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Trailside Holsteins spotlights dairy farming at Super Bowl Experience By K irsten Zoellner

Billed as the National Football League’s “theme park,” the Super Bowl Experience is an impressive array of activities and sights highlighting the sport. Held Saturday, January 27 through Saturday, February 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the eight-day event was expected to draw more than 150,000 people. Fifteen football-related challenges gave attendees their chance to jump, dash, and kick their way through the sport, while an additional 25 offered a deeper look through exhibits ranging from trophies and halls of the famous to NFL locker room setups, network stages, and virtual reality. Fuel Up to Play 60, one of the dominating stops in the experience, is the nation’s largest in-school well-

ness program and it’s here that Preston dairy farmers Michael and Margaret Johnson, along with their son Sawyer, volunteered their time to promote healthy living and the dairy industry along with 50 other Minnesota farmers. A coordinated effort by the National Football League and the National Dairy Council, which was founded by American dairy farmers in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fuel Up to Play 60 is now in its seventh year and is aimed at inspiring and challenging youth to think consciously about their health choices, making life-long positive changes. Currently in an estimated 73,000 schools nationwide, the program has contributed to helping more than 14 million students make healthy food choices and getting nearly 16 million physi-

cally active on a regular basis. This healthy living message goes hand in hand with the message the Johnsons’ farm, Trailside Holsteins, and the Midwest Dairy Association promote. The organization boasts a 100-plus year commitment by dairy farmers to the health and wellness of Americans and encouraging the choice of nutrient-rich foods, like dairy. “We take pride in the milk we produce and any time we can be open and present to talk with people about it, it’s something we value,” says Michael Johnson. Trailside Holsteins is a second generation dairy started in 1978 by Jon Johnson, Michael’s father, who grew up on a diversified farm near Rushford. In 2009, Michael came back to the Fountain farm after finishing college. He and See TRAILSIDE Page 5 

Michael, Sawyer, and Margaret Johnson with Kansas City Chiefs’ Chris Jones, center, at the Fuel Up to 60 booth at the Super Bowl Experience February 3. Photo submitted

Houston School Board wants public’s Kingsland ponders long opinion about 2019-2020 school calendar 2019 summer break By Eric Leitzen

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The Kingsland School Board held a “work session” meeting on February 5, with all members present (Doug Plaehn, Ann Oeltjen, Leah Stier, Jackie Horsman, Tiffany Mundfrom, Heather Betts, and Interim Superintendent James Hecimovich). The board has adopted a process in which much of the discussion and “hashing out” on issues is done during work sessions, and then decisions are reached when the board votes on most proposals during the regular board meeting

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later in the month. Prior to the public portion of the meeting, the board held a short closed meeting to consider a personnel issue. Due to planned facility upgrades, it is suggested that Kingsland adjust the 2018/19 school year calendar a bit earlier, with classes possibly starting around August 20, 2018 and graduation on May 17, 2019. The classes in fall 2019 could start after Labor Day. These changes would maximize the 2019 summer break, allowing ample time for facility and HVAC upgrades See summer break Page 2 

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The Houston School Board met for its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 1 in the library of Houston Public High School. In attendance were Superintendent Abraham and Board members Norlien, Bonner, Stillin, Evenson, Lundak and Carlson. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the board unanimously approved the evening’s agenda along with a resolution for a closed meeting for negotiations strategy. The board then opened the meeting up to

a period of public comment, of dar, and noted that both the which there was none. Next, the board and the district’s educaboard unanimously approved tors could weigh in to “tweak” the consent items, which the presented schedules. Board included two increased con- member Carlson said she had tracts at the Minnesota Virtual received “grief ” at home from Academy, two hiring memos her children regarding the shortat the Early Childhood Family ness of breaks, suggesting that Education and Preschool, and the board also involve the stuone hiring memo for a varsity dents or student council in the softball coach at Houston High calendar discussion. Under the proposed 19-20 “loose” schedSchool. The board then moved on ule the winter holiday break is to discussion items, first taking about two weeks long, while a look at the calendar for the the “tight” schedule is closer to 2019-2020 school year. Super- a week and a half. With winintendent Abraham presented both a tight and loose calen- See SCHOOL CALENDAR Page 9 

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to be completed. No decision was made at this time. Spanish teacher Morgan Jacobson addressed the board regarding her request for the board to consider allowing a group of students to go on an educational trip to Costa Rica in 2019. She explained that the main reasons for taking such a trip would be to foster independence and help students develop a global perspective, and help them develop possible interests to pursue in their college and/or career goals. Jacobson explained the proposed trip would be approximately June 10-18, 2019, and would be an option for current sophomore and junior students in her Spanish classes. She said there would be one chaperone

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for every six students, and 17 students are currently enrolled for the trip. She added, “It’s going through EF Tours, which is the world leader in educational travel… they’re education-based, so a lot of the things you do have an education component… and they will always have a full-time bilingual tour director with your group, the whole time.” Principal Scott Klaveter addressed the board regarding Kingsland’s interest in providing Diversity Education. He said there are a number of “canned curriculum” options, but shared his opinion that, “I don’t think this can be limited to, whatever, a half hour a day… it needs to be embedded in what we do.” Regarding the cost and timing challenges in arranging Diversity Education, Jackie Horsman said, “I know it’s tough because it’s not

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necessarily convenient right now, but it’s very important…these are very sensitive issues…We do have a responsibility. It’s more than a curriculum, it’s how we live.” John Dols gave an update on facilities, including details on the pro’s and con’s of contracting with a cleaning service company, such as Arnold’s. Dols shared that after crunching the numbers, it appears that contracting with Arnold’s would save Kingsland just over $6,100 yearly compared to the current situation. He also added that if Kingsland contracts with Arnold’s, that company would prefer to hire local staff who already know the facility, so any of the current Kingsland staff whose positions were eliminated would be welcomed to apply to work for Arnold’s. Dols also shared a calendar example of what the gym prac-

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tice and game schedule would look like if no additional gym is built. He said it would be possible but very busy, and some practices would need to be held before school, while other practices may go as late as 9 p.m. Business Manager Amber Herbrand gave the board an update on Kingsland’s financial situation,

and stated that there are no major revenue or expense concerns, and that Kingsland is transitioning into the revised FY2018 budget. The meeting adjourned about 7:50 p.m. The next regular board meeting will be Wednesday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the choir room. As always, the public is welcome.

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C ommentary 180 Dollars By Eric Leitzen Hokah, MN In negative two degree weather, I forced myself to get out of bed at 6:30 to take the recycling to the curb. While I was out there, I grabbed the mail out of the mailbox and noted, Eric Leitzen with some relief, that there was a check in there from what I liked to call my third job. I opened up the envelope, checked the amount, and resolved to deposit it as soon as possible. My wife, not long after waking up herself, saw the check on the counter and made a special point of looking me in the eye so we could share a moment of small triumph and a whispered, “yes!” By now you’ve probably figured out the amount of the check (and if you haven’t, look at the title) and I wish I could say that we’re poor, wretched people, a tiny sliver of the society pie that gets excited about an income of less than $200. But I know that, at least to folks out here, that’s still a lot of money. I used to get a hundred dollar bill from my grandma every year when I was a kid, and I was fascinated by it. I didn’t get an allowance like those kids on TV, and any time I found myself in the possession of a few pieces of paper money that wasn’t for buying a birthday or Christmas gift, I can remember how wonderful it felt to feel like I had some kind of worth. We are, after all, a capitalist society here in America, and it’s no big secret that we consider people who happen to have a lot of money to be folks more worthy of attention, respect, and maybe even elected office. Editorial Cartoon

I still get that happy feeling, even when it’s a check that, I suppose, I shouldn’t be that excited about. After all, January is brutal for our family, with a lot of expenses piling up: $300 here, $600 there, $100 for this bill, $50 three different places for three separate bills... it all adds up way too fast at the beginning of the year. But for a few moments on a cold morning, I had “One hundred and eighty dollars” written beneath my name, and I was happier than any billionaire in any golden tower. I’m not going to go off about how I earned it or how much harder I worked than someone else, because we all know most of that’s bunk... but instead, I’m just going to enjoy that I was able to go to Dairy Queen on the last day of their half off special and get my kids some Dilly Bars. Does that mean I have to walk in shoes with holes in them for a little while longer? Yeah, but every time I hear Cindie say “Dilly Bar,” it really doesn’t matter. This isn’t about me being better than you or you being better than me. I used to get all bent out of shape about that stuff, but there comes a point where it doesn’t matter who you are, what schooling you have, or where you’re from... 99% of us will eventually come to the point where we see us and all of our neighbors doing the same thing I’m doing, rejoicing over every check, and we’ll start to realize that there’s a lot more that unifies us than divides us from the folks that never have to worry about that next paycheck. Whether it’s two hundred or two grand, we all have our bills to pay and we’re all struggling down here in a world where the richest 1% gets 82% of the wealth. And when we find that moment together, that camaraderie, that’s when it all starts working like it should.

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What killed U.S. savings bonds? By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal Nearly every adult over the age of 40 recalls receiving U.S. savings bonds from their grandparents when they were Jason Sethre younger. That is probably a foreign concept for children of today. Why? In today’s issue of the Fillmore County Journal, you’ll notice several pages dedicated to the “Cute Kids of Fillmore County.” This is a special feature we have been publishing in our newspaper for quite a few years thanks to the participation of readers and support of advertisers. Everyone loves this feature! Back when we launched this special feature, we promoted the fact that we would be presenting three prizes via a drawing. First place would receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, second place would receive a $50 U.S. savings bond, and third place would receive a $25 U.S. savings bond. After our winners were drawn, I went through the usual process of gathering information from the parents, such as date of birth and social security number. When I went to one of our local banks, I discovered that banks no longer issue U.S. savings bonds. I was told you have to order U.S. savings bonds online now. In a June 14, 2014, CNN Money article titled “The death

of U.S. savings bonds,” it was reported that “Americans bought over 40 million of the most popular savings bonds in 2000.” In 2013, the U.S. sold a mere 400,000 of them. The sale of U.S. savings bonds dropped by 99% over a 13-year period. How could this happen? One might think that better investment options killed the U.S. savings bond, “but it’s the Internet that really killed off demand for savings bonds. You can no longer buy a paper savings bond.” On January 1, 2012, the government stopped sales of over-the-counter paper bonds and forced people to buy them direct online via the U.S. Treasury Department’s portal site. According to the CNN Money article, “That’s when the big plummet occurred. The goal was to save money, but in the process, the government made it harder for potential buyers. Many older Americans were raised on ads to be patriotic and buy these bonds to help the country (and yourself ). There were slogans such as “Back Your Future.” The savings bonds were sold in many

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places, including local banks and brokerages.” So, there you have it. That’s what killed the U.S. savings bond. In an effort to save money, our government made the process for purchasing U.S. savings bonds more cumbersome for the consumer. I suppose our government is saving a lot of administrative costs by spending 99% less time issuing 99% fewer U.S. savings bonds, as well. But, that doesn’t sound like a good business plan if you ask me. Essentially, this move by our government to save money on the issuance of U.S. savings bonds made them out of sight and therefore out of mind. And, this is why our top three drawing winners for “Cute Kids of Fillmore County” receive gift certificates from local businesses instead of U.S. savings bonds. In the end, it all worked out for the better, considering we spend $175 with local businesses in Fillmore County instead of investing those dollars in U.S. savings bonds. But, the story of the death of the U.S. savings bond is very revealing.

