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Rebuild VFW event in Spring Valley By R ich Wicks

By K aren R eisner

Everyone around Spring Valley knows that in early October 2017, the Johnny Ringo’s bar burned down, and has been demolished. It’s not as well known that the Spring Valley VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) building, right next to the fire, also incurred significant damages. And for that reason, the VFW is holding a “Rebuild the VFW Benefit Dinner and Auction” on Saturday, April 21 at the Spring Valley Community Center. On a recent afternoon, VFW Post 4114 Commander Steve O’Connor and fundraiser committee member Sarah Kohn sat down to share the details of their upcoming event. A dinner will be served from 4-7 p.m., and a silent auction from 4-6 p.m. There will also be a live auction starting at 5 p.m. The dinner will include chili and fixings, garlic toast, dessert and beverage. Those attending the dinner are asked to make a freewill offering. O’Connor added, “And I just found out today, See REBUILD VFW Page 3 

County to discontinue homecare, votes on veterans home site

After a lengthy discussion, commissioners decided to discontinue public health homecare at their April 10 meeting. Clients and homecare employees will be notified of the county’s intention to transition to private companies over the next few months. The target date to complete the transition is July 1. During this period home health staff and clients will have time to select another homecare agency. Homecare services include skilled nursing (injections, wound care, blood draws), home health (personal care, very minimum housework) and homemaker services (cleaning, laundry, errands). Erickson was misquoted in the April 9 issue of the Fillmore County Journal. Her comment was that “homemaker” services are hard to find in Fillmore County, not “homecare” services as it was reported. Commissioner Duane Bakke

asked Jessica Erickson, director of nursing, to provide weekly updates during the transition process. The motion to discontinue homecare services was approved. Commissioner Marc Prestby voted no. Prestby zealously argued that by discontinuing homecare services we will be driving costs up for clients. Private entities will not provide a service if they can’t make a profit. They have to make a profit to stay in business. He continued, “One of the core functions of government is to serve the vulnerable.” These services allow the elderly to stay in their homes. The cost of homecare services provided by the county have not been entirely covered by revenue sources, including state, federal, and private insurance. In 2016 and 2017 the homecare services deficits were covered by levy dollars ($63,000 and $79,000 respecSee COUNTY BOARD Page 3 

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Sarah Kohn and Steve O’Connor hope to send their fundraising rocket into orbit on April 21, 2018. Photo by Rich Wicks

Spring Valley assessments mulled By R ich Wicks

reasons that their assessments should be decreased. The council took no action regarding the Kovarik property, so that Hoff can set up a time to re-check her home. Council members present for the meeting included Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk Jessy Betts, and City Administrator Deb ZimSee SPRING VALLEY Page 9 

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there’s going to be a musical jam session” (during the event). O’Connor said he was gone much of the winter, but the committee came up with the idea of doing something to raise funds, and he said they wisely went ahead and started the ball rolling, rather than awaiting his return. Kohn shared that a GoFundMe page was started,

but then the committee realized a dinner and auction would be a better way to get the entire community involved. Kohn said one of the benefits of the GoFundMe page, besides the actual funds raised, was just getting more public awareness of the VFW’s need. Sharing some history, O’Connor stated that, “Johnny Ringo’s used to be the VFW. We owned the bar. And at some

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choice for the location of a proposed veterans home in Fillmore County; Preston or Spring Valley. Chairman Mitch Lentz noted that efforts for a veterans home have been ongoing for five or more years. The county board has been encouraged to make a decision on a particular site. Each city provided a packet/information to be used by the commissioners to make a decision. Bakke thanked both cities for their presentations. He proceeded to point out that Preston has been working on this since 2013 and is the location of the Fillmore County Veterans Services Office, the Servicemen’s Club, and the State Veterans Cemetery. Lodging and tourism activities are available. Sixteen letters of support were included in the packet, 12 of those from veterans organizations. Bakke added that the proposed site is on a bluff top, a beautiful location. Dahl said he was glad to represent a county that values veterans and would support either city. Lentz commented that a veterans home located within the county will be a huge benefit to veterans. He favored Spring Valley because the proposed location of a home would be incorporated in the growth pattern of the city. Commissioner Gary Peterson addressed the veterans and other people in attendance working to get a veterans home in the county. “I am proud of you that have been working on this.” Bakke, Prestby, and Dahl voted for Preston. Lentz and Peterson voted for Spring Valley. A motion to approve the resolution in support of a proposed veterans home to be located in Preston was approved unanimously by roll call vote. Lentz thanked everyone for the work they have done and the work that will continue to be done.

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The resolution makes it clear there is no statutory or legislative language that requires the county board to make the decision and the county has no legal decision making authority over either municipality. Preston and Spring Valley expected the county board to make the decision and agree to abide by the board’s decision. Bakke reported on a meeting of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs that occurred on April 9. There are 1,058 federally designated beds in Minnesota; currently there are 824 leaving 234 as the current bed availability. Federal grants for construction of new homes provide up to 65% requiring at least a 35% match. Demand for grant funding exceeds available funding. There is a rolling priority list. If Minnesota were to provide construction funding for a new home during the 2018 session and if included on a 2020 priority list, a facility could be completed by 2025. The estimated cost for a new 72 bed facility is $62.5 million ($40.7 South million federal and $21.9 million state). This does not include predesign costs, land, and infrastructure. Other business in brief • Alcon Construction, the low bidder, was awarded two bridge replacement projects, one each in Sumner and Carrolton Townships. The bid was $317,927.56, which is under the engineer’s estimate of $387,609. • The Minnesota Annual County Boat and Water Safety Grant agreement renewal for 2018 was approved ($2,838). Sheriff Tom Kaase noted the funds will be used for education and enforcement. • A quote not to exceed $4,918 from Winona Heating and Ventilating, Inc. was approved for courthouse roof preventative maintenance.

tively). Commissioner Randy Dahl asked Erickson what the county cost would be in the coming year if the county continues to provide homecare. Erickson didn’t have a way to estimate that. County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman noted Erickson has contacted three private companies, adding there are more private companies that could provide services. She said it is important to distinguish between public health Kids in Fountain scramble and light housekeeping. There are some programs that help with to find Easter eggs homemaking. A lot of programs will not pay for homemaking services. Erickson explained private companies are willing to take on home health aide and look at some homemaker services. Erickson noted home health aide visit numbers are so low compared to home making visit numbers. Private companies are not generally willing to take on just straight homemaking clients. MDAN ads to run ONE TIME, the week beginning 4/15/2018 For this reason she said she can’t guarantee everyone will get the homemaking service they are getting now, adding we do not want client care to be affected. She commented that her department does an assessment every year on all of our case management clients. All three of the private agencies The Easter Bunny came to Fountain on Saturday, March are willing to consider homemak31 for the annual Easter egg hunt. Golden eggs were found by ing if the client has home health Ainsley Kwajek, Aiden O’Keefe, Carter Lange, Laney Peterson, aide already in place. T.C. Peterson, and Rafe Borst. A good time and a great many It was noted that CDCS (coneggs were found by all! sumer directed community supPhoto submitted ports) provides an option which allows the hire of family/friends or a private agency for homemaker services. Other resources for homemaking services could include volunteer groups or private pay. Vickerman insisted we have an amazing staff; they all care about their clients. County homecare staff will likely find employment with private agencies that take on the additional clients. A job fair will be set up for the home health aides with three local homecare providers. Clients will be able to choose between the providers and may follow their current caregiver. County supports Preston for Antenna • Satellite • Cable STARTING AT proposed veterans home site Antenna • Satellite • your Cable Monthly “IN FOCUS” Program Guide with $35 Annual Membership at Vickerman handed each comKSMQ.Org or 507-481-2098 Monthly “IN FOCUS” Program Guide with your $35 Annual Membership at missioner a ballot to vote for his





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C ommentary Jesus Christ...dead or alive? By Aaron Swartzentruber Greenleafton, MN In John chapter 14:2-3 Jesus says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you Aaron unto myself, Swartzentruber that where I am, there ye may be also.” According to Jesus’ own words, He’s alive. Because a dead man can’t prepare anything. Jesus said He will come again. That statement, along with many other Biblical truths, and his personal

encounter with the risen Christ, is most likely how the Apostle Paul understood the fact that Jesus is alive, is The Christ, and is coming back. He’s not twisting or fabricating anything at all by claimimg that. If you want to blame somebody for the living Christ of the Christian faith, you have to blame God. Who is Jesus anyway? Is He God? In John 14:7 Jesus says, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also, and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” Jesus just claimed in that verse that He is God. Not a god, The God. In John 8:58 Jesus says “Before Abraham was, I am.” Verse 59 says, “Then took they (the Jews) up stones to cast at Him.” The Jews knew that He

was claiming to be God, that’s why they thought He was worthy of death. You can believe or not believe what Jesus said, but you can’t say that He didn’t claim to be God. Why do many people deny the ressurection of Jesus? Or why do they so hate the doctrine of His ressurection? Maybe it’s because they know that you can’t hold court if the Judge is dead and if His ressurection is true that means the Judge is alive, and they know that they’re guilty so they frantically trample His ressurection to try to get rid of the guilt. But no matter what they do, the guilt is still there. Well, if that’s you, I have some wonderful news for you. The salvation that the risen Lord Jesus Christ offers to you right now is a gift for the guilty. God nails the handwriting of ordinances that are against you to the cross of Christ if you believe Him and

Devil’s Advocate…Students and teachers By Aaron Bishop Harmony, MN On March 24 we saw the students’ “March for our Lives” promoting safe schools and environments conducive for learning. Resultantly, there’s much talk concerning closing gun show loopholes, improving background Aaron Bishop checks, raising the age non-military trained persons can purchase firearms, and funding for resource officers and/or arming teachers in schools. These are all debatable issues. However, what appears on news feeds are the more drastic far right and far left camEditorial Cartoon

paigns. This, in turn, creates the appearance that you are either for or against the 2nd Amendment, tyranny, taking all guns away, or conversely arming every adult with open carry permits, etc. Tribalism and name-calling begins, and people become swayed toward the extreme ideologies that appear to be the only available schools of thought. Although this negativity may be highlighted as the norm, there really are great efforts from people of all backgrounds to work together or at least disagree respectfully. So, kudos for the children who are marching for what they believe is right and learning their civic rights by using them. Kudos to responsible and level-headed gun owners who recognize there is no legitimate nor serious threat to the 2nd

Amendment by half of America. Kudos for not believing the rhetoric from conspiracy theorists who say each of these attacks on Americans in churches, elementary schools, high schools, concerts, movie theatres are all just a hoax in order for the government to take our guns away. Yes, those people exist. So again, kudos to you! Next, I want to talk about teachers, specifically, the walkouts from teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona. All these states boast low tax rates. With low investments in the state comes low return for the people of the state. Tragically, education is among the first “commodities” to be gutted, whether in programs or teacher’s pay. Consider the workload of a teacher. They are not only the

come to Him. (Colossians 2:14) What if the ressurection is not true? Well then we’re just on our way to a cold, dark, hopeless grave, that’s all. When I was a little boy I used to shutter at that thought. But actually, if we would just die and that was the end of it all, death would be an easy way out. John 5: 28-29 says, “Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth, they that have done good, unto the ressurection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the ressurection of damnation.” Everybody in the graves, believers and unbelievers, will be ressurected, believers to eternal life and unbelievers to eternal, conscious damnation. Don’t misunderstand the scripture, where it says, “They that have done good, to the ressurection of life,” does not mean that if you do

good things you have a chance at eternal life. Romans 3:12 says, “There is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Indeed, by God’s law, the whole world is guilty before Him, according to Romans 3:19. But “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) I don’t know why somebody would choose to stay inside a burning house and perish with it, when, at the cost of somebody else’s life, a path has been cleared for them to escape. And even now the firemen are trying to pull them from the flames but they still refuse. I don’t mean to preach at you. I just want to show you the word of God, so that you might believe. Consider your ways, saith the Lord. Until next time...

