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Peterson stands by detachment decision By K irsten Zoellner

Above is a rendition of the Committal Shelter that will be located at the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, presented at the March 24 Preston Area Community Foundation annual dinner and celebration. Photo submitted

Preston’s “DMC” is the SMSVC

Preston Area Community Foundation Dinner celebrates Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery By Jason Sethre

As the greater Rochester area celebrates the establishment of the state-supported Destination Medical Center, aptly coined the DMC, the greater Preston area recognizes the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (SMSVC) as an economic engine driving future opportunities for the region. Interestingly, Rochester leaders wanted the SMSVC to be located in their community, as well, but the Preston area won that title match. On the eve of Monday, March 24, 2014, a crowd of Preston-supporters gathered at the Branding Iron for the eighth annual dinner and cel-

ebration. The keynote speaker of the night was David Swantek, Director of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, painting a picture for what the people of the Preston area can expect as the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery takes shape. Leading up to the presentation by Mr. Swantek, an audience of 155 attendees followed a steady program coordinated by Preston Area Community Foundation board leadership Dwight Luhmann (President), Sheila Craig (Vice President), Scott Rustad (Treasurer), and MariLyn Bakke (Secretary), along with Directors Kiel Anderson, Rick Grooters, Dr. Dustin Arndt, Will Mensink,

Tim Bremseth, Ron Scheevel, Sally Gibson, and Mary Zimmerman. To begin, attendees bowed their heads to embrace the invocation of Father Arens. And, preceding a plentiful and delicious meal with a choice of filet mignon, walleye pike, grilled shrimp or ribeye served by a coordinated wait staff at the Branding Iron, Chuck Aug launched the evening with a few jokes. Following dinner and conversation, Anne Detlefsen, Director of Fillmore Family Advocates, took to the podium See SMSVC Page 6 

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Continuing a discussion that has caused some uncomfortable discourse between the City of Peterson and the City of Rushford Village, Peterson has reaffirmed its January 15 decision to deny a detachment request from residents Alan Lipowitz and Jan Smaby. In addition, the city has denied a compromise proposal from the petitioners. That proposal sought to detach 33.8 acres, to be annexed to Rushford Village, and leave six acres within the City of Peterson. Trying to resolve the issue locally, Peterson Mayor Jennifer Wood and Councilor Dick Lee, along with Rushford Village Mayor Dale Schwanke and councilor Hamilton Peterson met prior to that meeting to discuss potential compromises. At that time, the two compromise options discussed included the petitioners proposal and the

idea of its reverse, letting six acres go and retaining the 33.8 acres in Peterson. The council discussed the issue at length at the regularly scheduled March 12 meeting, but delayed a decision, noting Councilor Barry Erickson’s absence, citing a desire to have full council attendance. “There are a couple of things that have been beating around in my head,” noted new Peterson Councilor Dave Colbenson, regarding the petition. “I took into consideration her point of view, but I don’t really see valid reason to detach from Peterson. Just for the simple fact that when the town was founded and the lines were drawn up and agreed upon, the founders saw potential growth in different ways than residential, like agricultural. If we allow a person to detach for their reasons, it See PETERSON Page 9 

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Lanesboro School helping with playground equipment costs money has been held for that purpose. The Park Board has sulted with Flagship Recreation, The playground equipment which is a playground consultant at Sylvan Park will be updated company for Landscape Designs in a special project taking place out of Delano, Minn. They also this summer. City Administrator had a tour of the facility. David Todd attended the school “We wanted to come up with board meeting on March 20 to something that was unique to the discuss a cost-sharing agreement area,” explained Todd. “Something that will set Lanesboro with the school district. Todd explained the Park Board apart.” He added that Lanesboro received donations in the amount has a lot of tourists come to the of $75,000 for playground equip- area, and they would like to proment some time ago, and that See LANESBORO Page 10  By Jade Sexton

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M C Cougar NEWS Congratulations to the Mabel Canton High School Choir on a successful evening at Large Group Contest in Caledonia. The choir received two Superior ratings and one Excellent rating, along with many positive comments and words of encouragement from the judges. The choir performed “Sing A New Song” by Heinrich Schutz, and “The Pasture” by Z. Randall Stroope. “Sing A New Song” was accompanied by Linda Gjeredrum on the flute and Jon Selness on the trombone. The students did a great job bringing justice to the piece, as Heinrich Schutz has been regarded as the most important composer before Bach. “The Pasture” was accompanied by Linda Gjeredrum on the piano. The students were coached on how to make the piece even more expressive in order to bring out the beauty of the piece in which the theme is meant to comfort our children that bad times will pass and good times will bloom again. Fabulous job to all!!

It’s ScIence.....

The sixth graders at Mabel-Canton were excited to experiment on substances! Using red cabbage juice as an indicator, they tested 15 different substances to determine whether each was an acid, a base or a neutral. The samples included cola, aspirin, apple juice, vinegar, and baking soda. The color changes that occurred were similar to how litmus paper changes when exposed to a substance. After the experimentation, each student wrote a summary, including the data they collected, the procedure, and the results.

SCIENCE FaIr WINNErS 6th grade wInnerS: 1st place - dawson wilder (right) 2nd place - Sarina Stortz (Middle) 3rd place - abigail torgerson (Left)

5th grade wInnerS: 1st place - gavin Johnson (right) 2nd place - Jordyn newgard (Middle) 3rd place - colton heintz-Kuderer (Left)

Mabel-Canton’s 6th grade class traveled to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center on March 4th. While at Eagle Bluff the students were able to travel through a high ropes course, learn about winter survival skills, use a dichotomous key to identify the different kinds of trees, learn how to hunt, and use different tools like the people of the Ice Age, and learn about coyotes and raptors. Mabel-Canton 6th graders also were awarded two awards. The Golden Plate Award is given to groups that have little to no food waste in the cafeteria. The 6th graders had zero pounds of food waster which gave them the highest honor of Zero Heroes. The 6th graders also received the Eagle Eye Award, which is an award given to groups who work toward conservation.

Seniors Chelcie Busch and Math proJect Chris Nordsving completing

4th grade top honorS: Molly Lee (L) and emma Middendorf (r)

the M&M unit in Mr. Wyffels’ Probability and Statistics course. They had to calculate if the mean weight of their bags of M&M’s was in the confidence interval.

3rd grade top honorS: Jordan Larson (r) and tyson Bangs (L)

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During the month of February Mabel-Canton elementary students read for the GOLD! The Cougar lead them in their opening ceremonies on January 27th. All classes paraded around the gym with their class shirts and flags. The torch was lit and all students were encouraged to read every day for the Olympic Reading Challenge. Every student that participated and earned a Bronze, Silver or Gold medal was awarded in the closing ceremonies with a candy medal. The top reader for each class won the GOLD metal “Paw Pride” to wear around his or her neck. All medal winners celebrated their reading success with a trip to the Spring Grove Movie Theater to watch The Lorax on March 14th.

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Mabel-Canton Elementary took a look at Dr. Seuss as they celebrated reading during the week of March 3rd-7th. Elementary students guessed who the mystery reader of the day was, dressed up in different daily themes, and concluded the week with cake and an afternoon of Seuss stations. Classrooms had different activities that each went with a different Dr. Seuss book.

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County looking into yellow ribbon designation By Karen Reisner At the county board’s March 25 meeting Veterans Service Officer Jason Marquardt explained that he and Social Services Manager Neva Beier have discussed starting the process to be designated as a Yellow Ribbon County. There is a several month long process to achieve the designation, which begins with the formation of a steering committee. The board voted to explore the option. Chairman Chuck Amunrud, a veteran, will serve on the steering committee. If the effort goes forward, 12 to 15 people will serve on the committee representing public safety, human services, social services, veterans, education, and so on. The steering committee sets goals and applies for the designation. The state has to approve the application before the county can be recognized in

the Yellow Ribbon Program. A Yellow Ribbon County is about helping veterans and their families. Marquardt says it now goes beyond deployment to make sure veterans and their families have the services they need. For example, veterans and family members will get assistance in finding sustainable employment. Community Services Director Beth Wilms said Marquardt had sent out over 200 post cards to veterans to invite them to a program about estate planning, funeral planning and other end of life issues. She related that she had received several phone calls from people expressing their appreciation for the program and his outreach. Wilms also noted the billboard on the north end of Fountain, Minn. along Highway 52 which is part of the outreach efforts for veterans.

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A Minnesota House bill (HF2557) sponsored by Rep. Jerry Newton (DFL-Coon Rapids) was discussed. The bill sets a priority system for admission to veterans homes. It also would mandate VSOs to “make them [veterans] aware of MNsure, long-term care, and dental insurance.” Commissioner Duane Bakke expressed his opposition to the legislation as did Marquardt, who said VSOs were against the legislation. Amunrud suggested that the ranking could break up families as spouses of veterans were ranked lower on the priority system for admission to a veterans home. Minnesota Safety Council Award The Minnesota Safety Council has selected Fillmore County to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in Occupational Safety. Approval was given for Building Maintenance Supervisor Terry Schultz and Kristina Kohn in her capacity as Safety Officer to attend the Minnesota Safety and Health Conference in May to accept the award for the county. CSAH 1 in Spring Valley There will be an informational meeting open to the public at the Spring Valley Community Center on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. Temporary and permanent right of way needs for the reconstruc-


tion of CSAH 1 is the subject of the meeting. County Engineer Ron Gregg presented the bids for road work in Spring Valley and recommended Griffin Construction Co., Inc., the low bidder at $656.977.31. The board approved the low bid contingent on acceptance by the City of Spring Valley. A resolution was adopted setting land values for permanent and temporary easements along county roads. Permanent easements will be paid at a rate of 130 percent of the county’s assessed value per acre. Temporary easements will be paid at the rate of 200 percent of the countywide average rental rate. Other business in brief •Feedlot Officer Mike Frauenkron reviewed annual reports to be sent to the state documenting the work completed in 2013. The county met all performance requirements in 2013. A letter from the MPCA noted the county performed well in both the number of feedlots visited and technical assistance. Seventy-three of the county’s 836 feedlots had been inspected or 11.5 percent. •The county will receive a Highway Safety Improvement Program grant ($50,000 of federal dollars) to place chevron alignment signs to warn of curves and bends along the county roads throughout the county. •By consensus the board

agreed to participate in regular regional (AMC District lX counties) commissioner meetings to develop collaborative efforts. •There was only one bid received for the Bond Counsel for the Greenleafton sewer project. The submitted bid from Mary Ippel at Briggs and Morgan for $3,500 was approved. •Two retirements from the Highway Department, Roger Sanford (11 years) and Robert Engen (30 years) were accepted. •A request to retire from Charlotte Zeyer (8 years) Office Support Specialist, Sr., Social Services was accepted. •A request to retire from Karen Regelman (6 years), home health aide was accepted. Her position will not be filled at this time as Public Health feels they can handle the current load. •One Office Support Specialist position in the Recorder’s Office will be eliminated as the work load can be managed by the current staff at this time.

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By Gary Hahn, Fountain, MN This is a letter to the editor regarding the Life-Saving gift that people need to know about. April is known as Donate Life month and many activities happen all over the US during this Gary Hahn month and throughout the year. As a LifeSource speaker and life- saving organ recipient, I am very grateful for all those that are currently donors. After being a severe diabetic for 46 years, I was afforded the opportunity to be put on a list to receive a pancreas in May of 2005. On August 14 of 2005, I received that gift. It has now been over eight wonderful years of insulin free living. I know many of you have checked the box and are donors. I can’t say thank you enough to

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the community of Fountain lost an icon. For 42 years, Willis “Willie” J. Cambern made his livelihood in the city of Fountain alongside his Jason Sethre wife Beezie, a husband-and-wife team owning and operating Willie’s Grocery & Locker. And, while Willie’s Grocery & Locker will continue to operate with his wife Beezie and son Darrin, things will never be the same for all of us. We all know this is a part of life, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Willie left behind a legacy. When you think about everyone who stopped by Willie’s Grocery & Locker, local or from a great distance, think of how many people left the small town grocery store with a smile. With his joyful wit, Willie made people laugh and gave them a sense that the fabled TV show town of Mayberry still existed in this little corner of southeastern Minnesota.

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He had free treats available at the front counter for kids, so our children always wanted to go to Willie’s Grocery & Locker when they heard we were heading to the store. He made every person feel important. He was an entertainer who hosted the greatest show on Earth. People would drive for miles to buy his famous ring of bologna, as recognized by the two-hour long line of people attending Willie’s visitation at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield. Willie’s customers, near and far, didn’t just come to Willie’s Grocery & Locker to buy meat. They came to see Willie, buy some meat, and leave with a smile. He definitely made Willie’s Grocery & Locker the place where you “meat” your friends. I believe we can learn something from every person who we come in contact with. Our lifelong intersections with people happen for a reason. My intersection with Willie Cambern taught me to continue to strive to make people smile. Willie’s sense of humor and enthusiasm was contagious. He brought joy into the lives of many people over the course of his lifetime. For every smile he generated, I’m sure his smiles traveled many miles more. God bless you, Willie. MAINE COON MIX

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you for that thoughtful gesture. Each one of you that have done that kind act could enhance or save the life of up to 60 people. When we met my donor’s family, we were told that she had helped over 20 people. Right now in the US alone, there are over 120,000 people on the waiting list for a life-saving organ. Each and every day, 18 of those people die while waiting. Every 12 minutes another person is added to the list. The truth is we are fighting a losing battle due to not enough donors. Even though we have a great number of donors in the US, there are many things that go into matching a donor to the recipient. Therefore, even your relative may or may not be a good match. That is the reason we need so many donors. Right now in the US, we have about a 40 percent donor rate on the average. I am proud to say here in Minnesota we are way above that with a 62 percent rate. This is basically due to the fact that we have a great support

team of speakers that are willing to spend time in the schools and driver education classes talking to the teenagers how important donating is. I have been humbled the last three years that I have been speaking, by the participation from the health classes and driver education classes in the surrounding schools. I would like to thank the health and driver education teachers for your support. It is not just health and driver education classes that we speak at. We are available to come to any organization, study group, health facility or church to give this message. My name is Gary Hahn, and if you are interested in hearing more about the importance of donating or are just interested in hearing my story, you can contact me at 507-951-2059. You may also contact LifeSource at 651603-7882 and Teresa will get you set up for a speaker. I thank you sincerely for taking the time to read this letter.

Rep. Davids: Latest tax bill fixes mistakes made by majority party and Gov. Dayton By Jason Wenisch Governor Dayton has signed legislation that eliminates some onerous new taxes approved by legislative Democrats and the governor himself last spring, and allows Minnesotans to claim neededincome tax deductions prior to the April 15 filing deadline. State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) approved the measure. “Many hardworking taxpayers

will receive larger refund checks because we were able to pass a number of federal income tax conformity positions into law,” Davids said. “If you have already filed your state income taxes, know that the Department of Revenue will review your submission and will be contacting you if you qualify for the new deductions.” In addition to conforming to federal income tax guide-

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State loses 100 jobs in February ST. PAUL, Minn. - Employers cut 100 jobs in February, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The loss, combined with a revised gain of 800 jobs in January, brought total job growth in the state over the past year to 44,714, a growth rate of 1.6 percent compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.5 percent during that period. The Minnesota unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent, well below the U.S. rate of 6.7 percent. The state’s labor force participation rate climbed 0.2 percent for the second consecutive month to reach 70.5 percent. That two-month gain was the biggest jump in the labor force participation rate in 13 years. Minnesota is now 5,200 participants shy of having a record 3 million people in its labor force. “While job growth slowed

last month, most Minnesota employment sectors are well ahead of where they were a year ago,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Manufacturing added jobs for the fifth month in a row, and construction is growing at more than three times the national pace.” Job gains last month were in education and health services (up 1,300), professional and business services (up 1,300), leisure and hospitality (up 900), manufacturing (up 300), construction (up 300) and mining and logging (up 100). Job losses were in information (down 1,000), government (down 1,000), trade, transportation and utilities (down 1,000), financial activities (down 800) and other services (down 500). Over the past year, education and health services led all sectors with 13,433 new jobs. Other job gains were in trade, transportation and utilities (up 8,311), construction (up 6,766), manufacturing (up

Highway 43 project update PETERSON, Minn. - Last November we began a discussion about the Highway 43 reconstruction project through Rushford. At that time we said the project will begin in late April or May. We now know that the earliest the project will begin is late May. As previously noted, Highway 43 in Rushford will be dug up “bridge to bridge.” The street, along with the curb, gutter, sidewalk, and all the utilities buried beneath the street will be torn up and reconstructed. Much of the water and sewer system under the road has been in place for nearly 100 years. Since it’s a six-month project, the later start

means it will likely be completed in November. At the end of the project we will not only have a nicely paved road through town, we’ll have updated and repaired utilities that will hopefully last another 100 years or more. We will do everything we can to ensure customer and community access during construction. As construction plans are finalized, project maps and detour routes will be published and available on the city website, A marketing communications plan to keep our community citizens and visitors - informed of construction plans is in place and will also soon be available

Photo Submitted On March 20 at 12:30 p.m., the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for one of its newest members, Merchants Bank of Rushford. Pictured above left to right are: Doug Botcher, Jordan Brand, Robin Paulson of RPVCC, Kari Johnson Merchants Bank Personal Banker, Peggi Redalen, Gary Marcoux, Beth Tudahl, Shelby Norstad of RPVCC, Ken Graner Merchants Bank Branch President, Maria Sampson of Merchants Bank and Scott Tarras of RPVCC. Don’t worry, the cut ‘money’ ribbon wasn’t real. The Chamber board and community welcomes Merchants Bank to Rushford Peterson Valley. Merchants is located in the Mill Street Financial District in downtown Rushford.

