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Sister Crishelle Jaspers stands in front of her 25-year-old creation, Community Clothesline, located just east of Silver Lake in Rochester. Photo by Patrick Shumaker

Community Clothesline has something for everyone By Patrick Shumaker

Community Clothesline in Rochester has been a successful local business for years, and Store Manager Sister Crishelle Jaspers has been a big part of it. Originally from Eden, South Dakota, Sister Crishelle went on to Mankato, Minnesota to further her education as a youngster. “I was working on a Masters Degree in Mankato and I needed to do an internship,” Jaspers said. The internship led her to Rochester where she was able to help a larger number of peo-

ple. “The reason this all started is because there were a lot of people working with the refugee program years ago that realized they had extra items that some others could really use. The work I was doing was helping the refugees to resettle here. At the same time we were finding people who were able to donate some items to those who were in need. We’ve proven that the giving has continued over the years, as we still get very nice donations. Everything in our store for sale is useable at a very good price. We have been recyclers since day one, and now we are going to be celebrating 25 years at this loca-

tion on July 14, 2013. Everyday this year I have seen a new face in here and that’s a good sign,” Jasper added. Tricia Bonamarte, whose employment background had been in the advertising and paralegal fields, has been an assistant to Sister Crishelle since 2009. “Sister Crishelle really has been a mentor to me, she is wonderful to work with and never ceases to amaze me. This has been a good fit for us here with the diversity of people in the community that we’ve been able to help,” Bonamarte said. See CLOTHESLINE Page 12 

Superintendent of Rochester Public Schools Michael Muñoz issued a statement to parents December 17 on the safety of Rochester schools in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. In his letter he assured parents that students perform lockdown drills multiple times a year, the Rochester Police Department is a critical partner in the implementation of safety procedures, and the school facilities are routinely used to train for crisis situations. Of particular local concern, Muñoz also assured parents the recent bomb threats in Rochester schools are being taken seriously. A threat was called into Gibbs Elementary School on Wednesday December 12 and another to Kellogg Middle School on Thursday, December

13. The searches of both schools revealed no bomb, but the anxieties of Rochester parents are understandably acute. In a separate letter, the district has several recommendations for worried parents: •Try to be calm, reassuring, and focused for the children. •Parents and guardians need to get the support they need from other adults so they are able to effectively guide the children. •Talk about family and community values, communication, and treating each other in a caring way. •Find out what the children’s fears and concerns are and address them as directly and calmly as possible. •Reassure children that you, extended family members, and other adults are here to help and protect. •Create a Safe Home EnvironSee ROCHESTER Page 6 

Stewartville 2013 budget/tax levy approval The proposed 2013 city budget in the amount of $5,586,521, plus a pool referendum levy of By Ben Bicknese $147,063, had been presented to The Stewartville City Council the public during the truth and held a vote to adopt a resolution taxation meeting that was held to certify a final 2012 tax levy December 4th. This amount is in the amount of $1,951,760, roughly $75,000 more than the which will be collectible in 2013. city’s 2012 budget. Before approving the certified tax The city budget was outlined levy, Finance Director Barb Neubauer requested that the council See STEWARTVILLE Page 7  approve the overall 2013 budget Comment on this article at after a discussion is held. By Ben Bicnese

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Obituaries Mavis R. Fossum Mavis R. Fossum, age 93, lifelong resident of Harmony, Minnesota passed away Friday, December 14, 2012, at Harmony Healthcare. Mavis was born November 3, 1919, in Harmony to Floyd B. and Elizabeth “Susie” Elliott. She graduated from the Harmony High School. On November 3, 1941, she married Ernest O. Fossum in Lanesboro, Minnesota. They lived in the Harmony area the 57 years of their married life. Ernest passed away May 15, 1999. She was an active member of the Harmony United Methodist Church, Sunday School, and Circle. She belonged to the Harmony Area Cancer Support Group. Mavis enjoyed crafts and craft sales, woodworking with Ernest, ceramics, Sunday afternoon drives, family vacations to northern Minnesota, and being outdoors doing yard work and gardening. Mavis’ love was a beautiful thing to be shared…especially with her four daughters Darlene (Gary) Goodno of Decorah, Iowa; Marlene Johnson of Waseca, Minnesota; and Lynette (Bill) Donald and Renee (Larry) Hosting both of Canton, Minnesota; nine grandchildren, DeAnn (Mike), Shawn (Sara), Joe (Deborah), Dan (Andrea), Shanda (Dustin), Ryan (Abby), Nathan (Kristen), Josh (Laura), Leah (Jacob); 15 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest; her parents; her twin brother Manley; and a sister Orillie Carson. Funeral services were Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at the Harmony United Methodist Church in Harmony with Pastor Michael Smith Officiating. Burial was in the Stateline Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel. Bertram Hovland Bertram Benson Hovland, 91, of Rushford passed away at Good Shepherd Lutheran Nursing Home on December 16, 2012. He was born March 30, 1921, to George and Laura Hovland. A graduate of Rushford High School, he excelled at Football, Baseball and Basketball. Bert married Helen Colbenson on May 25, 1943. He was a proud father of 10 children, 23 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Bert was a jack of all tradesfarmer, logger, worked road construction on I-90 and Garrison Dam, worked at Farmer’s Elevator, G.S. Woxland, and was a school bus driver for many years. Bert’s interests included: collecting woodworking planes, building Adirondack chairs, and driving his miniature horse team Ginger and Bear in parades. He loved to cook the Old Norwegian foods like lefse, kumla, and blod klub. Bert enjoyed being outdoors planting flowers for his wife, planting trees, raspberries, grapes and spent hours on his riding lawn mower. He was a lifelong member of Rushford Lutheran Church and an active member of the Rushford American Legion. He served as their Membership Director for many years. As a former Marine, Bert influenced his sons’ to join the military. He was very proud of their service. Bert is survived by 10 children: Gary “Chip” Rushford; Bruce (Linda) Rushford; Larry (Jenny) Veneta, Ore.; Cathy (Dan Volkman) Whalan; Keith (Cynthia) Valley City, N. Dak.; Joel (Teal) Boxelder, S. Dak.; Davis (Cyndi) Oakland, Ore.; Scott (Diane) Las Vegas, Nev.; Heidi (Mike Halvorson) Rushford; and Nathan (Janis) Cambridge, Iowa; 23 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; also Robin Beckwith, Karen Machlica, Gail Hovland, and Linda Brown, two brothers, Ray (Grand Junction, Col.) and Lloyd (Omaha, Neb.) and one sister Evelyn (Hugh Gleason) Saratoga, Cal. Bert was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, two brothers, Donald and Earl (Lois), two sisters, Doris (Merwyn Miltz) and Marion (Bert Colbenson); one daughter-in-law Tammy, and numerous beloved pets. Daphne (Dolly) Kennicott Schmeckpeper Daphne (Dolly) Kennicott Schmeckpeper, age 74, of White Lake, Wisc., passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012, at home with her family. Dolly was a talented, caring woman. She was born in Lanesboro, Minn. to Avis (Moen) Conn and Donald Kennicott. She attended La Crosse Central High School, where she met her husband of 56 years, Gerald. They were married at Good Shepherd English Lutheran Church in La Crosse, Wisc. Earlier in her life, Dolly worked as a candy striper/nursing assis-