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his new wife, Margaret, soon became partners in the family business. six hundred head of Holsteins reside on the farm and the Johnsons are passionate about educating and helping the public become interested in what happens on a modern dairy farm. The Johnsons have done their

fair amount of promotion for their farm and for the industry statewide through Fillmore County American Dairy Association and with Margaret as a board member for the Minnesota Division of the Midwest Dairy Association. This past summer, they teamed up with Fuel Up to Play 60 for the national summit and were grateful to be selected to serve as ambassadors for the Super Bowl Experience the day

The Johnson family, left to right: farm founder Jon, Michael, Claira (1), Sawyer (5), Margaret, and Levi (3). Photo submitted

Monday, February 12, 2018 before the big game. “We were really excited,” says Margaret. The family was selected in January after having completed an application process including screening and background checks to get proper event credentials. “We really felt we had to go and communicate with community members and answer questions about eating healthy or dairy farming.” Most metro areas have an established base with the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program, so the family found only positive responses to dairy farming from both the youth and adults they talked with. “The biggest message we want to get out there is being transparent about what we do as responsible stewards of the land and animals, making healthy, safe milk for people to consume,” says Michael. “People want to know where their food is coming from. It’s becoming more and more prevalent that there is a gap between people who grew up on a farm and people today who know less and less about agriculture. We want to do a better job of communication.” “Being concerned about the

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health of our community is accentuated when you are a parent,” adds Margaret. “All dairy farmers lead a very active life, enjoying nature and the animals on a daily basis. We enjoy it so much and it’s important to share that with others.” As part of the booth, a virtual reality game let participants get a real-life look at dairy farming today. With the simulation gear on, they were able to virtually lift the roofs off farm building to take a closer look at the many components of a dairy farm. “As people got to partake and dissect the farm, I was explaining the purpose of each area,” says Michael. “They’re looking at it like reality and I’m the voice in their head, relating it back to the industry and my own farm.” “Many people want to know more about where their food comes from because they really don’t know,” Michael continues. “I was talking with an NFL player and some other people at the booth and they knew nothing about agriculture. They thought if we grew a n y thing in our fields it was for people to eat; and these were educated people. “It’s a chance to talk about agriculture.” Of course, as busy farmers, finding that time is tough, but it’s key. “It’s important to find common ground to connect; time to establish a relationship,” stresses Michael. “People were really receptive and understanding. We might have just 30 seconds to talk to them, but we can give them a

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little information and then show them another way to connect to get further information.” “People are eager to make that connection,” adds Margaret, whose highlight came while talking with a group of school kids before they took the field for flag football. “They were so enthusiastic and I was able to share our story about what we do.” “One of the goals of Midwest Dairy is to have conversations with people about where their food comes from and how dairy can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. We love doing that by bringing dairy farmers to unexpected places,” said Lucas Lentsch, CEO of Midwest Dairy. “The Super Bowl Experience is an excellent opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with thousands of people who may have never been to a dairy farm so we’re excited to share the Undeniably Dairy story.” While there is no Fuel Up to Play 60 Program in Fillmore County, the Johnsons encourage the community to support similar health and wellness programs. F o r m o r e information about Trailside H o l steins or to see photos from the Super B o w l Experience, visit their Facebook page: https:// w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / trailsideholsteins.

Kansas City Chiefs’ Chris Jones hoists Sawyer Johnson by his sizable arm during the Super Bowl Experience. Sawyer’s other event highlights were riding the escalators and handing out cheese. Photo submitted

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PeopleService addresses Ostrander concerns By Rich Wicks A regular meeting of the Ostrander city council was held on February 6, with all members in attendance (Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, City Clerk Wendy Brincks, and Heidi Jones and DJ Start). Rick Whitney (PeopleService) addressed the council regarding issues that he’s heard have been concerns, related to PeopleService’s work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). He shared that PeopleService very much values the contract with city of Ostrander, and wants to work together to achieve what the city wants and needs. He said, “We noticed that the windsock was taken down, and the gate’s been unsecured.” He explained that the windsock is a requirement, so that if a chemical leak (such as chlorine) was suspected, emergency personnel would be able to see which direction wind would carry the chemical mist. He added, “We’re more than willing to put the windsock back up, if that’s what you guys want to do.” Mayor Nesler disputed that anyone from the city had taken the windsock down, and said it appeared that a plastic coupling had broken, and the windsock simply fell. Whitney said he’ll get the windsock back up again. Whitney also stated, “Going

forward, it we want to leave the wastewater plant unsecured, then we’re not going to eat that liability” for events such as if a citizen came in and damaged something on the grounds. Mayor Nesler said the city needs to leave the gate unlocked at times, for a variety of reasons. Nesler asked, “Why is it when this well froze that you were not notified by the alarm system?” Whitney responded, “I don’t know. I came in and checked the alarm, and it was in standby; it wasn’t even active… I put it into active, and it started calling us immediately.” Heidi Jones asked if it’s possible to check the system to see that it appropriately calls PeopleService phone numbers when an alarm situation is triggered; Whitney said he will arrange to have it checked. Whitney stressed that anytime the city has questions or concerns regarding PeopleService and their work, immediately calling would be the most efficient way to get things corrected. After brief discussion, the council voted to renew the contract with PeopleService for another year. On behalf of the engineering firm of Bolton & Menk, Brian Malm addressed the council, saying that three solid bids have been received for the

infrastructure project, ranging from about $3.7 million to $4.4 million. The lowest bid is from A1 Excavating, and he said that firm has done a number of projects in the area. The council voted to accept the bid from A1. Malm said A1 expects to be able to start April 1, or possibly sooner, depending on weather conditions. He said A1 wants to bring in some equipment ahead of time, to beat road restrictions that will be in place later. City staff will be in contact with A1 to arrange for the best locations for A1 to leave their equipment until it is needed. Malm also suggested the city host an “open house” meeting soon to explain the project and answer the public’s questions. After discussion, the council set this meeting for Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. This will be communicated to citizens in the upcoming water bill mailings. The council voted to approve a contract with Kruegel LP services for 2018, and to have Smith and Schafer again perform Ostrander’s annual audit. The council set a date for a farewell dinner for outgoing city staff (Erin Volkart, Chris Hyrkas, and Dustin Tart). Wendy Brincks said she’s found a number of “extreme oddities” in the city’s water billing to citizens,


and she’s working to fix the glitches from 2017 and going forward. The council agreed to “write off” any from prior to 2017. Regarding filling the vacant council seat, it was discussed that the best and most affordable solution is to hold an election as part of the next general election. Brincks will check with the League of Minnesota Cities to see if Ostrander can appoint someone to fill the spot until the election is held. Deputy Leif Erickson gave a monthly report of police activity providing to Ostrander by the Fillmore County Sheriff’s department. He said in January, there were six ambulance

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calls, two theft reports, one arrest warrant, one vulnerable person report, one lock-out situation, one scam report, two civil paper service calls, and two traffic contacts. Council members voiced a concern that recently some trucks have started driving through town at excessive speeds, especially in the mornings. Deputy Erickson said he and his staff will try to keep an eye on this. The council approved paying bills from Bolton & Menk, as well as Hoversten/Johnson. The meeting adjourned about 8:05 p.m. The next regular meeting of the council will be Tuesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome.

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Obituaries Allan James Reese Allan James Reese, 73, formerly of Chatfield, died peacefully at his home in South St. Paul, Minn., on February 4, 2018. Services will be held at a later date. Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is assisting the family with arrangements: Bernice Orabelle Bjergum Bernice Orabelle Bjergum was born April 1, 1920, to Theodore and Olga Flatten Johnson at their home near what is now Wold Strawberry Farm, rural Houston County. Bernice Bernice was Bjergum baptized May 30, 1920, by Rev. C.L. Hocking at the United Methodist Church of Mabel and confirmed in the same church in 1932. Bernice worked at the Welch dairy farm near Mabel, Minn., and at Mansfield Manufacturing in Spring Grove, Minn. On April 14, 1938, Bernice married Arthur Bjergum in Decorah, Iowa. After marrying Art, Bernice read for the minister and joined Faith Lutheran Church of Black Hammer at the same time as Lois Bergsrud Morken. Bernice and Art had two children, Roger and Judy. Bernice and Art farmed in the Spring Grove area for about 30 years. They were one of the first couples to live in the new Spring Grove Manor, where Bernice continued to live for about 25 years after Art passed away. Bernice cordially welcomed visitors and always shared a homemade meal. Many fondly remember her homemade doughnuts, from-scratch angel food cakes, Sally Ann cookies and more. Bernice will be remembered for sending greeting cards, of which birthday and anniversary cards were received about a week early. She always wanted to let people know she was thinking of them. Bernice loved to read anything she could get her hands on - newspapers, catalogs, periodicals from the book rack at the home and liked to do crossword puzzles. Her smile and pleasant personality will be missed by all who met her. Bernice passed away February

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1, 2018, at Gundersen Tweeten Care Center in Spring Grove, having been a resident there for 12 years. A sincere thank you to everyone for your kindnesses shown to Bernice while she lived in the Spring Grove Manor and at Gundersen Tweeten Care Center, especially Rev. Liptack, Sharra, Asher, Josiah and Evangeline. Survivors include a daughter, Judy Distad; daughter-inlaw LaVonne Bjergum, grandchildren: Jackie (Dan), Bonnie (Mark), Lloyd (Irene) Bjergum, Jeanne (Bob) Mulder and Alice Bjergum; great-grandchildren: Briannna, Cory, Haley, Will, Kaitlin, Ashlee, Greg (Megan) Mulder, Jessica Mulder, Jacob Mulder, Samantha Mulder, Katie Bjergum, Lacie Bjergum; a sister, Doris Westby; nieces, nephews and friends; and a cousin, Irene Rice Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arthur Bjergum, December 15, 1982; son, Roger Bjergum, October 2, 2005; son-in-law Sterling Distad, December 17, 2015; sisters Lucille (Ervin) Peterson, Harriet Johnson, and Helen (Gerald) Erickson, and brother-in-law Shelby Westby. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Faith Lutheran Church of Black Hammer, rural Spring Grove, at 1 p.m., with visitation at the church beginning at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Leonard Liptack officiated the service and burial took place in the church cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Faith Lutheran Church of Black Hammer or a charity of your choice. Roble Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Charles Merle Carrier Charles Merle Carrier, 90, of Houston, Minn., passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. Charles was born on June 10, 1927, in Yucatan, Minn., to Hollis and Charles Carrier Marie (Ellefson) Carrier. He married Wanda Lou Williams on October 18, 1946, in Iowa. Charles served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943 to 1945. He worked for Allis Chalmers in La Crosse, Wis., for eight years, was a sur-

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veyor for MN-DOT for 19 years, and worked as the police chief for the City of Houston for 17 years, where he also worked as a garbage hauler. Charlie was an avid baseball player and manager. He loved to collect everything. There wasn’t a garage sale, auction, or free box that he missed for many years. Charles is survived by his daughters Cynthia Lauritzen of Jesup, Iowa, and Barb Laumb of Rushford, Minn.; sons Bruce (Deb) of Sioux Falls, S. Dak., Marlin (Mary Ann) of Rushford, Ken (Teesh) of Houston, Jeff (Peg) of Adrian, Minn., Ron (Kathy) of Rushford, Van (Chris) of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Todd (Carmela) of La Crosse, Wis.; his brother, Donnie Carlson; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and by his beloved dog, Corky. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda; daughter, Jill Olloff; sons-in-law Jerry Laumb and Dean Lauritzen; grandsons Charles Lauritzen and Jesse Carrier; granddaughter Deea Lauritzen; sister Marilyn Wheaton; and brother Jackie Carrier. A funeral service for Charles was held 1 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston, with the Reverend Linda McPeak officiating. Burial took place in Money Creek Cemetery in Money Creek, Minn. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at Hoff Funeral Service in Houston and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Leave a memory of Charles and sign his online guestbook at John A. Krueger John A. Krueger, age 90, of Cresco, died Sunday, February 04, 2018, at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. T h u r s d a y, February 8, 2018, at the Cresco UnitJohn A. ed MethodKrueger ist Church, followed by burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery, rural Cresco. Friends called on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco and on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. John was born March 19, 1927, on the family farm in Albion Township, Howard County, to Edward and Zella (Fox) Krueger. He graduated from Harmony High School in 1945. He married Irene Dempewolf on October 22, 1948, at Zion EUB Church, rural Cresco. Together John and Irene operated a dairy farm in Albion Township; they also raised hogs and crops in addition to managing their dairy herd. John received recognition as an Outstanding Dairy Farmer, as well as for his efforts in soil conservation. John was a member of the Farm Bureau and volunteered his time with many community

