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From the prairie to the pulpit By Nate L angworthy

A lot has changed in the church and our culture at large during Father Paul Nelson’s more than 50 years in the ministry. From technology to the way that we relate to one another, Father Nelson offers perspectives on significant societal transformation through short stories about the situations that he has encountered in his life’s path. After prompting from parishioners of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester, where Father Nelson is an assistant pastor in partial retirement, Father Nelson has shared his experiences and thoughts in a recently published memoir, A Priest from the Prairies of Minnesota. He hopes that his work will prompt others to further explore meaning in their own life journey.

“I tell a lot of stories in there, because I believe stories are what engage us,” said Father Nelson. “There’s some sad stories and some good stories. I hope that the reader could read my stories and they would trigger some of their own.” Father Nelson grew up on a dairy farm about three miles south of Mayo High School, the eldest of four children. He recalls a time before many of the conveniences of modern society, such as electricity, indoor plumbing, and television. A typical night of recreation consisted of board games, listening to the radio, and thumbing through the Sears-Roebuck catalogue. “You had to be more creative and talk to each other more,” Father Nelson said. “Today, you could have three people watching TV and go a half hour without saying a word. Then it was constant.” One activity that the Nelson

family did take part in regularly was worship at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Simpson, MN; one of the oldest churches in Minnesota. Nelson had a fondness for the pastor, Father Patrick Farrell, who he remembers as a warm, kind man. As Nelson was going to graduate from Lourdes High School, Father Farrell encouraged Nelson to consider the priesthood. After much deliberation, Nelson attended seminary at St. Mary’s in Winona and then St. Paul seminary, which has now been incorporated into St. Thomas. After Father Nelson’s ordination, he spent 16 years serving as a teacher and administrator at Catholic high schools in southeastern Minnesota. Since 1977, Father Nelson has been a pastor at a number of area congregations, and is now in his 9th year See FATHER Page 9 

Commissioner of Education visits Rochester with a plan By R achel H ammer

Minnesota Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, reported progress on the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver at the International Event Center in Rochester on Thursday, December 8. In June 2011, the Secretary of Education announced that No Child Left Behind waiver requests would be accepted from states that could demonstrate internal accountability systems that met four principles: col-

lege and career-ready academic standards, a state developed system of differentiated recognition, accountability, and support, effective instruction and leadership, and efforts to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens. No Child Left Behind is a federal mandate from 2001 that requires schools to pass Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks. In Minnesota, AYP has been measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) high-stakes test. Schools and districts that do not “make

AYP” can be sanctioned and subject to mandatory corrective action. If the waiver request is approved, Minnesota will no longer be federally subject to AYP assessment or sanctions. “This isn’t a pass on accountability for our schools,” said Cassellius, “But for years we’ve heard from teachers that we want to be measured on how well students do. We want to be measured on growth, and we want to be able to finally do something about this achievement gap.” See EDUCATION Page 6 

Father Nelson recently published a memoir, A Priest from the Prairies of Minnesota, sharing his experiences through stories. Photo by Nate Langworthy

Rochester property taxes on the rise on receiving the full $8.7 million that was originally certified by the legislature, anticipating that Citing the absence of the $1.9 the amount would be close to the million dollar market value cred- $5.1 million that was received. it from the aid that the city However, the loss of the market had expected from the Minne- value credit did cause some stress sota Legislature this summer, the in the budgeting process. “The 2012 budget is formuRochester City Council moved to increase property taxes by lated on maintaining the services the city has after 10 years of budapproximately 4.7 percent. In a truth in taxation hear- get difficulties, mostly state legising, city administrator Steven lature induced,” said Kvenvold. Kvenvold explained that after not See TAXES Page 10  receiving full amounts of local government aid for most of the Comment on this article at last decade, the city did not plan By Nate L angworthy

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Obituaries Katharyn Jean Goldsmith Katharyn Jean Goldsmith, age 96, of Chatfield, MN., died on Monday, December 5, 2011 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Katharyn Jean Dudek was born on January 3, 1915, at her parents’ home in Jordan Township, to Frank and Lyda (nee Williams) Dudek. She attended country school and graduated from Chatfield High School in 1933. Following graduation, she attented Normal School for teachers training in Winona. She taught for several years in one room county schools, before retiring to care for her children.On June 15, 1940, she married Richard Alton Goldsmith, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They made their home on the family farm in Rural Chatfield. Jean loved living in the country. She always had a large garden that she tended. She loved her flowers and plants. After her husband’s death in 1991, Jean moved to town. In 2005, she moved into an apartment, and in 2009 became a resident at the Chosen Valley Care Center. Jean is survived by her sons, Ross (Sherrie) Goldsmith of Chatfield, Steven (Patty) Goldsmith of Chatfield, Phillip (Char) Goldsmith of Fountain, and a daughter, Rosemary Bengal of Rochester. Grandchildren, Christopher (Kari), Timothy (Signe), Joshua (Erika), Robert (Katie), Benjamin, Jacob and Angela Goldsmith and Russell Bengal. Step Children, Lori Sether and Billy (Tammy) Broadwater. Great grandchildren, Kaci. Kelsi, Solveigh, Svea, Harper, Lincoln, Evelyn, Julia, Sophia and Summer Goldsmith. Step-great- grandchildren, Roman and Lexis Broadwater. Her brother, Alton (Mary Ann) Dudek of Durango, Colorado. Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lyda Dudek, her husband Alton in 1991, a son Dickie in 1953, son-in-law Robert

Bengal, sister Dorothy Ruth, and great-grand son Blake.Blessed be her memory. . Funeral services were December 8, 2011, at Chatfield United Methodist Church with Reverend Debra Collum officiating. Burial was in the Chatfield Cemetery. Riley Funeral home of Chatfield handled the arrangements Robert E. Nickum Robert E. Nickum died Monday (12-5-11) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center where he had been a resident for the past two weeks. Robert Elmer Nickum was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Rochester, Minn. to Gerald and Katherine(Beach) Nickum. He moved with his family as a young boy to rural Marion Twsp., where he grew up on the family farm. He attended rural schools and Rochester H.S., graduating in 1943. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1944, serving overseas during the Korean Conflict, including duty in Okinawa. He acheived the rank of Sgt. and was discharged in 1952. Bob was married to Nadine E. Woolf on June 29, 1952, at Holy City Chapel in Lawton, Ok. at the end of his enlistment. The couple lived in Byron before moving to Stewartville in 1956. Bob was employed as a draftsman in the enginering section at Minnesota Department of Transporation in Rochester for 35 years until his retirement in 1991. He was a longtime active member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ where he served as elder and treasurer for over 30 years and taught adult education for 20 years. He was a member of the Stewarville American Legion Post 164 and the Stewartville Lions. He enjoyed ice and roller-skating, water and snow-skiing, reading, and fishing. He enjoyed time visiting with friends and spent with family, especially his grand-daughters. Surviors include his wife, Nadine; a daughter, Nanetta(Michael)Boutelle and two granddaughters; extended

family members ,Susan(Heitman) Steve Steinmetz and their son, Matt; a brother, John(Mary) Nickum of Phoenix, Az.; a sister-in-law Margie Nickum of Ames, Iowa. and neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Florence. The funeral service for Robert E. Nickum, 87, of Stewartville, Minn. was on Friday (12-9-11) at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Pleasant Grove, Minn. with Rev. Marcus Kendall and Rev. John Kester officiating. Burial with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion was at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, Minn. Arrangements were with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville, Minn. Daniel Youngquist Daniel Younquist, age 80, of Lanesboro, died December 6, 2011, at Olmsted Medical Center Hospital in Rochester . Daniel Benjamin Youngquist was born on January 17, 1931, to Bernard and Olga (Larson) Youngquist in Fullerton, North Dakota. He graduated from Mora High School in Mora, Minnesota in 1948 and attended Dunwoody College of Technology for Auto Repair. Daniel served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1951 until 1955. On May 27, 1967, he married Neoma Bremseth in Minneapolis. Neoma died September 20, 1993. He was an owner of a repair shop in Minneapolis, worked for Metro Machine and Engineering Inc., owned and operated the Highland Store for a number of years and worked for A.F.C. in Chatfield. He was a member of Elstad Lutheran Church, and The Sons of Norway. Daniel enjoyed camping, the Minnesota Twins Baseball Team, playing cards, and socializing over coffee. Survivors include a son, Kristofer Youngquist of Rural Lanesboro; a daughter, Greta (Mike) O’Halloran of Minneapolis; four grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Donna) Youngquist and one sister, Martha Ann (Bill) Gotfredson, all from