Olmsted County Church Directory Congregational Church, .................................................................................. United Church of Christ........................................................Sundays - 10am; 974 Skyline Dr. SW, Rochester, MN (507)289-4581 Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Rochester, NALC ..........................................................Saturdays - 6:00pm Worship at Oasis Church, 1815 NW 38th St., Rochester, MN Good Shepherd Lutheran Church .....Sat. - 5:30pm; Sun. - 8:00am & 10:30am 559 20th St SW, Rochester, MN (507)289-1748 Grace Lutheran Church WELS.......................................... Sundays - 10:00am 45 1st Ave. NE, Oronoco, MN (507)367-4329 Oasis Church .......................................................................Sundays - 9:30am 1815 NW 38th St, Rochester, MN (507)289-8596 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 St. Pius X .........................................Sat. - 4pm; Sun. - 7:30am, 9am, 10:30am 1315 12th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN (507)288-8238 Unity of Rochester Study Group .........................2nd & 4th Sundays 10:30am 103 7th St. NE, Rochester, MN (Rochester Rep Theatre)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 tant for Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, and a payroll clerk for La Crosse Rubbermills and La Crosse Cooler Co. She received the “Thanks Badge” award for 15 years of service to the Girl Scouts of America, Riverland Council. She organized and assisted with their momentous trip to Washington and presentation at the tomb of the unknown soldier. She and her husband volunteered with the Cavelettes Baton and Drum Corps, of La Crosse. She moved her family across the state, where she was a co-manager/owner of Echo Valley Resort, on Boulder Lake, in White Lake, Wisc. for several years. She later worked with her husband at Wild Wolf Inn in Langlade, Wisc. and started her own upholstery business “Ye Old Country Studios.” She took on the job of secretary for Tabor Lutheran Church, Mountain, Wisc. where she assisted in design of the new church, crafted celebration banners, was part of the Ladies Aide, and a member for 41 years. Dolly was co-owner of Kozy Korner Krafts in Suring, Wisc. where she displayed some of her own artistic abilities. Dolly also was town clerk for the Town of Doty, Mountain Wisc. until her retirement in 2000. Her retirement days were spent researching genealogy, quilting, doing puzzles and cataloging her children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. She is survived by her husband, Gerald “Gerry” Schmeckpeper; sister Cheryl (Hal) Greeno: brother George Haviland; her four children Terry (Ruth) Schmeckpeper, Geri Ann(Dave) Hanson, Roxanne (Jeff) Tienor, Ronda (Justin) Andersen; six grandchildren Katie(Joe) Behnke, Rebecca Schmeckpeper, Jay Tienor, Breanna Tienor, Angelina Andersen, Fox Andersen; one great grand child Nicholas Behnke; brother and sister in-laws and many nieces and nephews. Visitation with light refreshments was held at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain, Wisc., Saturday, December 22, 2012, followed by a service. Dwaine Ceil Kiehne Dwaine Ceil Kiehne, 83, of St. Charles, died Friday, December 14, 2012, after a long illness at Golden Living Whitewater in St. Charles. Dwaine was born June 4, 1929, in Cresco, Iowa, to Louis and Irene (Lange) Kiehne. He graduated from Lanesboro High school in 1947. On Jan. 29, 1950, he married Beverly Vehrenkamp at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Granger. They moved to Chatfield in 1958 where he farmed for several years. He also worked at IBM for eight years. When the dairy herd was sold Dwaine became a truck driver for Funk Trucking. Beverly was an artist. Dwaine was a member of the Minnesota Holstein Association and the Chatfield Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing and loved animals. He also enjoyed gardening, reading, collecting antiques and refurnishing them and chatting on the phone. Every year at Christmas time Dwaine would place a lighted cross on


the hill next to Highway 74 in celebration of Jesus’s birth. Dwaine is survived by his wife, Beverly; three sons, Robert (Ruth) of Sacramento, Calif.; Bradley (Jaki) of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and James (Kari) of Rochester; three daughters, Debra (Ivan) Pavlina of Saratoga, Calif.; Mary Lou (Robert) Murphy of Cupertino, Calif.; and Becky (Larry) Rabe of Chatfield; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Arlen (Dorothy) of Preston; one sister Bonnie (Larry) Shanahan of Rochester; and a brother-inlaw, Kenneth “Buzz” O’Connor of Harmony. He was preceded in death by his parents one sister, Nancy and one granddaughter, Mariah. The funeral service was Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at the Chatfield Lutheran Church, with Pastor Mark Docken officiating. Burial was in St. Matthews Cemetery in Granger. Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements. Ethel Marie Sackett Ethel Marie Sackett, 86, of rural Chatfield, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. She was born Oct. 11, 1926, in Chatfield, to Almond Mitchell and Edna (Youngs) Mitchell. She attended Chatfield schools through the 11th grade. She married Leonard C. Sackett Sept. 30, 1946, in Fountain, and they moved to the Sackett family farm where he was the third generation to farm that land. He lived there until his passing in October 1993; Ethel continued to live there until her death. She was a homemaker and enjoyed embroidery and going out with friends. Ethel is survived by two sons, Allan (Charlene) Sackett of Rochester and Clifford (Rita) Sackett of Preston; three daughters, Janet Sackett of Rochester, Beverly Sackett of Chatfield and Rita Sackett of Kountze, Texas.; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren, five step-greatgrandchildren and six step-greatgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Dale; and nine siblings. The funeral was Monday at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, with the Rev. Timothy J. Gerarden officiating. Burial was in Chatfield Cemetery. Virgil E. Johnson Virgil E. Johnson, 71, of Highland, Minn. died on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at his home. Virgil was born on April 18, 1941, in Highland, Minn. to Ver-

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non and Evelyn (Hjelle) Johnson. He was raised in Highland where he lived and farmed all of his life. He enjoyed music, especially playing the organ. He loved NASCAR. Virgil enjoyed driving in the demolition derby in Preston which he did for thirty years. He was a very soft-hearted man who had a great love for animals. Most important to him were his cats. Virgil is survived by many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. There was a funeral service for Virgil on Friday, December 21, 2012, at the First Lutheran Church of Highland with the Rev. Pat Hinkie officiating. Burial was in the Highland Cemetery. Hoff Funeral and Cremation service in Rushford assisted the family with arrangements. Carol Jean Woxland Carol Jean Woxland, age 59, of Mabel, Minnesota died Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at her home. Carol was born October 17, 1953 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Paul and Irene (Johnson) Harris. She attended Rushford High School. On August 14, 1972, she married Clovis Woxland in Houston, Minnesota. They lived in the Rushford, Minnesota; Waupun, Wisconsin; and Lanesboro, Minnesota areas before moving to the Mabel area in 1975. They own and operate Woxland Pump Repair in Mabel and have serviced well pumps throughout the entire area. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, but especially spending time with her grandchildren. Carol is survived by her husband Clovis of Mabel; three children Audrey Hahn of Spring Grove; Brandy (Mark) Williams of St. Lucas, Iowa; and Cory (Nicole) Woxland of Mabel; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Lyndsey, Brittany, Tyler, Ashley, Kylie, and Kelsie (K.C.); three brothers Russell of Centerville, Wisconsin; Steven of Prior Lake, Minnesota; and Kenneth of Lewiston, Minnesota; her mother Irene Harris of Lewiston; mother-in-law Ruth Woxland of Peterson; her dog Snoopy; and very special friends Paul and Sandy Tollefsrud. She was preceded in death by her father Paul; a brother Raymond; a sister Diana; and father-in-law Elmer Woxland. Funeral services were Monday, December 17, 2012, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Peterson with Revs. Ronald and Janet Warnes officiating. Burial was in the West Grace Cemetery in rural Peterson, Minnesota. Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted with arrangements.