The FCJ reaches over 13,000 households each week. organizations. John was a lifelong member of Zion Church, where he was active as Sunday School teacher, lay leader and served on various church boards. John was an activist in what he believed in, was an avid reader, loved to learn and meet new people, and could make people laugh with his dry sense of humor. John is survived by his wife, Irene Krueger of Cresco; three daughters: Kathy (Jim Peterson) Welch of Rochester, Minn., Nancy (Dan) Dorn of Onalaska, Wis., and Diane (Jeff) Overly of Ft. Madison, Iowa; four grandchildren: Paula (Brad Vigesaa) Welch, Will (Jill) Welch, Eric Dorn and Scott Dorn; six greatgrandchildren: Carmen, Emma, Lily, Anni, Jaedyn and Landon. John was preceded in death by his parents and all four of his siblings: Elton, Leo, Wayne and Raymond. John will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and exemplary church and community leader. The family would like to express their gratitude to the Evans Home, Howard County Hospice and Pastor Kayla for their support. Larry Lee Elit Larry Lee Elit, 80, of Rushford, Minn., died on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at his home in rural Rushford. Larry was born to Irene (Seefeldt) and George Elit on April 7, 1937, in Austin, Minn. He Larry Lee Elit lived on the family farm in Elkton, Minn. Larry moved to Dexter, Minn., in 1946, with his mother and grandparents. Larry graduated from Elkton High School in 1955. He then joined the United States Air Force and was active duty for four years. In 1959, Larry was hired at IBM in Rochester, Minn., where he worked for 35 years. He married Elaine Drugg in 1961. In 1966 he re-enlisted and served with the 96th Tactical Airlift Squadron, “Flying Vikings,” Air Force Reserve. Later, two of sons would also serve with him in the 96th in the late 1980s. He served 30 years with the reserves until his retirement in 1990. He was an avid sportsman along with enjoying gardening, research, literature, woodworking and geology. Larry and Elaine (Drugg) Elit married in 1961. From this 27 year marriage came four chil-

dren: Brian Elit of Peyton, Colo., Wayne Elit of Hanover, Minn., Erich (Mendie) Elit of Castle Rock, Colo., and Dawn ElitArnett (Darrell Calhoun) of Cedaredge, Colo. He has four granddaughters and one grandson. In 1989 he married Priscilla (Adams) Elit. They were later divorced. From this marriage Larry had one child, Laura Elit of San Antonio, Tex., and another granddaughter. His companion, Penny Hatlan has resided with him and cared for him throughout his illness. Preceding him in death are his parents, George in 1969, Irene in 1997, as well as a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law. A funeral service for Larry was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Hoff Funeral Home in Rushford, Minn., with the Reverend Allen Hanson officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn. Leave a memory of Larry and sign his online guestbook at Norris Arlen Storlie Norris Arlen Storlie, 85, of rural Harmony, Minn., passed away Saturday, February 3 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse, Wis. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 11 Norris Arlen a.m. at the Storlie Green f ield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Friends called at the Greenfield Lutheran Church from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday and also one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Burial took place in Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony. Lindstrom Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Norris was born in Spring Grove on July 13, 1932, to Alice (Halvorson) and Nelius Storlie. After attending country school he graduated from Spring Grove High School. Norris was united in marriage to Betty Darlene Stoskopf on October 19, 1957. They celebrated 60 years of living together on the farm. Norris was a life-long farmer. He purchased his first farm from his uncle in 1956. In 1967, he joined his father-in-law in a farming partnership near Henrytown in Fillmore County. See OBITUARIES Page 9 

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Here he milked cows, fed cattle and pigs and crop farmed. He was progressive to adopt contour and no-till crop production practices. He was an industrious man who worked to use the resources on the farm. In his early years, he harvested trees on the land to build farm buildings and in his later years, he tore down buildings piece by piece to reclaim the wood. Norris was a member of Harmony Greenfield Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway. He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage. He portrayed the character Ola from the cartoon “Ola and Per” and participated in a research project to study the “old” Norwegian dialects. He participated in experimental research for multiple myeloma so others could gain knowledge to help future generations. He enjoyed polka dancing and baking cookies and lefse. We will miss all the stories he would tell over a cup of coffee. They were blessed with three children: Bonnie (Vance) Haugen, Canton, Minn.; Mark (Juliet) Storlie, Postville, Iowa; Cherise (Øyvind) Kristoffersen, Stjørdal, Norway; six grandchildren: Inga, Olaf (Corinne) and Thor (Sarah) Haugen, and Saundra, Niclas, and Sarah Kristoffersen; five great-grandchildren: Norris, Sully, Leyland, Aurora and Minnie; two brothers, David (Marge) Storlie and Richard (Betty) Storlie, both from Spring Grove; and one brother-in-law, Robert (Dorothy) Stoskopf of Mabel. Norris was preceded in death by one brother, Leland and his parents. Norris dedicated his life to his family, friends and farming. May the seeds he has planted be a constant harvest of his love. William “Bill” Lammers William “Bill” Lammers, age 67, of Grand Meadow, formerly of Preston, was called home on Wednesday February 7, 2018, at the Grand Meadow H e a l t h Care Center in Grand Meadow. William “Bill” Funera l Lammers Mass for Bill Lammers will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, Minn., with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Columban’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, Minn., is in charge of arrangements. Bill was born July 22, 1950, in Adams, Minn., to Frank and Mary Ann (Juenger) Lammers. He graduated from Preston High School in 1969. Bill was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings and enjoyed

playing cards and bingo at the health care center. He is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Lammers of Grand Meadow; siblings Marcene “Mick” (Dale) Johnson of Stewartville, Chuck (Ilene) Lammers of Chatfield, Shirley (Scott) McCallum of Rochester, and Tony (Faye Johnson) Lammers of Chatfield; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Frank and a sister, Natalie. The family would like to thank the Grand Meadow Health Care Center and St. Croix Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes. com.

County, Minn., and later graduated from Peterson High School, Peterson, Minn., in 1949. She was united in marriage with Milton L. Jost October 24, 1953. They made their home in La Salle, Merlaine Jost Ill., where she was a homemaker and they raised their four children: Debra (John) DeTreville, Douglas, Dee Ann (Tim) Turzyn, and Doreen Scott. Survivors also include a brother, John (Gloria) Solberg, Peterson, Minn., a sister, Esther (Paul) Sorum, Rushford, Minn., six grandchildren, and numerMerlaine Solberg Jost Merlaine Solberg Jost, 86, of ous nieces and nephews. Besides La Salle, Ill., passed away Janu- her parents, she was preceded ary 22, 2018, at Care Center, La in death by one sister, Charlotte Wright, and one son-in-law, Salle. Merlaine was born May 4, Mark Scott. 1932, to Roy and Clara Dahle A memorial gathering and Solberg in Winona County, time of sharing was held at BurMinn. She attended District gess Funeral Home, Peru, Ill., 54 Country School in Winona January 26, 2018.

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ter holidays falling where they did during the week in 2017, students saw a shorter winter break this school year. Abraham explained that once the board approves the initial calendar, the school staff determines the position of their necessary items like half days and class trips, and then the calendar comes back to the board for final approval. The board continued to debate the calendar on three main points: the date for the end of the school year, the length of winter break, and the length of spring break. Board member Bonner wanted to seek input from the families of the district along those broad lines, suggesting a survey out in the parent announcements. Board member Carlson offered having a table present during parent teacher conferences to explain the situation and gather information from district families and students, and Abraham agreed that if the board wanted district participation in the ‘19-’20 calendar it would be easy to get the information out. Board member Norlien also expressed interest in getting some feedback from the community on the issue, and the board asked Abraham to send questions out. The board then heard a report from its Technology Committee. Abraham reported to the council that the committee discussed the two goals presented to the committee, but the committee decided to focus on the one goal of implementing the Schoology learning management system most effectively in the district. The committee also discussed school devices, including what to do with the school’s Chromebooks and Apple devices once their lifespans and leases come to an end. Abraham noted that the school would be able to buy some products at the end of

their leases, but those devices would not have service or support. Carlson asked if there was a strict policy in the district’s technology plan, and Abraham responded that the district will need to do an overhaul of its tech plan this summer. Bonner reported that the community also discussed when best to introduce keyboarding in the elementary school after starting students with tablets. Abraham said there would be a survey in the spring regarding devices used and the results will be used for the district tech committee meeting. Board Chair Stillin pressed the need to hear from what is being used by those “in the trenches” to make sure any decisions made by the tech committee serve the district best. The board also discussed the teacher’s master agreement, with Abraham reporting that the teachers did vote to ratify the contract, along with the union. Abraham then presented the contract with the approved changes, and the board approved the contract unanimously. The board went on to give four policies a first reading, including a policy on discipline, veterans preference during hiring, employee right to know on hazardous substances, and a policy regarding sexually transmitted infections and other communicable conditions. The Houston School Board will meet for its next regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the library of Houston Public High School on Thursday, February 15.

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Mabel sets fee for snow removal violators By Annie Lewis At its February meeting, Mabel council members voted on a standard rate that will be charged to businesses and residents who are not in compliance with the snow removal ordinance. The city ordinance states that snow must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall. If the snow is not removed, the city has the right to remove the snow at the property owner’s expense.

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  with completion of the daycare building scheduled for the end of     August. Public Works Director Bob   Mierau said the public hearing for the Wellhead Protection Man

   agement Plan will be held at the         start of the March 14 council meeting. A representative from the department of health will be there to answer questions. Mierau reported that the city pickup truck is out of commission and recommended it be replaced. He will check the state bids and get back to the council on costs. Mierau distributed a description of trees for the council to determine which ones should be used for the tree program this year. He said that the city will need about 15 trees to replace the ash trees that were infected and had to be cut down. Residents will


have the opportunity to purchase trees and shrubs through the program. Information will be in an upcoming utilities statement. In other business • The council approved Adam Tollefson as the new fireman. Three candidates applied for the position vacated by Joel Graves’ retirement. Graves will officially retire in April and Tollefson starts May 1. • Bills were approved to pay in the amount of $53,562. • A proclamation was signed making February 7-14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. • Catholic Charities Active Aging Program is using the fire station space on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-2:30 p.m. for classes for seniors. The council approved the use of the space at no charge. • A temporary liquor license was approved for Mabel Lions Club for the “Dueling Piano Fundraiser for Educationâ€? on March 17. The next council meeting will be Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at city hall.


would be effective immediately, but property owners will be given a warning first before any fees would be assessed. Karen Larson, city clerk, said she has been calling property owners who have not shoveled within the 24-hour period. “Most have been good at getting the sidewalks cleared after speaking with them,� Larson said. “It’s a problem when the walks are on Main Street and other high-foot traffic areas. I’m hoping property owners will shovel their walks in a timely manner and we won’t have to charge the fee.� The final plans for the daycare center have been completed and reviewed by the Economic Development Authority (EDA). The EDA sent the specs to the council for their approval. Kirsten Wyffels, EDA President, said these plans are more detailed than the previous ones and felt good that contractors would be able bid more accurately on the project. Council member Gary Morken questioned whether these plans were detailed enough and sufficient for contractors to bid on the project. More discussion ensued and the consensus was that these plans were better than the last set of specs. Mayor Jim Westby reminded the group that the cost to get the most comprehensive spec book would be another $20,000. The council voted to approve the latest set of plans. All

The ordinance does not indicate how much the business or resident would be charged if the city has to remove the snow. The city’s attorney said it was up to the council to determine the fee. After discussion and checking to see what other cities charge, it was decided that the snow removal fee would be $2 per linear foot, with a $50 minimum per snow event, plus any additional processing fees the city may incur. This fee

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County reports its legislative priorities

Senator Jeremy Miller and Rep. Greg Davids comment on the 2017 legislative session and the upcoming 2018 session. Photo by Karen Reisner By Karen Reisner Rep. Greg Davids and Senator Jeremy Miller were at the February 6 county board meeting to hear the county’s legislative priorities for the 2018 legislative session. County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman thanked legislators for 2017 legislation that stabilized and added funding for county program aid. Fillmore County’s CPA increased by $90,000. The county noted its opposition to any legislation that would be unsustainable in the long term. Any new or revised programs need to have long term funding provided for them, so the financial burden doesn’t fall on the counties. Commissioner Duane Bakke said there probably have been more land acquisitions in the last six months than over the last six years. Commissioner Randy Dahl insisted the county

needs to have a say in these land acquisitions. He believes more game wardens are needed. Also, DNR land needs to be managed; “box elders aren’t prairie restoration.” Dahl granted that tourism, hunting and fishing are important. He noted that the DNR is the largest land owner in Fillmore County, but with so few managing that land. Gordon Johnson, City of Rushford Village, said the DNR owns 2,215 acres, or over 10% of the land in the city. Cities do not get PILT dollars (payment in lieu of taxes). County Engineer Ron Gregg maintained bridges are very important in the county (57 structures on replacement priority list totaling over $13 million). He asked for robust bridge bonding. The county supports long term sustainable funding for roads and bridges. He asked that last year’s sales