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C ommentary Want to help the world? Resolve conflicts By Lee Hamilton In a world riven by tension, there’s one skill that stands above all others: the ability to resolve conflict. It is the paramount challenge of our time. There are so many divisions that fracture our communities, states, and nations, that the ability to create common ground — to bring people together, rather than drive them apart — has become an indispensable political need. I’ve seen Lee H. first-hand its Hamilton importance: in Congress as part of a legislative process that, at least at the time, was mostly focused on resolving differences, and as co-chair of two key national committees that were constituted along partisan lines — the 9/11 Commission and the Iraq Study Group. Here’s what I’ve learned. First, to resolve conflict, you have to be committed to doing just that. When the 9/11 Commission met — at a time when many people just wanted to assign blame for the attacks on our country — we were often encouraged to take a confrontational approach by issuing hundreds of subpoenas that would force officials to testify and to turn over documents. We rejected that approach, in favor of cooperation and dialogue. This enabled us over time to get the access we needed to the people and documents we wanted — and, I’m convinced, made our findings more acceptable to everyone involved. In other words, in order to resolve the conflicts dividing the country, we had to take a non-judgmental posture, search for common ground, and try to develop trust based on how we pursued our work. We succeeded. There’s an old saying, “If you want to go fast, you go alone. If you want to go far, you go together.” That was our experience. There’s another key to resolving conflict: you start with facts. “Facts are stubborn things,” John Adams said, and that’s what makes them so important. They force us to set aside opinions, delay judgment, and start with a mind that is, if not open, at least willing to be persuaded. Focusing on them helps the various parties — Letter about National Donate Life Month... To the Editor, Ah, spring! It’s a time for new growth and hope. Now imagine being a plant that is struggling to stay alive and looking for hope. Suddenly it rains and the fertilizer kicks in and the plant grows and prospers. This is very much like being a patient in need of a transplant. They are struggling to stay alive and then all of a sudden an organ, tissue or bone marrow comes along. The patient now has hope and with the great

which are sometimes very far apart ideologically — find some common ground and develop a relationship that permits them to go forward. Building on that start, it’s crucial to develop collegiality. The social amenities become very important. You don’t want to label people too quickly. You want to get to know them as individuals — if for no other reason than that it’s hard to get mad at somebody you know well. And if you’re serious about resolving conflicts, you’ll be spending a lot of time with the people you’re dealing with, because good communication is crucial. This does not just involve talking. It means listening, asking questions, weighing arguments and options, and probing together whether disagreements can be resolved. This is not easy. I remember, when I was in Congress, driving home at two or three in the morning thinking, “We’ll never agree.” But coming back the next day, and the next, and talking issues over, I almost always saw movement. Compromise is a dirty word for many people, but it’s very hard to resolve conflicts without it. Deals are often necessary. Trying to understand other participants’ problems — and then trying to let everybody leave having gained something — can make the difference between success and failure. It’s tough to give adversaries credit for anything, but it can lead the way to agreement. Finally, it’s important to make sure to include all the parties to a conflict and to address all the core issues — and when in doubt it’s better to include than exclude. People sometimes think they can solve a problem by refusing to talk to some person or group or to ignore a key issue. That’s a formula for failure. Reaching agreement is not the end, but the beginning. I’ve experienced this: there’s the handshake, the smiling photo op...and then the whole thing falls apart. For a resolution to be sustainable, the key players have to be brought into the process and the core issues considered. All of this takes skill, patience and understanding. And these attributes are not as common as they should be. But developing them is worth the effort. Because if you look around, the need for them does not appear to be going away. medical advances available today they can once again enjoy the elements that spring brings. For the transplant patient to have this hope, more people need sign up for being an organ donor. Every day 22 people die while waiting for an organ to be available. Please consider being an organ donor. It is easy to sign up, you can check the box when renewing your driver’s, fishing or hunting license or go to Tammy Danielson Fountain, Minn.

Letter about The Pope’s words... To the Editor, It was recently reported in an Italian newspaper that the Pope stated there was no hell and that bad souls would only disappear. Since this is coming from the head of the Catholic Church, I am very concerned. If he was misquoted or misunderstood, then he should have immediately come out to decry the misunderstanding of his words. Instead, the Vatican gave a response that was “strongly inadequate” as quoted by Cardinal Raymond Burke who serves on the Vatican highest court. The Bible, however, is very clear on the teachings of heaven and hell. In fact, the reason for Jesus to come to earth, to live and die was because of his love for us. He paid the penalty for our sins so that we would be saved from hell. The Pope’s supposed words are troubling in of themselves, but the Vatican’s vague response to the article is even more troubling. Thus we are all left scratching our heads. Jan Poldervaard Spring Valley, Minn.

Letter about Houston County Commissioners... To the Editor, There are some Houston County commissioners who feel the need for an administrator. One commissioner stated that it will ONLY cost Houston County $150,000.00. I reiterate, that is only the beginning. I surmise the administrator will need an administrative assistant or two, with insurance, vacation, sick leave, retirement, etc., then they will need to have office space, office equipment (desks, chairs, file cabinets, etc.), computers, phone lines, internet connections, will be required to attend seminars, most out of town, which will result in compensation for mileage, overnight boarding, meals, and the list goes on

and on. This $150,000.00 position could easily become $250,000.00 to $300,000.00, with all the hidden costs and benefits. Have the commissioners considered the hidden costs just to have someone do the job that they were elected to do? Do ANY Houston County taxpayers feel that they want to have their tax dollars spent in this manner, or could those dollars be spent more wisely by proper staffing in existing positions. An administrator is possibly needed in larger tax based counties with more infrastructure but Houston County is not that large that five elected officials can’t manage efficiently. Deborah Dewey Houston, Minn.

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Obituaries Robert “Bob” Blahnik Robert “Bob” Blahnik, age 72, of Spring Valley passed away Monday, April 9, 2018, at his home. Funeral services for Bob Blahnik were held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2018, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, with Father M a r r e d d y Robert Blahnik Pothireddy officiating. Burial took place at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Rosary service was 4:45 p.m., with visitation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Robert Edward Blahnik was born June 22, 1945, in Austin, Minn., to Fred and Catherine (Snyder) Blahnik. He grew up on a dairy farm near Spring Valley and graduated from Spring Valley High School. Bob enrolled at Rochester Junior College before attending and graduating from Winona State University in 1967 with a teaching degree in education. He worked in the Byron School District teaching Civics, American History, and Driver’s Ed. for a couple years. Bob realized he wanted to further his education so he enrolled at the University of Iowa to study law. He started his law career working for Clem Snyder in Preston in 1972. From 1976 to 1987 Bob dedicated his skills as the “country lawyer” for Spring Valley. In

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1987 he merged his practice with Baulder, Baulder, and Maus law firm until retirement in 2011. On May 5, 1973, he was united in marriage to Patricia Boucsein at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley. Bob enjoyed spending time on his farm, fishing, and reading western novels. He was a good conversationalist and was respected and trusted by all. Bob loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandkids. He was an active member at St. Ignatius Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. Bob was also a member on the Nursing Home Board and Spring Valley Mutual Insurance. Bob is survived by his wife Patricia “Pat” of Spring Valley, children: James (Terri) Blahnik of Mankato, Minn., Joel (Tonya) Blahnik of Rochester, Minn., Jon Blahnik of Owatonna, Minn., Shannon (Kent) Bezdicek of Hokah, Minn., and Emily Blahnik of Rochester; two grandchildren: Jacob and Andrew, three step grandchildren: Matthew, Marshall and Mason; siblings: Rose Van Kirk of Spring Valley, Minn., Richard (Sheila) Blahnik of Winona, Minn., Roger Blahnik of North Branch, Minn., and Tom (Jackie) Blahnik of St. Charles, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. Online condolences may be left at www.hindtfuneralhomes. com. Thomas Fishbaugher Thomas Lester Fishbaugher, age 71, lifelong resident of Fillmore County, Minn., died Sunday, March 11, 2018. at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Thomas M o n d a y , Fishbaugher May 14 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Granger, Minn. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony and from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Inurnment will be 1 p.m. at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn. Thomas was born on May 14, 1946, in Lanesboro, Minn.,

to Francis “Fuzz” and Alberta (Lange) Fishbaugher. He grew up in rural Harmony, Minn., on the family farm and graduated with honors from Harmony High School in May 1964. After graduating high school, Tom attended Winona State College in Winona, Minn., graduating in May of 1968 with a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in bio-chemistry. On December 23, 1968, Thomas married Barbara Lee Matson at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, Minn. Shortly after their marriage, Tom and Barb acquired the farmland and home adjacent to Tom’s parent’s farmland and homestead and raised their family there. Thomas was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War from September 1968 until July 1970. He earned the ranking of Staff Sergeant (E-6), was a member of the First Air Cavalry Division and saw heavy combat while serving in the infantry as a machine gunner. Tom was a sharpshooter while in the Army, becoming an expert with many weapons, including the M-14, M-16 and the M-60. Thomas was a highly decorated veteran and was honorably discharged in 1970, having received a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, 2 Air Medals (for completion of 60-ormore Combat Assaults), Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Campaign Medal, 3 Presidential Citations, and a Decoration of Valor. His photograph/image as a member of the Army can be seen in or on the covers of many Vietnam War related books, magazines and publications and even can still be seen in today’s social media and video games. Upon his return from serving in Vietnam, he resumed the operations of the family farming business alongside his father, Francis. Thomas also was employed for many years at the Granger State Bank of Granger, Minn., and the First Southeastern Bank of Harmony, Minn. Thomas is survived by his daughter Sandra (Kyle) Miller, and two grandchildren, Drew Miller and Paige Miller, all of Kewaskum, Wis.; his son Joseph (Nichole) Fishbaugher, and two stepgrandchildren, Jaden Olson and Mia Mendel, all of Brook-



•Senior Strength & Balance Class, 8:15-9am, Harmony Community Center. 507-272-3731.* •Rushford Food Shelf, 9-11:30am and 12:30-4pm, Tenborg Building, 113 E. Jessie St.* •Preston Food Shelf, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm, 515 Washington St. NW.* •Semcac bus to Rochester, bus picks up for shopping 9:35am, United Methodist Church, Preston; 10am Fountain State Bank. Call (800) 9443874 to ride. •Senior Strength & Balance Class, 10-10:45am, Spring Valley Community Center. 507-272-3731.*

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The Official Legal Newspaper for Fillmore County ings, S. Dak.; his sister Genny Hanson, of Preston, Minn.; and a maternal cousin, Carolyn Kuester, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; two nephews, Keith Hanson of Spring Valley, Minn., and Kyle Hanson, of Cresco, Iowa. He is also survived by his former wife, Barbara (Matson) Fishbaugher, along with many lifelong friends and colleagues (especially Rich Bjortomt and Don Bellingham), and his beloved morbidly obese cat, Earl, who resides in Kewaskum with Sandra’s family. Thomas was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Lester and Clara (Miller) Lange; paternal grandparents Patrick Devine and Ella Mae Fishbaugher; parents Francis “Fuzz” and Alberta (Lange) Fishbaugher; one maternal uncle, Emery Lange; and one maternal aunt, Estelle Lange. Memorials/donations can be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project or to Tom’s grandchildren’s and/or stepgrandchildren’s college funds. “His (Thomas’) life is a testament to the reality that not every name of every serviceman lost in Vietnam appears on the Vietnam Memorial... Thomas, too, was a casualty of war.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Wallace Horihan Wallace “Wally” James Horihan, 81, of Greeley, Colo., died on Friday, February 2, 2018, at Grace Pointe Continuing Care in Greeley. Graveside services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21 in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in rural Mabel. A luncheon will follow at the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel. Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with local arrangements.

Edward Schoenberg Edward Schoenberg, age 90, of Litchfield, died on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the Bethany Care Center. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the JohnsonHa gglund Funeral Home in L it c h f i e l d , Edward with Father Schoenberg Joseph Steinbeisser officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service, with interment in the Ripley Cemetery. Edward Schoenberg, the son of Joseph and Mary (Ellering) Schoenberg, was born on Janury 18, 1928, in Springhill, Minn. Edward lived on and farmed the same farm he was born on, until retirement. While in Spring Hill he was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. On February 7, 1985, he married Audrey Gehrking in St. Cloud. They moved near Rice Lake, by Eden Valley, to manage the campground. They then moved to a hobby farm south of Watkins and lived there for 10 years before moving to Litchfield. Edward moved to Bethany in May, and in July of 2016 a tornado took their trailer home. He was a member of the Church of St. Philip. Edward enjoyed collecting toy tractors, hunting and fishing. He loved farming and raising cows and pigs. His family was very special to him, especially his nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife Audrey Schoenberg of Spring Valley, seven stepchildren, 18 step See OBITUARIES Page 8 

Fillmore County Church Directory Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church……..........Sundays - 9 : 00am 104 W Fillmore Avenue, Canton, MN 55922 (507) 743-2260 Christ Lutheran Church..........………………..........Sundays - 9 : 00am 509 Kansas St NW, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765-2161 Greenf ield Lutheran Church..…..........……….......Sundays - 9 : 00am 235 Main Ave S, Harmony, MN 55939 (507) 886-3272 Our Savior’s Lutheran Church...........Sat. - 5 :30pm & Sun. - 9: 00am 805 S Broadway St, Spring Valley, MN 55975 (507) 346-7251 St. Columban Church.…..…….......………………..Sundays - 10 : 00am 408 Preston St NW # 2, Preston, MN 55965 (507) 765-3886 St. Mary’s Catholic Church...…...................................Sundays - 8:00am 405 Twiford St SW, Chatfield, MN 55923

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grandchildren and several step great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Marlene (Daniel) Jensen of Milaca and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 16 siblings, six in infancy. Please sign our on-line guestbook at www.johnsonhagglund. com. Marlys Tweten Schulte Marlys Tweten Schulte, age 91, of Decorah, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Wellington Place in Decorah, Iowa. Services were held 12 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at Decorah Lutheran Church, Marlys Tweten Decorah, Schulte Iowa, with Rev. Elliott Malm officiating. The Schluter-Balik Funeral Home assisted the family. Marlys Josephine (Lundtvedt) Tweten Schulte was born May 9, 1926, in Glenwood Twp., rural Winneshiek County, IA the daughter of Gunder and Olga (Skaim) Lundtvedt. Marlys was baptized June 6, 1926, and confirmed August 25, 1940, both at Pontopiddan Lutheran Church. She graduated from Decorah High School May 11, 1944. Marlys attended teachers training at Luther College and then taught rural school for three years. She married Selmer Odell Tweten on April 2, 1947, at the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church. Together they had nine children. She was a stay-at-home mother, taking care of her eight children as well as farming with her husband. They operated the Villager Drive Inn, in Canton, Minn., for 10 summers. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing and making silk flowers. Marlys was proud of calling every one of her family members on their birthdays and sending them each a gift at Christmas. Marlys was a member of the First Lutheran Church in