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C ommentary “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate” By Karen Reisner This well-known line from the movie Cool Hand Luke (1967) is perhaps more relevant today. With a plethora of communication devices contributing to superficial noise and serving to interrupt many face-to-face conversations, the ability to communicate on any substantial level can get lost in the static. Can we no longer sincerely listen or really be heard? Does all the static get in the way of understanding and get- Karen Reisner ting along? Maybe there are too many choices, too many ways to communicate, many on an impersonal level. Many of these so called communication methods allow a decrease in civility. Most would find it more difficult to be rude, offensive, and in your face mean during a face to face conversation. Read a controversial news story on the Internet and then read the comments. Many com-

ments only serve to put up barriers, building a wedge of anger. This kind of reactionary speech has infected political discourse. This growing lack of civility has permeated into group interactions from the schoolyard to Congress. In today’s politics the real friendships that had once occurred behind the scenes between political rivals are seldom developed. Conversations over a good meal which served to create more understanding and openness are a thing of the past. Political sniping for the camera which just serves to widen the divide has become the norm. Nasty tweets and other unfriendly impersonal communications are common place as no bond has been built that would curtail such messages. There is lack of respect and comity which is necessary to build a consensus. Congress has been handcuffed not just by widely different political philosophies which have always been part of their deliberations, but even more by not developing personal relationships that allow for level headed, respectful communica-

One Moment, Please... The Guardians

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imagine what the parents of those 20 murdered Sandy Hook Elementary School children must be feeling today. Their healing will only come with time, and maybe never. Since the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday, December 14, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by in which I haven’t read an article or seen a report on TV regarding this horrific event. While I would like to refrain from getting consumed by what I con-

tion. Most every issue is looked at not only in the context of a political philosophy, but as a way to weaken the other side. Winning the message has become more important than solving a problem in the best interest of the country. With the new year many of us make resolutions. Perhaps an effort to be more considerate, respectful, understanding, and to truly listen could be a winner for everybody. An Embarrassment for America Three weeks ago the United States Senate failed to ratify the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Many of the provisions in the treaty were pattered after the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry argued the treaty just says other countries have to do what the United States did 22 years ago. The treaty would ratify rights for the disabled that America already has. Kerry insisted, “This treaty is not about America, it’s about America changing the world.” The Senate needed a two-

thirds vote in favor to ratify the treaty, but fell five votes short of that with a vote of 61 to 38. All the votes against the treaty were from Republicans with only eight GOP votes in favor of ratification. The treaty to ban discrimination of people with disabilities was adopted by the United Nations in 2006 and so far 126 nations have ratified it. President Obama signed it in 2009. This treaty is basic toward helping to establish rights for the disabled in countries across the globe. It would make world travel for disabled veterans and others easier. It mirrored the disability values of the United States established in 1990. Former President George H. W. Bush supported ratifying the measure and the treaty had been negotiated by his administration. Bush had signed the American with Disabilities Act into law maintaining it was the “world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.” This had been a proud moment for the leadership of America. Eighty-nine year old veteran, former Senate majority leader,

and past Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole sat in his wheel chair on the Senate floor demonstrating his support for the treaty as his party voted it down. Unfortunately, the far right of the Republican party base opposed the treaty. Republican Senators, afraid of primary challenges from the right, cowed to their base and voted against ratification. Only eight Republicans broke ranks to support a treaty which would have little, if any, effect on United States policy. Some Republicans based their objections on this language in the treaty which stated, “In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Another source of angst was language stating that the disabled should have “free or affordable health care, including the area of sexual and reproductive health and population-based health programs.” The right fretted that the treaty could somehow interfere with homeschooling of children with disabilities or feared it may lead to an increase in abortions.

tinually refer to as the sensationalism of national media, I also can’t help but to vicariously reconnect with parents I have never met. Their pain is our pain. Each day, as I look at our two children, whether getting them ready for the bus stop or bedtime, my eyes well a bit. I can’t imagine my life without them. This will be an especially difficult Christmas for those parents of Newtown, CT. And while they mourn, our nation mourns. We mourn the loss of our own innocence. We could never believe something like this could happen

to us. And, we never believed anything like what happened on September 11, 2001, would happen in our country. Yet, it did. Our first instinct is to find out why; to place blame. Is it video games? Is it violence in the movies? Is it a need for better gun control? Is it a mental health issue? Is it a school security issue? There will be many questions answered in the days ahead as we try to find solace in solutions. In late November, my wife and I took our children to the JEM Movie Theater to see the movie Rise of the Guardians. This movie revolved around Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Mr. Sandman, and Jack Frost. Their purpose was to protect the dreams and imaginations of children. If children believed in them, the Guardians would bring joy and hope. After we arrived home following the conclusion of the movie, we put our kids to bed. As I sat by my daughter’s bedside, we talked about the movie, and she said, “Daddy, I know you and mommy are our guardians. You protect us.” Ultimately, following this dev-

astating event at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I think we all have one common goal in mind: we must protect our children. After all, we are their guardians. They need for us to make the right decisions to protect them. I just hope we make the right decisions. Our children are counting on us.

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UnitedHealthcare joins Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Aging and Independent Living Consortium as well as home safety, and other health and wellness programs. Established in September 2011, the HAIL initiative conducts its research in a “living lab” located in Charter House, a continuing care retirement community in Rochester. The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI), Mayo Clinic’s Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging and Charter House created a space where Charter House residents and volunteers from other community agencies can participate in creating and piloting new programs developed “inhouse” and aimed at supporting healthy aging in place — helping

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic announced UnitedHealthcare as the newest member of the Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL) consortium. The HAIL consortium, composed of Midwest businesses and organizations including Best Buy, General Mills and Good Samaritan Society, develops new products, services and technologies aimed at enhancing older Americans’ health and quality of life. UnitedHealthcare will help test new services, care models and technologies that include connection and engagement, such as email and video communications,

seniors remain at home, healthy and independent. There are currently about 40 million people in the U.S. over the age of 65, and that number is estimated to increase to 70 million by 2030, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging. “From initial discovery through delivery to patients, Mayo Clinic has the ability to conduct every phase of research in-house,” says Nicholas LaRusso, M.D., medical director of the Center for Innovation. “Making our research even more effective is our continual


effort to make sure the patient is front and center and that the medical practice is informing the research. The HAIL Lab is a place to try out and test new products and services with real consumers.” “UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Mayo Clinic and other organizations to explore and develop programs and services that will help seniors live healthier lives,” says Jeff Shoemate, vice president of Innovation & Business Development, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted rela-

Seamless transition expected for Veolia to Advanced Disposal and uniform changes will be complete much sooner. If you go to the website changes are already in place as there is a connection for Veolia customers to pay their bills. The new logo won’t appear on the trucks and other equipment until the weather warms due to cold sensitivity of the decals. For that reason, the transition will move from locations in the south to north. “We bought the solid waste division,” said Mary O’Brien, Chief Marketing