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tax for auto parts be dedicated for highway use. Regarding overweight vehicle permits, Bakke noted the interstate system does not allow over weight vehicles, so they use state and county roads. The county supports retention of permitting authority by individual county jurisdictions. Kevin Olson, Social Services, listed issues that need attention and funding, including improvement of the eligibility technology system, crisis bed availability, mental health system improvements, and CHIP funding. The federal government approved a short-term extension of CHIP funding in December. Bakke said the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) supports field tests on technology programs before they are rolled out. Jessica Erickson, public health, asked for a long overdue increase in public health funding and the maintenance of state funding that promotes healthy communities and healthy behaviors. She insisted prevention saves money in the long run. Sheriff Tom Kaase asked for more funding for security and safety for our courts. Fillmore County will spend $220,000 for court security equipment in 2017 and 2018. He said there is a need for funding for additional staff training for those who deal with mental health and chemical abuse issues in the jail. Attorney Brett Corson asked for an exception to the medical privilege in Minnesota statute in order to obtain blood tests where death or serious bodily injury is involved. He wants to “balance privacy with the need for public safety.” He asked that the State Public Defender’s Office pay for investigators, experts, etc. out of their own budget rather than ordering the county to pay. Corson stressed the need for more adult and juvenile mental health/ behavioral health facilities. The lack of these facilities costs counties and the state more money and delays treatment. He recommended that persons committed three or more times be committed for a period of no less than three years to insure continued compliance with medications. Again, he was looking for a balance of civil rights and public safety. Other issues presented as legislative priorities included broadband development, dedicated funding for county based watershed plans, dedicated funding for election equipment upgrades, e-waste recycling and waste reduction, state agency support and reimbursement related to private septic systems, and veterans home funding for Fillmore County. Senator Miller expects there will be a discussion to dedicate funds for transportation. Last year he felt there was a good tax relief package and the bonding bill provided full funding for


the Lanesboro Dam. Rep. Davids said the first bill this session will be to fund the legislature. He considered the 2017 tax bill a great bill for counties. He expects a bonding bill of $800 to $850 million in 2018. This is not a budget year; the budget is set. Davids said he supported the recent federal tax law. Related to that law, he said if we do nothing, you get nothing, which he says is not an option. Davids is advocating for a bipartisan effort to reform the Minnesota tax code. Other business in brief • Drew Hatzenbihler, solid waste administrator, said there were no real changes to the contract between Winona County and Fillmore County for the Operation of a Household Hazardous Waste Management Program. It was renewed for five years. Approval was given for the purchase of a steel belt conveyor and installation costs from KVA Engineering, Inc. at a cost of $75,790. Quality Construction provided an estimate to bolt a large bin down and cut a hole in the building at an estimated cost between $455 and $800. A request for efficient lighting for recycling and resource recovery buildings was approved. Morem Electric, Inc. will provide and install the new LED fixtures at an estimated total cost of $5,750. Morem Electric will furnish and install electrical equipment for the conveyor at an estimated cost of $9,850. Approval was given for the purchase of a new scale system for the wheel loader from Titan Machinery at a cost of $10,980. This will allow semi trailers to be filled within the 20 ton limit. • Approval was given of the Fillmore County 2017 County Feedlot Officer Annual report and authorized signature. Feedlot officer Mike Frauenk-

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ron noted a reduced number of feedlots will result in a reduction of funding in 2019. • Right of way plats for the reconstruction of CSAH 1 between Spring Valley city limits north to the county line were adopted. Gregg noted all right of ways have been paid for. • Approval was given to continue LexisNexis subscription for online research. Attorney Corson said this is our legal research engine. Assistant attorney Marla Stanton and Captain John DeGeorge have been doing community outreach to local schools on Internet safety. The programs are for kids, teachers, and parents. They go out to educate as to what is illegal and wrong with sexting and bullying. They hope to go to all schools by the end of the year. • Jessica Erickson presented an annual review of waiver and home care services. Services involve skilled nursing, home health aid services, and homemaker services. The number of clients served has been trending downward over the last several years. Vickerman noted reimbursement is not coming close to covering the cost of service. More levy dollars are needed each year to make up the difference. Dahl expects by 2019 $100,000 will have to be levied to cover the difference. The Social Services committee will discuss options and come back with a recommendation. • The SHI International Corp invoice in the amount of $41,039 for yearly renewal was approved. Vickerman said the goal is to have one computer device per individual to reduce this expense by reducing duplicate work stations to reduce the number of licenses needed. • Vickerman reported that installation of courthouse security equipment is expected to be completed by April 1.

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State Auditor Otto releases report on city finances ST. PAUL, MN – State Auditor Rebecca Otto released the 2016 Minnesota City Finances Report on December 28, 2017. The report summarizes, through data tables and charts, the financial operations of 850 Minnesota cities for calendar year 2016. “The City Finances report is issued each year to help local government officials, policy makers, and the public better understand city financial operations,” said Auditor Otto. “The Report also analyzes long-term financial trends for large and small cities across Minnesota.” Highlights from the report include: Current trends • Total revenues of the governmental funds for all Minnesota cities totaled $5.43 billion in 2016, an increase of 3.7% over 2015 revenues. Total revenues of cities over 2,500 in population increased 4.0%, and revenues of cities under 2,500 in population

increased 0.7%. • In 2016, total expenditures of the governmental funds for all cities totaled $6.30 billion. This represents an increase of 4.6% over 2015. Total expenditures for cities over and under 2,500 in population each increased 4.6% in 2016. • The largest expenditure categories for both groups of cities are streets and highways and public safety. For large cities, streets and highways accounted for 23.3% of total expenditures in 2016 and public safety accounted for 26.0%. For small cities, streets and highways accounted for 23.8% of total expenditures and public safety accounted for 21.9%. • Overall, small cities tend to carry a greater debt burden per capita than large cities. In 2016, small cities carried long-term debt of $1.28 billion, or $3,615 per capita, compared to $8.19 billion, or $1,960 per capita,


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for large cities. Long-term trends • Over the 10-year period of 2007 to 2016, an examination of city revenues shows that, when adjusted for inflation, 2016 revenue levels are below 2007 levels and decreased by 3.3% over the 10-year period. • Between 2007 and 2016, actual revenues derived from property taxes grew 41.5%, compared to an increase of 5.2% over that same period for revenues derived from intergovernmental sources. Additional analysis of actual intergovernmental revenues over the 10-year period shows federal grants decreased 12.0%, state grants increased 6.2%, and local grants increased 30.9%. When revenues are adjusted for inflation, the 10-year period shows an 18.3% increase in property tax revenues while intergovernmental revenues decreased 12.1%. • The proportion of total

revenues derived from property taxes grew from 32.3% in 2007 to 39.5% in 2016. During this same time frame, revenues derived from intergovernmental sources decreased from 26.4% of total revenues to 24.0%. • Between 2007 and 2016, actual total city expenditures grew from $5.32 billion to $6.30 billion. This represents an increase of 18.4%. Over the same period, an examination of city finances shows that, when adjusted for inflation, 2016 expenditure levels are below 2007 levels and decreased 1.0% over the 10-year period. • Although inflation-adjusted total expenditures decreased 1.0% over the 10-year period, a comparison of the two five-year periods of 2007-2011 and 20122016 reveals a significant reversal during the most recent period. From 2007 to 2011, inflationadjusted total expenditures decreased 12.1%, while from 2012 to 2016, inflation-adjusted total expenditures increased 10.3%.

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To view the complete report, which includes an Executive Summary, graphs and tables, go to http://www. aspx?page=20171227.000. The Office of the State Auditor is a constitutional office that is charged with overseeing more than $20 billion spent annually by local governments in Minnesota. The Office of the State Auditor does this by performing audits of local government financial statements, and by reviewing documents, data, reports, and complaints reported to the Office. The financial information collected from local governments is analyzed and is the basis of statutory reports issued by the Office of the State Auditor.

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Preston purchase agreement with Dairy & Farm By Karen Reisner Preston City Attorney Dwight Luhmann discussed proposed updates to a purchase agreement for the Dairy & Farm property at the February 5 meeting. Originally, the proposed purchase price was $100,000. Dairy & Farm now wants $115,000 for the property; the additional funds requested are to help pay for the remediation, clean-up of the property. The city wants Dairy & Farm to be responsible for any necessary clean-up even after closing. This could include a significant amount of soil removal and disposal, which is located under the concrete where the fertilizer building once stood. The buyer/city wants to be reimbursed in the event that Dairy & Farm receives reimbursement for some of their

remediation expenses. Dairy & Farm will need to apply for funds from an account funded by surcharges on fertilizers and pesticides from manufacturer to dealer. Closing date in the agreement is to be February 28. The updated purchase agreement was approved. Councilman Robert Maust explained the Preston Historical Society would like to use the existing west building on the Dairy & Farm property. The Historical Society would do necessary improvements. Mayor Kurt Reicks expressed concern that once the Historical Society puts funds into the building, they may not want it razed three to five or more years down the road when the city is ready to build a community building on this property.

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Maust suggested Tourism could also be in the building. Councilwoman Holly Zuck maintained that Tourism needs a presence along the highway. Maust said the Historical Society has stuff in storage that can not be displayed because there is no place to display it. Reicks suggested we buy the property, clean it up, and have it for the future. Zuck agreed. She would like to learn what people in the community want and how much they would support a community center. Doherty land purchase City Engineer Brett Grabau addressed the council and explained the preliminary site layout showing where the road access could be should this 15-acre property be purchased and become the future site of a veterans home. About 9.5 acres on top is being tilled now and is the proposed site for the sprawling building. The option the city holds to purchase the property is up soon. Reicks insisted we need some answers to some questions before we decide what to do. He added the veterans home would be an ideal project and he would love to see it here. Maust said the EDA recommended that the land be purchased. Zuck said she would love to see the veterans home here, but questioned whether the property would be usable for something else if the city didn’t get the veterans home. Maust believes it is slowing


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down the project not knowing the location of a future veterans home within the county. Luhmann said he would check with Robert Doherty to see if the option could be extended. Other business in brief • Fire Chief Josh Ristau and Dustin Arndt updated the council on what the fire department did over the past year. Arndt asked the council to approve a $100 increase in the per year service retirement amount to $1,700 per year. The last increase of $100 was two years ago. The city and township put $2,000 each annually into the Relief Association fund. The increase will not cost the city anything more at this time. It could at some point if the market drops significantly. The increase was approved. • Police Chief Matt Schultz explained that the 2011 Impala is due for replacement. He suggested replacing it with a

full size 2018 Dodge Ram 4x4 pick-up at a cost of $27,450. Another $2,650 will be needed for graphics, equipment, and lights. There is about $42,000 in the police vehicle fund. The purchase was approved. • Ambulance write-offs in the amount of $83,773.77 for 2017 and $9,901.96 for 2016 were approved. The write-offs represent the funding gap between the ambulance rates and what insurance will reimburse for a call. Uncollected accounts in the amount of $4,001.51 for 2016 were written off. The city can still pursue collection of these debts. • Fire department write-offs in the amount of $600 of uncollected accounts were approved. The city can pursue collection, but acknowledges that it is unlikely to collect. • A donation of $100 was given to the Post Prom Committee.