6,541), professional and business services (up 5,591), other services (up 3,104), leisure and hospitality (up 2,908), information (up 683) and logging and mining (up 121). Over-the-year job losses were in government (down 1,618) and financial activities (down 1,126). In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past 12 months in the Mankato MSA (up 2.4 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 2.3 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.2 percent), DuluthSuperior MSA (up 0.8 percent) and the Rochester MSA (up 0.4 percent). DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at deed/ . Follow us on Twitter at on the website. During the next six to eight weeks, we will be working with local businesses and community groups to increase awareness and support to minimize disruptions. You can help by staying informed, keeping a positive attitude about the longterm benefits of the project, and helping your fellow citizens and community visitors navigate the detours.


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Following Luhmann’s presentation, PACF Vice PresiContinued from Page 1 dent Sheila Craig expressed her thanks and gratitude as she and shared her appreciation shared that her term was endfor the Preston Area Coming as a board member. Presimunity Foundation for their dent Dwight Luhmann pubsupport of her organization. licly thanked Sheila Craig for Fillmore Family Advocates is a her service to the Preston Area charitable victim services orgaCommunity Foundation. nization that operates with a And, providing an introducvolunteer staff. The PACF tion to the keynote speaker, provided funds to support Fillmore County Commissionthe costs of office space with er Duane Bakke paved the way enough room for supervised for a memorable presentation visits and an exchange center. by David Swantek. Next up, President of the And, so began David Preston Historical Society, Swantek’s presentation titled Richard Petsch shared his “A Sacred Trust: Minnesota’s appreciation for the Preston Veteran Cemeteries...Past, PresArea Community Foundation. ent and Future.” “The Preston Area Community Swantek explained how the Foundation has been a strong Southeastern Minnesota State supporter of the Preston HisVeterans Cemetery came to torical Society,” said Petsch, find its resting place in Preston, mentioning a $1,500 donacompeting with many other tion. proposed locations. Chuck Aug stepped up to “This all started with 12 peothe podium to express his gratple eight years ago in the baseitude for the Southern Minment of F&M Community nesota Initiative Foundation, a Bank in Preston,” said Swantek. non-profit organization serv“You all provide the fabric that ing 23 southern Minnesota weaves the thread that brings it communities. all together.” “They give the Preston Area In 2007, Governor Palwenty Community Foundation a proposed to the Minnesota non-profit status. They act as Department of Veterans Affairs the fiscal agent for our organito begin searching for suitable zation, investing in funds to cemetery properties throughgenerate a return on our behalf. out the state. And, they manage the admin When cemetery sites were istrative overhead involved in being explored, the 169 acre location in Preston was a concern because the cost for construction would be quite a bit more than other locations, but when Swantek visited the proposed site in Preston he started to see a vision for what could become a beautiful veterans cemetery. “There are currently 90 National Veterans Cemeteries in 45 states in America, and this will be the finest veterans cemetery in the nation,” shared Swantek. “It’s like a subdivision in a neighborhood,” he said, as he Above is a rendition of the SMSVC Administrative Building, pointed to several renditions and below is what the Entry Gate will look like as visitors of Preston’s Southeastern Minenter the SMSVC in Preston. Photo submitted. nesota State Veterans Cemetery. “We maintain our grounds like a golf course. As a matter of fact, we will go toe-to-toe with any golf course in the area!” Swantek emphasized, “Don’t look at this as a cemetery. Look at this as a monument.” And, there will certainly be significant financial impact. While this not the focus of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Swantek acknowledged that communities like Little Falls have greatly benefited from the presence of the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. With almost 20 years of operations, HigHland Prairie lutHeran CHurCH the Little Falls State Veterans Cemetery takes great pride in providing perfect service to Sunday, April 6, 2014 • 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. veterans and their families. The Preston SMSVC will operate with five full-time state jobs, included two office positions and three groundskeeper jobs. Raffle tickets will be for sale for a handmade quilt. Quilt will be on display With construction beginning at the dinner. The quilt pattern is titled: “a trip around the world”. soon, the SMSVC is slated to


our organization. We could not do what we do without the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation,” shared Aug. Following Aug’s commentary, which started with a “top 10 list of how you know we’re getting sick of the cold weather,” Dwight Luhmann (President of the PACF) shared some numbers as food for thought. 1. 155 is the number of attendees for the 2014 PACF dinner and celebration, the second largest crowd to attend the annual event. 2. 36 people like the PACF Facebook page, so please visit their Facebook page and add to that number. 3. $30,402 is that amount of funds raised in 2013, and the original goal was $25,000 over a two-year period. 4. $256,322 is the endowment fund balance, which grows every year in spite of donated funds every year. 5. $456,719 is the total fund balance at the end of 2013. 6. Six is the number of grants approved in 2013. 7. $10,135 is the number of dollars generated for the PACF in the month of November on “Give To The Max Day.” 8. Fourteen is the number of board members, including current student advisory directors Taylor Case and Collin Bennett.

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Call the FCJ at 507-765-2151 to advertise or offer news tips! open in spring of 2015 with substantial completion by December 2014. “There will be hundreds of burials per year,” shared Swantek, expecting the SMSVC to serve 99,000 veterans. “This 169 acres in Preston will now be hallowed ground.” Closing out his presentation, David Swantek recited the 10 lines of the Gettysburg Address, historically born from the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, in 1863: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so

nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain— that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Following Swantek’s insightful explanation of what everyone can expect with the completion of the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn., Matt Gehling of Gehling Auction roused the crowd to bid on auction items such as two hours of dirt work by Scheevel & Sons with any piece of equipment. Dave Sikkink was the highest bidder at $750. A whole hog donated and processed by Hellickson Farms went for $375, with the highest bidder being Mike Schwarz. Craig and Pam Mensink donated a wine rack that included several bottles of wine, which went for $250 to the highest bidder Will Mensink. A package of Apollo Liquor wine tasting for 12 people went for $200, with Matt Hellickson as the highest bidder. And, after silent auction item winners were announced, Chuck Aug thanked everyone for their support of the Preston Area Community Foundation with closing remarks.

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Obituaries Carolyn Marie Deyo Carolyn Marie Deyo, 69, of Chatfield, Minn., died March 23, 2014 at her home unexpectedly of natural causes. Carolyn was born February 19, 1945 to Lawrence and Hazel (Strohman) Batt. She attended school in C h a t f i e l d , Carolyn Marie Deyo later earning her GED. She married Dick Deyo on December 11, 1965 in Chatfield. Carolyn worked in the cooking industry all of her life. For 23 years she worked as a professional cook at the Chosen Val-


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ley Care Center in Chatfield. For 10 years prior to her retirement she proudly worked at the Mayo Clinic cafeteria. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching nature in the front and backyard. Her grandchildren and one great grandchild were the light of her life. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Dick, two brothers Don and Steve, one sister Mary (Denny) Jenson, son Darwin (Jody), two stepsons Kevin (Melanie), Kenny, seven grandchildren: Kacie, Devyn, Karlie, Ashley, Joshua, Marissa, McKayla, and one great grandchild Weston. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Two sisters in law Delores and Rose and one brother in law Denny. Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers Bob, Justin, & Roger, and one sister Ada Smith.

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his Kabota. He liked keep- of Stewartville, Minn., Robert ing animals on the farm for Engen of Whalan, Tom Engen him and his grandchildren to of Mabel. Numerous nieces enjoy. Over the past 10 years and nephews, among them, he has been a faithful caregiver Matthew, the only nephew on to Valerie, his wife of 49 years. the Olson side. Dale was preHe will be remembered for his ceded in death by his parents, kind heart and always being brother Kenneth Olson, and willing to help his family and brother-in-law Mike Aske. A Celebration of Life serfriends. Dale M. Olson Dale M. Olson, 72, of Dale is survived by his wife vice was held for Dale at 1:30 Lanesboro, Minn., passed Valerie, son Jon of Rockwell, p.m. Saturday, March 29 at away March 21, 2014 at the Iowa, daughter Sondra (Scott) the Whalan Lutheran Church Chosen Valley Care Center in McElmury, of Fountain; grand- with Rev. Pat Hinkie officiatchildren Steven McElmury, ing. Visitation took place at Chatfield, Minn. Dale was born October 14, Stephanie McElmury, and the church on Saturday, March 1941 in Lanesboro to Melvin Chais Olson; brothers and sis- 29, from twelve-noon until the and Clara (Berge) Olson. He ter-in-laws Carol Olson of Min- time of service. Burial with graduated from Lanesboro neapolis, Marge (Hyatt) King military honors accorded by High School in 1959. He served of Dallas, Bonny (Dick) Engen Whalan American Legion Post in the United States Army of Whalan, Minn., Nancy Aske 637 followed the service at the from 1960-1962, part of that of Mabel, Minn., Glady (Rick) church cemetery. time in Germany. On April 3, 1965 he married Valerie Aske at the Whalan Lutheran Church. Dale farmed throughout his life, but also worked for the Friday, April 4TH • 5-8pm City of Lanesboro and for Fillmore County as a maintenance Serving: Codfish with drawn butter, Meatballs in supervisor for 27 years. gravy, Mashed potatoes, Coleslaw with Jimmy’s He enjoyed spending time dressing, Corn, Homemade cakes, Milk and Coffee with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren, at the Preston United whom he loved dearly. He Methodist Church • Preston, MN was busy taxi driver for them and loved taking them out for breakfast. Dale was a jokester Adults: and he and his friends often Carry-Outs $12.00 played jokes on each other. He for Adult Children 5-12 loved mowing his lawn and Tickets are Yrs. Old: working around his farm with $5.00 Available! his Allis Chalmers tractors and A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Carolyn was held 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield. A family committal service followed at the Chatfield Cemetery.

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Fillmore County Church Directory Fillmore County Journal • Preston MN 507.765.2151 Perfect Glossy • Preston MN 507.251.5297 A rendahl Lutheran Church....………………………Sundays - 10 : 30am Highway 30, Peterson, MN 55962 (507) 875 -2477 Assembly Of God Church.….………………………Sundays - 10 : 00am 610 Territorial Rd, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-2101 Assumption Catholic Church.……..…Fri. - 8 : 30am & Sat. - 5 : 00pm 207 N May St, Canton, MN 55922 (507) 743-8320 Bethlehem Lutheran Church...………………………Sundays - 9 : 00am 200 Kenilworth Ave S, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-3344 Calvary Baptist Church.…….…………Sundays - 10 : 45am & 6 : 00pm 910 Winona St SE, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867- 4686 Canton-Scotland Presby terian Church.....…………Sundays - 9 : 00am 104 W Fillmore Ave, Canton, MN 55922 (507) 743-2260 Chatf ield Lutheran Church……………..Sundays - 8 : 00am & 9 : 30am 304 Fillmore St SE, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867- 4721 Chatf ield United Methodist Christ…………………Sundays - 9 : 30am 124 Winona St SE, Chatfield, MN 55923 (507) 867-3529 Cherry Grove United Methodist...…………………Sundays - 10 : 00am 18183 160th St, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (Cherry Grove) (507) 937-3177 Christ Lutheran Church...……………………………Sundays - 9 : 00am 509 Kansas St NW, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765 -2161 Christian Science Services.…………………………Sundays - 10 : 00am Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-2251 Elstad Lutheran Church...……………………………Sundays - 8 : 30am 37784 Dogwood Rd, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-3769 Emmanuel Episcopal Church....……………………Sundays - 10 : 00am 217 W Jessie St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-2164 Faith United Methodist Church..……Sat. - 5 : 00pm & Sun. - 9 : 00am 617 Maple Ln, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-2830 Fillmore Free Methodist Church...…Sundays - 8 : 30am & 10 : 30am 19127 County 8, Wykoff, MN 55990 (Fillmore) (507) 352-5450 First Baptist Church....…………………Sundays - 10 : 30am & 6 : 00pm 701 Kasten Drive, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-2840 First Baptist Church-Preston.…………Sundays - 10 : 30am & 7: 00pm 108 Chatfield Ave NW, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765 - 4960 First English Lutheran Church.……………………..Sundays - 10 : 00am 217 W Grant St, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-2793 First Lutheran Church of Highland.………………..Sundays - 9 : 00am 22423 391st Ave, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-3318 First Presby terian Church..…………………………Sundays - 10 : 00am 110 S Mill St, Rushford, MN 55971 (507) 864-2854 Fountain Lutheran....…………………………………Sundays - 9 : 00am Main Street, Fountain, MN 55935 (507) 268- 4413 Fountain United Methodist Church...………………Sundays - 8 : 30am Co. Rd. 8 and Cedar St., Fountain, MN 55935 (507) 268- 4456 Garness Trinity Lutheran...…………………………Sundays - 9 : 00am PO Box 88, Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5905

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Grace Lutheran Church..……………………………Sundays - 9 : 00am 365 Park St, Peterson, MN 55962 (507) 875 -2218 Greenf ield Lutheran Church..…………………......Sundays - 9 : 00am 235 Main Ave S, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886-3272 Greenleaf ton Reformed Church..…………………Sundays - 10 : 00am Highway 9, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765 -2546 Harmony United Methodist Church..……………..Sundays - 10 : 30am 60 Main Ave S, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886- 6851 Henry town Lutheran Church.…………………………Sun. - 10 : 30am PO Box 103, Harmony, MN 55939 (Henrytown) (507) 886-2425 Highland Chapel Seventh-Day Adventist..….....Saturdays - 9 : 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

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Zoning Commission recommends eliminating water bottling limits By Karen Reisner At the March 20 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission, a motion to strike item 2 of Section 735, the ordinance for Extraction of Water for Water Bottling Purposes, was approved. Item 2 limited the bottling of water to 2,500 gallons per day in the Ag District. Gerald Payne, representing Artesian Wells, Inc. (Artesian Fresh), had made a request at a January meeting to revisit the ordinance and eliminate the daily restriction so that they could better meet the seasonal demand of their customers. He explained that demand for their product increases in April through summer and fall and falls off during the winter. The State of Minnesota requires a water appropriation permit if water use is over 10,000 gallons per day or over one million gallons per year. The artesian well is located near Leroy and is about 400 feet deep flowing from the Galena aquifer. It pumps about 250 gallons per minute. During the public hearing Duane Bakke maintained that the 2,500 per day limit was written into the ordinance originally because this was brand new, so an arbitrary number was selected

as a beginning point. He added that some livestock operations use over 1 million gallons per year and some operations that have requested a permit from the state have been denied. Bakke said the DNR is clamping down on water appropriations. There was some discussion about the definition of an artesian well. My Oxford dictionary defines an artesian well as “a well bored perpendicularly, especially through rock, into water-bearing strata lying at an angle, so that natural pressure produces a constant supply of water with little or no pumping.” Rita LeDuc, Pilot Mound Township, was concerned about future applicants, asking whether it might then be too late without a restriction in the ordinance. Bakke said the amount used per day could still be limited. Anyone establishing a water bottling business within Fillmore County will need to apply for a Conditional Use Permit that can have conditions added to it. The county board will consider the recommendation and make a decision whether or not to strike item 2 at a future meeting. Feedlot Ordinance A draft of possible changes to

the feedlot ordinance was discussed. Zoning Administrator Chris Graves said the language has been cleaned up shortening the ordinance. Feedlot Officer Mike Frauenkron described additional changes to Section 13, Manure Storage Requirements. He proposed that compliance checks be stepped up for manure storage structures that are not covered by a building. It was suggested that owners must notify the zoning department within 24 hours after pumping out their pit for a compliance inspection. The intention is to look at the floor and see if there are major cracks and to look for splitting of the concrete on the sides to see if immediate maintenance is necessary. Bakke added that the board will want there to be an inspection log and a notification log. If an owner fails to notify as required, the violation would be a misdemeanor. This was the only addition discussed to the draft presented. A motion was approved to have a public hearing on the proposed feedlot ordinance changes at the May 15 meeting.

