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Frozen pipes plague Fillmore County residents By A ngie Rodenburg

Cindy Gallea runs a dog sled team near Wykoff, Minn. in preparation for the 2014 Iditarod which begins March 1st. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Cindy Gallea to compete th in 12 Iditarod By Barb Jeffers

While some people in this area complain about the cold and the snow of winter, there are others whose passion depends on such conditions. Cindy Gallea of Wykoff, Minn. has a passion for dog sled racing or “mushing” and the snow we now have in Fillmore County helps her keep her dogs training and preparing for races such as the wellknow Iditarod that begins this year on March 1, 2014. This will be Gallea’s 12th Iditarod and the preparation for such an important and grueling race is constant, difficult,

and complicated. Being prepared for the Iditarod does not start shortly before the race. It takes year-round training and planning. Cindy Gallea graduated with a B.S. in Nursing in 1973 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. followed by earning her Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1990. In 1990 Gallea moved to Montana where she was able to train her dogs with ease due to favorable conditions. In 2010 she moved back to Minnesota to be closer to her parents who live in Gaylord, Minn. Gallea stated, “I couldn’t leave my dogs behind”, so she

and the dogs found their new home near Wykoff where Gallea operates Snowcrest Racing Sled Dogs. Gallea has been mushing for 27 years and completed her first Iditarod at age 47. The time spent training the dogs is a huge time commitment and the cost can be staggering. Gallea approximates she spends from 18 to 24 hours a week on training runs. This increases to as much as 35 to 40 hours a week at the peak of training. This is in addition to dog care, food preparation, planSee IDITAROD Page 3 

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Fillmore County has been plagued by a brutally cold winter. It’s the kind of cold that takes your breath away and makes you want to stay at home under a pile of blankets. However, the issues that the subzero temperatures cause have made their way indoors for many Fillmore County residents. Homes all across the county have been experiencing frozen pipes and sewers. Matt Swenson, owner of STS Plumbing and Heating in Mabel, Minn. said, “We’ve had more calls about frozen pipes this winter than we’ve had in the last 10 years combined.” Even Fillmore Central High School had a pipe burst in back of the school. The City of Lanesboro has received 20 phone calls in the past two weeks from residents with

frozen pipes. “The calls started with a cluster of four houses and the problem spiderwebbed out from there,” said City Administrator David Todd. “In the past it (frozen pipes) has not been an issue that is pervasive, but due to the cold temps and harsh winter it has become a problem.” This issue has kept the Lanesboro Public Utilities employees and Streets and Parks Department very busy; receiving phone calls at home and taking time outside of normal hours to assist residents. A common theme across the county. The City of Lanesboro has purchased huge quantities of hoses to aid residents with frozen pipes; hooking up homes with water to those without. The residents helping those without water will not see any charge for that water on their own bill. Though some See FROZEN Page 13 

DMC tourist ideas welcomed from Whalan residents Clinic in Rochester, Minn.—is moving ahead. Mayo officials are currently in the process of The temperature was still soliciting input from the towns firmly stuck below zero, where of southeast Minnesota, includit seems to have stubbornly ing Whalan and the eight other been for weeks, last Monday towns that comprise the Trail night, February 10, when the Town partnership. Whalan City Council gathered What do they want to know? for its monthly meeting, but no How to encourage Mayo clients water problems or frozen pipes to visit Bluff Country when they were on the agenda. “Knock on find themselves in Rochester for wood,” said Mayor Larry John- Mayo Clinic appointments. son. “We hope that continues as “They want us to give them ideas,” explained Trail Town we move towards spring.” The Trail Towns Committee Committee member Char Johnreported that the Destination son. “They will not be coming Medical Center (DMC) projSee WHALAN Page 7  ect—an initiative of the Mayo By Steve H arris

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AARP Beginner Course April 7 & 8, 2014 Fillmore Central Elementary Meeting Room, Preston from 5-9pm. Please register and make payments ahead of of time. Class Fee $12 (AARP Member) or $14 (non-member) written to AARP. Facility fee $4/person written to ISD#2198 (for Fillmore Central Comm. Ed) AARP Refresher Course April 30, 2014 Fillmore Central Elementary Meeting Room, Preston from 5-9pm. Please register and make payments ahead of of time. Class Fee $12 (AARP Member) or $14 (non-member) written to AARP. Facility fee $4/person written to ISD#2198 (for Fillmore Central Comm. Ed) Yoga Sculpt Mondays from 6:30-7:30 Fillmore Central Elementary Motor Room. $16 per session. Register by calling 507.765.3809

Congratulations 5/6th Math Wizards and Advisor Mr. Rundquist on a great season! 6th grade - front: Kira Nelson, Hailey Heins-Lange, Stefan Nikoloski, Ian Shupe back: Kelsey Biel, Elizabeth Jones, Hadrian Williams, Michael Barrett, Nicholas Brynjarsson Missing - Krista Jorgenson 5th grade - front: Riley Lange, Jeremy O’Connor, Kjerstiana Corson, Addie Peters, Hannah Storlie, Carson Kiehne back: Kaylee Arndt, Zach Haugerud, Trevor Hershberger, Caleb Kunz, Ashlyn Simon, Kennedy Ristau

February is “I Love to Read” Month February is “I Love To Read Month”. Our theme this year is “Winter Olympics”. We have several activities and dress-up days planned throughout the month. Each classroom was designated a country that participates in the Winter Olympics. Each class made a flag for their country to carry at the “Opening Ceremony” and they will be keeping track of how many medals their country wins in the actual Olympics. OLYMPIC GAMES: February 19th CLOSING CEREMONY: February 28th We will be having a sledding/snow party to celebrate reaching our goal of 100,000 pages read for the month of February! We will be handing out books on this day as well. Remember, the more you read, the more chances you have to win! Our goal this year is 100,000 pages! Be sure to watch the torch outside the Lunch Room grow as we start to reach our goal! The area businesses also want to reward the students for reading as well, so they will be giving incentives for reading and meeting reading goals.

Congratulations to the One Act Competition Cast and Crew for a wonderful show on Saturday, February 1st at Sub-Sections. They placed 4th overall

We have some special thank yous: Jason Huffman for driving the set trailer; Mensink/Kiehne/Kiehne/Love/Hellickson for the trailer; Kinglsey’s Mercantile for leaf rakes; Wheeler’s for tablecloth; Ann Detlefson for costumes; Mr. Holten for the speakers; Harmony Transit busing; all the parents who made food, bought water, and made sure their kids got where they needed to be; and the school staff and students for letting us perform during the day last week. Putting together a play is a team effort and I am proud of each and every member of this team - Mrs. Whitacre

Annual Label Race

Congratulations to Kindergarten for winning the Pizza Party for turning in the most labels. K-grade 6 raised approximately $2,763.00 in box tops, $1,275.00 in KWIK Trip Milk Moola and will receive new playground equipment with points raised from Campbell’s labels. Start clipping, counting and saving for next year’s Label Race. Our school is ranked #1 in the area for submitting BOX TOPS...Way to go!

This year’s winner is the Kindergartners with 14,293!

Other results: 1st (13,163), 2nd (12,264), 3rd (5,967), 4th (8,917), 5th (7,031) and 6th (8,961)

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to the Harmony and Preston Lions Clubs for purchasing and providing our 3rd graders with a new dictionary!

4th Grade Inventions Each 4th grader had to come up with an invention and present their’s to the class along with producing a model or prototype of their idea. Great job 4th graders!

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ning trips to races and so much more. It’s easy to say this is not a hobby it is a way of life. The dogs recently got in some good training from January 12 - 15, 2014 when Gallea competed in an organized training event in the UP of Michigan. She also entered the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in late January 2014 which began in Duluth, Minn.

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Gallea balances her time between mushing and her work as a Nurse Practitioner in the Oncology Department at the Mayo Clinic Methodist Campus in Rochester, Minn. She has been a Nurse Practitioner for 24 years and has been employed by Mayo Clinic for over three years. After working all day, Gallea comes home and takes care of the dogs. On days off from work, she selects a team to run out of her approximately 50

The dogs are excited to get hooked up for a run. Photo by Barb Jeffers

dogs, sometimes running late into the night, having to feed and care for the dogs upon returning home. Plans for traveling to Alaska for the Iditarod must be made months in advance with so many details to be taken care of. Eighteen hundred pounds of supplies have already been shipped ahead including kibble dog food and food for Cindy. Ody’s Country Meats of Spring Valley, Minn. cuts and packages meat that is also shipped ahead to be fed to the dogs during the Iditarod race along with kibble. Once the food arrives in Alaska, Iditarod volunteers arrange for the supplies to be delivered to the 20 checkpoints throughout the Iditarod route. Each dog will consume approximately 8,000 - 10,000 calories per day during the Iditarod. Every 12 hours the team of 16 dogs will eat approximately 10 pounds of kibble and 12 pounds of meat with two or three snacks in between meals. The average amount consumed by the team during the race is 50 to 60 pounds per day. When the temperatures are colder, the

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or assistance she receives. Gallea has help from fellow musher Stacy Rader from Denver. Rader and Gallea met in 2007. This will be the fifth time that Rader has helped with Iditarod training and preparation. Gallea stated, “I couldn’t do it without her” and help from others as well. David Applen of Lanesboro, Minn. has become an invaluable sponsor. He has volunteered many hours of his time performing many different tasks to help including grooming trails, hooking up and running dogs, and ordering and picking up supplies. Gallea purchased David and his wife Laurie’s home which was for sale when Gallea moved to Wykoff and David offered to work for her for an hourly wage but after realizing the costs Gallea incurs he offered to give up his wage and sponsor Gallea instead. Gallea also has help from Katrina Schmidt who periodically helps with dog chores, especially when Cindy is out of town for training and races. Additional local sponsors include Big Dan’s Trucking in Altura, Minn., Sunshine Foods (use of loading dock), Rochester Feed and Country Store, and Jeff and Joyce Tart. Also, she appreciates the cooperation of the Heartland Snowgoers and local landowners who share their land for snowmobile trails. If you would like to support or sponsor Cindy Gallea in any way, she can be reached at 21392 County 5, Wykoff, MN 55990. Cindy also enjoys sharing her Iditarod experiences with others and is happy to speak to groups about the wonder of sled dogs and running the Iditarod.

dogs need to eat even more. During the 1,100 mile race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, there are certain checkpoints where mushers must stop. At these times officials and veterinarians examine the dogs, sometimes testing the dogs’ urine for per formance enhancing drugs and overall health. Although there are mandatory rests, such as a 24-hour and an 8-hour, the mushers get very little sleep during the Iditarod. At the rest stops, the mushers bed the dogs on straw, prepare dog food—sometimes needing to melt snow to make water, treat injuries or sore muscles, and prepare the sled for the next section of trail. After these things are taken care of, the mushers can take a nap. Gallea stated that her best time for finishing the Iditarod is 11 days, 7 hours, and 56 minutes. Her goal for the 2014 Iditarod is to beat her own time. She said the winner of the Iditarod finishes in nine days. Being out in the conditions and pushing herself and the dogs for so many days in a row can take a toll that most people cannot imagine, but it is what Gallea lives and works for. One interesting aspect of dog sled racing is the fact that family, friends, fans, and sponsors can follow Gallea’s progress throughout the Iditarod as GPS trackers are placed on the sleds so people can follow her on the GPS Tracker Map. Go to www. to find a link to the GPS Tracker system. The combined cost of the endeavor, including the cost of raising and feeding her dogs, training them along with the cost of necessary supplies and equipment as well as the cost of travel to races and race entry fees, is significant. Gallea greatly appreciates any sponsorship

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C ommentary A plea for law makers to work together By Karen Reisner When local legislators appeared before the Fillmore County Board a few weeks ago to hear the county’s legislative priorities for the 2014 session, commissioners requested that they work together to get needed legislation through. Working with Karen Reisner colleagues from both parties and buckling down to create useful bills for a better future takes real effort and work. Politicians who only criticize, finding fault with the work of those they disagree with, without producing anything constructive are not doing their jobs or practicing good governance. They are just taking up space and creating noise. Affordable Care Act, not yet a work of perfection Our heath care system was in desperate need of a fix, prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is better known as Obamacare. No matter where one stands on the politics of ACA, there is agreement that access to our health care system was not as it should be. An inefficient and very expensive way to get routine care is the emergency room. Use of the emergency room drives up costs for all of us. In a moral society, everyone should have access to health care. Many people have been forced to live just an injury or illness away from bankruptcy because of our health care system. More than half of the bankruptcies in this country are due to medical expenses. We spend at least two times more on health care in this country than is spent in other developed countries or about 18 cents of every dollar spent. Unfortunately, in many ways we get less. Our life expectancy is about a year less. There are only about twothirds of the doctors and hospital beds compared to other developed countries. Staying in that hospital Editorial Cartoon

bed costs about three times as much with similar care. The objective should be to provide better outcomes along with a reduction of unnecessary tests and procedures which are primary drivers of the higher cost. With the roll out of ACA, several problems have come to light, even disregarding the website deficiencies. Those in a position to make the accessibility of health care better even if they don’t approve of ACA should use their power and energy to improve and fix the program. The reality is there is no going back to the system before ACA. Recently, three Republican senators (Orrin Hatch-Utah, Tim Coburn-Oklahoma, and Richard Burr-North Carolina) pitched an alternative to ACA. Their plan has little chance of getting passed and signed by President Obama, but maybe it is a beginning of a meeting of the minds to make improvements. Blending the public and the private as they have with ACA is very difficult. Some programs have to be implemented to more clearly recognize the flaws. Making the puzzle pieces including employer provided health care, private insurance companies, health care providers, and a government mandate with subsidies fit together is very complicated. Getting a health care program that allows access to health care in the most efficient and fair way is not a simple problem. It is a problem that has been worked on for several decades. The recently introduced Republican plan or alternative labeled the “Patient Care Act”, which at this point is just a list of ideas, keeps the popular aspects of ACA. Included are no lifetime limits, allowing dependents to be on their parents policy until age 26, and a more limited pre-existing condition guarantee. There would be no mandate or taxes, the unpopular aspects of ACA. Young people could get policies for less and older people would pay more (insurance companies could charge older people up to five times

more than younger people). There would be tax credits for those with incomes up to 300 percent above the poverty line to help them pay for the insurance. ACA provides subsidies for those with incomes up to 400 percent above the poverty line. There would be no minimum requirements on insurance. The minimum requirements in ACA do cause higher premiums, but I believe there has to be some standard to eliminate “junk” policies. A discussion to reduce the minimum requirements to some degree may be useful. Medicaid expansion is to be reduced. Employee coverage contributions for some plans would be taxed. There is no tax on employer contributions in ACA (maybe there should be). The 35 percent tax would go toward the tax credit to be made available for lower income people. Is it an improvement? There are little sweeteners to make the medicine go down, but in some ways they forget to make us take our medicine. “Continuous coverage” in the Patient Care Act for those with preexisting conditions means an individual can change policies and not be turned down assuming they have maintained continued enrollment in some health plan. But, young people or other overly optimistic souls who think they are unlikely to get a serious illness or sustain a debilitating injury will not be required to get health insurance. When the worst happens and they haven’t had health insurance, insurance companies will not have to sell them insurance when they need it. The Patient Care Act would encourage everyone to get insurance, but not mandate it. Many, if not most, at some point in their lives will have a serious health issue and according to this plan they will not be able to buy health insurance when they need it, if they have not been continually insured in some health plan. The only way to insure against being bankrupted by a serious illness or a serious injury is to be constantly

insured, even when one is young and less likely to need it. Short of having a “crystal ball” to predict the future, we all need insurance. You have to pay into the system when you are healthy to allow the system to take care of you when you are not. Mandates should not be made easily, but I don’t see any way around having a mandate in this case. States require every vehicle being operated to have at least a minimum of insurance. If this was not required by state law, many would not buy insurance at all on their vehicles. There is no way of predicting what might happen to you over your lifetime. Not having health insurance is irresponsible. I don’t see how removing the most unpopular aspect of ACA, the mandate, is going to work. It is a fact that there have been unintended consequences with ACA, causing increased premiums for some or loss of their physician. Some of these problems could be fixed. Providers and insurance companies may have more successful negotiations in time and widen the networks providing better opportunities for health consumers. Big changes, like ACA, cause confusion and are difficult, but may seem worth it a few years down the road. Spinning the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the ACA. With the recent CBO non-partisan report the political spinning wheel was put into overdrive. Both parties were out there working it their way. The headline saying ACA will cost 2.5 million jobs over the next 10 years is misleading and dishonest. The report didn’t say ACA will be a “job killer”, but actually said it would create jobs in the near future. People are not expected to lose their jobs, but there is expected to be a smaller increase in those hired because of the availability of affordable health care outside of the work place. The CBO report did say that overall there will be a reduction in

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workers, not jobs. It didn’t say businesses would reduce their workforce. Some people are expected to voluntarily leave the labor force to retire, stay home to raise children, pursue some other career, or start their own business because they no longer have to keep their job in order to keep the health insurance provided through their employer. ACA will give people freedom of choice to move on to other opportunities if they want to (the Democrat spin). Yes, some may choose not to work because it may be financially beneficial for them not to work. Republicans argue that ACA will cause low wage workers to trade jobs for entitlement benefits. Subsidies are withdrawn as income rises. This fact, it is argued, will act as an incentive not to work. Some workers may determine that it would benefit them to reduce their hours so they would be eligible for the federal subsidy. Perhaps, an adjustment to the income level triggering the subsidies will become necessary, when more is learned over time. In the end, some will always abuse the system. There are about 145 million people in the workforce. Two and one half million is less than 2 percent of workers. This isn’t that big of number especially when it is reduced by those who actually are taking advantage of the opportunity to stay at home with their kids, retire, or start a business. There will be some abuse by those choosing to live off government benefits (the Republican spin). Any program will invite some abuse. This is what it is, but it doesn’t diminish the program’s potential to be worthwhile and valuable. The truth is, no one can clearly see 10 years from now the effect ACA will have on the health care system and the economy.

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C ommentary Will the Destination Medical Center have a regional impact? By Jeff Gorfine Over the past 25 years, Rochester has evolved into a regional economic and cultural center, whose impact goes well beyond its city borders. Every day workers from surrounding communities commute to Rochester for employment. They in turn shop for goods and services that are not often provided in their smaller home towns. So, will the DMC have an impact on these surrounding communities? Absolutely! Will DMC planning and implementation be conducted in a regional context? It doesn’t look that way!

For more than a quarter century many citizens and leaders from southeast Minnesota have called for a more broadbased approach to growth and development within our region. These calls have, in many ways, gone unanswered. My fear is that this is happening again with DMC. DMC is a unique and groundbreaking undertaking that will have an enormous social, economic, and ecological impact on the many townships, counties, and communities surrounding Rochester. Some of the impacts which would merit regional deliberation, and

planning are: population and employment trends, physical and social infrastructure, and natural resources and the environment – to name a few. As the reader can easily see, the DMC is not simply about economic development. My challenge to the leadership of the DMC is to do the right thing, the practical, commonsense thing: think and plan regionally. Be comprehensive and work rigorously for the common good of all the communities that will contribute to the ultimate success of the DMC; a success that may truly make the DMC a model for preventive and holistic health care. Because the plans you put in place today will have an enormous impact on southeast Minnesota in the years to come.