State awards grants to build local capacity for addressing health hazards in homes The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded grants totaling $250,000 to seven local health agencies to develop and implement programs that address health hazards frequently found in homes; hazards such as lead, radon and other indoor air pollutants, including tobacco smoke and carbon monoxide, fire safety risks and others. The grants will fund local efforts that are designed to encourage prevention activities, provide guidance and support to individuals exposed to lead, asthma triggers and other unhealthy conditions within their homes. The grantees will be required to: •Complete a strategic planning and needs assessment process. •Pilot home assessments and education methods. •Provide training to local health and housing organizations to better identify health threats in housing. Most local health agencies in Minnesota already participate in lead poisoning prevention programs for people living in homes most likely to have lead hazards. This project builds

on that foundation to address other health hazards in homes. “What we’ve found over the years is that the same homes that have lead hazards often also have other environmental hazards that expose their occupants to health risks that are largely preventable,” said Dan Symonik, program supervisor. “This project seeks to address those hazards in a one-stop-shop kind of way so that intervention or prevention can happen sooner rather than later - and health outcomes can be improved.” The grant activities will target highrisk populations, which include children under age six, low-income and minority populations, the elderly, and parts of the state with a known high prevalence of radon or older housing stock with lead hazards. As part of the strategic planning and capacity-building requirements of the grants, local agencies will establish healthy homes networks in their communities. The networks will meet regularly and will consist of professional staff working for health and housing organizations; community members at large; members of

volunteer and professional organizations representing business, community and faith-based interests. The networks will collaborate on resources, identify opportunities for training, education, advocacy and prevention and build local capacity to improve children’s home environments by ensuring that all the agencies working with a family coordinate their efforts to meet a common goal: healthy people in healthy homes. The grantees also will be required to conduct a certain number of home health assessments during the project’s anticipated three-year period. MDH estimates the project will support approximately 700 home assessments by grantees over the threeyear period. Once health and safety issues have been identified, grantees must provide educational materials, resources such as carbon monoxide detectors or radon testing kits, or programs such as smoking cessation that can help the family in addressing their particular health and safety concerns. See GRANTS Page 6 


Mora, Minnesota. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Neoma and three sisters. The funeral for Daniel Youngquist was Friday, December 9, 2011, at Elstad Lutheran Church in Rural

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Lanesboro with Reverend Wade E. Davick officiating. Burial was in Elstad Lutheran Cemetery. Johnson-Riley Funeral Home of Lanesboro is handling the arrangements.

Olmsted County Church Directory Ascension Lutheran Church.......Thur - 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..........Sat. - 5:30pm; Sun. 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 ................ Sundays - 8:00am & 10:30am 3040 Stonehedge Dr. NE, Rochester, MN (507)252-5088 Christ’s Church of the Jesus Hour ........ Wed. - 6:30pm; Sun. 10am & 11am 2311 Hwy 52 North, Rochester, MN (507)529-1220 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 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 ...........Sat. 5:30pm; Sun. 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 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 ............. Sundays - 9:00am & 11:00am 1727 Walden Lane SW, Rochester, MN (507)282-5209 High Forest Community Church.................................... Sundays - 10:30am 12036 SW Oak St., Stewartville, MN (507)259-5624 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 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 2119 3rd Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)292-0745 ...... Sundays - 10:30am & 5:00pm 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)281-2742 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 - 9:00am 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 ............ Sat. - 5:30pm, Sun. 8:00am & 10:40am 869 7th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-5147 Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church ...................Mondays - 6:30pm 4520 19th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-8280 ..........Sundays - 8am &10:45am Rochester Baptist Church ..................... Wed. - 7:00pm, Sun. - 11am & 6pm 420 11th Ave NE, Rochester, MN (507)287-9771 Rochester Community Baptist Church .................... Wednesdays - 6:30pm 1048 6th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-8706 ................ Sun. 9:30am & 11:00am Rochester Covenant Church .......................... Sundays - 8:30am & 11:00am 4950 31st Ave. NW, Rochester, MN (507)289-2990 Rochester Pentecostal Church .................................. Wednesdays - 7:30pm 3657 Sheffield Lane SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-4342 ......Sun. - 10:00am & 7:00pm 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 St. Luke’s Episcopal Church .............. Sat. - 5pm; Sun. - 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 11 4th Ave SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-7372 .......... Sun. - 8am, 9:30pm, 11:15am St. John’s Lutheran Church ....... Thurs. - 6:30pm, Sun. - 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 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 & Sun. - 10:30am 4925 Hwy 52 N, Rochester, MN (507)206-6633 To list your church contact the Olmsted County Journal at (507)288-5201 or email


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C ommentary Investment in America’s infrastructure - One path to a better future By Karen Reisner Let’s face it, America has been short changing its future by falling behind in the development of necessary, innovative, modern infrastructure and the maintenance of existing infrastructure. According to a recent CNN Karen Reisner documentary, America invests less than two percent of its gross national product (GNP) on its infrastructure. Some of our infrastructure is crumbling and we are failing to compete with other industrialized nations in the creation of modern transportation systems to relieve traffic congestion. Deteriorating and out of date infrastructure is a safety issue, slows progress, and fails to attract business, reducing the country’s ability to compete globally. Putting off investment in

infrastructure is not a reasonable option. Delay in catching up will only increase costs; costs to citizens, businesses and the eventual financing of infrastructure projects. Money spent on necessary maintenance will limit expensive reconstruction costs down the road. Incentives for public-private partnerships are needed. A public-private partnership (P3) is an agreement between a private entity and a public sector entity for the financing of transportation projects. There are P3 contractual agreements in fourteen states. Infrastructure is one area where we can’t afford to cut spending, instead spending needs to be increased in a responsible way. I last wrote about restoring the American Dream. A long term innovative plan to build and maintain infrastructure is an important ingredient to the restoration of the American Dream and American exceptionalism. We don’t have time for costly Washington gridlock.

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Minnesota: The State of Hypocrisy By Jason Sethre, Publisher Born and raised here in Minnesota, I’m a fan of everything about our great state, except for our government. I don’t care what controlling party is leading the charge, Democrat, Republican or Jesse Ventura, it’s all the same; a government burdening the taxpayers with Jason Sethre bureaucracy and hypocrisy. Recently, right in the city of Preston, I experienced a taste of how we spend our hard-earned dollars. With recent challenges facing the Preston Ambulance crew, the Emergency Management Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) was brought into the picture a couple of weeks ago. As a local business owner, I was asked to come down to Preston City Hall for an interview with the EMSRB. The night before the Thursday morning meeting, we had members of my wife’s side of the family visiting from Rockford, Ill., so we took them to the Branding Iron. When we pulled into the parking lot, there were two brand new navy blue Chevy Impalas with EMSRB logos on the vehicles. As we walked along the sidewalk to the entrance, I saw our representation from the City of Preston accompanying a group of people in professional attire back to the parking lot. I put two and two together with the assumption that I would be meeting with this group the next morning. I was right. The next morning, with my notepad and pen in hand, I arrived at City Hall in Preston, prepared to interview the interviewers. I filled out a survey pre-