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Artificial Intelligence, good or bad? By Travis Vatland “I’ll be back!” Arnold Schwarzenegger said, while acting in Terminator, a movie about a cyborg assassin from the future. Having recently watched Te r m i n a tor, I wondered about how Arti- Travis Vatland ficial Intelligence will impact our lives, good and bad, and perhaps the most important, where is the line drawn? However, before we get into the article, what is artificial

intelligence (A.I.)?According to resource, “Artificial Intelligence is the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks, which normally require human intelligence.” One of the best reasons that A.I. is so great is because of its ability to learn from mistakes. When there is an error with the programing, technology most often fails. However, because A.I. is able to learn from its mistakes, the chances of error reoccurring is almost impossible. This means a lot less programming for highly complex systems. In addition, A.I.s cognitive abilities are very fast. This means that it

can interpret and store information at incredible rates. This will be helpful with doctors trying to make precision medicine because A.I. will take into account the patients’ genes, environment, and lifestyle. A.I. in the hospital setting will also help with analyzing large amounts of data. Perhaps the most significant concern about highly developed A.I. is that it will leave many people without jobs. As robots become more advanced and are implemented with A.I., many low skill jobs will succumb to technology. Most of the medium to high skill jobs will remain to humans only. But as A.I. continues to advance, it is impossible to imagine any jobs that can’t be controlled by a highly developed robot. Another major concern is

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that complex A.I. systems in the wrong hands could be very dangerous. This is why many militaries are researching A.I.s capabilities in and out of the field. One of the major dilemmas within the Artificial Intelligence community is how advanced should it be? Silicon Valley billionaire, Elon Musk, has repeatedly voiced his opinion for the government to put regulations on A.I. Nevertheless, that again raises a problem, how do you regulate A.I. and what should those laws be? In 1942, Isaac Asimov proposed the “three laws of robotics.” Firstly, a robot should not injure a human being, secondly robots must follow all orders given to them by humans, and finally robots must protect their own existence as long as it does not affect any of the first two rules. The main concern with this debate is that if we create robots

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able to think for themselves, how do we make sure that we avoid them from stop listening to humans? Cofounder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has also voiced his opinion on the topic, saying, “I think you can build things and the world gets better. But with AI especially, I am really optimistic.” Another thing to ponder is that current A.I. is not very advanced. This is why many people like Zuckerberg are opposed to regulations because government could end highly developed A.I. before it is even created. I personally believe that A.I. has the ability to help almost all people and will forever change history. However, I also believe that with this great new technology, comes great responsibility from the developers. I also think that A.I. will play a major role in future politics because of its possible major implications in the labor force and economy. A.I. is also something that cannot really be stopped or regulated, as most world powers are devoting lots of time and money into the uses of A.I. In all, I think A.I. will be great for the future, but without a doubt, there will be some errors first. Artificial Intelligence. (2018). Merriam-Webster. Retrieved: Travis Vatland is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. He is one of seven area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its 19th year.

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Fillmore County Sports Houston GBB Clinches East Share Sister Becca (14 pts) also hit double digits. Kitching (8 pts, 12 rebs, 6 assists) and Chapel (9 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists) also did work. With three SEC games left, Houston (8-2, 18-3) leads East foes M-C (4-5, 6-14), Schaeffer Academy (4-6, 12-9), and SG (4-6, 8-11). The ‘Canes would have to lose their last three SEC games, M-C win their last four, for there to be a shared title. It’s an incredible turn-around for a Houston program that had 12 years of 15 or more losses. They had 19 wins the past two years combined.

Gopher Wrestling Second at Fasnacht

Eight wrestling teams descended upon Janesville for the JWP/WEM Mike Fasnacht Memorial Tourney. Only one, #3 in Class AAA Shakopee (174), was better than second place Chatfield (163). JCC (153), Northfield (138), and Farmington (102) went 3-4-5. The Gophers placed eight guys top three. Jake Mandt won 145, his fifth title of the year. After 21-9 major in the semis, Jake wrestled Shakopee’s #3 in Class AAA (at 152) Sam Webster (29-5) to a 2-1 decision win. Mandt (27-0) is #1 in Class A. Junior Nathan Goldsmith (138) won his first tourney of the year (bye, fall, 6-0 D). He improved to 16-13. Davontae Goldsmith (170 > 8-0 MD, 3-2 D, lost 4-2 D) and Isaiah Froese (285 > pin, forfeit, pinned) each went 2-1 to take second. D-Goldsmith improved to 18-6. A.J. Karver (220 > pin, lost 9-6 D) went 1-1 to take second. Seth Goetzinger (106 > pin, loss 6-0 D, pin, 5-1 D) and Chase Ketterhagen (132 > pin, pinned, pin, 1-0 D) each went 3-1 to take third.

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Oh, the dilemma. Fillmore Central’s Josh Peters has decisions to make as focused R-P defenders Luke O’Hare (#35), Landon Skalet (#2) and Payton Hahn (#5) man their defensive positions in the Trojans vaunted 1-3-1. Photo by Paul Trende Goetzinger improved to 23-6. Tate Karver (126) went 2-1 (pin, pinned, pin) to take third. Nolan Salerno (160) also took third (went 1-2). Chatfield won its only dual of the week, beating La Crescent. The Gophers are 3-0 (TRC-West), 7-0 (TRCall), and 10-1 (overall).

Falcons Deck Cards

LeRoy-Ostrander boys basketball has been the surprise of the SEC. The Cardinals finished last in the West a year ago (1-14, 7-20). They began this year with a loss, but then nine straight wins. Entering a match-up with FC (3-8, 4-13), L-O sat in second place in the West (5-2, 13-5) behind Randolph (6-1, 13-4). But the SEC is the SEC. The TRC is the TRC. Aaron Mensink’s Falcons proved that. L-O led 26-20 at halftime. A Logan Corson three put FC ahead 45-43 around the 3-minute mark. In the final 1:30, FC hit 6 of 7 free throws to seal the game. The Falcons posted their best win of the year, 51-45. Junior Josh Peters led the way (17 pts, 5-6 FTs, 4 stls). Corson (14 pts, 3-4 threes, 6 rebs) was key help. Nate Haugerud added 4 (pts), 7 (rebs), 4 (assists), and 3 (stls). Trey Hungerholt (game-high 20 pts) was the only Card in double-digits. L-O shot 28.1% (16-57) including 18.5% from deep (5-27). FC shot 34.7% (17-49) and 38.5% (5-13). FC finished 80% (1215) at the charity stripe to L-O’s 50% (8-16). It was FC’s first win over a plus-500 team this year. Their previous ten wins were against sub-500 squads.

Trojans Match Season-High Streak

It was a 2-0 week for R-P boys basketball. Tom Vix’s group first handled FC. After an early feeling out period, R-P dissected the Falcons’ 1-3-1 zone, scoring on 12 of 14 possessions. They led 35-17 at half.

FC had an early second half sixpossession scoring streak, but R-P had three threes to reply. The Falcons kept it mostly in the teens, but R-P prevailed 60-48. Ben Ansell (14 pts, 5-8 FGs, 4-5 FTs) was efficient to lead the Trojans. Landon Skalet (13 pts, 3-8 threes, 8 assists) ran the R-P “O.” Payton Hahn also hit double-digits (10 pts). Freshmen Luke O’Hare (8 pts, 4-6 FGS, 3 rebs, 3 assists) and Kobe Lind (8 pts, 3-6 FGs, 4 rebs) scored 16 off the bench (all in the first half ). Luke Ristau (10 pts, 5-7 FGs) led FC. Josh Peters (9 pts, 3-6 threes) and Matt Lutes (8 pts, 2-3 threes) did damage from deep. The Trojans then hosted #3 in Class AA Caledonia, a big TRC rivalry game. The Warriors entered having won the last five in the series (by 25.6 PPG), but devoid of leading scorer (South

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Before the 1991-1992 season started, the Southeast Conference was born. Eleven different schools have won or shared The Trende Report out-right or East/ West division titles in girls basketball since. Caledonia, M-C, SG, R-P, and Paul Trende Lanesboro have all done so multiple times. Geographically between them all has been Houston. A Hurricane girls team has never been SEC champion. Until now. Logging almost 600 miles worth of travelling, minus starting center Jenny Albrecht in two contests, Dale Moga’s group went 3-0 on the week. Houston won at Hope Lutheran in non-conference play, 64-32. Alyssa Rostad (17 pts, 4-5 FTs, 9 rebs), Jessica Kitching (10 pts, 8 rebs, 7 assists, 5 stls), and Amber Chapel (14 pts) led the way. Becca Rostad and Emma Geiwitz each added eight. The ‘Canes then clinched a share of their first SEC-East title by winning at G-E 65-22. Houston hit 9 of 18 threes. A-Rostad notched her tenth 20-point game (21 pts, 5-8 threes, 10 rebs). Chapel (12 pts, 5 stls), Geiwitz (11 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists, 4 stls), and B-Rostad (10 pts) helped. Kitching added 4 (pts), 6 (rebs), and 7 (assists). Finally, team double-H got a hard win at Cleveland, 70-67. Free throw line work (H 18-22, C 13-26) was key. Rostad notched her second 30-point game (31 pts, 6-13 threes, 9-11 FTs, 10 rebs).

Dakota State signee) Owen King (broken nose). R-P overcame a 28-20 halftime deficit to hand the Warriors their third loss of the year, 53-50. Ansell led the way with 21 points (1016 FGs). Hahn (10 pts) was the only other Trojan in double figures. Jake Paulson (9 pts, 5 assists, 5 stls) and Dawson Dahl (8 rebs, 4-6 FTs, 7 rebs) did work. Marten Morem (12 pts) was the only Warrior in double figures. R-P (8-5, 15-5), for or a second time this year, has won six in a row.

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(14), and steals (7). FC’s girls beat R-P, ending a 5-game skid, sweeping the season series. The Falcons (6-9, 8-13) also beat L-A to post a 2-1 week. M-C’s boys beat Lanesboro to sweep that series. Dylan Loppnow had 17 (pts), 8 (rebs) and 7 (blks). Carson Schwichtenberg had 21 points in defeat. Lauren Buchholtz registered her 8th double-double (20 pts, 11 rebs), but Kingsland fell to Southland. Payton Danielson had 23 points, though M-C’s girls fell to W-K. The Cougars were befallen by tragedy a few days later. Avery and Aden Arneson were killed in a car accident. The Journal Sports sends it condolences to the Arneson family and M-C girls basketball. Avery was a senior forward on the team. Three brothers (Jack, James, and Alex) survived the accident. A gofundme page (https://www. has been set up for the family to help support medical and funeral costs. Donations to the family also may be made at Fareway in Decorah, Iowa, and Viking State Bank and Trust, Decorah.

Boys Basketball (1/29 – 2/5)

Houston 52, Coulee Christian 49 Houston 37, Randolph 53 (H: Connor Van Gundy 12 pts; James Hongerholt 11 pts) Kingsland 57, #9 in AA SC 84 (K: Wyatt Pruter 17 pts (6-10 FTs); Ian Meisner 13 pts, 9 rebs, 3 blks; Zach Bubany 13 pts, 6 rebs, 5 assists, 3 stls. Knights: 7-6, 13-6) Chatfield 40, D-E 83 (C: Reid Johnson 11 pts. Eagles hit 11 of 15 threes to start game) Lanesboro 39, Schaeffer Academy 62 (L: Greysen Hig-

be-Hurrah career-high 19 pts (7-10 FTs), 8 rebs; C. Schwichtenberg 17 pts (4-10 threes), 6 rebs. Higbe-Hurrah and Schwichtenberg scored all but three Burro points) M-C 54, L-O 78 (MC: Blake Henry 13 pts, 13 rebs; Drew Wyffels 10 pts, 8 rebs, 5 assists, 4 stls. LO: T. Hungerholt 26 pts (9-13 FTs), 6 rebs, 5 assists, 5 stls; Riley Olson 23 pts (10-10 FTs), 9 rebs; Seth Royston 21 pts, 9 rebs. FTs: MC 10-19, LO 27-42) L-A 59, FC 48 (FC: L. Corson 14 pts (3-5 threes); M. Lutes 8 pts, 7 rebs; N. Haugerud 6 pts, 9 rebs. FC: 3-10, 5-15) PEM 71, Chatfield 54 (C: Landon Bance 11 pts (3-7 threes); Josef Fahrenholtz 11 pts, 8 rebs; Ben Brogan 6 pts, 10 rebs. Gophers: 1-12, 3-15) Lanesboro 48, M-C 61 (MC: D. Loppnow career-high 17 pts (8-11 FGs), 8 rebs, 7 blks; B. Henry 17 pts, 9 rebs; D. Wyffels 10 pts, 7 rebs, 7 assists. L: C. Schwichtenberg 21 pts, 7 rebs; Andrew Luck 12 pts; G. HigbeHurrah 9 pts, 9 rebs; Connor Ruen 6 pts, 9 rebs, 3 assists, 3 stls. M-C led 46-44, closed on a 15-4 run. Burros: 1-7, 1-15) SG 58, Houston 31 (H: J. Hongerholt 10 pts) W-K 70, M-C 49 (MC: D. Loppnow 15 pts (6-10 FGs); D. Wyffels 10 pts, 5 assists. Half: MC 32, WK 35. Cougars: 4-7, 7-12) #7 in A Nevis 69, Houston 48 (Game at Target Center. Hurricanes: 3-7, 7-14)