By Bill Lisser The purchase of Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc. from Veolia Environmental Services North American Corp by Advanced Disposal Services was announced just several weeks ago. However, the transition from Veolia to Advanced Disposal has begun. The timeline to rebrand Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc., to Advanced Disposal Services is nine months. However, many parts of the transition will be completed sooner. Customer communications

Officer for Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. “The change will be seamless. There will be little change.” O’Brien said customers will be talking to the same customer service and sales people they always have talked to. “It’s a great industry to be in because it touches everyone,” O’Brien said. The completion of the $1.9 billion dollar purchase makes Advanced Disposal the largest privately-owned environmental services company in the coun-

Winter activity continues in Rochester says, “and funding for all equipment has come from fundraisers – we’ve raised enough for $40,000 in trail grooming equipment in six years.” There are parallel lines groomed into the snow for classic skating and wider pathways for speed skating. There’s even a small section groomed into the ski trails for walkers to the far side. RASC began grooming trails in 2007, O’Connor explains, and the organization’s future

By Andy Sieffert Outdoor ice skating rinks are scheduled to open Dec. 26, sledding continues at Judd and Schmidt parks and ski enthusiasts like the Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) crosscountry ski team are excited to hit the trails. The Rochester Active Sports Club maintains cross-country ski trails at Essex and Quarry Hill parks. “All the work is done by volunteers,” Director of RASC Dr. Michael O’Connor

plans include partnering with Gamehaven: Scouting of Southeastern Minnesota, the City of Rochester and Olmsted County to set up a winter center that would include artificial snowmakers, sledding, snow boarding and a 2 ½ kilometer ski trail. “If we can build a winter center where people come and enjoy these outdoor activities, it is a big step in helping people be more active and staying healthier over the winter,”

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tionships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. The HAIL initiative is supported by a consortium of organizations that provide strategy, expertise and financial support. Corporations interested in joining the consortium should contact the Center for Innovation at innovation@mayo. edu, or call 507-266-0900.

try. Advanced has operations in 20 states in the Eastern United States. “I am extremely grateful to the teams from both Advanced Disposal and Veolia who contributed countless hours to make this strategic combination a reality,” Charlie Appleby, Chairman and CEO of Advanced Disposal, said in a press release. Advanced Disposal is expected to have annual revenues of approximately $1.4 billion. Advanced Disposal Services is owned by Star Atlantic Waste

Holdings II, L.P., a Highstar Capital company. Star Atlantic is also combining its investment in Interstate Waste with Veolia and Advanced Disposal all under the Advance Disposal Services name. Highstar Capital is an independently owned infrastructure fund manager headquartered in New York. Highstar has a portfolio of investments in energy, transportation and environmental waste management businesses. Veolia, headquartered in Chicago, will continue to operate its hazardous waste and industrial services businesses.

O’Connor says. O’Connor invites skiers and snowshoe walkers to enjoy the groomed trails at Essex and Quarry Hill parks. Skis and snowshoes can be

rented at Quarry Hill Nature Center by calling 507-3283950. More information about activities in winter can be found online at www.rochestermn. gov/departments/park/.

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ment: Turn off the TV. Constant images, strong emotions, and reports of the shooting are not helpful at this time. •Keep to bedtime routine. A good antidote to stress is sleep. Children need reassurance at bedtime. Read to them, keep family faith traditions, and allow nightlights and hall lights to stay on. •Community resources are available to you and your families to help you talk to children.

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They include counselors, members of the faith community, public health and sexual assault and domestic abuse programs. •Be careful to avoid dramatizing the drama – try to calm yourself and others instead of fanning the excitement The pamphlet also offered the following prompts to help parents start a discussion with children regarding the Sandy Hook event and/or bomb threats at their school: •“What has happened today is horrifying, and our hearts and brains are having a hard time

Berg-Beniak sought as permanent superintendent By Karen Snyder The Pine Island School Board evaluated Interim Superintendent Tammy Berg-Beniak’s job performance, agreed she’s excelling and chose to forgo any search for a permanent superintendent and instead enter into negotiations with her. The unanimous decision came at the board’s Dec. 17 meeting and resulted from a Dec. 12 job appraisal. She became interim superintendent in late August. Summarizing the evaluation, Board Chairman Jeff Leland said Berg-Beniak has met or exceeded expectations in all criteria, and he thanked her for continuing the thrifty fiscal policies set in place by her predecessor, Superintendent Chris Bates. Selecting an administrator is the board’s most important task, said board member John Champa, “and for me this is not

a difficult decision.” Leland, Champa and a third board member, Angela Heiden, were picked to serve on the negotiations committee. “I’m confident we’ll have a good agreement,” Berg-Beniak said. “I will work hard not to disappoint. I know you have high expectations of me, but not as high as I have for myself.” School shooting in Connecticut Berg-Beniak explained the Pine Island District’s response to the school shootings in Newton, Conn. When news of the tragedy arrived, P.I. school officials decided not to discuss it with students, she said, “because we thought it was up to the parents.” Regarding security at Pine Island School, Berg-Beniak said, “Very few schools in our

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taking it all in. What we know at this point is: (give facts, as you know them.)” •“When scary things happen, it is important to take a big breath or whatever it is you do to help calm down. Pay attention to the facts. Be careful not to spread rumors.” •“It is still important for you and me to be able to express our feelings and share our thoughts and concerns. Do you want to talk about what has happened? We can talk whenever you want.” •“What have you heard about

the shootings?” •“How are you feeling about what happened?” Rochester School District will continue to review their safety protocols and security measures. Although it is district policy to keep all school entryways locked except for the main entrance, there is discussion now about also locking the main door and admitting visitors by buzz-in only. While these heightened measures may add to the sense of security and possibly deter some offenders, it is sobering to learn that even Sandy Hook’s

recently upgraded security measures did not deter shooter Adam Lanza, who subverted the locked doors by entering through a window. While some might argue then that all school windows should be barred and bullet-proofed, there is a balance to consider— if schools are battened down until they resemble barely-accessible prisons, then are our children safe? Sandy Hook eschews hopeful assurances made by any district in the nation and reveals our shuddering reality in which safety is an impossible guarantee.

area have locked front doors, like we do. And very few have a police liaison officer, like we do. We have taken security very seriously and want our students to continue to feel safe.” “Like” the school The board consented unanimously to the social media policy proposed by Berg-Beniak and to her plan to put the school on Facebook. The school’s page will provide information to the community and won’t allow comments, at least not at first. It will launch around the first of the year. “‘Like’ the school,” BergBeniak said. Other business • Activities Director and high school baseball coach Craig Anderson will be inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place early next December in Tucson, Ariz. Anderson, already a member of the Minnesota Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, has coached at Pine Island for

36 seasons. •The board unanimously approved the 2013 levy of $2,185,430.20, as presented at the Dec. 6 truth-in-taxation hearing. • Board approval of the audit report presented at the Dec. 6 board meeting was likewise unanimous.

•Negotiations with High School Principal Kevin Cardille continue. The board has made him another offer, said board member Kim Fall, and he’s considering it. •The Pine Island School Board will hold its first meeting of the new year at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 in the school’s music room.

