA. Luke Junge, Preston, MN. Call 507-259-4556. w30tfno

FOR SALE: Large net wrapped cornstalk bales. 507-272-9046. f9,16- o



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We Carry • Dryers • Grain Bins for Drying & Storage

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specializing in roofing

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satellite serviCes Craig Stortz #PL07718

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EMPLOYMENT Full Time and/or Part-Time Position at Kruegel Gas Service is available for a propane delivery driver. Benefits are available for the full-time position. Great job for a part-timer to keep busy in the winter/spring. For more information and an application call 507-346-7362. h16,23-o SPRING VALLEY SENIOR Living is currently accepting applications for a part-time LPN or RN for our evening shift. Some overnight shifts also available. Every other weekend worked required. Shift and weekend pay differentials offered. Potential to move in to full-time position. New grads encouraged to apply! Please send application or resume to Spring Valley Senior Living, Attn: HR, 800 Memorial Drive, Spring Valley, MN 55975. Or e-mail EOE. h9,16- o ARE YOU A CARING, energetic person who likes helping the elderly? Spring Valley Senior Living has a part-time 3:30-10:30 shift available in the housing with services setting. The shift includes every other weekend. No experience necessary, we will train you to be part of our team! To apply send application to Spring Valley Senior Living, Attn: HR, 800 Memorial Drive, Spring Valley, MN 55975. Or e-mail hr@svseniorliving. com. EOE. h16,23-o APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED for a full-time Social Worker in the Fillmore County Community Services, Social Services Division. This is a regular, exempt position, eligible for benefits. Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in social work, psychology, sociology or closely related field, or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited fouryear college or university with a major in any field and one year of experience as a social worker in a public or private social services agency. Rate of Pay: Starting salary at $17.9367/hour according to the 2013 MN Merit pay scale with final salary dependent on qualifications. Applicants must complete a MN Merit System application to be considered. Application materials may be obtained from: or at mnmeritsystem/default.cfm. Application Deadline: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. EOE. h9,16-o Local Fertilizer company looking for full time truck driver, long & short haul, class A, tankard endorsement, clean driving record, home weekends. Call 507-533-1034 Mon-Fri 9-4. h16,23,30-o

EMPLOYMENT THE FILLMORE COUNTY Journal is seeking a freelance writer to cover Canton City Council meetings as well as occasional human interest stories. Send letter of interest and writing sample to PO Box 496, Preston, MN 55965. h9,16- x OFFICE ASSISTANT - Tax and Accounting office is seeking a seasonal part-time Office Assistant for late afternoon, early evening hours. The position would run from January through April with possibility of some additional hours after April. Requirements include great customer service skills, some computer and/or bookkeeping experience. Wage Rate based on experience. Send a resume to Major & Company, PO Box 316, Preston, MN 55965 or email to info@ or apply in person at 409 Spring Ave., Preston. h9,16- o DAIRY FARM HELP WANTED. Duties to include milking, equipment operation, and various other dairy-related jobs. Up to 40 hours per week. Includes some weekends and holidays. Experience preferred. Call 507-259-9713. h9,16- o


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1 BR (plus) unfurnished upstairs apartment. Close to downtown Rushford. Heat, A/C, refrigerator and stove included. Available Jan. 1. $300 monthly. References, Lease and deposit required. No pets, non-smoker preferred. 507-6966171. r16,23-o

OFFICE SPACE for rent in historic downtown Preston, MN, with enough room for 4 to 6 employees. Cost $335/month, includes standard utilities. Common area break room and bathroom facilities. Call 507-251-5297. r30tfn- x

Chatfield - 2 bedroom twin home w/basement and attached garage. $750/ month plus utilities. NS, NP, Ref. required. Available February 1. Tim 507259-9110. r16tfn-o

Large lot in New Horizon Trailer Park in Preston. Available Immediately. 765-2131 or 1-800-770-0347. r10/5tfn- o Nice 2BR apt. in Preston, $350/mo + util. Scott 765-3600. r8tfn- o

LAKEWOOD SENIOR HOuSINg, 420 Bench St. Chatfield. Easy yard work, no shoveling! For those who are 62 and older, handicapped/disabled. 1-bedroom apts. Heat paid. On-site laundry. Rent based on income. Off-street parking. Call (507) 867-4791