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Mabel, Minn. She taught Sunday School in Mabel and Decorah for 18 years and was also an officer of the circle group. After being widowed, her card club and singles group became very important to her. Above all, Marlys loved and cherished her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Marlys is survived by her children: Beverly (Gary) Stortz, Highlandville, Iowa, Wayne (Arletta) Tweten, Cresco, Iowa, Denis (Jolene) Tweten, Decorah, Darlene (Chuck) Dahl, Decorah, David (Jean) Tweten, Decorah, and Randy (Marie) Tweten, Decorah; daughter-in-law Sharon Tweten Henry, Decorah; stepchildren: Ann (Mike) Monnens, Brookings, S. Dak.; Peggy (Jim) Hennessy, Waukon, Iowa; Jane Shulte, Olathe, Kans.; Tony (Deb) Schulte, Spring Grove, Minn., and Ray Schulte, Taipei, Taiwan; 27 grandchildren: Scott Tweten, Brent (Heidi) Tweten, Michelle (Mark) Borreson, Matt (Jennie) Stortz, Mitch (Amanda) Stortz, Melissa (Aaron) Lovstuen, Melinda (Dan) Christopher, Toni (John) McCabe, Stacy Tweten, Wendy (James) Baker, John (Rachel) Tweten, Jamie (Amy) Tweten, Jason (Tera) Tweten, Shawn Tweten, Heather Tweten, Amy (Scott) Courtney, Angie Headington, Andrea (Mike) Pepin, Aron (Brittney) Dahl, Ashlyn Dahl, Jenny (Chet) Wilson, Tracy Tweten, Miranda (fiancé Shane Hruska) Tweten, Tyler (fiancé Nicole Baumler) Tweten, Travis Tweten, Troy Tweten, Trent (friend Christine Lee) Tweten; 62 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, sister Arla Mae (Lester) Hjelmeland, Winona, Minn., sisters-in-law: Margaret Lundtvedt, Caledonia, Minn., and Marlene Lundtvedt Banitt, Albert Lea, Minn.; along with many nieces and nephews. Marlys was preceded in death by her first husband Selmer Odell Tweten, parents Gunder and Olga (Skaim) Lundtvedt, three children: Larry Tweten, Shirleen Tweten and Lynette Tweten; grandson Michael Stortz, great-grandson Brady Stortz, stepson Michael Schulte,

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brothers Gilman (Gladys) Lundtvedt, Kenneth Lundtvedt, Earnest (Lillian) Lundtvedt, Arnold Lundtvedt and Oscar Lundtvedt, sister Agnes (Norman) Koester, nephew Darryl Hjelmeland, niece Shirley Darling, father and mother-in-law Theodore and Clara (Anderson) Tweten, sistersin-law Ellen (Harvey) Tweten Berg and Mildred Tweten; her second husband Cletus Schulte. Margaret Wead Margaret Elaine (Ladsten) Gulbranson Wead, age 80, of Harmony, passed away Sunday April 8, 2018 at Green Lea Manor in Mabel, Minn. She was born on March 4, 1938, to Bennett and Lillian (Anderson) Ladsten. Margaret Wead S h e worked at Harmony Nursing Home and for Ben Miller in Winona, Minn. Prior to the nursing home she held many other manufacturing positions. She also sold Sarah Coventry Jewelry. She was a member of Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. On August 13, 1955, she married Myron Gulbranson. The couple had four children: Michael (Nancy) of Spring Grove, Minn., David of Torrington, Wyo., Steven (Carolyn) of Houston, Minn., and Brenda (Richard) Kaiser of Fountain City, Wis. Myron preceded Margaret in death on July 30, 1961. Margaret later married Charles Wead. The couple had two children, Julie (Donald) Barnes of Harmony, Minn. and Donovan Wead of Cresco, Iowa. Margaret was also a grandmother to 11 grandchildren: Erik and Jakob Gulbranson, Tia Gulbranson, Tara Lantis, Nichole Brochardt, Hannah Klinski, Daniel Gulbranson, Joshua and Megan Gulbranson, Adam Barnes, Jessica Thompson, and 16 great-grandchildren. Margaret loved sewing, cooking, shopping and music, but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret lost her sight in 2007, but continued to live on her own, and even without her sight still enjoyed cooking. She moved to Green Lea Manor in 2014. In addition to her parents and her husband Myron, she was preceded in death by her grandson Tyrell in May of 1984, her brother Lowell, and one infant brother. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12 at Greenfield Lutheran in Harmony, with Pastor Michael Smith officiating. Friends called Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial took place in Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Minn. Roble Funeral Home of Spring Grove assisted the family with arrangements.

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mer. Mike Hadland was absent. The council heard from Mike Bubany regarding financing for the upcoming infrastructure project. He stated that one piece of good news is that, “Deb (Zimmer) has already identified probably $150,000 in the current budget that can be reallocated to minimize the impact. There will still be impact, but she’s doing a good job of trying to drive that down.” He also explained that, “This will be a competitive sale. So if you were to approve this tonight all that you’re doing is authorizing us to prepare the official statement, order the credit rating, and then on May 14, open bids on the bonds.” Bryan Holtz, Senior Engineering Technician with Bolton & Menk, spoke to the council about the planned assessments, and Deb Zimmer said certified letters have been sent to all of the applicable homeowners. Mayor Struzyk pointed out that the water and sewer upgrades are needed, and if the project were to be delayed, the cost would simply increase. A citizen spoke up asking if the council feels sidewalks are needed on both sides of the streets in the project. Council members said the state recommends this, and that Spring Valley citizens have generally been satisfied having sidewalks on both sides with previous projects. Zimmer clarified that homeowners over the age of 65 can qualify for a deferral, not a reduction in the assessment cost. The council voted

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County Assessor Brian Hoff explains the assessment process. Photo by Rich Wicks to adopt the assessments as submitted. The council awarded the street project bid to Elcor Construction, at a bidded price of $4,945,973. The council also approved the competitive sale of 2018A GO Bonds for the project. Greg Melartin addressed the council regarding his request to have drag racing in Spring Valley on July 7, using what he referred to as “pre-’88 stock street vehicles.” He explained the safety procedures that he would have in place, and he asked what it would take for the council to approve such a request. He said he’s also asking the county to consider approving his plans. Mayor Struzyk replied, “Safety is the biggest thing for me… I can’t see it going within city limits.” Jessy Betts said he’s aware that Melartin has brought in some new events, and said, “I’d certainly be open to look

at it” when Melartin has more details figured out. No action was taken at this time. The council discussed the conditional use permit request from Karl and Karen Bjellum to operate a business from their home. The request was unanimously approved. Ambulance write-offs totaling $3,205 were approved, as was a request for a raffle permit from the Sportsmens Club. The council discussed what to do regarding the Tourist Information Center building, which has suffered significant water damage. It was decided to open it to offers to “demolish or remove” the structure. The council chose to accept a bid of $650 for the city’s old plow. The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m. The next regular meeting of the council will be Monday, April 23 at 6 p.m. As always, the public is welcome.

Charter Commission Amendment dead By Karen Reisner At the April 9 Chatfield City Council meeting, a vote on the second consideration of Ordinance 433-Charter Amendment failed. The first consideration had passed three to two. This time in order for the recommendation from the Charter Commission for the establishment of a “city manager” position to become a reality, there would need to be a unanimous positive vote. The vote was two for (Broadwater and McBroom) and three against (Novotny, Urban, and Bluhm). Councilor Paul Novotny voted “no” this time after speaking with a number of citizens. Some people are concerned. They elect the council to “keep an eye on the city.” He maintained that they will still need to have a new process as the current system

needs to be updated. During the last council meeting there was a concern raised about a city manager having the power to hire and fire city employees. Councilor Mike Urban said he likes 80-85% of the Charter Commission’s recommendation. Councilor Josh Broadwater admitted he didn’t think the recommendation was perfect, but you are never going to get perfect. Councilor John McBroom said the committee worked hard on this and this is their recommendation. City Attorney Fred Suhler explained the recommendation is dead without five yea votes. The Charter Commission may look at this again. Audit Jason Boynton, of Smith, Schafer and Associates, summarized the 2017 financial summary. The city received an unmodified or clean opinion. The city’s tax capacity increased about $100,000 from 2016 to 2017. Local government aid (LGA) was increased slightly from 2016. Chatfield’s unassigned general fund balance is 54% of next year’s general fund property tax levy and LGA. All debt payments are being made in a timely manner. Fund

balance for Capital Goods as of the end of 2017 totaled $932,342. In 2017, $461,171 was spent on capital goods. The city’s largest expenditure (over $1 million) is for public safety including police, fire, and ambulance. Other business in brief • Brian Burkholder, public works, asked for and received approval to bring back two summer employees, Steve Horsman and Austin Hines, to fill summer helper positions. Burkholder will advertise to fill a third position. • Mayor Russ Smith proclaimed April 27 as Arbor Day and the month of May 2018 as Arbor Month. • Lanny Haukom had requested permission to combine his two parcels along River St. The parcels (2.56 acres together) are in the R-1 zoning district. Combining the two lots allows for additional options for a house location. The land conveyance was approved. • A quote from Visu Sewer in the amount of $5,500 was approved to grout and clean up a water problem near the football field/track. • Smith asked dog owners to use the bags provided in Groen Park to clean up after their dogs.



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Attention Baseball Fans - we will have a field dedication ceremony on April 20, 2018, when the Falcons host GMLOK at 5 pm, for Mr. Frank Jaszewski in Preston at the Fillmore Central Baseball Field located at the elementary school. Hope you can join us to honor this man that influenced so many!

The Fillmore Central Seniors recently returned from their senior trip out east. Thank you to all that supported the trip and this great learning experience for our seniors!

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Saturday, April 21 at Century High School, Rochester Viewing of art from 1:00-2:30pm Awards ceremony at 2:30pm Participating in the event for Fillmore Central in six different categories are:

Kaylee Arndt, Kasey Back, Collen Dahle, Daniel Erickson, Ajay Jorgenson, Caleb Kunz, Emily Mock, Rianna Ryan, Travis Sexton Congratulations to the speech members who will represent FCHS at the section tournament: Collen Dahle, 2nd Drama; Kaylee Arndt, 4th Informative; Rianna Ryan, 4th Drama, Brock Walsh/Brendon Back, sub section champions Duo.

Upcoming AdUlt EnrichmEnt opportUnitiEs: AArp 55 Alive Beginner class is Wednesday & thursday April 18 & 19 from 5-9 p.m., Fillmore central meeting room, preston. register by calling 507-765-3809. Facility fee $5/person written to isd#2198 and class Fee $15 (AArp member) or $20 (non-member) written to AArp. 6th grade students show off progress on their printmaking book projects. From left: Ian Timmerman, Lydia Penhollow, Abby Zutz. Students have planned an original design, and are carving this onto a 4" styrofoam piece (like meat trays from the grocery store) in 8 steps to tell a visual story through block printing. Then they will make book covers and put it all together in an accordion-fold book.

come join us on tuesday evenings for a few games of Volleyball. We are looking to expand our league and wanting to encourage 17-yearolds and older to join. tuesday from 7-9 p.m. in the Fillmore central Elementary gym, preston. $3.00 per week or $30 for the season.

Adult soccer league is every sunday from 6-8 p.m. in the Fillmore central Elementary gym. $3.00 per week or $30 for the season. Check out our Fillmore Central Facebook Page for more school news!

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Whalan City Council fills vacant seat

The seat needs to be filled until the term is up in December 2018. Lanny Landsverk stated that there are alleys in town that are in desperate need of gravel. “My alley is all mud; there is no gravel left,” stated Landsverk. “I think there are some other areas too,” said Tuftin, assuring Landsverk the matter will be looked into. “We will be paying attention to those things that need to be tuned up after the winter,” noted Tuftin. Wes Harding attended the council meeting to remind the council and area residents about the pancake breakfast hosted by the Root River Trail Towns Committee held on April 15. After a resident reported to the council that there have been dogs running loose in town ,the council decided to send a reminder out to residents that there is an ordinance in town pertaining to pets running loose. A notice will be included in the next electric bill. Old Business The Zoning Board is planning to hold a workshop in April if a date can be set with all members. The Zoning Board includes Larry Johnson, Marlys Tuftin, Butch Culbertson, Ernie Johnson and Lolly Melander. The city council will be performing their annual walking tour of the city on April 23, 2018, at 10 a.m. The council will looks for any issues that need to be addressed. The Spring Clean-Up Drive Around is scheduled for mid-

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Lanesboro City Council makes decision on Zenith Street paving project

The Whalan City Council discussed a variety of agenda items during the April council meeting, including filling a vacant seat on the council. Photo by Barb Jeffers By Barb Jeffers Two Whalan residents stepped forward to show an interest in filling the recently vacated seat on the Whalan City Council during the April 9, 2018, council meeting. New council member Johnny Halvorson will be sworn in during the May 2018 meeting. The regularly scheduled monthly council meeting began at 5 p.m. at the Whalan City Hall. Present at the meeting were Mayor Marlys Tuftin, council members Kim Berekvam, Everett Johnson and Owen Lewis, as well as City Clerk/ Treasurer Lolly Melander. After reviewing the agenda Johnson made a motion to approve the agenda as written. With a second by Berekvam the motion passed. Melander read the minutes from the March 12, 2018, council meeting. No additions or corrections were requested. Motion by Johnson, second by Berekvam, to accept the minutes as read. Motion carried. Melander read the Treasurer’s Report and Bills Due. After reviewing the report there were no additions or corrections requested. Motion by Berekvam, second by Johnson, to accept the Treasurer’s Report and Bills Due as read. Motion carried. Visitor comments Johnny Halvorson stated that he would be interested in filling the Whalan city council seat left vacant by the resignation of Wyatt Berekvam last month.