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in two segments, governmental funds and enterprise funds. This fund accounting is primarily used by governmental non-profits and relies on accountability as the basis for financial operations. The proposed governmental fund; which includes things like parks, streets, the library, the civic center, and debt service; had expenditures of $3,838,842. The enterprise fund, structured similar to a for profit entity; comprised of things like sewer and water collections (not property taxes); had expenditures of $1,747,679. During the council’s discussion of the overall 2013 bud-

get, council member Jan Hansen expressed disappointment in the budgeting process saying she didn’t think the council worked well at trying to reduce costs to the taxpayers, specifically citing an issue with the city covering the costs of a lesion officer for the school district. Hansen said, “I want it to be known I am not happy about this, I think the school should be paying for this.” After the discussion the council voted 4-1 to approve the 2013 budget, with Jan Hansen being the no vote. Immediately after the vote on the 2013 budget, the coucil voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution approving the 2012 Tax Levy collectible in 2013.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Fire Hall Referendum A resolution to hold a special election for a referendum for a new fire hall facility was presented to the council by Finance Director Barb Neubauer. The City of Stewartville and it’s fire department have been working together with Five Bugles Design on a plan that would demolish the current fire hall and replace it with a new facility, estimated to cost $1.8 million. The City has already agreed to pay Five Bugles $90,000 for their consultation and design during this process. During the discussion before the vote, council member Jan Hansen expressed her disapproval of previous process involving the $90,000 contract with Five Bugles. She said, “I am reluctant-


ly going to support the referendum request, but I am worried that if the the referendum is not approved, we will have wasted $90,000.” In response to Jan Hansens comments, council member Roger Hanson said that he was confident in the City decisions on the project saying, “This consultation is a necessary part of the process.” After the discussion the council voted 5-0 adopt a resolution to hold a special election on for a referendum on the fire hall. Section 2 of the adopted resolution states : The proposition of authorizing the issuance of not to exceed $1,800,000 general obligation bonds for said purpose shall be submitted to the

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qualified electors of the City at the special election to be held on March 5, 2013. Said election shall be held between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8 p.m. The polling place for said election shall be the Stewartville Civic Center located at 120 City Center in the City. The referendum resolution also included a proposal for the language that will be putforth on the ballot. The question for the March 5 special election will read : “Shall the City of Stewartville, Minnesota, be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $1,800,000 to finance the demolition of the existing fire hall and the acquisition and betterment of a new fire hall?”

Pine Island Council approves 2013 levy, delays 6-legged roundabout By Karen Snyder Asked how far you’d have to travel to find a roundabout like the one being proposed by the Pine Island City Council, City Engineer Neil Britton, said, “You would have to go out to Utah to experience a six-legged roundabout.” Highlights of the Dec. 18 council meeting included the roundabout, a 107-year-old historic house that will delay, for a month anyway, progress on that roundabout, and the 2013 budget and levy hearing. 2013 budget and levy hearing Pine Island Finance Director Jon Eickhoff presided at the annual truth-in-taxation meeting which, he said, has undergone a name change. Now the meetings, mandated by state law, are called budget and levy hearings. The hearing was item one on the council’s agenda. Eickhoff explained that cities’ budgets are separated into funds (27 funds for Pine Island), outlined how the funds’ monies are allocated and identified the funds’ income sources. Property taxes are the major

revenue source. Pine Island’s tax rate used to be among the highest in the area, but has decreased to near average. The city’s 2013 levy is 9.76 percent lower than 2012’s. “More cities continue to increase their levies as we seek to bring ours down,” Eickhoff said. The council voted 5-0 to certify the 2013 levy of $1,583,094 and also unanimously approved the city’s 2013 budget of $3,167.011. Eickhoff’s budget and levy hearing presentation is posted at http://cc.pineislandmn. c o m / d o w n l o a d s / packet_121812councilagenda. pdf. Elk Run roundabout plans discussed The meeting’s agenda included another public hearing, this one on the plans to build an interchange on Goodhue County Road 11. The proposal, part of the Elk Run project, includes the six-way roundabout and a new east frontage road. “So,” said a meeting attendee, “$2.2 million for this and $3.6 million for another project – all for Elk Run and there’s nothing

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there yet.” “Think of the job creation,” said councilmen/mayor-elect Steele. Pointing out the bad economy, the attendee said, “We’re taking a big chance. That’s a lot of money for nothing.” “Some people think we’re not taking enough chance,” Councilman Jerry Vettel said. “You want input,” said the attendee, “and you have to expect this.” Roundabout issue was discussed some more, then tabled It was the question of what to do with the historic 107-yearold Robinson House that delayed action on roundabout planning. The big brick house, close to the proposed frontage road, would have to be moved or demolished, and the Pine Island Heritage Preservation Commission requested time to save the building. Commission members Teresa Swan and Chris Dietz are trying to find a buyer – perhaps the city – for Robinson House. In the meantime, they asked the city to pay for moving the structure a short distance. Less than 300 yards away, Swan said. If the home stays on the property it was built on, said Dietz, it’s eligible for listing on the National Regis-

ter of Historic Places. The move would cost approximately $143,000. Moving an old brick house is an iffy undertaking, Vettel said. Could the frontage road be rerouted? That would be difficult, said Britton. Robinson House “could become a hub of economic development” on the east side of U.S. Highway 52, Swan said. Outgoing councilman Dean Weis wanted to give the preservation group more time. “The city will have to buy the property anyway,” City Administrator Abraham Algadi said. “I think we can reroute the road,” Vettel said. “We looked at that during design,” Britton said, “but we’ll look at it again.” But outgoing Mayor Paul Perry wanted no delay: “We’ve been at this ad nauseam, and I can see the maps in my sleep.” Then the council voted 3-2, Perry and Steele dissenting, to table action, at least until the January meeting. Swimming pool study okayed The council said yes, 5-0, to a request to authorize a Park Board expenditure of $8,000 for a swim-

ming pool study. The board will hire USAquatics Inc., a consulting, design and engineering firm from Delano, Minn., to assess the existing pool and present up to five options for updating or replacing it. Community Planning Team seeks public’s opinions Economic Development Authority Director Karen Doll reported on Community Planning Team (CPT) activities. CPT has completed its research on Pine Island school bond referendum history, expanded its scope to include other community projects and scheduled an open forum to hear opinions from the public. That session will take place 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Saint Paul Lutheran Church. CPT includes representatives of the school, the city, the EDA and four townships. “It’s wonderful to have all these jurisdictions sitting together at the table discussing these issues,” Doll said. “The needs of the community are linked.” For more on the CPT, see commyservice2941.asp. The council will hold its next regular meet 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Pine Island City Hall.