Need to store snowmobiles, a classic car, or a boat? Do you need storage while in the process of moving? Space is available for rent in a building located in Preston. Call 507-251-5297. r28tfn- x

Scenic View TownhomeS • Spacious 2 & 3 bedrooms • Attached garages included • Beautiful area • Starting at $505 Income restrictions apply. 507-864-7880 • Rushford, MN

FOUNTAIN: 2 bedroom apartment for rent with garage. Call 507-259-6961. r7tfn- o HOUSE FOR RENT in Wykoff. Call for more details. 507-421-3121. r9,16- o FOR RENT: 2 bedroom apartment in Preston. Off street parking, central air, stove, refrigerator, laundry hookups, large storage room, no smoking, no pets. Printed with r9tfnSoy o ink 1 year lease. 507-467-2941.

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NEW RICHLAND CARE CENTER has the following positions available: 60+ hour day, evening, and night CAN; 72 and 48 hour evening Charge Nurse; 24 hour day Charge Nurse; Casual CNA and LPN/RN positions. All positions work every other weekend and every other holiday. Health, life and dental insurance available. Please inquire by applying on our website at, or contact Peggy Qual, DON, at 507-465-3292. EOE. h9,16,23- x

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BE YOUR OWN BOSS. Net Huge Profits. Over $60K/Year. A Real Business! (Invest. Req’d. - $4750) 1-888796-9981. Call Daily from 8 AM to 4 PM CST (MFPA) PAID IN ADVANCE! Make $1000 a week mailing brochures from home! Genuine opportunity! No experience required. Start immediately! (VOID IN SD) (MFPA) MAKE YOUR LIFE’S WORK A VACATION. Work from home selling cruises. Take the first step today and reach out to our business opportunity specialist! Call 877-671-6145 (MFPA)

Harmony House Restaurant

has openings for part-time waitstaff Mon-Fri. Weekend positions also available. Students may apply. Any Questions Contact Marilyn at 507-886-4612

Good Shepherd Lutheran ServiceS

has current openings for experienced, mature and caring individuals

• Convenient and close to home and school • Quality and caring staff, loving residents, rewarding work • Child care on-site with employee discount • Flexible scheduling, shift differential, no mandatory over-time or shift rotation • Wages based on education and experience • On-site Fitness Center For more information contact Kelly at GSLS PO Box 747, Rushford, MN or call 507-864-7714. Or visit our website at to fill out an application.

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REBUILD ALTERNATORS and starters for auto, truck, and farm implements. Same day service. DOT & truck inspection available. Hi-Tech Rebuilders, Rushford. 507-864-7440 or 507-4591504. v11tfn- o

Norby Tree Service: Stump grinding, tree trimming and removal. Call Dave Norby at 507-259-3118. v8/2tfn- o

All Things Basementy! Basement Systems Inc. Call us for all of your basement needs! Waterproofing? Finishing? Structural Repairs? Humidity and Mold Control? FREE ESTIMATES! Call 1-866-691-8804 (MFPA)

WAGGY BUTT DOG Treats, LLC: Homemade dog treats for the Waggy Butt in your life! Use promo code RAMONA to receive 20% off your order! Find us at v9,16- x DISH TV RETAILER Starting at $19.99/ month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) Save! Ask About same day Installation! Call now! 800/297-8706 MCAN Cut Your STUDENT LOAN payments in HALF or More Even if Late or in Default. Get Relief FAST, Much LOWER Payments. Call Student Hotline at 1-855-382-9663 (MFPA)

DISH TV Reseller – SAVE! Starting $19.99/month (for 12 months). FREE Premium Movie Channels. FREE Equipment, Installation & Activation. CALL, COMPARE LOCAL DEALS! 1-800-314-4584 (MFPA) Computer Problems? Viruses, Spyware, Email, Printer Issues, Bad Internet Connections – FIX IT NOW! Professional, U.S.-based technicians. $25 off service. Call for immediate help. 1-855-717-2701 (MFPA)

Brush • Roll • Spray Mark Gulbranson 507.459.0590 Canton, MN

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Drywall Hanging • taping • texturing Rusty Schroeder “Free estimates” 507-765-3648


Must be caring, compassionate, and a team player.