April. Melander will be riding around town with a Fillmore County Deputy looking for compliance issues. “It’s time to clean up your yards,” stated Tuftin. Any resident whose property is found to not be in compliance will receive a letter from the city. The mowing of the Minnesota State Bike Trail was discussed. An agreement for the maintenance work which is performed by Lanny Landsverk, the groundskeeper for the city, was received. There is a question as to how much time Landsverk spends maintaining the trail. “It’s been quite some time since our compensation changed,” stated Tuftin. A meeting will be scheduled between DNR representatives, Tuftin and Landsverk to discuss the matter. Resident Tanya Cook informed the council that she would also be interested in filling the vacant seat on the city council, along with Johnny Halvorson. Following some consideration, Johnson nominated Johnny Halvorson to fill the seat. After a second by Lewis, the motion passed. The council thanked both Halvorson and Cook for their interest and encouraged them both to continue seeking council seats as current council members terms come up. New Business Tuftin spoke with a representative from Advanced Disposal who inquired as to whether the residents of Whalan are satisfied with their garbage service. Tuftin stated she has not received any complaints and feels the service has been satisfactory. Motion by Berekvam, second by Lewis to adjourn. Motion carried. The next regularly scheduled Whalan council meeting will be May 14, 2018, at 5 p.m. in the Whalan City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.


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By Hannah Wingert The April 9 Lanesboro City Council meeting opened at 5:30 p.m. with the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting. County Assessor Cindy Blagsvedt and appraiser Ron Vickre were present to review the appeal and equalization policies and procedures with the council. After the review, the meeting was opened up for questions from the council and local residents. An appeal application was approved by the council. At 6 p.m., the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting was closed and the regular council meeting opened. City Administrator Michele Peterson spoke about the Zenith Street paving petition that has been discussed at the last several council meetings. The residents of Zenith Street have asked that the city pave their road as it’s within city limits and some are willing to pay up to 50% assessment costs for the project. However, the project is not currently in the budget. “We take that document (the budget) very seriously,” she stated. She spoke with the city’s financial advisor Mike Bubany, who ran the numbers for the project with all scenarios. If the city were to pave the road at 50% assessments to the homeowners, it would increase the budget by approximately $1,000 a year. The portion of the road that has been requested to be paved by the residents stops 300 feet before city limits. Council member Bridget Harvey made a motion to pave the road, but to go all the way to city limits. “If we’re going to do something, let’s do it right,” council member Marge Drake agreed. “Let’s not do a band-aid job.” Mayor Autumn Johnson was not in favor of the project, saying, “What’s going to stop others from coming in and saying,

‘hey, I want this paved and I want it done at 50%.’ There are lots of other issues in town that need to be addressed,” She also pointed out that the city policy is not to assess at 50% and the standard is 35%. “What if we pave it and then two years down the road, we have to tear it up to build the infrastructure,” she asked. “This discussion should’ve happened back during the Auburn/ Zenith project. That’s why I’m not supporting this project,” she concluded. Zenith Street resident David Webb mentioned that he had previously offered to personally lend the money needed for the project to the city if needed and was told that the city attorney would have to be consulted for the legality of the offer. He asked what the outcome of that discussion was. “Manion said that it was not in the city’s interest,” Peterson responded. Council member Jason Resseman said that while he was not supportive of the project at first, he feels that if the majority of the council wants to move ahead with it, that it should be done all the way to the city limits instead of stopping 300 feet before that. However, he noted that the project is not in the budget this year. “You have to understand that we are charged with being diligent for the entire community,” he pointed out. A motion to pave the road to the city limits was approved with a public hearing to be held at the May 7 city council meeting. Authorization was granted to Malm to obtain quotes for the project to present at that meeting as well. A new squad car has been ordered for the Lanesboro Police Department and is expected to be in service by the end of May. The departSee LANESBORO Page 14 

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Fillmore County Sports Baseball Previews/Team Capsules

Fillmore Central/Lanesboro > Head Coach: Keith Larson. Last Year: 13-4 in The Trende TRC (East Report 2nd Place), 18-6 overall (made Su b - S e c tion Final Three). Key Returnees: Logan Corson (Sr. P/SS Paul Trende > .477, 24 R, 13 RBI, 9 1/3 IP, 3-1, 8 K, 3.00 ERA), Colten Kraling (Sr. P/1B > .333, 5 doubles, 9 R, 14 RBI, 23 2/3 IP, 3-1, 26 K, 4.14 ERA), Josh Peters (Jr. OF > .392, 15 R, 11 RBI), Cody Schoe- Logan Corson nmann (SR. P/1B > 12 IP, 0-0, .580 ERA, 11 K), Carson Schwichtenberg (Jr. OF > .300, 7 R, 9 IP, 1-0, 11 K, .000 ERA), Brady Ristau (Sr. C), Ryli To s t e n s o n (Sr. OF). Synopsis: Last year was the Falcons’ best team-season, record-wise, Colten Kraling in over a decade (maybe ever). FC went 2-2 in the play-offs. The Falcons graduated six key starters including all four of their AllTRC picks and their three best pitchers (by ERA). Corson and Kraling lead a 10-man senior class this year, as Coach Larson looks to re-tool. Athlete Nate Haugerud joins the team. Rushford-Peterson > Head Coach: Jordan Aug (new). Last

Year: 4-13 in TRC, 9-15 overall. Key Returnees: Ben Ansell (Sr. P/SS, All-TRC > .367, 1 HR, 26 R, 11 RBI, 37 2/3 IP, 3-4, 2.78 ERA, 31 K), Halen Schwendinger Ben Ansell (So. 2B/3B > .367, 17 R, 18 RBI), Dawson Dahl (Sr. OF > .297, 17 R, 15 RBI), Shawn Marg (SR. P/OF > .270, 8 R, 12 RBI > 48 IP, 3-6, 2.33 ERA, 51 K), Carter Weidemann (Jr. C > 15 R, 5 RBI), Nolan Mueller (Jr. P/3B > .224, 5 R, 9 RBI, 35 IP, 2-2, 4.80 ERA, 19 K), Payton Hahn (Sr. OF > .254, 16 R, 7 RBI, 26 2/3 IP, 1-3, 5.25 ERA, 19 K), Sam Schwendinger (Sr. C/SB > 9 R), Keegan Dittman (Sr. 2B). Synopsis: The Trojans played four play-off games last year, losing to 1A top seeds W-K (2-1) and Randolph (3-2) each by one run. Former assistant Aug (a Fillmore Central grad) has nearly everyone back, including 151 2/3 of 155 innings pitched, four guys with 10-plus RBIs last year. Other sport stand-out athletes Jake Paulson, Landon Skalet, and Ethan Sense join the team. R-P has seven seniors. Ansell, Dahl, and Marg have all enter their fourth years on varsity. Of 162 hits last season, R-P had just 17 of the extra-base variety. Chatfield > Head Coach: Brian Baum. Last Year: 9-8 in TRC, 10-11 overall. Key Returnees: Jake Mandt (Sr. P/3B, All-TRC > .352, 12 R, 6 RBI, 19 1/3 IP, 0-1, 2.17 ERA, 20 K, 2 saves), Ben Ihrke (Sr. P/OF, All-TRC > .390, 14 R, 10 RBI, 12 double’s, 16 IP, 11 K), Robert Crouch (Sr. P/3B > 7 RBI, 31 1/3 IP, 5-3, 3.57 ERA, 26 Ks), Bennett Gathje (Sr. P/2B> .212, 9 R, 4 RBI), Terron Ostby (Sr.

OF > .250, 7 R, 4 RBI), Jacob Gillespie (Sr. P/IF > 13 1/3 IP, 5.77 ERA), Lincoln Salisbury (Jr. C/IF), Cole Sprau (Sr. OF), Nathaniel Fox (Sr. C). Synopsis: The Jake Mandt Gophers were middling last season. They scored three or less runs 12 times last season. They return two of their three Ben Ihrke All-TRC selections and all but one pitcher. They have 11 seniors and six juniors for a 17-man varsity. A couple underclassmen are likely to see time as well. GMLOK > Head Coach: Jamie Fenske. Last Year: 5-13 in TRC, 8-16 overall. Key Returnees: Drew Copley (Jr. P, All-TRC > .419, 12 doubles, HR, 20 R, 18 RBI, 64 2/3 IP, 4-5, 2.06 ERA, 81 K), Cody Merkel (Sr. OF > .306, 14 R), Zach Myhre (Sr. C/OF > .379, 10 doubles, 23 Zach Myrhe R, 12 RBI), Zach Bubany (Sr. P/IF > .222, HR, 7 R, 12 RBI, 45 2/3 IP, 3-7, 4.60 ERA, 36 K), Ethan Fenske (Sr. 3B > .280, 8 R, 14 RBI, 24 IP, 4.67 ERA, 16 K), Reid Kruegel (Jr. 2B > .262), Dylan Lunning (Jr. IF), Grant Skifter (Sr. IF), Jacob Welch (Jr. OF), Nolan Skifter (So. IF). Synopsis: Bulldogs graduated just one senior off last year’s team that played four play-off games. Football this year took its toll though. Copley and Merkel suffered severe knee injuries. They may make it back for late in the baseball season. GMLOK has five juniors and seniors each. Myhre, Bubany, G-Skifter, and Fenske all enter their fourth years on varsity. Mabel-Canton > Head Coach: Karl Urbaniak. Last Year: 2-9 in SEC, 3-14 overall. Key Returnees: Drew Wyffels (Jr. P/SS, All-SEC > .413 15 R, 15 SB, 25 2/3 IP, 1-4, 32 K), Logan Richardson (Sr. P/IF > .239, 10 RBI, 6 R, 43 2/3 IP, 2-7, 30 K), Michael Selness (Sr. IF/P > .237, 4 R, 5 RBI, 6 IP, 0-1, 5 K), Cody Hershberger (Sr. Drew Wyffels OF > 6 R, 7 RBI), Parker Ingvalson (So. P/ OF > 7 R, 10 2/3 IP, 7 K), Caden Stoen (So.). Synopsis: Cougars return four of five top hitters, but only one hit above .300. They return 86 of 92 innings

pitched. Richardson and Wyffels pitched nearly 70 innings combined. The Cougars are without Jack Arneson (recovery from car accident). Stats courtesy of Lee Epps. Houston > Head Coach: Jason Carrier. Last Year: 0-10 in SEC, 1-15 overall. Key Returnees: Jaytin Millen (Jr. C, All-SEC > .319, 5 R, 5 RBI), Brady Happel (Sr. SS/P > .286, HR, 7 R, 9 RBI, 25 IP, 1-4, 5.88 ERA, 20 K), Joey Fishel (Jr. P/OF, 22 2/3 IP, 0-5, 7.41 ERA, 22 K), Damon Carrier (Sr. 1B > 7 RBI), Jaden Abraham (So. OF/P), Zach Brueggen (Sr. IF), Cade Roth (So. O.PF). Synopsis: Hurricanes have struggled for wins the past few seasons. They scored just 38 runs in 16 games last year. They have four seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, and two freshman. *All ERAs are per seven innings pitched.

Golf Previews Team Capsules

Fillmore Central > Head Coaches: Aaron Mensink (girls), Brad Holten (boys). Last year (girls): 9-1 in TRC (co-East champs), 11-1 overall; 1st at TRC Meet; Section 1A champs; state 2nd place finisher. Last year (boys): 8-2 in TRC (east champions), 11-2 overall; 5th at TRC Meet; Section 1A r unner-up. Key returnees (girls): Grace Miller (Sr > 2nd at TRC Meet, 1st at 1A Meet, 8th-tie at Grace Miller state, AllTRC), Madison Scheevel (Jr. > 4th-tie at TRC Meet, 2nd at 1A Meet, 10th at state, All-TRC), Cailey Rindels (Sr. > 10th-tie at TRC Meet, 11th at 1A Meet,

25th-tie at state, All-TRC), Taylor Bushman (So.). Key returnees (boys): Carter Nevalainen (Sr. > 18th-tie at 1A Meet, A l l - T RC ) . Synopsis: The FC girl’s golf dynasty continues. Madison Mensink Scheevel looks for a fourth golfer as they go for one for the thumb (five-peat as Section 1A champ). Miller and Scheevel for sure have chops to make state alone. FC’s boys have to re-group. Nevalainen is the only one of the top six from last year back. Kingsland > Head Coach: Brent Kohn. Last year (boys): 9th at TRC Meet; did not make Day 2 of 1A Meet. Last year (girls): Incomplete at TRC Meet; Did not compete at 1A Meet. Key returnees (boys): Simon Broadwater (Sr. > 11th-tie at TRC Meet, 4th at 1A Meet, 16thtie at state, A l l - T RC ) , Wyatt Pruter (Jr. > 8thtie at TRC Simon Meet, 12th Broadwater at 1A Meet, A l l - T RC ) , H u n t e r Jorgensen (Jr.), Nick Wernimont (Jr.), Gregg Hubka (Jr.). Key returnees (girls): Madeline Moore Wyatt Pruter (So. > AllTRC), Kylie Welch (So.). SynSee SPORTS Page 13 

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opsis: Broadwater is a two-time state qualifier. Pruter is knocking on the door. Kohn returns nearly his entire boys team. The girls will be incomplete with just three out. Lanesboro > Head Coach: Krissy Overland. Last year (girls): 1st at SEC Meet (of three full teams), Incomplete at 1A Meet. Last year (boys): Incomplete at SEC and 1A Meets. Key returnees (girls): Payton Benson (So. > 1st at SEC Meet, 12th at 1A Meet, All-SEC), Janell Boyum (Sr. > 3rd at SEC Meet, All-SEC). Key returnees (boys): Clay Schwichtenberg. Synop- Payton Benson sis: Benson was 10 strokes off the state pace last year. The Burros have five girls for a complete squad. The boys also have the numbers, but graduated their only Section 1A meet competitor. Rushford-Peterson > Head Coach: Luke Rye (new). Last year (boys): 2nd at TRC Meet, did not make Day 2 of 1A Meet. Last year (girls): Incomplete at

TRC Meet, 4th at 1A Meet (of five complete teams). Key returnees (boys): Jordan McNamer (Sr. > 11th-tie at TRC Meet, 19th at 1A Meet), Gabe Mierau (Sr.). Key returnees (girls): Grace Luhmann (Sr.), Hannah Ledebuhr (Sr.). Synopsis: Rye, a former assistant, takes over for Mike Honken. Trojans boys graduated their two boys All-SEC picks. The girls had four out last year, just two this year. Chatfield > Head Coach: Paul Wagner. Last year (boys): Incomplete at TRC Meet. Last year (girls): Incomplete at TRC Meet. Key returnees (boys): Riley Mulhern (So.), Tucker McCurdy (Jr.). Key returnees (girls): none (no program). Synopsis: The boys have a young five-man squad. The girls, after having just one healthy golfer last year, will not field a team this year. Houston > Head Coaches: Kiel Koehler (boys), Ryan Gatzlaff (girls). Last year (girls): 2nd at SEC Meet (of three full teams). Last year (boys): 2nd at SEC Meet (of two complete teams); Did not make Day 2 of 1A Meet. Key returnees (girls): Brynne Schultz (Sr. > 2nd at SEC Meet, AllSEC), Lilli Carlson (Jr. > 6th at SEC Meet). Key returnees (boys): Dakota Stampka (Jr.), Owen Gaustad (So.). Synopsis: Schultz is the top returning golfer either

sex, though she finished 26th at the Section meet.

