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Pine Island City Council looks at projects ahead a $700 per month lease at 611 N. Main Street for the sheriff’s office. The Pine Island City Council Back in October, the EDA met on January 17 to discuss and City Council had approved major upcoming changes, the a $50,000 loan for upgrades on first of which was a new emer- the building occupied by Island gency vehicle pre-emption system Tool and Die. Another $25,000 which allows emergency vehicles will now be added to that loan for to speed the lights up to stop traf- heating and air conditioning. fic when necessary. The system The council also discussed goals will come at a cost of a shade over and objectives for organizing $13,000 with the City of Pine solid waste collection. The counIsland paying half. cil resolved to approach local Traffic lights at the Pine Island businesses as well as residents overpass should be equipped with in order to obtain information the system by fall, according to which will aid in decision-making Mayor Paul Perry. on the direction to be taken in Installation of the system in the future. emergency vehicles will cost about “If all goes well it will take a $650 per vehicle, an expense year” said Mayor Perry. which has already been included The board gave updates on in the 2012 budget. alley resurfacing and the northThe fire department took the west street project. During the oath of office before the board renovations, Third Avenue was and citizens. shifted a few feet to the east to The telephone company fran- allow more room between propchise agreement was tabled until erty lines and the public trail. next month until some of the Further projects which would details of the deal can be worked begin in April or May will be out, but a deal is close, according submitted for approval at the next to Perry. City Council meeting, which is The council also approved scheduled for February 21. By Forrest Dailey

Judy Weller of Rochester began running marathons around the age 40.

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Rochester woman has completed 30 marathons By Forrest Dailey

Americans are overweight and it is our sedentary lifestyle that is to blame. When we spend all that time spent behind a desk, what can we do? Try telling that to Judy Weller. Weller, 52, sales manager at Marco in Rochester just completed her 30th marathon last year. An amazing feat considering that little more than ten years ago, Weller was out of shape, and a long time smoker. As a younger adult she participated in recreational soccer leagues but it was “more social,” says Weller. “It got me out of the house, but sometimes it was more about going out afterward and having beer and pizza.”

Having just passed the age of 40, and realizing that after that age, women gain a pound per year, Weller began to consider making changes. A friend introduced her to a diet and walking program. About this same time, Weller was informed by her daughter that she would soon be a grandmother. “That was when I started putting on the sneakers and heading out the door.” It wasn’t long before she signed herself up for Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth. Though Weller’s first six marathons were walks, not runs, she took a decidedly unique approach to the task. While many runners intersperse brief slowdown periods along the way to maintain their energy, Weller would take “run breaks” during walked mara-

thons “to improve on my time.” She slowly transitioned from mostly walking to mostly running, and it wasn’t long before she was signing up for 50-mile and eventually 100-mile ultramarathons to raise money for the food program at the Boys and Girls Club, where she was a board member for nine years. Though her path to 100k seems like quite a leap, Weller notes this is not the path for everyone to take. The largest barrier to making such a life change is the burnout that comes upon moving too fast, all the same, Weller says there has to be a set goal. For her, that goal just happened to be to get right into marathons, as opposed to 5k or See WELLER Page 8 

Ten grants awarded to Rochester Schools by RPS Foundation over $30,000. Each participating school group received $1,000, totaling $17,000. Additionally, ten grants totalIn this economy, funding is scant for education. But not in ing $24,635 were awarded to supRochester, thanks to the efforts port key education needs through of the Rochester Public Schools the Foundation’s annual grant Foundation. Their 1st annu- cycle. Winning proposals are: at al Haunted Hallways Event in Century High, “Wading Into the partnership with the Rochester Wetlands- Providing STEM [SciDowntown Alliance and Kahler See GRANTS Page 8  Grand Hotel gathered approxiComment on this article at mately 7,000 attendees and raised By R achel H ammer


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Obituaries Roy Cliford Erickson Roy Clifford Erickson, 95, of Harmony, Minnesota, passed away January 13, 2012, at Harmony Community Healthcare in Harmony, Minnesota. Roy was born on October 16, 1916, in Edmore, North Dakota, to Edward and Nora Erickson. He was baptized in Derrick, North Dakota, on November 26, 1916. Roy moved to Minnesota in 1918 to Fillmore County near Henrytown. He was confirmed at Henrytown Lutheran Church on November 29, 1931. Roy attended grade school in Henrytown and graduated from Canton High School in 1934. He stayed home and farmed until 1948, when he moved to Harmony working for Fillmore Coop Service. In 1951, Roy was a co-manager and trucker of the Harmony Shipping Association. Roy was united in marriage to Violet Arns on September 19, 1954. In 1962, he purchased the Ed Evinrud farm and farmed it until 1991, when it was sold and

he moved to town. Roy was a member of the Preston town board for eleven years, was an active member of Greenfield Lutheran Church and served on the council. He was on the Fillmore County Pork Producers Board for six years, was a member of the Lions Club for several years, was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, and served on the Harmony School Board. He was an Amish tour guide for many years and had many friends in the Amish community. Roy’s greatest love was his family. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participating in sports, choir and band. He cherished his great grandchildren and liked playing cards, traveling, and most of all working on the farm. Roy is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Violet of Harmony, MN; children: Michael (Linda) of Chatfield, MN; Richard (Peggy) of Farmington, MN; Dean (Lisa) of Preston, MN; and Carol (Brian) Larson of Maplewood, MN; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; brother, Melvin (Lucy) of Chicago, IL; sister, Frances of Spring Valley, MN; sister-in-law Joyce

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of Harmony, MN, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Walter, Hillman, Arnold and Hanford, and sister Florence. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Lindstrom Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Paul Haugerud Paul Edward Haugerud, 41, of Harmony, MN, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2012. Paul was born April 16, 1970, in Washington, D.C. When he was eight years old, he moved with his family to Minnesota, where he grew up and graduated from Harmony High School in 1988. He enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed on the USS Mauna Kea in Concord, California. He was deployed on two tours which took him to many countries around the world. In 1992 he married Michelle, and in 1994 when his service ended, they moved to Harmony, Minnesota with their children. He was self employed in the paint and drywall business, and in 2002 he and his wife purchased the JEM Movie Theatre where they enjoyed showing movies and working with their children. He also helped at Wheelers with roller skating and was the Commander of the Harmony American Legion. He and Michelle just celebrated their twenty year wedding anniversary. Paul had many friends which he enjoyed visiting with and making them laugh. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing and hunting, and working on small engines. He really loved watching the show “American Pickers” with

Peter and talking about history with him. Paul was just learning to fly and was looking forward to one day getting his pilots license. He loved to help others and had a very generous heart. Paul is survived by his wife Michelle, children Peter, Julia, Sierra, Mary, Danielle (John) Flicek, and Kenneth, grandchildren Marshall and Lyla, parents Mary and Mark, sister Amber

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(Ben), brothers Howard (Angie), Mark, Michael and Luke, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces. A visitation for Paul Edward Haugerud was held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, with Military Honors at 3:30pm, at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony, MN. No other services were held.


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Olmsted County Church Directory Ascension Lutheran Church....................... Thurdays - 6:30pm; ........................................................ Sundays - 8am & 10:30am 2207 11th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-2781 Assembly of God .................Sundays - 8am, 9:30am & 11:00am 4240 18th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)288-0868 Autumn Ridge Church.......... Sat. 5:30pm; Sun. 9am & 10:30am 3611 Salem Rd SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-8880 Bethel Baptist Church, SBC ....Wed. - 7:00pm & Sun. - 10:45am 1937 7th St. NW, Rochester, MN (507)252-4787 Byron United Methodist Church ..Sundays - 9:00am & 11:00am 503 1st Ave. NW, Byron, MN (507)775-6610 Calvary Episcopal Church ...........Sundays - 8am, 9am & 11am 3rd Ave & SW 2nd St., Rochester, MN (507)282-6496 Calvary Evangelical Free Church...............Saturdays - 5:30pm; .......................................................... Sundays 9am & 10:30am 5500 25th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-4612 Christ Lutheran Church ...............................Sundays - 10:00am 2904 20th St. SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-0271 Christ Our Rock Lutheran Church .... Sun. - 8:00am & 10:30am 3040 Stonehedge Dr. NE, Rochester, MN (507)252-5088 Christ’s Church of the Jesus Hour .........Wednesdays - 6:30pm; ........................................................... Sundays - 10am & 11am 2311 Hwy 52 North, Rochester, MN (507)529-1220 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ...........Sun. - 9am, 2300 Viola Heights Dr. NE, Rochester (507)281-6640 ...... 11am, 1:00pm Church of the Savior, RCA .............................Sundays - 9:30am 971 16th St. SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-7491 Community Presbyterian Church..................Sundays - 9:30am 3705 55th St. NW, Rochester, MN (507)280-9291 Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church .........Sundays - 10:30am 2810 40th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-6532 Crosswinds Church .....................................Saturdays - 5:30pm ....................................................Sundays - 9:15am & 11:00am 8106 31st Ave. NW, Oronoco, MN (507)289-7937 Destiny Church .............................................Sundays - 10:00am 3240 40th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN (507)281-3536 Douglas United Methodist Church ..............Sundays - 10:00am 6507 75th St. NW, Oronoco, MN (507)281-3526 Dover United Methodist Church ....................Sundays - 9:00am 105 S. Pleasant St., Dover, MN (507)932-4966 Gethsemane Lutheran Brethren Church .....Sundays - 10:30am 2204 22nd St. NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-1121 Gloria Dei Lutheran Church ....................... Wednesdays - 6:00; ...................................... Sundays - 8:00am, 9:15am & 10:45am 1212 12th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)289-1841 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ..............Saturdays - 5:30pm; ........................................................ Sundays - 8am & 10:30am 559 20th St SW, Rochester, MN (507)289-1748 Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church ............Sundays - 10:00am 45 1st Ave. NE, Oronoco, MN (507)367-4329