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A bit of summer in winter That first lovely snow of early December fell in soggy slatherings of white that immediately froze solid on every branch and bush, preserving the winter wonderland scenery for a whole week. It seemed to put everyone in a bright holiday mood after the oddly warm fall. Then it poured rain, and fog cloaked the hills and valleys. Overnight, we were back to a brown November landscape. Yet the snow returned, most unexpectedly. Huge fluffy flakes floated down this time, piling up in the morning stillness to six inches. Once again, every twig in the forest is marked with its line of snow. Who can resist the urge to bundle up and go stomping out into the pure white beauty of nature, if only to do a little shoveling? First I want to plan dinner, and my contributions to the upcoming caroling potluck, and the three family Christmas events coming up. My thoughts naturally turn to our stockpiles from the garden. What do we have the most of, and what ought to be used up? Picking delicious foods from one’s own garden is a huge reward, and makes summer a special time of year,

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The Center Cannot Hold Elyn Saks wrote her memoir on schizophrenia because such a book—a testimony from one able to create and manage her professional life with schizophrenia—did not yet exist. A Yale law colleague of Saks’s with schizoaffective disorder had recently committed suicide. John Nash, whose life and illness the film A Beautiful Mind portrays, received the Nobel Prize for work he did before his schizophrenia bloomed, not after. Many other famous people are well known for success in spite of mood disorders, Van Gogh, Woolf, Lincoln, but few or none are known for success in spite of thought disorders. Elyn Saks endeavored to offer her own case as evidence to the contrary. The Center Cannot Hold is lucid and well-organized. Aside from being the line following “things fall apart” from Yeats’s famous poem “Second Coming,” the title suggests perhaps a triple entendre: 1) the tendency for schizophrenic thought to miss the center and run tangentially amok, 2) how mental health centers in the United States fail to uphold their patients in tender, humane care and rather hold

them at a damaging distance by contrast with mental health centers in England, and 3) the argument that mental health centers should not use “holds” or physical restraints in the management of psychotic individuals. The book proceeds chronologically from her childhood in Miami in the 1950s, to college at Vanderbilt University in the 1970s, to Oxford to earn a Masters in Philosophy during which Saks suffered her first season of full-blown psychosis and where she entered psychoanalytic treatment, to Yale Law School where she experienced the U.S. mental health system which prioritized restraints and numbing medication, to the University of California, San Diego where she is now faculty at both the law and medical schools and holds myriad academic honors and high acclaim. The strict chronology of the narrative serves to reveal the insipid progression of Saks’s schizophrenia. Her brain’s shattering of reality began perhaps as early as age seven. The straightforward structure imposes order on what would otherwise be a disorienting tale. Rather than try to give the

reader the experience of insanity, Saks chose to describe her insanity in the most matter of fact, comprehensible way. The effect of this choice is that it wins the affiliation of the reader. There is so much that is normal about Elyn Saks that that which seems “other”—her symptoms of psychosis, delusions of being God or having killed thousands of people with her mind— is more painful because of the way it appears to intrude on what would otherwise be a normal, productive life. Where Saks loses the reader is in the final chapters when she lapses into nauseating sentimentality regarding her romantic partner, Will the librarian. Admittedly socially awkward, Saks could have better told her romance in the quirky and raw so that it would ring true, instead, it reeks of the influence of popular drama; she seems to submit to sentimentality for sanction. In spite of these saccharine scenes, Saks succeeds in showing her schizophrenia to the world as a clear case of illness, a hissing disease that must be medically managed just as if one had diabetes or high blood pressure. Because mental illness sickens the thought and/or mood, the features defining humanity, patients who suffer diseases of the mind are subject to the worst social stigma, and are often dismissed as “crazy” or “criminal.” Saks writes of several conversations with colleagues or students about the mentally ill which evidence the pervasive dehumanizing sen-

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Because I certainly wouldn’t” (249). These jagged mean things do not prompt Saks to wallow in compunction, nor does she shame the people who reveal to her their unfortunate biases about people with her disease. With patience, equilibrium, and tact, Saks leads her colleague, her student, and her readers to assess our assumptions on the highly charged issues of: the rights of people with mental illness, the declaration of competence and protection of confidentiality in the mental health system in the United States, and the best practices versus alternative modalities of psychiatric treatment, including, the modern revalidation of psychoanalysis within a medicalized society for which the pill is the most popular, while incomplete, answer. Reading Saks’s memoir as a medical student, her story brought to my attention how often doctors transgress the parameters of human decency, and how these transgressions seem to occur more frequently among doctors who lack insight and empathy for the patient experience. Illness narratives like The Center Cannot Hold are potentially prescriptive and hopefully preemptive for physicians’ bedside transgressions. Further, Saks’s constructive memoir is itself a counterargument for the destructive reputation and dismal prognosis of thought disorders— health, for Saks, is not a hallucination, it is the central hope she holds for all.

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Olmsted County District Court Patrick Richard Moen, 57 of Byron, Minn., appeared at the Olmsted County Courthouse on December 13, 2013. He was convicted of Domestic Assault- By Strangulation, and given a stay of adjudication. He was sentenced to three years supervised probation, and 100 hours community service. Ryan Michael Galegher, 27 of Rochester, was convicted of Burglary in the 2nd Degree- Dwelling. He was sentenced to 28 months at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, concurrent with another case. He was also convicted of Predatory Offender- Knowingly violates registration requirement or intentionally provides false information. He was sentenced to 24 months at the St. Cloud Facility. Nadi Salah Hagi-Mohamed, 24 of Rochester was convicted of Drugs in the 2nd Degree- Sale 3 grams or more- Cocaine/Heroin/ Meth within 90-day period. He was sentenced to 70 months at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility concurrent with another case. Morgan Scopas Kenyi, 30 of Rochester, was convicted of Burglary in the 1st Degree- Dwelling –Occupied, and was given a stay of imposition. He was sentenced to 20 years supervised probation, 261 days local confinement with credit for 261 days served, and 100 hours community service. Tyrone L. Rooks, 37 of Lyle,

Minn., was convicted of Terroristic Threats- Reckless Disregard Risk, and was given a stay of imposition. He was sentenced to five years supervised probation, 33 days local confinement with credit for 33 days served, and 100 hours community service. William Robert Irwin, 28 of Faribault, was convicted of Predatory Offender- Knowingly Violates Registration Requirements or intentionally provides false information, and was sentenced to 20 months at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. Adam Lyle Grosbach, 22 of Rochester, was convicted of Engage in Electronic Communication Relating or Describing Sexual Conduct with a Child. He was given a stay of imposition and was sentenced to three years supervised probation, must comply with Internet monitoring software, have no contact with female minors, attend a sex offender program, and 10 days local confinement. Kyle William Jacobson, 25 of Rochester, was convicted of two counts of Drugs in the 5th Degree- Possess Schedule 1,2,3,4Not a small amount of marijuana, and was given a statutory stay of adjudication. He was sentenced to five years supervised probation, 80 hours community service, and 21 days local confinement with credit for 14 days served.


Continued from Page 1 Kristin Henson of Rochester was pleasantly surprised with some of her “recent finds” at the store. “I ended up with a bunch of great items for under $5.00 total. I found a serving tray that I had been looking for, some Norman Rockwell items and more. It’s fun that you can shop for all kinds of treasures and also help the community at the same time,” Henson explained. Henson did say that her favorite item so far from the store was an old record album that she loves. That reminded me of the prized record that I bought at Community Clothesline. I’m an avid vinyl collector who just loves the old albums and vintage sound systems. I purchased a bunch of LP records from a collection that was formally owned by Harley Flathers. Flathers is a legendary voice on the radio that many in Rochester and the surrounding area have listened

Call the OCJ at 507-288-5201 to advertise or offer news tips! to for years. Amongst the LPs that I purchased at Community Clothesline is a ‘Johnny Cash Hits’ album from 1971, with KWEB and Harley Flathers written on it. Whenever I listen to the vinyl I can just imagine Harley playing the old record on Rochesters KWEB Radio, 40 plus years ago. It has aged well as it still sounds crystal clear. Something for everyone indeed, although much of the Flathers record collection has been sold each new day brings a mystery. Just what will take its place on the store shelves? In this business you never know. For those who are not interested in shopping there’s still something for you; donations and volunteers are needed and welcome! Donations needed: Practical household items, fine home decor, new or gently used clothing and shoes, hardware, tools, small furniture, collectibles, jewelry and books.