sented by Preston Ambulance Director Ryan Throckmorton. Now, I’m not going to go into great detail about my thoughts on what has happened with the Preston Ambulance crew, but I will divulge my feelings on what I discovered about this “purposeful” group visiting the great city of Preston. Out of six members of the group coming to interview me on my assessment of the Preston Ambulance crew and perceptions in the community, four of those individuals were employed by the State of Minnesota as members of the EMSRB. These four positions were appointed by the Governor of Minnesota. From a brief visit with the EMSRB, I have so many questions that my head hurts when I think about it. Why can’t we comprise an EMSRB of volunteers serving in the industry throughout the state? What qualifications do individuals who are appointed, not hired, have for the purposes of any organization? There is no interview process, so it’s all about who you know, I guess? How much money was spent on this two day affair in Preston? Dinner? Hotel? Transportation? Couldn’t the City of Preston simply coordinate a city-wide survey or public discussion relating to any concerns with the Preston Ambulance crew? Yeah, I understand the value of bringing in an outside, objective observer. I’ve been around the block a few times, and I have facilitated my fair share of direct mailed surveys, online surveys, phone interviews and focus groups. Does the state need to help us solve such parochial problems? Furthermore, does the state need to pay people to provide such resources as the EMSRB? I’m sure a volunteer group could accomplish the same outcome. And, lightning didn’t just strike once

BAF Ed Fund Past and present elected officials that together want to build a better America have joined an organization, Building America’s Future Educational Fund (BAF Ed Fund). The organization was founded and is co-chaired by former governor Ed Rendell (D) Pennsylvania, former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) California, and current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I). Their focus is on “economic growth and global competitiveness, job creation, and environmental sustainability.” Their definition of infrastructure includes roads, bridges, water and sewer, energy systems, trains, ports, airports, dams, schools, and housing. Their method of reaching their goal is through the education of public officials. The intent is to create a forward thinking policy in the building of infrastructure to sustain the environment, lower carbon emissions and to reduce the dependence on foreign oil. It is a fact the United State

sis falling behind. The BAF Ed Fund released a report in August of this year, “Falling Apart and Falling Behind.” They list areas where the U.S. is falling behind: none of the top ten ports in the world are in the U.S. today; our infrastructure is ranked fifteenth in the world as of 2005 by the World Economic Forum; the U.S. has the worst air traffic congestion; with 15,000 miles of high-speed rail in the world today, none is in the U.S.; and “the U.S. is one of the only leading nations without a national plan for public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects or a National Infrastructure Bank to finance large-scale projects and leverage private capital.” The purpose of the establishment of the Bank as an independent entity, in part, would be to attract private investment for specific projects. It would be tasked with weeding out projects that are less likely to provide the greatest returns to society and long term economic benefits. BAF emphasizes the long

term strategy needs to be based on economic interests rather than politics. Rendell says it is time for the country “to commit to a long term infrastructure revitalization plan that invests $200 billion a year.” He believes millions of American jobs could be created with investments in transportation, water and waste water systems, the electric grid, and broadband. He recently stated, “If America stops investing in infrastructure, we are destined to become a secondrate power.” He believes a $1 billion investment in infrastructure produces 30,000 jobs. State and local officials can join BAF at the BAF Ed Fund website. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (R-Illinois) declares, “It’s been proven time after time, investments in our national infrastructure create jobs and opportunities. Americans can and must build great things -- not just in spite of enormous economic challenges but also as the means of overcoming them.”

in Preston from the State of Minnesota. The Gopher State bureaucrats struck thrice. Along with a display of wasteful spending with the EMSRB, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has a fleet of 12 hired hit-persons averaging an annual compensation of $56,596.67 in 2010 who serve under the umbrella of the Outdoor Advertising Permit Reporting and Tracking division of our state government. Mind you, the U.S Census Bureau records the median household income of Minnesota at $55,621. These individuals, NOT HOUSEHOLDS, make more than the median household income. Collectively, in 2010 these 12 individuals compounded an annual salary of $679,160, not including benefits. Add another 25 to 38 percent for the value of benefits, and that number easily climbs over $850,000 per year. OK, so why is the Outdoor Advertising Permit Reporting and Tracking division on my hit list? Because they have launched an attack on Preston. Carol came into the Journal a few weeks ago and told me that a guy from the Minnesota Department of Transportation was giving her and Joe a hard time. The Gosi’s own Preston Apple & Berry Farm -- an agri-tourism attraction for the region. An Outdoor Advertising Control Agent paid a visit to the Gosi’s and told them the sign they had situated on the entrance of their business was encroaching on Mn/DOT right of way. This state worker told Joe Gosi that he had to move his sign immediately. Joe told the man that this sign had been there for over 20 years without any problems. Even during the Highway 52 construction project, a Mn/DOT representative talked to Joe about the sign and said it was fine to leave that sign as it was. Meanwhile, this state worker said Joe’s sign had to be moved immediately or he would move it. Within minutes, this state worker moved the sign on Gosi’s

property. Then, this state worker told Joe Gosi that his other sign promoting the Preston Apple & Berry Farm location to passersby was in violation of encroachment, and if Joe did not have this removed then the Minnesota Department of Transportation would remove the sign and issue a $700 fine. Hold on! Time out! I thought we had high hopes of job creation. I thought we were striving to grow the economy in the state of Minnesota. How does this help us accomplish those objectives? Does it make sense to pay 12 people $679,160 per year to tell our local business owners that they cannot display their signage to the public to attract customers to their business? One of Joe’s signs tells people the name of his business, and the other sign allows for Joe to tell passersby what new items are available at his store. Was the Preston Apple & Berry Farm sign obstructing roadways? No. These signs are up on a hillside. If you run into either of these signs, then you need your driver’s license revoked. Our local business owners take a risk of losing money every day they open their doors. Some days they make money and some days they lose money. We cannot afford to have the State of Minnesota creating roadblocks to success. We need jobs and we need to do everything we can to help our local businesses survive and hopefully thrive. As I’ve mentioned in past articles, 77 percent of Fillmore County businesses have five or less employees. We are small town America paying taxes to the State of Minnesota so they can put the screws to us in as many ways as possible. We are seeing drastic cuts in Local Government Aid, impacting our local city, county and educational services. Is it better to spend $679,160 on 12 people who run around the State of Minnesota telling local business owners they can not promote their business, while at the same time we cut teach-

ing jobs and curriculum? Folks, that’s messed up if you ask me. And, this is just one more example of how our state wastes money. Yes, outdoor advertising does need regulation, but this could also be managed on a voluntary basis with reports filed from a local level to one person working for the state. Trust me, local businesses are always eager to keep their competitors honest and a voluntary system can be effective. Lastly, $987,516 is to be spent on the Historic Preston Overlook along Highway 52 in 2012, supported by a National Scenic Byways grant awarded to Southern Minnesota Historic Bluff Country with a 20 percent match from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. I’ve heard many people around Preston say that the entire overlook could be visually enhanced for as much as $150,000, and that’s generous. How on earth are we going to spend $987,516 on this project? As one local resident said, “Can you imagine if we took some of that money and put it into the playground project that Tonya Keim has worked so diligently to raise funds for?” The problem is that state and federal grants are created all the time, with our taxpaying dollars, with no real plan for how those dollars will be spent. The government works completely opposite of the private sector. In the private sector, we generate funding for a specific purpose. A bank won’t lend you money unless you have a detailed capital and operating budget with a feasible projected outcome. In the public sector, we generate funding and then say, “OK, how should we spend this money? Well, let’s just have everybody make their requests and then we’ll prioritize who gets what amount.” I’m sorry, but I don’t understand. We are busting our butts to keep the Titanic of Minnesota moving forward with our tax dollars, and they continue to make one bad decision after another.