Grace Church ................................................Sundays - 10:30am 702 1st Ave. E, Stewartville, MN (507)533-4704 Emmanuel Baptist Church ...........................Sundays - 10:30am 2911 18th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)289-7244 Faith United Methodist Church ...................Sundays - 10:30am 27 4th Street SW, Eyota, MN (507)545-2641 First Baptist Church .................. Wed. - 6:30pm, Sun. - 10:30am 100 5th St. SE, Stewartville, MN (507)533-8808 First Presbyterian Church............Sundays - 8:30am & 11:00am 512 3rd SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-1618 First Unitarian Universalist Church ... Sun. - 9:00am & 11:00am 1727 Walden Lane SW, Rochester, MN (507)282-5209 High Forest Community Church....................Sundays - 8:00am 12036 SW Oak Ave, Stewartville, MN (507)533-4890 Holy Redeemer Catholic Church ...................Sundays - 8:00am 22 E. 2nd St., Eyota, MN (507)932-3294 Homestead United Methodist Church....Wednesdays - 6:30pm ....................................................Sundays - 9:00am & 10:45am 400 13th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-8911 Hope Summit Christian Church ........ Sun. - 9:00am & 10:30am 1315 6th Ave. SE, Rochester (507)288-2393 Life Evangelical Lutheran Church .................Sundays - 9:30am 4500 60th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-8280 Marion Church of Christ........................Wednesdays - 6:30pm; ......................................................................Sundays 10:30am 5296 65th Ave. SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-1063 New Testament Baptist Church ..............Wednesdays - 7:00pm ................................................... Sundays - 10:30am & 5:00pm 2119 3rd Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)292-0745 Oak Hills Wesleyan Church ......Sat. - 5:00pm & Sun. - 10:30am 410 28th St. SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-6053 Oasis Church ..................................................Sundays - 9:30am 1815 NW 38th St, Rochester, MN (507)289-8596 Our Savior’s Lutheran Church .....Sundays - 8:00am & 10:30am 2124 Viola Rd. NE, Rochester, MN (507)289-3021 Pax Christi Catholic Church ................................. Sat. - 5:15pm; ....................................................Sun. - 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:45am; ......................Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. - 9:00am & Wed. - 7:00am 4135 18th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-8542 Peace United Church of Christ ....Sundays - 8:30am & 11:00am 1503 2nd Ave NE, Rochester, MN (507)282-6117 Pleasant Grove Church of Christ .................Sundays - 10:30am 4713 Cty Rd 140 SE, Stewartville, MN (507)533-8680 Presbyterian Church of Oronoco.................Sundays - 11:00am 20 3rd St. SW, Oronoco, MN (507)367-4711 Real Lutheran Fellowship ............................Sundays - 11:00am 4207 Sapphire Ln. NW, Rochester, MN (507)289-6438 Redeemer Lutheran Church ......................Saturdays - 5:30pm; ....................................................Sundays - 8:00am & 10:40am 869 7th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-5147

Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church ... Mondays - 6:30pm ......................................................... Sundays - 8am &10:30am 4520 19th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-8280 Rochester Baptist Church .. Wed. - 7:00pm, Sun. - 11am & 6pm 420 11th Ave NE, Rochester, MN (507)287-9771 Rochester Community Baptist Church ............. Wed. - 6:30pm; ....................................................Sundays - 9:30am & 11:00am 1048 6th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-8706 Rochester Covenant Church ........Sundays - 8:30am & 11:00am 4950 31st Ave. NW, Rochester, MN (507)289-2990 Rochester Pentecostal Church ...............Wednesdays - 7:30pm; ................................................... Sundays - 10:00am & 7:00pm 3657 Sheffield Lane SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-4342 Salem Road Covenant Church .......................Sundays - 9:30am 3401 Salem Rd. SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-9601 Salvation Army .............................Sundays - 9:45am & 11:00am 20 1st Ave NE, Rochester, MN (507)288-3663 South Troy Wesleyan Church ................2nd Sundays - 10:30am 56817 Hwy 63, Zumbro Falls, MN (507)259-1442 St. Bernard Catholic Church .....Sat. - 5:00pm & Sun. - 10:30am 116 4th Ave. SE, Stewartville, MN (507)533-8257 St. Bridget Catholic Church ...........................Sundays - 8:30am 2123 Cty. Rd 16 SE, Rochester, MN (507)533-8257 St. Luke’s Episcopal Church .......................... Saturdays - 5pm; ....................................................Sundays - 8:00am & 10:00am 1884 22nd St. NW, Rochester, MN (507)288-2469 St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church ..... Mon.-Fri. 12:10pm; ...............................Sat. 4:30pm; Sun. - 8am, 9:30pm, 11:15am 11 4th Ave SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-7372 St. John’s Lutheran Church .......................Thursdays - 6:30pm; ....................................................Sundays - 8:00am & 10:30am 111 2nd Ave NE, Stewartville, MN (507)533-4420 Stewartville Christian Church .....................Sundays - 11:00am 751 Cty. Rd. 106, Stewartville, MN (507)533-4545 Stewartville United Methodist Church ............Sundays 9:00am 900 John Wesley Ave. NW, Stewartville, MN (507)533-4625 The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Chosen Generation Parish ...........................Sundays - 10:30am 1300 10th Ave. NE, Rochester, MN (507)202-4726 Trinity Lutheran Church .............. Wed. - 6:30pm; Sat. - 5:30pm 222 6th Ave SW, Rochester, MN (507)289-1531 .... Sun. - 8am & 10:30am Unity of Rochester Study Group ... 2nd & 4th Sundays 10:30am 103 7th St. NE, Rochester, MN (Rochester Rep Theatre) Victory Baptist Church ..........................Wednesdays - 7:00pm; ....................................................................Sundays - 11:00am 606 36th Ave. SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-2966 Viola Bible Church .........................................Sundays 11:00am 10606 Main St. NE, Viola, MN (507)876-2092 World of Life Church of God in Christ .............. Wed. - 6:30pm; ....................................................................Sundays - 10:30am 4925 Hwy 52 N, Rochester, MN (507)206-6633

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By John Goutcher How does our nation determine the direction it needs to take in order to continue on the pathway to economic and social success? In order to find a direction in which our nation should move, first we need to look back and see where we have John Goutcher been. In my lifetime, I have watched the creation of television, computer and internet, a super highway system uniting our nation built, mankind on the moon accomplished, and suffered through cold wars, hot wars and mild recessions. Throughout all this, I as well as other Americans, stuck by our values and beliefs knowing that we represented a nation which had a “yes we can” mentality. I believe that as a nation we had faith in our system of government and a sense that the direction that where we were heading was based on the fact that if we worked hard enough and had talent we could get ahead regardless of race, creed or color. I have a problem adjusting to the mass media headlines and listening to the public dialogue responses to the status of our current economic decline. I am dismayed with the complete failure of all phases of government. I am amazed that people who I never heard talk about these issues now openly speak in total despair of our nation’s ability to address any of the major issues facing our nation today. I am perplexed at the amount of deflated values Americans seem to have of themselves and the decline of the nation to which they love. What people talk about is not really what needs to be expressed openly. The gigantic problem, which needs to be addressed, deals with debts and deficits. These issues are of paramount importance today as well as in the future. Each and every Editorial Cartoon

day we add $3 billion to our deficits and have to borrow 39 cents of every dollar we spend. This information was provided by former Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairman of the bipartisan commission, created by President Obama to try to get our deficits under control. It is worthy to note that President Obama walked away from their recommendations, even though as Simpson said, “He was the one who asked us to write it (the report).” At the present time this nation has 79 million baby boomers on the road to retirement. How secure is the payout through the Social Security system for these people? Does dropping from a Triple A bond rating to Double A indicate that investors will now think twice before placing money into government trust? We didn’t just wake up three years ago and find our nation in a terrible financial mess. This nation has been wading in the swamp of deficit and debts for over a decade. First arriving on the scene was Vice-President Cheney, who told us that the escalating deficits were not a problem, and as a nation we waded though the swamp up to our knees. The emergency measures instituted by President Bush and maintained by President Obama saved us for a period of time, but the swamp water level did not drop. By now every unemployed worker, every bankrupt small business, every voter expected a huge turn-around in the direction our nation was heading and the swamp would be drained under the Obama Administration. Instead of presenting an administration program with an emphasis on confidence building for the American people, the course taken was to blame the wealthy and position them against the rest of the population. As if the government is not to blame for creating the deficits in the first place. When President Obama began his term in office, the rhetoric was that of hope for the American people. Now it seems we have a President who worries more about his own political stand-