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Historic preservation framework for Rochester begins to take shape By Nate Langworthy Community members interested in historic preservation packed the city council chambers, and waited in overflow seating just outside to witness the fate of a proposed historic preservation ordinance, an idea which has been in the works for more than 30 years in Rochester. Members of the Historic Preservation Committee and a newlyformed group representing business interests, Rochester Alliance for Responsible Preservation – made up of representatives from the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rochester Downtown Alliance, Mayo Clinic, and Rochester Area Builders, RAEDI, Southeast Minnesota Realtors, among others – presented competing versions of a historic preservation ordinance. The division chiefly surrounded whether or not property owners would only be required to follow the regulation of the ordinance if they chose to “opt in” and participate. While there was some substantial movement on portions of the ordinance, the council sidestepped the question of whether the ordinance should only apply to property owners who consent to participate in it. Consideration of the ordinance as a whole, including the “opt-in” portion, will be considered months from now. In the meantime, historic preservation was advanced at the city level by instituting portions of what had been called for in the proposed ordinance. The council requested that members of all interested parties seek out funding opportunities to create incentives for preservation. Based on recommendations from city administrator Steven Kvenvold, the council established the Heritage Preservation Commission (the group had previously been a committee) which will be comprised of 11

members representing various interests surrounding preservation. If owners of sites that may be deemed historic come to the council requesting an alteration to their property, the city council will seek the input of the historic preservation commission. The council also requested that the commission compile a list of historic preservation sites. When the list has been completed and presented to the council, a public hearing would be set in order to receive input from the property owners regarding appropriate regulation for their individual sites. To compliment Kvenvold’s recommendations, councilmember Mark Bilderback proposed a one-year period during which the council would review all demolition permits in order to prevent loss of historic sites before the framework of the preservation ordinance can be put in place. Both sides responded positively to the council’s action. “It was a great step. We look forward to moving ahead in this process and this offers clarity,” said John Wade, president of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. “Haulting demolition was a responsible thing to do, something effective, we are not opposed to this,” he said. Kevin Lund, who presented a historic preservation ordinance to the Rochester city over 24 years ago when it failed to gain passage, felt that the council’s decision was “a good incremental start for historic preservation.” The decision followed more than four hours of discussion on the matter, with dozens of citizens providing testimony during the hearing, providing new ideas to become potential points of agreement and challenging assertions made by either side. Lund noted that historic preservation is important to both the downtown master plan and


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opposition to a preservation ordinance. “A heritage preservation ordinance is not necessary. Mayo does not believe the best way to protect properties is through an ordinance, and we’re opposed to an ordinance,” said Black, a member of the Clinic’s sustainability committee, noting the restoration of the Mayowood Mansion and other properties in Rochester. “We’re in favor of historic preservation. Mayo has never needed an ordinance to do the right thing with our buildings” Black also asserted Mayo’s economic importance should be a factor in allowing their internal plans to go forward in the downtown area, noting that the proximity of strategic sites was important and that the Clinic could not simply build on empty parking lots as suggested earlier. Black recalled the economic impact the construction of the Gonda building brought by creating hundreds of jobs. “That’s what we do with our buildings, we put in jobs,” he said. “Mayo’s fiscal impact in terms of state and local tax revenues is the same as three Olympic games, six super bowls a year. Please keep that in mind when we take down a building.” Nancy Slocum presented pictures of historic buildings that have been razed and the parking lots that have taken their places, the oldest parking lot built on the former plot of a historic property has existed since 1942. The list of demolished historic buildings was expanded on into the dozens by Dan Butterfass, owner of Rochester Tour Company. “I think everyone in this room would say in their heart of hearts, we’ve lost too much of our historic infrastructure,” he said. “A major part of progress is to preserve one’s heritage.” A few property owners provided testimony outlining their concerns. “We knew the significance of our building when we were looking at it, and to be honest, it was a large part of its appeal,” said

Tessa Lueng, who grew up in a family that restored buildings and now owns Sontes and the Kennedy Building it is housed in. “However, the path to bring this old property back to life has not been an easy road. It is very easy to make these demands when it’s not your time or your money.” Developer Mac Hamilton, still receiving criticism from preservation proponents for leveling the Williams house in October, stated that he was in favor of a preservation ordinance, with a significant caveat. “Just because a building has age on it or someone famous or meaningful to the community used to live there to think that this building has the structural integrity to be saved,” asserting that the Williams house was unsafe to live in. He also urged the council to give deference to the Mayo Clinic due to their importance to the city and region. “The largest private payroll in the state of Minnesota is here and we need to be sensitive to that.” Interim council president Randy Staver urged perspective, noting that the 1914 Building that is recalled by proponents of preservation as a lost treasure was built on the former residence of William Worrell Mayo. Council member Michael Wojcik remarked most cities in the United States and dozens in Minnesota have historic preservation ordinances, saying “we sometimes think we’re doing something earth shattering. We’re not.” He also remarked that it was unreasonable to expect the Historic Preservation Committee to compromise any further. “The protagonist side is already proposing the weakest preservation ordinance in the state of Minnesota. We have to have some reality about what we’re talking about here,” he said, adding that the ordinance as written does not place any hardship on the property ownSee PRESERVATION Page 15 

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ers, but simply requires them to appear at a hearing, to create dialogue and potentially engage the public before the council ultimately makes a decision. “We want to be reasonable and not force anything on anyone, so it looks like we have the ability to be reasonable and not force anything. Having this discussion ahead of the project is a lot better than having this discussion at the time of a project.” The interested parties will return to the council in six months to discuss the compiled list of historic properties and possibly find resolution to the question of whether participation in the ordinance’s regulations will be voluntary or not. “If you took half the knowledge that was shared, we could work together to build a truly innovative model,” said Wade. “I think we’ve got a ways to go to reflect the collaborative spirit that Rochester is famous for.” Longtime preservationist John Kruesel and others poked fun at the idea that a city ordinance would be something to opt into. “If you could choose to opt in or opt out, I would choose to opt out of parking tickets. An opt-in to me means you have no ordinance.”

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Oronoco City Council addresses growth By Andy Sieffert Oronoco City Council met Dec. 19 and passed a 2013 Tax Levy of $601,614, more than half a percent less than initially projected. Also, after flooding in 2010, the New Year’s water assessment fees are going up by two and a half percent. Mayor Kevin McDermott argued against an

increase, but Council members proposed a maintenance increase for 2013 and further discussion for 2014. Some fee increases were expected because of the amount of growth the community is experiencing. A Casey’s General Store and a Cenex gas station are being built along with at least four new private homes.