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Sam Kramer, State Program Administrator for the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), described the new accountability system proposed in the waiver application. “We’re trying to take the best that we have and put that into a measurement system that will get the best results out of schools and most importantly, the best results out of kids.” Rather than the “one size fits all model” of making AYP or not making AYP, Kramer proposes a nuanced accountability system, the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) that uses four equally weighted ratings: 1) AYP proficiency goals for individual student subgroups, 2) individual student growth measured by the change in MCA relative to the previous year, 3) achievement gap reduction, 4) and graduation rate. With these four measurements, schools can score up to 100 points on the MMR. Scores will be released every year for every school in Minnesota. A chart of school scores in the four measurement categories will be released to parents and the community on the MDE website. “We’re excited with this opportunity to work in a more flexible and locally-based way to encourage school improvement,” said Kramer. MMR scores will be used to

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identify three groups: Reward Schools, Focus Schools, and Priority Schools. Reward Schools will be annually recognized as the top 15 percent of Title I schools in the MMR. Focus Schools will be the 10 percent with the lowest score in achievement gap rating of the MMR. Priority Schools will be the five percent persistently low-scoring Title I schools. MDE will implement turnaround plans for Priority and Focus schools and work closely with them to ensure drastic improvement. “No Child Left Behind was good at diagnosing the achievement gap,” Kramer said, “but unfortunately what No Child Left Behind failed to do was give us a meaningful prescription of how we address that problem.” Kramer believes that identifying Focus Schools will give Minnesota an opportunity to seriously address the achievement gap. The new targets are expected to reduce the achievement gap by half within six years. “It’s not going to be pretty. Anyone who has looked at the numbers of the percentage of proficient students in some of our subgroups knows that we’ve got a long way to go, and that’s a real problem. So next year, we’re going to show in no uncertain terms that here is where the problem lies. What we expect, though, is that those groups that have lower targets next year will make rapidly increasing gains over the six year period.”


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ing together with other denominations and faith traditions, the church is better able to carry out its mission work, such as feeding the hungry or supplying clothing to those who cannot afford them. “Instead of St. Pius doing it, or Our Savior’s Lutheran doing it, we do it together and it’s better,” said Father Nelson. An issue that the church has begun to address during the latter half of Father Nelson’s tenure is the place for gay and lesbian persons in the church. He writes about his dealings with clergy and family members

coming to understanding with the emotional issue. “The official teaching of the Catholic Church says that gays are not allowed in the Priesthood, but every sociologist knows that 30 to 40 percent of Catholic priests are gay,” said Father Nelson. “They are good men and very good pastors. But it’s a very painful situation for a lot of people. A lot of people, not just pastors, lived in mortal fear that they were going to be found out. In the last 25 years, there has been more of a dialogue, thankfully.” Father Nelson has presided

over thousands of funerals and worked with countless families dealing with troubling circumstances during his tenure. He writes about the issue of dealing with suicide, and recalls community efforts to find closure after a number of youths committed suicide in Mower County during his time there. “It’s the most difficult human experience you can have,” Father Nelson said. “The chemistry of all your feelings doesn’t add up and there’s no closure.” Father Nelson plans to continue in his ministry for as long as he is able. He is currently

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Christ Lutheran (Preston) hosted another annual tradition serving a sit-down lutefisk and meat ball dinner. At this event, visitors from Norway, Italy and Spain, enjoyed a delicious and filling meal. In Norway, people add bacon and brown sugar to Lutefisk. Left to right: Isabel Martin-Garrido (Seville, Spain), Ingrid Alm Andersen (Tromso, Norway), Alessandro Cataliotti (Catania, Italy), Thiys M. Lourves (Groningen, The Netherlands), Muratore Francesco (Catania, Italy), Anne Torill Nordsleita (Karasjok, Norway). A special thanks to Dan Christianson for assisting with obtaining this information. Photo by Jason Sethre

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working on another book, which will contain one hundred of the homilies that he has given over the years. The memoir was published by Grandoc Publishing, a small Rochester-based publisher, and has sold more than 1,000 copies in its first two weeks. All proceeds from the book will be given to the Lourdes Foundation for Scholarship. Copies of A Priest From the Prairies of Minnesota can be found at St. Pius X Church, Gifts of Faith book store, the Canadian Honker, and also by order at

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Kvenvold shared his view that reductions in state income taxes have produced a loss of revenue for the state government, which has made local government aid (2.7 percent of the state’s overall budget) to be seen as low hanging fruit for budget cuts, in turn causing headaches for those trying to piece together city budgets. “We’ve had a lot of uncertainty in receiving local government aid from the state legislature and that uncertainty has made our budgeting process very unstable,” he said. Complicating matters, the demand for city services continues to rise. During the last decade, Rochester’s population has grown from approximately 85,000 to 107,000, while the

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number of city employees per capita has decreased. The proposed 2012 budget, totaling $161 million dollars, is down eight percent from 2011, largely due to construction of a public works facility that occurred this year being taken off the books. The proposed property tax levy is $47.95 million dollars, constituting nearly 30 percent of the city’s budget. Property taxes would increase by about $2.2 million from 2011 to 2012, down from an average increase of approximately $2.6 million over the last three years. Several citizens in attendance were not buying the idea that lack of state aid should translate into property tax hikes. Reubin Unseth saw his estimated property tax assessment rise 10 percent from 2011 to 2012 in a recently mailed notice. In addressing the council, he stated

that state money comes from the taxpayer in any event ,and urged the council to live within their means within increasing tax burden. “These are not times when most people are seeing easy economic straits,” said Unseth. “The city needs to resonate with the population; it needs to stay on the same wavelength. If that means wage freezes, cutting budgets, cutting spending, whatever it takes, I believe the city of Rochester needs to do that.” Dave Edmonson will also see a 10 percent increase in his property taxes. Unlike Unseth, he stated that he does not mind paying more for the quality of life he enjoys in Rochester. “I’ve found this city to be remarkably well managed,” said Edmonson. “There are bills to be paid. If you want to pick on somebody, send somebody to St.

Chatfield seeks to limit 2012 property tax impact By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council at a Committee of the Whole meeting on December 5 discussed at length ways to reduce the impact of 2012 property taxes. The elimination of the Homestead Market Value Credit this last summer by the state and the establishment of the Homestead Market Value Exclusion has had for some properties a significant impact on property taxes. City Clerk Joel Young said it was clear to him after the November 28 council meeting that councilors wanted to reduce the city’s preliminary 2012 levy number set in September at an 8.13 percent increase. Chatfield is in a unique position with part of the city in Olmsted County

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properties had one with a 6.3 percent increase and one with a seven percent increase. These six varied changes in property taxes from 2011 to 2012 were all figured with the city levy for 2012 set at an increase of 8.1 percent. The point is if the council reduces the levy for 2012 to let’s say a six percent increase, the impact on each of these various

Paul who understands there are bills to be paid and you’ve got to raise revenue to pay the bills.” About 35 percent of Rochester residential property taxes go to the city, with Olmsted County and the Rochester Public School District receiving 40 and 25 percent respectively. For commercial property taxpayers, the city’s share goes down as a percentage to 26 percent because the state levies a 28 percent commercial property tax. Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce president John Wade urged that council to curb the growth of government out of concern that property taxes will cause a disproportionate hardship on local businesses. “Our community is not a group of just wealthy people,” said Wade, echoing an earlier discussion. “You can feel the business member’s pain, but

are you participating in that as well?” Kvenvold worried that the city would experience difficulty maintaining its AAA bond rating and run into problems with the quality of its infrastructure if the city continues to reduce its funding for capital improvement projects that pay for maintenance of city property. Most likely maintenance not done next year will be needed to upkeep city streets and sewers among other property in need of repair. “Over some time this will be a real problem for the city if this is continued,” he said. Every year there are difficult economic times, we’re in a year where it’s been more difficult than normal so we need to come forward with a budget that’s reasonable in the whole scheme of things.