Frac sand mining... To the Editor, I wish to express my deep admiration for the Catholic Workers who went on trial for protesting frac sand mining in Winona. Their testimony in the courtroom and the way they live their lives are true inspirations. The owners of the protested facilities and the arresting officers all testified that the protesters were non-violent and deeply respectful. What I would like the community to think about is this: Why is it that the corporations in this country can use the law to keep the people out of their

property, but the people can’t use the law to keep the corporations out of our property, namely the air we inhale or the water we drink? Why is it the corporations can shut down our operations forever--like our ability to breathe, or to protect our fragile karst aquifers and to nurture a tourism industry based on beautiful vistas and tranquility, but we can’t shut down their operations for an hour in peaceful protest? The people are made to pay the true costs of every aspect of our failed fossil fuel industry: silicosis, contaminated rivers, leaking and exploding oil

tankers, leaking and exploding pipelines, depleted ground water, unsafe roads, ruined home values, democracy sold to the highest bidder, and a planet fouled and plundered for future generations. Make no mistake, it is a failed industry. If you leave a wake of destruction to deliver your product that can not be the definition of success. Let this country get off of fossil fuels. Let’s treat this problem like the emergency it is. With a World War II level mobilization we can do this now. We are all responsible. Donna Buckbee Rushford, MN

Death of family dog... To the Editor, About “death of family dog” - January, 13, 2014 - I hope

that in the last month the person who murdered their dog “Tyson”has been caught and brought to justice. Thirty years ago our family had a Springer Spaniel. One day he escaped from the house as our sons opened the front door on their way to school. “Greco” ran into the street. A young man in a jalopy deliberately ran over him gunning his engine and smiling he took off. My 10 year-old son picked up Greco’s broken body and carried him into the house, laying him on the sofa. Greco turned his head, licked Eric’s cheek and died.

His ribs were crushed. The life of our family had centered on Greco. He was included in camping, walks in the parks and woods, swimming. He was the center of our laughter, he was the glue that brought us all together. When he was gone, we dispersed and went our separate ways. Being born human does not give us value. Our dog understood what it was to love and be loved. It is hard to understand that there are people who get pleasure from hurting others. Yvonne Nyenhuis Lanesboro, MN

Government this week •Tuesday, February 18, Chatfield School Board meeting, HS Media Center, 7 p.m. •Tuesday, February 18, Houston School Board meeting, 5:30 p.m. •Tuesday, February 18, Rushford Village City Council meeting, Community Center, 6 p.m. •Tuesday, February 18, MabelCanton School Board meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, Kingsland School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. •Thursday, February 20, Lanesboro School Board meeting, Lanesboro School Office, 7 p.m. •Monday, February 24, Spring Valley City Council meeting, City Hall, 6 p.m. •Monday, February 24, City of Rushford City Council meeting, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. •Monday, February 24, Chatfield City Council meeting, City Hall, 7 p.m. Schedule subject to change.

Editorial Note In the February 10 edition of the Fillmore County Journal within the special Health, Mind, & Body section, some information was accidently omitted from the story “Root River Yoga - A way of life, a calling”. The last paragraph should have read: “Currently, Root River Yoga classes are held Mondays, at 6 p.m., at Ridgeway Community School, Tuesdays, at 6 p.m., through Rushford-

Peterson Community Education, Wednesdays, at 7 p.m., at the Houston Community Center, and Sundays, at 4 p.m., at the Winona YMCA. Those interested can register for classes by contacting Root River Yoga at or 507-459-6700.”

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One Moment, Please... Looking back while moving forward MNKelly says: Thank you Mr. Sethre for getting us the documents that Kingsland administration should have shared with the public. Atleast someone is looking out for the public.

Rushford Village starts year trying to nip issues Don’t tread on me says: Rushford village has no proof these dogs are dangerous or not do they have proof that these dogs have ever attacked a person. This is absurd, The committee is trying to bully the dog owners. Shame on Fillmore journal for posting this story when it is not true. The fence is sufficient enough to contain the dogs. Read more on the Winona Post to get the other side of the story!

says: Hey the journal is reporting what happened at the council meeting. They aren’t saying this is this or that is that in their opinion. Its what happened at the meeting. I would think the dog owners would want to know what’s being said at the meetings. They’re just reporting what happened they aren’t saying they know it happened or not. What is with people dang.

Austin Millbarge says: Maybe if the dog owners had shown up at the meetings regarding this issue it wouldn’t have gone this far. The word on the street--which more than often is true in the Village where no one lies,steals or cheats at euchre--is that the dog owner only attended one meeting regarding this issue. I have a hard time believing that Mayor Schwanke went out of his way to hire a lawyer and go after Mr. Williams’ pets...Schwanke isn’t exactly a ball of energy, unless it comes time to trim that Amish style beard he shows off. I do believe that the Village has an ordinance pertaining to troublesome canines and when Mr. Williams or his significant other refused to show their faces at these city council meetings Schwanke and his minions were forced to go with the ordinance. Only after the death sentence was passed down did Mr. Williams start a facebook and campaign to appeal said sentence. I put this on lazy homeowners that forced a lazy mayor to be proactive in a situation that involves over active dogs that might be better off in a more rural setting (yes I did refer to South Rushford as not rural enough). Don’t blame other people as dog killers when you didn’t care enough for your dogs to attend the meetings that held their lives in the balance. “these are the type of people you want to live here these are the type of people you are gonna get” Jay Sommers

brewHA says: Sounds like we have a “dog fight” on our hands. :)

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Lois of Spring Valley; daughters, Dianne (Paul) Stevens of Caledonia, Minn., Cheryl (Wolfgang) Griesinger of ColoRay Beving Ray Beving, age 89, of Spring rado Springs, Colo., and Paula Valley, Minn. passed away Mon- (Roger) Ruesink of Spring Valday, February 10, 2014 at home. ley; seven grandchildren; and Raymond Paul Beving was nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by born April his parents, three brothers, and 8, 1924 in two sisters. Wilkin Coun Memorial services for Ray ty, Minn. to Beving were on Saturday, FebruJohn and ary 15, 2014 at the Faith United Maude BevMethodist Church in Spring ing. He gradValley with Pastor David Lieder uated from and Pastor Beth Perez officiBertha High Ray Beving ating. Visitation was held one School in Bertha, Minn. Ray served in hour prior to the service at the WWII in the Army-Air Core church. as a radar technician, serving JoAnn Emma Bruse on the China-Burma Front. On February 2, 1950, Ray was unit- JoAnn Emma Brusse, age 72, ed in marriage to Lois Simpson of Spring Valley, Minn., she was called to be with her Lord and in Raymond, Minn. Ray worked for Reserve Min- Savior on Sating Company from 1953 until urday mornhis retirement in 1984. In 1986, ing, FebruRay moved from Silver Bay to ary 8, 2014, Spring Valley, where he became at the Patty involved in Kiwanis. He spent Elwood Cen20 years repairing toys for the ter at Country Christmas give away. His great- Winds Manor est loves in life were his wife and in rural Cres- JoAnn Emma children, first his own children co, Iowa, with Bruse and then his grandchildren and her daughters great grandchildren. Ray was at her side, following a ten year an active member in the United battle with dementia/AlzheimProtestant Church in Silver Bay er’s. and the Faith United Methodist JoAnn was born March 20, 1941, in Lake Mills, Iowa, the Church in Spring Valley. Ray is survived by his wife, daughter of Oscar and Laura

(Lund) Olson. From the age of 2 she was raised and lived with Mort and Marie Bonnerud in rural Spring Valley. She was a 1959 graduate of Spring Valley High School. As a young lady JoAnn was a car-hop at the Malt-N-Burger for several years. She married Lowell A. Brusse September 3, 1960, in Bloomfield Lutheran Church in rural Ostrander. The couple made their home in Spring Valley. JoAnn was a 35 year kitchen employee of the Spring Valley/ Kingsland School District and was head cook for a number of years. She also worked with her husband Lowell in their family business, Pioneer Collectables. Lowell died November 23, 2005. She became a resident of the Evergreens in Spring Valley in 2010 then Wildwood Grove in LeRoy and then in September 2013 to the Patty Elwood Center. JoAnn was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley. She enjoyed traveling with Lowell with their toy business all over the country. She was a longtime blood donor. JoAnn loved her family and grandsons. She is survived by two daughters, Lesa (Chris Gunderson) Brusse and Brenda (Kenny) Clark all of Spring Valley; two grandsons, Michael and Matthew Clark both of Spring Valley; five brothers and sisters,

Call the FCJ at 507-765-2151 to advertise or offer news tips! Ardis Copeman of Spring Valley, Janice (Mike) Lyons of LeRoy, Minn., Jerry Nelson of Tomah, Wis., Ralph (Karon) Bonnerud of Spring Valley and Marlene (Mert) Root of Ostrander; mother-in-law, Stella Brusse of Ostrander; two brothers-in-law, Julian (Karen) Brusse of Rochester, Minn. and Terry Brusse of Cherry Grove, Minn.; sister-inlaw, Luann (David) Garrison of Spring Valley; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; four brothers, Orville “Corby” Olson, Marlin Olson, Arden Olson and Art Olsen; and an infant sister, Nancy Nelson. The funeral was on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Faith United Methodist Church with Pastor Beth Perez officiating. Burial was in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Randy L. Meyer Randy L. Meyer, age 54, of rural Wykoff, Minn. passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, February 10, 2014, at his residence. Randy was born September 25, 1959, in Rochester the son of Kermit and Louella ( A l b r e c h t ) Randy L. Meyer Meyer. He was raised in the Fillmore area

at the Meyer Brother’s Salvage Yard. He worked in the family business and was currently employed at Root River Hardwoods in Preston, Minn. He was a heavy equipment operator for years. He enjoyed working outside and in the salvage yard. He was always busy and enjoyed visiting with people when they stopped by. Randy is survived by two daughters, Tiffany Meyer of Florida and Natasha Meyer of Stewartville, Minn.; his grandson, Tequan; mother, Louella Meyer of Wykoff; sister, Marcia Leibold of Winona, Minn.; niece, Krista (Andrew) Blom of Winona; and great-nephew, Connor Blom, his little buddy. He was preceded in death by his father. The funeral was on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the Wykoff Community Hall with Rev. Loel Wessel officiating. Burial was in the Fillmore Cemetery.

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Grace Lutheran Church..……………………………Sundays - 9 : 00am 365 Park St, Peterson, MN 55962 (507) 875 -2218 Greenf ield Lutheran Church..…………………......Sundays - 9 : 00am 235 Main Ave S, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886-3272 Greenleaf ton Reformed Church..…………………Sundays - 10 : 00am Highway 9, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765 -2546 Harmony United Methodist Church..……………..Sundays - 10 : 30am 60 Main Ave S, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886- 6851 Henry town Lutheran Church.…………………………Sun. - 10 : 30am PO Box 103, Harmony, MN 55939 (Henrytown) (507) 886-2425 Highland Chapel Seventh-Day Adventist..….....Saturdays - 10 : 30am 217 W. Jessie St., Rushford (507) 993-8328 Highland Prairie Lutheran Church.……………….Sundays -10 : 30am 43267 Bowl Dr, Peterson, MN 55962 (507) 864-2731 Historic Lenora United Methodist Church (Special Occasions) Lenora, MN (Rural Canton) (507) 545 -2641 Immanuel Lutheran Church..………………………Sundays - 9 : 30am 254 Main St S, Wykoff, MN 55990 (507) 352-2801 Lanesboro United Methodist Church..……………Sundays - 10 : 30am 507 Parkway Ave S, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-2646 Mabel First Lutheran Church………………………Sundays - 9 : 00am 202 N. Oak, P.O. Box 395, Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5293 Mabel United Methodist Church..…………………Sundays - 9 : 30am 111 W Newburg St, Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5296 Nativity Catholic Church...Sun. (1 & 2) - 8 : 45am & (3 & 4) - 10 :30am 640 1st Ave SW, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886-2393 Newburg United Methodist Church 3.1 miles N. of Mabel on Hwy. 43; 2.2 miles W. on Co. Rd. 24 North Prairie Lutheran.……………………………Sundays - 10 : 30am 35957 Highway 30, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 875 -2460 Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.……Sundays - 8 : 00am & 10 : 30am 805 S Broadway St, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-7251 Pilot Mound Lutheran Church.……………………Sundays - 9 : 00am 8 miles N. of Lanesboro on 250 then 4 miles W. on Hwy 30 (507) 875 -2460 Pioneer Presby terian Church ………………………Sundays - 8 : 30am 206 Fillmore St NE, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867- 4037 Preston United Methodist Church ………………..Sundays - 8 : 30am 212 Saint Anthony St N, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765 -2503 R iver Of Life Regional Church 220 N Money Creek St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-2853 Root Prairie Lutheran Church ……………………Sundays - 10 : 30am County Rd 11, Fountain, MN 55935 (507) 268- 4455 Root R iver Church of the Brethren ………………Sundays - 10 : 00am 23553 County Rd 20, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765 - 4772 Root R iver Community Church …………………Sundays - 10 : 30am 503 Nannestad Lane, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-7074

Studio-A-Photography • Preston MN 507.251.6372 Visit Bluff Country • Preston MN 507.765.2151 Rushford Lutheran Church …………………Sun. - 9 : 00am & 5 : 30pm 101 S Mill St., Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-7152 Saetersdal Lutheran Church.………………………..Sundays -10 : 30am 21447 Co. Rd. 30, Rural Harmony, MN Scheie Lutheran Church..……………………………Sundays - 9 : 30am PO Box 88, Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5680 St Columban Church.……..…………………………Sundays - 9 : 30am 408 Preston St NW # 2, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765 -3886 St Ignatius Catholic Church.………………………Sundays - 10 : 30am 213 W Franklin St, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-7565 St John Lutheran Church.…………………………..Sundays - 9 : 00am 241 Line St S, Wykoff, MN 55990 (507) 352-2296 St Joseph’s Catholic Church.………………………Sundays - 10 : 30am 103 N Mill St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-2257 St Mark ’s Lutheran Church...………………………Sundays - 9 : 00am 104 E North St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-7111 St Marys Catholic Church....….......Sat. - 5 : 00pm & Sun. - 11: 00am 405 Twiford St SW, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867-3148 St Matthews Episcopal Church..……………………Sundays - 9 : 30am 100 Fillmore St SE, Chatfield, MN 55923-1219 (507) 867-3707 St Matthew’s Lutheran Church..……………………Sundays - 9 : 00am Harmony, MN 55939 (Granger) (507) 772- 4474 St Olaf Catholic Church.....Sun. (1 & 2) - 10 :30am & (3 & 4) - 8 : 45am 114 N Locust, Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5268 St Patrick ’s Church Hall ………………………...…Sundays - 8 : 00am Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-2480 St Paul Lutheran Church..………Sun. - 10 : 00am & Wed. - 7: 00pm 128 Fillmore St SE, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867- 4604 St Paul’s Lutheran Church...……………………....Sundays - 10 : 30am Harmony, MN 55939 (Big Springs) (507) 886-8175 Sumner Center United Methodist Church.………Sundays - 10 : 30am 9 miles N. of Spring Valley on Co. Rd. 1 (507) 696- 4197 Trinity Fellowship ELCA..…………………………Sundays - 10 : 00am 110 S Mill St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-7211 Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church………………Sundays - 10 : 30am 204 South St, Ostrander, MN 55961 (507) 657-2203 Union Prairie Lutheran..……………………………Sundays - 9 : 00am Hwy 16, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-3363 United Methodist Church.…………………………Sundays - 8 : 30am 236 Gold St S, Wykoff, MN 55990 (507) 352- 4136 Valley Christian Center…………………………....Sundays - 10 : 00am 610 Territorial Rd Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-2101 W halan Lutheran Church..………………………….Sundays - 9 : 00am Lanesboro, MN 55949 (Whalan) (507) 467-2398

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February 10 that was scheduled to include discussion on a possible four-wheel drive ambulance project. A letter from Richard Nethercut, Whalan’s city attorney, was read to the council. Nethercut said that after a number of years of his fees remaining the same, he is raising his hourly fee from $110 to $145 for city services as needed. That change will bring his fees closer to current market rate, the letter explained. A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept that rate when legal work is needed for the city. Discussion was held concerning the town’s propane tank and whether or not the tank should be filled at this time given the recent fluctuation of propane prices. The consensus was that the tank will probably need to

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er was good, there was plenty of snow, the trails were wellgroomed, and candles and bonfires made for a great skiing (and snow shoeing) opportunity for the many people who came out. Food was also served in the Town Hall. Whalan’s Candlelight Ski is an annual event held the first Saturday in February.

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can be evaluated and changed if that is what Whalan wants to Continued from Page 1 do.” up with the ideas themselves, It was explained that lodgnecessarily. It might be ideas ing taxes now collected go to like running a bus for tourists Lanesboro’s Chamber of Comfrom Rochester to our area on merce to be used in partnership a regular basis, or for special with other chamber lodging events, but they really do want businesses for area promotion and advertising. That partnerour creative ideas.” The next Trail Town Commit- ship developed in the early ‘90s tee is on March 10, so Whalan when local businesses banded residents are encouraged to pass together to share advertising along ideas through them to the costs. (The 3 percent lodging tax is payable by the 10th of DMC planners. Discussion was held concern- every month). Two new lodging Whalan’s lodging establish- ing facilities are currently under ments, and specifically if any construction in Whalan. The changes are needed to local two houses—which will evenlodging ordinances. “We can tually be sold—will initially be regulate lodging in our city,” daily rental properties when said Mayor Johnson. “For they are completed this year. example, should lodging be Whalan had representatives limited? We can discuss that attend the Lanesboro Volunteer as needed. Current ordinances Fire Department meeting on


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Water main breaks in Harmony By Jade Sexton On Monday, February 10, employees of the city of Harmony were busy working in the below-zero temperatures as a water main broke on Center Street. City Maintenance Employee Chris Johnson described the situation at the city council meeting the next night. He explained the fracture that occurred in the pipe, which is an old, four-inch cast iron pipe. He said the ground moved and the pipe snapped. According to Johnson, they knew there was a problem somewhere during the weekend because the water usage went up considerably. It wasn’t until Monday that it was clear where the problem was located. Water was running down 1st Avenue SW for a few hours. Johnson said they had to go through 4.5 feet of frost to get to the pipe, and it took them all morning to get the break isolated. He said it was fortunate they had Al Torgerson’s large equipment to excavate the area. Johnson asked for permission to look for a mini-steamer to use in situations like this. A steamer would melt right through the frost and make it much easier and faster to get to the problem. The council agreed. Wellhead Protection Plan There was a public hearing

regarding the Wellhead Protection Plan. Pat Bailey from the Minnesota Department of Health explained the plan, which included identifying potential contaminate sources and the plan of action to manage those sources. States are required to have a protection program in place. Bailey represents the drinking water protection area of the Department of Health. Bailey said they have reason to believe there was once a well near the Scandinavian Blomma that was abandoned and not sealed. She said they looked through old records, going back to the early 20th century, and found there was once a well there. When Mayor Steve Donney asked if it could just be the existing well, she said the dimensions are different. If there is an old well there, it probably wasn’t sealed in the way a well would be sealed today, and it needs to be taken care of. Bailey said it was the largest issue due to the close proximity with well #1. Bailey said there are grants available to the city if they decide to act on this. The council approved the plan. 1st Ave. project Brett Grabau from Bonestroo asked for the council’s blessings to advertise for bids on the 1st

Ave. street project. He showed the council the large stack of papers that is the plans and specifications for the project, which Illg has looked over. The council approved the plans and specs and moving forward with the project. The council also approved a resolution to restrict parking on 1st Avenue from 5th Street to 8th Street to one side of the street due to the narrow road. There will be two painted and striped pedestrian crossing areas on 1st Ave. One will be by Harmony Foods, and the other by the school. Illg mentioned the idea of placing conduit under the sidewalks in case the city eventually wants to eliminate the electric poles on that street and go with wiring underground. Grabau informed the council that the city received a DEED grant for $250,000 for the new well at the Industrial Park. The city needs to come up with plans and specs for the project and get approval before they receive the funding. Housing Incentives Illg explained the building incentives that the EDA (Economic Development Authority) came up with during recent meetings. The idea is to give people an incentive to build new homes in Harmony, and is only for new home construction. Illg showed the council a chart that estimates the city abatement

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Education will help save more lives this year ST. PAUL, Minn. — The number of people killed in fires last year is down 14 percent from 2012, according to preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD). There were 43 fire fatalities in 2013 in Minnesota; there were 50 in 2012 and 56 in 2011. “The only acceptable number of fire deaths is zero,” State Fire Marshal Bruce West said. “While we are encouraged the number of fatalities is down, we all must work together to make sure every Minnesotan understands how to prevent fires and how to escape them.” The state’s all-time low firedeath figure was 35 in 2009; the high was 134 in 1976.