Other business in brief •Conditional uses in the Ag District were discussed. Number 13 under conditional uses reads, “Publicly owned and operated buildings except when operated for commercial purposes.” Bakke noted that there are existing buildings on the Highway 16, 52 and 63 corridors that can not be utilized under the current ordinance. The discussion was to allow existing buildings that have not been previously permitted as a dwelling to be used for business. It was noted that some pending sales in the county are being held up because of the ordinance. Gary Ruskell suggested they look at new buildings, also. Bakke was concerned about traffic on the highway corridors and suggested it is best keep business and industry in or close to municipalities where utilities are accessible. Ruskell suggested there could be an alternative zoning for the highway corridors. A public hearing will be held at the April 10 meeting on an amendment to the conditional uses (number 13) in the Ag District. Bakke also suggested the ordinance should have language pro-

Fillmore Central School Board changes snow day policy By Jade Sexton Due to the harsh winter and many snow days that came with it, the Fillmore Central School Board discussed the current policy in regards to make-up days. The current policy states the first snow day is forgiven, and after that the district must make up the next five. Going by this policy, the school would have to make up four days at the end of the school year. This

would put the last student day at June 9 and the last teacher day June 10. In the new policy that was recommended, the first snow day will be forgiven, but the district must make up the next three days by adding them to the end of the school year. Teachers must use PTO or complete staff development programs to make up for any missed days beyond the first four. The teacher’s contracts are

approved for a certain amount of days per year. Superintendent Richard Keith suggested they set the last day of school for the students to be June 5, with teachers coming back on June 6. He said the city of Harmony has been asking when school will be finished so they can begin the 1st Avenue street repair project. Board member Emily Ellis said that was not what the policy committee decided, and

asked why they even have a meeting if what they decide is not followed. Board member Deb Ristau was concerned about the staff development programs, and how they would be monitored. Keith said they can set up online staff development the teachers can do from home, including activities on Schoology. “I don’t want to make it sound like we don’t think the teachers are doing what they

hibiting apartment buildings in the Ag District. Subdivisions are currently prohibited. The former Stateline Motel has recently been converted to apartments. It was decided to discuss this further at a later date. •In order to improve cellular coverage and to provide 4G service ATt&T applied for Condition Use Permits (CUPs) to erect two telecommunication towers in the county. A 295 foot communications tower is proposed to be located on the property of Lyle and Marilyn Affeldt, Fillmore Township, Section 34. A 180 foot communications tower is proposed to be located on the property of Ronald and Mary Ullom, Beaver Township, Section 22. After public hearings both CUPs for the communication towers were approved. Board of Adjustment An 11 foot variance was requested by Verdon and Renee Hasleiet, Carrolton Township, Section 7E, to build a 24 x 30 foot garage on their property. The variance was approved allowing the garage to be setback 62 foot from Fawn Drive rather than the required 73 foot setback. should be, because we do,” said Ristau. “I just don’t want to complicate things.” Jim Love, who is on the policy committee, stated the policy will never be perfect. “It’s going to be ever evolving,” he said, adding they thought they had a policy that would cover everything, but this winter was unexpectedly harsh. The board approved the first reading of the changed policy. They also set the last day of school for students to be FriSee FC SB Page 11 

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opens up the door to maybe allow this chunk of land over here. Meanwhile, they’ll be, ‘If they got to do it, why can’t I?’” “I was informed that there’s another property that’s divided by the line, where again there’s a farm which has some farm buildings, a house, and a barn, and the line is right there. Would they want to, in the future, merge towards the Village or the other way? Potentially letting this subject dwell and get out of hand, or just bicker about it, this could potentially be drastic for Peterson itself. If you let anything go, we don’t know where we can grow,” Colbenson continued. “We have to figure out how to accommodate our citizens the best that we possibly can, to ensure our nice little ecosystem that we have. Or we might as well close the doors and give up our rights to govern ourselves and merge into the Village. You open the door to these possibilities and your borders get smaller and smaller and we’re not in existence,” added Colbenson. Councilor Barry Erickson noted understanding that the petitioners wanted to protect their land from future development, but that years down the road, the plan of protection could be gone should the Village allow someone to develop the land. “Unless it’s a federal park, or federal property, there’s no way of protecting it. That

argument to me just doesn’t wash,” said Erickson. “It saddens me to see that we’re here arguing over tearing a little town apart, one that their forefathers put together, were part of developing and now they want to tear it apart. I can’t follow that thought.” “I was hoping there might be some compromise,” added Councilor Dick Lee. “Allowing the six acres that would be left in the city, I don’t feel that’s adequate. I think we’re right in saying we better not start dropping acreages, even if it’s a few here and there. I think we owe it to the residents that we stand by our first initial vote, that we would not allow it. I wish there was a valid way, or an explanation of how to handle it, but I don’t see any. We had a 100 percent majority vote when we voted before. I can’t find any other solution that we could offer that would agreeable to everyone so we wouldn’t have to have it continue into a vote for the City of Rushford Village, but it looks like that would be the next step.” “I was elected to represent the city and I think it’s in the best interest of the city for us to keep the property. I don’t see any other compromise other than that one we did offer,” agreed Councilor Gail Boyum. “I guess I can hear, so I’m not going to argue. You sound like you people have had a chance to discuss this and make up your mind,” responded Tom Murphy, the attorney represent-

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Monday, March 31, 2014 ing Lipowitz and Smaby. “In your mind, that’s the only compromise you’re willing to consider, is all of that property or nothing,” said Lipowitz, questioning Peterson’s offer. Smaby had no comment. Councilor Colbenson made a motion to deny the detachment request, including the proposal for the six acre compromise made by the petitioners. It was seconded by Councilor Erickson and approved unanimously. At the same meeting, the council discussed changes to the proposed assessment policy. At the March 12 meeting, the council looked at defining the application of aid for projects cost and deferment regulations. After speaking with city financial consultant Mike Bubany, the city was cautioned on making the adjustments they’d intended. In the case of deferment, the city had chosen to define the limit to allow for 50 percent deferment if a property is owned by to parties, with one meeting deferment criteria and the other not. However, the statute isn’t clear and if it isn’t explicitly laid out in statute, the city doesn’t have the authority to alter it. In regards to project aid, the city had aimed at defining ‘assessable cost’ equal ‘city cost’ to avoid having aid be applied to the city portion of a project only. The County 25 project will be partially funded by the county and per the current policy, the financial aid by the county would be applied to the city cost. Bubany noted assessable cost may be a portion of the city cost, equal, or more. Should the city proceed with defining the language as they hoped, Bubany cautioned that the result could produce unfair results for those paying assessments. “Assessments are based on value, not cost,” it was noted. Business property owner Colin Schroeder, however, stated his concern that if the policy is adopted without changes, while the cost will be reflected in the tax rate of all, it’s on the burden of those assessed. The council has tabled a decision on the policy for further review.


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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market set to begin May 7 By Angie Rodenburg During the Rushford City Council meeting on March 24, the council was given an update by Chief of Police Adam Eide. Chief Eide told the council that the Chevy Caprice squad car will be used as a demonstration model. The advantage of being a demonstration vehicle is that the car will be loaded up with newer and higher quality equipment that what the police department had to pay for. One piece of equipment they will be receiving is an insquad video camera that will be able to record traffic stops. This piece of equipment alone is worth $3,000. Rushford residents will be able to see the new squad car in town at the beginning of April. Chief Eide also informed the council that the Chevy Tahoe squad car is currently up for sale. Chief Eide also gave the council an overview of the Crime Prevention Seminar he was able to attend March 10 in St. Paul. The seminar had 20 different speakers that covered topics ranging from crime prevention to burglar alarms. Armed with this knowledge, Chief Eide and the other officers will be able to better educate and assist Rushford residents and businesses. Council member Bunke asked Chief Eide to put together a plan of how they can get the new information implemented into the community. Marie Botcher represented the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market before the council as they asked for support. The market will be starting their second year on May 7 and will be running every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Creekside Park until closing day on October 1. Botcher asked that the council help support the farmer’s market by adding a spot for the market on the city website that would include a downloadable pdf version of market rules, applications, and any other

necessary information. Botcher also asked that the council assist the market in securing a designated alternative site for a movie to be shown. The market feels that hosting an outdoor movie at night by the creek would be unsafe for children. City Administrator Steve Sarvi ended this portion of the meeting by encouraging Botcher and the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market by saying that the market is a great addition to the town. During the meeting the council also approved the adoption of Resolution 2014030, approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisements of bids for the 2014 Municipal Improvement Project/Mill Street Reconstruction Project. The council approval is contingent upon approval by the Minnesota Highway Department. Otomo Engineering presented project updates and answered the council’s questions. Public Works Director Copley and Otomo Engineering presented an update regarding the Corps of Engineer’s Levee Inspection. The council was asked to authorize Otomo Engineering to continue working with the COE and Public Works to finalize project priorities and estimated timelines. They also asked that the Council consider entering into an agreement with Blumentritt Land Surveying to provide survey services. The estimated cost of the project is $19,650. Some of the work will be able to be performed by city employees and will help to lessen the overall cost of the project. The council approved the proposal. At the meeting, Sonja Cook was appointed to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals for a four year term. Also, Peter Enns was appointed to serve on the Economic Development Authority Board.

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vide a structure that’s not “cookie cutter.” Todd described panels with the Lanesboro Burro logo on one and a logo that was designed specifically for Sylvan Park on another. “Our school is fantastic, our city is fantastic,” said Todd. “It’s a total civic pride thing going on.” Charlie Colvin from Flagship Recreation showed the board the design plans for the new equipment. He spoke of the company’s major ideals in creating a great playground for kids. These include utilizing talents, which is critical to child development and helps them gain confidence. Innovation, as kids can get easily bored, and they need to stay interested and continually reengage. Colvin described one of the features of the equipment, the 50-foot long zip line. It’s designed to be safe, it goes both ways, and is smooth and durable on an enclosed track. He said the equipment is very durable, and a good fit for a large number of kids. “There are multiple circuits, and multiple ways to use them,” said Colvin. There are different areas and levels for different age groups. “They are all playing together, but they are separated so there is no interacting in unsafe ways.” According to Colvin, there is a lot of variety in the equipment to prevent boredom and keep things interesting. There are multiple climbers, ladders, and places to sit. The equipment helps kids learn as they develop their motor skills. “A lot of thought and effort has gone into this final design,” said Colvin. Todd said they have the option of having the equipment installed professionally by Flagship Recreation, or having volunteers install it for the city at a reduced cost. He added the city employees would be getting the area ready for the installation. Chairperson Dave Ruen asked about the age and condition of the old equipment. Todd replied there are many spots in need of repair, including the slides and netting. The age was guessed to be between 15-20 years. Colvin said most cities are on a 15-year replacement cycle with their playgrounds. The swing set will remain, as it is still fairly new. Todd said they don’t have all the numbers in as far as the cost of preparing the site and the difference in cost between having it professionally installed versus

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using volunteers. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $130,000. Board member Steve Snyder asked Todd if the donated $75,000 was coming off the top of the price and then the city and the district would share the remainder of the cost 50/50. Todd said the Park Board will be putting in $75,000, and that is the city’s share. “I don’t know if that’s the right way to do it,” said Snyder. “The city doesn’t pay anything?” Todd agreed that there was nothing budgeted for the city outside the donations. Board member Dave Lawstuen commented that the city does pay for the maintenance and upkeep, and there is some value in that. The engineered wood fiber chips will need to be replaced completely every 8-10 years. Colvin said the installers are booked through June. They would like to have the project done before Buffalo Bill Days, or at least before school starts in the fall. According to Colvin, the entire project should take about two weeks. “Well, we’re not being backed into a corner, but it feels that way,” said Ruen. He said he didn’t want to hold up the project, but wanted to make sure they were doing the financially prudent thing. After figuring in the work the city will be providing and the fact they will be maintaining the equipment, Ruen suggested the district allocate $45,000 for the project. Lawstuen suggested they add the stipulation that the equipment is installed professionally. If they city decides it will save enough money to have volunteers install it, the topic of a donation will be revisited. The board approved. “I’m gracious for whatever you want to give,” said Todd. Sports contracts Sports contracts were approved for spring sports. John Smith will be the head golf coach, with Cody Hungerholt first assistant coach. Jared Pierce will be the head track coach, with Lori Anderson as first assistant. Also coaching track will be Joe Cullen, Riley Swier, Alex Aiken, and Anthony Brazee. Other business Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of school, June 2. The 2014-2015 school calendar was approved, with September 2 being the first day of school. The Scholarship Banquet will take place on April 27 at 6 p.m. at Eagle Bluff Environmental Center.

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Houston School District begins search for permanent superintendent By Angie Rodenburg The Houston School Board’s search for a permanent superintendent is underway. A special school board meeting was called for March 20 in order to review the resumes of the seven candidates that applied for the position. Each board member shared their thoughts on each of the candidates in an effort to select those who would be invited to interview. In the meeting, candidate names were kept confidential and each candidate was referenced by alphabetic assignment. Candidate “A” had strong leadership experience in a school setting as well as certification in curriculum and instruction. However, board members were concerned that the candidate would not know Minnesota law and finance since he or she is from out of state. Also, this candidate had no superintendent experience. Candidate “B” impressed Board Member Wilson with his or her science background. However, a lack of administrative experience and being from out of state were negatives for the board. Candidate “C” impressed the board with his or her finance knowledge and charter school experience. This candidate also had some superintendent experience and is from Minnesota. The board also appreciated the candidate mentioning

the MNVA by name, showing the specific research they had done on Houston. Candidate “D” impressed board member Kelleher by their in depth knowledge of Houston Schools. The board also liked that the candidate was from Minnesota and had experience in grant writing. The candidate also had experience as a Director for Curriculum and Instruction. The candidate, however, did not have any superintendent experience. Candidate “E” had a lot of superintendent experience, which was appreciated by the board; however, the experience was at a small school. This candidate also had advanced technical skills. The candidate; however, did not directly speak to the uniqueness of Houston Public Schools and was not from Minnesota. Candidate “F” impressed the board with his or her experience as a business owner and consultant. They were also impressed by his or her technology experience. Candidate “G” was a highly qualified candidate, according to board member Wilson. The candidate had leadership, management, and ILP experience. They also had experience with a big school. The candidate was from out of state, but had experience in the state as well. There was concern; however, that HPS would simply be a tem-

porary stop for the candidate. Also, the uniqueness of Houston Schools was not addressed by the candidate. After discussion, the school board narrowed the candidates down to four that will be invited to interview. The candidates chosen were: “C”, “D”, “F”, and “G”. The interviews will not be held until April 15 and 16, due to the pre-planned trips of board members Kelleher and Evenson. The second round interviews scheduled for April 22 and 23 will be open to the public and have community involvement. The school board decided to ask each of the candidates to prepare a 10-minute presentation on the “World’s Best Workforce” initiative as part of the interview. The following candidates will be receiving interviews: Dr. Laura VanDuyn – Executive Director of Contra Costa County Office of Education in Concord, Calif. Dr. Kathleen Mortensen – Director of Schools for Brainerd Public Schools, Brainerd, Minn. Krin Abraham - Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Houston Public Schools, Houston, Minn. Dr. Stephen O’Connor – College of Education Program Chair, Argosy University; Twin Cities Senior Consultant at EduSolve, LLC, Rosemount, Minn.