ing than about the country’s future. It appears the President spends more time campaigning than governing. He has opened up his reelection campaign by creating resentment, fear and a distrust of those who have money. Perhaps if the wealthy would open up their checkbooks and make a “volunteer donation” to reduce the deficit, this act would set the tone for recovery. It would be even more significant if those who opened their checkbooks first were our politicians. This action would then become part of the public record for all to see. Those politicians who fail to contribute would be expected to vote no on any tax bill before Congress. Hope, which was a factor in the election three years ago, has been left drowning in the swamp water. As the swamp water continues to rise, public resentment to any politician from any party or affiliation continues to be questioned. Statements and bits of information issued from Washington, D. C. are dealt with distrust. For example, it was reported by the U. S. Department of Labor that the current percent of unemployed had dropped to 8.7 percent. In my last commentary entitled “Is the Ship Sinking” I stated how important the position of creating jobs was to the image of success to any President. Job creation and the reduction of unemployment is a strong factor in determining a successful administration. What the U. S. Department of Labor statistics do not tell us is the 8.7 percent figure doesn’t include the underemployed or those who have stopped looking for work. This index, which is determined monthly from households across America, counts only people actively looking for work. When we add in the underemployed, those people who are working parttime, but wish to be working more hours, and factor in that segment of our population which are discouraged from job hunting, the statistics rise to 16.6 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which began tracking these additional figures, is a unit within the same U.S. Department of Labor that produced the 8.7 percent

figure. If you were the President of the United States, which percent would you want your administration to release to the American public? The American public understands that something is wrong. After all, the public is chest deep in swamp water with no hope forthcoming from political parties. The public is aware that liberals refuse to acknowledge that we must live within our means and that government is to be considered a part of the problem. Conservatives refuse to admit that in our society and with our economic imbalances, businesses can be a part of the problem. The public knows that political parties have failed to deal with problems of education, foreign trade, and industrial policy. It is probably safe to say that in less than 10 months, issues confronting the public will take a back seat to campaign rhetoric and the water in the swamp will only continue to rise. The “yes we can” mentality, so important to our lifestyle in years past, has become rusty from being in the swamp water far too long. The American public is clearly looking for candidate that isn’t afraid if someone says they don’t like them, who is willing to stand up for what they believe, and excited about talking and making decisions about the tough topics like immigration and public welfare. What we need is a candidate who will be honest with us and do whatever is possible and legal to restore our belief in America. We have eliminated all of the alternatives and the swamp water is rising. The future is now. Think about it.

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C ommentary Letter about the Oronoco dam To the Editor, Many city’s are located along rivers that often flood and cause considerable damage downstream. In Rochester not too many years ago, we spent a great deal of money on creating lakes in the tributaries that would store the peak flow to a manageable amount that could be handled safely by the channel through the city. In Oronoco, the gate on top of the dam served the same function as the Rochester storm system does, with one exception, you had to have a “Pat Hall” that raised the gate at the proper time. It became “too dangerous” to raise the boards and when the peak of the flood broke the gate, a lot of downstream people were flooded out. In your editorial of Jan. 16, you pointed out that some of the costs that would accrue towards converting this lake to a wet swamp park. Several months ago, you had an article showing how much money was already available for the park and dam removal. It would cost far more than replacing the boards that have served so well until now. For a few hundred thousand, a hydraulic gate could be put on the dam that would be safe to raise at any time and preserve the benefits of the flood prevention for communities further down the river. I know that the Natural resource department does not want to replace the hundreds of dams that there are in Minnesota but this particular dam could have saved a community not far down the river had the boards been raised in time. This river will flood again. Al Schumann, Eyota, MN

One Moment Please... “Where Olmsted County News Comes First” By Jason Sethre Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell phone: 507-251-5297 Included with today’s Journal, you’ll find stories from of our first annual Progress Edition. In our other newspaper, the Fillmore County Journal, we have been publishing the Progress Edition for three years, and our readers have Jason Sethre always appreciated reading about the business climate of their county. It seems to me that all we ever hear in the national media is negative news. Yes, our nation is facing challenges in this new economy. But, I do believe we have positive momentum on our side. We have to believe that, don’t we? As I stated in my column in this week’s Fillmore County Journal, I don’t believe politicians can save us. They are too busy campaigning and trying to make us believe they will provide the pathway to hope and change. We are the only ones who can change our individual -- and on a larger collective scale -- destiny. We need to be proactive and take calculated risks. When I look at how Rochester has evolved since the time I was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in 1974 (in the middle of a January blizzard, according to my parents), I am amazed what a BIG little city this has become. And, Rochester’s growth, as is to be expected, has caused a ripple effect throughout the region. Rochester’s sister communities, which I call the “burbs,” Stewartville, Byron, Pine Island, Oronoco, Dover and Eyota, all towns in which the

Olmsted County Journal covers the local city government news and school board meetings, have seen growth in both population and school district enrollment. I cannot thank our reporters enough for covering all the good things happening in Olmsted County. In Dover, Shanna Wegman is an educator and entrepreneur turning goat milk into something serving the needs of people near and far. Her story reminds me of one of my favorite teachers at Gage Elementary School in Northwest Rochester. Ms. Silha brought her goats to our school so we could see them. We wrote stories about goats that year, naming our own imaginary goat. We even used goat soap in the classroom. Shanna is connecting the farm with the big city, which I think is commendable. Thanks to reporter Bill Lisser for telling an important story for the little community of Dover. In Eyota, open enrollment has become a real hot button issue. There are so many parents driving their kids from Rochester to the Dover-Eyota schools that the school district has had to establish a waiting list. A good school district is a tremendous asset to any community. As our readers have seen in past issues of the Olmsted County Journal, we have evaluated MCA test scores of all school districts in Olmsted County, and the Dover-Eyota Public School District should be proud of their results. They must be doing something right. Again, thanks to Bill Lisser for reporting on developments in Eyota. In Stewartville, Halcon has become a perfect example of what we need to see happen in every small town. This company has become a major employer in Stewartville, bringing new jobs and new money into the region. In Byron, the Somerby Golf Community has become a centrifugal force, attracting housing growth, a boost to the public school district enrollment, and the prestige of one of the most scenic and elegant golf courses in the

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entire state of Minnesota. And, again, I must thank Kevin Blanchard for doing such a good job of covering Byron. He wears many hats, and wears them all so well. In Pine Island, the Pine Cheese Mart is run by a husband-and-wife team, just like our newspapers. Pine Island is a major attraction as a result of the commitment Wally and Susan Klopp have made to continuously provide great products and great customer service. Anything that gets visitors to stop in your community is a benefit to all other businesses that can capitalize. Thanks to reporter Forrest Dailey for helping us tell this great family business story. And, last but certainly not least, in Rochester we have achieved something I always wondered about as teenager graduating from Mayo Senior High School in 1992. Yeah, I’m getting old! Rachel Hammer took on the challenge of telling the story about how Rochester is slowly becoming a “college town.” When I graduated from high school in 1992, I immediately looked to RCTC to begin my pre-veterinary program. I was like most freshman in college, not knowing exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was always amazed that Rochester, a population of around 90,000 at that time, did not provide an option of a four-year college. Yes, there was a 2-plus-2 program option in which students could transfer credits from RCTC to colleges like Winona State University. But, how could a little town like Winona have not just one four-year college, but two options if you consider St. Mary’s University of Minnesota? Meanwhile, the big city of Rochester, home to the Mayo Clinic, could not achieve the status of a fouryear college. Well, my prayers have been answered. And, in multiplicity. As Rachel Hammer’s story demonstrates, Rochester poses a multitude of


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Non-profits feel the pinch of 2nd Street upgrade By Nate Langworthy Reconstruction of 2nd Street southwest between 6th and 11th Avenues is going forward with construction set to begin during the summer. However, the costs assessed to nonprofit groups and other property owners along the stretch are not seen as workable by representatives of these organizations, and several showed up to voice their displeasure. “This assessment would greatly set us back in our operating budget,” said Kathryn Hawkins, a board member of Rochester A Better Chance. Hawkins reported that the organization was assessed $18,000 and their annual operating budget is about $70,000. Like the rest of the nonprofit representatives present, Hawkins stated that A Better Chance receives most of its funding

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ing someone suffering along with you when the temperature is 104, it just helps,” says Weller. “To watch people change and grow,” is a valuable experience. “We all give each other something.” When Weller ran her first marathon, she did so with a friend. “It was really motivating because I was responsible for getting her across the finish line.” Weller was referring to her knowledge regarding pacing and nutrition, and how she had to see herself as a life-line for her friend. “The running world is made up of people who do focus on volunteerism. I think they are a giving community,” says Weller, who went on to describe how being able to use your passion, whatever it might be, to help someone else can be yet another inspiration to become active. “This has connected me to wonderful people all around the country,” says Weller, a new board member of “Lace Up Against Breast Cancer” to raise money for Breast Cancer research. Weller has many friends and family who have been touched by cancer. “Family support is huge,” says Weller. “My husband is my biggest supporter. He doesn’t come to all of my races anymore, but he supports me in a lot of other

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2011 Dover woman makes soap from goat milk By Bill Lisser Soapmaker, Business Owner, Teacher; you could use all three to describe Shanna Wegman, owner of Simple Soaps for Simple Folks in Dover, Minnesota. It all started with a dream Shanna had of milking goats. Her dream has taken her from milking goats to making natural soaps and recently to a store front in Dover. “My husband bought me two goats to satisfy my dream when I moved here from Wisconsin,” Shanna said. That number has grown to seven goats today. How long does it take to milk a goat? “It only takes five to seven minutes,” said Shanna. “We milk them by hand.” Sandy and Ethel have been responsible for producing at least part of the milk for the soap from the beginning. Because goats produce more milk at various times of the year, some milk is fresh frozen to use at a later date. “I refuse to buy it,” said Shanna. “I want to produce it myself.”