Figures are preliminary at this time because fatality reports from Minnesota burn centers and hospitals are not yet final, and the state’s fire departments are still sending data to the SFMD to be compiled over the next few months. Final numbers for 2013 will be released later this year. There were five fire fatalities in the first month of 2014; there were three in January 2013. Fire safety and prevention tips •Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Check the alarms often and replace batteries at least once a year. •Use flameless candles instead of real ones. •Never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.

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Call the FCJ at 507-765-2151 to advertise or offer news tips! payback estimate, which is based on the home’s assessed market value, and shows the amount that the resident would receive from the city over a five-year period. For example, a new home that has an assessed market value of $150,000, the five-year payback would be $6,260. The assessed market value is not the same as the cost to build the home. Mayor Steve Donney commented that the hope is for this to be a self-funding program eventually. Illg said the city could use the money they are receiving from TIF district #1 to start the program, and then replenish those funds. He added that it’s fortunate there are many empty lots in Harmony that already have infrastructure in place for new homes. Councilor Jim Bakken asked if they ever considered bringing back the housing incentive for purchasing or remodeling existing homes in Harmony. Illg said it’s something that could be considered, but one reason to go ahead with this program is the payback this will have for the city. The council approved the program. Attorney Fees City Attorney Richard Nethercut informed the council that he was increasing his fees. He is the city attorney for other communities as well, and he has been charging $110 an hour for many years. He is increasing his fee to

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hoses have frozen up, overall it has been a very successful alternative. In an effort to avoid pipes freezing, many towns such as Lanesboro are recommending that a faucet be left running at all times with a pencil sized stream of cold water. It is unnecessary to run hot water as all water comes through the pipes cold until it reaches the hot water heater. Using hot water will only make an electric bill higher without actually being more effective. Another way to avoid frozen pipes is to do a load of laundry or use the shower every day, according to Swenson of STS Plumbing and Heating. These recommendations will continue to be in effect even as temperatures rise. As it gets warmer the frost goes deeper into the ground, which can cause

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pipes to freeze. It is important to pay attention to the news and city websites to know when it is safe to stop running water on a continual basis. “If you live in the country, it is important to be mindful of the septic system and make sure it doesn’t overflow,” said Swenson. He also recommends that any pipe issues such as leaky faucets or toilets get fixed over the summer months as a way to avoid issues in the winters to come. As a way to assist residents, many towns like Lanesboro will forgive the cost of the extra water being used and will instead bill according to residents average bill from the past year. This courtesy will only be extended as long as individual cities feel is necessary. All the headaches the frigid temperatures have caused has certainly made Fillmore County residents hoping for an early spring.


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Frost freezes out Rushford residents By Kirsten Zoellner It’s been a frequent topic of conversation across the tri-state region in recent weeks; recordsetting frost levels freezing lines and residents’ access to water. Measured at nearly six feet in some areas, the frost being driven down by the endless deep freeze has sent communities scrambling to find a way to help residents and Rushford is just the latest. The freezing is occurring on water line laterals, extending from the water main to homes and businesses, under the street. Problems of deep frost are being made worse when streets are plowed clear, causing the uninsulated laterals are seizing up. Several communities, including Rushford have already issued warnings regarding the signs to watch for and what can be done. In some areas, however, even that isn’t enough.


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For the Rushford residents of East Grove Street, the problem has been persistent. eighty year old resident Helen Overboe has been without water service for a week. Neighbors Brian and Pauline Espe and Joe and Dorothy Himlie are experiencing problems, as well, but have been able to thaw the lines with the help of professional services. Overboe’s line is plastic, rather than copper, and is unable to be thawed using arc welders. Local plumbing service G.S. Woxland spent several hours trying to clear the line, using steam, but was unable to. “They put in 77 feet of tubing and never got past the ice,” said Overboe. “It was like running into a wall.” The three residents are the only on a line section and are wondering if upgrades done in 2010 may have had a hand in their recent woes. “We lived here for 12 years prior to that and it never froze. Since construction, it has frozen twice in three years,” noted Brian Espe. “We’ve been here more than 30 years and it has frozen twice,” added Dorothy Himlie. “Has something happened since the ground was disturbed? It seems awful coincidental.” Both families paid to have the problem remedied, with Himlie’s residence thawed by a two-man crew, with three arc welders, over nearly 30-hours. To prevent further freezing and under professional advice, they are running a pencil-sized stream of water constantly and running large amounts of hot water twice a day to keep the sewer line from freezing due to the influx of frigid water down the drain. “That water is cold, and I mean cold,” she cautioned. “It costs money to heat the water. It costs money to run the faucet. It costs money to get it cleaned out. It’s too much water. I was raised in the country. I wasn’t raised to waste things,” added Himlie, who notes she is reusing as much of the water as possible. Still, it’s estimated that the stream they’re running is roughly a gallon a minute, easily an extra $400 on their water bill. “In a worst case scenario, give us extra time to pay the bill.” Rushford has decided to do more than that, instead crediting residents who have notified

that city that they will be running extra water to keep the lines open. “As a city, we need to step forward and pay the extra,” said Councilor Roger Colbenson. City Administrator Steve Sarvi will contact city engineers regarding possible elevation or other changes which could be a part of the problem. Additionally, a plan will be made to get in to the lines, later in the year, and insulate them as a preventative. “It’s not going to help this year, but I suggest the city take ownership on this and insulate the pipes,” advised Sarvi. “In the long term, the engineers need to come up with a solution. In the short term, contact city hall if you’re going to run water.” The city admits that it’s not going to be easy determining how to formulate a credit system. Excess usage does appear on city systems, but it may prove difficult to use it in applying credits in a way that’s fair to all. For now, the city continues to urge residents to monitor their water temperature. If 40 degrees or below, residents are urges to contact city hall and run a steady flow of water. In addition, other warning signs such as bursts of rust will alert residents to potential problems. “It happens very quickly,” added Overboe. “It was maybe an hour in between when I was using it and when it froze up. I never thought we’d have a problem.” “We may be in for big trouble,” cautioned Colbenson. “It’s still two and a half, three months until that frost comes out.” In other news, the city has extended its microgrant funding program another $5,000. The program has been an overwhelming success and additional Economic Development Authority funds, including matchable amounts, will expand the program further. Additionally, the program is working to further encourage local vendors and suppliers for funded improvements. “With the highway project, I think there’s a reasonable amount of folks who can use this opportunity,” noted Councilor Vern Bunke. The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Monday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m., at city hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Fillmore County Sports By Paul Trende Ruud Shatters School Scoring Record Coming into a key SEC matchup between two of the three teams in the conference with winning records, Lanesboro (11-2, 13-6) and MabelCanton (103, 11-8), Kole Ruud needed 23 points to break Braden Paul Trende Hanson’s alltime Burro scoring record (1,430 points) set just two seasons ago. In true Ruud fashion, it took the scorer-extraordinaire less than a half to do so. The 6’0” senior did most of his work at the free throw. He hit a whopping 14 of 15 first half freebies. It was free throw ten that tied the mark, eleven that broke it. By halftime, Ruud already was close to his season average (27) with 26! As for the game, it was close early, but M-C lost their leading scorer/playmaker, Justin Ward, to a recurring shoulder injury. Lanesboro led 27-23 at the time. By halftime, the Burros built a 44-35 lead. Fellow Lanesboro scoring stand-out, Luke Rogers, established himself in the post in the second half. The Cougars didn’t have an answer defensively for the terrific duo, nor could they keep up offensively. Lanesboro got the win 80-57. Ruud was ridiculous in scoring 41 (16-18 FT’s, 10-16 FG’s, 5-7 three’s), a new personal best (he had 40 versus Lewiston-Altura last season). It took Ruud 73 games to get to 1,430, it took Hanson 102; a testament to Ruud’s (mostly) two-year scoring proficiency. Rogers finished with 18 (pts), 10 (rebs), and 4 (assists). For M-C, Hunter Johnson (17 pts, 6 rebs) and Noah Manning (17 pts, 6 rebs, 5 assists) did their best to keep up, to make up for Ward’s absence. It came down to shooting, and Lanesboro held all the edges, on three’s (6 of 14/43%; 2 of 15/13%), FG’s (25 of 49/51%; 22 of 58/38%), and FT’s (24 of 31/77%; 11 of 21/52%). Rogers Tops 1,000 Career Points Coming into the week of

Monday the 3rd, Luke Rogers needed 34 points to join Ruud as having notched 1,000 for his career this season. After 18 versus M-C, Rogers needed 16 versus Glenville-Emmons to reach the ballyhooed milestone. The 6’2” senior G/F got it. He scored 13 in the first half, and then, with his second bucket of the second half (a rebound put-back), he was at 1,001. He finished with 19 and 8 rebounds. Of course, Ruud victimized the Wolverines to the tone of 27 (6 of 9 trifectas). The Burros took care of business with a 76-47 victory. Lanesboro then made it a perfect three for three on the week with a 62-45 win over Hope Lutheran. Ruud was Ruud (31 pts, 6-8 three’s, 11-18 FG’s). Garret Boggs chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. The Burros are now 14-2 in the SEC. They are 16-6 overall. They’ll take second in the league behind Spring Grove (17-0, 22-3).

Cougar Girls Avenge Guys A few nights after the M-C boys fell to Lanesboro, the Cougar girls extracted a bit of revenge on the Burros. Early on, M-C got interior players Hannah Nolte and Sara Lind going. They scored the Coug’s first 12 points. Carly McCabe then got in on the act. She had 9 points and 8 rebounds in the first half. M-C led most of the stanza enroot to a 29-21 lead at the break. In the second half, M-C’s leading scorer Lydia Geving started putting the ball in the bucket. Lanesboro never went away though. Olivia Haug, a 6’0” junior center, was always a physical interior scoring force (until fouls put her on the bench). M-C got the lead to double digits (3727), only for the Burros to cut it to three (39-36). M-C immediately responded with an 11-0 run, to lead 50-36. Lanesboro then got as close as seven (53-46) inside two minutes. M-C staved off Lanesboro’s best advances and prevailed 57-48. The game was about offensive options, and M-C had more. Geving (16 pts, 13 in the second half, 5 rebs, 4 stls), Lind (14 pts), Nolte (12 pts, 7 rebs), and McCabe (10 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assists, 4 stls) all reached double figures. Only

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Haug (15 pts, 11 rebs, 3 assists, 3 stls) did so for Lanesboro. Heather Boyum helped out (9 pts, 4 rebs, 3 assists).

East behind SG (14-0, 15-5). Lanesboro’s Olivia Haug played four games and had four doubledoubles.

A couple wrestling programs with similar records, L-A/R-P (1012) and FCLMC (8-11), hooked up for each’s regular season finale. As could be expected, it was a competitive affair. The Wolves spotted the Screamin’ Eagles 106 and 113 (forfeits). Pins by Josh Doerr (120) and Sam Puetz (126), a 20-8 major decision by #7 in AA at 126 McCoy Tekautz (132), had LARP off to a 28-0 start. But the Wolves then won three in a row, 138 (forfeit), 145 (Andy Love 6-4 decision over Sam Riebel), and 152 (Gabe Decker 5-2 decision over Justin Grindland). One-sixty was double-forfeited. LARP’s Jackson Riebel (pin) won 170, only for FCLMC to run off three more victories, 182 (#1 Niko Anderson 15-5 MD), 195 (new #7 Monty Holm pin), and 220 (Walker Ward pin). Heading to heavyweight, LARP led 34-28. The Wolves had a chance at the tie, but S-Eagle senior Cale Stensgard squished those ideas with a pin at 285, giving his team the 40-28 win. The squads will head to the post-season, 8-seed LARP having a date with 9-seed Byron (for the right to take on #1 Kasson-Mantorville) in the Section 1AA. In Section 1A wrestling, 7-seed FCLMC will face 10-seed W-K (for a right to take on 2-seed Chatfield).

02-03: P-E-M 83, FC 59 (FC: Carter Rindels 13 (6-8 FG’s); Nick Powell 12 pts, 8 rebs; Quentin Case 11. PEM: Nick Shanks 30; Schuyler Thompson 24. Three’s: PEM 2-16, FC 2-14) Cotter 37, #5 in A R-P 74 (R-P: Charlie Krambeer 19 pts (6-8 three’s); Alex Vix 14 pts (4-4 three’s); Jorli Hauge 12 pts (6-8 FG’s), 7 rebs; Cole Kingsley 9 assists. Trojans hit 12 of 19 three’s, shot 61% from the field (25-41)) St. Charles 67, Chatfield 70 (C: Jayme LaPlante 17 pts (8-10 FG’s), 11 rebs; Christian Bance 14 pts (4-5 FG’s, 3-3 three’s); Nate Skare 13 pts, 6 rebs; Jake Neis 10 pts, 9 assists. SC: Devin Decker 32 pts, 11 rebs. Gophers started 15-2, only for Saints to go 15-2 (17 apiece). A 10-2 second half run put Chatfield in control (52-41). Leading 61-50 (2:00), Chatfield watched SC hit 3-pointers on five consecutive possessions, four by Decker, to take a 67-66 lead. A pair of FT’s by Neis and Bance then propelled the Gophers to the wild victory) Dover-Eyota 57, Kingsland 58 (Knights get revenge after losing on a last second shot first goaround with Eagles) Hope Lutheran 57, Houston 77 02-05: Kingsland 62, Lewiston-Altura 68 (K: Jacob Rindels 26; Lenny Moore 17. L-A: Cullin Neeck 20) 02-06: D-E 62, FC 43 (FC: Kiel Larson 14 (4-8 three’s)) #8 in AA Caledonia 75, Chatfield 57 (Chat: N. Skare 16; C. Bance 13 pts, 5 rebs, 4 stls; J. LaPlante 10 pts, 6 rebs. Cale: Josh

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With a couple dual meet wins, the #7 Chatfield Gopher wrestling team finishes the year undefeated in conference (8-0), as dominating 3-Rivers champions. They are 21-1 on the season, the 2-seed in Section 1A’s wrestling tourney (Kenyon-Wanamingo is the 1-seed). Chatfield’s third-ranked girls b-ball team tacked on a couple more wins, getting a season high 20 from senior Sidney Irish versus W-K. They are still undefeated (13-0, 16-0) heading to some ‘showdown’ games. Kendra Crawford had 20 in an R-P win over Cotter, then 15 and 11 steals in a victory over L-A. The wins moved the Lady Trojans’ records’ to 12-3, 16-3. Crawford has been in double figures every game. The 5th-ranked R-P boys ripped off three more wins, everyone getting playing time, to move to 16-1, 21-1 on the season. They lead the 3-Rivers-South, as #8 Caledonia (15-2, 21-2) fell to P-E-M. Houston’s Abbey Loken had the game of her career (36 pts, 20 rebs) in a win over Hope Lutheran. FC’s girls gave 16-0 #5 in Class A Lyle/Pacelli a run for their money. The game was tied at the half, FC led by as many as nine in the second before falling 56-50. It was the Athletics’ closest game of the season, by far (8054 versus Southland). M-C’s girls went 2-0 on the week, getting four in double figures each game. The Cougar Ladies are 10-3, 11-7; second place in the SEC

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Nord 28 (seven three’s). First half Gophers are Jekyll (led 40-24), second half they are Hyde (outscored 51-17)) M-C 71, L-O 58 (M-C: N. Manning 18 pts, 9 rebs; Donnie Lind 15 pts, 10 rebs; H. Johnson 10 pts, 7 rebs; Collin O’Bieglo 10) Houston 49, Lyle/Pacelli 54 OT 02-07: Cotter 64, Kingsland 61 OT (K: J. Rindels 20; Jordan Meskill/ Quinn Larson 11 each. Rindels hit a three to send game to OT. Knights missed a game-tying three at the buzzer in OT. Knights are 4-13, 6-17) L-A 39, #5 R-P 63 (R-P: A. Vix 14 pts (4-7 three’s); J. Hauge 12 pts (5-7 FG’s); C. Kingsley 6 pts, 6 rebs, 8 assists) SC 75, FC 71 (FC: Logan Masters 20 pts (6-6 FT’s); N. Powell 16 pts, 11 rebs; Q. Case 11; Collin Bennett 10 pts, 6 rebs. SC: D. Decker 21; Talon Mercer 19) M-C 42, Spring Grove 81 (M-C zero in double figures. SG four in double figures. Coug’s are 11-5, 12-10) W-K 42, Chatfield 67 (C: J. LaPlante 13; C. Bance 11; J. Neis 8 pts, 9 rebs, 9 assists. Gophers are 11-6, 15-6) 02-08: FC 54, W-K 48 (FC: L. Masters 13 (9-10 FT’s); N. Powell 11 pts, 16 rebs; C. Rindels 10. Falcons are 5-14, 9-15) #5 R-P 69, Houston 29 (R-P: Tyler McLellan 15; fourteen Trojans scored. Houston is 5-10, 5-14)

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02-03: #3 in AA Chatfield 75, St. Charles 63 (C: Kirsten Keefe 16 pts (3-4 three’s), 9 assists, 4 stls; S. Irish 15; Brook Irish 14 pts, 6 rebs; Maddie Talamantes 10 pts, See SPORTS Page 15 

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5 rebs, 4 stls) Houston 31, Spring Grove 67 (H: Kelly Jerviss 9 pts, 7 rebs. SG: Samantha Bratland 16 pts, 10 rebs) Kingsland 46, Dover-Eyota 76 (K: Marissa Bornholdt 15 pts, 5 rebs; Kailee Link 11) FC 30, P-E-M 55 (FC: Morgan Malley 15. Halftime score was 25-19 Bulldogs) R-P 49, Cotter 46 (R-P: K. Crawford 20 pts (8-11 FT’s). First time this year only one Trojan was in double figures) L-O 69, Lanesboro 52 (L: O. Haug 24 pts, 22 rebs) 02-04: G-E 36, Lanesboro 65 (L: O. Haug 21 pts, 12 rebs; Olivia Rogers 10 pts, 6 rebs) 02-05:

Caledonia 66, Kingsland 49 (K: M. Bornholdt 14 pts, 8 rebs, 4 stls) 02-06: #5 in A Lyle/Pacelli 56, FC 50 (FC: Leah Scheevel 12 pts, 12 rebs; M. Malley 12) Hope Lutheran 56, Houston 63 (H: A. Loken 36 pts (13-23 FG’s, 9-14 FT’s), 20 rebs; K. Jerviss 12 pts, 11 rebs) R-P 53, L-A 17 (R-P: K. Crawford 15 pts, 11 stls; Brianna Koop 12 pts, 8 rebs; Hope Morrison 12) 02-07: Lanesboro 54, G-E 14 (L: O. Haug 13 pts, 12 rebs; H. Boyum 11; O. Rogers 9 pts, 6 rebs. Burros are 5-10, 7-16) M-C 58, L-O 45 (M-C: L. Geving 20 pts, 9 rebs, 5 assists, 3 stls; H. Nolte 12 pts, 11 rebs; S. Lind 11 pts, 12 rebs; Coranda Vickerman 10 pts, 6 rebs, 4

assists. L-O: Becca Bunne 20 pts, 11 rebs, 5 assists, 5 stls) #3 Chatfield 80, W-K 44 (C: S. Irish 20 pts (4-6 three’s), 4 stls; Sydney Gould 12) FC 50, St. Charles 46 (FC: M. Malley/L. Scheevel 14 each. SC: Carolyn Shanahan 21. Falcons are 6-11, 9-12) Kingsland 43, Cotter 55 (Nineteen players scored but only one (a Rambler) in double figures. Knights are 2-12, 3-16) Houston 17, #5 Lyle/Pacelli 84 (H: A. Loken 8 pts, 9 rebs) 02-08: Houston 39, Hope Lutheran 62 (H: A. Loken 12 pts, 12 rebs; K. Jerviss 10 pts, 7 rebs. Canes are 7-8, 8-11)


02-06: #7 Chatfield 59, D-E 6 (Treyc Van Sickle (106), #5 Jared Goldsmith (113), Ty Van Sickle (120),