Girls Basketball (1/29 – 2/5)

L-O 29, R-P 64 (RP: L. Lawston 26 pts, 14 rebs, 7 stls. All 13 Trojans to play, scored) G-E 27, Lanesboro 49 (L: Payton Benson 17 pts (5-14 threes); Lexie Johnson 12 pts, 7 stls; Emily Snyder 11 pts, 6


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rebs, 4 assists, 6 stls) #1 in A L/P 62, FC 33 (FC: Paige Donlinger 12 pts, 9 rebs. L/P: Kristi Fett 25 pts (11-16 FGs)) R-P 23, FC 57 (FC: Emma Breitsprecher 13 pts, 6 rebs, 6 stls; Alleigh Meyer 9 pts, 5 rebs. RP: L. Lawston 16 pts, 6 rebs) SC 57, Kingsland 33 (K: Kori Kruegel 9 pts; Lauren/Ellie Buchholtz 8 pts each) D-E 50, Chatfield 41 (C: Alanna Goetzinger 14 pts (6-9 FTs), 15 rebs; Shelby Isensee 7 pts, 7 rebs) Alden-Conger 38, M-C 34 (MC: Kenidi McCabe 14 pts, 6 rebs; Payton Danielson 7 pts, 10 rebs, 4 stls) Chatfield 55, PEM 56 (C: Macy Pederson 12 pts, 5 assists; Belle Berg 11 pts, 10 rebs; A. Goetzinger 11 pts, 5 rebs; Britney Fretland 10 pts (4-5 FGs); S. Isensee 9 pts, 10 rebs) FC 45, L-A 34 (FC: Kandace Sikkink career-high 10 pts (4-6 FGs), 9 rebs; E. Breitsprecher 10 pts; Madison Scheevel 10 pts) M-C 36, #13 in A GM 47 (MC: P. Danielson 19 pts) Kingsland 37, Southland 54 (K: L. Buchholtz 20 pts, 11 rebs; Lindsey Welch 6 pts, 12 rebs. Kingsland: 7-7, 10-10) R-P 37, #17 in AA Caledonia 61 (RP: Kaitlyn Bieberdorf 9 pts. Trojans: 0-15, 4-17) #1 in A L/P 60, Lanesboro 13 (Burros: 2-8, 3-15) Lake City 50, Chatfield 32 (C: B. Berg 12 pts; S. Isensee 9 pts. Gophers: 5-10, 6-15) W-K 54, M-C 48 (MC: P. Danielson 23 pts; Maddy Michels 9 pts, 8 rebs; K. McCabe 7 pts, 11 rebs. Cougs: 4-5, 6-14)

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Minnesota weekly fuel update and outlook February 5 — Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.60/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Minnesota during the past week, prices yesterday were 30.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 20.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 11.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 34.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on February 5 in Minnesota have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.26/g in 2017, $1.57/g in 2016, $2.16/g in 2015, $3.18/g in 2014 and $3.52/g in 2013. Areas near Minnesota and their current gas price climate: • Wisconsin- $2.56/g, up 0.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.56/g. • Fargo- $2.45/g, up 1.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.43/g. • Twin Cities- $2.59/g, up 1.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.57/g. “High oil prices continue to push gasoline prices to territory that Americans haven’t seen for years, aside from Hurricane Harvey last September,” said Pat-

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Wrestling (2/2- 2/3)

FCLMC 4, PEM 75 (Caden Anderson (120 > 14-4 MD) had FCLMC’s win. Wolves had seven forfeits); FCLMC 27, D-E 46 (Wolves won three forfeits, lost six. Eric Kunz (160) had a pin, Michael Barrett (220 > 5-0) a decision win. FCLMC: 0-4 vs TRC-East, 0-8 vs TRCall, 2-14 overall) LARP 32, Caledonia/Houston 39 (Screaming Ealges led 23-0 and 29-9, but won just one bout the final seven weights (forfeited 220 and 285). Ross Herber (106), Carter Jonsgaard (113), and Dominic Jenkins (145) had pins, Gable Speltz (120 > 16-1) a tech fall, and Noah Herber (195 > 12-5) a decision win. LARP beat Cal/ Hou 39-36 earlier in the year at Z-M duals. S-Eagles: 2-1 vs TRC-East, 4-4 vs TRC-all, 7-10 overall) Chatfield 63, La Crescent 12 (Gophers won four forfeits, got first period pins from S. Goetzinger (106), T. Karver (126), C. Ketterhagen (132), N. Goldsmith (138), and Carter Fishbaugher (182), a second period pin from J. Mandt (145). Cael Bartels (113 > 12-6) had the lone decision win of the night)

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Fountain looks to policy changes ahead of utility increases

Fountain Councilors David Gudmundson, left, and Jim Schott, listen to information regarding utility policy from City Clerk Ronda Flattum, pictured at right, during the February 7 council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner By Kirsten Zoellner Following up on discussion from an informational community meeting held January 10, the Fountain City Council considered two utility related changes at its Wednesday, February 7 meeting. The city is planning utility rate increases and changes to usage minimums for sewer and water. City Clerk Ronda Flattum suggested consideration for the handling of past due notices and multi-unit metering. Currently, the city late fee for delinquent balances is listed as 10% with additional disconnect

and reconnect charges of $25 each instance due to delinquency. Comparative data from other municipalities was presented, but it’s unclear how the council wants to proceed. “The people who are past due, are always the ones past due. When they get late fees, it gets harder and harder to catch up,” said Flattum. “It’s hard to get out of the hole. I think a change would be for the betterment of the city and residents.” The council may consider implementing new policy that would give two weeks’ notice for past due bills to 1-507-765-3837 E.O.E

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be paid prior to disconnection. Multi-unit metering may also better assist residents. Whether or not a rental unit is individually metered and how tenants’ utility costs are paid is up to the property owner, who is ultimately responsible for all unpaid utility. “We can’t mandate that,” noted Mayor Richard Kujath. When individual metering is requested, the city pays the cost of meters while the property owner must pay all costs related to installation. Ron Junge, property owner of an eight-unit apartment complex on Spruce Street has requested the city provide nine meters to his property. “I’d just assume that with the rate increases coming that they [tenants] pay it,” said Junge, who also stated he intends to change his lease agreements to define tenant responsibility for utilities. “I prefer that notice is given right away if past due,” he added. Clerk Flattum indicated a vertical E-meter devices could be ordered at an estimated $300 per meter. Billing for multi-unit metering would go directly to tenants from the city, as well as a copy for each unit for the property owner. Approval was given for the ordering of the meters. Discussion will continue on past due fees. It’s likely no final changes for utility policies and the increase will not be approved until April and implemented in May. In other news, the city wastewater treatment plan was again compliant in the months of December and January. This is a welcome indication that long-time woes at the plant may be a thing of the past, especially during occasionally difficult to manage winter months. Rick Whitney, of PeopleService, was on hand at the meeting with updates and requests. City Engineer WSB & Associates is coordinating with Whitney for chemical submittal notice to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for changes

to product at the plant. With the new chemical, Whitney has suggested the city consider the option of bulk purchasing, which could save the city upwards of $6,500 a year. This would require the installation of either five, 1,000 gallon tanks or one large tank unit. Each presents its own challenges and costs, but it’s estimated that either option could pay for itself within a year and a half. Option one, utilizing multiple tanks, will help disperse the weight load. Engineers are checking on requirements, but installation of an eight-inch concrete slab is likely. This is estimated to cost roughly $4,000 according to Whitney. Option two, however, is

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slightly less costly at $2,000-2,500 for the tank and an additional minimum of $1,000 for the support structures. No formal decision on the tanks was made at the meeting. Lastly, a rough draft of an agreement between the city and Valley Design is currently being reviewed by WSB & Associates. The agreement relates to permitting from the MPCA. Following review, the document will go to the City Attorney for review and then to the council for final approval. Whitney suggested once the agreement is completed the city look into its ordinances. “We need to make sure we have some teeth to hold the line,” noted Whitney. The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

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On January 31, Jason Paul Kahoun, 35, of Rushford, appeared before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat. He is charged one felony; Drugs 5th Degree - Sale - Marijuana Mixture Except Small Amount of Marijuana With No Remuneration. It carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. On January 31, Laura Lynn Kahoun, 34, of Rushford, appeared before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat. She is charged with three felonies; Posssess Ammo/Any

Firearm - Conviction or Adjudicated Delinquent for Crime of Violence, Drugs - 5th Degree Sale - Marijuana Mixture Except Small Amount of Marijuana With No Remuneration, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The ammo/gun charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine, or both. The 5th Degree Sale and Controlled Substance charges each carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. On or about January 29, a probation officer stopped

at the Kahoun residence, allegedly finding marijuana, an unknown white powder, and a loaded handgun. Multiple officers (including a Narcotics Investigator) were dispatched to the address. A search warrant was obtained. Upon a search, allegedly almost $4,000 in cash, over 140 total grams of marijuana, and six firearms were taken into evidence. Laura Kahoun is on probation (convicted felon), having two prior convictions for 5th Degree Controlled Substance, resulting in her being prohibited to have a firearm or ammo. She also has two prior Domestic Assault convictions.

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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Benjamin Allen Keyes, 54, Fountain, Minn.; 1/13/2018, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Britta Lee Nordahl, 31, Minneapolis, Minn.; 12/22/2017, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. MN Department of Natural Resources – Enforcement Division Chad Lyndon Losee, 37, Spring Valley, Minn.; 11/11/2017, Transportation of Loaded Firearm, Fine $100, Total Fees $190. MN State Patrol – Rochester Pamela Sue Kester, 52, Decorah, Iowa; 12/21/2017, Speed Exceed in Special Zone Set By Commissioner (50/40), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Wendy Lynn Ruberg, 46, Rushford, Minn.; 12/24/2017, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Preston Police Department Tyler Troy Steven Crouch, 32, Rushford, Minn.; 1/20/2018, Parking Where Signs Prohibit Stopping, Fine $25, Total Fees $37. Melanie Louise Rietveld, 48,