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Rochester: A college town? By Rachel Hammer Rochester is one of the best places in the United States to grow up, claimed US News and World Report in 2009. And chances are, if you did grow up in Rochester, you are now finding it ever more difficult to leave. The third biggest city in Minnesota boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country (4.5 percent in November 2011) and Rochester may finally be on the brink of becoming a real college town. “I think Rochester is slowly becoming more of a college town. You see more young people walking around and a little more of a night life, but it is still a very professional city,” said Jessica Gascoigne, a student at University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR). In response to the influx of college age students brought by UMR’s opening of University Square on the third floor of the Galleria in 2007, a few restaurants downtown have reinvigorated their menus, 318 Commons on First Avenue has been constructed with 98 apartments for student housing, more and more hoodies, sweatpants, and backpacks can be seen in the sea of suits and scrubs on Second Street, and inklings of alternative culture emerge at the

Rochester Art Center’s Flux, an evening of music, drinks, and dancing at the museum that targets young adults in town. Bilotti’s has pizza that you can order four different ways—takeout, frozen, dine-in, or street meat. Now all we need is a couple of funky coffee shops that are open until midnight. Then we’re a college town. Drew Erie, a third year student at Mayo Medical School and someone who grew up in Rochester says, “One thing that could make Rochester feel more like a college town is to have a legit coffee shop. A college town coffee shop has plenty of table space for studying and is open late, at least until 10 pm.” Coffee shops might indeed be an appetizing bay leaf to the meaty main course that is already in place—a solid infrastructure of degree programs and campus resources. For those seeking a diploma in SE Minnesota, Rochester is home to the campuses of nine higher education centers: Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) at the University Center Rochester which shares its campus with a branch of Winona State University, Crossroads College, Cardinal Stritch University, the Minnesota School of Business,

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own chicken’s eggshells. There are no dyes or pigments in the soaps. Of course, Shanna’s own fresh goat milk finds its way into each bar. She likes using her own ingredients. “We dairy farm organically and believe in selfsustainability,” Shanna proudly said. “Our lifestyle is simple.” Depending on the time of the year and environmental conditions, the handcrafted soap has to cure for four to six weeks before it is sellable. Word of mouth marketing has been very important in the selling of her soap. “People who use my soap tell others,” said Shanna. Because of the ingredients used, the soap can be used by people with skin sensitivities.” People have asked about buying her soaps wholesale for resell under other names, but standing by her lifestyle and beliefs, Shanna won’t do that. She likes talking with people face-to-face about her product, as I found out during my visit to her store. She does have her products and downtown, UMR, as well as branches of Augsburg College, College of St. Scholastica, and Saint Mary’s University. RCTC is the largest campus in Rochester, annually enrolling over 6,000 students. RCTC President Don Supalla says that, “As Minnesota’s first two-year college, Rochester Community and Technical College’s future is rooted in our past. The college will continue its long-standing mission to deliver accessible, affordable, quality learning opportunities to a diverse and growing community; thus achieving our vision of being a universal gateway to world class learning.” In the coming years, RCTC plans to expand beyond what they now offer: 70 programs of study, 130 degree options, and more than 300 online learning opportunities. They have more than 20 athletic fields with a Bubble for winter season use. They hope to develop more innovative partnerships with business and industry, and to increase the dual credit partnerships already in place See ROCHESTER Page 11 


for sell at the People’s Food Co-op in Rochester, Bluff Country Co-op in Winona, and River Bend Market Co-op in Red Wing. You can find her at the Rochester Farmers Market and Winona Farmers Market. Shanna produces a wide variety of Essential Oil Bars and Fragrance Oil Bars. Fragrance oil bars have synthetic oils (scented oils) while essential oil bars use a live plant source. She gravitates more to these because of the ingredients. Over a ton of soap was produced last year. With bars weighing one to four ounces, that adds up to a lot of bars of soap. Simple Soap for Simple Folks also produces solid hand lotion bars and lip butter. The hand lotions are made with certified organic oils and local beeswax. The lip butter is made with certified organic olive oil and local beeswax. You will notice that Shanna

produces many of the ingredients for her products herself. But she does have a strong belief in buying local, so the ingredients she does need to buy she buys from local businesses. According to Shanna, unlike what most people believe, that goats will eat anything, they are selective eaters. Their lips are designed to quickly sort through the food they are eating and select what they like best. You’ve heard the saying you are what you eat; the flavor of the milk is affected by what they eat. Shanna invites other local artisans to display their products for sale in her store. “I want to give opportunity to other people and the community can benefit,” Shanna said. She also teaches soap making classes. To find out more about Shanna and her products you can go to www.

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2011 Real Estate recession is over By Kevin Blanchard According to Dean Mack, realtor with Edina Realty of Rochester, and Ron Peltier with Home Services of America, “We are out of the real estate recession.” Mack and his office were chosen in 2011 by the Somerby Golf Community to be the realtors for the properties available at in Byron. “Rochester is the main engine for the real estate market,” he said. “We are seeing a lot of interest in the smaller outlying communities like Byron.” “Last year was the worst year for new construction in the area,” Mack said. “It was slow, people were not buying lots – they wanted to see what they were buying. “We are extremely excited about the builders who have projects beginning,” he said. “I know of five contractors who are working on new model homes.” “Somerby has weathered the storm while maintaining the integrity of the building plans,” he said. “They have not compromised the quality of the design of their homes.” “The city of Byron, city administrator and city council have been helpful in creating a positive environment for build-

ers and developers,” Mack said. “They have begun an incentive program to increase the interest of builders to take a serious look at Byron.” Mack said that builders and financial institutions have worked together to create a positive environment for real estate developers. “For instance, Home Federal created an incentive for builders and realtors,” he said. The Somerby Golf Community currently has sixty-seven buildable lots. “We have several new phases of development that will be coming,” Mack said. “We have a detached villa project coming soon.” He said that there is a variety of available inventory – townhomes, villas and single family homes. The prices range from $290,000 to more than $1 million. “The Somerby Golf Community appeals to all age groups,” Mack said. “Golf is not the only activity – the community itself is the big draw.” In addition to the club house, there are many social activities for the community residents. When asked about the real estate market in the Rochester area, Mack said that the current See BYRON Page 13 

Pine Cheese Mart a part of Pine Island for many years By Forrest Dailey Fortune, along with a lot of hard work and care, have served Wally Klopp well. When Klopp took over management of The Pine Cheese Mart from his father in 1964, it was a twenty-year old specialty cheese shop with a mail order following. Five years after he took over, Klopp moved the business to a new location within Pine Island, a logical reaction to environment. “When the highway to Minneapolis opened we’d lost our visibility to traffic,” says Klopp. The store which Klopp runs with his wife Susan, has developed, evolved, and grown. “If we tried to stay in cheese sales alone we may not have survived,” Klopp explained. “There was a time when grocery stores had no idea what imported cheeses were, but now they have awesome cheese displays. We still do a fine business and have cheeses that other stores don’t have,” Klopp went on to say. But they needed to do more. And it became much more. After another six years, the Klopps tapped into the wine and beer business in 1975. “Up until about ten years ago we were [still mostly] local and imported cheeses,” said Klopp. “It was then that our beer

and wine-making overtook cheese sales.” Their home wine and beer making business thrived to the point that they opened a second location in Rochester in 2004. Not only has the Klopps’ business survived, it has consistently been the largest retailer of wine and beer-making kits in the country. “We had to give that side of the business its own name,” says Klopp of what is now called the Von Klopp Brew Shop. “People would call in about wine or beer and they’d hear ‘Pine Cheese Mart’ and they’d hang up.” The Von Klopp Brew Shop brewing equipment kit includes everything that one would need to make the product from their own home, along with a supply of specialty grade juice from which twenty-seven bottles of all different varieties of wine can be produced. “If you are looking for a $60 bottle of wine, then this probably isn’t for you,” Klopp explains. “But with $25 bottles our product can compete very nicely.” And it can be done at an expense to the customer of about $4.50. Many of Klopp’s customers will no longer buy commercial wine. “There tends to be a bad connotation to homemade wine, but our wines are so good,” said

Klopp, “we had a customer who bought a bottle of Tuscan wine in Italy and she said it wasn’t nearly as good as the one she made that we had a kit for.” Physical expansion, and a product that draws traffic from as far east as Sparta, Wisconsin and as far south as Des Moines, Iowa notwithstanding, the Klopps have not depended on an online presence to expand their business. “We have an internet presence,” says Klopp. “But the internet has not been a real factor in our expanding sales,” noting that ninety percent of the company’s business is from people just walking in, though they still do business in mail order gifts. The Pine Cheese Mart was a small town locally owned operation that made it very big with a simple business philosophy, which according to Klopp consists of “care for our customers, satisfy them, and care about the product we sell. When we select our cheese, we get the best we can find. It is a niche market that gives us an edge over competitors.” As for the highway to the Twin Cities, which once took away the Pine Cheese Mart’s visibility causing Klopp to set up shop at a new location, it now brings in extensive traffic from the Metro area to The Cheese Mart and the Brew Shop.