#3 Harvey Friederichs (152), Alex Haffner (160), & Dalton Lundy (195) won by pin. Jake Mandt (126; 15-7) & #1 Hank Friederichs (138; 11-3) won via MD. #5 A.J. Riley (145; 5-0), #5 at 170 Cody Bly (182; 6-4 over #8 at 182 Nick Richards), & #9 at 220 Jacob Bleess (285; 8-4 over #7 at 285 Tanner Welsh) won a couple big decision victories. Eagles FF’ed 220) 02-07: St. Charles 44, GMLOK 33 (Saints jumped out 23-3 after 132, with Brenn Olson (106; 3-0 D) getting the only Bulldog win. Pins from Jace Bunne (138), Parker Hale (145), & Blake Olson (152) made it 23-21 SC. Saints then won a decision and by pin before forfeiting 182. #8 Wyatt Richardson’s pin at 195 gave GMLOK at 33-32 lead, but they FF’ed 220 & 285); C-SG-H

Houston Maintanence Department advises on frozen pipes By Angie Rodenburg The Houston City Council held a meeting on February 10. The topic that was at the forefront of the meeting was addressing the issues Houston residents have been having with frozen pipes. The Maintenance Department has been kept busy trying to resolve the issue. For residents who have not experienced frozen pipes, Superintendent of the Maintenance Department, Randy Thesing, recommended that residents keep a faucet running constantly

with a pencil sized stream of cold water. He also recommended monitoring the water temperature, allowing it to run for five minutes before doing so. If the water temperature is 40 degrees or above, the water pipes are not in danger; however, water temperatures can change from day to day, so checking it daily is the key. In an effort to aid the Houston residents, the council approved that up to 35,000 gallons of water above the resident’s average intake will be forgiven on their water bill. Those who want

Contest deadline nears for Co-op’s free youth trip to Washington RUSHFORD, Minn. - Area junior and senior high school students have until February 21 to take part in a contest to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to attend the 2014 Rural Electric Youth Tour June 13-19, courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). The tour is a fast-paced leadership opportunity to see what helps make America tick. The trip includes tours of several historic monuments and museums, visits with Minnesota’s political leaders, and the opportunity to learn more about electric cooperatives on a local, state and national level. Chelsea Schossow, of Houston, Minn., was sponsored by TEC in 2013. She was one of about 1,500 high school juniors and seniors that participated in last year’s event. The contest is open to high school juniors or seniors who attend one of the following high schools: Caledonia, Chosen Valley, Cotter, Fillmore Central, Hope Lutheran, Houston, Kingsland, La Crescent, Lanesboro, LeRoy-Ostrander,

Lewiston-Altura, Mabel-Canton, Rushford-Peterson, St. Charles, Spring Grove, Stewartville or Winona. Home schoolers who live within the cooperative’s service territory are also eligible. To enter the contest, students must complete the Youth Tour exam online at The exam portion consists of 25 questions regarding electric cooperatives, plus four short essay questions. All answers to the questions can be found within TEC’s website. Exams must be submitted to TEC by Feb. 21 to be considered for the contest. Tri-County Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving three counties in Minnesota including Winona, Houston and Fillmore and parts of Olmsted and Mower counties in Minnesota and Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties in Iowa. It provides electricity to more than 12,800 services in the area. TEC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

to take advantage of this aid should call the City Office and get on their list to ensure an accurate water bill. Thesing also advised residents to continue to run their water until further notice. Even with warmer temperatures there is still a danger of pipes freezing. As a thaw comes in the frost makes its way deeper into the ground, which can result in frozen pipes. Thesing said this could possibly be an issue for the next three months. Randy Thesing also presented the council with bids for a new

small plow truck. The truck being replaced is 22 years old, with rust holes in the box. The total cost of the replacement is $54,949. This includes everything needed in the truck and all necessary upgrades. The council approved a transfer of $35,000 from the General Fund to the Vehicle Fund to purchase the truck. At the meeting Nature Center Director Karla Bloem requested that the council approve her to spend more of her work week on the Owl Center project in hopes to keep up with the momentum

Commonweal Theatre announces new board members LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company is pleased to announce new board members for 2014. At its latest meeting, the Commonweal Theatre Board of Directors accepted the retirement of board members Michael Bigelow Dixon and Dave Harrenstein and welcomed new members, Louanne Hamann, Joan Ruen, and Alan Bailey. “We are honored,” comments Commonweal Executive Director Hal Cropp, “by the service of those on our board and are pleased to welcome three new members as we embark on our 26th season.” Alan Bailey is a playwright and free-lance director, based in southern California, and is one of the longest tenured Commonweal artists having directed 10 productions over the course of a 20 year relationship. He has also directed at the La Jolla Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Denver Center Theater Company among others. He is the author of several plays, including the Smoke on the Mountain trilogy. “I am honored to deepen my connection with this lively, inventive, and influential arts organization by joining its

Board of Directors,” says Bailey. “As an advocate and advisor for the Commonweal, I hope to nurture its continuing development just as the company has been a touchstone for my own development as an artist over the years.” Bailey will fulfill the same function on the Board that Michael Bigelow Dixon did for the past decade in being a link to the greater national theater ecosystem. Joan Ruen has lived in Lanesboro for 27 years and is the owner of Bluffscape Amish Tours. She also taught business education at Lanesboro Public School for many years and is currently a substitute teacher. “Since moving to Lanesboro,” says Ruen, “I have seen the Commonweal grow from its very beginnings to become an integral part of our community. Serving on the board of directors is important because I want to help sustain the artistic excellence of the Commonweal. It is very important to keep the arts viable in southeast Minnesota for those that live in or visit Lanesboro and its beautiful bluff country.” Ruen and her

40, GMLOK 30 (Bulldogs again fell behind, 22-3, Br. Olson (106; 9-3 D) the one win. Wins from Bunne (138; 5-3 D), Hale (145; pin), Bl. Olson (152; pin) & Christopher Bain (160; Inj. Def.) gave GMLOK at 24-22 lead. Only Richardson (195; pin) won from there. ‘Dogs FF’ed 126, 132, 182, & 220; 285 was double FF’ed. GMLOK is the 8-seed in the Section 2A wrestling tourney. They’ll face 9-seed Medford for the right to face 1-seed Jackson County Central) 02-08: P-E-M 7, #7 Chatfield 58 (PEM FF’ed 113, 120, 126, & 170. Hank F. (138) & J. Bleess (220) won via pin. Tye Bentz (132; 9-0), A.J. Riley (145; 8-0), Harvey F. (152; 12-0), & Austin Dahl (182; 11-2) won via MD. Treyc VS (106; 7-0) & Logan Karver (285; 8-6) won by D) the program has gained. Bloem will be applying for grants which could potentially pay for the first couple years of salary for a Director of the Owl Center. If the Owl Center is able to obtain adequate funding, they may be able to hire Bloem full-time or propose a cost-share arrangement with the city. The council approved Bloem’s request. The council also approved a gambling permit for the Valley View Foundation and approved to extend the current contract the city has with Waste Management for another three years. The next city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 10. husband David (former Commonweal Board President) have two grown daughters and reside in rural Lanesboro. Louanne Hamann is a business analyst at Mayo Research Labs. She and her husband, Paul, own and run a farm in rural Lanesboro. “The theatre is a wonderful, prized resource in our area,” says Hamann, “and I’m excited about being a volunteer and giving back to the community which has given me so much already.” A past volunteer in the Commonweal costume shop, Hamann, along with her husband, are long time supporters of the company as members of the Commonweal’s Million Dollar Club. The Commonweal Theatre is a non-profit professional company with year-round mainstage and educational programming located in historic downtown Lanesboro. The theatre company is entering its 26th season as southeast Minnesota’s premiere professional theatre, drawing audiences from across the Midwest for its annual offerings of modern classics, world premieres, and family favorites. In 2013, more than 21,000 patrons attended Commonweal performances. For more information, visit or call 800-657-7025.

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Spring Valley City Council raises ambulance service rates By Gary Peterson The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, February 10 and had a short meeting. Council Sets Rates for Ambulance Service The council approved changes to the Rates Charged For Services for the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service. In an effort to keep the rates charged consistent with costs, the council set mileage at $17 per loaded mile. The BLS Emergency Base Rate was set at $925 and the non BLS Emergency Base Rate at $700. The ALS Emergency Base Rate was approved at $1,200. The rates were suggested by Ambulance Director Jim Cooper at a council meeting earlier in the year. It was noted that many of the old rates were not

updated for several years. Garbage Issues Dick Harreld appeared before the council and voiced concern that the Waste Management service is not providing service to the residents of the city. He says that there are many times that pickup days are being shifted around and garbage gets left on the curbs and blowing down the street. Harreld said, “I think that Waste Management is taking advantage of the citizens. It’s time their contract is reviewed.” Mayor Struzyk asked City Administrator Deb Zimmer if her office is handling this and she stated that she had sent a letter to Waste Management and that they had not replied to her concerns.

License Renewals Cigarette License renewals were granted to Old Tyme Saloon, Fowler Oil, Sunshine Foods, and Dollar General. Almanzo 100 Housing Deb Zimmer updated the council on the Almanzo 100 Housing and that she has had several people ask about overnight housing for the racers coming in for the weekend. She indicated that last year people were staying in area cities, but if there is adequate housing in the city, they could be close to the action. Council member Todd Jones told the council that a recent meeting was held with the Rural and City Fire Departments. He said, “The meeting went well and we adopted an agreement for services.” The hearing for regulations on housing rentals will be held on March 10.

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Local students advance to Southeast Minnesota final spelling bee Two Regional Spelling Bees were held on Tuesday, February 11 at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester, Minn. Seventy-eight (78) students participated in the two Regional Spelling Bees. Students from 38 districts throughout southeast Minnesota advanced to compete in the Regional competitions coordinated by the Southeast Service Cooperative. The top 12 spellers (six from each Spelling Bee) now advance to the Final Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 25, at 9 a.m. at the Southeast Service Cooperative. The Grand Champion of the final will advance to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. on May 25-31, 2014. Students advancing to the Southeast Minnesota Final Spelling Bee are:

Regional Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. 1st place: Shane DeSilva, Pacelli Catholic Schools, 8th grade 2nd place: Shenali DeSilva, Pacelli Catholic Schools, 6th grade 3rd place: Christine Farnberg, Rochester Catholic Schools, 7th grade 4th place: Miranda Cox, MabelCanton Public Schools, 8th grade 5th place: Eleanor Hinchcliff, Austin Public Schools, 7th grade 6th place: Alexandra Lubahn, Grand Meadow Public Schools, 8th grade Alternate 1: Renee Lechner, Kingsland Public Schools, 7th grade Alternate 2: Rowan Kraft, Albert Lea Public Schools, 7th grade

Regional Spelling Bee at 1 p.m. 1st place: Olivia Sailer, WabashaKellogg Public Schools, 8th grade 2nd place: Bejamin Lee Su, Byron Public Schools, 6th grade 3rd place: Spencer Lavelle, Wabasha-Kellogg Public Schools, 8th grade 4th place: Noah Mitchell, Rochester Public Schools, 6th grade 5th place: Hannah Pahs, Northfield Public Schools, 8th grade 6th place: Emily Jacob, Plainview-Elgin-Millville Public Schools, 8th grade Alternate 1: Mikayla Vande Zande, Fillmore Central Public Schools, 8th grade Alternate 2: Abi Thomann, Plainview-Elgin-Millville Public Schools, 8th grade

Spring Valley florist receives recognition as an FTD premier florist SPRING VALLEY, Minn.Carol, Jacob and Jered Gehling from Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral have recently been designated as an FTD Premier Florist. This elite recognition is only available to top quality florists that are a part of the 100 year-old FTD florist network. FTD Premier Florists, such as Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral, provide their customers with quailty floral designs and are focused on delivering the highest customer service. Only 15 percent of FTD member florists nationwide qualify for the Premier Florist designation. Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral is receiving the FTD Premier Florist status as a result of its continued path of quality and service to its customers. As a part of FTD, they are able to fulfill all of your floral and gift needs in your neighborhood, across the country and worldwide.

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Rushford Village opts for more time on annexation request By Kirsten Zoellner Discussion of a petition for detachment from the city of Peterson and annexation to the city of Rushford Village continued at the February 11 Village council meeting. January 8, Peterson struck down the request for detachment citing a disservice to the community. The issue had been brought before the Village council by the petitioners, Alan Lipowitz and Jan Smaby, December 3 and was again discussed by the council January 21, before being tabled. According to Mayor Dale Schwanke, a slight modification has been made to the petition, which calls for a time limit on a decision by the Village. “I’ve had a number of discussions with Mayor Wood and discussions with Al and Jan. If we work together well, we should

be able to talk this out with discussion between our councils. My thought is, do what we can do. I’ve heard it will ruin our relationship, but something is wrong with that picture if we can’t sit down and talk about it, or are unable or unwilling to sit down and talk about it.” The time limit will move the process along. “It can’t stay out there forever. I don’t know at this time, but I’d hate to throw the towel over this issue,” added Schwanke. “If we can’t accomplish anything then so be it; if we can, wonderful.” “I stewed and stewed on the information sent, struggled with it for a long time,” added Councilor Gordon Johnson. “People have rights. People have the opportunity to go to the court system. There’s bits of information here and bits of informa-

tion there. We’re not looking to take anything from Peterson, but we’re the ones who have to make a decision. In a way, I feel like we’re a scapegoat. I’d like it to become an issue with the residents and the city of Peterson.” “This was thrust upon this council. We didn’t ask for this,” added Schwanke. “It’s not an issue of he said, she said. That’s immaterial. This is a legal issue. Let’s work the issue through, talk to Peterson, take some time, and move the issue forward a step. One way or another, you have to say, ‘Yes,’ or ‘No.’ If they don’t want to talk to us, then the monkey is on their back.” It has been argued by the City of Peterson that in this case, both cities must vote ‘yes’ for it to proceed, showing a mutual benefit to both. However,

Rushford Village legal counsel, Tom Manion, has suggested that the level of advocacy can vary. If the city supports it, it can vigorously advocate or not. Should the Village vote to yes to the petition, the issue will go to mediation. “I’d sooner see a resolve,” added Johnson. “The point is, we need to explore to be sure everyone has been given an opportunity. We’re not here to be the good guy or the bad guy.” “We need to say, ‘Here’s the timeframe. Where do we go from here?’ We need to at least have an opportunity to work together rather than this we will never work together again crap. That’s kid stuff,” added Schwanke. Johnson has voluntarily removed himself from discussion during the time period, citing

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an already expressed opinion. Mayor Schwanke and Councilor Hamilton Peterson will represent the Village in discussions with Peterson. A letter will be drafted to the City of Peterson stating the approved resolution of an April 1 time frame on the issue. “Ideally, at some point, we would like to have all the parties together,” concluded Shwanke. “We need to do our due diligence and help resolve the matter. As honest individuals, we can come together to say, ‘Hey, can’t we find some common ground here?’ I’d rather do that than just let it go.” The next regularly scheduled council meeting has been changed from Tuesday, February 18 to Tuesday, February 25 to accommodate the schedule of consultant Mike Bubany and Bolton & Menk, Inc. engineer Brian Malm to attend the meeting. Please note the date change. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Rushford native joins Gundersen Houston Clinic Jennifer Hansen, RN, CNP, has joined the Gundersen Houston Clinic as a nurse practitioner. A native of Rushford, Minn., Hansen joins Linda Runstrom, NP, to provide primary care services for patients of Jennifer all ages includHansen, RN, ing preventive CNP care, women’s health, chronic disease management and treatment for acute illnesses. “While I have a special interest in women’s health and preventive care, I truly enjoy the entire scope of my family medicine practice. There is always something new to learn,” she says. Hansen started seeing patients at the Gundersen Spring Grove Clinic in early 2013 and will continue her practice there along with the Houston Clinic. Hansen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and then earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from Winona State University. “I performed my nurse practitioner training at Gundersen and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, work environment and most of all the people,” explains Hansen. “I have been waiting for an opportunity to return to Gundersen and establish my own practice. I look forward to caring for patients in Houston!” In her free time, Hansen enjoys spending time with her family, spending time outdoors, golfing, and her new found love – knitting. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Jennifer, call the Gundersen Houston Clinic at (507) 896-6000.

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A little of this, A little of that. By Kathy Little Move over Arnold S., “The Baconator” has replaced “The Terminator” in American pop culture! The pulse of the nation is on bacon, and it’s not just for breakfast anymore. Bacon frying is one of my favorite smells..... right up there with bread baking, coffee brewing, and gasoline pumping into my car. It sounds odd, but I really do love the smell of gasoline. I hung around service stations a lot in my youth. My husband says this explains many things. But, back to bacon. Bacon and eggs and BLT’s used to be the norm. Now bacon is not just for breakfast anymore. It is the notso-secret ingredient in everything from appetizers to burgers to side salads to veggie casseroles and

even desserts. Bacon freaks post their recipes on the internet food sites- recipes for bacon waffles, bacon brownies and doughnuts, bacon maple cream bars, and even bacon ice cream. Some recommend pouring bacon grease on popcorn instead of butter. They fashion bacon into bowls to hold salad. Chicken fried bacon in batter and chocolate covered bacon get rave reviews. Burger King even featured a bacon sundae recently! Gourmet cooks expound that home cooks can get more “bang for their buck” with the addition of bacon to any green vegetable to make the flavor pop. Of course, they also like squash and carrots with lots of brown sugar and butter. My how this

must rile the “Food Police”. The Food Police have waged war on transfats and are now scrutinizing sugar and salt. Perhaps in the future, bacon will be banned (over my dead body and the bodies of all the hog farmers). Yes, I have eaten turkey bacon and brats for the past two years. I considered them a healthy alternative until I checked the sodium content. Fake bacon tasted fine until I ate real bacon again (just once) and promptly fell off the wagon. The trick to eating “diet foods” is to never again eat the real stuff. Eventually, you forget what you are missing. Reprogramming involves denying the delicious taste of the original by programming your brain and mouth that the low-cal, no sugar, no fat, no salt substitute is fantastic. Then never relapse. They say “the devil is in the details”; I say it is in the sizzle of hot fat. Satan, get thee away from my frying pan! Maybe butter and bacon will be taxed or banned in the future. Think how well that worked with prohibition!

Birth Announcement Journal Writing Project: Boesen Lamar Rice Rev. Kristen and Rev. Deris Rice of Rochester, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of Boesen Lamar, born on February 9, 2014, weighing 8 lbs. 2 oz. and measuring 20 inches long. Grandparents are Doug and Sandi Schmor of Medford, Ore. and Cleveland and Lynette Rice of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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By Emily Brumm This year marks the 22nd winter Olympics, which take place every four years. There are 98 different events and 15 different winter sport disciplines. This year it is Birth Announcement being held in Emily Brumm Sochi, Russia. Ireland Ranee Delaney Big brother Dallas wel- This is the first Olympics to be comes his baby sister, Ireland held in Russia since the breakup Ranee Delaney. Parents are of the USSR in 1991. The $51 Printed with Soy ink billion dollar budget makes it Cameran and Ashlee Delaney of Chatfield, Minn. She was the most expensive Olympics born on December 15, 2013. in history. As always, the medIreland weighed 8 lbs. and was als and competition between Printed with Soy inK countries is a main topic of 19 inches long. Grandparents are Russell the Olympic Games. Other hot and Cynthia Schild and Dan topics are the security issues and Printed on recycled paper intense security measures taken and Vickie Delaney. by the Russian government. Along with individuals comPrinted on peting against each other, counrecycled PaPer tries compete against each other

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Talking about taxes, have you noticed the price of bacon lately? I’m starting to realize why my thrifty grandmother and others of her generation saved bacon grease. There were even commercially produced containers for this called “grease or dripping jars”. My husband, who calls me “the clutter queen”, actually collects these jars along with their matching salt and pepper shakers. Salt shakers and sugar bowls might soon go the way of dripping jars and ashtrays!

The allure of sweet and salty probably accounts for the love of pancakes and maple syrup and bacon, brown sugared bacon and even beans with bacon. I calm my conscience by eating lowsodium bacon and using bacon with vegetables. I think of bacon as a spice. A little goes a long way. I also bought a bacon scented candle. It came with a warning that it was not edible.