Many new houses are being built at the River Park sub division, along with project plans for a strip mall and a new restaurant. The big growth has influenced the City Council to take a closer look at city ordinances. Planning and Zoning is taking on a Casey’s General Store sign variance set for Jan 10, 2013, at

Safe place at Stewartville Schools By Andy Sieffert Despite recent events in Connecticut, Stewartville Superintendent Dr. Dave Thompson wants community members to know: “Schools are still the safest place for students.” Stewartville Public Schools have been making increased

security measures since the beginning of the school year. “We’ve installed new cameras and radios on buses and in schools, we’ve been in contact with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee and we’re working on our Crisis Policy Handbook,” said Thompson.

He added that training has been important. “We’ve been looking into all kinds of training: lock downs, fire drills and improved strategies of communication.” Thompson said he realizes the problem can’t be solved by cameras and training alone.

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Rochester, MN (Grassroots Newswire)-- Students from the following groups recently became stars of their own Disney show as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program: •Century High School Marching Band, which traveled from Rochester to Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and performed on November 20, 2012. •Century High School

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DArrell’s pAinting 30 DAY SPECIAL!!! Home outstide painting. Power Wash Outside Interior/Exterior painting (2 coats) Will Paint Vinyl & Steel Siding • Insured • 38 Years Experience • FREE Estimates • Reasonable Rates NO JOB TOO LARGE OR TOO SMALL!! 507-358-6979 (cell) Will Travel Where This Paper Travels


rOOFINg steve gentrY construction, llc “WE TREAT YouR HoME AS If IT WERE ouR oWN” • New Roofs • Tear Offs • Storm Damage • Warranty Claims • Insulation • New Construction & Remodeling • Siding • Decks & Patios • Windows • Doors • Garages Licensed, Bonded & Insured Free Estimates & Great References give us A cAll toDAY! office 208-4501 or steve’s cell 250-5263 Email: Lic.#BC593908

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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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 Lic.#CB646549



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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


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Rochester Public Library: BYOE (Bring Your Own eReader) to the Library Days. Meeting Room B, 9:30-1pm. For more information call 507-328-2305.

Rochester Public Library: Hooray for Saturday Family Gaming Day! Auditorium, 10:30am.

Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-287-1404 for more info.* Rochester Public Library- Movie @ Your Library: Summer Wars. Auditorium, 6:30pm.

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 Rochester Public Library: BYOE (Bring Your Own eReader) to the Library Days. Meeting Room B, 9:30-1pm. For more information call 507-328-2305. Free Acoustic Jam-Bluegrass and Country Listeners and players welcome, 6:309:30pm, 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. *

Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 6:00pm, Community Celebration Church in Kasson. *

Widows & Widowers of Rochester meeting, 9:00 am, at Ron’s Restaurant in American Best Value Inn on South Broadway. For more information, call 507289-2263.* Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 5:30pm, Rochester Assembly of God. *

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. * New Year’s Eve Naturally: 7-10pm, Quarry Hill Nature Center. All ages welcome. Candlelight skiing/snowshoeing, nighttime geocaching, animal encounters, scavenger hunt, yummy snack buffet and more.



Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 5:30pm, Hope Summit Christian Church. *

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. *

MONDAY, DEC. 31 Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-287-1404 for more info. *

Rochester Public Library: I Spy Nine and a Half Clues! Children’s Area, All Day. 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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House for sale by owner: Eyota, 4 BR, 2 BA, basement rec room/family room, main floor living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room 1 garage offstreet, basement garage off alley, garages extra large for storage. House has good storage, new furnace, zoned heat and AC, new roof, new siding. Call 507-5452195, leave message. e19,26,2,9,16- x

1994 single Skyline mobile home. 16x80 with one-car garage. Large front deck, winterized, 3 BR and one full bath, new refrigerator. $6,000 or best offer. 507-218-6061. mh19,26,2- x

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

FOR SALE: Internet-ready, eMac computers, 1ghz, 80gb, 512mb RAM, InDesign Master Suite Collection software. All products for media desktop publishing included. Asking $249 or best offer. Call Jason at 507-251-5297. s8tfn- x


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Shorewood Senior Campus, a Senior Community in Rochester, is seeking a reliable individual with the passion for providing exceptional customer service to join our Dining/Housekeeping team. This is a full-time position working a minimum of 32 hours a week and does include weekends. The ideal candidate will have some food service and/or housekeeping experience. The person chosen for this position must have the ability to sit, stand, bend, lift, and move equipment and supplies throughout the workday. Must have the ability to multi-task, problem solve, and work independently. Applicants will be chosen on work history and experience. This position includes full benefits~ Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, STD, Life, Supplemental Life, Accidental Death, 401K. Compensation $10.00/hour.

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Great Career Opportunity Trucking Logistics Coordinator SEMA Equipment, Inc. a rapidly growing John Deere Dealership with 8 Minnesota locations; Spring Valley, Plainview, St. Charles, Wanamingo, LeRoy, Austin, Northfield and Caledonia is seeking a qualified Trucking Logistics Coordinator.

IMPORTANT QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE: *Be interested in coordinating/directing work load of truck drivers schedules and working with outside trucking companies *Be detail oriented and willing to take on new tasks *Be computer knowledgeable and a self- motivated team player *Be a people person with strong communication and people skills. *Be motivated to work flexible hours to meet customer’s needs.

Fri., Dec. 28 - 9:30am - Upcoming Notice. Selling all types of farm machinery, vehicles and farm related items. Sale Site: Gehling Implement & Auction Company, Preston, MN. Advertising Deadline Dec. 13, 2012. For more information contact Gehling Auction at 1-800-770-0347 or online at Sat. Dec. 29 - 9:30am - Tractors, Combines, Hay Equipment, Manure handling Equipment, Stalk Choppers, and more! Auction held at Gehling Implement & Auction Co. in Preston, MN. For more information contact Gehling Auction at 1-800-770-0347 or online at



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notice of mortgage foreclosure sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that default has occurred in the conditions of the following-described Mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: July 30, 2004 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $123,250.00 MORTGAGOR(S): Kim E. Wharton, a single person MORTGAGEE: Home Federal Savings Bank DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded: October 26, 2004 Olmsted County Recorder Document Number A-1042261 ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: None Residential Mortgage Servicer (lender): Home Federal Savings Bank Mortgage Identification Number: 300095668 Mortgage Originator: Home Federal Savings Bank Transaction Agent: Not Applicable LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: The North 6 feet of Lot 16, and all of Lot 17, Block 2, Kummer’s First Subdivision, City of Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota. COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Olmsted Property Address: 1108 12th Avenue NE, Rochester, Minnesota 55906 Tax Parcel ID No.: AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE: $ 127,028.42 THAT all pre-foreclosure requirements have been complied with, that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above-described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said County as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: February 4, 2013 10:00 A.M. PLACE OF SALE: Olmsted County Sheriff, Civil Division 101 Fourth Street SE Rochester, Minnesota 55904 to pay the debt secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any, on said premises and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys’ fees allowed by law, subject to redemption within 6 months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns. If the real estate is an owner-occupied, singlefamily dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under Minnesota Statute Section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under Minnesota Statute Section 580.23, is 11:59 P.M. on the 4th day of August, 2013. Mortgagor(s) released from financial obligation: NONE THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR


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