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507-886-4600 1 block West of Kwik Trip next to Solberg Welding

ReSidential - CommeRCial

We are pleased to announce we now sell & service Boss & Snowdogg Snow Plows. We have a selection of new and used trailers and we are an authorized dealer for Wilson, Kiefer Industrial, Road King, Alum Line, and Pacesetter trailers. We also provide service work when your trailer needs a tune up.

Will train and reimburse for classes, if not on the registry. Bonus Pay on weekends and shift differential.

Contact Nicky or stop by for an application.

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Green Lea Manor is LookinG for speciaL peopLe who want to Make a difference.

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House & Siding Washes Mark’s Painting, Repair and Replacements Quality preparations and finishes. Over 30 years of experience. All surfaces, interior and exterior. Insured Boom Van Service

Randy Haakenson • Commercial • Residential • Agricultural

Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider

part-time rn/Lpn & cna shifts available.


Nurse Full time night Shift


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Brenda Sheldon, ABR, GRI

(507) 346-2060 Cell: 507-951-2071 Toll-Free: 888-835-8141

715 North Broadway (Home Federal Bldg.), Spring Valley, MN Email - 13595 190th St, Spring VallEy $185,000 Incredible sportsman's paradise on a 40 acre parcel of land which includes 4 spring fed ponds stocked with fish, a 24x16 cabin with wood stove & small deck. Great place to kick back and relax with your fishing pole, hunt the abundance of wildlife that roam the property and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Buildable wooded acreage less than a mile off hard surface road. New Listing!

Todd Hadoff

Cell 507-259-5454 Website: E-mail: New

306 minnESota St. oStandEr $15,000

78121 St. hwy 16, Spring VallEy $99,900

This 4 bedroom 1 bath home needs a little TLC. With some elbow grease and updating it will make a nice home. Main floor laundry, perm. siding and 2 car detached garage. Bank owned property.

Approximately 1.88 Acres west of Spring Valley. Great location on hard surface road with many mature trees. Ranch style home with full lower level partially finished. Formal dining, eat in kitchen, main floor laundry and newer sunroom with in floor heat. The oversized 2 car garage. There is RV parking as well. The back yard is beautiful with all the trees and peaceful surroundings. Priced to sell! REDUCED!

19679 690th St. Elkton $145,000 Affordable hobby farm with 5.06 acres. Conveniently located between Austin and Rochester in Elkton, MN. All set up for horses - fenced & pasture area with 84x48 shed with indoor riding arena with 14’ door. The house has 3 bdrms, full bath and updated furnace, hot water heater, new shingles 2004 & buried power line to house. If you're looking for a move in ready property, look no further! Reduced!

Interest rates are stIll Great!!! If you are thInkInG of buyInG or sellInG, noW Is the tIme! GIve me a call and put my experIence to Work for you!!!

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xxx SamplE road, Spring VallEy $49,900 Approx. 12 acre building site) located south of Spring Valley on Sample Road. Excellent habitat for wildlife, great hunting land, some tillable and hay ground. Seller will consider Contract for Deed with low down and low monthly payments.

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$179,900 702 viKing ave., laneSboro

$149,900 189 blueJaCK lane Se, roCheSter

2 bedrooms • 3 baths • Open floor plan • Living room w/fireplace • Dining room • Master bath • Walk-in closet • 2-car garage • Dead end street

3 large bedrooms • 2 full baths • Wood floors • Remodeled & updated • Maple cabinets • Master Bath & w/in closet • Formal Living Room • Formal Dining Room • Gas Fireplace • Private Patio • 840 sq ft garage • Vinyl siding • 2 city lots (.48/acre)

$440,000 $129,900 212 franKlin St., preSton Charming 2-Story • Completely Updated & Remodeled • 4 Bedrooms • Master Bath • New Kitchen w/maple cabinets • New Appliances • Wood Floors • Ceramic Tile • Built-in Hutch • Formal Living Room • Formal Dining Room • New Roof • Fenced Private Backyard • Large Deck • All Landscaped • Vinyl Siding • 2+ Garage • Lots of Character