Varsity Spring Sports Scheduling Update

The spring sports season, save for a few indoor track and field meets, is yet to begin per the inclement weather. Original TRC baseball and softball schedules have thus been scrapped. Athletic directors met and devised new Three Rivers Conference “ball” schedules, ones that are tentatively set to begin on April 17. Tuesdays will be divisional, west versus west, east versus east, double-header nights. Thursdays will be non-divisional, east versus west, nights. West schools also have divisional double-headers on April 27 and May 11. There are three east versus west baseball/softball games on April 20. All baseball double-headers start at 4:00, softball at 4:30. Singular (TRC) games start at 5:00. Schedules are updated on Not all west teams will play all east teams (as currently devised). Teams may not play the same amount of conference games. Division champions will be determined by winning percentage. Schools will add non-conference games at their discretion where they fit. Three Rivers golf schedules have been left alone. Those

meets generally start a bit later in the season anyway. Any missed meets will be rescheduled. Track and field meets will be as previously scheduled. An event in Rushford on April 5 has been cancelled. An event in Plainview on April 6 has been rescheduled to April 16. A meet on April 10 in Hayfield has been rescheduled to May 1. A meet scheduled for May 13 (PEM “Winged Foot”)

may go on as planned (weather permitting). Southeast Conference athletic directors are meeting on April 13. They may do some changes too. Their league has far fewer schools with baseball, softball, and golf squads. Rescheduling won’t be as difficult. As typical, everything is subject to change. The Journal Sports will publish at least some schedules in next week’s paper.

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A View From The Woods By Loni Kemp ©SallyKeating2011

Winter grumpiness prevails; spring bliss to appear soon By the time my dear readers see this article in mid-April, I hope and pray that warmth and thawing have returned. However, at the time of this writing in early April, there is massive grumpiness throughout the land. Snow and cold weather haunted us with a vengeance in March

and April. We barely dodged two winter storm warnings that dumped a whole winter’s worth of snow to the south and west of Highway 52. Yet there was not a sign of spring for our chilly Easter celebrations on April Fools’ Day. Then we got our eight

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inches of snow too, along with 8 degree temperatures on April 3. A few more snows are still threatened and it remains below freezing most days. Meanwhile, the ground remains frozen deep down. Earlier, despite lingering ice on driveways and front steps, and several deep freezes, our winter could be characterized as a bit wimpy and brown. Our two young grandsons were deprived of good sledding and snowman-building. They did finally get in on fun winter activities this week, even though the grownups were faking their enthusiasm. At least the twoyear-old will have a memory of winter to go on for next year. My powers of observation for the coming of spring are well honed. Snow or no snow, I’m out there in boots and winter jacket in March, pruning the 35-yearold apple trees, trying to thwart their tendency to shoot branches high into the air. If I can’t reach to pick those fruits, then I want to divert the tree’s strength to more accessible branches. Thus I tend to work hard over several days on pruning. I clip bare forsythia branches to put in a vase of water in the house, forcing the thrilling yellow blooms to open. I check the snow drops, small flower bulbs that grow up right through the snow to open pure white blooms. As the snow melts off, I spy spikes of wild garlic in the woods, while goldfinches sport yellow splotches at the birdfeeder. These little signs reassure me that spring will come. The strength of our yearning for warmth and light in late winter leads naturally to the complementary opportunity to cherish every moment, when it finally does arrive, of spring and summer. The long cycles of darkness and cold that we northerners endure surely make us more appreciative when the light and warmth return. We relish the sun’s energy, ephemeral wildflowers, and the chattering of birds as they prepare for nesting. All summer long, I hope to continue to appreciate gentle breezes, the taste of baby lettuce and new onions from the garden, and long days bookended by early sunrises and lingering sunsets.

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ment is looking for a part-time officer to staff a recently vacated position and is hoping to have the spot filled by the time the city’s summer events start. Mayor Johnson opened and read several sealed bids for the sale of the 1949 fire truck. The council approved the sale to the highest bid. Several representatives from the Lanesboro Farmers’ Market were present at the meeting to discuss the market’s upcoming season. The market will be starting on the first Saturday in May and going until the last Saturday in October. The first day coincides with the city wide clean-up day. Some of the vendors from last year complained about the noise of the garbage truck which was parked nearby for the clean-up day. Peterson said that she would see what could be done to help that situation this year. Lanesboro resident Melissa Konsti was at the meeting to discuss the issues she has had with property damages due to flooding that occurred during the Auburn/Zenith Street project in August, 2017. Sewage backed up into her basement and caused significant damage. She has not been able to get the full cost of the repairs covered by the project contractor or her homeowners insurance. Konsti was hopeful that she would be able to work something out with the city, especially as she still has city assessments to pay on the project. Peterson informed Konsti that she had spoken with the city attorney and he didn’t feel that the city was liable for the damages. City Engineer Brian Malm noted that there is a clause in the contract with the contractor, Gen X, that relieves the city of any responsibility in such

situations. “I think we’ve put as much pressure as we could on the contractor through the contract,” he said. “I was told that everything would be covered through Gen X’s insurance company,” Konsti stated. However, Gen X has refused to do anything more for her, claiming that they are not liable for the damages. Malm suggested that Peterson speak with City Attorney Thomas Manion to see what could be done to help resolve the issue, which she agreed to do. Peterson spoke with the residents who live on one of the three driveways in Lanesboro that the city has been maintaining only to recently discover that they are actually privately owned. The homeowners of the driveway parallel to Pine Street preferred that it remain private. The others for the driveway parallel to Coffee Street and the alley parallel to Parkway, requested that they be changed to be public property. The council approved the requests and Peterson will work with Manion to make the changes. Peterson asked for one city council member to volunteer for the interview committee to conduct interviews for a seasonal park job later in April. Mayor Johnson agreed to fill the seat. Thanks to Lanesboro resident Anna Loney’s help, Lanesboro was designated as a Tree City USA. The council expressed their thanks to Loney for the part she played in the designation. The Park Board and Lanesboro Public School jointly applied for the Minnesota Twins Field of Dreams grant to rebuild the baseball field and was notified that they have been awarded the $10,000 grant. The next Lanesboro City Council meeting will be held on May 7 at 5:30 p.m.

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3 $ 99 Our Store Brand Snack Sticks........................ 3 $ 99 Our Store Brand Pit Smoked Sausage............5 $ 99 Hormel Pepperoni............................................2 $ 99 Hormel Fully Cooked Bacon........................ 2 $ 99 Frank’s Sauerkraut............................................1 $ 39 Bar S Franks........................................................1 $ 99 Jimmy Dean Biscuits & Croissants.................. 4 $ 99 State Fair Corndogs....................................... 2 $ 99 Supreme Choice Cooked Shrimp................ 6 $ 99 Farmland Boneless Whole Ham..................... 9 $ 99 Supreme Choice Raw Shrimp....................... 6 ¢ Farmland Sausage Links or Rolls...................99 $ 29 John Morrell Diced or Cubed Ham............... 2 $ 49 Milford Valley Stuffed Chicken.......................1 $ 49 Oscar Mayer Bologna or Cotto Salami..........2 $ 49 Oscar Mayer Funpack Lunchables................2 $ 49

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93% Lean Ground Beef $ 29

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4 Lb. Hamburger Buns............................................$299 $ 79 Kretschmar Oven Roast Chicken Breast........6 Lb. French Bread..................................................$179 $ 79 Kretschmar Buffalo Chicken Breast.............. 6 Lb. $ 99

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Red Potatoes $ 49


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Hot House Tomatoes $ 29

Dole Celery $ 29



Russet Potatoes $ 99



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$ 99 Each

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Monday, April 16, 2018


Rushford Council eyes League of Minnesota Cities support By Kirsten Zoellner The Monday, April 9 Rushford Council meeting was relatively short, wrapping up just two resolutions in general business and one ordinance amendment. First up was a public hearing to consider an amendment to the ordinance establishing salaries for elected officials. The council reviewed several municipalities at the March 25 meeting, before proceeding with adding the hearing to the April 9 agenda. The old rate, ranging from $60 to $100 per meeting (with attendance at 24 meetings per year) was set in 1999. What’s proposed is a hike to $80 to $120 a meeting, putting Rushford more in line with other local municipalities. With no citizens present during the hearing, the council later approved the amendment unanimously. Proposed changes are be effective January 1, 2020. In other business, the council also unanimously approved a resolution supporting Local Decision-Making Authority. “Several bills introduced during the 2017-2018 legislative sessions serve to undermine the local control in cities and/

restrict local decision-making on a variety of issues,” read the agenda statement. “There’s a number of cities already supporting the resolution,” added City Administrator Tony Chladek. The 2018 letter mir- Tony Chladek rors a similar resolution that was sent to legislators from the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) urging the state not hinder municipality policies. City Clerk Kathy Zacher provided the example of the state limiting Local Government Aid (LGA) funding to those cities which have approved local option sales tax. “They’re looking at LGA as money for frivolous things, which is not something we do. They should not punish a community because its citizens have decided to pass sales tax. Any way they can work it, they’re trying to cut LGA,” said Zacher. Councilor Terri Benson questioned the state’s reasoning for

limiting local decision-making. It was noted by Councilor Sally Ryman that the reasons can greatly vary. “A lot of it is for the metro area. Unfortunately, it affects everybody.” “They don’t want individual cities making individual rules,” added Zacher. In a related topic, Administrator Chladek has been given the okay from the city council should he decide to throw his hat in for a position on a League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) Committee, should he choose to do so. Chladek explained to the council that there are four LMC policy committees and that he has a particular interest in the Improving Local Economy Committee and the Improving Fiscal Futures Committee. “I have been asked by LMC staff to consider being a member,” added Chladek.

Improving Economy Committee focuses its attention on issues related to growth management, land use, boundary adjustments, housing, transportation, economic development, and telecommunications. Improving Fiscal Futures, which Chladek noted he would lean more towards serving on, targets policy issues such as municipal financial management, property and other taxes, state aid programs, and financial reporting requirements. “Chances are smaller communities are not as well represented, so it would be good to have a voice,” noted City Clerk Kathy Zacher. Indeed, a who’s who of current committee members shows of the more than 50 cities represented on the Improving Local Economy Committee, just 13 are from cities of 10,000 or less. Only

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two are cities of similar size to Rushford. The Improving Fiscal Futures Committee has slightly more small city representation with 16 cities under 10,000, eight of which have populations under 2,500 and two of which represent southeast Minnesota. Councilor Terri Benson questioned the time commitment that would be required of Chladek. The committees meet three times annually, in addition to the LMC annual meeting. More than 150 cities have representation on one or more of these cities, according to Chladek. “I just want to be sure we don’t have you spread too thin,” clarified Benson. Chladek did not feel there would be any hindrance in his serving. The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m., at city hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Becoming a YES Student By Abad Macabanding As a YES Student, it is our goal to promote mutual understanding between two countries, foster longer ties, bridge the gap between the cultural differences of two countries by sharing and adapting each other’s Abad culture and most impor- Macabanding tantly, to acquire leadership skills which can benefit our community by using and applying those skills and knowledge that we have learned during our stay here in the U.S. It is important to enhance and learn leadership skills because it does not only benefit myself, but also my community as a whole by making a difference in a totally positive way by being an effective leader, a role model, and a community changer. As we all know, youth are key to effective community decision making and positive outcomes for a successful future, because I believe that youth is the hope of our country. Becoming a YES exchange student is both an opportunity and responsibility because it requires important leadership skills. Based on my experience, learning and 4/15/2018 developing good leadership skills as an exchange student will serve the student well when we leave our host communities and step into our communities with an advocacy and goals within our hearts and minds. At first, it is essential to challenge yourself to learn important skills that will make you a better leader. So far, there are leadership skills that I learned and enhanced during my stay here in the U.S. These leadership skills shape who I am today and will give a good impact on my community and I want to even develop these for the rest of my stay here in the U.S. It is important for me as an individual to develop a strong sense of personal leadership style and use this in respecting and tolerating each other’s differences, avoiding stereotypes and racism, and influencing and inspiring other people to

be better versions of themselves as advocates and representatives of their countries. As a peace advocate and an exchange student, it is important for me to keep a positive attitude. First and foremost, maintaining positivity towards things is influential. And not only does it inspire others but it also affects the conception of people to me. It is important to keep in ourselves that our disposition and attitude will influence how others see us. Living in a country with a culture different from yours is challenging and culture shocking, but practicing positivity will go along your way in allowing you to have a fulfilling experience and showing others that you can handle yourself in new and challenging situations. It is important to have confidence, patience, and courage in overcoming those fears that might hinder your experience while being here in the U.S. So far, one of the challenging skills that I learned as an exchange student is to work hard on myself. It’s impossible to lead someone else if you don’t lead yourself in the right direction. You need to work on yourself by becoming a good example to others and having a good communication. Good communication means listening as well as talking. It is important for me to have speaking skills to communicate mySouth vision with others as an exchange student, which is an essential part of being a leader. I believe that a true definition of an exchange student is being able to share, learn and respect each other’s opinion in all things through communication. Furthermore, another leadership skill that I have learned is taking initiatives and sharing ideas. Sharing my culture here in the U.S. is a once in a lifetime opportunity and often am I given an opportunity to share my culture with another country. It is important to know that my perspective on how I share my culture is not only appreciated and valued, but I have brought a whole new set of experiences that my host community does not have. Taking initiative to participate in community activities, clubs and school activities and