Minnesotans who attempt to enroll via MNsure by March 31 eligible for extension ST. PAUL, Minn. – MNsure announced new procedures that will help people get coverage and avoid a federal tax penalty even if their enrollment isn’t complete when the deadline expires on March 31. “It’s just like waiting in line to vote after the polls close; if a consumer can show that they have attempted to obtain coverage before the deadline, we will make sure they can complete their enrollment,” said interim CEO Scott Leitz. “We are anticipating many people may attempt to enroll at the last minute,” said Leitz. “We want to make sure that everyone who has started the process can get enrolled in the plan of their choice, even if the clock runs out before their enrollment is complete.” Minnesotans have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 31 to enroll or get “in line” for coverage. Being “in line” can include, but is not limited to: •Completion of the MNsure Enrollment Attempt Form •MNsure’s ability to see a consumer’s state of activity in the MNsure IT system •Submission of a paper application to DHS or county agency •Navigator or broker records of working with consumer •Records from the MNsure Contact Center or consumer phone records that show attempted contact

•Emails sent to MNsure •Documents/statements made during an appeals process Leitz says MNsure is working with the six private health insurance companies who sell their plans on the marketplace to ensure anyone who has started the enrollment process before the deadline can still obtain coverage. Even if a consumer is having difficulties setting up a MNsure account or completing an application, he or she can complete the MNsure Enrollment Attempt Form, found on the homepage, or call the MNsure Contact Center to ensure their application attempt is logged. This deadline does not apply to Medical Assistance or Minnesot-

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their trip to Washington, D.C. on April 4 and returning April 13. On April 3, the 7-8 grade band will be performing at Wisconsin Dells. Science students in grades 9-11 will be taking a trip to the Science Museum in St. Paul on April 8. Dean Chris Mensink informed the board they are

expecting 43 students to be enrolled in kindergarten next year, possibly more. Kindergarten round-up was held on March 18. Special Ed. Director Micki Breitsprecher updated the board on the extended school year program. She is still waiting for the number of qualify-


ing students to decide on staffing needs. The program will run from July 28-August 1 and August 4-8 at the Preston site. According to Breitsprecher, enrollment is up to seven at the Root River Program, with five of them being in 7th and 8th grade, which is new in the program that has mainly had high

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Fillmore County Sports 4th Annual Girl’s All-Country Team

*All 3-Rivers stats supplied by Bill Bentson. All rankings based off ‘all games’ played. By Paul Trende 1st Team Kendra Crawford (5’6” senior G, Rushford-Peterson): It was quite the senior year for Trojan’s lead guard. R-P posted a 10-year best win total of 23 (and 5). After back-to-back losses in the 1A East finals, they punched through and Kendra Crawford finished the year as Section 1A runner-ups. Kendra became the third Trojan girl in the past three years to top 1,000-points (1,068 to be exact, 4th all-time). Her 16.5 points per game was third best in 3-Rivers. Crawford also led the conference in steals (5.2 per game) and assists (5.4 per), literally taking from the opponent and giving to her teammates. She added 3.6 rebounds per game to be a true stat-sheet stuffer; one of only two girls (McKenzie Kirtz of Southland) with over 100-plus points, rebounds, assists, and steals. She scored in double digits in each of R-P’s first 26 games (26 of 28) and had three rare double-doubles (points and assists twice, points and steals). She had a career-high 27

in a big play-off win over M-C. A four-year player, Crawford ends as an easy All-Conference selection. If there was an award for ‘top senior’ in the 3-Rivers this year, one would be hard pressed not to give it to Crawford. She was second team All-County in 2012-2013. Kirsten Keefe (5’7” junior G, Chatfield): Going from Crawford to Keefe is fitting. Each filled a similar roll to their teams’ similarly great seasons. Keefe’s Gophers did the amazing and started the season 24-0, getting ranked as high as #3 in Class AA, eventually grabbing a Sub-Section 1AA runner-up trophy. Along the way, K-squared was Chatfield’s best player across the board. She led the Gophers in scoring (10.5 per game) courtesy of incredible efficiency. Keefe finished top ten in the 3-Rivers in every shooting category; #1 in 3-point percentage at 37.9% (minimum 15 makes), #4 in free throws at 75.5% (minimum 30 attempts), and #7 in field goals at 50.3 % (minimum 100 attempts). Keefe was third in the conference in assists (4.4 per game) and fourth in steals (3.6 per game). She added 4.4 rebounds per game to be the Gophers stat-sheet stuffer. Keefe came up just 9 steals shy of being in the 4x100 club (points, rebounds,

assists, and steals). All of that came within head coach Brian Baum’s 9-girl rotation. Keefe has now quarterbacked Gopher girls’ basketball for two-plus seasons. The two-time All-Conference and All-County performer still has that third full season ahead of her, one that should again be tremendous. Lydia Geving (5’8” senior G/F, Mabel-Canton): Going from Crawford to Keefe to Geving is fitting. While M-C’s senior wasn’t technically the point guard, she was their lead guard and another statsheet stuffer. A four-year Lydia Geving player, Geving endured a couple tough team seasons as a frosh and sophomore, then a five hundred campaign as a junior, only for her senior year (1510) to be the best Cougar campaign in years. It almost included a big upset of top-seeded R-P in the 1A East semis. Along the way, Geving topped 1,000 career points (finished at 1,047, 6th in M-C history). She led the Cougars with a 14.9 points per game average, scoring in double figures in 20 of 25 contests. She was

M-C’s second leading rebounder (6.3), assister (3.0), and stealer (3.4). Those versatile skills allowed Geving to notch a triple double (12 pts, 10 rebs, 10 stls) versus Schaeffer Academy. She finishes her career as a two-time All-SEC performer. Lydia was second team All-County in 2012-2013. Abbey Loken (5’11” senior F/C, Houston): The Hurricanes have a new all-time girls’ scoring leader, and her name is Abbey Loken. The interior force broke Kristi Corey’s all-time mark (1,147 set in 1989), setting the new mark at 1,250. The ‘Canes season was a sub-fivehundred one, but that can’t be put on the Abbey Loken multi-year player Loken. The 5’11” forward averaged a double-double (15.5 points, 11.1 rebounds), leading her squad in both categories. She notched 13 double-doubles. Six came in her last seven games. Two were simply monstrous, 36 points and 20 rebounds versus Hope Lutheran, and 26 points and 20 rebounds versus LeRoy-Ostrander. The three-sport standout has one

activity left. She’ll likely strikeout more than her fair share of hitters on the softball diamond. She finishes her career as a 3-time All-SEC selection (2nd team in 2013-2014). Brianna Koop (5’9” freshman F, R-P): There are breakout performers, and then there is R-P fab-frosh Brianna Koop. If the 3-Rivers had a ‘rookie of the year’, Koop would certainly be it. Koop started her varsity career with back-to-back-to-back 20-plus-point games. And though she didn’t hit for 20 the rest of the season, she scored in double digits in 23 of R-P’s 28 games. She scored below eight just once. Koop technically came off the bench for the Trojans. If there was a 6th person award in the conference, she would certainly get it. She was second on her team, and 5th in the conference, with 14.8 points per game. She was second on her team, and 11th in the conference, with 6.2 rebounds per game. She was fourth on her team, and top 20 in the conference in steals, with 2.9 per game. Her field goal percentage (57.8%) was second best (minimum 100 shots) in the league. R-P girls’ basketball, and the 3-Rivers conference, is going to see a lot of Koop’s aggressive play in the next three years. TRC South All-Conference Selection. 2nd Team Maddie Talamantes (5’7” junior G, Chatfield): For a second consecSee SPORTS Page 13 

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utive year Maddie T. was one of the 3-Rivers best on-ball defenders. She evolved into an equally adept offensive weapon, scoring 10.4 points per game (second on the Gophers to Keefe). Like Kirsten, Talamantes was efficient everywhere (34% three’s, 71% FT’s, 48% FG’s). Had a season high, a season-long team high, 23 points versus St. Charles, one of only two 20-point games amidst the Gophers gals’ highly balanced attack. Also contributed 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.8 steals to the Gopher cause. Now a twotime, second team All-County selection. TRC South All-Conference. Morgan Malley (5’8” junior G, Fillmore Central): For a second straight year, Morgan was the Falcons’ most lethal, most guarded offensive weapon. Malley led FC, and was 8th in the conference, with 13.0 points per game. Most of those, 186 of 339, came from behind the 3-point stripe, where she hit a 3-Rivers best 62 trifectas. The 62 makes was more than five 3-Rivers teams. Had a season high 30 versus Spring Grove. Scored 26 including three clutch game-winning free throws in the closing second to lead FC past Southland 55-54. Helped FC make the Sub-Section final and post its first winning season (14-13) since 2010-2011. Was first team All-County as a sophomore. TRC South All-Conference. Olivia Haug (6’0” junior C, Lanesboro): The Southeast conference had no better rebounder than the long-armed and strong Haug. Over Lanesboro’s final 19 games,

Olivia had 18 double-digit rebounding efforts and 16 double-doubles. In that span, Haug had 20 rebounds on four separate occasions including a couple ridiculous efforts, 21 points and 29 rebounds versus Houston, and 24 points and 22 rebounds versus LeRoy-Ostrander. Averaged 13.8 points and 13.6 rebounds per game (14.6 and 15.1 in SEC action) for the season. Her Burros had a tough year though (8-19). Haug and company will look to improve upon that in 2014-2015. All-SEC second team. Sara Lind (6’0” senior F/C, Mabel-Canton): The Cougars best bet for a double-double was the long an athletic Lind. Sara averaged 10.5 points (second on the team) and 8.5 rebounds (first on the team), providing M-C an excellent athletic interior presence. She had (at least) nine double-doubles, and all came after the first of the year (in the Cougars final 16 games). Lind was very consistent offensively, never scoring over 20, but scoring below seven only twice. All-SEC second team. Keela Brand (5’3” senior F, R-P): Talk about diminutive dynamo; girls 5’3” usually don’t play the interior. They almost never rebound like Keela; a team best, a 3-Rivers fifth best, 7.4 boards per game. She had 7 games of double digit rebounds. Keela also was fifth best in the 3-Rivers in steals with 3.6 per game. Chipped in 6.2 points and 1.6 assists as well. Notched a tripledouble (11 pts, 14 rebs, 10 stls) versus Houston. Was a hustling, rebounding, defending glue-girl on R-P’s 23-win Section runner-up. TRC South AC Honorable Men-

Journal Writing Project:

Time to smell the flowers By Kaia Hongerholt Nowadays children, teens, parents, and grandparents are continuously running from place to place without a clue of what they are missing. Our generation is rapidly becoming more techno- Kaia Hongerholt logical and less observant. Teachers and parents are always telling their students and children that time flies so they need to enjoy it while they can. They know this because they have already lived through it. They have already gone on their class trips, through college, and applied for jobs. In times of iPhones and Netflix it is difficult to get away from technology and get grounded. Grade school children run around playing after school, not realizing the free time that they have. The high school students envy the time elementary kids have, but pass by the experience of high school sports, clubs, and friends. Once the captain of the football team catches his last touchdown, it sets in. This would be the last

time he ever has the chance to play with his team in front of his school. The seniors who sit at home each night watching the next episode of One Tree Hill are missing the basketball games, dances, and FFA competitions. The students do not realize what they are missing out on until it is too late and their off to college. College students would give anything for the minimal homework a high school student receives. But college students waste their time on less important events and not on their school work which would guarantee a degree in four years. On the other hand, some college students are too wrapped up in their schoolwork tthat they forget to take advantage of their college years. These students are missing out on studying abroad, participating in intramurals, meeting others from around the world, and joining random clubs. Parents would love the chance to go to college again. However, they are too worried about getting their kids to places that they don’t take the time to stop and watch them grow. Finally, grandparents know what they have passed up through life; but, they know they can’t


Other Honorees TRC South All-Conference: Sidney Irish (5’6” senior G, Chatfield); Marissa Bornholdt (5’11” senior F, Kingsland) TRC South Honorable Mention: Camille Rasmussen (5’9” senior F, Chatfield), Maddy Kammer (5’10” junior F, Chatfield), Maddy Larrabee (5’7” junior G, Chatfield), Brook Irish (5’10” junior F, Chatfield), Sierra McNamer (5’10” senior F, R-P), Hope Morrison (5’8” senior G/F, R-P), Kenzie Broadwater (5’4” freshman G, Fillmore Central), Sammi Bakke (6’0” junior F, FC), Haley Colton (5’3” senior G, Kingsland), Melinda Woods (5’7” senior G, Kingsland) All-SEC Honorable Mention: Kelly Jerviss (5’11” sophomore F, Houston); Haely Polin (5’8” sophomore F, Lanesboro); Carly McCabe (5’4” senior G, Mabel-Canton).

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Chatfield: Harvey Friederichs (finished senior year at 44-2, finished career as Gopher’s all-time win leader with 184, two-time state runner-up), A.J. Riley (finished senior year at 39-6, finished career with 142 wins, two-time state participant, 5th place in 2014), Cody Bly (finished senior year 28-3, two-time state participant), Hank Friederichs (finished junior year 45-2, threetime state participant, 5th in 2012, 3rd in 2013, 1st in 2014, with a 157 wins has good shot at breaking Harvey’s career school win total), Jacob Bleess (finished junior year 32-10, dwell in the past. They take the time to enjoy their kids and grandkids and to spend time doing their favorite things because they know it could all be taken in a second. Even though everyone has busy lives there is always enough time to think about the day and reflect on its events. No matter what age you are, always take the time to stop, and smell the flowers. Stop worrying about what could happen and live in the present. Omar Khayyam said, “Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.” Kaia Hongerholt is a student at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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section 3rd place), Jared Goldsmith (finished junior year 34-1, twotime state participant, state runner-up in 2014), Ty Van Sickle (finished freshman year at 37-11, Harvey state partici- Friederichs pant), Trecy Van Sickle (finished 8th grade year at 27-11, section 3rd place), Jake Mandt (finished 8th grade year at 32-9, section 3rd place) FCLMC: Niko Anderson (finished senior year at 37-1, finished career with 129 victories, state runner-up in 2013, state champ in 2014), Connor Hanson (finished senior year at 31-6, finished career with 122 victories, section 4th place), Monty Holm (finished senior year at 32-1, state parMcCoy Tekautz ticipant), Tom Henry (finished senior year at 15-5, section 6th place) L-A/R-P: Jackson Riebel (finished senior year at 24-12), Andrew Knapczyk (finished junior year at 23-11, section 6th place), McCoy Tekautz (finished Wyatt Richardson freshman year at 30-6, state participant) GMLOK: Wyatt Richardson

(finished junior year at 25-9, state 3rd place), Brenn Olson (finished freshman year at 20-9, section 3rd place).


Birth Announcement

Gossman ~ Jensen Bob and Sheila Gossman announce the engagement of their daughter, Breanna, to Joshua Jensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Jensen and Denise Shouts. Breanna works at the Mankato Clinic and Joshua works at Southern Minnesota Counseling Services. The couple is planning an April 11, 2014 wedding in Cancun, Mexico. The couple resides in St. Peter Minn.

Track and Field

3-20: Byron Indoor Meet (at RCTC) (Chatfield’s boys finished 5th (of 5), the girls 4th (of 5). Jayme LaPlante won the shot put (50.9 ½ feet) and took 3rd at the 55m. Austin Swancutt (200m) and Anthony Voight (800m) each took 2nd, as did the 4x400 team (Kevin Bradt/ Chase Salerno/Alex Haffner/Justin Friedrich). K. Bradt (400m), A. Haffner (55m hurdles), Alex Bradt (Long Jump), and Julius General (shot put) each took 3rd. For the girls, Ashley Baker took second in the Long Jump and third in the 55m. Autum Erickson (55m) took second, as did the distance medley team (A. Baker/Erickson/Maddy Kammer/Karen Gomez). M. Kammer (High Jump) and Mikaela Bray (Pole Vault) each took third) 3-22: Lewiston-Altura Early Bird Indoor (at St. Mary’s) FCLMC participated. For the boys, Quentin Case took 1st at the 55m hurdles and 2nd at the 400m. Gabe Decker (55m), Bram Van Lent (200m), and Monty Holm (200m) each took second (Van Lent and Holm tied). Zach Voeltz (800m) took 3rd. For the girls, Kenzie Broadwater took 1st at the 55m, as did the 1600m sprint medley team (K. Broadwater/ Kendyl Bennett/Paige Bennett/Bailey Ruen). Rachel Eversole (400m) took 2nd. Kiera Olson (1600m) took 3rd)

Ryland Marshall Craig Ryland Marshall Craig was born on Sunday, January 5 at 12:41 p.m. in Princeton, Minn.. His parents are Lee and Teresa Craig of Elk River, Minn. Ryland weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 ¼ inches long. Grandparents are Norm & Sheila Craig, Preston, Minn.; Howard Hommes, Elk River and Alberta Harvat, Ramsey, Minn. Greatgrandparents are Joyce Erickson, Harmony, Minn.; Donald Boyer, Clear Lake, Iowa; Charlene Craig, Spencer, Iowa. Also Great Great Grandmother Justine Dragavon of Grand Rapids, Minn.

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Monday, March 31, 2014


A little of this, A little of that. By Kathy Little “Never say never” is a saying I should always remember. When I forget this saying, I look like a liar or a fool. For instance, as a teen-ager I hated the message “kissing don’t last; cooking do” that was immortalized on a plaque in my grandmother’s kitchen. Heaven forbid that I would witness my grandparents kissing in the kitchen, but I was young and quite sure that kissing would always be

more fun than eating. Besides who wanted to cook if you had to do dishes! I envisioned a future filled with much kissing and much less cooking. Tuna salad sandwiches and chips served on paper plates seemed the perfect solution. Fast forward to reality when I

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discovered that my husband, who is a very good kisser, replaced “I love you’s” with “what’s for dinner” (breakfast, lunch, or dessert can be substituted for dinner). Fortunately, kissing and cooking can both last in a happy marriage. I was also 100 percent certain that I would never become like my mother who was always quoting annoying “sayings” like “Only boring people are bored” or “If you’re feeling sorry for yourself, just go and watch people at the Mayo Clinic.” I was also absolutely sure that I would never ever act like her. She loved grocery shopping. It was like a hobby for her. She would clip coupons and peruse grocery adds and then brag about all the money she saved. BORING. I would never go to rummage sales, rush home with my purchased treasures, and then hide them under the bed so my husband wouldn’t find out about them until later. I would never cleverly stack them in the china cupboard and pretend these dishes had always been there. To actually remove a piece of glass from said cupboard required great finesse, time, and prayers that nothing would be broken or chipped. Something usu-


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We would like to thank our families, friends, neighbors and everyone else who supported us with our battle for justice against the City of Preston Bike Trail Eminent Domain Case. Thank you to all the area businesses who posted signs against eminent domain and all who helped with the petitions and any other way. Thank you the Carimona Township Board for all of your support. Thanks for all the phone calls and letters of support. It was nice to know hundreds of people all over Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin supported us. It was all very much appreciated!

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of sense. Then I married and had children. My mother was actually a genius in retrospect. She had a “method to her madness”. Still she was a bit eccentric; she loved ironing! Unfortunately, my mother remembered some of my “never statements”. She fondly recalled how I would never eat the kidney beans in chili or mushrooms in any food. Later in life when I learned to love kidney beans and appreciate their health benefits, she would feign surprise and make comments about how she NEVER thought that would happen. I took the high ground and replied, “No comment.” It was even worse when I discovered fresh mushrooms which were cheaper and had less sodium that canned mushrooms. It was love at first bite. When I served this mushroom casserole, my mother had the grace to only smile and take a second helping.