properties will be different. The actual levy would be reduced, which would reduce the amount the city collects in total. However, there is not a direct relationship between the levy percent of increase and an individual property tax increase or decrease, as other factors effect the individual property tax. The new Exclusion law shifts more of the burden to non-homesteads and high valued residences. Young said since the last

council meeting he had combed through the budget and found about $10,000 more in police aid from the state than expected and identified a few other possible cuts. He will give a full presentation on December 12. Discussion Mayor Don Hainlen suggested they set a target and not try to micromanage individual departments. The mayor expressed concern that reducing the levy See CHATFIELD Page 20 


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By Nate Langworthy In an attempt to make sure Rochester city streets are passable and to save money by sending snowplows out on more regular routes, the public works department will unveil a pilot program of alternate day winter parking in the Slatterly Park neighborhood. Beginning on January 2, residents of Slatterly Park in southeast Rochester will follow the experimental winter parking rules, which require vehicles to park on the even numbered side of the street on even-numbered days of the month,

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unanimously to institute the pilot program because of increased public safety and enhanced usability of city streets. In addition, there are financial benefits to a city government with a recently increased sense of thriftiness. “If we actually get people to obey the restrictions, we’re talking about huge savings here,” said council member Michael Wojcik. “When we look at the amount of money we spend sending snow plows out multiple times, it could be used somewhere else. “

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For the remainder of this month, parked cars not in compliance with winter parking could receive a reminder ticket. After January 2nd, those in violation of the rules would be subject to a $22 fine. Vehicles will only be towed in the case of a city snow event. In the rest of the city, enforcement may be enhanced on the city policy already on the books disallowing vehicles to be parked on the street for longer than 12 hours. “We’re going to struggle,” said Freese. “What’s driving this is the question of ‘how much do we want to be ahead of the curve going forward.’”

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Rochester School Board debates proposed property tax levy increase By Rachel Hammer The Rochester School Board discussed the current school year budget and proposed property tax levy at their Special Session, “Truth in Taxation,” on Tuesday, December 6. Larry Smith, Executive Director of Finance for Rochester Public Schools, reported on state legislative changes that have impacted property taxes, most notably the elimination of the Homestead Market Credit which was replaced with a Homestead Market Value Exclusion. This change, Smith explained, “reduces the value subject to the tax, it doesn’t reduce the amount of tax that will be collected. So basically it’s increasing the tax rate.”

“The reduction in taxable property value shifts the relative burden of who pays the taxes,” Smith said. “Lower value homes will have a lesser increase and possibly a reduction and that is shifted off to higher value homes and other properties that will see a greater impact.” As a result of this state level change, property taxes for most property owners will increase in 2012 regardless of the percentage increase in the school district levy. The maximum allowable property tax levy, certified by the School Board on September 20, reflects a possible increase up to $488,707, or 1.3%. This percentage does not necessarily equal the

percentage of property tax increase for each property owner. Additionally, property taxes will be affected by the value of new construction as well as any change in assessed values of existing property. The proposed levy increase as recommended by Larry Smith runs shy of the maximum at $437,280 or 1.16% which, if approved, would fund a project on the school district’s 10-year maintenance plan currently scheduled for next summer at Sunset Terrace Elementary. What this would mean for a residential property with, say, a market value of $150,000 already sustaining a property tax increase of $10 in 2012, the 1.16 percent levy increase would raise their property tax to $14.

Director Terry Throndson shared concern for the increase, “We’re talking $10 for some, but for a lot of others you’re talking a lot more. And I’m one of them. And it’s not just the school tax increase, it’s the county tax increase, the state increase. So, that $10 may sound like no big deal but when you add all the others in, it adds up.” Both Throndson and Director Gary Smith proposed waiting a year to increase the levy, thereby delaying scheduled maintenance projects. Director Brianna Bly requested more information from RPS Coordinator of Design and Construction Services, Jim Kelly, regarding projects that would be

Stewartville High School students “catch” work experience By Kevin Blanchard Stacy Hanson, the owner of Catch My Thrift, wanted to give some high school students the “hands on” experience of working in a local Stewartville store. “We have had interns before and it has been good for them to learn how to stock, organize and run the register,” she said. Two Stewartville High School

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deferred if the Board goes with a 0 percent increase. Her concern was that some projects, if pushed out, might end up costing more in the long term. “I think, for me, it would be easier to swallow a $5 increase this year, if it means keeping the school buildings in good repair,” said Bly. Gary Smith encouraged the Board to “stretch a little bit more,” if the deferral of maintenance projects is possible and prudent, and to consider not adopting the levy increase as recommended until next year. The property tax levy is scheduled to be certified at the next School Board meeting on Tuesday, December 13.

“The most important thing I have learned is how to run the cash register,” she said. “I have also learned a lot of social skills. There are a big variety of customers who come in, everyone has a different story.” Onsgard is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field after high school. She wants to become a anesthesiologist or a medical therapist. Severson applied at five other places, but got a call back from Catch My Thrift. “I have learned how to run the cash register and how to organize,” she said. “I have also learned

how important it is to be ready for customers.” “I am amazed at the amount of stuff in this store,” she said. “It is great to see how many people want to recycle and reuse.” Severson plans to pursue a career in psychology at a college in Oshkosh after high school. She is interested in teaching music or art. Catch My Thrift is a store that buys and sells gently used and new merchandise including clothing, accessories, décor, holiday decorations, furniture, crafts and toys. Hanson has been in business in

Stewartville since August 2005. “My aunt raised me to have an interest in recycling and thrift stores,” she said. “While the other kids were playing house, we played garage sale and thrift store.” “More than 1,600 people have sold merchandise to us,” she said. “Our customers come from area cities in southern Minnesota and also the Twin Cities.” “We get a lot of Mayo Clinic visitors,” Hanson said. “They find us through word of mouth and through the network of other consignment and thrift stores.” For more information about Catch My Thrift, go to or call 507-533-4401.

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was looking through a recipe book and saw a recipe for jambalaya, and wondered if people would pay to come and eat for hurricane relief. They decided not just to have a dinner for people, but to make it a party as well. They invited many friends, who had a great time and helped raise money to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. From there, Eat for Equity was born. They began to have more dinners at their home, and to help other organizations they believed in. Those organizations involve the environment, health, education, and many other issues addressing inequity. The Boston area was very supportive of the Eat for Equity dinners. When Torgrimson moved to the Twin Cities area, she decided to give it a try there. She is currently attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota for Public Health. “I’m interested in food access,” she said. “How do you create an environment with access to healthy foods that are also affordable?” For the last four years, Torgrimson and a group of volunteers have had more than 50 Eat for Equity dinners in the Twin Cities area. They ask the people that come to pay $10-$20 for a meal, but they take whatever people can give. “It’s a real community-driven approach to giving,” said Torgrimson. “We have a big themed meal around a cause that’s nominated by the people who come to Eat for Equity.” Torgrimson shared they cook food that is local, organic, and affordable. They buy things in bulk, and volunteers do all the work. At the end of the night, the people are fed for about $2 each, leaving most of the money for the organization. Recently, Torgrimson received a call out of the blue from a Today Show producer in New York. They had read an article about Eat for Equity in the Star Tribune, and were interested in featuring it on their show. “We invited them to come to an Eat for Equity,” said Torgrimson. “It was a really great experience. The spot on the Today Show focused on the group of volunteers

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and all the work they do for others. The amazing thing is that they use local, organic food whenever possible, and they cook everything from scratch. Torgrimson said the very first dinner they had was 12 people in her own home. Since then it has grown to up to 150 people at a time. “We have it in a home, so there’s some intimacy,” shared Torgrimson. “People volunteer their space for the event, and we’ve had some great hosts.” Torgrimson wants people to

know that giving can be fun. She also knows there are a lot of ways people can give. People share their homes, give time, volunteer their cooking skills, or help clean up. “You can meet some great people, and have a great meal,” she said. She added they are always looking for bigger homes to hold their dinners. The food is bought locally, and a lot of it is donated. Torgrimson said it’s important for them to support local businesses and local farmers as well. “It’s part of our See TORGRIMSON Page 18 