$359,900 2103 Margaret St., Chatfield 2.8 Acres Surrounded by Woods • Private setting • 9’ & 10’ Ceilings • 2 Fireplaces • Wood Floors • Open Floor Plan • 1108 Sq Ft Heated 3-Car Garage • Open Staircase • Patio • Main Flr Laundry/Mudroom • Abundace of Wildlife

26011 gladiola lane, laneSboro Deer Ridge • Spectacular Home • Unique Floor Plan • 5 Bed • 4 Baths • In-Floor Heat In House & Garage • Western Cedar Ceilings • Hickory Floors • Family Room W/30’ Ceilings That Includes Floor To Ceiling Windows To Enjoy Wonderful Scenery & Wildlife • Master Shower With Heated Floor • Must See

120 7th St. Se, Chatfield 1-Level Living • 2 Bedrooms • New Flooring • Steel Siding • Large Corner Lot • Attached Garage • Mature Trees • Appliances Will Stay



$209,000 310 Maple St., laneSboro 3 Bedroom on main floor • Wheel Chair Assess. InFloor Heat in House & Garage •3 Baths Main Floor Laundry • Fireplace

107 SpruCe St Se., fountain Newer Home • 4 Bedroom • 3 Baths • Wood Floors • Master Bath • 6-Panel Doors • Heated 3 Car Garage • Large Deck • Large Bedroom • Vaulted Ceilings • Kitchen Nook & Bar • Maintenance Free Siding • Dead End Street • Backs up to the Park

$110,000 1175 highway 52 n., preSton Open Floor Plan • In-Floor Heat • 18’ Ceilings • 9’ Ceilings • Main Floor Master • Main Floor Laundry • 3 Car Garage • Wonderful Views • Deck • Private Backyard

$149,900 21205 280th St., fountain

7.7 Acres • Set up for horses • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Porches • Wood Floors • Main Flr Laundry • Woods • Pasture • 2 outbuildings • Chatfield Schools


Chatfield - Fingerson & Donahoe - 1st Subdivison - Lots Starting At - $29,900


new liSting - CoMMerCial building 206 Main St. Chatfield. Great rental income, multiple business rental, 2 apartments rental, newer furnaces, ideal location. $89,900 CoMMerCial building - laneSboro Great opportunity to own large commercial building in a high traffic area. Potential business could be retail, restaurant/bar, convenience store/grocery, crafts or many other uses. Can be divided off. $64,500



21559 Cty rd 102, Chatfield 4.58 Aces • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Full Baths • Master Bath • New Cedar Siding • New Steel Roof • 2 New Decks • Remodeled Kitchen • Fireplace • Formal Living Room • Formal Dining Room • 32x30 Shed with Heated Shop • Wildlife • Scenery

704 Kenilworth ave., laneSboro 3 Bedrooms • 2 Baths • Wood Floors • Archways • High Ceilings • Block Exterior • 2 Car Garage


$39,000 22078 Cty road 20, preSton (greenleafton) 4 Bedrooms • 2 Baths • Wood Floors • 9’ Ceilings • Large Corner Lot (0.41/Acre) • Across from church • Formal Living Room & Dining • Main Floor Laundry • New Furnace • New C/A • Enclosed Porch • Handicapped Accessible • Walk-up Attic

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ANTIQUE WESTERN GERMANY grandfather clock. Brass weights and pendulum. Asking $125. Call 507-4935940 in the evenings. s16-x

Mossberg 30 06, 4x4 lever action, Classic syn stk, 24” Fluted matt BBl Rifle. New, won at Game Feed, not a Hunter, $645.00 retail, accepting best offer. Call 507-402-0477. s16,23-x

PIANOS, DIGITAL Pianos, Rodgers Church Organs - New, Used, Sales & Service - Call DEWEY KRUGER MUSIC, Northwood, Iowa, 800-9335830, s9,16,23x

Christmas Book Sale! Huge selection at Famous Books. 4000 hardcovers, something for everyone. Fair prices, Christmas specials. Chatfield, 13947 117th St. Up the hill behind F&M Bank. Noon-6:00 p.m. Wednesdays thru Sundays until Christmas, or call 507-2504826 for a private appointment. s16-o