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with Rochester Public high schools. RCTC shares its campus with a branch of Winona State University (WSU), and offers a “2+2” program they call the “Path to Purple.” Students who complete two years as RCTC students, which is 24 credits, and who earn a minimum 2.4 GPA are guaranteed admission to WSU. Chief of RCTC Student Affairs and Strategic Operations Officer, Dave Weber, says, “Ten percent of RCTC graduates [120 students] enroll at WSU on either campus within one term of graduating.” Because this pathway is markedly less expensive than the other local offerings, this number of 120 students may increase in the coming decade as students re-evaluate their financial commitments in this volatile economy. The second largest institution in Rochester, UMR, also has an ambitious vision for the future. Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle says, “UMR looks to continue growing our student body and plans to enroll 1,000 students within the next couple of years. With an increased number of undergraduate students, we are seeing greater energy and vitality in downtown. UMR is continuing to explore opportunities to collaborate with the existing and developing resources of our great community - and we are building the best under-

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graduate health sciences program in the nation.” Indeed, propitious factors that make this statement a realizable goal for UMR are UMR’s new partnership with Mayo School of Health Sciences and the proximity of the Mayo Clinic, the Mayo Graduate School, and Mayo Medical School. Paul Warner, student at Mayo Medical School, grew up in Rochester and is excited about the changes he sees taking place downtown. “I consider downtown Rochester to be gaining momentum as a college town as it continues to build an integrated University of MN campus downtown. Every time I read about the U buying land downtown, I get a giddy smile on my face because it means a lot of potential for diversifying the feel of downtown. Rochester has tended for years to have a more professional aura in its downtown sector for very obvious reasons. While this is not going to dramatically change, nor should it have to given the symbiosis between Rochester and the Mayo Clinic, I’m happy to see young people walking to the downtown campus in U of MN sweatpants and hoodies.” While UMR and RCTC together are bringing an unprecedented undergraduate population to Rochester, the census reality remains that the majority of the population is comprised of families with kids. A survey conducted five years ago

by the U.S. Census Bureau found that 50 percent of the households in Rochester are occupied by married couples; 31 percent of the households have on average two kids under the age of 18. This translates to almost 24,000 families within the city. Many parents of these families are working while going to school, and that has created a niche for the flourishing of non-traditional degree programs. For non-traditional undergraduates who are working while earning credits, Minnesota Business School offers many online courses. Also, Augsburg’s downtown campus serves 550 students annually, and as Director Dr. Karl Wolfe describes, Augsburg uniquely offers classes “on weekday evenings to accommodate busy working adult schedules.” Among the degrees offered in entirety at the Augsburg Rochester campus are a doctorate in nursing, Masters in nursing, business administration, and education, as well as four bachelors degrees. Similarly, 600 students attend St. Scholastica in SE Rochester, many of whom are taking advantage of the RN to BS program which allows practicing nurses to continue their education while working. Their campus downtown in the MN Biobusiness Center was “designed with the evolving needs of their students in mind. Students can use the space for classes, group or individual study, or they can just stop by for a hot cup

of coffee,” said Bob Achenmacher, Executive Director of Communications at the College. Furthermore, their claim to fame is that they are, “the first in the nation to offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in [Health Information Management] and is considered by many to be the top program in the country.” Outside downtown, located off of Mayowood Road SW, Crossroads College (formerly Minnesota Bible College), offers a Christian college education “that emphasizes character, ethics and values-based leadership. The study of the Bible and community service is at the core of our educational experience,” says Crossroads Vice President of Student Development, Tim McKinney. With just over 150 students, Crossroads College is the smallest college in Rochester, but they require each of their students to provide at least threehours of community service to the city each year. Another institution with a vision for serving the community is Mayo Medical School, whose building is etched with the Latin motto that once belonged to the Rochester Public Library “Non Multa Sed Bona” (Not many, but good). With their small student body of less than 200 students, they emphasize community outreach with mandatory service projects. City leaders currently anxious about the transformation of down-

town, and therein, the fervor to create new restrictions on first time liquor licenses, must understand that what the college students want to see in a reinvigorated Rochester is not more liquor and bars, but more culture. Paul Warner brainstorms his downtown wish list, “Chipotle-type restaurants to fit the college budget, live music venues for up and coming local talent, maybe even a small downtown artsy movie theatre that will play independent films not available at the blockbuster-suburban type theatres already well established in town.” Another lifelong resident and now graduate student in Rochester, Tim Poterucha, concurs with Warner, “Rochester is so much more of a college town than it was 10 years ago. With the addition of the University of Minnesota Rochester campus and a number of programs in the Mayo School of Health Sciences, there is a strong student population that has triggered the revitalization of downtown. With the new opening of a dormitory for the UMR students to live in, I think this trend will just continue. Hopefully, everyone in the city will be able to enjoy the benefits of a vibrant and cultured downtown.” UMR student Nicole Yates predicts, “I think in the next couple years Rochester downtown will become the place to be.”

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2011 Dover-Eyota enrollment By Bill Lisser The Dover-Eyota School District has embraced the issue of open enrollment and implemented procedures that make it a non-issue and process that works well for them. Formal open enrollment management began in the Dover-Eyota School district in 2006. “We did a thorough study of building capacity. If maxed out with students, what could they hold,” said Superintendent of Schools Bruce Klaehn. “After determining building capacity, we relocated 6th grade from the elementary school to the high school.” The elementary school was strained the most, so they moved the sixth grade to the high school building. It freed up needed space at the elementary school and created a true middle school. The district has a limit of 90 students for kindergarten through first grade, 92 students for second through fifth grades, 94 students for sixth through eighth grade and ninth through twelfth has maximum of 98 students. There is a waiting list to be accepted through open enrollment. Students living in the school district are automatically taken. First notices are sent out in February to people with students on the waiting list. But, because of people moving or sometimes parents holding a student back, a position may open for a student closer to the school start date in fall. In

the case of multiple students in a family, they try not to split them up, but sometimes there aren’t openings for all of them. Then the family has to make the decision if they want to split the students up. That has happened in the past, and the one student left out gets accepted at a future date. Reasons for people living outside the district wanting to enroll in the Dover-Eyota district are all over the board. “Sometimes it is because of the smaller school, sometimes it is because the people are living closer to the D-E School District,” Klaehn said. “It can be just a matter of convenience.” Whatever the reason they are in the Dover-Eyota School District, it doesn’t matter much to the district or to the other students. There is a melting pot of resident and non-resident students. “Whatever the reason they are here, they are ours,” Klaehn said. “We don’t spend time knowing who they are.” According to Klaehn, they have found once a student enrolls in kindergarten in the school district they are likely to graduate from high school there. As far as transportation, there are pick up points no more than two miles from the school district boundary. “Where there is a large concentration of students, there is a pickup point,” Klaehn said. Because of how student funding works, this does not add to the cost.

Podein looks for an active Stewartville Chamber in 2012 By Kevin Blanchard Incoming President Mark Podien is excited about the year ahead for the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce and plans to build on the success they experienced in 2011. Podien, the owner of Podien’s Power Equipment, has been a part of the business community in Stewartville for the past twenty-seven years. Podeins Power Equipment is a Polaris, Victory and John Deere fullservice dealership. He will become the next President for the Chamber on February 1. “We launched a shop local campaign in 2011 and people are really stepping up,” Podien said. “Being this close to Rochester, we need to encourage local businesses to keep

the community shopping in town.” “We plan to launch a Facebook site for the Chamber,” he said. “I am not much of computer guy, but we have people that put that together for us. It gives our businesses another place to advertise (for free) and talk about special offers.” “This past year, our city really stepped up,” outgoing President Connie Grisim said. “They have been awesome.” “We were able to take the dance back to the park with their help,” she said. “Law enforcement did a great job during the dance and the people loved the whole experience.” “We also brought back the Chamber-sponsored senior honor banquet,” Podien said. “We had not hosted the banquet for several

years.” “Because of these events and the Parade of Lights in December, we now have people coming to us to be on the board,” Podien said. “We now have a full board. It is great, when you ask board members to get involved, they do it.” “I hope to have an easy year because of the board that we have,” he said. “We have had two planning meetings for the shop local campaign to gather ideas. We have had seventeen to twenty people at each luncheon.” “We are focused on helping our residents know what Stewartville has to offer,” he said. “I think we have the right crew to accomplish great things this year.”