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Lanesboro council agrees to hold public hearing for Zenith Street paving project By Hannah Wingert Brian Malm presented a feasibility study for the proposed Zenith Street paving project to the Lanesboro City Council at their February 5 meeting. The study was done because of a petition presented to the city by the homeowners who live on the gravel stretch of Zenith Street. The study gave two estimates for the project, one with 100% assessments to the homeowners and the other with 30% assessments. Malm noted that the costs quoted were based on current prices and would increase the longer the council waited to do the project. “The conclusion of the study is that the project is definitely feasible from an engineering standpoint,” Malm said. “We would recommend that if you choose to proceed with the project, you do so at 100% assessment.” The homeowners would also need to sign a waiver of rights to appeal the proposed assessments. The city’s financial advisor, Mike Bubany from David Drown and Associates concurred with Malm’s findings and recommendations. A motion was made to assess the project at 100%. Zenith Street resident Phil Dybing, who had been the driving force behind the petition to pave the gravel road was present at the meeting as well. “There’s no way I’m going to sign a waiver

that I’m paying 100%. It’s frustrating that we can’t even talk about a situation that’s agreeable for all parties,” he said. “It would be nice to have a forum where we could actually work this out.” “The policy says 30% or 100%, but it’s really up to the council’s discretion,” Malm noted. “If you want to move forward with the project in any form, the next step would be to call for a public hearing and notify the homeowners.” “I’m not in favor of them spending 100% at all,” Council member Tom Smith commented. The motion on the table came to a tie with two for and two against votes. A new motion was made and approved to hold a public hearing with the date and time to be announced later. Don Lukkason gave the Chamber of Commerce update to the council, noting that the annual member meeting in December was successful. He added that the type of questions that the chamber receives from business owners the most are about advertising. The 2018 Lanesboro Visitors’ Guide has been printed and is available at the visitor center along with 5” x 7” cards printed with the annual events. Council member Marge Drake mentioned to Lukkason that she frequently receives comments and questions about wanting extended

evening hours for the visitor center. Lukkason agreed to address that with the chamber. Ambulance director Deane Benson informed the council that there are several Lanesboro residents who are EMTs on other ambulance services who would also like to join the Lanesboro Ambulance Crew. “This would give us a little more flexibility with call time,” he said. Because the individuals interested in joining are already certified as EMTs, the city would not have to pay to train them, allowing them to join the service without falling under the same criteria as other members. The council approved a motion to allow the additions to the Lanesboro Ambulance Crew. The ambulance crew also requested permission to purchase a power load cot system from Stryker which would include a new cot and loading system that would be installed in the ambulance. With the power load cot system, one person could load and unload a patient by themselves. Mayor Johnson, who also serves as a EMT in Lanesboro, noted that many times, there are only two people available to go on ambulance calls and they are often working on uneven or icy ground. “You have one back injury and what’s that going to cost?” she pointed out. The total cost of the system would come to

just under $40,000. The ambulance crew has already raised quite a bit of that and would like to take the remaining $25,000 out of the account to pay for it. “I think our ambulance service is very important,” council member Marge Drake noted. The council approved the purchase. Chris Goodwin from Ayers Associates presented the council with proposed plans for the new dam. “We’re basically building a new dam upstream of the old dam,” he said. The estimated cost of the plans is 1.3 million dollars although city administrator Michele Peterson pointed out that there will be additional costs on top of that to complete every aspect of the project. Ayers projected that if paperwork is started right away, the necessary permits would be received by November 2018, and construction could begin in the spring of 2019. The council thanked him for the updates. There is a dispute between Generation X Construction and the city over some of the work during the 2017 street and utility improvements. Extra work was done that wasn’t approved by the engineer, the final completion date was late, and a property on Auburn sustained damages that occurred during the project. Ryan Oian from Generation X was present at the meeting to dis-

cuss the matter with the council and Brian Malm. Oian requested that the company be paid for the remainder of the work for which they billed the city. “It has been held for 100 days now,” he stated. Oian’s attorney joined the meeting via speaker phone. “It’s difficult to make a payment when the set-off amounts haven’t been determined, and so payment amount cannot be established,” Malm pointed out. He recommended setting up a separate meeting between himself, Oian, his attorney, Lanesboro’s city attorney, and a council liaison to discuss the issues and work on a resolution for them. Oian and his attorney were agreeable to the recommendation. City Administrator Michele Peterson agreed to contact everyone involved to set up a meeting. A request was made to vacate an alley near Beacon Street and Parkway Avenue. Planning and Zoning reviewed the request and recommended that the council deny it. A motion passed to uphold the Planning and Zoning committee’s recommendation. Riverside on the Root owner Michael Charlebois once again addressed the council about payment for the riprap work behind his restaurant. This has been an ongoing issue for a number of years now. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about whose responsibility it should’ve been,” he said. “This should’ve never been my problem. It was the infrastructure that failed.” He proposed that the city pay $6,000 of the bill and he would pay the other $1,800, adding “I think it’s time to put this thing to rest.” Council member Jason Resseman agreed. “I don’t see how we can hold Mike responsible for something that failed in the infrastructure.” The council approved the payment. At the January meeting, Maintenance Director Andy Drake informed the council that the city had been maintaining some areas that turned out to be private property. Peterson reviewed the city maps and determined that he was correct. The council agreed to get input from the homeowners before deciding what to do about the issue. The Lanesboro school contacted the city offices to ask if a student could work there during their study break to get work experience. The council approved the request. Peterson asked permission to attend the Minnesota Municipal Clerk Institute training program which will be held at St. Cloud State University. She has applied for a grant to help cover the cost, but the city will need to cover the remainder. The request was approved. The council passed Resolution 2018-14 regarding a funding application for Sylvan Park. Peterson will continue to work on a grant application to receive funds to do the needed repairs. The next Lanesboro City Council meeting was moved to March 6 at 5:30 p.m.

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•Bluff Country ATV Club meeting, 10am, Rushford American Legion. •Mabel Food Shelf, 10am-12pm, First Lutheran Church, 202 N. Oak, Mabel. •Lanesboro AA Group, 8pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Call (507) 251-1771 or (507) 765-2518.*

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MON., FEBRUARY 19 •Senior Exercise Class, 10:30-11am, Mabel Senior Dining/fire Hall. For info, call (507) 288-6944.* •AA Crossroads Journey Group meeting, 7pm, Spring Valley Library.*

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Charming 4 bdrm 2 bath home with character and charm. Hardwood floors, original woodwork, open staircase, paneled doors, French doors, 2 wood fireplaces, walk-up attic, 4 season porch, updated kitchen, walk out, and new updated electrical panel. This property is partially fenced and sits on just under an acre of land. Large enough for growing room. This one is sure to please! Brenda Sheldon, ABR, GRI

Cell 507-259-5454 Website: E-mail: $92,900







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Affordable home - own for less If you are looking for affordable housing than what rent payments would with no work or updates...this is it. Totally remodeled home with new 200 amp be. Great property with potential for electrical, updated windows, laminate improvements or great investment and wood flooring, perm. siding, new property. Newer furnace, some sheet rock, paint & molding throughout updated windows and partially fenced with full basement. All located in quiet yard. 4 bedrooms 2 baths, hardwood floors, formal dining area, eat in community of Greenleafton on hard surface road. Additional lot available - kitchen and mud room area coming in the back side door. Property call me for information on the extra lot. City sewer and water! priced in its “As Is” condition.


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If you are looking to sell your property, please give me a call and put my 20+ years experience to work for you! Or...if you are looking to purchase, let me help you find your perfect home or acreage!

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Great Business Opportunity as owner is retiring! Currently operating as a greenhouse and floral business which has been owner operated by 2 different families since 1954. Long term established business. Inventory will be sold separately as it changes on a daily basis. Excellent location on busy Highway 16 & 63. For more information or to schedule a time to preview the business give me a call!

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Excellent location on great cul-desac street in newer subdivision. Call me about Spring Valley housing tax incentives for new construction!

Call Brenda today! 507-951-2081 PENDING

Chatfield Office Rochester Office 116 N. Main St. 4123 26th St. NW REDUCED!









$40,500 Condo • 2 bedrooms • 2 baths • Open living, Dining and CHATFIELD 4 bedroom • Steel siding • 2+ garage • Large yard • Open Kitchen • Large master with 2 w/in closets • Attached Spectacular views • Large ranch • Master suite w/jetted tub • Walk-in 3 bedrooms • 2 baths • Master bath • Ranch home • 2+ attached garage • Remodeled & updated throughout • Large lot • Storage shed Large corner lot • Close to elementary • Close to golf kitchen and dining • Living room • Ideal for permanent home garage closet • Main floor laundry • Formal living room and dining room • course • Open to builders • City Utilities or rental • Quick possession available Remodeled kitchen • 4 bath • Lower level is currently set up as a G TIN NEW





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FOUNTAIN Ranch home • Wood floors • 3-season porch • Updated kitchen • Vinyl siding • Deck • Patio • Garage • Lower level is wide open to finish your way • Quiet street







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mother-in-law apartment • Completely remodeled and updated • 1/2 acre lot • Wildlife • Large deck



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2.9 acres • Wooded • Close to hunting, fishing, camping • Private • Ideal for house or cabin



LANESBORO 15 acres • Woods • 3 bedrooms • 2+ heated garage • Remodeled bath • New window • LP/Wood combo heat • Central air • 896 sq ft pole shed 140-acre farm • Approximately 63 acres tillable • Approximately • Storage shed • Newer septic • Many updates 8.25 acre hobby farm • Blacktop roads • 5 acres tillable • Remodeled 20 acres pasture ground • Building site with outbuildings kitchen • New appliances • Remodeled bath • Large heated shop • Pole • Woods • 1920 sq.ft. pole shed • Old barn • Ideal spot to shed build on


Serving SE Minnesota

Roxanne Johnson Broker/Owner, GRI, CRS, ABR Cell: (507) 458-6110 MN & IA Licensed

Commercial Opportunities $135,000

Spud Boy Diner


Owner is retiring • Unique diner (1927 Goodell Diner Car) • High traffic area • Scenic Lanesboro • Located on Main St • Close to state trail • Property runs down to Root River • Room for outside seating • Turn key operation

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Office 507-886-4221 • 25 W Center St Harmony, MN 55939

Realtor, GRI Cell: (507) 251- 0281 MN Licensed



430 Main St, Ostrander

American 4 square • Character & charm • 3 bed, 1 bath • 26x58’ shop, 1/2 heated • CB • 220 & Concrete • $94,900

You ask...We answer. I’m renting now and would like to make the move to purchase a home. Where do I start? We offer free buyer consultations to inform you on the buying process, from connecting with a reputable lender to making an offer. We will walk you through every step of the process so you know what to expect.

QUICK POSSESSION 366 Main St N, Chatfield

Easy living • Fresh paint • New flooring • 2 bed, 2 bath • 1 car attached garage • $124,900


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308 Main St W. Preston

Immediate possession! • Fresh paint • New floors • Updated kitchen • 3 bed, 2 bath • $94,000



230 Prospect St, Peterson

TBD Cedar Rd, Peterson

3 bed • Open living • Main floor bed & bath $48,000

Easy access & buildable! Parcel 1: 19.65 acres Parcel 2: 13.26 acres


Well-established and professional run restaurant located in the heart of Harmony. Lunch & supper menu plus drive-through coffee. $160,000


Enjoy guests from around the world while hosting private parties to corporate events. Exceptional experiences at this outstanding B&B.


Real Estate - 2,448 sq ft main level with apartment, plus walk-up attic and full basement. Equipment included for full restaurant and bar. $115,000


Renovated and ready to move in to. 2,976 sq ft of space to host your business. Green space in back. On and off street parking available.


Well run seasonal business in Lanesboro, MN.

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Sun., Feb. 11 at 9am - Antiques, tools, sporting goods, household items and much more! For more information contact Spring Valley Sales at 507-346-2183. Listing in the Journal Mon., Feb. 12 at Noon - Hay & straw and corn stalks. For more information contact Jen at 507743-2250. Listing in the Journal Thurs., Feb. 15 at 10pm - 62 acres m/l Howard Co., IA. 146.43 acres m/l Chickasaw Co., IA. For more information contact Burke Real Estate at 563-380-2868. Listing in the Journal



BILLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GUN SHOP. Buy, sell, trade, and repair. We are your local MUCK BOOT dealer. Hours: 7pm-10pm M-F, Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday by appointment. 1 1/4 miles south of Carimona, 19708 Kava Rd, Preston. 507-765-2762 s10eow- 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. w30tfn-o

Wood pallets. All sizes and wood colors. $5 each. Call 507-251-5297. s23tfn-x JD 720 3 pt. hitch with factory center link. Aux power steering, good rear rubber. Runs good. $3,400 or best offer. 507-4935765. s12,19-x For free / give away: 75-year-old double cedar tree needs to be cut down, you keep the wood. Easy access. contact Robbie, 507-273-2945 or Robbie Brokken 225 2nd Ave SW Harmony, MN 55939. s12-o Pianos, Digital Pianos, Rodgers Church Organs - New, Used, Sales & Service - Call DEWEY KRUGER MUSIC, Northwood, Iowa, 800-933-5830, s12,19,26,5-x FRUIT & NUT TREES From $15. Blueberry, Strawberry, Grape, Asparagus, Evergreen & Hardwood Plants & MORE! FREE Catalog. WOODSTOCK NURSERY, N1831 Hwy 95, Neillsville, WI 54456. Toll Free 888-803-8733 (MCN)


Starts ending on Sun, February 18 at 5pm - Furniture, Whirlpool washer, tools, coke merchandise & collectibles, power tools, yard tools, pictures, prints and much more! Contact Becker Auction, 507-458-4439. Listing in the Journal

FOR RENT OFFICE SPACE with conference room for rent in historic downtown Preston, MN, with enough room for 6 to 8 employees. Cost $385/month, includes standard utilities. Common area break room and bathroom facilities. Call 507-251-5297. r30tfn-x UPSTAIRS APARTMENT for rent in Peterson. No smoking, no pets. Applicants will be screened. Call 507875-2643. r11-TFN RENT BASED ON INCOME! 1 & 2 bd apts in Canton, Mabel, Ostrander, Preston & Rushford. Family & senior rentals. Month to month leases! Some smoke free. Pets allowed in senior bldgs. 507-451-8524 www.lifestyleinc. et tdd 507-451-0704. Equal Housing Opportunity. r12,19,26-o RURAL CHATFIELD - 3+ bed, 3 bath, 3 car garage, handicap friendly, workshop, barn. References required. $1,200/month plus utilities. Call Tim, 507-259-9110. r30TFN-o




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Want to purchase minerals and other oil/ gas interests. Send details to: P.O. Box 13557, Denver CO 80201(MCN)


Thurs., March 1 at 10am - 160 acres m/l Fillmore Co., MN. Offered in parcels, including home & outbuildings. For more information contact Burke Real Estate at 563-380-2868.