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ally was. But did she learn a lesson from this? NO. I would never hide boxed potato chips in the laundry hamper. I would never make my kids eat every last pea on a plate. I would never make a child eat potato salad which made that child gag; so that the child was forced to hide potato salad in her napkin or on the window sill by her kitchen chair. I would never limit the number of hostess cupcakes a child could eat in one setting. I would never tell a child that she could cry and carry-on as much as she liked, but could she please go to her bedroom and close the door so that the whole family wouldn’t have to listen. You can see that my mother was an unreasonable woman. I was looking forward to going to college to escape from her craziness ! Hah! I no sooner escaped from home than I started to appreciate her. Some of the things she said and did made a certain amount

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Jerry & Elaine (Thompson) Johnson were married April 3, 1964, in Winona, Minnesota, at Central Lutheran Church. They were blessed with three children: Debra (Daniel) Lafferty, Kimberly Johnson, and Troy (Chantel) Johnson and five grandchildren Logan Lafferty, Lauren and Ellen Scott, and Kelby and Kaleb Johnson. There will be a private family celebration of the anniversary. Those wishing to send cards can send to 1005 Linden Street, Decorah, Iowa, 52101.


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Chatfield EDA and City Council hold joint meeting By Karen Reisner In order to establish tax increment financing district (TIF) No. 2-5 the two bodies met together at the city council’s March 24 meeting. A public hearing was held on the modification of the municipal development district No. 2. No. 2-5 notes the second underlying document and the 5th district on the Olmsted County side of the city. EDA members present included Michael Tuohy, Sue Keefe, Randy Paulson, and Molly Baum. Councilors Paul Novotny and Mike Urban serve with the EDA. Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, explained that in the Olmsted County portion of Chatfield the EDA created the redevelopment project area and it is actually an EDA TIF District. The redevelopment TIF District is being established to reimburse the developer for added project costs, specifically the building of a retaining wall needed to make the site “developable.” The Twiford area redevelopment property value will be froze as it is valued today with the homes and land value. Ninety percent of the property tax increase between the current value and the improved value due to the development will be reimbursed annually to the developer over the life of the TIF District, 15 years.

Bubany explained the difference in the city’s tax rate due to the TIF will be less than a point, adding the reimbursement is “significant to the developer, but not big bucks to the city.” If the property was not developed, the market value of the property would only increase due to normal inflation. Chris Giesen, Community Development Coordinator, said the formal development agreement with Family Dollar had not been drafted yet. A purchase agreement contingent on the development agreement has the EDA selling the property for $210,000. A retail store of eightythree hundred square feet is to be developed. The city has received $233,000 from the State of Minnesota to offset some of the city’s infrastructure costs associated with the development. The company is to be assessed over 10 years the net remaining costs for infrastructure. The TIF increment is for site improvements. The development of the Twiford area will be paid for by the developer, the state grant, and the TIF. The EDA approved a resolution adopting the Modification of Redevelopment Project Area No. 2 and the Redevelopment Plan and the establishment of the TIF

District 2-5 and TIF financing plan. The city council then adopted a resolution approving the Modification of Redevelopment Project Area No. 2, the adoption of the Redevelopment Plan, and approved the creation of TIF District 2-5 and TIF financing plan. 2014 Street and Utility Improvements At this public hearing City Engineer Dillon Dombrovski, WSB and Associates, reviewed the 2014 improvement projects including St. Albans Place (Fillmore County Road 119 to 400 feet beyond the south property line of the EZ Fab property), Twiford Street (Division Street to Grove Street), Bench Street (1st Street to 6th Street SW), and West Chatfield. Work on these projects is planned to occur primarily in 2014. Construction is expected to start after Memorial Day. An assessment hearing will be held in the fall. The total cost of the projects is estimated to be $1.9 million. Special assessments will pay for about $310,000 and utility related costs are $590,000. Street reconstruction eligible costs are $1 million. Members of the public asked specific questions related to their properties. Another public hearing was

held on the street reconstruction plan. Mike Bubany noted there is a 30 day petition period during which a vote could be requested on the question of issuing bonds. He detailed the plans to finance the projects. Over $1.5 million will be financed. Bubany said that based on estimates up to $1 million of General Obligation Reconstruction Bonds would be sufficient. This issuance of new G.O. Street Reconstruction Plan bonds is within the city’s net debt limit. The balance will be financed with G.O. improvement or utility bonds. The council unanimously adopted resolutions approving the street reconstruction plans and ordering the improvements and authorizing the preparation of plans and specifications. Other business in brief •City water superintendent Brian Burkholder explained the work that went into being nominated for the Wellhead Protection Program award from the Minnesota Department of Health. Chatfield started in the wellhead program in 2007. The plan to protect drinking water included sealing seven unused wells in the city of Chatfield. One goal is to educate the public about preserving safe drinking water. Grants were applied for and received from the state in 2013 for a cost share

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Dee Slinde By Barb Jeffers The City of Lanesboro, Minn. and the surrounding area has graciously opened its arms to the new executive director of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) and Tourism, Dee Slinde. Having grown up in London, Minn. near Austin, and graduating from Austin High School, Slinde then attended Minnesota School of Business first obtaining a degree in Business Administration followed by a second degree in Sales and Marketing. She then lived and worked around the Twin Cities area for about 35 years always being in some form of management. Previous work experiences include being a general manager of a chain of retail stores and Vice President of Sales for a manufacturing company. Slinde has spent the last 15 years working in a university setting most recently at the Cardinal Stritch University satellite campus

in Rochester, Minn. She states that education is very important to her. Her first visit to Lanesboro happened a couple years ago while she was in the area camping and on a rainy day she stopped in Lanesboro for lunch and fell in love with the town. She would spend weekends in Lanesboro and enjoy the area, the activities, and people. She had thought about opening a business in Lanesboro and decided she should spend some time in town during the winter before she went in that direction. Slinde ran across an opportunity to rent a house in Lanesboro from people who have a summer home in town and moved to Lanesboro in November 2013. Then one day Slinde stopped at the Visitor’s Center in Lanesboro to ask for some information and statistics about opening a business in town. As she spoke with Julie Kiehne, Executive Director of the LACC at the time, Slinde learned

that it was Julie’s last day in that position as she was moving on to another opportunity. After speaking with Kiehne for about an hour, “it became apparent that I needed to probably apply for the position,” stated Slinde. She said, “It was a very serendipitous moment.” The duties at the LACC are very much in alignment with what she was doing at the university. Since accepting the position of executive director of the LACC and beginning work on March 1, 2014, Slinde has been very busy getting acquainted with the position, the membership, the board, and also getting out to other communities, visitors centers, and chambers. The executive director of the LACC and Tourism serves the members of the area business community and also works to bring tourism to the area. The LACC also supports businesses who are not members by bringing tourists’ dollars to this part of the state. Slinde is very excited about her new position and looking forward to many things coming up such at the Arts Campus. She was also very happy to hear that Lanesboro has recently been named by Smithsonian Magazine as number 10 on a list of 20 best small towns to visi in 2014. Dee Slinde looks forward to “emphasizing what we have here” she says, with this unique community in that it is a town of 754 people that is able to support a professional theatre, a number of art galleries and artists in the area, high quality dining facilities and

shopping that you can’t find anywhere else. Slinde states that this kind of eclectic mix works really well. What Slinde sees as a potential direction is to draw more tourism into the area. A primary directive for Slinde is that local businesses work together and complement each other and support each other. She says what she looks forward to in the future is growing and drawing tourism. One area Slinde sees potential growth in tourism is hunting and fishing opportunities among many other ideas she already thought of. Slinde looks forward to hearing suggestions from residents of the area in addition to tourists as to what other activities and opportunities could be offered. Dee Slinde can be reached by email at with any comments, questions, or suggestions. The community of Lanesboro

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program to seal wells. Chatfield was one of three cities to receive the award. Young noted there are 853 cities in the state. •A request from Nancy and Dale Timm (Cliff Street and Avenue C) to combine their two parcels into one (150 foot x 150 foot lot) was approved. •Studio 223 had requested to allow parking on Main Street to begin at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. City Clerk Joel Young noted a couple of businesses (also Jackie’s Fitness) attract customers to the downtown area at this earlier hour. Public works crews would have to begin an hour earlier when snow removal is needed. Tony Lammers said the earlier time would not be a problem. •It was decided to make all the signs consistent in the downtown area (including side streets) and change them all so parking will be prohibited from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. •Approval was given to purchase a half ton Chevrolet pick-up truck to be used at the wastewater treatment plant. The truck will be purchased at the state bid price for $25,520. Young said pick-up trucks are kept for 15 years. •Approval was given to hire Mitch Irish for summer help and to advertise for one more. Lammers requested the hire of an additional part time person to work from early spring into late fall. The council authorized the Public Works committee to advertise for the additional help. and the surrounding area have been incredibly welcoming to Slinde, explaining just the other day she went to lunch at Pedal Pushers expecting to dine by herself but instead was invited to join a large group of people that were celebrating one couple’s anniversary. Slinde states “There are good people everywhere, it just seems they are a little easier to find in our area.” Slinde says, “Everyone here is so kind and friendly,” which Slinde returns in-kind. The Lanesboro Visitor’s Center and Chamber are currently open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Visitor’s Center is open on Saturday’s from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., but the Chamber is closed on Saturdays. The hours will be extended in May. You can find the Visitor’s Center at 100 Milwaukee Road in Lanesboro. The phone number for the Visitor’s Center is (507) 4672696. To find out more information about Lanesboro visit www.

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Information and opinions given at Kingsland community meeting By Barb Jeffers The community meeting and facilities discussion held at the Kingsland High School Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 was well attended with school board members, administration, Kingsland staff and residents reviewing a large amount of information. With a scheduled start time of 7 p.m., district residents began filing into the cafeteria approximately 30 minutes prior. Handouts were provided with identical information as what would be shown on the large viewing screen so residents would have the information to take home with them. Blank note cards were also handed out so attendees could write down any questions they had. Those note cards were then gathered and read aloud one at a time by Kingsland’s administrative assistant Amber Uhlenhake later in the meeting. One or more members of the school board or the administration would then answer the question to the best of their ability. Following the questions there was an open microphone for any person wishing to make a statement or ask further questions. School board chairperson Doug Plaehn opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and stated that the school board’s goal for the meeting was to provide the information that the board has been talking about and studying over the last 18 months. Before beginning the facilities discussion Plaehn spent a few minutes highlighting some of the achievements of Kingsland Public Schools. In Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Kingsland received its certification about a year ago, being the first and currently the only school that is certified in Engineering, Biomedical, Science, and Gateway. Kingsland is one of four schools in Minnesota that is piloting a 4th and 5th grade curriculum as well. Kingsland offers 70 college credits in the College in Schools (CIS) program. If a Kingsland student has the ambition, he or she can earn a two year AA degree. Kingsland’s One-to-One Technology has gained national notoriety. An iPad or netbook has been put in the hand of every student in grades 3-12 and iPads are available to children in

Grades K-2. The discussion then turned to enrollment numbers. Peak enrollment was the 1997-98 school year with 1,033 students. School year 2008-09, which was the last year that Kingsland had the 7th and 8th graders at the middle school, enrollment dropped to 696 students. Enrollment hit a low point with the 2012-13 school year with 609 students. Currently enrollment at Kingsland is 617. Plaehn commented that they are seeing growth in Kindergarten through third grade. Open enrollment continues to be a factor with 110 students attending other school districts. Plaehn then showed a slide of potential enrollment stating that if Kingsland keeps bringing in class sizes at the Kindergarten level that they are now, which is approximately 60. The growth of enrollment would be about 2 percent per year. Doug Plaehn explained there have been five study sessions over the last five months related to facilities which were open to the public. Following is a list of items worked on during these study sessions: •Evaluated ways to complete deferred maintenance •High School/Elementary School •Middle School •Evaluated the ways to improve program essentials, staffing essentials, and technology essentials at the middle school •Evaluated the high school/elementary school options for additional space •Preschool and early childhood programs •Lab space to provide space for PLTW and CIS classes Physical education •Increase the number of elementary classrooms • Reviewed the district’s operational and staffing costs •Consider options to best address student opportunities and to continue with the district’s missions and goals Plaehn stated to the audience that “the board members always strive to do what we feel is best for the students” adding, “we really want to make sure we are giving our students the best possible educational opportunity we can.”

The deferred maintenance items were discussed next with Plaehn saying that the most significant ones are at the middle school in Wykoff, Minn. The list of deferred maintenance items are as follows: •Middle School •Mechanical (HVAC) upgrades (aging system, no air conditioning) •Electrical upgrades (make it safer and more adaptable to technology) •Roof replacement (leaking roof) •Gym floor (mercury in the floor) •Improvements (including parking lot, fire alarm system, communications and other general building upgrades) •High School/Elementary School •Unit ventilators •Air handling system •Clock system •Building controls *Estimated cost is 6.5 million to $7 million. Plaehn then discussed the program and operational challenges that Kingsland is facing at this time that the school board would like to improve. •Middle School Program/Operational Challenges •Lack of continuity in program delivery (disjointed movement of students PK/3 - 4/6 - 7/12 •Less opportunities for staff movement and sharing (less collaboration) •Access to specialists and administration •Duplication of costs (technology, food service, maintenance) •Deferred maintenance items causing air quality issues •High School/Elementary School Space/Program Challenges •PK and community education programs continue to grow •K-3 Enrollment -projecting three sections for 2014-2015 school year (will need to find space to accommodate) •PLTW and CIS space needs -introduction of project based learning and technology changing the way teaching and learning happens -evolution of curriculum will

require more diverse learning space *Kingsland has received a food chemistry grant and will be adding a food chemistry program next year which will qualify as high school chemistry credits but it requires a food lab •Physical Education needs -intent of cafeteria was to use as a physical education space (50 percent utilization) •Shortage of accessible storage space •Restroom space for elementary is not adequate The following three options were given as possible solutions: 7-8 Grades to Middle School •Opportunities •Traditional middle school configuration •Space available for activities •Eliminate transportation for winter activities •Challenges •Increased costs due to teacher travel time or hiring part-time staff •Licensure - middle school versus elementary •Less collaboration in disciplines •Increased difficulty in scheduling •Equity/quality in science labs, needed renovations •Reduction in current educational programming 2-3 Grades to Middle School (one of easiest and least costly options) •If moved Grades 3-6 - Would require nine classrooms (plenty of room) •If moved Grades 2-6 -Would require 12 classrooms (plenty of room) •Challenges •Busing youngest students daily (increased transportation costs) •SACC, Pre-school, ECSE and ECFE would not move •Middle school would require some renovation •Elementary space converted to high school space Single Site Concept *Projects to improve learning •Lower level renovations •Labs/project/presentation

space •First floor renovations and addition •Before and after school care •Project lab •Special Education classrooms •Restrooms •Second floor renovations •Staff/Technology offices •Collaborative learning technology lab •Distance learning lab •Flexible learning space *Performing Arts/Music Addition *Physical Education and Athletics Addition Opportunities •Improved learning for all students •More and improved space for hands on learning •Flexible schedules to increase opportunities for all students •Enhanced use of technology •Greater continuity for students and staff •Simplifying scheduling and transportation •Improved district facilities and community amenities •Enhances the experience for all students •Locker rooms closer to athletic fields •Improved supervision •Reduced operating and maintenance costs •Estimate net savings of $165,000 to $215,000 annually •Room for 850 students •Challenges •Cost of $14 million to $20.5 million (the difference would be the cost of a performing art/music addition if built or not) •$10.3 million of the $11.8 million of the 2006 bonds still outstanding (final payment February 2027) * this referendum would add taxes on top of that •Adequate for future needs •Enrollment - ? •Room for 850 students (what if KIngsland grows back to 1000 students) •Find alternative use for or disposal of middle school •Technology becoming obsolete

Marijuana bust takes place in Alco parking lot Drug charges are pending against two men after their arrest Tuesday night in the Alco parking lot in Spring Valley. Darrell Luttrell, age 21, of Albert Lea, Minn. and Thomas Thomas Sarenpa, age Sarenpa 23, of Blaine Minn. were arrested after Southeastern Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force investigators found what is believed to be a pound of marijuana in their vehicle. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, their

arrests were subsequent to an active investigation by the Task Force. Luttrel and Sarenpa appeared in Fillmore County District Court on March 20 and were both Darrell Luttrell charged with 5th Degree Sale of Marijuana. Bail was set at $20,000 unconditional and $5,000 conditional for both Luttrel and Sarenpa. Their next court appearance on March 24, 2014. Jensen said Fillmore County Deputies and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted.