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2 C uncooked white, brown or wild rice 2 small green peppers, chopped l large onion chopped 2 T butter 8 oz. fresh button mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp. salt 4-6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled. In a large saucepan, cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, sauté green peppers. onion and mushrooms. Add salt. Stir into the cooked rice and add bacon. Transfer to a greased 13x9 inch pan. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-l0 minutes more until heated through. Serves 12-14. This could be served alone or as a side dish with Cornish game hen or roast chicken.

ary 7, 2014, a plane was also threatened by a passenger who claimed to have a bomb. The passenger stated his intention to hijack the plane and fly it to Sochi. Russian President Vladmir Putin took action and drastically tightened security measures. More than 40,000 police and armed forces are working to secure the grounds and prevent disaster. In addition to this, some athletes, such as the U.S. ski and snowboarding teams, have also hired private security. A Presidential Decree was also signed requiring any protest or demonstrations taking place during the Olympics to be approved by the Federal Security Service as well as tightened travel restrictions. The media has dubbed this area of maximum security the “ring of steel.” Despite the complications that have arisen, the games are running smoothly and athletes are performing as well as ever. The Olympics marks a time when countries from all over the world can come together and enjoy watching many talented athletes

perform. For the athletes it is when their years of hard work and dedication can finally pay off. These are the factors that make the Olympics a success year after year and make them so fun to watch. Emily Brumm is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

County Board updated on Semcac activities By Karen Reisner Wayne Stenberg, Semcac’s executive director, reviewed a summary of Semcac activities at the county board’s February 11 meeting. Semcac, a non-profit organization, serves an 11 county area in southeast Minnesota. The 21 member board of directors has three representatives from Fillmore County including commissioner Randy Dahl. Because many of its services are federally funded, the across the board automatic spending cuts referred to as sequestration have reduced Semcac’s ability to provide some services. Sequestration was put into effect in 2013 after being made law as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. The theory was that the across the board cuts in discretionary and defense spending would be so painful that Congress would have to work together during the time before they kicked in to reduce spending in a less harmful way. However, they did go into effect and programs like Head Start and Senior Dining had to be reduced because of lack of funding. Stenberg said a portion of the cuts have been restored in this last budget, but he didn’t see the reduction in Senior Dining funding coming back. Senior Dining sites in Lewiston and Houston were lost. There has been $97,000 in cuts because of sequestration to senior services. Some employees had to be laid off. Semcac offers a variety of programs including energy assistance to help with household winter heating bills, Head

Start, food shelves, senior services, transportation and more. Stenberg noted they have been helping a lot of families with LP gas needs in the area. He expects more funding in the budget for weatherization assistance. This federal program helps to provide energy conservation improvements in the home to reduce energy consumption. Food shelves operated by Semcac are located in Preston and Rushford. Numbers using food shelves are way up, donations are needed. Bus rides (Rolling Hills Transit) have been expanded. This is public transportation, fare-based (flat, small fee), and it can be used by the general public. Buses are accessible for people with disabilities. Buses can be used for transportation to medical appointments, work, daycare, a local business, other appointments, or a senior dining site. This bus service is subsidized by the department of transportation. Semcac partners with 772 different associations including 154 for-profit businesses bringing dollars back into the community. In 2013 Semcac reached nearly 33,000 people that received some kind of service. Nearly one-third of the people served were over 70 years old and about one-fifth were 24 to 44 years of age. Semcac’s main office is at 204 S. Elm Street in Rushford. More information can be found at Employee recognition Once a year the county board recognizes county employees. Employees are recognized when

they reach each five year increment, starting with five years and ending this year with 40 years. LuAnn Hoff has served the county for 40 years and Sheriff Daryl Jensen for 35 years. Robert Engen (highway) and Cindy Mensink (attorney/ coordinator) have worked for the county for 30 years. Seven more employees have been with the county for 20 or 25 years, 10 for 15 years, four for 10 years, and five for five years. Chairman Chuck Amunrud thanked them all, saying they were valuable and important to the board and the county. Each year a safety award is presented. Brenda Pohlman, Public Health, was this year’s recipient. Also nominated were Blaine Tufte, Maintenance, and Chris Graves, Zoning.

Other business in brief •County Attorney Brett Corson asked for and received approval to issue a check for $56,000 to purchase about three acres from the Grooters family. One-thousand in earnest money already had been paid to obtain the land necessary for the Greenleafton Septic System. Corson said the next step is to secure easements from various property owners. He will draft ordinance and easement agreements. Amunrud noted the county will be made whole with grants, but will have to pay for the land purchase up front. •The court house will be closed on February 17 for President’s Day. •Jeffrey Brand was reappointed as the county surveyor for a four year term. •There was some discussion about a smoking policy for the county at the Depart-

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ment Head committee meeting. Other county policies dealing with smoking will be researched. It was noted that on some cold days, some smokers have slipped inside between the inside and outside doors to smoke. At issue are county employees and the public that smoke on county property. It was suggested that they will consider a ‘zero’ tobacco policy anywhere on county property. •Starting this year the state has mandated that people be randomly tested for drug use if they have a past felony drug conviction and are on General Assistance or in the Minnesota Family Investment Program. Commissioner Duane Bakke was concerned that the cost of this drug testing may have to come from county tax dollars. He suggested it be discussed at the next Social Services Committee meeting.


arah Wangen coordinates all of the advertising sales and marketing efforts for the cities of Preston, Fountain, Chatfield, Wykoff, Ostrander, Spring Valley, and Stewartville for the Fillmore County Journal and Visit Bluff Country magazine.

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{ We Live Where We Work }

“I have proudly grown up in Preston the majority of my life and wouldn’t have it any other way. I love this area and am very excited to be raising my family here. I am very committed to making a difference in the successful future of this area. I truly enjoy working side by side with this community and all of the people in it.”

LuAnn Hoff was recognized for forty years of service to Fillmore County, first as court administrator (22 years) and more recently with the Sheriff’s office. Fillmore County Board Chairman Chuck Amunrud is pictured on her left. Photo by Karen Reisner


Community Involvement Sarah isn’t shy in offering her lending hand in local activities. She is currently serving her third year on the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and last year was elected as the PACC President, becoming the youngest president of the organization. Sarah also is serving her first year on the National Trout Center Board.

Family Matters

Sarah and her husband Nick are parents of three beautiful children, KayLeigh (6), Treyton (4) and the newest addition is Kreedon (6 months). Sarah’s favorite pastimes are being with family and friends, staying active with KayLeigh’s activities including Girl Scouts and JFK Dance and enjoying the warm outdoors in every way possible.

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Peterson preps assessment policy, appoints new councilor By Kirsten Zoellner With the feasibility study on the 2015 County 25 project completed, the City of Peterson needs to hammer out an assessment policy before the final design work is done. An assessment policy will be needed because general obligation bonds funding the project require at least a 20 percent assessment of property owners by statute. While the whole project is bonded as one, terms of street reconstruction and utility work can be addressed under separate statutes, reducing the total assessment. In Peterson’s case, the curb, gutter, and sidewalk work will be assessed. Municipalities typically have varying assessment percentages for new construction, reconstruction, or repair. For complete reconstruction, Peterson is considering setting the assessment policy at 50 percent property owner/city. However, in this project, the county has already pledged to contribute 50 percent

of the cost of curb, gutter, and sidewalks, so residents will pay half of the remaining percentage. Special considerations are being taken for assessment deferment in certain cases, including those 65 and older and those with permanent or total disability. The assessments will be financed over 20 years. The city had considered not proceeding with all reconstruction on the sidewalks, but was advised against piecing the sidewalk as needed. Due to the large scale of the project, the sidewalks cost is substantially lower. City Clerk Megan Grebe noted figures estimating $4.70 per linear foot as total cost, which translates to a $2.35 per foot assessment cost. The preliminary assessment policy was agreed upon and will be formally presented to the community at a public hearing that is yet to be scheduled. The city also took steps in the detachment issue brought

Fillmore County police reports Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office James Anthony Bailey, 43, Rochester, Minn.; 1/27/2013, Disorderly Conduct - Brawling or Fighting; Fine of $1,000 (stay $700 until 1/31/2015), Fees $565, Local confinement for 90 days (stay 90 days for one year), Supervised probation for one year - Remain law-abiding, No same or similar, Chemical dependency evaluation/treatment (to commence no later than March 1, 2014), Aftercare, No alcohol/controlled substance use, No possession of alcohol or drugs, Do not enter bars or liquor stores, Random testing, Submit to random searches, No assault, No use or possession of firearms or dangerous weapons, Anger management class or men’s domestic violance class (to commence no later

than March 1, 2014). Meghan Michelle Drake, 20, Lanesboro, Minn.; 10/4/2013, Liquor - Consumption by persons under 21; Fine of $1,000 (stay $850 until 1/2/2015), Fees $240, Local confinement for 90 days (stay 87 days for one year, serve as work release), Supervised probation for one year - Remain law-abiding, No same or similar, No alcohol/controlled substance use, No possession of alcohol or drugs, Random testing, Complete treatment (outpatient, begin within two weeks from sentencing date), Submit to random searches, Do not enter bars or liquor stores. 12/27/2013, Liquor - Consumption by persons under 21; Fees $190. Sheri Diane Fishbaugher, 47, Lanesboro, Minn.; 11/12/2013,

forth by residents Alan Lipowitz and Jan Smaby. Following receipt of a letter from the City of Rushford Village noting a modification to allow the cities time to potentially resolve the issue, the council discussed the matter at length. A recent email from Rushford Village Councilor Gordon Johnson was also discussed. “I found it perplexing,” noted Mayor Jennifer Wood. “It brought up things we’d already taken care of. I thought we’d asked during the petition.” Wood noted that in light of the relationship of the two communities, she’d sent of number of informational items to the Village, including a statement from those involved in a past Rushford/Rushford Village detachement/annexation issue stressing, in hindsight, how those involved wished they’d worked harder at it. Also shared was the status of a North St. Paul petition. “It has to be in the best interest of both cities, according to the

statutes,” said Wood. “I shared with Rushford Village so they’d have a record. I was thinking we were sharing information. I was surprised by Johnson’s accusation of bullying and scare tactics.” Councilor Gail Boyum noted that she’d spent six hours transcribing the minutes from the January 9 meeting, where Lipowitz and his attorney discussed the petition. “We spent quite a bit of time. Barry said, ‘What is your need for leaving? What fear do you have? Can you give us a good feeling to this as why you want to leave? Is there something you need?’ The whole time we met we were really open,” said Boyum. “The way I read the letter, he was misinformed. It was basically asking us to do what we’ve done,” added Councilor Barry Erickson. “We’re certainly willing to discuss,” added Wood. “To reassure that we have talked with the land owners and that there aren’t any issues on zoning. I don’t

Harassment; Restraining Order Violate Restraining Order; Fine of $1,000 (stay $850 until 1/7/2015), Fees $240, Local confinement for 90 days (stay 90 days for one year), No assault, Remain law-abiding, No same or similar, Take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency. Abdifatah Mohamed Guled, 23, Le Center, Minn.; 11/9/2013, Speeding - 71/55; Fees $150. Kelly John Reynolds, 42, Rochester, Minn.; 1/14/2013, Issue Dishonored Check - Offense; Fine of $1,000 (stay $950 until 1/30/2015), Fees $211.93, Local confinement for 90 days (stay 89 days for one year, credit for time served of one day), Remain law-abiding, No same or simlar. Preston Police Department Sarah Rose Chounard, 26, Ostrander, Minn.; 11/19/2013, Drivers License - Driving After Revocation; Fees $290. 11/19/2013, Driver Must Carry Proof of Insurance when Operating Vehicle; Fees $200. Gina Lyn Lindeland, 40, Preston, Minn.; 8/20/2013, Issue Dishonored Check - Value Not More Than $250; Fees $218.46. 8/4/2013, Issue Dishonored Check - Value Not More Than $250; Fees $229.06. Joshua Thomas Mitchell, 22, Lanesboro, Minn.; 5/12/2012, Issue Dishonored Check - Value Not More Than $250; Fees $247.65. 5/5/2012, Issue Dishonored Check - Value Not More Than $250; Fees $260.90. Alexander Douglas Olson, 23, Houston, Minn.; 4/18/2013, Issue Dishonored Check; Ffees $218.55. 4/23/2013, Issue Dishonored Check - Value Not More Than $250; Fees $215.04. 9/10/2013, Drivers License - Driving After Revocation; Fees $290. 9/10/2013, Uninsured Vehicle - Owner Violation; Fees $200. Jason David Rothen, 43, Whalan, Minn.; 1/13/2014, Stopping/Standing/Parking Where Signs Prohibit Stopping; Fees $32. Gregory Merlin Thoen, 48,

Mankato, Minn.; 1/25/2014, Stopping/Standing/Parking Where Signs Prohibit Stopping; Fees $32. Loren Todd Saxon, 47, Preston, Minn.; 4/8/2013, Assault - 5th Degree; Gross Misdemeanor - Within Three Years of Previous Conviction; Fine of $3,000 (stay $2,500 until 1/27/2016), Fees $665, Local confinement for 365 days (stay 333 days for two years, credit for time served of 32 days), Supervised probation for two years - Remain law-abiding, No same or similar, Chemical dependency evaluation/ treatment, Aftercare, No alcohol/ controlled substance use, No possession of alcohol or drugs, Do not enter bars or liquor stores, Random testing, Submit to random searches, No contact with victim(s), Maintain employment, Advise agent prior to changing employment and/or residence, No assault. Marlene Faye Simone, 45, Farmington, Minn.; 11/7/2012, Issue Dishonored Check - Value Not More Than $250; Fees $210. 11/6/2012, Issue Dishonored Check - Value Not More Than $250; Fees $220. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division Dale Alfred Benike, 58, Wykoff, Minn.; 11/17/2013, Hunting - Deer Without a License; Fees $390. Minnesota State Patrol Kevin James Anderson, 50, Harmony, Minn.; 3/8/2013, DWI - Operate Motor Vehicle - Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within 2 Hours; Fine of $1,500 (stay $1,200 until 1/31/2016), Fees $495, Local confinement for 180 days (stay 150 days for two years, credit for time served of four days), Supervised probation for two years - Remain law-abiding, No same or similar, Chemical dependency evaluation/ treatment, outpatient at Wenden, Aftercare, No alcohol/controlled substance use, No possession of alcohol or drugs, Do not enter bars or liquor stores, Random testing. Frederick Richard Brooks, Jr., 51, La Crosse, Wis.; 7/25/2011, Moto Vehicle Registration - Operate

think we haven’t done anything they’ve asked.” “If we had something to address, it would be different,” added Erickson. “It’s sad that our troubles are spilling over to them.” Peterson will send long-time city Councilor Dick Lee and Mayor Wood to discussions with the Village. In other news, it was unanimously voted at the last meeting that resident Will Guise would step into the shoes of recently resigned councilor Bill Grindland. Unfortunately, Guise has indicate that he is unable to serve at this time. In light of that, the city approved the appointment of Dave Colbenson to the seat. Colbenson garnered nearly 30 percent of the vote in the last election, but wound up losing his bid for the seat. Eager to serve, Colbenson took the oath at the February 12 meeting and hit the ground running. The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m., at city hall. The public is encouraged to attend. Unregistered Vehicle/Without Plates Displayed on Public Street/Highway; Fees $390; Remain law-abiding, No same or similar. 7/25/2013, Driver Must Carry Proof of Insurance when Operating Vehicle; Fees $300, Remain law-abiding, No same or similar. Jerome Thomas Jones, 25, Minneapolis; 7/22/2013, Speeding 65/55; Fees $140. Todd Allen Soiney, 41, Canton, Minn.; 12/28/2013, Seat Belt Required - Driver and Passengers Must Use; Fees $115. Mitchell Duane Tart, 22, Wykoff, Minn.; 12/4/2013, Vehicle - Window Restrictions - Tint Too Dark; Fees $140. Charles Alan Wildt, 59, Virginia, Ill.; 1/13/2014, Speeding 71/55; Fees $150. Rushford Police Department Shannon Kay Harvey, 25, Rollingstone, Minn.; 4/25/2013, Disorderly Conduct - Brawling or Fighting; Fine of $1,000 (stay $700 until 1/8/2015), Fees $465, Local confinement for 90 days (stay 85 days for one year, credit for time served of five days), Supervised probation for one year - Submit to random searches, Complete chemical assessment and any aftercare, Do not enter bars or liquor stores, No contact with victim(s), Remain law-abiding, No same or similar, No alcohol/controlled substance, No possession of alcohol or drugs, Random testing, No driving without insurance. Dillan James Konkel, 20, Houston, Minn.; 1/8/2014, Drivers License - Driving After Suspension; Fees $290. Logan Ferrell Peterson, 19, Caledonia, Minn.; 1/19/2014, Driving Without a Valid License or Vehicle Class/Type; Multiple Licenses Prohibited; Fees $190. Steven Paul Phillips, 51, Altura, Minn.; 1/23/2014, Driver Must Carry Proof of Insurance when Operating Vehicle; Fees $290. Matthew Steven Salemo, 45, Rochester, Minn.; 1/4/2014, Speeding - 43/30; Fees $140.

Notice of amherst towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

Notice of fillmore towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

The citizens of Amherst Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Amherst Town Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect:

The citizens of Fillmore Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Fillmore Town Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect:

One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term. General business will be conducted. Business meeting will be at 8:00 pm. Polls will be open 5:00-8:00 pm.

One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term. General business will be conducted. Polls will open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Business meeting will be 4:00 - 4:45 pm. Light refreshments will be offered.

Hugh F. Fendry II • Clerk, Amherst Township

Notice of areNdahl towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN The citizens of Arendahl Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Arendahl Town Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect: One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term. General business will be conducted. Polls will open from 5:00-8:00 pm. Business meeting will begin at 8:15 pm. Keith Brown • Clerk, Arendahl Township

Bonnie Heidtke • Clerk, Fillmore Township

Notice of forestVille towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN The citizens of Forestville Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Forestville Town Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect:

One Clerk, 2 year term. One Supervisor, 3 year term.

Notice of fouNtaiN towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

The citizens of Bristol Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Bristol Town Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect:

The citizens of Fountain Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Fountain Fire Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect:

Eunice Biel • Clerk, Bristol Township

Notice of caNtoN towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN The citizens of Canton Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Canton Town Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect: One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term. General business will be conducted. Polls will open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm with business meeting to follow. Fay Garness • Clerk, Canton Township

Notice of carimoNa towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN The citizens of Carimona Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Preston City Council room on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect: One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term. General business will be conducted & begin at 1:30 pm. Polls will open after meeting until 8:00 pm. Linda Marzolf • Clerk, Carimona Township

Notice of pilot mouNd towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN The citizens of Pilot Mound Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Pilot Mound Town Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect: One Supervisor, for a term of 3 years. One Clerk, for a term of 2 years.

General business will be conducted. Business meeting will General business will be conducted. Business meeting will begin at 8:15 pm. Polls will open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. begin at approximately 8:15 pm. Polls will open from 5:00 The Board of Canvas will meet after the Annual Meeting to 8:00 pm. certify the official election results. Connie Morger • Clerk, Forestville Township William Sullivan • Clerk, Pilot Mound Township

Notice of Bristol towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term. General business will be conducted. Business meeting will be at 8:15 pm. Polls will open 5:00 - 8.:00 pm. Audit Meeting will immeditately follow the regular meeting March 10.

2014 Township Election & Meeting Notices

One Supervisor, 3 year term.

Notice of preBle towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN The citizens of Preble Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Preble Town Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect: One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term.

General business will be conducted. Polls will open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Business meeting will begin at approximately 8:15 pm. Daniel L. Graskamp Clerk, Fountain Township

General business will be conducted. Polls will open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Business meeting will begin at approximately 8:05 pm.