Starts ending on Wed, February 14 at 6pm - Store liquidation items, decorative items, clothing, display shelving. All new items. Contact Harmony Online Auctions, 507-208-9363 or 507-259-6737.

Monday, February 12, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: October 18, 2004 MORTGAGOR: Richard E. Tart and Carol A. Tart, husband and wife. MORTGAGEE: Beneficial Loan and Thrift Co. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded October 20, 2004 Fillmore County Recorder, Document No. 342617. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc. Dated September 20, 2016 Recorded September 20, 2016, as Document No. 409720. And thereafter assigned to: U.S. Bank National Association, as Indenture Trustee, for the CIM Trust 2016-1, Mortgage-Backed Notes, Series 2016-1. Dated December 5, 2017 Recorded January 3, 2018, as Document No. 415781. TRANSACTION AGENT: NONE TRANSACTION AGENTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON MORTGAGE: NONE LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON MORTGAGE: Beneficial Loan and Thrift Co RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. MORTGAGED PROPERTY ADDRESS: 121 Centennial Street East, Wykoff, MN 55990 TAX PARCEL I.D. #: R30-0011-080 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Commencing at a Point 728.3 feet East and 490 feet South of the Northwest Corner of Section 27, Township 103 North, Range 12 West, Thence South 150 feet, Thence West 100 feet to the point of beginning; Thence North 150 feet, Thence West 100 feet, Thence South 150 feet, Thence East 100 feet, to the point of beginning and there terminating, Subject to Easements, covenants and Restrictions of record COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Fillmore ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $90,653.31 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $64,355.40 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no action or

PUBLIC NOTICES proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: April 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Fillmore County Courthouse, Main Lobby, Preston, MN to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fees allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns unless reduced to Five (5) weeks under MN Stat. §580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owneroccupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on October 5, 2018, unless that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the redemption period is reduced to 5 weeks under MN Stat. Secs. 580.07 or 582.032. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.â&#x20AC;? Dated: January 29, 2018 U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee USSET, WEINGARDEN AND LIEBO, P.L.L.P. Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee 4500 Park Glen Road #300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 38 - 17-007291 FC THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Publish 12,19,26,5,12,19 notice of board of audit fountain township The Annual Board of Audit for Fountain Township will be conducted after the Regular March meeting. The Regular March meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on March 1 at the Fountain Fire Hall. Dan Graskamp, Clerk Publish 12,19

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SUMMARY OF MINUTES JANUARY 23, 2018 COUNTY BOARD MEETING The Fillmore County Board met in special session at the Courthouse in the City of Preston. All members were present. Also present were the Coordinator/Clerk, and other department heads and staff, citizens, and two members of the press. The following resolutions were adopted by the Board: RESOLUTION 2018-005: Fillmore County bridge priority list The Board approved the following agenda items: â&#x20AC;˘ the agenda. â&#x20AC;˘ pull January 9, 2018 County Board minutes from Consent Agenda. â&#x20AC;˘ the following Consent Agenda: January 9, 2018 County Board minutes. 1. Successful completion of probation for Jason Wetzel, Eligibility Worker. 2. Merit increase for Jason Wetzel, Eligibility Worker. 3. Merit increase for Deb Tammel-Peterson, Eligibility Worker. 4. Successful completion of probation for Heidi Jones, Finance Officer. â&#x20AC;˘ January 9, 2018 County Board minutes were amended and unanimously approved. â&#x20AC;˘ pull warrant for purchase of safety boots until receipt of clarification â&#x20AC;˘ proposed land acquisition of 337 acres from Larson Family Trust to be added to Choice Wildlife Management. â&#x20AC;˘ promotion of Linda Logsdon, RN, to position of PHN. â&#x20AC;˘ grant one-time deposit of eighty hours of PTO to Coordinator-Auditor/Treasurer Vickerman. â&#x20AC;˘ proposed changes to EEO/Affirmative Action policy. â&#x20AC;˘ advertise internally and externally for replacement Merit Office Support Specialist, Sr. in Community Services - Social Services Division. â&#x20AC;˘ request for a change in FTE status for Danea Murphy, GIS Coordinator. â&#x20AC;˘ final PTO policy. â&#x20AC;˘ compliance with recording requirements report for 2017. â&#x20AC;˘projected expenditures from Allocated and Unallocated accounts for various expenses related to land Records. â&#x20AC;˘ telecommuting agreements. â&#x20AC;˘Purchase of Service Agreement with Families Service Rochester for Family Engagement Strategies. â&#x20AC;˘ purchase of a half-ton super cab pickup, a half ton crew cab pickup and a one ton regular cab pickup. â&#x20AC;˘ second and final reading of Snow Removal policy. â&#x20AC;˘ purchase of six toilet and sink replacements for jail improvements. â&#x20AC;˘ unpaid internship for a Winona State Law Enforcement student. â&#x20AC;˘ purchase of payment processing system. â&#x20AC;˘ contract with Government Management Group for 2017-2019 Cost Allocation Plans. â&#x20AC;˘ 2018 Ambulance contracts in appropriation amount of $4,500 per contract. â&#x20AC;˘ 2018 Property/Liability renewal premium and 2018 Workers Compensation premium payment to MN Counties Intergovernmental Trust. â&#x20AC;˘ quote for Phase II Switch replacement from Marco for Information Systems. The following Commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; warrants were approved: REVENUE FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount Anderson Auto, LLC, services $612.79 Association of MN Counties, dues $1,177.00 Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, services $935.00 City of Preston Ambulance, services $750.00 Creative Product Sourcing, Inc., supplies $550.24 Fillmore County Treasurer-Credit Card/ACH, supplies, misc. $3,380.31 Galls, Inc., uniforms $1,457.52 Hewlett Packard, grant expense $1,033.00 Institute for Psychological Therapies, LLC, services $1,067.00 MCCC,services $9,549.01 Minnesota Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, dues, training $7,156.00 Perspective Enterprises, equipment purchase $2,257.00 Preston Service Plus, services $796.96 Pro-West & Associates, Inc., services $1,421.60 Region One SE MN Homeland Security, dues $1,000.00 S & A Petroleum, gas $646.01 Thomson Reuters, reference materials $1,901.75 US AutoForce, services $869.04 Winona Heating & Ventilating, Inc., services $576.00 TOTAL REVENUE FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $37,136.23 TOTAL REVENUE FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (49 bills - not listed) $8,182.16 TOTAL REVENUE FUND $45,318.39 ROAD & BRIDGE FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount Bauer Built, Inc., parts, services $2,557.96 Bruening Rock Products, Inc., rock $2,676.88 Canton Heating & Cooling, LLC, services $605.72 Dave Syverson Freightliner, parts $1,005.95 G & K Services, supplies, uniforms $763.30 Hovey Oil Co., Inc., fuel $10,567.41 Midstates Equipment & Supply, services $40,138.68 Morem Electric, Inc., services $603.02 Ronco Engineering Co., Inc., supplies $1,499.87 Universal Truck Equipment, Inc., parts $5,911.96 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $66,330.75 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (15 bills - not listed) $2,152.70 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND $68,483.45 SANITATION FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount TOTAL SANITATION FUND BILLS OVER $500 (none) $0.00 TOTAL SANITATION FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (2 bills - not listed) $1,094.42 TOTAL SANITATION FUND $1,094.42 AIPORT FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount Bolton & Menk, Inc., services $13,433.72 Fahrner Asphalt Sealers LLC, services $11,841.26 TOTAL AIRPORT FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $25,274.98 TOTAL AIRPORT FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (none) $0.00 TOTAL AIRPORT FUND $25,274.98 The above represents a summary of the County Board actions on the listed date. Official County Board minutes are on file in the Fillmore County Courthouse and are available for review during regular business hours. County Board meetings are usually scheduled for Tuesday mornings at 9:00 in the Commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Room in the Courthouse. Questions regarding the minutes or upcoming meetings can be directed to Bobbie Vickerman, Coordinator/Clerk of the County Board at 507/765-4566. Publish 12 meeting notice houston township Houston Township will hold the regular February monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Houston Town Hall, 601 East Cedar Street, Houston, Mn. Houston Township will hold its Annual Board of Audit meeting immediately following the regular February monthly 6:00 meeting. Anyone wishing to review the Township books may do so at this time. Christine Rischette Houston Township Clerk Printed with Soy ink Publish 12



Meeting Notice Fillmore-houston joint board of health There will be a meeting of the FillmoreHouston Joint Board of Health on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Mabel Community Center, 201 Main St S, Mabel, MN. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Publish 12,19

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CARS/TRUCKS WANTED!!! All Make/Models 2000-2015! Any Condition. Running or Not. Competitive Offer! Free Towing! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Nationwide! Call Now: 1-888-416-2330. (NANI)

DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR BOAT TO HERITAGE FOR THE BLIND. Free 3 Day Vacation, Tax Deductible, Free Towing, All Paperwork Taken Care Of. 1-800283-0205 (MCN)

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

DONATE YOUR CAR truck or boat to Heritage For The Blind. Free 3-day vacation, tax deductible, free towing, all paperwork taken care of 800/439-1735 (MCAN)


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CASH FOR CARS: We Buy Any Condition Vehicle, 2002 and Newer. Competitive Offer! Nationwide FREE Pick Up! Call Now For a Free Quote! 888-3665659! (MCN)

Besse Auto Detailing will be closed until April 1 while Don is recovering from hand surgery. For mini storage rental, call 507-765-2471. s29tfn-o


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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.

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2017 Teacher of The Year

who will be recogNized as The

2018 Teacher of The Year? Teachers have a very challenging and important job, shaping the minds of our future generations. Teacher Appreciation Day is May 8, 2018, and our team at the Fillmore County Journal will be working with all of the school districts in Fillmore County to recognize all teachers for their service. The Fillmore County Journal will be recognizing one special educator in Fillmore County who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, engaged students with innovative teaching methods, and helped students achieve a high level of academic success. To nominate a teacher, please fill out the for m below. All nominations are due at the Fillmore County Jour nal office, 136 St. Anthony Street S, P.O. Box 496, Preston, Minn. 55965 by noon on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Please be sure to include as many details as possible with your nomination, and feel free to include additional documents if you need more space to express support for your nominee. Call 507-765-2151 with questions regarding nominations. The Teacher of the Year will be recognized in the May 8, 2018 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, following an award presentation sponsored by Drury's Furniture Store, Har mony Foods, Preston Foods, Rushford Foods, and Ody’s Country Meats & Catering.

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T e a c h e r o f T h e Y e a r N o m i N aT i o N f o r m Teacher's Name:




I believe this teacher deserves the Fillmore County Journal Teacher of the Year award for the following reasons:

This teacher made a difference in (my child's/a student's/my own) life in the following way(s):

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All nominations are due at the fillmore county Journal of fice 136 St. Anthony Street S, P.O. Box 496, Preston, Minn. 55965 by noon Tuesday, April 17, 2018. **NOMiNeeS M uST B e c ur r eN T ly T e Ac hi Ng i N F i l l M Or e cO u N T y* *

2018 T ea c her of T he Year is suppor Ted b Y The fol l owi N g l oca l bu s iN e s s e s :

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Fillmore County Journal - 2.12.18