FOR SALE an Amana air command 90 and forced air furnace. LP gas 108,000 BTU. Asking $225. Call 507-493-5940 in the evenings. s16-x 8 ft. snow pusher, brand new. Made for a bobcat or tractor. Call 507467-2333. s16,23-x

Heatyour entire home, water and more with an OUTDOOR WOOD FURNACE from Central Boiler. Theobald Heating Solutions 507-251-9924. swk3tfn- o GIVE AWAY: Five kittens, eight weeks old, use litter box, eat dry cat food, playful, friendly, four males, one female, one all black, one all gray, three gray and white, all short haired. 507-867-1654. s11tfn - x

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FOR SALE EZ-GO & Yamaha GOlf Carts SaleS & Service New & USed Ivan Vreeman harmony, mn 507-273-6928

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• 2013 Car Bumper Pull • 500 Gallon Fuel Trailer • 4 Horse LQ's • 7' x 20' Stock • 24' Show Stock • 16' Bumper Stock • 7' x 24' Stock • 16' Goose Neck Stock • 7'6" x 32' Stock ld • 10' Enclosed d USEd FeatHerlite trailerS: • 17' Alum. Flatbed • 20' Stock • 32' Stock • 34'SoStock Sol • Bobcat S250 w/Cab • Bobcat S130 Cab USEd EqUipMENt: • Bobcat S300 • Bobcat S650 • Bobcat E35 Excavator

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• NH TC 40 w/loader • Cat 248 B • JD 329D


REAL ESTATE Richard Milne & Associates

Real Estate, LLC Multi Purpose Building - With panoramic views of the Camp Creek Valley. Originally built for use as a financial institution but could be used for any commerical business or converted to a residence with zoning change. $199,000



FOR SALE: 20 acres hunting land with 1 acre tillable, prime white tail and turkey habitat, Money Creek area. 507-9909862. e9,16- x

FOR SALE: 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in the country with heated shop. 507-2596961. e30tfn- o

WANTED: Cropland, farms, hunting land. Call Roger D. Johnson, Land Broker Auctioneer. Licensed MN, SD, WI, IL. 608-385-8080. e2tfn- o

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225 5TH Ave. SE, HARmONy

308 Fillmore St. W, pRESTON

3 bedroom home with nicely updated kitchen. Eat in kitchen plus Formal dining room. Deck access from kitchen plus large screened porch. Spacious upstairs with family room. Full bath on upper level. Nice backyard. $93,000

400 Spring St NW pRESTON

3 bedroom home with open vaulted living areas. New kitchen, custom hickory cabinets, tile floors, center island. 1 1/2 bath, Large office with egress window, plenty of storage. Heated 2 car att garage, fenced yard, and 3 season room. $95,000

1012 Washington St., pRESTON

Starting up or slowing down. Well maintained 2 bedroom ranch home. Large kitchen and living room. Updated windows, steel siding, shingles. Lower level has a family room area, den, storage, and work area. X-Large 1 car garage. Look today! $109,000


100 First Street S, CANTON


150 5TH St. NE, HARmONy

If you love older homes here it is! Many beautiful original features, including hardwood floors, main floor bed & bath. Full bathroom and 3 bedrooms up. Large 3 season porch plus deck. Plus walk up attic. $89,900


Nicely laid out 1 1/2 story home with 3 season porch Main living areas are open and bright. Open staircase leads to 3 nice size bedrooms with large closets. Wood floors under carpets. Back covered deck. Det garage and garden space. $64,000

Very well cared for 3 bedroom home on a wonderful lot with mature trees. Floor plan is well laid out with an open vaulted ceiling, in the living, dining & kitchen. Master bedroom with master bath. Detached super sized one car with heated workshop area. $59,500


450 2ND Ave SE, HARmONy

Packed with Potential 3 bedroom home on quiet tree lined street. Welcoming front covered porch, hardwood floors under carpet. Main floor bedroom, 1/2 bath, and laundry with roomy kitchen and open flow dining & living room.Full bath & 2 bedrooms up with large closets in each room. Det garage.