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being engaged is what defines not only a leader, but also as a learner, as it enables me to learn what I am doing and why I am doing it. Volunteering provides an important way for me to learn about my host community, increase mutual understanding, and helps me to develop leadership and organizational skills to bring back to my home community. Also, respect and tolerance is another thing that I learned. I came to the U.S. to learn more about their culture so it is a must for everybody to respect the culture of each other. For as long as we respect and tolerate each other’s differences, avoid racism and stereotypes, then we will attain peace and understanding with each other. Last but not least is using the SMART goal. SMART, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound, helps me to set and achieve my goal properly and attainable. As we are reaching our goals in life, we encounter failures and mistakes as we go through our everyday life, but for me, encountering problems is not what I considered as a hindrance in reaching the things that I want to pursue, but rather I considered them as challenges in life that I have to face to test my determination in fulfilling my goals as a future leader of my community. Everyone makes mistakes, but as a part of my learning, I learned how to admit and recognize mistakes, learn from mistakes and move on. This will benefit my community when I return to my home country and am able to articulate differences and similarities between the U.S. and my home country. The knowledge and skills that I have learned here in U.S. for almost a year are of a great advantage not only to myself, but also to my community, as I can contribute new ideas in shaping our community for a better now and future. Thus, I can use my leadership skills to my community by participating in a club or an organization that will aim for peace advocacy. Being a peace advocate takes me to an instinct of encouraging and inspiring other people that everything starts with peace. I believe that Peace stands for Progress, Empowerment/Equality, Acceptance via Cultural Exchange and that pushed me to decide to be an exchange student. Creating community service activities and volunteering are another ways for me to use my leadership skills to my community. Using my insights and skills in my home community by volunteering and service projects provides a big change, but continuous impact in my community. Lastly, sharing what I have learned through presentations and gathering will give enough idea and knowledge to my community about the importance of being role models of our community. By being a leader in your community, not only do I inspire them, I also make a small difference, yet have a great impact on our community. Abad Macabanding is a student at Lanesboro High School. He is one of seven area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its 19th year.

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Mabel council takes final step for new daycare By Annie Lewis At its April meeting, Mabel council members took the final step for financing the construction of the daycare center. Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates presented the financial overview to the council prior to the council voting for the issuance and sale of a $450,000 taxable temporary General Obligation (GEO) Bond. Foresight Bank of Plainview was named on the resolution to purchase the bond with terms that the city pays 4% interest over three years. Payoff can be anytime with no penalty. City Council member Gary Morken opposed the bond resolution. Bubany cited two long-term lenders, MiEnergy (formerly Tri-County Electric) to finance $300,000 over 10 years at 0% interest and Mabel Cooperative Telephone Company for $150,000, with a deferred principal over 10 years at 2% interest. It was mentioned that the telephone company may gift the money to the city, but no other details were given. Tollefson Construction has been given the contract to build the daycare center at the south end of Mabel. The bid came in at $411,700. Darcy Thorson, owner of Nisse Treehouse Child Care and Preschool in Spring Grove, will be operating and leasing the Mabel daycare from the city. Construction will begin as soon as possible with an anticipated completion date in September, 2018. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) met prior to the April city council meeting where Thorson gave more information on the viability of sustaining a daycare center in Mabel. Kirsten Wyffels, EDA President, reported to the council that the Mabel facility will have a 42-child capacity. Thorson’s center in Spring Grove has 80 children and is full with a waiting list. Thorson said some of the current children are from Mabel and will move to the new center when it’s completed, opening up space for the those on the waiting list. Mabel’s daycare will employ six to eight workers, including a cook. The ratio of teacher to child is 1-4 for infants, 1-7 for toddlers and 1-10 in the preschool classroom. Each classroom must have one teacher and one assistant teacher. Thorson gave prelimi-

nary numbers and estimated the average cost per day per child is about $30. Based on the information provided, it reassured the EDA that the projected revenue will be sufficient for the city to repay the loan. In other business, zoning permits were approved for five businesses and residents. Among them was STS Plumbing & Heating of Mabel to build a six-foot fence adjacent to the property of their new location on Main Street. A zoning permit was also granted to Greg and Linda Turner for the remodeling of the former Houdek building at 110 Main Street. In March, the council approved the purchase of a 3,000-gallon tanker fire truck. The fire department was asked to see if the truck could be purchased for less cost through state bid. They did and by doing so, saved $4,200. The truck will be delivered to Custom Fab & Body in Marion, Wis., where it will be equipped with a tanker and customized. Payment of $186,000 will come from the fire equipment fund. No taxpayer dollars will be used. Spring clean-up day is Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the wastewater treatment plant off Highway 44. The city will not provide pickup service and is only for Mabel residents. Cost is $10 per load and additional $10 charge for each appliance, TV or computer. This year, there will be a $5 additional charge for each mattress or box spring. In other business • Residents can still purchase trees and shrubs through the tree program on a first-come basis. Call (507) 493-5299. • Hydrant flushing is scheduled for April 23-27. • Bills were approved to pay in the amount of $109,777. • The free Friday bus to the Spring Grove pool was approved for this summer. Karen Larson, city clerk, will contact the bus company to make arrangements. • The summer recreation program director was approved to be hired again at the same rate. Katie Bergey will be paid $400 per week during the six-week program to coordinate the activities. The next city council meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at city hall in Mabel.

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Builder appreciates Harmony’s rebate program By Hannah Wingert Andy Bunge spoke at the April 10 Harmony City Council meeting to express his appreciation for the residential home construction rebate available in Harmony. “As a builder and a local developer, I just want to thank the City of Harmony and the EDA for their boldness in continuing the housing incentive,” he said. Bunge recently purchased a property in Harmony with the intent to build a four-plex on the site after tearing down the existing structure. With the rebate program, he was able to receive a check for $12,000, which almost covered the demolition costs. Bunge pointed out that with the taxes that will be paid for the four-plex unit, the city will recoup that check within 3 ½ to 4 years. “I have received many pleasant compliments from people in Harmony for cleaning up that property,” he stated. He hopes to be able to continue to work with the city of Harmony in the future to build new homes in Harmony. Tom Olinger from Abdo, Eick & Meyers gave the 2017 audit report to the council. “Overall the audit went really well,” he said. There were no Minnesota legal compliance findings, disagreements, or difficulties found during the audit. Olinger also noted that the fund balance is currently sitting at 142.3%, which is a healthy balance. He recommended continuing to be careful to plan future projects appropriately. The council approved the audit as presented. Fillmore County Assessor Cindy Blagsvedt presented the Local Board of Appeals and Equalization review. There were no visitors present to appeal the value of their property and the board of appeal was closed at 7:30 pm. Ralph Beastrom, treasurer for the Harmony Historical Society, updated the council on the Harmony grain elevator restoration project. A $10,000 grant was received to get it started, but the society is looking at long-term fund raising goals. It was estimated that around $100,000 will be needed just to get the outside and entrance presentable and

Andy Bunge addresses the Harmony City Council. Photo by Hannah Wingert will not cover the interior work that also needs to be done. An eight member community-wide committee has been formed and positive feedback regarding the restoration has been received from various people around town. The Historical Society would like to keep the City of Harmony as involved as possible with the project. “We think as a group that it’s important for the city to be involved,” Beastrom noted. “We want to do it right, and we want the city’s input.” The society is hoping to be able to obtain the property from current owner Jeff Soma, who has expressed an interest in donating it, and then donate it to the city so it would fall under the city’s umbrella of insurance. “We’re a little nervous going ahead without your direction,” Beastrom said to the council, adding that he was hoping to get some direction as to how involved the City of Harmony desired to be in the project. City Administrator Jerome Illg agreed that the city should be involved, but noted that a formal agreement would need to be drafted to ensure that everything goes the way it’s supposed to. A motion was made and approved to accept the donation of the property after a survey is done, conditional on getting a development agreement signed at the same time. Beastrom also informed the council that all nine historical signs have been received and will be installed around town as soon as the weather permits. Walking

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tour brochures will be available at the Visitors Center and an unveiling ceremony is being planned for May. Andrew Kingsley from Harmony Gardens and Floral asked permission from the council to raise chickens on his commercial property in town. He was able to get signatures granting permission from most of his adjacent neighbors. The chickens would be contained at all times on the property and housed in portable chicken coops called “chicken tractors.” No roosters would be kept with the chickens. The city ordinance does not currently allow farm animals to be raised within city limits. The council discussed changing the ordinance to allow them with a conditional use permit. City Attorney Greg Schieber agreed to draft a revision to the current ordinance for the council to review at their next meeting. Kingsley thanked the council for their consideration. The council reviewed the quotes received for the Hahn utility extension project. A bid from TLC Excavating, Inc was approved in the amount of $33,200.00. Joe Hahn will be paying for the project. The council had voted to remove the limit on the number of off-sale liquor licenses that could be issued out of the ordinance, allowing them to approve as many of those licenses as they would like. They also discussed increasing the off-sale license fee from $100 to $240. A public hearing was set for May 8 during the next city council meeting to discuss the fee increase before making a decision. Maintenance Director Chris Johnson informed the council that the two sample fridge units for water samples will need to replaced soon. One stopped working, but was able to be repaired. About a week later, the second unit died as well and is in need of a new compressor. Kingsley’s Mercantile is searching for a replacement compressor, but in the meantime,

The FCJ reaches over 13,000 households each week. the fridge is out of commission. New units would cost between $4,000 and $5,000 apiece. He asked if the council would prefer to replace both units or keep on paying for repair costs. Mayor Steve Donney suggested allowing one or two more repairs and then re-evaluating the situation. The rest of the council agreed with the suggestion. Johnson had asked about replacing the city’s snow plow at a previous meeting, which would be a significant cost. Illg assured the council that money is set aside each year to pay for a new truck so the funds are available and earmarked for that purpose. Johnson will obtain quotes to present to the council before a decision is made. The council approved trading in the city’s tractor for a new one.

They decided not to replace the skidloader at this time. Well #3 is the only one of the three city wells which has chlorine scales to monitor chlorine usage. The maintenance workers currently have to estimate the levels at the other wells. The council approved a motion to purchase and install chlorine scales at the other two wells. The Harmony Public Library recently received a payment of $993.42 from SELCO as payment for Harmony’s books that were sent to other libraries through the SELCO system. Librarian Stephanie Silvers will be using that money to increase the library’s e-book selection. The meeting was adjourned. The next Harmony City Council meeting will be held on May 8 at 7 p.m.

Animals removed from property in cruelty investigation The Animal Humane Society (AHS) recently received multiple complaints regarding the care and welfare of numerous animals located on a rural property in Fillmore County. The complaints alleged that animals were injured, physically abused, and subject to a deplorable sanitary environment. Humane Agent Scott Hill investigated the complaints by visiting the property and making contact with the owner of the animals. He observed a group of rabbits, ducks, and chicks that were confined to unsanitary and overcrowded cages. Agent Hill determined that the animals were living in an unhealthy environment, and the living conditions did not meet the minimum care standards required by law. Several of the animals appeared to be suffering from untreated injuries and health problems. The existing conditions appear to have accumulated over a period of months. Agent Hill offered the owner options to correct and/or improve the living conditions the animals were subject to. The response by the owner suggested she was unable or unwilling to make the necessary improvements that would meet the minimum standards required by law. As a result, Agent Hill worked with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office to procure a search warrant. On April 5 Agent Hill and a team from AHS, along with Fillmore County Deputies, executed the warrant and

removed 18 rabbits, eight ducks, and five chicks from the property. Agent Hill will continue to work with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office on this pending criminal animal cruelty investigation. The animals will be quarantined at AHS for care and treatment pending a disposition hearing pursuant to Minnesota Statute 343.235. The Fillmore County Sheriff‘s Department is working in concert with the Animal Humane Society (AHS) based in Golden Valley, Minn. AHS is a private 501 C 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. They have a legislative commission to assist law enforcement with the investigation and enforcement of the animal welfare chapters 343-346. The Animal Humane Society employs two professional Humane Agents specifically trained in humane law enforcement. They also provide law enforcement with the personnel, equipment and resources necessary to process criminal animal cruelty cases. Animal welfare cases are often emotionally charged and complicated and this case is no exception. However, the facts and circumstances will be thoroughly investigated and due process will be followed as required by law. This is an active investigation. The sheriff’s department asks those that are following this case to reserve judgement until all the facts are gathered and the investigation is completed.