Notice of harmoNy towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

Notice of prestoN towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

The citizens of Harmony Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Harmony Township Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect: One Supervisor, for a term of 3 years. One Clerk, for a term of 2 years. Annual meeting to begin at 4:30 pm. Polls will open after the meeting until 8:00 pm. Kathy Whalen • Clerk, Harmony Township

David Larson • Clerk, Preble Township

The citizens of Preston Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Preston Emergency Services Building on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect: One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term. General business will be conducted. Polls will open from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Business meeting will be 3:00 pm. Curt Bisek • Clerk, Preston Township

Notice of holt towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

Notice of sumNer towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

The citizens of Holt Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect:

The citizens of Sumner Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting and election will be held in the Sumner Town Hall on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (In case of inclement weather the annual meeting and election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect:

One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term. General business will be conducted. Polls will open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Business meeting will begin after polls close at 8:00pm. Chris Gudmundson • Clerk, Holt Township

One Supervisor, for a term of 3 years One Clerk, for a term of 2 years Election poll hours are from 5 - 8 p.m. The annual meeting will commence after election ballots are counted. Melinda Miller • Sumner Township Clerk

Notice of carroltoN towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

Notice of NewBurg towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

Notice of yucataN towNship aNNual meetiNg & electioN

The citizens of Carrolton Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Carrolton Town Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect:

The citizens of Newburg Township are hereby notified that the annual meeting will be held in the Newburg Town Hall on Tuesday, the 11th day of March 2014 (in case of inclement weather the Annual Meeting and Election will be held on March 18, 2014) to elect:

Notice is hereby given that Yucatan Township, Houston County, will on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, conduct its Annual Town Meeting and Election at the Yucatan Town Hall. In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election may be postponed until the third Tuesday in March, 2014. The Annual Meeting will commence at 1:00 p.m. The Election Poll will be open from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm to elect: One Township Supervisor for a 3 year term One Township Clerk for a 2 year term The canvas board will meet following the election

One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term. General business will be conducted. Polls will open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Business meeting will begin at 8:05 pm. Luanne Storelee • Clerk, Carrolton Township

One Supervisor, 3 year term. One Clerk, 2 year term. General business will be conducted. Polls will open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Business meeting will follow election immediately afterwards. Genette Halverson • Clerk, Newburg Township

Linda S Griggs • Clerk, Yucatan Township

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Fountain City Council shows support for Taste of the Trail By Barb Jeffers The Fountain City Council met Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the city office. All members were present with the exception of Chad Wangen. Mayor Richard Kujath, City Clerk Ronda Flattum, and Police Chief Tom Mosher were also present. Consent agenda items were approved including minutes from the January 2, 2014 meeting, Treasurer’s report, monthly city bills, monthly Fire Department bills, and also bills for the Fire Department picnic on February 8, 2014. The council additionally approved a $100 donation each to the Fillmore Central School and Lanesboro School toward postprom activities. In the City Clerk report Smith Schafer & Associates will be back on February 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. to review what they audited. The Zoning Ordinance regarding chickens within city limits was discussed per a resident’s request. The council decided to leave the ordinance as it stands with no chickens allowed within city limits. Police Chief Mosher reported a black lab continuing to run loose in town. The dog owner is being sought. Officer Mosher discussed

the purchase of a book to learn the new DVS system. Mosher assisted a female at an apartment to get her son during a boyfriend/girlfriend issue. Mosher received report of a suicidal female who left Fountain. The woman was found at Diamond Joe’s Casino. He also received a negative report of drugs in a residence. Mosher spoke with resident blowing snow into the street. A third letter has been sent to a couple that have already received two citations. They have been given until February 14, 2014 to comply or they will receive a third citation. Mosher investigated report of a suspicious vehicle driving around that was found to be legitimate. There has been a concern about weekday parking on Main Street with cars parked from the Fire Station up to Drury’s and other spots on Main Street by bus riders. Flattum phoned the bus company and they will make an announcement on the bus as well as send out emails to bus riders that parking should be off of Main Street. Tom Mosher discussed attending Street Officer’s Response to Civil Disputes training on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Wabasha,

Minn. The fee is $70 and would be split between Fountain and Ostrander. The council approved the training. Rose Voight attended the meeting to discuss items having to do with Taste of the Trail which will be happening in Fountain on September 6, 2014. The council approved a donation of $200 to Taste of the Trail. A city map will be acquired by Voight for use with Taste of the Trail as the city does not have an updated map. The council approved the use of the Community Hall free of charge for a fundraiser for Taste of the Trail. The date of the fundraiser has yet to be determined. Rose informed the council that she is looking for volunteers to help with Taste of the Trail. Tri-County Electric has donated a sign to Taste of the Trail for the side of the building near the Trail Head in Fountain as the old sign has deteriorated. The cost of a plexi-glass cover for the sign was approved by the city council. Voight discussed the possibility of having a QR code on the sign which she hopes to have installed by the end of March 2014. The symbol for Fountain was designated as the water tower with the picture of the bike on it. There were no items under Old Business. In New Business tobacco licenses were approved for renewal for Willie’s Grocery & Locker and Herman’s Standard.

The Official Legal Newspaper for Fillmore County Liquor license renewals for the Bent Wrench for on sale, off sale, Sunday sale, and optional 2 a.m. sales and for Los Gables for on sale and Sunday sales were approved. AT&T requested that the council review the site modification being proposed. The company would like to attach a three foot in diameter microwave dish onto the side of the tower that they say will not interfere with anything. The five year lease is up in 2015 and Flattum suggested the city make the changes to the lease as suggested by Tom Manion in the past. The lease will be sent to Kelly Wagner to look at possible changes. The council will check to make sure the dish would not interfere with maintenance on the

water tower before taking action on the matter. The Capstone Design Project has been approved. The University of Minnesota students and instructor would like to come to Fountain on February 21, 2014. Flattum will contact Dave Morrill to see if he is available to be on hand that day. A letter has been sent to the MPCA informing them that the project has been approved. Brenda Johnson of the Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities sent a letter asking the city council to review and vote their support for legislative policies. Each city gets one vote. The council voted to support the policies listed in the letter.

Rose Voight addresses the Fountain City Council to discuss Taste of the Trail. Photo by Barb Jeffers

State Fair and Farm Bureau Federation accepting Century Farm applications ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more may apply for the 2014 Century Farms Program. Produced by the Minnesota State Fair in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Feder-

ation, the Century Farms Program was created to promote agriculture and honor historic family farms in the state. More than 9,700 Minnesota farms have been honored since the program began in 1976. Family farms are recognized

as Century Farms when they meet three requirements. The farm must be: 1) at least 100 years old according to authentic land records 2) in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years

(continuous residence on the farm is not required) 3) at least 50 acres. A commemorative certificate signed by State Fair Board of Managers President Al Paulson, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap and Governor Mark Dayton will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Century Farm status. Applications are available online at (click the “Recognition Programs” link at the bottom of the home page); at; by calling the State Fair at (651) 2884400; or at statewide county extension and county Farm Bureau offices. The submission deadline is April 1. Recipients will be announced in May. Previously recognized families should not reapply. Information on all Century Farms will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2014 Minnesota State Fair, which runs August 21 - Labor Day, September 1. A Century Farm database is also available at

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Rep. Greg Davids invites public to respond to session survey By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 2014 legislative session will begin in a few days, and State Representative Greg Davids (R Preston) wants to know how the public feels about several issues that have made or will be

ton counties, I strongly encourage everyone to respond to this session survey and share their views.” Davids said his 2014 legislative questionnaire will appear as an advertisement in this newspaper. Once completed, it can be clipped

Davids said. “I want residents to let me know if they think our state is headed in the right direction when it comes to tax increases, Obamacare, and spending choices. In order to best represent the interests of Fillmore and Hous-

making news at the State Capitol. “The majority party and Governor Dayton chose to raise taxes and fees on all hardworking Minnesotans last session, and they’re now debating whether to put even more tax increase proposals on the table,”

out and mailed directly back to Representative Davids. Davids also invites anyone to contact him with comments or concerns during the 2014 session. He can be reached by phone at (651) 2969278. He can also be contacted via e-mail at, or via U.S. Mail at 283 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155.


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Mabel City Council presented with standpipe project bids By Hannah Wingert The Mabel City Council met on February 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. Council members Susan Amunrud and Terry Torkelson were not present. Sean Welty and Mark Davy from Davy Engineering presented the council with the bids for the standpipe project. The last time they bid the project out, the bids came back at $100,000 over budget so they had recommended re-bidding. They received two bids the second time, both of which were under budget. The council passed a motion to tentatively award the project to American Structures, Inc. from Menomonie, Wis. for their bid of $272,822.63 based on rural development concurrence.

Davy Engineering also notified the council that construction on the wastewater plant repairs is in the works and should commence in the next week or two. The wastewater will be drained into the reed beds which will be replaced after winter. The minutes from the January 8, 2014 meeting were reviewed and approved. The monthly bills were reviewed and approved for payment. City Clerk Karen Larson updated the council on the Cherrywood Drive improvement project. The easements are ready for the homeowners to sign and be notarized, and then work can begin. The city received the ambu-

Legacy Amendment funds habitat restoration near Root River Trail Thirty acres of rare habitat in southeastern Minnesota are getting an ecological makeover thanks to a voter-approved tax and a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy. Located three miles north of Preston next to the Root River State Trail, the Isinours unit of the R.J. Dorer State Forest consists of a mix of habitats, including oak savanna and bluff prairie – both considered rare. In the absence of fire, portions of the 188-acre unit have been overrun with buckthorn, box elder, cedars and other plants. Work is now underway to clear undesirable vegetation from three patches totaling 30 acres in the Isinours unit. Removing the more aggressive vegetation will allow a greater

diversity of native plants to flourish. About five acres will be completely cleared of dense cedar and transformed to bluff prairie. Areas cleared of invasive brush and cedar will be included in a larger prescribed fire to regenerate native plants. The Isinours project is being managed by the Nature Conservancy, which is working on restoration at several sites with high biodiversity in the Root River watershed in southeastern Minnesota. It is funded by $18,000 from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which gets part of a sales tax dedicated to the outdoors, parks, water quality and the arts and culture. The dedicated fund was approved by voters as the Legacy Amendment to the state constitution in November 2008.

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lance subsidy contract from Fillmore County. The City of Mabel will receive $4,500 from the subsidy. The signed contract will need to be approved by the Fillmore County Board. The council passed a resolution with respect to sub-standard buildings in Mabel. A motion was approved to place an ad in the Mabel News Record to advertise for the city lawn mowing position during the summer months. The ad will run for apprximately two weeks, and the council will review the applications at the March 12, 2014 city council meeting. The council received a letter from the Mabel Fire Department regarding a request for pay increases. The council dis-

cussed the increase amounts, and an offer will be made to the fire department. Currently, the City of Mabel’s ordinance for recreational vehicles states that they may only be used in town if there is a medical reason. The council discussed changing the ordinance to allow licensed drivers with a yearly permit to use recreational vehicles in town. The council members will review several other towns’ ordinances regarding the use of recreational vehicles and will discuss it further at the March 12, 2014 meeting. The EDA board currently has a vacancy and made a recommendation that Sue Morken fill the vacancy. A motion was passed to approve the recom-

mendation. Public Works Department Director Robert Miereau recommended that the city offer a tree program again this year with which the council agreed. Miereau will prepare several options for the program and present them at the next council meeting. Miereau stated that approximately 25 homes in Mabel are currently running water to avoid frozen pipes, but that none have had frozen pipes as of yet. He suggested that residents check the temperature of the water in their homes and, if it’s below 40 degrees fahrenheit, they should let it run so the pipes don’t freeze. If they do so, they should let the City Offices know by calling 507-493-5299. The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held March 12, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Even kids put the “International” in the Festival of Owls By Karla Bloem When the Friends of the Houston Nature Center started the Owl Festival way back in 2003, it was simply called the Festival of Owls. Then in 2007 they added the World Owl Hall of Fame and people began flying to Houston from all over the country and world. But still people who stopped by the Houston Nature Center thought it was “cute” that they did an owl festival. They simply didn’t have a clue as to the scope of the Festival. So eventually, after much discussion, the name was changed to the INTERNATIONAL Festival of Owls. That got the people to stand up and take notice! (Unfortunately it turned some people off too, since they didn’t think it was for local people anymore—but it still most certainly is!!!) With a name like “International Festival of Owls”, there are some pretty big expectations to live up to. How do they do it? The World Owl Hall of Fame is the big, showy way they manage the “international” part of the name. There are judges in four different countries and awards are presented to people (and owls) from around the world. Thanks to generous sponsors, the festival has been able to pay travel expenses for many of the winners to attend the festival and speak in recent years. Little old Houston, Minn. has had speakers from Canada, Jamaica, Norway, the Netherlands, England, Germany, Kenya, South Africa, Nepal, and Taiwan. Not to mention Massachusetts, Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Virginia, and elsewhere in the USA. But the festival is always working for more international participation. Their owl coloring contest this year received entries from all over the U.S., Canada, Ireland, England, Malta, Indonesia, and Austra-

lia (actually there were five or six entries from Australia). In previous years there have also been entries from Spain and the Philippines. Since their amateur photography contest is digital, they are able to get submissions from around the world too. This year there are entries from all over the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Estonia. In previous years there have also been entries from Italy and the Netherlands. I think, through my role as festival coordinator, the international part of the Festival is part of what makes it extra special. Not only are people learning about owls, but they are also seeing owls through the eyes of other cultures and learning about those cultures. Not just adults, but kids in other cultures.

Pictured here is Kennard Alvaro Hadinata from Indonesia, age 5 years 7 months, with the drawing he made for the International Festival of Owls’ owl coloring contest. He loves to enter art contests around the world. He missed receiving the award for the entry from the farthest away by about 200 miles, while a 4 year-old girl in South Australia picked it up. This year the festival banquet will feature Dr. Heimo

Mikkola, the World Owl Hall of Fame’s Champion of Owls winner. Although he’s from Finland, he has traveled to over 125 countries during his career working for the United Nations. He should have some extremely interesting cultural stories to tell. There will also be a showing of three short owl films from Nepal (with English subtitles) during the banquet…the top three winners from the Nepal Owl Festival’s documentary contest (a sister festival to Houston’s festival, held the same weekend.) The Special Achievement Award winner this year, Dr. Motti Charter, is from Israel. He’s working to help farmers use Barn Owls for natural rodent control… and he’s also working with Jordan and Palestine. Talk about transcending political boundaries! All of the cultural and international pieces of the festival are very exciting, but the festival still has plenty to do for people who aren’t into those kinds of things. There are still the live owl programs, owl face painting, owl crafts, owl prowls to call in wild owls, pellet dissection, nest box building, and more. And this year you can even get owls painted on your fingernails! Whether you’re a kid or a professor, don’t care a whole lot about owls or really love them, you can have a great time at the International Festival of Owls March 7-9 in Houston. Check out for more information or to register for the banquet and bus trip.

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Chatfield plans for Family Dollar store By Karen Reisner At the February 10 Chatfield City Council meeting a resolution was adopted allowing the Chatfield EDA to enter into a purchase agreement to sell land for the future location of a Family Dollar store. The 0.85 acres is in the Twiford Redevelopment Area located between Highway 52 and Twiford Street, bordering the southwest corner of Division Street. EDA Coordinator Chris Giesen explained that the property will be purchased by SMR Acquisitions Company, LLC for $210,000 contingent on a development agreement between the city and the buyer. The EDA held a public hearing on the sale on January 30. No comments were made by the public. The EDA had

recommended the city council approve the purchase agreement to promote economic development in the city. The buyer will be responsible for demolition and site preparation. In a related matter the council authorized Chatfield’s city attorney, Fred Suhler, to draft an ordinance to vacate rightof-way needed for the proposed redevelopment of the Twiford area and to consolidate those properties. Utilities that cross the property will need to be relocated to Twiford Street. The alley way that runs across the property and some of the Division Street right-ofway have to be vacated. Giesen also asked that the city council authorize the use of $38,500 of the Rochester Sales Tax funds for St. Albans

Place improvements as recommended by the EDA. This money is intended for economic development projects. EZ Fabricating in their new home will add to the city’s tax base and provide additional employment opportunities. The funds will be used to pay for water and sanitary sewer access fees on behalf of EZ Fabricating. Giesen suggested the project will produce about 20 jobs. The council authorized the use of a portion of the sales tax funds. Other business in brief •The owner of the property at 339 Hawley Street signed a Petition and Waiver document that allows the property to be cleaned up by the city. The cost of the clean-up will be assessed to the property for collection with property taxes over the next 10 years. The Petition and

Fillmore-Houston Community Health Service receives UCare Fund Grant MINNEAPOLIS – UCare’s UCare Fund awarded a $25,000 grant in late 2013 to FillmoreHouston Community Health Service in Caledonia, Minn. to support a program working to reduce obesity among youth in Fillmore and Houston counties. The Health Service works with area schools, child care providers, and early childhood facilities to increase nutrition and physical activity. The UCare Fund is a community-directed initiative of UCare, the fourth-largest health plan in Minnesota. The Fund was established in 1998. UCare focuses its grant-making on programs and initiatives that improve the health of underserved populations across Minnesota with innovative services, education, community outreach, and research. “UCare creates and maintains partnerships with community organizations to improve not only the health of our members in Minnesota but also the underserved in communities across our service area,” said Ghita Worcester, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing, UCare. “We are proud to award UCare Fund grants to so many public health, nonprofit, and community-based groups conducting inno-


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Waiver agreement was accepted. •The purchase of software and a computer upgrade for the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) was approved. The three computers are 8-9 years old and past their life expectancy. There was only one bid from Automatic Systems Company. The upgrade of the three computers, laptop, and software will cost $32,458 plus tax. An additional runtime upgrade will cost $1,255, which will allow for a future upgrade without buying all new software. Two other companies were contacted, but they didn’t respond. •The resignation of Tyler Burke, public works, was accepted effective February 14. Authorization was given to start the hiring process to replace him. The new employee will be expected to spend about 40 percent of work time at the WWTP.

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•The resignation of police officer Aaron Miliander was accepted effective February 6. He had been with the Chatfield police for seven years. Miliander was a use of force instructor, Taser instructor, and D.A.R.E. instructor. Chief Shane Fox would like to fill Miliander’s full time position with one of the city’s current part time officers. The internal posting was approved. •The annual report prepared by Kristi Clarke for the Planning and Zoning Commission was reviewed by City Clerk Joel Young. There were seven commercial additions or remodels and 25 residential additions and remodels in 2013. Seven new constructions during 2013 include one commercial and six residential. The total value of all residential construction is $1,670,500 and the total value of all commercial construction is $1,187,773.

Gardening: We dig it By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The Houston County University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners are proud to be hosting their fourth A n n u a l Gardening Wo r k s h o p on Saturday, March 29. They are working closely Jerrold Tesmer with Caledonia Area Community Education to once again provide you with a fun filled educational and information experience. The “Gardening: We Dig It” worshop takes place at the Caledonia Middle and High School, 825 North Warrior Avenue, Caledonia, MN 55921 on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The day’s activies start with registration and refreshments at 8 a.m. with the welcome at 8:25. The keynote with Vincent Fritz, Southern Research and Outreach Center “Take Two Brussels Sprouts and Call Me in the Morning” will have you thinking about the health-protection qualities of vegetables you may grow in your garden. Other speakers and topics include: Linda Lind, Alpine Nursery “Not Your Grandmother’s Hen and Chicks”; Vince

Fritz, “How to Get the Most From Your Garden”, Jacob Overgaard, University of Minnesota Extension, “Home Berry Patches”, Forest Pieper, North Star Lily Association, “Jewels in the Garden”, and Brenda Pohlman, Houston County Master Gardener, “Trendy Garden Tidbits” Other activities include a country store, a silent auction, and venders. Venders should make arrangements with Mary Zaffke at 507-498-5823 or Registration by March 21, entitles you to participate in two keynote addresses, your choice of three breakouts sessions, all workshop materials, venders displays, refreshments and door prize entry. Early registration by March 21 is $25 with a meal provided. March 22 or later registrion including on site also is $25, but no meal is quarantined. Contact Caledonia Area Community Education, 825 North Warrior Avenue, Caledonia, MN 55921; 507-725-5139, or

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In late October through Thanksgiving we offer 3 biweekly bushel deliveries of storage veggies, root crops, herbs, hardy greens, apples and more. Perfect to extend the season and eat local during the holidays.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS TUESDAY, FEB. 18 •Semcac Bus to Rochester, bus picks up for shopping, 9:35am at Chic’s, Preston; 10am at Fountain State Bank. Call 800-944-3874 to ride. •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, 10-10:30am, Lakewood Apartments, 420 Bench Street SW, Chatfield, MN. •Knit it Together, 3:30-4:30pm, Preston Public Library. Knitting for all levels.* •Bluff Country Toastmasters meet, 5:30pm, Spring Valley Public Library.* •Chatfield AA meets, 7:30pm in the Pio­neer Presbyterian Church, 206 Fillmore St., Chatfield.* •AA Closed Meeting, 8pm, Presbyterian Church, Mill St., Rushford.*

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 •Spring Valley Area Foodshelf, 2-4pm, 1300 West Tracy Rd., Spring Valley.*

THURSDAY, FEB. 20 •Free Senior Coffee, 9am, Heritage Grove, Harmony.* •Rushford Senior Dining, 10:30noon, 113 E. Jessie, Street Rushford.