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Spring Valley City Council hears request over abandoned property By Gary Peterson Paul Mittelstadt is not happy. Mittelstadt lives at 303 Huron Avenue in Spring Valley and is concerned with what is happening at an abandoned house at 301 Huron. According to Mittelstadt, the property has sat there for over 30 years attracting rodents and other unpleasant critters. No one repairs the house and it just grows worse and worse as each day passing. He has requested the help of the city council but so far, “according to him” nothing has gotten done to clean up the property and he wants to know why. Mittelstadt and his wife appeared at the council meeting on Monday night and voiced his concerns again and wants some action. He says that he has tried many outlets and will continue the fight. In other action at the meeting, the Audit for the city was reviewed by Tom Wente of Smith Schafer Associates, LTD. In a rather lengthy report Wente summarized that the General Fund unassigned fund balance equals 94 percent of annual general fund and that Capital improvement fund balance stands at one million dollars. This will be available for future capital needs including main street improvements and industrial park expansion. LGA (Local Government Aid) provided $797,702 while property taxes provided $918,611 in 2013 revenues. According to Wente all debt services funds are being adequately funded and all outstanding bonds are being paid on a timely basis. Finally, Revenues in the city’s five Utilities are generally keeping pace with rising operating expenses, servicing all debt requirements and developing needed reserves for

future capital projects although the Water Fund has exhausted its cash reserves. A few weeks ago Waste Management was called to task when the council said that there were many citizens complaining about how their garbage was handled. According to the complaint at the time was that Waste Management wasn’t returning calls and appeared to be taking the city for granted. According to Zimmer she made attempts to contact the company seeking a way to deal with the complaints. Zimmer said that those calls went unanswered. At Monday night’s meeting of the council, a representative of Waste Management told the Council that he was not taking the City for granted and that many of the complaints were centered around bad weather and the inability of reaching all the homes. After the Waste Management presentation Mayor Struzyk said that he has received many calls saying, “They are doing a good job.” Waste Management then gave the council a check for $2,607 for payment of recyclables. A rather lengthy document called SEMLM 2014 Legislative Policy Positions was approved by the council. The Legislative Policy Positions were presented to the cities making up SEMLM (South East Minnesota League of Municipalities). There are nine items that are apparently necessary to these cities; Number 1 is Equity in Library Funding, and Maintenance of Effort (MOE). Number 2 is Economic Development and Job Creation. The SEMLM supports allowing DEED more flexibility to serve community and business needs of today. City

Funding, LGA and Levy Limits are always hot topics. An explanation furnished with the proposal makes it slightly easier to understand. “LGA represents only one of several aids to communities in various categories, and should be viewed in the larger context of the diverse forms of funding across the state, such as transit funding, metropolitan bridge funding, per pupil school funding and others. Minnesota has a long history of public policy intended to balance the property tax burdens of residents across the state. The SEMLM membership respects and supports the original intent of LGA and understands the need for it to be upheld, thereby not favoring either urban or rural communities. LGA is how the state returns revenue to cities with low property tax wealth and/or high needs. This state/local partnership keeps property tax rates reasonable and helps cities provide needed services that encourage state economic growth and promote strong communities.” The document continues; “Many communities saw increased LGA funding in the last budget year, and they appreciate it. It remains a goal of the SEMLM to return to earlier (pre 2003) and higher LGA funding, including the restoration of the annual inflation adjust to continue to reduce the burden on local property taxes. The members of the SEMLM respectfully object to the state legislature using levy limits to undermine local decision-making and accountability. Local officials remain answerable to the voters for local budgetary decisions, and must be able to serve nimbly and efficiently.” Other items on the wish list dealt with sales tax on city purchases,

Pancakes in Whalan Whalan’s Taste of the Trail Committee will be sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 6th from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. The breakfast will be held in the newly remodeled Whalan City Hall in Whalan, Minn. Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast and some good conversation. It will be a good time to connect with some old friends and meet some new ones after a long

winter. The breakfast will consist of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, sweet rolls, coffee, milk and orange juice. Mark your calendars now! Proceeds from this event will help to fund Whalan’s Taste of the Trail event scheduled for September 20, 2014. For more information contact Char Johnson at 507-467-2111 or Wes Harding at 507-4673044.


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EAB and Urban Forest Management Funding. This could be EAB is the Emerald Ash Borer. This money would be used to combat those insects. SEMLM is proposing to have a state matching grant to accomplish this. Another hot topic is Silica Sand. “Cities in our region prefer to retain local control on this issue.” Bridge/Highway Project Expenses According to the approved document; the SEMLM asks that the legislature use a per capita cap for the city financial match requirement for MnDOT bridge and highway projects not initiated by the affected cities, especially for cities under 5,000.” “The request is being made to make it a priority to fund improvements to Highway 14 across our entire eight-county area for both safety and economic benefits. Additional highways with section that require repairs, upgrades, or reconstruction are Highway 30, 63, 52, 61 and 25.” Tax Reciprocity “The SEMLM asks the state legislature to work with the state of Wisconsin to reinstate the former tax reciprocity program that benefited the residents who live in Minnesota and work in Wisconsin. Finally the group asks the state legislature to ” not alter the 2013 legislation that passed in support of the DMC proposal. Numerous communities in our region passed statements of support for the DMC proposal to encourage the state to support the DMC legislation. Allow the 2013 legislation to stand as is.” Members of the council approved these actions and it will be interesting to see how it rolls along the

political path. Other business The council approved a $3,420 dollar bill to Horsman Fence Company for a keyed gate at the north end of the Street Department entrance off CR8. Steve and Karla of Racks restaurant appeared before the Spring Valley EDA February 12 and requested additional funds in the range of $45,000 to meet codes on renovations for the restaurant. The option for board of consideration states they could lend $31,300 for current working capital towards the outstanding contractor debt. A proposal for a patio can be looked at in a year after all contractors are paid off by being paid directly. Update on the restaurant; “To date: Racks reported that business has continued to grow. They have had 200 people at fish fry on Friday nights, and they are having great Saturday nights. The lunch crowd is at 50 to 80 plates per day. They thank the community for their support. A discussion was held regarding a bill to the Fire Department for Emergency Medical Responder Refresher. The council agreed that communication with the ambulance would be appreciated as both departments interact with each other during training, etc. The Rental Housing issue was put on the back burner for the present time. A lien was placed on property at 417 Center Avenue. It is owned by Richard and Marian Johnson for unpaid utilities amounting to $507.41. The meeting concluded with no issues being raised by council members or the mayor.

National Trout Center has new program director The Board of Directors of the National Trout Center has announced that they have selected Richard L. Enochs as the program coordinator for the 2014 season. Mr. Enochs lives in Winona, Minn. with his wife Nancy. Rich is a retired business professional with a distinguished career as a business leader and brings to this new position a wealth of experience and accomplishments. Over the last 20 years he has been involved in a series of leadership positions with several different companies. He most recently served as President of Wenonah Canoe. The board of directors selected Enochs from amongst several qualified candidates. In discussing

this new position it became apparent that Rich’s 20 years of experience in both the business world and as a highly experienced fly fisherman gives him a unique skill set that will benefit the long term objectives of the National Trout Center. In this new role Rich can give the visitors and the program participants useful insights into fishing in the Driftless Area. He is very knowledgeable about local fishing conditions and the types of skills necessary to become highly successful when angling for trout. The National Trout Center will begin its activities on Saturday, April 12 with an open house. Please visit with us on that Saturday and welcome Rich to the Preston community.


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•Preston Historical Society •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, 9:30- meeting, 7pm, Methodist Church, Preston. Public invited. 10-10:30am, Sylvan Manor, 503 10am, Hillside Apartments, 409 S. •AA Class “Road’s Journey,” Parkway Ave., Lanesboro. Hudson Ave., Spring Valley. 8pm, 301 E. Franklin St., Spring •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, Valley (a yellow house).* 10:30-11am, Kenilworth Apartments, 10:45-11:15am, Community Center, 503 Parkway Ave., Lanesboro. 200 S. Broadway Ave., Spring Valley. •SEMCAC Senior Dining, County Nurse Birthday Party, •Bingo, 11am, Rushford Tenborg •Spring Valley Area Foodshelf, Rushford Tenborg Center. Center.* 2-4pm, 1300 West Tracy Rd., Spring Valley.* •Bloodmobile, 1-7pm, Harmony FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Community Center, Harmony. •Lenten Service, 7pm, soup supper, Call 507-937-3406 to make an 6pm, Christ Lutheran Church, Preston. •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, 1-1:30pm, North Manor, 445 appointment. Main Ave. S., Harmony. THURSDAY, APRIL 3 •Knit it Together, 3:30-4:30pm, •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, Preston Public Library. Knitting for •Free Senior Coffee, 9am, Heritage 1:30-2:30pm, South Manor, 445 all levels.* Grove, Harmony.* Main Ave. S., Harmony. •Bluff Country Toastmasters meet, •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, •Codfish Supper, 5-8pm, Preston 5:30pm, Spring Valley Public Library.* 10-10:30am, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, •Magdlin-Gilbertson VFW meeting, Apartment Community Center, 800 Preston. Home St., Rushford. 7pm, Potluck at 6:30pm, bring a •Chatfield NA meeting, 7:30pm, dish to pass and tableware, Preston •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 206 Servicemen’s Club, Preston. 10:45-11:15am, Tenborg Center, 113 Fillmore St. Chatfield.* •Chatfield AA meets, 7:30pm in the E. Jessie St., Rushford. •Harmony AA Group, 8pm, Pio­neer Presbyterian Church, 206 •Story Hour, 11am, Harmony Public Harmony Community Center. For Fillmore St., Chatfield.* Library. No school, no story hour.* more info call 612-251-3822 or 507-272-2191* •AA Closed Meeting, 8pm, •Merry Meeters Birthday Club, Presbyterian Church, Mill St., 2pm, Kyllo home, roll call: Name Rushford.* that flower!


•Meatball Dinner, 11am-1:30pm, Highland Prairie Lutheran Church, •Mason’s Pancake Breakfast, 43267 Bowl Drive, Peterson. Bake 8-10:30am, Rushford Masonic sale and quilt raffle. Lodge. All you can eat pancakes, •The Memory Brothers, 6-9pm, sausage, coffee, milk, juice. www. Chatfield Center for the Arts, Potter Auditorium. •ELCA Women’s Spring Gathering of the Root River Conference, 9am, •Cowboy Church Service, 6pm, Cherry Grove United Methodist All are welcome. Church. For more info or directions •Spring Valley Area Foodshelf, 9-11am, 1300 West Tracy Rd., Spring call 507-346-2830. •Fountain AA Group closed Valley, MN.* meeting, 7:30pm, Fountain Lutheran •Lanesboro AA Group, 8pm, Church, South Main St. and Bethlehem Lutheran Church. For more info, call 507-251-1771 or 765- Highway 52.* 2518.*


SUNDAY, APRIL 6 •Canton American Legion Garrett Barth Memorial Pancake Breakfast, 7am-Noon, Canton Town Hall, Canton. •Pancake Breakfast, 8am-1pm, Whalan City Hall, Whalan. Breakfast sponsored by Whalan’s Taste of the Trail Committee.

•Community Coffee, 9am, Park Lane Estates, Preston.* •Public Blood Pressure Clinic, 1-3pm, Fillmore County Public Health, 902 Houston Street NW, Preston, MN.* •VFW Burger Nite, 5-8pm, Spring Valley VFW Hall. •Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group, 7:30-8:30pm, Methodist Hospital, dining room #3, Rochester.

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Manure manager/Assistant feeder. Operate and maintain tractors, payloaders, manure spreaders/pumps, mixer wagon, skidsteers and straight trucks on progressive 350-cow dairy farm. Some hands on work with dairy cows. Leave message at 507-324-9595 or fax resume to 507-324-9597. Please call cell if before 10 am Monday to discuss or email after that. chrissukalski@gmail. com. h31-o Mabel BP is taking applications for part time help on the night shift. Apply at Mabel BP in Mabel. h17,24,31-x



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EMPLOYMENT FILLMORE COUNTY is seeking a full-time regular Highway Maintenance Specialist I for the Highway Department. Minimum requirements: Must have a valid Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License. Must also have the ability to operate all types of highway equipment; perform all labor related tasks relative to highway, road and bridge, maintenance and construction activities; and be able to assist with mechanical repairs on equipment. Blading experience desirable. Starting salary is $17.5563/hour according to the 2014 IUOE Local #49 Union contract. Current members of Local #49 will receive preference. Job description and application materials may be obtained from:; Fillmore County Coordinator’s Office, 101 Fillmore Street, P. O. Box 466, Preston, MN 55965; or by phone at (507) 765-4566. Current County application form REQUIRED. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014. EOE. h31,7,14-o



has openings for part-time waitstaff.

Apply at Harmony House Restaurant, downtown Harmony. Contact Marilyn at 507-886-4612

Looking for a responsible person to work

part-time Must be 18 years of age or older. AppLy in person


25 Hours Per Week • We Will Train 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. Contact Nicky or stop by for an application.

Harmony House Restaurant


Part Time Assisted Living Attendant/Cook

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

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

temporary full-time Medical records position Must be able to work in a fast pace environment and be able to multi-task. Also, must have computer skills and knowledge of medical terminology. Contact Nicky or stop by for an application.

Green Lea Manor nursing home 115 N. Lyndale Ave., Mabel, MN 55954 (507) 493-5436


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Good Shepherd Lutheran ServiceS

has current openings for experienced, mature and caring individuals PT Bremmer Suites Aid (must be 18 or older) Nurse night Shift FT or PT nursing assistant Dietary Aid day or evening Shift PT housekeeping/Laundry aid • Convenient and close to home and school • Quality and caring staff, loving residents, rewarding work • Child care on-site with employee discount • Flexible scheduling, shift differential, no mandatory over-time or shift rotation • Wages based on education and experience • On-site Fitness Center For more information contact Kelly at GSLS, PO Box 747, Rushford, MN or call 507-864-7714. Or visit our website at to fill out an application.

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Fillmore Central Community Education Job Postings One Block At A Time Daycare Lead Teacher



Gundersen Harmony Care Center is looking for staff to fill the following positions: • FULL-TIME CNA •

• PART-TIME CNA • Contact Tami Vreeman at 507-886-6544 x 115

•Highly motivated, team-oriented, mature & outgoing individual. •Develop & nurture children; stimulate emotional, intellectual, and social growth. •Provides a safe environment; encourages students’ participation; keeps parents informed. •16 Quarter Hours, Post-Secondary Credits •Ability to respond to individual participants’ learning, physical and emotional needs. •Previous experience in a child care center and/or related field. •Up to 40 hours per week.

One Block At A Time Daycare Aide •Assist the Lead Teacher. •Encourages students’ positive self-image and supports individuality, and independence. •Ability to respond to individual participants’ learning, physical and emotional needs. •Mature and outgoing individuals with previous experience in a child care center and/or related field. •Up to 30 hours per week.

Applications available online at FC website: or any school office. Applications can be dropped off at any school office or mailed to: Angi Kaase, Fillmore Central Community Education P.O. Box 50, Preston, MN 55965. Position open until filled.

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

For Rent: Upstairs apartment in Peterson. No smoking, no pets. Utilities not included. Applicants will be screened. Call 507-875-2643. r3/31tfn-o

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

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


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WOW! Great home on large corner lot! Home features open stairs, newer siding, windows, roof, and deck! Many newer features in home! $119,900 MLS 4051855

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Truly unique stone home on 27 acres! Home has 4 season porch, open staircase, 5 bedrooms, deck with gazebo. Large machine shed with heated work shop, many outbuildings and bins. $327,000 MLS 4047148

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44493 OAKVIEW LOOP, Rushford. Home for sale by owner: 4 bdrm/3 bath, 2.5 AC lot, finiahed basement, heated 2+ car attatched garage, built in 2015, more infor or viewing call 507-864-3689. e3/31-5/19-x

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15+ aCre apple & Berry FarM Prime location! Est. 1985. 1000+ Apple trees, Bakery, Showroom, Greenhouse, includes 3 Bedrm Home. Possible CD.

B & B Auction And ReAlty, inc. Once in a lifetime opportunity to own 170 acres +/- in the famous Yucatan Valley, 8 miles of bulldozed trails, pond, QDM, and breathtaking views! $510,000 MLS 4047109

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222 W. Jessie, Rushford neW ListinG: Victorian style home w/4 BR, open stair case, large kitchen, gas frpl.; hardwood & character, $79,900.

27382 Hart Drive, Hart Completely remodeled on 5 acres: 3 BR, 2 BA, 20 min. to Winona & 35 min. to La Crosse!



44953 E Goodrich, Rushford PRiCe ReDuCtion: expansive floor plan, master suite, 4 BR, 3 BA, finished throughout. nearly 4000 sq. ft.

BUILDABLE LOT IN RUSHFORD: Build single or multi-family. $24,800

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709 Johnson Ct., Rushford 4 BR, 2 BA: All finished! Great room w/frpl.; heated gar., mnfl. laundry, open floor plan.

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open house Sat., april 5 • 10:15-11:15am

Very appealing 3 bedrooms 2 bath home with lots of character & charm. Original woodwork, hardwood floors, arched doorways, formal dining room, updated kitchen w/oak cupboards and partially finished lower level with family room. New asphalt drive and landscaping stone around the house. Single car garage, storage shed, and permanent siding on house, garage & storage shed.

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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

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

open house Sat., april 5 • 12:45-1:45pm

Very well maintained 3 bdrm, 2 bath home. Updates include new siding, shingles & gutters, new sidewalk & part of driveway, freshly painted interior, new flooring & updated light fixtures. The eat in kitchen is open & bright. The lower level has a separate laundry area, family room, 3/4 bath with shower and workshop room with work bench. Recent assessments have been paid in full. Excellent location close to park & swimming pool. Move in ready!