Fillmore County District Court On April 5, Amber Marie Erickson appeared before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat. Erickson, 34 of Preston, is charged with Domestic Assault - By Strangulation, a felony with a maximum criminal

penalty of three years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both. On or about April 4, within Preston, the defendant allegedly assaulted a family or household member by strangulation.

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The Houston High School Band and Choir recently completed their 2018 trip with numerous events in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area. The HHS Band performed at Pine Island where the two bands played for each other and then performed 2 songs together. The band and Jazz Band also performed at the Mall of America. The groups toured the State Capitol, History Center, Science Museum, MN Institute of Arts, and Sea Life at MOA. The groups saw the musical "Newsies" at Chanhassen and saw instruments being built at Music Masters in Stillwater. Also, included were meals at the Dock Cafe in Stillwater and cooking their own meal with the chefs at Way Cool Cooking School in Eden Prairie.

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Senior Trent Edwards was recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor group at MN State College-Southeast. The top 10% of students with 12 credits or more and a 3.5 GPA have been selected for this honor. Way to go Trent! Congratulations to senior Noah Carlson for winning the Class A Male State Triple “A” Award! The award was presented to Noah at the Triple "A" banquet which was held in conjunction with the Boys State Basketball Tournament on March 24. "Established in 1988, the award, known as the Triple "A" Award, recognizes and rewards high school seniors from across the state for their achievements in the classroom, the arts, and athletics." Noah has earned a 4.0 GPA and is active in choir, music, band, drama, honor society, and basketball. More information about the Triple “A” award is available at the Minnesota High School League website:

3rd Grade: 1st Place: Chase Keehner 2nd Place: Lydia Pedretti and Isaac Brand 4th Grade: 1st Place: Grayden Beckman 2nd Place: Kate Baumann 3rd Place: Meta Schutte 5th Grade: 1st Place: John Lee 2nd Place: Caitlin Brand 3rd Place: Izack Hargrove 6th Grade: 1st Place: Jordan Beeman 2nd Place: Nataleigh Dankers 3rd Place: Devin Schieffer (Not pictured)

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By Kirsten Zoellner A potential developer is eyeing a lot along the City of Peterson’s main thoroughfare and if it all pans out, the city could see four rental cabins available for visitors. The option plays into the city’s hopes for more traffic from those enjoying the Root River Trail System or other area destinations. Michael Corcoran was present at the Wednesday, April 11 city council meeting to discuss preliminary plans and to give a brief background on himself. Cochrane has a long history with developing multi-unit dwellings and with utility work, being a master plumber. He lives in rural Peterson and his interest is in the vacant lot at the corner of Mill and Centennial Streets, east of the Acentek building. Corcoran is proposing four, 20-foot by 30-foot cabins, each constructed independently. There are still a number of steps before the plan can be set in motion, including purchase of the lot. Corcoran will be meeting with the city’s Planning Commission for approvals before proceeding with the sale and closing May 31. If approved, one cabin would be built to determine the level of interest in the rental units. Should interest be sufficient for investment, Corcoran would proceed with the additional three cabins, eventually linking all four together by one continuous roof. “I want to see if people come. I don’t want to stick my whole neck out until I know,” he stated. Early plans call for log-sided cabins with an A-frame peaked roof. Each unit would have two bedrooms, likely in an upstairs

$140. Fillmore County Preston Police Department Sheriff’s Office Matthew Douglas Carpen- Megan Renee Hanks, 23, Minter, 45, Grand Meadow, Minn.; neapolis, Minn.; 2/23/2018, Fail3/14/2018, Speeding (64/55), Fine ure to Stop at Stop Sign, Fine $50, Total Fees $140. $40, Total Fees $130. David Duane Stevens, 45, Roch- Mark David Jauert, 25, Pine ester, Minn.; 3/8/2018, Speed- Island, Minn.; 1/9/2018, Driving ing (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees After Revocation, Fine $200, Total Fees $320. 1/9/2018, Driver Who $130. is Not Owner Must Later Produce MN Department Proof of Insurance if Required, of Natural Resources - EnforceFine $200. ment Division Charles Mark Mueller, 54, Markus Jon Mulvihill, 20, Rushford, Minn.; 3/8/2018, Fail Fountain, Minn.; 2/24/2018, to Display Registration Num- Careless Driving, Fine $100, Total ber or Affix Unexpired Decal on Fees $190. 2/24/2018, Speeding Snowmobile, Fine $25, Total Fees – (Unreasonable) for Conditions, Fine $40. 2/24/2018, Inattentive $115. Driving, Fine $40. MN State Patrol – Rochester Darin Adolph Nordsving, 46, Michelle Marie Nwabudike, Canton, Minn.; 2/26/2018, Seat 57, Lakeville, Minn.; 2/28/2018, Belt Required - Driver and Passen- Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total gers Must Use, Fine $25, Total Fees Fees $130. Anthony Robert Schwartz, 34, $115. Michelle G. Sacco, 38, Chelms- Lanesboro, Minn.; 1/12/2018, ford, Mass.; 2/25/2018, Speed- Parking Where Signs Prohibit Stopads run theFees week ping, TIME, Fine $25, Total $37. be ingMDAN (69/55), Fine $50,to Total FeesONE

Bill Sherry, CPA at Engelson and Associates (left) presented the City of Peterson’s annual audit April 9. Also pictured is City Clerk Chris Grindland. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner loft, with a dining room, kitchenette, living area, and bathroom on the main floor. A roof overhang, if approved in setbacks, would allow each to have a small porch. The units would be rentable by the day, week or month and if approved, Corcoran would like to begin with the first as early as this fall. The area is currently zoned commercial and Corcoran stated he’d like to keep it that way. However, if the plans do not meet city approvals, he may seek to build a townhome or fourplex instead. “I’d like to have some security and like to have all the information up front,” added Corcoran. “I’d like to try and create some money and revenue for back for you.” “We hope it works for you,” responded Acting Mayor Loren Rue. “I think it would work for the City of Peterson.” In other news, the city received its annual audit report from Engleson & Associates. Present-

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ing the summary was CPA Bill Sherry. In all, the city received a favorable review. Sherry noted the city’s spending of $90,000 for projects and debt service payments, but noted city funds were in good standing. “It’s part of normal operations and isn’t anything significant,” he noted. Debt service remains the city’s largest individual cost and $26,000 was applied in 2017. Several interfund transfers assisted in the debt and project payments. Utility funds indicated a positive balance and trend in each, after previous years had seen the funds not matching expenditures. Water fund is up to a healthy $26,000, electric $15,000, sewer $8,000, and the campground fund is at $6,000. Rue questioned Sherry on whether there were any areas of concern or where ratios fell too high or low. Sherry noted the city’s $180,000 in general fund cash and another $117,000 in CDs. “You have a reserve there. You’re not going to run into anything that’s going to break the bank, at least in the short term,” concluded Sherry. The last agenda item for the council was discussion of a property which is in noncompliance. The property was discussed at last month’s meeting in regards to a shed structure that was erected in front of the main property structure without a permit. According to Rue an incomplete, unsigned permit application was eventually received, but that city attempts to rectify the situation have been unsuccessful. Councilor Dave Colbenson indicated he’d spoken to the party and stated the shed is on a pre-existing slab area. It was noted by Rue that rebuilding on a previous footing must occur within a set time limitation and that was not met. “I hate to be the heavy, but I make the motion that we proceed with a letter from the attorney,” stated Rue. The motion was approved unanimously. The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m., at city hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

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attic, 4 season porch, updated kitchen, walk out, and new updated electrical panel. This property is partially fenced and sits on just under an acre of land. Large enough for growing room. This one is sure to please!

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715 North Broadway (Home Federal Bldg.), Spring Valley, MN Email - OPEN HOUSE • SUNDAY, APRIL 22 • 10-11:30 AM 803 CRESTWOOD COURT SPRING VALLEY • $249,900 Exceptionally meticulous 4 bdrm, 2 bath walkout ranch home located in desirable location on culde-sac drive. You’ll fall in love with the updated kitchen w/granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, deck and patio area made out of brick pavers. Impressive exterior with extensive landscaping and perennial garden area. Beautiful deck that overlooks the back yard. Updated paint colors, extra amenities and ready for new occupants. Just move right in and enjoy. Sellers installed new mitigation system 2018.

Beautifully updated 3 bedroom 2 bath split level home in desirable location. New living room and bedroom carpet. All interior walls have been freshly painted. Lower level finished with large family room, new 3/4 bath with steam shower, large laundry area, bedroom & office/den. Upper level is home to 2 bedrooms, bath, eat in kitchen and patio doors to tiered deck. Steel siding, oversized 2 car garage, 3 season area between house and garage, storage shed and partially fenced back yard. Ready for immediate occupancy!











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You can own this home cheaper than paying rent! Located in quiet community of Ostrander is this nicely maintained 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home. Permanent siding, new furnace, new hot water heater & updated exterior and patio doors. Eat-in kitchen with dinette, main floor bedroom, main floor laundry is shared with 1/4 bath, patio doors from living room on to small deck area and cute little front porch. Located on corner lot with a play house and storage shed included. Priced to sell!





Commercial Opportunities $135,000


Owner is retiring • Unique diner (1927 Goodell Diner Car) • High traffic area • Scenic Lanesboro • Located ACREAGE/BUILDING SITE on Main St • Close to state trail • Property runs down to Root River • Room for outside seating • Turn key FORESTVILLE STATE PARK operation $59,900

344 MAIN ST N #3, CHATFIELD Spectacular views • Large ranch • Master suite w/jetted tub • Walk-in closet • Main floor laundry Condo • 2 bedrooms • 2 baths • Open living, Dining and • Formal living room and dining room • Remodeled Kitchen • Large master with 2 w/in closets • Attached kitchen • 4 bath • Lower level is currently set up as garage a mother-in-law apartment • Completely remodeled 2.9 acres • Wooded • Close to hunting, fishing, $92,900 and updated • 1/2 acre lot • Wildlife • Large deck camping • Private • Ideal for house or cabin

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Ideal location on Main St $630,000 and close to State Bike Trail • Commercial potential 140 acres • Prime hunting ground • 63 acres 933 GRAND ST SE, CHATFIELD for retail, hotel/motel, office tillable • 20 acres pasture • Building site with 4 bedroom • Steel siding • 2+ garage • Large yard • Open outbuildings • 1920 sq. ft. pole shed • Barn • Well space, shops, etc • Updates are already done 27583 DEEP RIVER ROAD LANESBORO

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Large corner lot • Close to elementary • Close to golf course • Open to builders • City Utilities



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


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


Large ranch • 4 bedrooms • 2+ baths • Large wooded lot • Open kitchen and dining • Great views from living room • Master bath • Large w/o family room • d/o could be 5th bedroom • 2+ detached garage • Large private deck


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Totally renovated 3-4 bedrooms 2.5 bath home. All the old world charm with original wood work, built in cabinet, hardwood floors and open stair case. Home has new electrical, new plumbing, updated light fixtures and recessed lighting, all new kitchen, all new updated baths and completely finished lower level with family room, full bath and laundry. Walls have been sheet rocked, all freshly painted, new exterior paint on steel siding, oversized 2 car garage with “man cave” , deck and fenced back yard. Move-in ready!!

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

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209 Washington PI SW, Preston

425 2nd Ave SW, Harmony

TBD Cedar Rd, Peterson

330 Main Ave S, Harmony

3 bedroom, 2 bath • Updated bathrooms • 2 car attached garage • Easy walk to downtown $88,500

4 bed, 3 bath • Wooded yard • Dead end street • Beautiful setting • $205,000

3 bed, 2 bath • Updated lighting and fresh paint • Hardwood floors • Full basement • Covered patio

19.65 acres • Easy access • Wooded • Camp, hike, hunt or build

Efficient living! • Several updates • 2 bed, 2 bath • Move-in ready • 2 car garage • Deck • $72,900





Turnkey restaurant w/equipment • Breakfast, lunch & dinner menus • Coffee shop • Harmony

Full service canoe, kayak, river tube and bike rental outfitter • Bike repair shop & retail • Downtown location

45 1st Ave NE, Harmony

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LD Lanesboro 100 Parkway SOAve, 366 Main St N Chatfield SOLD



12 guest rooms • Commercial kitchen • Private owner’s suite • Preston

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2,448 sq.ft. main floor • 1 bedroom apartment • Full basement for storage • Off street parking • Equipment optional • Canton