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2011 Research results available

has been conducted to verify its effect on yield, quality, and ultimately economics. As a result, the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota implemented a cooperative research trial starting in 2009 near La Crescent, MN using three commonly used fungicides on two high yielding corn silage hybrids. The trial included two corn silage hybrids; NK N53W3000GT and De Kalb DKC 57-50, which were selected based on their performance in the 2010 Minnesota and Wisconsin corn silage hybrid trials. In 2011 V5 and R1 treatment timings were evaluated. Foliar fungicides were applied at the following timings; V5 applications were Headline (6.0 fl. oz/a), Quadris (6.0 fl. oz/a), and Stratego YLD (2.5 fl. oz/a), R1 applications were

Headline AMP (10.0 fl. oz/a), Quilt Xcel (10.5 fl. oz/a) and Stratego YLD (5.0 fl. oz/a). The trial was set up in a randomized complete block design, with four replications. Each plot was four 30-inch rows, twenty feet long. Fungicides were applied with a back-pack sprayer using a highclearance, telescoping boom (R&D Sprayers, Opelousas, LA) equipped with 11003XR flat fan nozzles at 40 psi delivering a total volume of 18.3 gallons per acre at V5 and 20.6 gallons per acre at R1. Volume differences are due to sprayer configuration differences between the application timings. The plot was rated for foliar disease intensity based on percentage of leaf area infected at the time of fungicide applications and at harvest (i.e., sever-

ity). Fungicide treatments were applied on 16 June 2011 (V5) and 24 July 2011 (R1). The plot was harvested 19 September 2011. Silage samples were collected at harvest and analyzed at UW forage testing labs and quality was determined using the MILK 2006 equation for calculating corn silage quality. Only one of the center two rows of each treatment replication was harvested, measured for yield, and sampled for quality. Similar to 2009 and 2010, results indicated no evidence of a statistical or economic advantage for using a foliar fungicide for yield or quality. Hybrid selection, similar to other years, was found to be a more important component of production compared to the use of a foliar fungicide.

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interest, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction,” said Martin. Foreign investors must file Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) reports with the FSA county office that maintains reports of the county where the land is located. “Failure to file a report, filing a late report or filing an inaccurate report can result in a penalty with fines up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land,” said Martin. For AFIDA purposes, agricultural land is defined as any land used for farming, ranching, or timber production, if the tract totals 10 acres or more. Disclosure reports are also

required when there are changes in land use. For example, reports are required when land use changes from nonagricultural to agricultural or vice versa. Foreign investors must also file a report when there is a change in the status of owner such as owner changes from foreign to non-foreign, from non-foreign to foreign, or from foreign to foreign. Data gained from these disclo-

sures is used to prepare an annual report to the President and Congress concerning the effect on such holding upon family farms and rural communities in the United States. For more information regarding AFIDA and FSA programs, contact the Fillmore County FSA office at 507 765-3892 or visit the USDA Website at

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The results from a number of University of Minnesota 2011 research trials are becoming available. I have received individual results on MN Corn Hybrid Performance Trials, Corn Response to Micronutrients across Minnesota, Soybean Response to Micronutri- Jerrold Tesmer ents across Minnesota, Corn Silage Hybrid Trials, MicroEssential-SZ as a Fertilizer Source for Soybean,

By Tammy Martin Foreign persons must report U.S. agricultural land holdings Preston, MN – Nov 25, 2011 – Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Tammy Martin, reminds foreign persons with an interest in

Liberty Link Soybean Variety Trials, and the Corn Silage Foliar Fungicide Trial. If things go according to plan, all these plus many others will be combined in the 2011 Southern Minnesota Regional Research & Demonstration Summary that will be made available at the Winter Crops Day scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at the Good Times Restaurant in Caledonia. Today, I would like to highlight the 2011 Corn Silage Foliar Fungicide Research Trial, because there has been a significant increase in questions regarding the economical use of foliar fungicide in Midwest corn silage production. Little university research

agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holding and any transactions to the US Secretary of Agriculture. “Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security

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excessively could effect city services and programs. Councilor Josh Thompson was unable to attend the meeting, but had suggested to the mayor that he would like the levy increase to be at least cut in half to about a 4.5 percent increase. One percent of the levy is equivalent to about $11,000. Young noted increases in the city’s budget for 2012, including the need to make up for the Homestead Market Value Credit payment from the state which was about $16,000 this last year. City employee expenses are higher due to step increases and cost of living increases. Councilor Ken Jacobson explained that a drop in the levy

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increase may not make a change in people’s individual property taxes. Young noted the Fillmore County side lost about $91,000 of tax capacity due to the Exclusion law. Councilor Paul Novotny said budgets keep getting larger, but for good reason. Novotny preferred to keep the increase to about four percent. Hainlen responded, saying the “general cost of doing business keeps going up.” Councilor Russ Smith added he would like to see a number we can live with, and he could be happy with a number at about five percent. He suggested putting the levy increase at zero would be going backwards, as everything costs more including toilet paper. Councilor Dave Frank stated they shouldn’t skimp on necessi-

ties, saying it is up to the department heads to do the crunching of the numbers and to determine what is not a necessity. Smith suggested they use some of the fund balance. Young said that wouldn’t hurt if it was used for a one time expense. Novotny said if they took two percent out of the fund balance and used it for regular operating expenses, then next year they would have to start with making up that two percent. Jacobson suggested that Local Government Aid may be gone in three or four years and they should take that future possibility into account. Hainlen noted the economy continues to be sluggish. Hainlen summarized saying he heard two councilors asking for four percent or less and the rest six percent or less. Young

said to get to four percent, the increase for streets would have to go away, even though bituminous costs more every year. He added there are a lot of unmet needs out there and there always will be. Hainlen said the city is waiting for the results from the videos of the sewer lines. Darryl Haner said that will start next week. Hainlen said it would be a waste to do a street overlay when what is under the street is inadequate. Different department heads commented on their budgets and for the most part felt they had little more to cut. Tony Lammers said the street budget is an easy target as it is a big number. He maintained the city’s streets are in really good shape compared with neighboring communities. However, it

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PrINTING MINUTEMAN PRESS The First & Last Step In Printing • Banners, Brochures, Business Cards, Business Checks, Calendars, Carbonless Forms, Color Copies, Door Hangers, Envelopes, Flyers, Full-Color Printing, Invoices, Labels, Laminating, Letterhead, Magnets, Memo Pads, Menus, Newsletters, Note Pads, Personnel Forms, Presentation Folders, Postcards, Posters, Punch Cards, Purchase Orders, Rubber Stamps, Signs, Tickets • We offer Cutting, Folding, Perforating, Numbering, DieCutting, Foil Stamping and several Binding Methods. • We also offer a COMPLETE line of Design Services including Logo Design, Layout, Graphics & Typesetting. FREE PICK-uP & DELIVERY! 507-288-4777 • 1316 7th St. NW, Northgate Center



reModeLING & rePAIr JEFF WETzSTEIN WETzSTEIN CONSTRUCTION, LLC. Complete Home Remodeling & Repair • Additions • Decks • Siding • Windows • Doors • Kitchens • Bathrooms • Basements • Roofing • Tiling • Flooring • Garages • Sheds • Landscaping • Fences • Etc. 35 Years of Experience #1 Quality Customer Satisfaction Insured & Licensed Call Jeff 507-529-1833 Lic#20634563 4-12/28tfn

rooFING STEVE GENTRy CONSTRUCTION “Complete Roofing” • Repairs • Tear-offs • New Roofs • Other Home Improvement Projects Licensed, Bonded & Insured Free Estimates & Great References 507-208-4501 - office • 507-250-5263 - cell Lic.#2093908