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challenge is the low inventory and lack of new properties. “We are seeing multiple offers for listings,” he said. “We need to get some fresh inventory to get people back into the market. We are seeing the days on market for properties less than last year.” Mack said that the trend in real estate is for smaller square footage with a variety of amenities. “There are customers in all price ranges and demographics, but they are very cautious,” he said. “There is a low inventory for entry-level homes.

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Jason Mehring, representing 2nd Street Villas apartment buildings, bemoaned the altered access to the properties. He also voiced his displeasure with an $81,000 assessment on top of this year’s 8.5 percent property tax increase. Depending on bids received for the work, the cost of the project may be reduced, but will not increase,

according to Freese. The city requests the assessments be paid within 10 years at an interest rate of 5.75 percent. The first assessments to property owners will most likely be sent out in 2013. Other Council Business Mayo’s five year development plan was unanimously adopted by the council. In presentation of the plan,

Mayo shared general plans for growth in coming years including projects which are set to go forward, including the planned Jacobson Proton Beam facility and parking on the northwestern side of the downtown campus, as well as expanded research and education south of 2nd street in conjunction with the University of Minnesota. Many more projects are

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A: Here is a demonstration of the difference in the amounts you can borrow with a 2% interest rate difference. MONTHLY INCOME MONTHLY INCOME $4000.00 $4000.00 INTEREST RATE INTEREST RATE FIXED 30 YEARS FIXED 30 YEARS 3.75% APR 5.75% APR AMOUNT BORROWED AMOUNT BORROWED $173,823.00 $137,776.00 MONTHLY PRINCIPAL MONTHLY PRINCIPAL & INTEREST & INTEREST $805.00 $805.00 The forecast for interest rates is they will be taking a move higher towards the later part of 2012. With the average sale price of residential homes in Olmsted County, down over 15% from 2010 and extremely low interest rates, NOW is the best time ever to purchase your dream home. Next month …. The differences between renting and owning your home.

A: The need to improve balance. Fortunately, balance can be improved with practice. If you can walk, clear out the throw rugs and try this exercise: Walk along a counter edge that you can hold on to for support. Walk heel to toe. Put weight on one foot at a time. Shift your weight from heel to ball, then from ball to toes. Shift your weight to your forward foot. Again, balance on one heel, ball, then toes. Shift your weight slowly to practice your balance; a three-legged dog can run. You might be surprised how much your balance can be improved after a few weeks of practicing heel to toe walking for ten minutes a day. To optimize your balance, also consider 3 Bowenwork sessions. Bowenwork is gentle, virtually free of side effects, cost effective and successful 75 percent of the time. Call me to bring balance to your life.

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My son came home with another report card that didn’t meet anyone’s expectations. How can we fix this? A: First you need to determine the underlying cause. Start by talking to your son. Did he think he was putting in the work, time and focus to get better grades? Then set up an appointment with his teachers to gather more insight. Is he paying attention in class? Turning in assignments? Bombing on tests? And finally, schedule a cognitive skills assessment to gauge your son’s mental skills like attention, memory and logic and reasoning. Common signs of weak skills include: taking too long to finish homework or tests, reading struggles, attention problems, poor grades and the general sense that a child has so much more potential than his report card reflects. Detecting, then strengthening weak skills leads to faster, more efficient learning and a smarter, more confident child. LearningRx is now offering free cognitive skills assessments in exchange for report cards that don’t meet expectations. For details email Jennifer Beyst at

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Pine Island School Board discusses increased accessibility with e-mail addresses, and recording meetings By Forrest Dailey The Pine Island school board met January 17 approving just under $518,965 in December payroll and $257,132 in bills. The 2011 audit which had been presented on January 5 was approved unanimously by the board. Superintendent Bates announced that the school would be hiring food service staff to provide pizza, hotdogs and other hot food items during the remaining home sport-

ing events this year. The cost is estimated at $2,000, and records will be kept in order to decide whether profit warrants continuation of the program next year. Beginning as early as February, the school board meetings may be recorded. However, this may require updated recording equipment. Whether the meetings will be recorded regularly or not, new recording equipment was recommended by board members, as

County Board praises efforts of Waste-to-Energy program By Nate Langworthy As the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners agreed to pay off the last remain dollars owed for work on the County’s wasteto-energy plant, high praises for the projects were abound. “Not every day do we build waste-to-energy plants in the United States,” said commissioner Dave Perkins, who chairs Minnesota Resource Recovery Association. “I think ours is state of the art.” Perkins said that of the compared to the other eight wasteto-energy facilities in Minnesota, Rochester’s facility is “top of the line. We’re envied by other communities.” Begun 25 years ago, the facility has converted more than 1.4 mil-

lion tons of garbage to electricity through an incineration process. Thirty-seven buildings in Rochester, including the government center, county campus buildings, and Rochester Community and Technical College are provided heat and electricity from the facility. “I don’t think people realize how big a project this was,” said county administrator Richard Devlin. The board agreed to pay Knutson Construction/Harris Mechanical/Hunt Electric (KHH) $3.1 million dollars, more than $1.1 million dollars less than the guaranteed maximum price. Following county administrator Richard Devlin’s recommendation, the board appointed Belinda

closed meetings must be recorded. It was agreed that in order to foster communication, in 2012 each board member will have an E-mail address which will be accessible on the Pine Island school website. The board accepted the donation of a Dell INSPIRON laptop computer from Lois Untinen, as well as ten cases of bottled water for the Pine Island concession from Lyle Wendroth of State Farm Insurance, Zumbrota. Krenik to the role of Director of Communications and Strategic Planning. Krenik, a 27 year Olmsted County employee, will begin prioritizing county programs and evaluating for effectiveness and efficiency. “This opportunity gives me a chance to build upon everything I’ve had a chance to learn,” said Krenik. “I can’t wait to figure out the parameters of these priorities.” The board recognized the contributions of Dr. Anja Roden for stepping into the role of county coroner on short notice and serving throughout 2011. As the Olmsted County Rail Authority, the board heard a report from Olmsted County Rail Alliance consultant Chuck Michael regarding preliminary work on a high speed passenger rail line and a southern rail corridor for freight.

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While giving away belongings to local thrift stores is beneficial for both you and the community, the market will allow you to engage the person who is receiving your gift and an opportunity to enjoy the company of others as you receive gifts in return. Local musicians will offer their talents at the event, and organiz-




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In order to better support district goals, Rob Warneke was named representative of the High Student Achievement Committee, Kim Fall was named representative of the Collaborative Work Environment Committee, and John Champa the representative of the Effective and Efficient Operations Committee. Dan Sobeck, Head Custodian, will retire from Pine Island School effective Jan. 13, and Ag Teacher Denise Rogers will go on maternity leave in April. The school board presented information on implementing a program to involve juniors and seniors in the


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The planning connects Mayo’s campus in Rochester’s downtown central business district to the St. Mary’s Hospital campus through increased presence along 2nd Street SW. Since 1985 Mayo has doubled its presence in Rochester in number of employees and physical space used. Mayo employs about 32,000 people; about half of those work in downtown Rochester. In part to alleviate downtown parking congestion, Mayo plans to develop a new campus on Circle Drive in northwest Rochester and continue to brainstorm alternate modes of commuting to work at the clinic. Maintaining green spaces downtown and developing a bike lane to an existing park and ride at Cascade Creek Park is a consideration of the

plan. Kutzky Park Neighborhood Association president Dave Edmondson thanked Mayo for meeting with the neighborhood bordering the campus prior to the presentation. The plan can be viewed at the Rochester Public Library and on Olmsted County’s website. The council authorized 14 city public works staff to write administrative fines for failure to remove snow from city sidewalks. The fine, approximately $100, will be assessed on a complaint basis in residential neighborhoods. Public works will be more aggressive in enforcing snow removal on downtown sidewalks. The council unanimously adopted a resolution designating Wells Fargo Bank Rochester and US Bank Rochester as depositories of public funds. Council members Wojcik and Hruska requested that locally based financial institutions be considered

for the city’s future banking needs. An ordinance, taken verbatim from existing Minneapolis regulation, was adopted in order to give the city more ability to effectively deal with problem bars and provides a tool to distinguish between different kinds of establishments that serve alcohol. The ordinance requires prospective business owners who are seeking a new or transferred city liquor license to provide the city with a business plan and financial records. Council member Randy Staver expressed concern with the fairness of asking for these pieces of information from businesses selling alcohol and not other businesses and potentially having the council being in a position of determining that a business owner does not have enough capital to fund their business. City Attorney Terry Atkins stated that the usefulness of having financial records from the city’s standpoint


is in predicting whether the business is likely to implement security measures such as lighting, cameras, and security. Wojcik noted that establishments that sell alcohol that need to raise revenue could begin profitable practices with potentially negative community impacts such as “dollar taps and dance parties.” Adoption of the ordinance was approved unanimously. Barb Upton addressed the coun-

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cil regarding Mayor Brede’s request that the council adopt a practice of inviting various community religious leaders to facilitate a prayer before future council meetings. Upton suggested that a time for silent prayer or reflection be adopted instead of a spoken prayer. Wojcik urged those in the audience to visit and complete the community asset inventory survey.