2 bedroom Bungalow with high ceilings & open floor plan. Updated kitchen and bath, plus main floor laundry. Front enclosed 3 season porch. 2 car detached garage. Shingles on home in 2004, steel on garage 2012, perm siding, updated doors and windows. Move in ready! $64,900


Remodeled home with quality updates. Custom oak cabinets in kitchen, center island plus door to patio. Master bedroom with walk in closet & full bath. NG Fireplace, main floor laundry. Windows, central air, and siding 5 years. $115,000 317 W melby Dr., mABEL


400 Dupont St. LANESBORO

210 Center St. W, HARmONy

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3 bedroom home with many updates including sheetrock, wiring, windows, perm siding. Nice layout with both a 150 2ND St. NE, Family room and living room on main floor. HARmONy 3 nice bedrooms upstairs. Insulated 744 sq ft attached garage. Fenced yard on a corner lot! $69,900


RichaRd Milne

BRokeR, GRi, aBR

New Construction 2013- Cottage Style Living. Mocha birch cabinets, granite counter with breakfast bar, engineered hardwood flooring. 9 x 16 deck with a beautiful view. Laundry & storage areas in the lower level. $69,900

10 Ac

45742 Cty 29, mABEL

Quality built ranch home offers a picture perfect setting. Custom cabinets, floors, & millwork. Geothermal heat. Landscaped & cedar fencing. Detached multi 2 cars, shop & storage space, pole shed,& small barn. $250,000

118 main St. S, mABEL Property is in good condition with updates. Retail & office space. 2 parking spaces on property. Public parking front side of building. Full kitchen, laundry, & full bath onsite. Opportunity for landlord or supplementing your own business with additional income. $68,000

611 Kenilworth Ave. S, LANESBORO Impeccably maintained 3 story home. Formal & informal living areas, original wood floors, impressive open staircase, pocket doors, & wonderful woodwork. Updated kitchen & baths plus a 1400 sq. ft. addition Basement partially finished! $295,000

15413 Cty 9, pRESTON 145 2ND Ave. SE, HARmONy

1920’s Bungalow with high ceilings, wood floors, and nice layout. Walk up attic area has been sheet rocked & offers additional space. Vinyl siding, shingles 3 yrs, water heater -6 yrs, boiler 4 years. Large 3 season front porch. Seller invites your offer. $41,900

2 bedroom home, updated on main floor including flooring, lighting, bathroom, furnace and window replacement in 2012. Full basement with laundry and storage. Large detached garage. Greenleafton offers affordable living with country views. $57,000


214 N Elm St., mABEL

3 bedroom home with updated kitchen, bath, siding, windows, shingles & front porch. Main floor bed & bath. 2 bedrooms up with large storage room with potential to finish . Deck off kitchen. Det garage. Large lot. Wood floors everywhere but kitchen and bath. Freshly painted. $58,900


401 Hillcrest, LANESBORO 243 Harwood Ave., CHATFIELD

Move in raedy 3 Bedroom home. Vaulted ceilings in living room with cozy NG fireplace. Kitchen has newer countertops and sink, plus skylight for natural lighting. Lower level family room, exercise area, office/den,bath, laundry, and storage. Att garage. Semi-private back yard.$110,000

A great opportunity for you to finish the interior to your liking. This home is at the sheet-rocked and wired stage with bathrooms roughed in. Super location on top of Church Hill. This tri-plex offers a wonderful opportunity for a get away or a full time home in Lanesboro.$98,500

10277 Cty 116, GRANGER

Investment property - this affordable 2 bedroom home offers efficient living, near the Upper Iowa River and miles of snowmobile trails, with 2 car garage. Seller had tiled around perimeter, new furnace in 2007 and updated septic. $48,000

140 4TH St SW, HARmONy

Quiet Location, this 2 story home is affordably price and offers some nice features such as an open staircase, hardwood flooring, main floor laundry and central air. Mature trees, on corner lot with generous sized 2 car garage


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Lanesboro city ordinance title v - public utilities chapter 555 - electric rates 555.01 Residential Base Charge $12.00 per month Energy $.1471 per KwH 555.02 Commercial Base Charge 1 Phase $21.60 per month Base Charge 3 Phase $37.20 per month Energy $.1471 per KwH 555.03 Security Lights Actual 555.04 City Street Lights Base Charge $240.00 per month Energy $.1471 per KwH 555.05 Penalty 18% per month 555.06 Connection Actual 555.07 Shutoff/Reconnection $75 555.08 Public Utilities Cost Adjustment Actual 555.09 REPEAL This Ordinance Adopted December 2, 2013 repeals Chapter V. Section 520 including all subsections thereof previously adopted. EFFECTIVE DATE This Ordinance becomes effective January 1, 2014. Mayor Attest: City Administrator/Clerk Publish16,23