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!

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$109,900 215 5th St. Se, ChatField




Todd Hadoff



open house Sat., april 5 • 11:30-12:30pm Beautiful ranch style home in mint condition. New laminate flooring in kitchen, dining room and hallway. Hardwood floors in bedrooms and new carpet in living room. Lower level finished with family room, storage area, laundry & 3/4 bath with shower. Also, workshop area with workbench. 2 car attached garage with cement drive. Seller will be replacing shingles spring 2014. Priced to Sell!!!


226 Silver St. S., wYKoFF A Lot of Character • Wood Floors • Formal Living • Dining Room • Large Enclosed Porch • Mud Room • Foyer • French Doors • New Furnace • C/A • New Roof • 6’ Privacy Fence • New Appliances • Updated Electrical Box • 2+ Attached Garage • All Landscaped

liSt Your propertY with todd!

2110 peterSen dr. nw, Stewartville

Townhouse • 3 Bedroom • 2 Baths • Fireplace Open Floor Plan • Deck • Appliances • 2 car attached garage


1431 2nd ave. Sw, roCheSter

Mint Ranch Home • 3 bedrooms main floor • 2 baths • Wood Floors • Steel Siding • 2 Car Garage • New LOTS FOR SALE Carpet • Freshly Painted • New Furnace • Updated ChatField - Fingerson & Donahoe - 1st Electrical Box

Subdivison - Lots Starting At - $29,900

$110,000 $203,900 107 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



26011 Gladiola lane, laneSboro

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


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



702 viKinG ave., laneSboro

$146,900 3 large bedrooms • 2 full baths • Wood floors • 804 auburn ave. S, laneSboro Remodeled & updated • Maple cabinets • Master Bath 189 blueJaCK lane Se, roCheSter & w/in closet • Formal Living Room • Formal Dining Ranch Home On Large Lot • Open Floor Plan • Main Floor Laundry • Private Deck • 2+Garage • Large 2 bedrooms • 3 baths • Open floor plan • Living room w/fireplace • Dining Room • Gas Fireplace • Private Patio • 840 sq ft room • Master bath • Walk-in closet • 2-car garage • Dead end street Lower Level Family Room garage • Vinyl siding • 2 city lots (.48/acre)


45742 Cty 29, Mabel

Craftsman Style 2009 custom built ranch on 10 acres. Cabinets, floors, & millwork by local craftsman. LL finished with family room, office, & ¾ bath. Private patio & front porch. Geothermal heating. Professionally landscaped with perennials and vegetable gardens, cedar fencing. Detached multi 2 cars, shop & storage space, pole shed,& small barn. $247,500




230 2nd ave. SW, HarMonY


145 2nD ave. Se, HarMonY




118 Main St. S, Mabel

Excellent Condition. Retail & office space. 2 parking spaces on property. Full kitchen, laundry, & bath onsite. Opportunity for landlord or supplementing your own business with additional income.$68,000

600 4th St. ne, HarMonY

On Golf Course. 1 ½ Story home on private 3 acres. Eat in kitchen with good sized living room. Bedroom, bathroom & laundry on main floor. Second bedroom and den on upper level. Large 2 car attached garage. Rural zoning. $80,000

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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

Just move in and enjoy! 2 bedroom home neatly updated with interior paint, flooring, kitchen counter, electrical service panel, deck, and windows. Permanent siding, central air, carport and deck! $49,900

210 Center Street W, HarMonY Timeless treasure. Turn of the century 2 story 4 bedroom home. Original woodwork,9 ft. ceilings, pillars, decorative moldings, hardwood floors, and original cabinetry. 1 ½ bath, full basement, walk up attic, CA, 3 season porch, deck, and flower gardens. $89,900

400 Spring St. nW, PreSton

Multi-level 3 bedroom home. Beautiful hickory cabinets in kitchen with center island. Tile floors, vaulted living areas, 6 panel doors, and new appliances. Fenced yard. Attached garage is heated. CA (2011), water heater and water softener (2013). $95,000

609 elizabeth St. Se, PreSton

Spacious ranch home with updated paint, lighting, and Live on the edge of town with country, wooded views and flooring. Open & bright. 3 bedrooms and full bath on main enjoy a large yard with mature trees. Home office, main floor. Master has double closets. Lower level has family floor living & great deck. Shingles 2010, siding 2011, furnace room, laundry with 3/4 bath and large storage area. Large 2011 & central air 2011. Updated circuit breaker. 2 car detached garage is 28 x 32. Great location!

CoMMerCial buildinG – laneSboro Unlimited potential for this completely updated building with high traffic area and 2 accesses. All brick exterior, arched windows, finished 3 levels, large apartment. Ideal for retail or bar/restaurant. Formally Olivia’s Attic. $269,900

400 Dupont St., laneSboro



Efficient! 2 bedroom - 2013 built. cottage. Mocha birch cabinets, granite counter with breakfast bar, engineered hardwood. Beautiful view of North Bluff. Laundry & storage areas in the lower level. 9 x 16 deck & CA. Super location for retreat or daily living. $65,000



615 1st ave. SW, HarMonY

Excellent Condition ranch home on edge of Harmony. 2 bedrooms and bath on main floor. Many updates, good sized living areas, CA, recessed lighting. Attached garage, great yard with 14 x 14 deck, garden space and country views. $80,000

15413 Cty 9, PreSton

Affordable 2 bedroom home, updates include paint, flooring, lighting, bathroom, windows plus furnace, CA. Full basement with laundry and storage. Roof 2013. Large detached garage. Greenleafton offers affordable living with country views. $55,000

26205 Gladiola ln., laneSboro

214 n elm St., Mabel

10277 Cty 116, GranGer

2 bedroom ranch 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, private well, good sized 2 car garage. Offers welcome. $45,000


150 5 St. ne, HarMonY Inviting 3 bedroom home with wood floors. Freshly painted in 2013. Many updates 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. Corner lot. Pried to sell! $56,000

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. Get $5,000 cash back/EDA incentive. $14,900


100 1st Street S, Canton


Very well cared for 3 bedroom home on a nice lot with mature trees. Open floor plan, CA & deck. Mature trees Great location few blocks from golf course and Roof River trail access. $57,500

Beautiful setting & great location -5 bedroom 3 bathroom home is immaculate. Open floor plan. Master with en-suite & walk in closet. Lower level offers a huge family room, walk out, full size windows, 2 bedrooms & bath. Insulated extralarge garage. Garden area and wooded backyard! Approx 3.56 acres. $299,900

XXX 3rD ave. Se, HarMonY lots for Sale!



605 lincoln St. Se, PreSton

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

Kelsey Bergey Real Estate Agent Office 507-886-4221






25 Center St. W, Harmony, MN 55939 • Toll Free: 888-839-2142 Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

3 AC

2 bedroom bungalow with high ceilings, original wood floors. Open dining to living. Walk up attic. High ceilings in basement. Vinyl siding, shingles 4 years, boiler 5 years. Large 3 season front porch. Seller invites your offer. $41,900

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

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

221 E. FARmER St., SPRING VALLEY $79,900


open house Sat., april 5 • 9-10am

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!


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

715 North Broadway (Home Federal Bldg.), Spring Valley, MN Email - 705 FORD AVE., SPRING VALLEY $102,000 REDUCED!


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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.


215 5th St. SW, HarMonY

Mint Condition Home on Edge of Town: Ranch home with walk out basement offers both the amenities of quality small town living with country views. Smart floor plan with eat in kitchen and large living room, patio door leads out to stamped patio. 2 car garage.


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Grass hay for sale, small squares $5/bale. Straw for sale, $4/bale. 507-2737336. f31,7-x

Buying gold and silver bars, coins, rings, diamonds, pocket watches, silver dollars, rare coins, rare currency, $5.00, $10.00, $20.00 gold coins. Krugerands, sterling silver sets, anything marked 10-k, 14-k, 18-k, .925. Any gold or silver item. Compare prices before you sell. Will travel to buy large collections. 32 years at same retail location. Fairmont, Minnesota, Kuehl’s. 507-2353886. w31-x

Thank you to all who remembered me on my 90th birthday. Thanks to so many of you who came to my open house, and all who sent me cards through the mail and telephone calls. A special thanks to my family for planning such a special day. I enjoyed it so much. God Bless! Lois Peterson t31-o ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

BILL’S GUN SHOP. Buy, sell, trade, and repair. We are your local MUCK BOOT dealer. Hours: 7pm-10pm M-F, Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday by appointment. 1 1/4 miles south of Carimona, 19708 Kava Rd. Preston. 507-765-2762 s10eow- o WINDOWS! $329 WINDOWS! Includes installation. Any size double hung. Triple pane. Lifetime warranty, Energy Star. Call 888/690-9892 or visit MCAN SAWMILLS from only $4897.00 Make & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info/DVD: 800/5781363 Ext.300N www.NorwoodSawmills. com MCAN

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ProFlowers – Send Bouquets for Any Occasion. Birthday, Anniversary or Just Because! Take 20 percent off your order over $29! Go to http://www. or call 1-866-9832204 (MFPA) OPEN HOUSE, Friday & Saturday, March 28th & 29th, 9AM-6PM & Sunday, March 30th, 10AM-4PM. Golf season is just around the corner. Special Pricing on over 100 new and gently used Golf Cars, including New Yamaha’s - Electric or Fuel Injected Gas Cars, Plus Accessories to customize your new or existing car. Serving Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Cake and Refreshments. Check out the areas largest selection of Golf Cars! Sale Prices end on March 30th, 2014. Mel’s Golf Cars, 132 Garfield Ave. S., Albert Lea, MN (Just South of Kwik Trip). 507-4382705. s31-x

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SMALL SQUARE BALES of hay and straw for sale. Excellent quality. Round bales of straw for sale. Call 507-2512870. f31,7,14,21-o FOR SALE: Clean RYE STRAW. 500 lb round bales, net wrapped, stored inside. Jeff Thompson 507-259-3773, Harmony, MN. f31,7,14-o MBCI Bull Test Sale April 4th 6:30 Jackson, MN. Check out lot 51! Calving ease with big growth, very docile temperament. 507-251-9689. f31-x FOR SALE: Large net wrapped cornstalk bales. $32 per bal. 507-272-9046. f31,7x 3’X3’X8’Alfalfa/Grass. 200+ small square, no rain. 507-421-6050. f31,7,14-x Millers Viewlawn Angus for sale. Private treaty. Yearling bulls and heifers. For your next investment call Larry or Chris 507-743-8370. f17,24,31x FOR SALE: 80 bails of hay. Call 507460-9886 or 507-765-2309. f24,31- x

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Wanted: Cars, trucks, buses, and semi trailers, running or not. Serving SE MN and northern IA. Luke Junge, Preston, MN. Call 507-259-4556. w30tfno WANTED: 2 BEDROOM house to rent in Fillmore or Houston County. Senior couple. Non-smokers, no pets. Call 541347-5444 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. w10,17,31,7x PICKUP TRUCKS NEEDED NOW! Move RV trailers from Indiana and delivery all over the USA and Canada. Many trips headed West! Go to: MCAN


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To all of you good friends who have remembered me since my hip surgery with prayers, visits, cards and treats, a huge thank you. How blessed can one be? Thanks for all our family has done for me and Wendell for being my tender loving care taker. God bless you all. Cleo Mensink t31-x Printed with Soy ink ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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The family of Eldor E. Rahn would like to express a sincere thank you to the relatives, friends and neighbors for the prayers, visits, phone calls, flowers, and memorials at the time of Eldor’s illness and death. A special thank you to Pastor Pat Hinkie and Pastor Kerry Eversole for their support, prayers, and visits; to the ladies of the Highland Lutheran Church for the wonderful lunch; the Mayo Clinic ICU care team for their excellent care of Eldor as well as the kindness and support provided Honor Guard for the graveside memorial service in Eldor’s honor. Ardis Rahn and Family t31-o ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The family of Kay Laging wishes to thank Pastor Teresa Roberts for her caring and concerned visits and prayer with Kay. And for the wonderful service at the Rochester Congregational Church U.C.C. The family thanks Seasons’ Hospice for their time with Kay. The Spring Valley Skilled Nursing Home provided kind, capable and compassionate care to Kay, most especially Karen, Pat and Ashley who loved her. Our thanks go to all the relatives and friends who visited or called Kay and supported the family during this sad time. Kay loved you all. Our thanks and appreciation go to Jeff Thauwald and the Thauwald Funeral Home. God bless you all. t31-o ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FROM THE FAMILY OF Linda Olson. Thank you to Pastor Loel Wessel for his comforting words and blessings. Thank you to family and friends for all your help and loving support. Thank you for all the cards, memorials, food and flowers. God Bless you. We sincerely appreciate it all. Vince, Tim & Tomi Olson t31-o ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




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State of Minnesota county of fillmore district court third judicial district case type: other-QUiet title Court File No. 23-CV-14-202 Summons Summit Ag Fund I, LLP, Plaintiff -vs. Decatur D. Colman; Decatur B. Coleman; O Dow Colman; Wm. R. Jones, William R. Jones; John D. Williams; Daniel Williams; William W. Williams; Mary Ellen Thomas; Robert W. Hughes, Mrs. G. G. Thomas, R.T. Jones, John H. Roberts; Albert H. Finckh; Rachael Jane Finckh; Russel Biel; Harvey L. Biel; Mary Biel; Louis Biel; Amanda Biel; Martha Biel; Helmut J. Ullrich, Michael t. Hagan; Lisa J. Hagan; Bruce Dornink; Barbara Dornink; MidFirst Bank, State Savings Bank; Secretary of Housing & Urban Development; Albert Yoder; Mary Oder, Harvey H. Yoder, Clara Ann Yoder; Albert H. Yoder; Mary L. Yoder, Willard Borntreger; Amanda Borntreger; Samuel W. Borntreger; Magdalena Borntreger; Duane Bushman; Shirley Bushman; Rudy L. Gingerich; Anna S. Gingerich; Kanute Oleson; Jane Oleson, Lewis Alexon, Anne Alexon, Knud Oleson; Julia Oleson; Zacharias Iverson; Iver Zacharias; Susan Zacharias; Ole Tistleson; Mary Tistelson; Ole T. Hofto; Torgier O. Kjeeleberg; Guro Kerelie; Turi Kerkelie; Annie Thieme; Theressa Thieme; O.T. Hofto; Betsy Hofto; Charles B. Thieme; M.F. Thieme; Sven E. Kirkelie; Gure Kirkelie; Arnie E. Kirkelie; Anon Kjelsberg; Torger Kjelsberg; Albert Domrud; Maline Domrud; t. S. Brokken; Samuel Domrud, N.G. Sollie; H.K. Dahly; Halver K. Dahl; Ole Bergenson; Salva Olson; Albert Swinburne; Silve Olson; Soly Olson; Gro Olson; Knud Halvorson; Salve Olson; Esais Knudson; Esaias Knudtson; Ludwig Schultz; Halvor K. Dahly; Jane H. Dahly; Johannas H. Dahly; Ole H. Dahly; Edward H. Dahly; Henry H. Dahly; Kathryn E. Dahly; Ole Farreehen; Sarah Farreehen; G. Morris; Ole Torgerson; Gershom Morris; Sarah Morris; Ole K. Johnson; Aleda Johnson; William Parry; Mary Parry; Knute H. Dahly; Olena Dahly; L.E. Thorp; Chas. Hettler; Geo. W. Hettler; Belle M. Thorp; George W. Hettler; Marguerite Hettler; Harold Dahly; Anna Marion Dahly; H.K. Dahly; Marion J. Meinen formerly Marion Dahly; Cecil W. Meinen; Luther College; Anna Marie Dahly; Jane H. Dahly; Ole Oleson; Thor Olson; Thor Oleson; Thore Olson; Reuben Wells; Turina Peterson; Thor

Olson; Edwin Crowell; Mary Sloan; Betsey C. Prudy; Isaac Gregory; K.J. Husevold; Turine Husevold; Peter K. Peterson; Henry Halvorson; Peter “H” Peterson; Knud Halvorson; Knud Halvorsen; Ole Tustison; Ole Tosteson; Ole Beyrgeson; Soly Olson; Halvor K. Dahle; H.K. Dahly; Johannes H. Dahly; Ole Oleson; Eleanor Davis Larick; Richard D. Larick; Gene A. Tesmer; Diane K. Tesmer; Mark L. Biel; Pamela D. Biel; Allen Tesmer; Deloris E. Tesmer; Burton E. Ingvaldson; Janice M. Ingvaldson; Carlton H. Bakken; Kevin M. Langreck; Leslie M. Schoppers; Tina L. Schoppers; David R. Junge; Mary E. Waldron-Junge; Stacy Bushman; Bushman Family Farms, Inc.; Aaron Klingsheim; Luann Kingsbury; William Kevin Jones; Florence Evelyn Jones a/k/a F. Evelyn Jones; David R. Junge; The Kaster Family, LLC; Tim Freerksen; Kenda Freerksen; Rays Farm LLC; Grover Farms, Inc.; Eddie F. Yoder; Mary M. Yoder; Daniel Detweiler; Vernie Detweiler a/k/a Verna Detweiler; Delbert Burton Ihns, Jr.; Lela Louise Ihns; Jerrold A. Tesmer; Kathryn J. Tesmer; Kevin R. Biel; Kelly J. Biel; Robert R. Biel; Eunice A. Biel; Nagel’s Rolling Acres LLC; Harvey D. Gingerich; Eva J. Gingerich; EcoHarmony West Wind, LLC; also all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, interest, or lien in the real estate described in the complaint herein, including the heirs at law and legatees and devisees of any of the foregoing Defendants who are deceased, Defendents. 1. You are being sued. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. The Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is attached to this summons. Do not throw these papers away. They are official papers that affect your rights. You must respond to this lawsuit even though it may not yet be filed with the Court and there may be no court file number on this summons. 2. You must reply within 20 days to protect your rights. You must give or mail to the person who signed this Summons a written response called an Answer within 20 days of the date on which you received this summons. You must send a copy of your Answer to the person who signed this Summons located at: Springer & Gumbel, P.A. 141 West Fillmore St. P.O. Box 469 Preston, MN. 55965