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TILe We offer the most competitive pricing in the market We offer the largest selection in the region WE instALL it...WE instALL it We offer retail or wholesale...residential or commercial We buy direct from the supplier... our pricing cannot be matched Visit our showroom and let our experienced staff guide you. explore the Possibilities The Tile Superstore and more Call 507-285-1109 2411 7th St. NW, Suite A Rochester, MN 55901 Tile-Granite-Cabinetry-Hardwood-Carpet-Vinyl-Laminates


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JEFF WEtzstEin WETZSTEIN CONSTRUCTION, LLC. Complete Home Remodeling • Replacement Windows • New Construction Windows • Storm Doors • Patio Doors • Siding (Steel, Vinyl, Wood) • Etc. 35 Years of Experience #1 Quality Customer Satisfaction Insured & Licensed Call Jeff 507-529-1833 Lic#20634563


Bob’s Construction, Inc. “Just cALL bOb’s” For over 51 years Bob’s Construction has been the Rochester Area’s Preferred Exterior Contractor. Windows: Bays, Bows, Double Hungs, Casements Siding: Steel, Vinyl, Cement Board Roofing: Asphalt, Rubber, Metal doors: Steel, Fiberglass, Entry, Sliding, Garden Professional Installation - Friendly Service The Right Choice Starts with the Right Company! Bob’s Construction, Inc. 4006 Hwy. 14 East, Rochester, MN 55904 507-288-8379 Lic.# 004842



bAsEMEnt WAtEr cOntrOL sincE 1965 •Free Estimates• Beaver Systems, sump pump systems, battery operated sump pumps, under floor drain tile, ProFlow drain systems, under ground outside drains for sump pumps & down spouts, Hold-Right wall Anchors to repair & stabilize cracked & moving basement walls. If you have a basement repair problem we can probably solve it. OWNERS: aRLEIgh & SCOTT BENIkE Rochester 507-281-2714 or Toll Free 1-877-461-9994


WinDOW WOrLD OF rOcHEstEr America’s Largest Vinyl Replacement Company $189 any Size White double hung Window Free In Home Estimates LOW PricE GuArAntEE 507-206-6656 WWW.WinDOWWOrLD.cOM



SIdEWaLkS, STEpS, dRIvEWayS aNd dECkS Jarrett’s Home Service, LLC Call Jarrett 507-254-3458 13-2/15 REdEmpTIvE ROOFINg, LLC Specializing in roof snow removal, roof racking, ice dam removal, and minimizing ice dams before they become a costly problem. Who better to do it than a licensed & insured roofing contractor Ask about our ice dam control program Also do driveways and sidewalks. 24 hOUR SERvICE • 507-251-9220


ALL-stAr bAsEMEnts • Multiple Basement Waterproofing Options • Foundation Repair • Crawl Space Solutions FrEE EstiMAtEs - Call Today! 507-259-7776 • 800-992-7942 Mention this ad by 1-31-12 and receive $100 off your system!

WINdoWS/doorS LArsOn siDinG & WinDOWs In business since 1958 SE Minnesota’s Largest Siding & Window Dealer Offering great specials on all types of siding, windows, doors, seamless gutters, sunroom, decks & more WE WON’T BE UNdERSOLd! 507-288-7111 or 800-221-7111 Lic.#0001482



JB ExTERIORS OF ROChESTER, LLC • Siding • Windows • Seamless Gutters All Your Exterior Needs References Available Guaranteed Quality Service - Fully Insured WHy PAy MOrE? Call Jason for your FREE Estimate 507-272-4524

Wood TrIM & MoULdING Your headquarters for all triM and MOuLDinGs. Complete Supplier of trADitiOnAL, kOOLTM & NEW or OLD CuSTOM DESIGNED Millwork. Bring in your plans and we will gladly give you a free estimate & advice for your complete job. Visit our web site, you will like it: WE WILL NOT BE UNdERSOLd! 100’s of patterns are in our showroom for your observation. We are open 6 days a week millworks plus, Inc. 2130 South Broadway • Rochester, MN 2 Blocks North of Walmart South 507-287-8373 or toll free at: 1-866-271-6411 email:


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going on around how to handle economic crisis right now,” said Jaben Kitson, one of the event’s organizers. “I’d like to see community events and involvement being included as part of the solu-

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tion. When we work cooperatively we help ourselves out a lot more than when we’re in competition.” Kitson noted that in the past people have brought homemade items to the fair, remembering glow-in-the-dark attire made from lights and tennis balls to be worn by dancers being a fun item

to see demonstrated and given away at last year’s fair. He encourages market goers to bring similar creativity to enhance the event. With the good work done already by Time Trader and an active local Freecycle chapter (averaging well over 500 transactions per month for over seven



WANTED: We know that sometimes life deals us a bum rap, situations can occur that we have little or no control over financially. In today’s ever-changing economic cycle, job challenges arise that may have caused financial hardships or unexpected medical emergencies may have dealt an unfair blow. As much as we try, sometimes it is very difficult to rebound from unexpected or out-of-control finances without help or understanding from some outside source. We want that opportunity to help. Re-establishing credit can be as important as buying a car. We have lenders working right now to finalize loans. Let’s see how this program works: From the start, our customers are under no obligation to enter this program, they can say no at any time. This program is designed to re-establish their credit in as short a period of time as possible. Other dealerships offer “Buy Here Pay Here” operations. Generally, you buy a vehicle they want to get rid of, and no credit is established since they do not report to the credit bureau (unless payments are not made) and there are no warranties or guarantees. If credit is established, it’s only with them so people are trapped inside their spiral of driving less than desirable vehicles and never improving

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years through a Yahoo! Groups site), Kitsen hopes that the Really, Really Free Market can develop into an annual fair for local residents to look forward to. Organizers appreciate your generosity, but kindly request restraint from bringing broken or otherwise unusable items.

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their credit situation, which is the primary mission in this venture. At Zumbrota Ford, we offer all of our customers the opportunity to drive the vehicle that is right for them. We only use lenders that help re-establish your credit on 1998 and newer models, that meet the conditioning and mileage criteria of the lenders. Many of these vehicles have remaining factory warranties and are eligible for an extended service contract. After paying on this vehicle, credit will be re-established, provided payments have been maintained current on it and all your other credit obligations. Do you have: 1. A full-time job? 2. $1,300 gross monthly income? 3. Stable residence? 4. Down payment or trade? 5. Past credit problems with a drive to re-establsh credit? If so, we would like the opportunity to help you. Call 1-800-757-3080, ask for Brent or Greg for a completely confidential interview and drive home in your next automobile or truck form Zumbrota Ford tomorrow.

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1926 Collegeview Road SE Rochester. Call 507-

Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-287-1404 for more info.* RCTC LIFE (Learning is ForEver): Stress and Relaxation with Sue Knutson, 10-11am, RCTC Heintz Center Rm. HA104, 1926 Collegeview Road SE Rochester. Call 507-280-3157 for more information. Rochester Elks Spaghetti Dinner, 6-8pm. Hillcrest Shopping Center, 1652 Hwy 52 North. Proceeds go to Elks youth and veterans charities. Coping with Life Alone: 10-week support program for the newly grieving or recently out of a relationship. Thursdays at 7pm, Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Ave SE Rochester. Call Kay for more information: 515-320-3865.