Originally town firehall • 2,976 sq. ft • Renovated • Green space • Harmony

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SUMMARY OF MINUTES APRIL 3, 2018 COUNTY BOARD MEETING The Fillmore County Board met in special session at the Courthouse in the City of Preston. All members were present. Also present were the Coordinator/Clerk, and other department heads and staff, citizens, and two members of the press. The following resolutions were adopted by the Board: RESOLUTION 2018-010: Create authority to approve or deny parcel splits RESOLUTION 2018-011: Advancing $321,124.27 out of 2019 State Aid Regular Construction Funds to replace Bridge No. 7950 on County State Aid Highway No. 1, south of City of Ostrander The Board approved the following agenda items: â&#x20AC;˘ the amended agenda. â&#x20AC;˘ the following Consent Agenda: 1. March 27, 2018 County Board minutes. 2. Approval of gambling permit for Preston Golf & Country Club, Inc. 3. Consumption and Display permit and 3.2 Malt Liquor license renewal for Preston Golf and Country Club. â&#x20AC;˘ proclamation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month for month of April 2018. â&#x20AC;˘ Fillmore County Land Transfer Policy. â&#x20AC;˘ access permit for Brad and Judy Herman and Earl and Bev Haas for a new field driveway in Section 20, Newburg Township. â&#x20AC;˘ access permit for Timothy and Susan Gossman for a new field driveway, Section 16, Jordan Township. â&#x20AC;˘ close out and completion of 2017 NRBG Shoreland Grant. â&#x20AC;˘ close out and completion of 2017 NRBG SSTS Grant as recommended by the Zoning Administrator. â&#x20AC;˘ close out and completion of 2017 NRBG SSTS Incentive Grant. â&#x20AC;˘ access permit for Ryan and Bobbie Laganiere to expand their existing driveway access on County Road 5, Section 22, City of Wykoff. â&#x20AC;˘ advertise for replacement of Bridge No. L4899, Beaver Township, Project Number SAP 023-599-198. â&#x20AC;˘ purchase of Dude Solutions Software. â&#x20AC;˘ purchase of a Hydraulic Inspection Vehicle Explorer â&#x20AC;˘ recognition and proclamation for National Public Safety Telecommunicators. The following Commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; warrants were approved: REVENUE FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount Continental Research Corp., supplies $906.28 Fillmore County Treasurer-Credit Card/ACH, postage $2,500.00 Suhler, Jr., Atty/Frederick S., services $1,110.00 Winona Heating & Ventilating, Inc., services $1,025.07 TOTAL REVENUE FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $5,541.35 TOTAL REVENUE FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (20 bills - not listed) $2,291.77 TOTAL REVENUE FUND $7,833.12 ROAD & BRIDGE FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount David Syverson Freightliner, parts $551.04 Severson Oil Company, fuel $2,132.63 Stonebrooke Engineering, services $5,308.00 Ziegler, Inc., parts $647.38 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $8,639.05 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (6 bills - not listed) $526.90 TOTAL ROAD & BRIDGE FUND $9,165.95 SANITATION FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount Dynamic Recycling, services $2,279.78 Liberty Tire Recycling, LLC, services $1,093.22 TOTAL SANITATION FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $3,373.00 TOTAL SANITATION FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (3 bills - not listed) $895.68 TOTAL SANITATION FUND $4,268.68 AIRPORT FUND Vendor Name, Description Amount Fillmore County Auditor/Treasurer, fuel $6,410.22 TOTAL AIRPORT FUND BILLS OVER $500 (listed above) $6,410.22 TOTAL AIRPORT FUND BILLS UNDER $500 (1 bill - not listed) $400.00 TOTAL AIRPORT FUND $6,810.22 The above represents a summary of the County Board actions on the listed date. Official County Board minutes are on file in the Fillmore County Courthouse and are available for review during regular business hours. County Board meetings are usually scheduled for Tuesday mornings at 9:00 in the Commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Room in the Courthouse. Questions regarding the minutes or upcoming meetings can be directed to Bobbie Vickerman, Coordinator/Clerk of the County Board at 507/765-4566. Publish 16 Minnesota Secretary of State CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 1. State the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: twin oak acres 2. State the address of the principal place of business. A complete street address or rural route and rural route box number is required; the address cannot be a P.O. Box. 23195 County 8 Fountain, mn 55935 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Scott e. winslow 23195 county 8 fountain, mn 55935 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Dated: April 5, 2018 /s/ Scott Winslow Publish 16,23 board of appeal & equalization city of wykoff The Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting for the City of Wykoff will be held on Monday, April 26, 2018, from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM in the Fillmore County Assessorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office located in the Fillmore County Courthouse. Printed with Publish Soy ink 9,16



COUNTY PROJECTS BIDS CLOSE May 14, 2018 FILLMORE COUNTY, MN NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be accepted by the County Engineer, at the Fillmore County Highway Department, Preston, MN until 1:30 p.m. on the 14th day of May, 2018, for the following project: SAP 023-599-198: Bridge replacement with culvert and approach grading, located on 160th St (Twp 381), from the intersection of CSAH 5 and 160th St in Cherry Grove, MN west on 160th St 2.34 miles, approximately 6.5 miles SE of Ostrander, MN. Major quantities include 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; X 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122; pc concrete box culvert & end sections, excavation, aggregate and erosion control. Plan and proposal price is $30.00 picked up, and $35.00 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 bidderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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: April 9, 2018 Ronald Gregg, County Engineer Fillmore County, MN Publish 16,23,30

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Minnesota Secretary of State CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 1. State the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: flowstone fishing 2. State the address of the principal place of business. A complete street address or rural route and rural route box number is required; the address cannot be a P.O. Box. 1002 John and Mary Dr. chatfield, mn 55923 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Bret jerome klaehn 1002 john and mary dr chatfield, mn 55923 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Dated: April 7, 2018 Bret Klaehn Publish 16,23

SUMNER TOWNSHIP ACCEPTING QUOTES Sumner Township Board will accept quotes for patrolling and snowplowing with equipment of at least 140 horsepower for the coming year that runs from May 1, 2018, through April 30, 2019. The Board requires a truck capable of spreading rock on icy roads and a loader available for loading rock. A certificate of insurance must accompany all bids with a minimum of one million dollars in coverage. Quotes are also being accepted for class 2 aggregate that meets state specifications by the ton only with charges verified by certified truck scale weight tickets, with and without delivery rates, with delivery and spreading to be started no later than June 1, 2018, and completed by June 20, 2018. Also, include a rate for residential rock. A certificate of insurance must accompany all quotes with a minimum of one million dollars in coverage. Please note: Rock delivered for use on township roads MUST BE APPROVED for quality and adherence to bid specifications by township designee PRIOR to any distribution. Quotes are also being sought for the following: roadside mowing, in-ditch brush mowing, lawn mowing and weed trimming. Quotes must be in an envelope marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quote Enclosedâ&#x20AC;? and be in the hands of the Clerk by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018, or can be delivered to the Township Supervisorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; April 23, 2018, meeting at 6:30 pm at the Sumner Town Hall. Quotes will be discussed at the April meeting and the Sumner Town Board reserves the right to negotiate, accept or reject any or all quotes. Marianne Hockema, Clerk 14309 County 102 Springwith Valley,Soy Mn 55975 Printed ink Publish 9,16

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No: 23-PR-18-221 In Re: Estate of Randy Joel Benson, Decedent. NOTICE OF AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR DETERMINATION OF DESCENT Sandra Mae Benson, Petitioner, has filed a Petition for Determination of Descent. It is Ordered that on May 1, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. a hearing will be held in this Court at Preston, Minnesota, on the petition. The petition represents that the Decedent died testate more than three (3) years ago leaving property in Minnesota. The petition requests the Court probate the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last Will dated October 27, 2011, determine the descent of such property, and assign the property to the persons entitled. Any objections to the petition must be raised at the hearing or filed with the Court prior to the hearing. If the petition is proper and no objections are filed or raised, the petition will be granted. Notice shall be given by publishing this Notice and Order as provided by law and by: Mailing a copy of this Notice and Order to each interested person by United States mail at least 14 days before the time set for the hearing; and Publishing this Notice and Order in accordance with Minn. Stat. § 524.1401(3). Dated: March 29, 2018 MATTHEW J. OPAT Judge of District Court JAMES ATTWOOD Court Administrator By: /s/ Sara Peterson LUHMANN LAW, LLC Dwight Luhmann MN# 0300238 209 Saint Paul Street SW PO Box 87 Preston, MN 55965 Telephone: 507-216-6622 Facsimile: 507-216-6033 e-mail: ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER Publish 9,16 NOrway township rock quotes The Norway Township board is accepting quotes for crushed rock. Include a per ton price for rock delivered and spread on township roads and a price loaded onto township truck. A quote for ice rock can be included as well. Certificates of Insurance must be included with quotes. Quotes will be opened at the regular monthly meeting on April 17, 2018, at 7 pm at Norway Town Hall, 44005 County Road 10, Rushford, MN 55971. Walter Laumb, Clerk Publish 9,16




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AUCTION CALENDAR Sat., April 14 at 9am - Antiques, collectibles, tools, furniture and household items. For more information, contact Spring Valley Sales, 507346-2183. Listing in the Journal Sat., April 21 at 9am - Antiques, collectibles, tools, household items and much more! For more information contact Spring Valley Sales, 507-346-2183. Listing in the Journal

ONLINE AUCTIONS Starts ending on Sun., April 15 at 5:30pm Harley Davidson, John Deere riding mower, Heilemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beer signs & beer glasses, power tools, glassware, sporting goods and much more! For more information, contact Tony Becker at Becker Auction, 507-458-4439. Listing in the Journal

EMPLOYMENT FULL-TIME DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE needed at Fillmore Central Schools in Preston/Harmony, MN. Boilerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s License Required. Start Date: July 1, 2018. Interested parties should submit a letter of application and completed Fillmore Central Classified Employment Application to: Heath Olstad, K-12 Principal, Fillmore Central Schools, PO Box 599, Harmony, MN 55939. Applications available online at > Employment Opportunities. Position open until filled. Fillmore Central ISD #2198 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. h9,16-o

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Part-time Positions Available 0-3HIFTs/VERNIGHT3HIFT Competitive Wages & Benefits available!

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Seasonal Park/Campground Maintenance Position - The City of Lanesboro is accepting applications for a part-time Seasonal Park Maintenance position for the 2018 season. This position will include 20 hours per week and will run from approximately June to September, must be able to work weekends. Applications may be picked up at City Hall at 202 Parkway Avenue South or e-mail to receive an electronic copy. Applications are due by 3:00 pm, Wednesday, April 18th. h2,9,16-o ROOT RIVER HARDWOODS Kiln Dried Lumber Store - Looking for a carpenter to work in our door shop. Work indoors year-round. Drug test required. Benefit package available. Retirement plan. Apply at Hwy 52 N, Preston, MN, 507-765-2284. h16,23,30-o

MABEL Green Lea Senior Living is Looking for Special people Who Want to Make a Difference


Part-time Second Shift NEW WAGE SCALE

"Applicants will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital status, sexual orientation and status with regard to public assistance, military/veterans status, or any other legally protected characteristic."


LANESBORO SCHOOL DISTRICT #229 is accepting applications from qualified individuals for the position of Head Girls Basketball Coach for the 2018-2019 school year. Applications can be found on our school website ( or may be picked up at the school office, 100 Kirkwood St E Lanesboro, MN. Send application to Jody Peterson-Athletic Director, 100 Kirkwood St E, Lanesboro MN 55949. Deadline is May 1, 2018. EOE. h2,9,16-o

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OTR TRUCKERS NEEDED. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re treated like family, give great pay and benefits. Drive newer equipment. Over 75 years in business. Ask about our taxfree money. Call Scott at 507-437-9905. (MCN)


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HOUSEKEEPER/ALA Every other weekend and holiday. Day shift, ďŹ&#x201A;exible hours.

HELP WANTED: Dairy farm in Lanesboro area looking for part-time milking help. Flexible scheduling. If interested, call Tom at 507-951-8941. h16,23-x

A great place to work! Call Cathy at 507-765-9986 or 507-259-3291

AIRLINES ARE HIRING - Get FAA approved hands on Aviation training. Financial Aid for qualified students Career placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888686-1704 (NANI)

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POSITION AVAILABLE Fillmore County Farm Service Agency (FSA) has a temporary, full-time

PROGRAM TECHNICIAN position open. Computer skills are required. Starting pay is

$12.74-$16/hour depending on the qualiďŹ cations of the applicant. Position is located at the Fillmore County FSA OfďŹ ce, 413 Farmers St NW, Preston, MN, Tel. 507 765-3892 EXT 2. Applications must be ďŹ led on form FSA-675 and may be obtained at the Fillmore County FSA OfďŹ ce or obtained online at Applications will be accepted at the Fillmore County FSA OfďŹ ce through close of business April 20th, 2018. For questions, please contact the County OfďŹ ce. FSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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Full-time Evening CNA 2:15-10:30pm positions available Thinking about a career as a CertiďŹ ed Nursing Assistant (CNA)? We can help launch your career! Paid training and paid while you are training! Contact: Sue Lenz, DON (507) 886-6544 Ext: 73377 or Deb Johnson, OfďŹ ce Manager, Ext: 73372

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GUNDERSEN HARMONY CARE CENTER 815 Main Ave. S. Harmony, MN 55939

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Advertising Sales Are you organized? Do you have great written and verbal skills? Do you enjoy helping people? Then this will be the perfect job for you! The Fillmore County Journal is hiring for an advertising sales position to take over an established territory in the Rushford, Peterson, Houston, and Winona area. This position offers great compensation opportunities, tremendous flexibility, and the ability to work from home. Marketing experience is a plus. Past sales experience preferred. If you are looking for an opportunity to help businesses succeed with a publication that sells itself, then please send your cover letter and resume to or, P.O. Box 496, Preston, MN 55965. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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2018 Teacher of The Year? Teachers have a very challenging and important job, shaping the minds of our future generations. Teacher Appreciation Day is May 8, 2018, and our team at the Fillmore County Journal will be working with all of the school districts in Fillmore County to recognize all teachers for their service. The Fillmore County Journal will be recognizing one special educator in Fillmore County who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, engaged students with innovative teaching methods, and helped students achieve a high level of academic success. To nominate a teacher, please fill out the for m below. All nominations are due at the Fillmore County Jour nal office, 136 St. Anthony Street S, P.O. Box 496, Preston, Minn. 55965 by noon on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Please be sure to include as many details as possible with your nomination, and feel free to include additional documents if you need more space to express support for your nominee. Call 507-765-2151 with questions regarding nominations. The Teacher of the Year will be recognized in the May 7, 2018 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, following an award presentation sponsored by Drury's Furniture Store, Har mony Foods, Preston Foods, Rushford Foods, and Ody’s Country Meats & Catering.

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

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

Fillmore County Journal - 4.16.18  
Fillmore County Journal - 4.16.18