SHeeTrocK/drYWALL CHRISTIAN’S REMODELING, LLC Sheetrock • Taping • Wall & Ceiling Texturing Painting • Carpet • Hardwood Floors • Ceramic Tile • Roofing • Stucco • Stone • Siding 16 Years Experience FREE ESTIMATES ANY TIME For a Good Clean Quality Job Done Right Call: (507) 536-4928 or (507) 358-3247 (cell) (507) 282-2164 (fax)


CADWELL DRyWALL, LLC Sheetrock - Taping - Ceiling & Wall Texturing Interior/ Exterior Painting & Staining Installation and Removal of all Wall Coverings FREE ESTIMATES Residential and Commercial “Quality you can depend on” (507) 269-7419


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ANDREW’S SNOW REMOVAL Commercial & Residential • Steps • Sidewalks • Driveways • Sanding • Salting We also do lawn care • Fall cleanups Fully Insured • FREE Estimates 507-696-3118 4-12/28 SIDEWALKS, STEPS, DRIVEWAyS AND DECKS Jarrett’s Home Service, LLC Call Jarrett 507-254-3458 13-2/15


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. Call 507-285-1109 The Tile Superstore and More 2411 7th St. NW, Suite A Rochester, MN 55901 Tile-Granite-Cabinetry-Hardwood-Carpet-Vinyl-Laminates


WATerProoFING LIEBENOW WATERPROOFING • Basement Waterproofing • New Construction Installation • Drain Tile • Sump Pumps • Mold-resistant Panels • Waterproofing Painting • Window Wells References Available • Residential/Commercial For a FREE Estimate Call 507-951-1028

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


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



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




ALL-STAR BASEMENTS Multiple Basement Waterproofing Options • Foundation Repair • Crawl Space Solutions FREE ESTIMATES - Call Today! Mention this ad by 12-31-11 and receive $100 off your system! 507-259-7776 • 800-992-7942


SNoW reMovAL TPR SERVICES UNLIMITED Snow Plowing • Snow Shoveling • Snow Removal • Residential & Commercial • Roof Shoveling • (No Water) Ice Dam Removal • De-Icing • Ice Management • Salt & Sand Spreading • 24 Hour Service For FREE Estimates call Tim at 507-696-7524 Licensed, Insured & Bonded 26-4/4 LIC#20639861

RyAN WINDOWS & SIDING INC • Home Improvement From A Company You Can Trust Windows, Siding, Roofing, Blown Insulation, Injection Foam, Decks, Doors, Awnings, Gutters & Trim • Bruce Ryan 33 Years In Home Improvement Licensed, Bonded, Insured 1-800-367-2606 or 507-281-6363 • Hwy 52 North, Rochester, MN 55903 Lic.#0008077


SMALL eNGINe rePAIr ALL CHECK SMALL ENGINE REPAIR $54 Fall Special Tune-Up on Snowblowers We service all makes (gas & diesel) • Push Mowers • Riders • Tractors • Tillers • Trimmers • Blowers • Chainsaws Welding & Fabrication Available Pickup & Delivery Mon-Sat 7am-7pm 507-990-8054

CM OUTDOOR SERVICE Residential Snow Removal Snow Shoveling And Blowing Driveways - Sidewalks - Decks - Steps Roof Raking Call Cory 507-990-5711


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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THURSDAY, DEC. 15 American Red Cross First Aid: 9am-12noon. 310 14th St. SE Rochester. Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-287-1404 for more info.* Parkinsons Support Group, 1:15 pm, Realife Cooperative, 825 Essex Parkway, Rochester, Christmas Party. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” live play adapted by Anthony Palermo, 6:30pm, Rochester Assembly Church. 4240 18th Ave NW, Rochester. Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 7pm, Autumn Ridge. * FRIDAY, DEC. 16 “It’s A Wonderful Life,” live play adapted by Anthony Palermo, 6:30pm, Rochester Assembly Church. 4240 18th Ave NW, Rochester.

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.*

SATURDAY, DEC. 17 Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid: 8:30am-2:30pm, 310 14th St. SE Rochester Rochester Downtown Winter Farmers 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.* VFW Holiday Bazaar, “Come Support the Troops.” 10am-2pm. VFW Post 1215, 16 6th St. SW, Rochester. Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 5:30pm, Rochester Assembly of God. *

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” live play adapted by Anthony Palermo, 6:30pm, Rochester Assembly Church. 4240 18th Ave NW, Rochester. Crossings in Zumbrota, music by SimpleGifts, 7pm.

SUNDAY, DEC.18 VFW Christmas Breakfast, 8am-12noon, VFW Post 1215, 16 6th St. SW Rochester. Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 5:30pm, Hope Summit Christian Church. * MONDAY, DEC. 19 Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 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. *


North American Lutheran Church- Bible Study, 7pm at Rochester Covenant Church, 4950 31st Ave NW, Rochester.* 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. * Adult CPR/AED Review, 6pm-8:30pm, 310 14th St. SE Rochester Seasons Hospice Newly Bereaved program, 6:30-8:30pm, Seasons Hospice Office

DBSA Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, 5:30-6:30pm, St. Marys Hospital, Generose Bldg., room 2-120, Sister Helen Hayes Lecture Hall. For people who live with depression or bipolar, whether they have the condition or care about someone who does.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20 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. * VFW Fish and Chips, 4-8pm, VFW Post 1215, 16 6th St. SW Rochester. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21 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. *

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Visit Byron this Holiday Season!

With our best wishes to you and yours for a truly priceless holiday season. For your trust we are deeply indebted, and for your friendship we are sincerely grateful.

Earl’s Small Engine Repair, Inc. Lawn & Garden Equipment 1099 Hwy. 14 Frontage Rd. NW, Byron, MN 55920 Phone 507-775-6456 Fax 507-775-2926 Hours: M-Th 7:30am-6pm; F 7:30pm-5:30pm; Sa 8am-Noon Member FDIC

First Security Bank drive-up will be OPEN Saturday, December 24th from 8:30am-Noon First Security Bank will be CLOSED Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd. ALL year 2011 transactions MUST be processed by 3:00pm on Friday, December 30th.


Merry Christmas Happy New Year!

316 Byron Ave. N, Byron

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Eisenhower Dollars ($2/ea). Monroe pictures, 100 plastic buckets, art books, blankets, bed frames, vacuum, poster book, 450 oil paintings, bar stool, flower pots, small dresser, toolbox, ladder, stretcher board, wooden shoes, camera, Tiffany Lamps, Arizona magazine. 507-282-3011. s27-12/28

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

1 BR upstairs apartment, 6 blocks north of Methodist Hospital. $500 rent, $200 deposit. 280-8444 r7,14- x

Wonderful family holiday gift. Olehauser 7 foot slate top pool table. Complete with balls, 4 cues, and other accessories. New felt. 507-281-3358 or 507-288-2366. s17,14- x

DID YOU USE THE OSTEOPOROSIS DRUG FOSAMAX (Alendronate) during 2000- February 2008? If you experienced a femur fracture (upper leg), you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Charles Johnson 1-800-5355727. h14- x

Crowsfeet Christmas - 2310 40th Ave SE off Marion Rd. Last day, Saturday, Dec. 17, 11-4:30. Unique items. 20% off $20 or more. s14- x Matthews Bow, site and case, excellent condition. 261-1727 s7,14,21- o

IF YOU USED THE ANTIBIOTIC DRUG LEVAQUIN AND SUFFERED A TENDON RUPTURE, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles Johnson 1-800-535-5727. h14x