•Story Hour, 11am, Harmony Public Library. No school, no story hour.* •TOPS (take off pounds sensibly) Meeting, Spring Valley Care Center Activity Room. Weigh-in from 5:155:30 p.m. Meeting from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Questions contact Judy at 507346-2469. •AA Class “Road’s Journey,” 8pm, 301 E. Franklin St., Spring Valley (a yellow house).*

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 •Chatfield NA meeting, 7:30pm, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 206 Fillmore St. Chatfield.* •Harmony AA Group, 8pm, Harmony Community Center. For more info call 612-251-3822 or 507272-2191*

SUNDAY, FEB. 23 •St. Olaf Catholic Church Dinner, 10:30am-1pm, St. Olaf Catholic Church, Mabel. Raffle at 12:45pm. •Lets Talk About Sand, 4pm, Zumbrota Public Library, Zumbrota, MN. •Lets Talk About Sand, 6:30pm, Cannon Falls Public Library, Cannon Falls, MN. *FREE* •Fountain AA Group closed meeting, 7:30pm, Fountain Lutheran Church, south Main St. and Highway 52.*

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•Spring Valley Area Foodshelf, 9-11am, 1300 West Tracy Rd., Spring Valley, MN.* •Lanesboro AA Group, 8pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church. For more info, call 507-251-1771 or 765-2518.*

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We Carry • Dryers • Grain Bins for Drying & Storage

& Tear Down , Millwright, Grain Legs, Auger, and Conveyor Construction, Concrete Construction.

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HUNGERHOLT CARPENTRY For ALL your building and remodeling needs. Many Years of Experience • MARTY HUNGERHOLT, 507-467-2203 • RANDY HARMON, 507-467-2410 • RICHARD NEPSTAD, 507-765-3621

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Tony Brumm • Mabel, MN 55954 Phone: (507)493-5507 • Cell:507-251-9212


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WANTED: 800-1200 # Beef Calves. No antibiotics/growth stim. Born on your farm. Call Joe Austin 507-352-4441. f10,17,24,3-o

Spring Valley Senior Living has openings in the Nursing Department for part-time CNA’s and part-time LPN’s or RN’s on the day and evening shifts. These positions include every other weekend worked and have the potential to include more hours as needed. Interested individuals should send application or resume to Spring Valley Senior Living, Attn: Human Resources, 800 Memorial Drive, Spring Valley, MN 55975. Or e-mail EOE. h17,24-o

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED for a full-time Merit Office Support Specialist position in the Fillmore County Community Services Department. This is a regular, non-exempt position, eligible for benefits. Minimum Qualifications: Requires minimum of High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and two years of related office experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience to demonstrate the ability to perform the work of the job. Rate of Pay: Starting salary at $11.4425/hour according to the 2014 MN Merit pay scale with final salary dependent on qualifications. Applicants must complete a MN Merit System application to be considered. Application materials may be obtained from: www. or at http://agency. default.cfm. Job #614-23. Important: If you are already Merit System eligible, do not re-apply for the exam. Check your current application and status to verify your eligibility and availability for this vacancy. Regular County employees are eligible to apply for this position along with the public. Application Deadline: 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014. EOE. h17,24,3-o

HELP WANTED - CHS Inc is seeking part-time seasonal truck drivers and general laborers for the Grand Meadow, Elkton, LeRoy, Ostrander, Spring Valley, Wykoff, MN and Chester, IA areas. Must have or be able to obtain a CDL and medical card. Contact CHS at 507-7545125 or 507-657-2234. CHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. h10,17,24,3-o

EMPLOYMENT Full time position at Brumm’s Plumbing and Heating. Must be reliable - well trained. Call 507-439-5507. h17,24,3,10-o Full time truck driver wanted to pull a hopper in the midwest. Home weekly, good MVR, pass drug screen, experience preferred. Call 507-459-7850. h17,24,3-o National Trout Center seeks Program Coordinator & Operations Manager in Preston, MN. More info: Deadline is March 3rd. h17, 24-o Help wanted: People with calving experience to help calf 300 beef cows in the Preston-Lanesboro area. To apply call 1-800-770-0347 or 765-2131 and ask for Ron or Bill. h17,24-o NEED CLASS A CDL TRAINING? Start a career in trucking today! Swift Academies offer PTDI certified courses and offer, “best-in-class” training. New academy classes weekly. No money down or credit check. Certified mentors ready and avvailable. Paid (whilw training with mentor). Regional and dedicated opportunities. Great career path. Excellent benefits package. Please call: 866-975-8141 MCAN

Are you a caring and energetic person who likes helping the elderly? If so, Spring Valley Senior Living is looking for you! We currently have a parttime overnight position and an on-call day position open in our Housing with Services setting. Both positions include every other weekend worked and the part-time overnight offers a shift wage differential. No experience required, we will train you to be a part of our team. To apply for either of these positions send application to Spring Valley Senior Living, Attn: Human Resources, 800 Memorial Drive, Spring Valley, MN 55975. OrPrinted e-mail hr@svseniorliving. with Soy ink com. EOE. h17,24-o

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EMPLOYMENT TANKER DRIVERS: Up to $5,000 sign-on binus! Up to 51cpm plus additional pay for HazMat loads, pump offs, mileage bonuses! 1-year OTR. Call 877-882-6537 MCAN

Good Shepherd Lutheran ServiceS

has current openings for experienced, mature and caring individuals

Nurse night Shift

Dietary Aid evening Shift (Every other weekend & Holiday)

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

Good Shepherd Lutheran Services Creative Christian Living and Human Service

Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider

Green Lea Manor is LookinG for speciaL peopLe who want to Make a difference. Must be caring, compassionate, and a team player.

part-time rn/Lpn & cna shifts available. Will train and reimburse for classes, if not on the registry. Bonus Pay on weekends and shift differential.

Contact Nicky or stop by for an application.

Be Green

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…because the journey matters

Green Lea Manor is LookinG for speciaL peopLe who want to Make a difference. Must be caring, compassionate, and a team player.

Maple Leaf Services, Inc.

part-time & full-time rn/Lpn shifts available.

Full Time Supervisory Position in Preston

Green Lea Manor nursing home

Bonus Pay on weekends and shift differential.

100 Main 2 S.E., Preston

Contact Nicky or stop by for an application. 115 N. Lyndale Ave., Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5436

Apply online at or call Cherie at 507-765-2107 EOE


Providing services for people with developmental disabilities for 30+ years!

emPloyment oPPortunities Preston equiPment ComPany

Gundersen Harmony Care Center

your local independent John Deere dealer, is a family-owned, single-store dealership who has served the community for over 40 years. Due to growth and expansion of our business, we are looking to hire additional personnel with a good work ethic, integrity, and willingness to work as part of a team to meet our customers’ needs.

is looking for staff to fill the following positions:

dietary cook/ aide

Our current job openings include:

Full-time Ag Technician

Main duties will include diagnostics and repair of tractors, combines, and other equipment. Experience or training in Ag mechanics preferred. Eligible candidate will possess good communication skills in dealing with customers and co-workers and have ability to operate vehicles, tools, and equipment to complete duties. Computer skills and electrical diagnostic ability helpful.

Contact Shelly Dolley at 507-886-6544 x 105 or by email at for more information

part-time cNa’s Contact Tami Vreeman at 507-886-6544 x 115

AMS Service & Sales Specialist

Main duties will be demonstration, sales, installation, and troubleshooting of AMS and related precision ag technology products. May also include diagnostics and repair of tractors and other equipment. Knowledge of precision ag and electronic diagnostics required. Eligible candidate will possess computer skills, mechanical ability to install and diagnose equipment, and good communication skills.

part-time Housekeeper Contact Isaiah Kingsley at 507-886-6544 x 109

Competitive Wages, Flexible Schedules & Training Provided

…because the journey matters

Candidates may send resume to: Preston Equipment Company, PO Box 435, Preston, MN 55965

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44493 OAKVIEW LOOP, Rushford. For sale by owner: 2 miles south of Rushford, Country living close to town, 2.5 acre lot, ranch style home, custom built in 2005, 4 bdrm/3 bath, finished basement, heated 2 car garage, blacktop drive and concrete driveway, community well, move in condition, for more info. and viewing call 507-864-3689. e20,27,3,10,17,24,3,10-x

FOR SALE: 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in the country with heated shop. 507-2596961. e30tfn- o TUCSON AREA, ARIZONA 2-5 acres. Custom Home parcels from $59K or will build New Home 2.7ac. from $250K. Underground utilities, Gorgeous Mtn. Views 800/797-0054 MCAN

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4 BR, 2 BA: All finished!, Great room w/frpl.; heated gar., mnfl. laundry, Open floor plan.

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$262,500 44953 E Goodrich, Rushford Newer home, expansive floor plan, master suite, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, finished throughout. Nearly 4000 sq. ft.

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Has it all! Gourmet kitchen, private master suite, expansive great room, 3 car gar., new 30x40 pole building. 5 BR, 3 BA, mnfl. laundry, 4,000+ sq. ft. walkout on 2.5 Acres.

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715 North Broadway (Home Federal Bldg.), Spring Valley, MN Email - 317 N. SEctION, SPRING VALLEY $53,000 Conveniently located near school, downtown business district, gas station & restaurants. This home features formal dining & living room w/hardwood floors, large eat in kitchen, main floor laundry, updated bath w/ new tub & shower surround, toilet & vanity & 3 bdrms. Large back deck, alley access to garage/shed in back yard. Priced to sell!!

104 N. HuDSON AVE., SPRING VALLEY $129,900


This amazing 3 bdrm 2 bath home is located in a beautiful established neighborhood. The main level has been renovated and remodeled w/lower level partially finished. Appl's included. 2 car detached garage w/workshop. Upstairs is a 1 bedroom 1 bath rental unit with eat in kitchen & living room. Have your renter pay part of your mortgage payment, taxes & insurance!

Stylish “Cape Cod” style home featuring 3 bdrms, hardwood floors, updated 100 amp electrical breaker box, new cement drive, retaining wall, finished garage new with door & insulated, electrical line to shed, new laminate floor in kitchen, freshly painted throughout, updated plumbing fixtures and new toilet and new deck by front door. Excellent location near grocery store, banks, convenience stores and gas station. Move in ready!


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19679 690tH AVE., ELKtON $145,000 Affordable country acreage all set up for horses equipped w/84x48 lighted indoor riding arena & 14’ door, fenced pasture area, stock building w/5 pens & hay pit, chicken house & buried power lines. 3 bdrms, hdwd floors, newer hot water heater & energy efficient furnace. New roof in 2004 & double attached garage. Yearly income generated from property.


908 waShington St. nw, preSton 3 Bedrooms On Main Floor • Family Room W/Fireplace • Dining Room • Living Room • Main Floor Laundry • Lower Level Family Room W/Bar • Rec Area • D/O • 2+ Attached Garage • Wood Floors • New Furnace • Newer Roof


4 Bedrooms • 4 Baths • Formal Living Room • Formal Dining Room • Family Room • Rec Room W/Bar • Fireplace • 3+ Garage • Storage Shed • Patio • Main Floor Laundry

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

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

Investment property - this affordable 2 bedroom home offers efficient living, near the Upper Iowa River and miles of snowmobile trails, with 2 car garage. Seller tiled around perimeter, new furnace in 2007 and updated septic. $48,000/$231.31 PI/M*

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

704 Kenilworth ave., laneSboro


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



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

$129,900 804 auburn ave. S, laneSboro Ranch Home On Large Lot • Open Floor Plan • Main Floor Laundry • Private Deck • 2+Garage • Large Lower Level Family Room

45742 Cty 29, Mabel

Quality built 3 bedroom Ranch home. Custom cabinets, floors, and millwork. Lower level finished with family room, office, and ¾ bath plus root cellar and storage room. Geothermal heating system. Professionally landscaped plus patio, & cedar fencing. Detached multi 2 cars, shop & storage space, pole shed,& small barn. State forest land nearby. $250,000

214 n elm St., Mabel


21559 Cty rd 102, Chatfield

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

CoMMERCiAL CoMMerCial building - laneSboro Great opportunity to own large commercial building in a high traffic area. Potential business could be retail, restaurant/bar, convenience store/grocery, crafts or many other uses. Can be divided off. $64,500

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615 1st ave. SW, HarMony Excellent Condition 2 bedroom ranch home on edge of Harmony. Many updates, good sized living areas, with 14 x 14 deck, garden space and country views. $80,000/$372.98 PI/M*

100 1st Street S, Canton

243 Harwood ave. ne, CHatFIeld

Move in ready 3 Bedroom home. Vaulted ceilings in living room with cozy NG fireplace. Kitchen has newer countertops and sink, plus skylight for natural lighting. Lower level family room, exercise area, office/den, bath, laundry, and storage. Att garage. Semi-private back yard. $104,900/$489.07 PI/M*


Starting up or slowing down this 3 bedroom home had many updates in 2007 including kitchen, bath, siding, windows, shingles & front porch. Main floor bed & bath. 2 bedrooms up plus large storage room with potential to finish . Deck off kitchen. Det garage. Large corner lot. $58,900/$274.61 PI/M*

Craftsman style home with original features. Open staircase, oak & maple hardwood floors, built in’s include bench/storage along staircase, built in hutch in dining room, pass through hutch between kitchen & dining and brick fireplace. Upstairs bedrooms all have wood floors.

Nicely updated 2 bedroom home, updates on main floor include paint, flooring, lighting, bathroom, and window replacement plus furnace. Full basement with laundry and storage. Roof new in 2013. Large detached garage. Greenleafton offers affordable living with country views. $57,000/$265.75 PI/M*

Nicely laid out 1 3/4 story home with welcoming 3 season porch Main living areas are open and bright with open staircase leads to 3 nice size bedrooms with large closets. Back covered deck. Det garage, carport, and garden space. $61,900/$288.59 PI/M*

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313 Fillmore St. W, PreSton

XXX 3rd ave. Se, HarMony lots for Sale! 118 Main St. S, Mabel

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

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Affordable and efficient 2 bedroom home on private 3 acre lot bordering golf course. Eat in kitchen with good sized living room. Good sized bedroom on main floor plus second bedroom and den on upper level. Large 2 car attached garage. $80,000/$372.98 PI/M*


Wonderful home with nicely updated kitchen. Formal dining room plus eat in kitchen. Access to deck from kitchen plus large screened porch for enjoying your evenings. Spacious upstairs with nice family room and 3 bedrooms on one level. Full bath on upper level. Good sized backyard with alley access to garage.

1-Level Living • 2 Bedrooms • New Flooring • Steel Siding • Large Corner Lot • Attached Garage • Mature Trees • Appliances Will Stay


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

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

400 dupont St., laneSboro

308 Fillmore St. W, PreSton


120 7th St. Se, Chatfield

26011 gladiola lane, laneSboro


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3 Bedrooms • 2 Baths • Wood Floors • Archways High Ceilings • Block Exterior • 2 Car Garage

22078 Cty road 20, preSton (greenleafton)

2103 Margaret St., Chatfield

New Construction 2013 - Cottage Style Living. Mocha birch cabinets, granite counter with breakfast bar, engineered hardwood flooring. 9 x 16 deck with a beautiful view of North Bluff. Laundry & storage areas in the lower level. New & Efficient! Super location for retreat or daily living. $69,900/$325.89 PI/M*


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


Beautifully updated & well maintained 4 brdm 2 bath home. Hardwood floors, formal dining and updated & remodeled 13x21 eat in kitchen. Re-shingled in 2002, newer furnace, gutters, siding & back deck in 2003. Double garage w/heated workshop area & full attic. All the old world charm w/modern conveniences.

1104 John & Mary dr., Chatfield

212 franKlin St., preSton


307 W. cOuRtLAND AVE., SPRING VALLEY $112,900





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




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Large Ranch • Living Room • Dining Room • Wood Floors • Large Yard • Newer Windows • Main Floor Laundry • New Roof • Storage Shed • Steel Siding • 3-Season Porch

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Harmony’s newest subdivision, with country views and city utilities at an affordable price. No connection fees or building permit fees in 2014! Harmony is a super place to live, offering the quality lifestyle of a small town, with a thriving business district, clinic & health care facilities. $14,900/each

145 2nd ave. Se, HarMony

150 5tH St. ne, HarMony

Very well cared for 3 bedroom home on a nice lot with mature trees. Floor plan is well laid out with an open vaulted ceiling, in the living, dining & kitchen. Master bedroom & bath. Detached super sized one car with heated workshop area. Great location few blocks from golf course and Roof River trail access. $59,500/$277.40 PI/M*

1920’s 2 bedroom bungalow with high ceilings, wood floors, and nice layout. Walk up attic area has been sheet rocked & offers additional space. Vinyl siding, shingles 4 years, boiler 5 years, add on wood furnace included. Large 3 season front porch. Seller invites your offer. $41,900/$195.35 PI/M*

225 5tH ave. Se, HarMony

Bungalow with high ceilings & open floor plan. Updated kitchen and bath, 2 bedrooms, and main floor laundry. Front enclosed 3 season porch adds extra space to enjoy in whether it’s raining or sunny. Plus a 2 car detached garage.



1012 Washington St., PreSton

Very nice condition 2 bedroom ranch home that has been well maintained. Large kitchen and living room, steel siding, shingles-2002, furnace-2012. The dry lower level has a large family room area, den, storage, and work area. X large 1 car garage.

If you love older homes here it is! 4 bedroom home with original woodwork, 9 ft. ceilings, pillars, decorative moldings, hardwood floors, and original cabinetry. Eat in kitchen, plus dining. 3 season porch. Main floor bedroom & bath. 3 bedrooms, den & full bath up, plus walk up attic. $89,900/$419.14 PI/M*



510 Main ave n, HarMony

This property has a good sized home with open floor plan. Attached 2 car garage and storage shed. Home sold ‘’AS IS’’, cash or qualified conventional loan letters must accompany all offers. Proceeds to be given to Harmony Area Community Foundation.

*Monthly Principle and Interest Payment Based on 5% down/30 year amortization/4.23% APR. Loan guidelines subject to vary per qualifications. Various loan programs offer down payments from 0%-20%.