3. you must respond to each claim. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your answer. 4. you will lose your case if you do not send a written response to the complaint to the person who signed the summons. If you do not Answer within 20 days, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the Complaint. If you do not want to contest the claims stated in the Complaint, you do not need to respond. A default judgment can then be entered against you for the relief requested in the Complaint. 5. legal assistance. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, the Court Administrator may have information about places where you can get legal assistance. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still provide a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case. 6. alternative dispute resolution. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint even if you expect to use alternative means of resolving this dispute. 7. this lawsuit may affect or bring into question title to real property located in fillmore county, state of minnesota: See Exhibit A attached hereto and made a part hereof The object of this action is to determine that the defendants have no right, title, estate, interest, or lien in or on the above described real estate. notice of no personal claim. No personal claim is made against any of the defendants in the action above entitled. By: /s/ Scott K. Springer Scott K. Springer (#0313695) Springer & Gumbel, P.A. 141 W. Fillmore St. P.O. Box 469 Preston, MN. 55965 Phone: 507-765-3600 Facsimile: 507-765-3629 Attorneys for Plaintiff, Summit Ag Fund I, LLP

exhibit a All that part of Section 25-T101N-R12 W Printed on and all that part of the Northwest Quarter recycled PaPer Section 30-T101N-R11W, Fillmore County, Minnesota, described as follows: Commencing at the Southwest Corner of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 25; thence North 00 degrees 11 minutes 17 seconds East a distance of 1955.51 feet, on assumed bearing on the West line of said Southwest Quarter, to a point 656.72 feet South of the Northwest corner of said Southwest Quarter; thence South 89 degrees 35 minutes 27 seconds East a distance of 663.26 feet, parallel with the North line of said Southwest Quarter; thence North 00 degrees 11 minutes 43 seconds East a distance of 656.72 feet, to a point on the South line of said Northwest Quarter of said Section 25; thence North 89 degrees 35 minutes 27 seconds West a distance of 663.34 feet, on the South line of said Northwest Quarter, to the Southwest corner of said Northwest Quarter; thence North 00 degrees 05 minutes 18 seconds East a distance of 661.67 feet, on the West line of said Northwest Quarter; thence South 89 degrees 48 minutes 53 seconds East a distance of 980.47 feet, along an existing fence; thence South 89 degrees 58 minutes 09 seconds East a distance of 1002.94 feet, along an existing fence; thence south 89 degrees 31 minutes 58 seconds East a distance of 674.04 feet, along an existing fence, to a point on the West line of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 25; thence North 00 degrees 21 minutes 06 seconds East a distance of 646.71 feet, on the West line of said Northeast Quarter; thence South 89 degrees 50 minutes 44 seconds East a distance of 2649.02 feet, along an existing fence, to a point on the West line of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 30; thence North 00 degrees 01 minutes 12 seconds East a distance of 675.47 feet, on the West line of said Northwest Quarter, to a point 658.06 feet south of the Northwest corner of said Northwest Quarter; thence North 88 degrees 37 minutes 51 seconds East a distance of 637.86 feet; thence North 00 degrees 10 minutes 42 seconds West a distance of 654.96 feet to a point on the North line of said Northwest Quarter, said point being 635.52 feet East of the Northwest corner of said Northwest Quarter; thence North 88 degrees 54 minutes 20 seconds East a distance of 688.05 feet, on the North line of said Northwest Quarter, to a point of 1402.28 feet West of the Northeast corner of said Northwest Quarter; thence along an existing fence, as follows: South 00 degrees 01 minutes 12 seconds West a distance of 2658.01

feet; South 88 degrees 42 minutes 26 seconds West a distance of 1304.97 feet; North 89 degrees 43 minutes 45 seconds West a distance of 1070.68 feet; South 89 degrees 56 minutes 10 seconds West a distance of 1586.16 feet; North 49 degrees 20 minutes 30 seconds West a distance of 16.50 feet; North 88 degrees 44 minutes 36 seconds West a distance of 427.85 feet; North 89 degrees 37 minutes 29 seconds West a distance of 351.38 feet; South 89 degrees 50 minutes 29 seconds West a distance of 448.97 feet; North 55 degrees 54 minutes 12 seconds West a distance of 69.76 feet; North 74 degrees 10 minutes 09 seconds West a distance of 61.34 feet; South 00 degrees 01 minutes 28 seconds West a distance of 763.60 feet; South 89 degrees 05 seconds East a distance of 1335.60 feet, to a point on the East line of said Southwest Quarter; South 00 degrees 12 minutes 44 seconds West a distance of 1916.70 feet, on the East line of said Southwest Quarter to the Southeast corner of said Southwest Quarter; thence North 89 degrees 43 minutes 19 minutes 54 seconds West a distance of 2652.36 feet, on the South line of said Southwest Quarter, to the point of beginning; subject to highway easement on the North, South and West sides thereof; also subject to an easement for ingress and egress over, under and across the South 53 feet of the West 1320 feet of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 25. Publish 31, 7, 14

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FILLMORE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION The Fillmore Cemetery Association annual meeting will be April 5, 2014, at 9 a.m. in the Fillmore Free Methodist Church. Wayne Winslow, President Publish 24, 31

NOTICE OF State line cemetery Association annual meeting The annual meeting of the State Line Cemetery Association will be held on April 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the State Line Church, 3067 State Line Road, Cresco, Iowa. Publish 24, 31

ARENDAHL TOWNSHIP ROCK QUOTES The Arendahl Township Board will accept quotes on crushed rock which meets state specifications. Quotes are to be on a per yard basis, also for rock to be picked up at the quarry by the Township. Certificate of Insurance must accompany all quotes. Quotes are to be sent or delivered to the Township Clerk on or before 7:00pm, April 7, 2014. The board reserves the right to reject any or all quotes. Keith Brown 32060 Furrow Road Lanesboro, MN 55949 Publish 24,31

Forestville township bid notice Sealed bids will be received until 7:30 p.m. on April 15, 2014 by the Township Clerk on behalf of the Forestville Town Board for the following: Class 2 road rock that meets MN Dept. of Transportation specifications, with the bidder to have the ability to deliver 100 - 1,000 tons per day anywhere in the township at the Board’s request, and delivery prior to June 15. Quarry site must be specified in the bid. All other road rock including breaker run rock and 2 ½” rock with fines to be delivered and spread anywhere in the township at the Board’s request. All bids must be per ton for rock.  All bids must be per ton for delivery. Also, accepting quotes for grading and/or snowplowing.  Quotes are to be on a per hour basis.  All work to be done at the Board’s request and be acceptable to the Board. Also, accepting bids for township roadside mowing/two times per year, bids for roadside brush cutting, subject to specified locations at Supervisors request, and bids for mowing of the township hall property. All bids must accompany a Certificate of Insurance for Workers Compensation, Public Liability and Property Damage Insurance. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any defects. Please mark envelopes as “Bid Enclosed.” Bids will be opened at the regular monthly meeting on April 15, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Forestville Town Hall.  All bidders or representatives are invited to attend the bid opening. Connie Morger Clerk 20967 212th Street Preston, MN 55965 Publish 24, 31

SumNer Presbyterian Cemetery annual meeting is April 6 at 5 pm at Sumner Center UM Church. Potluck supper follows the meeting. n31-o

Rock Quotes Newburg Township Newburg Township is now accepting bids for crushed rock to be delivered and spread upon township roads as needed or loaded at the pile. Bids must be in the hands of the clerk by 8 p.m. on April 10, 2014. The township reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Genette Halverson Township Clerk Publish 24, 31

Request for Quotes Fountain Township The Fountain Township Board of Supervisors is requesting quotes for the following: Class II road rock on a per ton basis for quarry pickup and or to be delivered and spread within the Township at the Supervisor’s discretion. Blading, trucking, and snow removal on a per hour basis. Quote must be accompanied by an equipment list. All quotes must be accompanied by a certificate of insurance. All quotes must be delivered in an envelope marked “Quote Enclosed” and be in the hands of the Clerk by 6 p.m., April 2, 2014. Quotes will be opened at the April 3, 2014 regular meeting at the Fountain Fire Hall beginning at 8 p.m. The board reserves the right to reject any or all quotes. Dan Graskamp Clerk 814 Miller Lane SE Stewartville, MN 55976 Publish 17, 24, 31

norway township rock quotes Norway Township is accepting quotes for crushed rock on a per ton basis to be delivered and spread on township roads. Also include a per ton price for crushed rock to be loaded on township truck. Quotes are due by April 15, 2014 and can be mailed to 44005 County RD 10 Rushford MN 55971 or brought to monthly meeting April 15, 2014 7 p.m. at Norway Townhall. Include certificate of insurance with quote. Walter Laumb Norway Township Clerk Publish 31, 7

notice of fillmore county planning comission meeting The Fillmore County Planning Commission will conduct a meeting on the evening of April 10, 2014 in Room 601L in the Fillmore County Courthouse at 101 Fillmore Street Preston, MN starting at 7 p.m. There will be a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance, pertaining to Section 604.03, Conditional Uses in the Ag District. There may also be a discussion of other Zoning topics. Chris Graves Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Publish 31

Summary of Minutes March 11, 2014 County Board Meeting The Fillmore County Board met in regular session at the Courthouse in the City of Preston. All members were present. Also present were the Coordinator/Clerk, and other department heads and staff, citizens, and two members of the press. The following resolutions were adopted by the Board: RESOLUTION 2014-013: Preconception Health Grant Program from MN Department of Health The Board approved the following agenda items: • the amended agenda. • the following Consent Agenda: 1. March 4, 2014 County Board minutes. 2. Payments of ambulance appropriations. • renewal of hauler license for William Hanson Waste Removal. • renewal of hauler license for S&S Sanitation. • renewal of hauler license for Richard’s Sanitation. • renewal of hauler license for Waste Management of Rochester. • renewal of hauler license for Harter’s Trash and Recycling. • purchase of replacement passport printer and a slave flash. • reallocate money that was dedicated to 2014 Semcac Retired & Senior Volunteer Program program to Senior Dining Program. • hire replacement Social Worker. • “Personal Safety/Threat Awareness/De-Escalation/What Next?” training. • advertise for bids for surface treatment of CSAH 12. • advertise for bridge replacement project SAP 023-599-192 in Beaver Township. • Greenleafton Wastewater Facilitator and County Attorney to solicit a firm to perform legal services for Greenleafton Project. The following Commissioners’ warrants were approved: REVENUE FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, services $730.00 Bakke, Duane, mileage $560.56 Hewlett-Packard Company, asset purchase $921.40 Thomson Reuters-West Payment Center, reference materials $6,253.82 TOTAL REVENUE FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $8,465.78 TOTAL REVENUE FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (46 bills - not listed) $6,700.53 TOTAL REVENUE FUND $15,166.31 ROAD & BRIDGE FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount Baudoin Oil, fuel $2,933.90 Borkowski Towing & Salvage, services $1,068.75 Dave Syverson Freightliner, parts $1,000.66 Hovey Oil Co., Inc., fuel $22,393.17 Olson, Jim, services $3,600.00 Ronco Engineering Co., Inc., parts $4,340.29 $42,505.55 Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., services Western Petroleum Company, supplies $3,366.93 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $81,209.25 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (10 bills - not listed) $858.82 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND $82,068.07 SANITATION FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount TOTAL SANITATION FUND BILLS OVER $500 (none) $0.00 TOTAL SANITATION FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (2 bills - not listed) $457.23 TOTAL SANITATION FUND $457.23 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 31

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notice to contractors COUNTY PROJECTS BIDS CLOSE APRIL 21, 2014 FILLMORE COUNTY, MN Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be accepted by the County Engineer, at the Fillmore County Highway Department, Preston, MN until 1 p.m. on the 21st day of April, 2014, for the following project: SAP 023-612-040: Micro-surfacing, located on CSAH 12, beginning at the Jct. of TH 52 and CSAH 12 east to the Jct. of TH 43 & CSAH 12 in Preston, Amherst & Preble Townships. Major quantities include bituminous material for micro-surfacing, surface course and epoxy striping. Plan and proposal price is $25picked up, and $30 if sent by US mail. Plans, Proposal and Specifications can be examined and obtained from the Fillmore County Highway Department, 909 Houston Street NW, Preston, MN 55965, ph. # 507-765-3854. Request for plans and proposals must be accompanied by a check, draft or a money order, payable to the Fillmore County Treasurer, in the amount mentioned above. Bids submitted must be individually sealed, and identified on the outside for each specific project. A bidder’s bond or a certified check in the amount of at least 5% of the total amount bid and payable must accompany the bid to the Treasurer of Fillmore County. Fillmore County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Dated: March 24, 2014 Ronald Gregg, County Engineer Fillmore County, MN Publish 31, 7, 14

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No. 23-PR-14-201 In Re: Estate of Earl G. Groby Deceased. NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF CO-PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that an Application for Informal Probate of Will and Informal Appointment of Co-Personal Representatives was filed with the Registrar, along with a Will dated January 30, 2009. The Registrar accepted the application and appointed Loren Fretland of 5434 Nicklaus Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901, and Julie Gade of PO Box 3, Fountain, MN 55935 to serve as co-personal representatives 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 representatives must be filed with the Court after notice is provided to interested personsof the date of hearing on the objection. Unless objections are filed, and unless the Court orders otherwise, the personal representatives have 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: 3/17/14 /s/ James D. Attwood Registrar James D. Attwood Court Administrator LUHMANN LAW, LLC Dwight D. Luhmann - MN# 0300238 P.O. Box 87 Preston, MN 55965 T: 507-216-6622 F: 507-216-6033 E-mail: Publish 24, 31

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STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No.: 23-PR-14-224 In Re: Estate of DUANE G. SHANKS, 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 January 23, 2013. The Registrar accepted the application and appointed Denise Shanks, whose address is 913 River Street, Decorah, Iowa 52101, 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. § 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. Date: 3/25/14 /s/ James D. Attwood Registrar James D. Attwood Court Administrator CORSON LAW OFFICES, LLC Steven Corson #18995 117 St. Paul Street SW PO Box 65 Preston, MN 55965 Telephone: 507-765-2121 Facsimile: 507-765-2122 e-mail: Publish 31, 7

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R-P students participate in Tri State Honor Band On Saturday March 1st, students from Rushford-Peterson Middle School attended the Tri State Honor Band in Decorah, Iowa. Two bands consisting of 120 members each rehearsed all day and gave a wonderful concert in the evening. Representing R-P in the 7th grade band were Lauren Lawston on tenor sax and Cameron Johnson on bari sax. In the 8th grade band Anna Kjos and Hannah Ledebuhr represented R-P both playing clarinet. They had a busy day full of rehearsals and instruction with time set aside for lunch, dinner and time to visit. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the festival, and for the occasion two new works were commissioned by composer Rick Kirby who also acted as guest conductor for the day. Along with Mr. Kirby, Decorah High School band director James Fritz conducted, he has been host to the festival since it began in 1994 and will be retiring this s47 schools coming together to make music.

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Congratulations to the R-P Speech Team as the new Three Rivers Conference Champions! They have eight members as conference champions in seven categories out of the thirteen categories. Conference champions are Mariah Olson in creative expression, Ashley Brown in extemporaneous reading, Hannah Kopperud in humorous, Elizabeth Wick in prose, Brooke and Bailey Bestul in dramatic duo, Taylor Williams in poetry, and Tovah Schroeder in original oratory. Other medalists were Ellen Nelson second in humorous, Sean Burda third in humorous, Nell Himlie fourth in prose, Emma Eide fourth in storytelling, Ethan Bergen and April Stone fifth in dramatic duo, Brittany Kuss and Kate Klungtvedt sixth in dramatic duo, Ben Maynard fifth in informative, and Aimee Linder tied for fifth in prose. Just out of the medals was Cassidy Meldahl in ninth place in humorous. It was an impressive day for everyone!

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Fillmore County Journal 3.31.14  

The 3.31.14 weekly edition of the Fillmore County Journal.

Fillmore County Journal 3.31.14  

The 3.31.14 weekly edition of the Fillmore County Journal.