Hayfield, very affordable, 1 bedroom, new income limits! Income based! Elevator, controlled access/entry, community room, on-site laundry, heat paid, no app fee, must be 62+, disabled/handicapped EOH. Call today for showing 507-634-4188, 507-477-2316 r19tfn- o ROOMS FOR RENT: Quiet furnished rooms, nice neighborhood, near downtown and bus line. Utilities paid. Ph. 507-288-6647. r7,14- x 2 BR APT, available Jan. 1. Kitchen, living room, washer and dryer, not income based. NP, NS, lease and one month deposit. Linda. 507-272-0684. r14,21x




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]. f9,16,23,30,7,14- x

Wanted: used or non-running vehicles, fair prices, cash pay-outs. 507-2692092. w12/14-2/15- x

1991 Schult 16x80, 3br, 2 BA, DEN, C/A, W/D, dishwasher and new ref., water softener. Vaulted ceiling, shed and decks. Must see! $15,000/OBO. 507319-0478. m7,14- x

SERVICES Confeccion y compostura de ropa, cierres vastillas, etc. 507-286-9112. v7x Dust to shine. Housecleaning services. We clean houses and offices in the Rochester area. Free estimates. References available. 507-286-9112. v7,14- x Attention: rooftop snow/ice, furniture moved, junk/brush haulded, painting. Free estimates. Dependable, quality workmanship. Douglas. 507-282-3011. v4/27-12/28- x

We pay $200 and UP for junk cars, trucks, and more. Free Tow away - call Oronoco Auto Salvage at 507-3674315. w20tfn- o

PETS 2 AKC registered English bulldogs need a rehoming. If interested contact 651-484-1478. p30,7,14,21- x



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Payless Shoes now hiring. Apply at h19tfn- o

FOR SALE BY OWNER: 2 BR Northwest WI lake home with double garage on a level 1/2 acre lot. Good fishing lake, many pine/shade trees on wellmaintained property. Call 507-993-1622 or write PO Box 6322 Rochester, MN 55903-6322. e7,14- x

Personal Care Attendant for man in home, some housekeeping, possible travel, no experience necessary. $13/ hour. Spring Valley 507-251-2978. h7,14- x

Wanted: Young, part-time or retired farmer seeking diversified income to assist with operation of crop research farm near Byron, MN. Flexible hours and competitive salary. Duties include operating, maintaining and transporting equipment, planting crops, mixing and applying pesticides and procuring supplies. Attention to detail a must. Physical, drug Call it in! screen, and background check required. Call 507-775-6683. h14- o 507-288-5201

Receptionist - Home Instead Senior Care is now hiring a part-time receptionist to support office staff. Applicants must have strong communication skills, computer skills, and phone skills. Position requires attention to detail, the ability to prioritize tasks, and the ability to multitask. Applicant will be expected to work approximately 30 hours per week. Starting hourly pay rate is $1012 per hour, based on experience. To apply, send resume and cover letter to receptionist-job@rochesterseniorcare. com [1]. h14- o

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

Farm Land To Rent

2012 & Beyond • References Available Call Chris at 507-271-8411 or Craig at 507-202-9424



ChaddoCk TruCk & auTo SaleS 7 MILES EAST OF ROCHESTER ON US 14 • Rochester, MN • 288-3346

Get Ready For Christmas! ‘00 Jetta................. $4,695

‘98 Chevy PU 4x4...$3,995

‘99 F150 4x4 ........... $4,995

‘99 Denali 4x4.........$5,995

‘99 Accord .............. $4,995

‘95 Camry ................$3,495

‘06 HHR .................. $8,495

‘99 Gr Cherokee 4x4..$4,995

‘02 Malibu ...............$3,995

‘96 Bonneville .........$2,995

‘02 Caravan ............ $4,195

‘96 Dakota 4x4......$2,200

‘05 Grand Am.........$5,995

‘00 Focus .................$2,495

‘01 F150 4x4.............$8,295

‘01 Blazer 4x4 ........$4,495

‘02 Grand Am.........$3,495

‘96 Taurus.................$1,295

‘03 Explorer 4x4 .....$7,695

‘00 Bravada 4x4 ....$3,995

‘03 Caravan ............ $4,195

‘95 Accord ...............$2,995

‘03 Yukon 4x4.........$8,995

‘99 Explorer 4x4 .....$3,995

‘93 Suburban 4x4 ..$2,995

‘01 Blazer 4x4 ........ $4,995

‘02 Bravada 4x4 ....$6,995

‘98 Expedition 4x4 .. $3,995

‘00 Cherokee 4x4.. $3,777

‘99 Suburban 4x4 ...$4,995

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Isn’t it about time for a new car? Find a new vehicle in the Journal Classifieds!

Sell your vehicle in the Journal Classifieds P: 507.288.5201 • F: 507.288.9560 E: Classifieds: $11.50 for 15 words or less per week. 10¢ for each additional word.

Reduce • Reuse • Recycle ...make it second nature!

• 2002 Skyline 28x40 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, Dishwasher, A/C, W/D, Southern Hills - $36,800 • 1998 Schult 16x80 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, Dishwasher, A/C, W/D, Hallmark Terrace - $28,000 • 1991 Schult 28x40 3BR, 2BA, New lino, AC, Stove, Refrig, W/D, 2 Decks & Shed, Rochester - $28,900 • 2000 Friendship 16x70 3BR, 2BA, C/A, Stove, Refrig, W/D, 12x26 Deck & Shed, Oak Terrace MHP - $23,900 • 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

Tilson’s Automotive Service Center is looking for a Full-Time ASE Certified Technician.

Excellent Pay • No Weekends • No Holidays Call Travis 507-282-4924

or apply in person 843 3rd Ave SE, Rochester

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• 1991 Rollohome 28x56 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, Newer Carpet, Fresh Paint - $33,900 • 2001 Schult 16x72 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, D/W, 2 Skylights - $36,900

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• 1991 Aircraft 28x44 3BR, 2BA, New Carpet, New Vinyl, Refrig, Stove D/W - $43,900 •1996 Schult 16x80 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, Softner, W/D, A/C, Vinyl Siding, Shingled w/Shed - $25,000 • 2005 Schult 28x42 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, Dishwasher, A/C, New Deck, 3706 Willow Ridge Dr. SW - $47,900

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A FREE Water Heater?! I was never very good at math. With my math, 1 + 1 = 1. Call me numerically challenged if you want, but I’ll call you crazy if you don’t take advantage of this amazing sale. Buy a high efficiency furnace from Pine One Hour and I’ll throw in a water heater absolutely free. Here’s how the math works… If your furnace is old, my guess is your water heater’s pretty old too. You probably need to replace both (remember, old water heaters have a nasty tendency to spring leaks without much warning). Since I’ve already got an installation crew and delivery truck at your house for the furnace, it doesn’t add much work to put a water heater on the truck and have the crew install it at the same time they’re installing the furnace. No matter how you add it up, a free 40 or 50 gallon water heater when you buy a furnace equals big savings for you. The water heater’s free. The With my math... installation labor’s less. The savings are terrific! Hurry, this special offer is time limited. I’m offering it now because the really cold weather hasn’t hit yet and I’ve got the available manpower. Once the weather gets really cold, my crews will have their hands full. Call (507)356-8341 today and ask for your PINE FREE WATER HEATER.


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Windsor Canadian

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Smirnoff Vodka $ 55

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Whole Prime Rib

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Christian Brothers

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Apollo Liquor Select • 281-0779 (Inside Rochester Produce) 2112 2nd St. SW Apollo Liquor • 252-0454 (Next to Gander MT) 3514 55th St. NW

Apollo Wine & Spirits • 286-1300 (Next to Best Buy) 4040 Hwy 52 North

Apollo Liquor & Smokeshop 507-252-1300 Eastwood Plaza 1513 12th St. SE

Apollo Broadway 507-252-0653 (By Kohls) 2630 S. Broadway • Specials good December 14 - 20, 2011

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