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STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 23-PR-14-81 In Re: Estate of Andy Slabaugh, Decedent. NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that an Application for Informal Probate of Will and Informal Appointment of Personal Representative was filed with the Registrar, along with a Will dated June 9, 1981. The Registrar accepted the application and appointed Menno E Hostetler, whose address is 32113 County Route 54, Chaumont, New York 13622, to serve as the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Any objection to the appointment of the personal representative must be filed with the Court, and any properly flied objection will be heard by the Court after notice is provided to interested persons of the date of hearing on the objection. Unless objections are filed, and unless the Court orders otherwise, the personal representative has the full power to administer the estate, including, after thirty (30) days from the issuance of letters testamentary, the power to sell, encumber, lease, or distribute any interest in real estate owned by the decedent. Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. § 524.3·801, all creditors having claims agaInst the decedent’s estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: Jan. 29, 2014 /s/ James D. Attwood Registrar James D. Attwood Court Administrator Richard A. Nethercut (MN# 130072) Richard A. Nethercut, PA 32 Main Avenue North PO Box 657 Harmony Minnesota 55939-0657 Telephone: (507) 886-6131 Facsimile: (507) 886-2711 Attorney for Personal Representative Publish 10, 17

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 23-PR-14-130 In Re: Estate of Irene E. Eichstadt, Decedent. NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that an Application for Informal Probate of Will and Informal Appointment of Personal Representative was filed with the Registrar, along with a Will dated October 14, 1992. The Registrar accepted the application and appointed Richard A. Eichstadt, whose address is PO Box 481. Preston MN 55965, to serve as the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Any objection to the appointment of the personal representative must be filed with the Court, and any properly filed objection will be heard by the Court after notice is provided to interested persons of the date of hearing on the objection. Unless objections are filed, and unless the Court orders otherwise, the personal representative has the full power to administer the estate, including, after thirty (30) days from the issuance of letters testamentary, the power to sell, encumber, lease, or distribute any interest in real estate owned by the decedent. Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. § 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the decedent’s estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: February 12, 2014 /s/ James D. Attwood Registrar James D. Attwood Court Administrator Luhmann Law, LLC Dwight D. Luhmann MN#0300238 PO Box 87 Preston MN 55965 Telephone: 507-216-6622 Facsimile: 507-216-6033 e-mail: Publish 17, 24

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 23-PR-14-83 Estate of Dennis B. Essig a/k/a Dennis Billy Ess a/k/a Denny Essig, Decedent. NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS. Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the Decedent’s will dated 11/17/2011 and codicil(s) to the will, and separate writings(s) under Minn. Stat. 524.2-513 (“Will”), has been filed with the Registrar. The application has been granted. Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed William Essig & Robin Balliet whose address is 315 Warc Forest Rd, White Oak, GA 31508 & 28332 Co. L Spring Valley, MN 55975 as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3-607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the Estate, including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate. Any objections to the probate of the Will or appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing. Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. A charitable beneficiary may request notice of the probate proceedings be given to the Attorney General pursuant to Minn. Stat. 501B.41, subd. 5. Dated: Jan. 31, 2014 /s/ James D. Attwood Registrar James D. Attwood Court Administrator Attorney for Petitioners Kelly M. Wagner Baudler Maus Forman Kritzer & Wagner 124 North Broadway, PO Box 1268 Spring Valley, MN 55975 Attorney License No: #0314031 Telephone: (507) 346-7301 FAX: (507) 346-2537 Email: Publish 10, 17

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 23-PR-14-106 Estate of Harold E. Noe, Decedent. NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the Decedent’s Will, dated October 19, 1989, (“Will”), has been filed with the Registrar. The application has been granted. Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed Harold Noe, Jr., whose address is 9154 Yankee Avenue, Cresco, lA, 52136, as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the Estate, including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate. Any objections to the probate of the Will or appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing. Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801).all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: February, 6, 2014 /s/ James D. Attwood Registrar James D. Attwood Court Administrator Attorney for Personal Representative Barton L. Seebach Story & Schoeberl Law Firm, LLP 126 North Elm Street PO Box 89 Cresco, IA, 52136 Attorney License No: MN0164975 Telephone: (563)547-3329 FAX: (563)547-2578 Email: Publish 17, 24

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 23-PR-14-133 Estate of James E. Costello a/k/a Jim Costello, Decedent. NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the Decedent’s will dated January 22, 2001 and codicil(s) to the will, dated N/A, and separate writings(s) under Minn. Stat. 524.2-513 (“Will”), has been filed with the Registrar. The application has been granted. Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed Beverly J. Welzin and Betty J. Long whose address is 5311 Royal Avenue, Portage, IN 46368 & 154 Champagne Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383 as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3-607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the Estatel including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate. Any objections to the probate of the Will or appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing. Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. A charitable beneficiary may request notice of the probate proceedings be given to the Attorney General pursuant to Minn. Stat. 501B.41, subd. 5. Dated: February 13, 2014 /s/ James D. Attwood Registrar James D. Attwood Court Administrator Attorney for Petitioners Kelly M. Wagner Baudler Maus Forman Kritzer & Wagner 124 North Broadway, PO Box 1268 Spring Valley, MN 55975 Attorney License No: #0314031 Telephone: 507-346-7301 FAX: 507-346-2537 Email: Publish 17, 24

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 23-PR-14-104 Estate of Barbara Ann Rahn, Decedent. NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the Decedent’s Will, dated December 13, 1984, and codicils to the will, dated October 12, 1993, (“Will”), has been filed with the Registrar. The application has been granted. Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed John K. Fish, whose address is 7530 30th Street SE, Eyota, MN, 55934, as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the Estate, including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate. Any objections to the probate of the Will or appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing. Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: February 6, 2014 /s/ James D. Attwood Registrar James D. Attwood Court Administrator Attorney for Personal Representative Wayne L. Mehrkens Ryan & Grinde, Ltd. 313 West 6th Street, P.O. Box 356 Saint Charles, MN, 55972 Attorney License No: 71754 Telephone: (507) 932-4461 FAX: (507) 932-3736 Email: Publish 17, 24

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 23-PR-14-91 Estate of Orley A. Koljord, a/k/a Orley Koljord, Decedent. NOTICE and order for hearing on petition for descent of property A Petition for Determination of Descent has been filed with this Court. The Petition represents that the Decedent died more than three years ago, leaving property in Minnesota and requests the probate of Decedent’s last Will (if any), and the descent of such property be determined and assigned by this Court to the persons entitled to the property. Any objections to the Petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper, and no objections are filed or raised, the Petition may be granted. IT IS ORDERED and Notice is further given that the Petition will be heard on March 11, 2014 at 1:50 p.m. by this Court at The Fillmore County Courthouse, District Courtroom, 100 Fillmore Street, Preston, Minnesota. 1. Notice shall be given to all interested persons (Minn. Stat. 524.1-401) and persons who have filed a demand for notice pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3204. 2. Notice shall be given by publishing this Notice and Order as provided by law and by: [X] Mailing a copy of this Notice and Order at least 14 days prior to the hearing date. Dated: February 3, 2014 By the Court Matthew J. Opat Judge of District Court James D. Attwood Court Administrator Attorney for Petitioner Thomas M. Manion Manion Law Office 204 Parkway Ave. N., Box 420 Lanesboro, MN, 55949 Attorney License No: 0067167 Telephone: (507) 467-2317 FAX: (507) 467-2400 Email: Publish 10, 17

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 23-PR-14-80 Estate of Omri H. Moon, Deceased, NOTICE OF FILING OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE’S NOTICE OF INTENTION TO EXERCISE POWERS OF A LOCAL PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that James O. Moon, Personal Representative for the Estate of Omri H. Moon, in Probate proceedings in the State of New Jersey has filed a FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRSENTATIVE’S NOTICE OF INTENTION TO EXERCISE ALL THE POWERS OF A LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the Exercise of powers of a local personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court and the court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the Estate located in the State of Minnesota, including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate. Notice is also given that (subject Minnesota statute 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the court administrator within four months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: February 6, 2014 James D. Attwood Registrar /s/ Mary E. Specht Deputy Attorney for Personal Representative Gerald S. Weinrich (141355) 400 South Broadway, Suite 203 Rochester, Minn. 55904 (507) 288-5982 Publish 17, 24

Annual Board of Audit Fountain Township The Annual Board of Audit for Fountain Township will be held after the regular March meeting. The regular March meeting will be held on March 6, 2014 at the Fountain Fire Hall beginning at 7:00 pm. Dan Graskamp Clerk Pub. 17, 24

Carrolton Township Meeting Date Change Carrolton Township will meet on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. Luanne Storelee Clerk Publish 17, 24

Notice of public hearing Ostrander Minnesota Wastewater Facility Plan Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Ostrander, Minnesota will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, the 4th day of March, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center, 410 Main Street. The Facility Plan outlines the wastewater needs and proposed project. Information regarding various treatment and collection system alternatives considered, the reasons for choosing the selected alternative, the location of the proposed project site, and the estimated sewer service charges will be discussed at the hearing. Copies of the Facility Plan are available for public inspection at the City Clerk’s office at the address above. Publish 17

NOTICE OF ORDINANCE ADOPTION FILLMORE COUNTY SUB-SURFACE SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEM ORDINANCE The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners adopted a new Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Ordinance on December 3, 2013, which also repealed Section 705 of the Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance. The new Fillmore County Sub-surface Sewage Treatment System Ordinance and Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance can be viewed in their entirety on the Fillmore County website at Chris Graves Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Publish 10, 17, 24

Request for Transportation quotes The Rushford-Peterson School District #239 is requesting written quotations, subject to direct negotiations, for student transportation services for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. This process will include an option to renew the School Bus Transportation Contract for the 20162017 and 2017-2018 school years. A copy of the specifications/contract may be obtained from the Superintendent of Schools, Rushford-Peterson High School, 102 North Mill Street, PO Box 627, Rushford, MN 55971. Written quotations must be received in the district office no later than March 14, 2014, at 12:00 noon. The school board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Julie Koop, Clerk Rushford-Peterson Schools Publish 10, 17

Advertisement for Quotes for property, Liability, transportation and workmen’s compensation insurance for Rushford-Peterson Schools Quotes Close: April 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Notice is hereby given that quotes will be received by the Rushford-Peterson Schools, Independent School District #239, until 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2014, on Property, Liability, Transportation and Workmen’s Compensation Insurance. Official action on quotes will be taken at the regularly scheduled school board meeting to be held Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Contact the Business Office at the Rushford-Peterson Schools at PO Box 627, Rushford, MN 55971 or call 1.507.864.7785. The Rushford-Peterson School District #239 reserves the right to reject any and all quotes, to waive irregularities and informalities herein and further reserves the right to award the quote in the best interests of ISD No. 239. Julie Koop, Clerk Rushford-Peterson Schools Publish 10, 17

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Summary of minutes February 4, 2014 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: NONE The Board approved the following agenda items: • the amended agenda. • the following amended Consent Agenda: 1. January 28, 2014 County Board minutes. 2. Payment of Stantec invoice for Greenleafton Community Sanitary Septic System. • record Canton Lift Station Contract. • hire of 4-H summer intern. • Wykoff Law Enforcement Agreement. • advertise in-house for replacement Eligibility Worker for Community Services, Social Services Department. • placement of two additional automated external defibrillators at Eagle Bluff Environmental Center. • designation of Bobbie Vickerman as privacy official and information contact for Fillmore County. The following Commissioners’ warrants were approved: REVENUE FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount CDW Government, Inc., asset purchases $1,302.65 DALCO, supplies $597.05 Dilaveri Law Firm, services $530.00 Fillmore County Treasurer-credit card, registration fees $805.00 Fillmore Soil & Water Conservation District, feedlot grant $4,437.50 Hewlett-Packard Company, equipment purchase $1,045.98 Matthew Bender & Co., Inc., reference materials $2,038.70 Preston Emergency Service, services $1,084.40 Sawle, Ken, feedlot cost share $5,000.00 Thomson Reuters-West Payment Center, reference materials $1,852.07 TOTAL REVENUE FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $18,693.35 TOTAL REVENUE FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (29 bills - not listed) $3,839.14 TOTAL REVENUE FUND $22,532.49 ROAD & BRIDGE FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount Baudoin Oil, fuel $3,063.08 DLT Solutions, Inc., software $3,263.38 Hovey Oil Co., fuel $15,968.91 State of MN, services $1,851.92 Titan Machinery, parts $1,239.31 Universal Truck Equipment, Inc., supplies $581.10 WHKS & Company, services $11,327.53 WSB & Associates, services $1,756.00 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $39,051.23 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (14 bills - not listed) $2,422.40 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND $41,473.63 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 Commissioners’ 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 17



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2005 Chevy Venture Van LT, Maroon, 135,718 mi, air, tilt, cruise, p/win/locks/seats, CD, air bags, $6,128 2004 Ford Freestar, White, 219,126 mi, air, tilt, cruise, p/win/locks/seats, CD, air bags, $2,889 We FeaTuRe

2006 Chevy Colorado 4x4, Silver, 72,378 mi, air, tilt, cruise, p/win/locks, CD, air bags, $8,466 2000 GMC Safari Cargo Van, White, 92,249 mi, air, tilt, $4,188 1998 Ford E150 Cargo Van, White, 198,314 mi, air, tilt, cruise, $999


2006 Chevy Impala LT, Tan Met., 119,092 mi, air, tilt, cruise, air bags, CD, p/win/locks/ seat, $8,188 2006 Dodge Magnum, gray, 50,482 mi, air, tilt, cruise, p/win/locks/seat, CD, air bags, $9,888 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, Green, 115,136 mi, air, tilt, cruise, air bags, CD, p/win/locks/ seat, $8,179 2006 Suzuki Forenza, Blue, 128,781 mi, air, tilt, cruise, p/win/locks, CD, air bags, cassette, $5,998 2005 Ford Taurus SE, White, 111,231 mi, tilt, air, cruise, p/win/locks/seats, CD, air bags, $5,316 2005 Ford Focus Wagon SES, Red, 80,611 mi, air, tilt, cruise, p/win/locks, CD, air bags, $7,536 2003 Chevy Impala LS, Red, 167,935 mi, air, tilt, cruise, air bags, CD, p/win/locks, $3,388 1998 Ford Escort SE, Red, 153,542 mi, air, cassette, air bags, $999


HigHway #9 west - cresco, iowa 1-800-798-2845 Aaron Butikofer Sales phone


Keep that great GM feeling with genuine GM parts

Bidding ends on Mon., Feb. 17 - 5pm Commercial Power Tools/Guns/Hummels/Lawn Tractors/Antiques/Toys/Snowmobiles/ATV & More. Viewing days Wed., Feb. 12th 3-7pm; Sun. Feb. 16th 11am-3pm. Location: Darr Auctions Warehouse, 909 Larson Lane, Rushford, MN. For more info contact Darr Auctions, Rodney Darr at 800-852-0010. Listing in the Journal. To list your Auction 507-765-2151

AUTOS CASH FOR CARS: All cars/trucks wanted. Running or not! Top dollar paid. We come to you! Any make/model. Call for instant offer: 800/871-9145 MCAN

2013 Ford Escape SEL, AWD, Heated Leather, Factory Warranty, “Great Gas Mileage” ......................NOW ONLY $23,195 2012 Chevy Captiva LS, FWD, 32,000 Miles, Factory Warranty, Local Trade ....................................................NOW ONLY $15,995 2011 Buick LaCrosse CX, 4 dr., (1-Owner) 29,000 Miles, Factory Warranty............................................NOW ONLY $17,995 2011 Chevy 1/2 Crew Cab LT, 4WD, Diamond White, Leather, 29,000 Miles, (1-Owner), Factory Warranty ...............NOW ONLY $27,995 2010 Chrysler Town & Country LX Van, 51,000 Miles, New Tires, Quads, Local Trade ........................................NOW ONLY $14,495 2010 Buick Enclave CXL, AWD, Heated Leather, Remote Start, Quads .....................................NOW ONLY $19,495 2009 Chevy HHR LS, 4 Cyl, “Great Gas Mileage”, Local Trade, 75,000 Miles .................................................................NOW ONLY $8,495 2009 Cadillac STS-4, AWD, Only 36,000 Miles, Heated & Cooled Seats, Sunroof, NAV, Good Tires ...................NOW ONLY $22,495 2009 Chrysler 300 Touring, 79,000 Miles, Local Trade, Heated Leather ..............................................NOW ONLY $12,995 2009 Chevy Equinox LTZ, AWD, (1-Owner), Remote Start, Heated Leather, Sunroof.............................................NOW ONLY $14,995 2008 Chevy 1/2 Crew Cab LTZ, 4 dr., 4WD, Heated Leather, Remote Start, (1-Owner) .............................................NOW ONLY $19,195 2008 Buick Enclave CX, FWD, Sunroof, New Tires, Local Trade ....................................................NOW ONLY $14,995 2008 Ford Taurus X SEL, AWD, 3rd Row Seat, Local Trade, “Very Clean” .....................................................NOW ONLY $9,495 2008 GMC Yukon XL, SLT, 4WD, 8-Pass, Heated Leather, Remote Start, Local Trade ..........................................NOW ONLY $20,195 2007 Chevy 1/2 Ton Crew Cab Pickup LT, 4WD, Local Trade, New 20” Tires, Remote Start ........................................NOW ONLY $18,495 2004 Buick LeSabre Custom, 4 dr., 3800 V-6, Local Trade, 118,000 Miles .................................................................NOW ONLY $5,495 2003 Chevy Suburban LS, 4x4, 8-pass, “Very Clean” .....................................................NOW ONLY $7,495 2002 Olds Bravada AWD, Heated Leather, Sunroof, Local Trade ......................................................NOW ONLY $4,995

Sales: Bryan Sheehy

Sat., March 1 - 11am - Ben & Diane Nolt. 70 +/- Acres of Farmland located in the W 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Beaver Township. Auction held at Root River Country Club, 13029, County 3, Spring Valley, MN. For more information contact Matt Gehling Auctioneer/Broker with Gehling Auction at 1-800-770-0347. On-line AucTiOn infOrmATiOn

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OFFICE SPACE for rent in historic downPrinted withenough room for town Preston, MN, with 4 to 6 employees. Cost $335/month, includes standard utilities. Common area break room and bathroom facilities. Call 507-251-5297. r30tfnx Printed on recycled paper


Service: Dick Holten Service Phone 563-547-4910

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

Isn’t it about time for a new car?

Sell your vehicle in the Journal Classifieds

507-765-2151 Find a new vehicle in the Journal Classifieds

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Weather Forecast February 17, 2014

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21° 36°


Partly Sunny



MoStly Cloudy

* this is a projected forecast, for the most up-to-date weather go to and click on the weather icon.

Sun & Moon Date: SunriSe & SunSet 02/17/14 7:02am 5:42pm 02/18/14 7:00am 5:43pm 02/19/14 6:59am 5:44pm 02/20/14 6:57am 5:46pm 02/21/14 6:56am 5:47pm 02/22/14 6:54am 5:48pm 02/23/14 6:53am 5:50pm


MoonriSe & MoonSet 8:43pm 8:00am 9:45pm 8:28am 10:48pm 8:58am 11:52pm 9:32am Prev. Day 10:10am 12:56pm 10:55am 1:58am 11:46am

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Freezing rain • 5100E • 6150R • 6125R

Fall Tillage

• JD 2623 VT 26’ NEW

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

Used TracTors • ‘11 JD 7230 PREM 741 Loader IVT • ‘10 7330 Prem IVT/673 Loader • ‘09 5085 M/Open ST MFWD 553 SOLD Loader • ‘08 JD 4720 72” Deck • ‘08 7730 IVT • ‘05 7220 MFWD IVT • ‘05 7920 MFWD IVT Duals • ‘04 6420 MFWD 640 Loader

miscellaneoUs • JD CX20 Rotary Cutter • JD MX6 Rotary Cutter • JD 230 Disc

Call On Used Financing Specials!

Freezing rain


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all children 13 and under are welcome to submit Weather art. Send your picture to Fillmore County Journal P.o. Box 496, Preston, Mn 55965 or email it to: or drop it off at the Fillmore County Journal 136 St. anthony St., Preston, Mn Be sure to include Child’s First and last name, age, town and title of art Work.

Jct. 52 & 16, Preston, mn Ph: 507-765-3803

• 1025R • 4320 •4720 MFWD Cab


Weather art Weather art Wanted!

Preston equiPment new JoHn deere TracTors

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1.9% FOR 3 YEaRS OR 2.9% FOR 5 YEaRS On aLL uSED EquIPMEnT

“the Stormy day”

By Mitchell Beckman, 3rd grade Ms. Murphy’s awesome artists Chatfield elementary

Fillmore County Journal 2.17.14  

The 2.17.14 weekly edition of the Fillmore County Journal.