280-5137 for more information. Free Acoustic Jam-Bluegrass and Country Listeners and players welcome, 6:30-9:30pm, Peace United Church of Christ, 14th St. NE and 2nd Ave NE, Rochester.* Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 7pm, Autumn Ridge Church. *

FRIDAY, JAN. 27 RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever): The Story of WWII Fighter Aircraft with Tom Brinkman. 10am-12 noon. Heintz Center Rm. HA112,

SATURDAY, JAN. 28 Rochester Downtown Winter Farmer’s Market, Building 41, Olmsted Co. Fairgrounds, 9am-12noon*. Widows & Widowers of Rochester meeting, 9:15am, breakfast at 9:30. Clarion Inn South on Broadway. For more information, call 507289-2263.* Small Dog Rescue of MN Adoption Event, 10am-1pm, Leashes and Leads, 6214 14th St NW, Byron. Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process

Classifieds EMPLOYMENT Care attendant for adult in home. Cares, housekeeping and cooking. Overnights possible. Travel possible. Self-motivated. $13/hr. Spring Valley. 507-251-2978. h25,1- o

EMPLOYMENT DRIVERS WANTED! Lawrence Transportation $1500 Safety Incentive Sign-On & Referral Bonus Available CDL-A + 1 Yr Exp Req 800-328-7224 x205. h25,1- o

SUNDAY, JAN. 29 Urban Prairie Program Winter Presentation, 4pm, Chatfield Public Library, 314 South Main Street, Chatfield. Hosted by the Prairie Smoke Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts, Jacob Ryg, Rochester’s City Forester, will present an introduction and overview on the Urban Prairie program, its history, management plan, etc., and show maps with the locations of these little gems. Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 5:30pm, Hope Summit Christian Church. *

MONDAY, JAN. 30 Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call

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Oronoco Auto Parts and Auto Sales

410 1st St. SE, Oronoco, MN 55960 507-367-4315 • 800-369-4315 • Just 5 minutes north of Rochester on Hwy 52 ‘01 Windstar - Black, 130K ............... $2,195

‘93 Suburban - 4x4, Tan, Clean, 206K.. $1,895

‘01 Caravan - Blue, 191K.............. $2,195

‘01 Sonota - White, 180K .............. $1,595

‘95 Aspire - Red, 103K, Man. Trans ...... $995

‘05 Taurus - Gold, 148K ................ $3,495

‘01 Daewoo Lanos - White, 101K ..$1,995

‘02 300M - Blue, 150K, Loaded ..... $3,495

‘99 Deville - Gold, 82K ................. $3,495

‘98 Stratus - Silver, 116K .............. $2,195

‘97 Deville - Red, 101K ................. $2,995

‘97 Sebring Conv. - Black, 160K ...$1,995

‘96 Beretta - White, 145K.............. $1,295

‘87 S10 - Silver, 135K ........................ $995

‘92 F250 - 2x4, Brown, 148K ............. $1,695

‘01 Alero - Blue, 265K, Runs Great.... $995

Seasons Hospice Grief Education, Coffee get-together in Rochester, 9am-10am, Seasons Hospice House/Office.* Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-287-1404 for more info. * RCTC LIFE (Learning is ForEver): Oxbow Park Zollman Zoo with Kevin Crilly, 1-2pm. Heintz Bldg. Room 104, 1926 Collegeview Road SE Rochester. Call 507-280-3157 for more information.


Caregiving is a JOY! Serve the elderly with a smile and receive personal satisfaction. Provide nonmedical companionship and help for the elderly. No certification needed. P/T days, evenings, weekends. Apply online: or call M-F 8am-4pm. 507-399-0079. TFNwk4- x

Furniture and Mattresses “Clearance Center” 57% and more off. Just reduced 7 sofas under $400.00 and as low as $329.00, recliners under $300.00, sectionals and reclining sofas at comparable savings. Missed match mattress, sets all sizes while quantity last. Lane, Flexsteel, Ashley, Simmons and England. Over 250 items in the “Clearance Center” MORRIS FURNITURE Albert Lea, MN. 507-373-6434 [1] . f21,28,4,11,18,25- x

Like New, top of the line, Barca lounger recliner. “Your bed away from bed” Fashioned after the large 30’s Art Deco style chairs with rolled arms. Overstuffed back and wooden feet Delightful milk chocolate color. Call Christine (507) 993-6684. s25- o


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RCTC LIFE (Learning is ForEver): Coming to Grips with Thomas Jefferson. 9-11am. RCTC Heintz Bldg. Room 104, 1926 Collegeview Road SE Rochester. Call 507-280-3157 for more



For Reichel Foods South and North plants in Rochester, MN. 3 shifts available. Vacation, Holiday and Benefits offered. Starting pay $7.50-$9.50. Please call Kelsey for more details at 507-923-4955 or come to the CMG Office at 3707 Commercial Dr SW, Rochester, MN 55902 to fill out an application. We do background checks and drug testing.



information. Silver Treads Square Dance Club, 1-3pm, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Contact Charles Bysheim at 2814455 or Pam Styder at 281-2547 for more info. * Seasons Hospice Adult Grief Group, 6:308:30pm, Seasons Hospice office.


CMG is hirinG perManent produCtion positions

The Olmsted County Journal is looking for a free-lance writer to report on government meetings and write occasional feature stories. We are looking for someone with good writing skills and an interest in people. Please send a letter of interest and writing sample to Assistant Editor, Olmsted County Journal, P.O. Box 6697, Rochester, MN 55903 or e-mail to or call for more information 507-288-5201.

507-287-1404 for more info. * Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 6:00pm, Community Celebration Church in Kasson. * DBSA Depression Bipolar Support Alliance,78:30pm, Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Ave SE, room L-5. For people who live with depression or bipolar, whether they have the condition or care about someone who does.* Med City T’ai-Chi Ch’uan Club, 6-7:30pm, Fred Reed Hall. Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-289-1795 for info. * North American Lutheran Church- Bible Study, 7pm at Rochester Covenant Church, 4950 31st Ave NW, Rochester.*

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for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 5:30pm, Rochester Assembly of God. * Sons of Norway Kristiania Lodge 7: Potluck dinner 6pm. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Road NE Rochester. Bring dinner ware and dish to pass. Public welcome.


Wanted: used or non-running vehicles, fair prices, cash pay-outs. 507-2692092. w12/14-2/15- x Wanted to buy: Ruger single 6 revolver. Prefer stainless steel model. 507-206-0175. w25,1- o Wanted: used musical instuments, brass woodwinds, or violins. Call Ron at 319-610-5057. email: rsyverud@ s25,1- x We pay $200 and UP for junk cars, trucks, and more. Free Tow away - call Oronoco Auto Salvage at 507-3674315. w20tfn- o Stoneware Wanted - Collector paying $1,000+/- for large, salt glazed crocks. Also want jugs, water coolers and churns, especially advertising pieces. Call 507-775-6698. w18,25,1- x


ANTIQUES Flea Market: Rochester Mayo Civic Center, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. Antiques, collectibles, jewelry, new, old. Admission $2, tables $15. Phone 641-832-2700 or 507-269-1473. g18,25,1- o

SERVICES Daycare openings avaialble, ages 2 and up. Go to my website - afunstart. com. Sarah, 507-398-4441. v25,1- x

REAL ESTATE BUYERS WANT Cropland/Building Site/ Hunting Land. WI-MN Real Estate/ Lucky’s Land Auctions. rogerjohnson@ 608-385-8080. e30tfn- o

MOBILE HOMES Well kept, 1985 Marshfield 14x70 2-3 BR with new roof, siding, windows, flooring, and deck in the last 9 years. 2011 Market Value $13,800 but will sell for $9,700. Owner no longer able to be there. Call 507-281-1006. mh18,25,1,8x

• 1998 Schult 16x80 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, Dishwasher, A/C, W/D, Hallmark Terrace - $28,000

OLD S • 2000 Friendship 16x70 3BR, 2BA,

14x70 1966 mobile, Stewartville. 2 BD, large vegetated yard, in great shape for its age. $5,500/OBO. 952-649-2710. mh18,23- x

• 1991 Schult 28x40 3BR, 2BA, New lino, AC, Stove, Refrig, W/D, 2 Decks & Shed, Rochester - $28,900


C/A, Stove, Refrig, W/D, 12x26 Deck & Shed, Oak Terrace MHP - $23,900

PELVIC/TRANSVAGINAL MESH? Did you undergo transvaginal placement of mesh for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence between 2005 and present time? If the patch required removal due to complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Johnson Law and speak with female staff members 1-800-535-5727. h25- x




• 1977 Marshfield 14x70 2BR, 1BA, Shingled Roof, Deck, new Thermo Windows, Oronoco Estates - $12,900 • 2006 Skyline 16x80 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, D/W, C/A, metal skiring DLX applian Pkg, #9 Sherwood, St. Charles, Turnkey - $47,900 • 1976 Marshfield 14x70 2BR, 1BA, Gas Range, Microwave Hood, W/D, #16 Hallmark Terrace - $8,800

Willow Ridge

• 1991 Aircraft 28x44 3BR, 2BA, New Carpet, New Vinyl, Refrig, Stove D/W - $43,900

Hayfield Senior Housing - 1BR Newly Remodeled (62+, disabled or handicapped). controlled access/entry, on-site laundry, community room, elevator. Rent based on income. Equal Housing Opportunity. Call Troy 4772316 or 634-4188. r28tfn- o

• 2005 Schult 28x42 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, Dishwasher, A/C, New Deck, 3706 Willow Ridge Dr. SW - $47,900

2 BR apt, available. Kitchen, living room, washer and dryer, not income based. NP, NS, lease and one month deposit. Linda. 507-272-0684. r14,21,28- x

• 1991 Rollohome 28x56 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, Newer Carpet, Fresh Paint - $33,900

For Rent: 1 BD duplex available early February. $470 + electric. Also, 2 BD house -- 1 car garage. Avaiable immediately. $645 + utilities. $50 application fee per adult and $500 deposit. Pets allowed. Call Karen, 8am-5pm, M-F, 328-7162. Equal Housing Opportunity. r

•1996 Schult 16x80 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, Softner, W/D, A/C, Vinyl Siding, Shingled w/Shed - $25,000

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• 1996 Skyline 28x48 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, Laminate Flooring and NEW Skylight - $36,900

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