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 23-PR-13-825 Estate of Richard R. Watson a/k/a Richard Raymond Watson a/k/a Dick Watson Decedent. NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the Decedent’s will dated 4/11/2001 and codicil(s) to the will, dated N/A, and separate writings( s) under Minn. Stat. 524.2-513 (“Will”), has been filed with the Registrar. The application has been granted. Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed Mark D. Watson whose address is 12323 King Fisher Rd. Crown Point, IN 46307 as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the Estate, including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate. Any objections to the probate of the Will or appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing. Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. A charitable beneficiary may request notice of the probate proceedings be given to the Attorney General pursuant to Minn. Stat. 501 B.41, subd. 5. Dated: December 5, 2013 /s/ James D. Attwood Registrar James D. Attwood Court Administrator Kelly M. Wagner Baulder Maus Forman Kritzer & Wagner 124 North Broadway, PO Box 1268 Spring Valley, MN 55975 Attorney License No: 0314031 Telephone: 507-346-7301 FAX: 507-346-2537 Email: Publish 16, 23

Lanesboro City Ordinance title v - public utilities chapter 525 - water rates 525.01 Residential Base Fee $12.60 per month Water Charge $.0044 per gallon 525.02 Commercial Base Fee $12.60 per month Water Charge $.0044 per gallon 525.03 Penalty 18% per month 525.04 Connection Actual 525.05 Shutoff/Reconnection $75 525.06 Public Utilities Cost Adjustment Actual 525.07 REPEAL This Ordinance Adopted December 2, 2013 repeals Chapter V. Section 550 including all subsections thereof previously adopted. EFFECTIVE DATE This Ordinance becomes effective January 1, 2014. Mayor Attest: City Administrator/Clerk Publish16,23

Lanesboro City Ordinance title v - public utilities chapter 505 - garbage and refuse rates 505.01 Recycling $7.80 per month Blue Bag $1.75 per bag Fuel Surcharge Actual Penalty 18% 505.02 REPEAL This Ordinance Adopted December 2, 2013 repeals Chapter V. Section 530 including all subsections thereof previously adopted. EFFECTIVE DATE This Ordinance becomes effective January 1, 2014. Mayor Attest: City Administrator/Clerk Publish16,23

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new JoHn deere TracTors • (2) 1025R • 2720 • 3520 • 4320

• 7215R • 5085E • 5100E • 6150R

Fall Tillage • JD 2623 VT 26’ NEW

Hay eqUipmenT • JD 530 MoCo’s • (2) 568 Round Balers • (2) JD 567 Round Balers • JD 935 Impeller

miscellaneoUs • JD CX20 Rotary Cutter • JD MX6 Rotary Cutter • JD HX14 Pull Type Cutter SOLD • JD 230 Disc

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Used TracTors • ‘11 JD 7230 PREM 741 Loader IVT • ‘11 JD 7530 PREM Dual 500 Hrs. • ‘10 7330 Prem IVT/673 Loader • ‘10 JD 7330 MFWD 673 Loader • ‘10 7830 550SOLD Hrs. • ‘08 JD 4720 72” Deck • ‘08 7730 IVT • ‘05 JD 7420 MFWD IVT/741 SOLD Loader • ‘04 6420 MFWD 640 Loader


Life As It Should Be


Used combines • ‘11 9670 sTs • ‘10 9670 sTs • ‘98 9510 SOLD Duals

• ‘98 9510 singles • ‘98 9510 sidehill SOLD • ‘98 JD 9410

Used Heads • JD 1293 • (3) JD 693 • JD SOLD 843 • JD 608C Chopping

• JD 630F • JD 930F SOLD • JD 925F • Geringhoff 6R Chopping

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Fillmore County Journal 12.16.13  
Fillmore County Journal 12.16.13  

The 12.16.13 edition of the Fillmore County Journal.