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A new olmstedcountyjournal.com By Jason Sethre jason@olmstedcountyjournal.com

There have been so many times in which somebody has told me about a local story they found on a local newspaper website and I go to search for that information and I can’t find it for a variety of reasons. I’m sure it was on the homepage at one time, but with fresh content updates that story has been pushed into an undiscovered country. Well, in the past, our very own olmstedcountyjournal.com was guilty of the same content accessibility atrocities. When we initially launched the Olmsted County Journal newspaper in April 2011, we quickly established a news website built upon a Wordpress platform. It didn’t take long before our reporters, our designers, our salespeople, our site visitors – everyone – said they didn’t like it. I agreed. At our company, every day we ask ourselves what we can do bet-

ter. We can never assume we’ve arrived at the top of the mountain. We can always do better. With our very own newspaper website, we knew we had a tremendous opportunity for improvement. Our sister company, SMG Web Design, helped us establish a design and functionality that we felt was lacking with the current design. We identified a list of things that a great news website should have for a positive end-user experience. And, here’s what we came up with. 1. First and foremost, just like with our print edition, access to olmstedcountyjournal.com will remain free. No need to keep track of a username and password. Many newspapers are locking down their news content or providing stripped down content online only to encourage readers to look for the full story in the print edition. Understandably, these newspapers are losing paid circulation of their print

edition, because the Internet has threatened their business model. Giving away the news for free online makes it very difficult to sell subscriptions. Why buy the cow, when you can get the news for free, right? Well, we don’t worry about those things. We provide local news free in print and online. The Internet is our friend; a complement to what we already do. So, you can continue to access all of our content free of charge. 2. Some newspapers provide their content in a PDF format so visitors can flip through the pages online just like a regular newspaper. But, most of those newspapers charge a fee for access to that format. If you check out our Electronic Edition section of the new site, you’ll have access to every newspaper we’ve published since this newspaper started. Just imagine flipping through the pages of the Olmsted County Journal on your iPad. And, again, you won’t need a username or password. This is

100 book challenge transforms Rochester Elementary School reading climate By R achel H ammer rachel@olmstedcountyjournal.com

Kim McDonald, principal at Gage Elementary and Roxanne Nauman, Principal of Pinewood Elementary presented the results from the Minnesota Department of Education School Improvement Process that took place at their schools last year at the January 17 session of the Rochester School Board meeting. Principal Nauman recounted what the state-sponsored needs assessment revealed:

“We did not have a system that supported student practice of the skills that we teach them. And so in the 100 Book Challenge by the American Reading Company we found a system—not a program— that supports student practice as well as strong parent involvement with ongoing support for them. It’s aligned to our common core standards, it includes an assessment tool that supports differentiation for every student, those who are achieving below grade level to those achieving

well above grade level, and it provides professional development based on best practices.” The 100 Book Challenge System is a Response to Intervention management model that works to reorganizes school resources and motivate each individual student by creating an action plan that is specific to them. For those struggling to read on level, temporary small group instruction is used to gather students with similar needs together to receive intenSee 100 BOOK Page 7 

all provided free of charge. 3. What city do you live in? That’s important and we know that. We have organized the news at olmstedcountyjournal.com in two ways: categorical and geographical. People tend to be most interested in what affects them where they live. They want to know what’s happening at their

local city council meetings and school board meetings. As you drag your mouse across the top horizontal navigation bar of cities, you’ll notice a menu drop down a list of all options for each city in Olmsted County. You can cut to the chase and find out everything going on in your community. In See OCJ Page 9 

Eyota approves ambulance backup plan country are required to submit new paper work. They are required to bill@olmstedcountyjournal.com validate Proof of Title and orgaThe Eyota City Council approved nizational structure. The changes a motion that would allow Mayor in Medicare are meant to find Wes Bussell to sign documents and places of accountability, as well as use the Eyota City Federal Iden- preventing fraud or finding areas of tification Number (FID) number fraud. They want to see the chain in case of emergency to keep the of responsibility. Medicare stopped payments to ambulance service operating. This came as a result of pending approv- the Eyota Ambulance Service in al from the Centers for Medicare January. They receive about 40 perfor the Eyota Ambulance service to See EYOTA Page 5  receive Medicare payments. Medicare requirements recently changed Comment on this article at and ambulance services around the www.olmstedcountyjournal.com By Bill Lisser

What is the fastest growing community in Olmsted County? See page 2 for the answer.

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Every three months, the Olmsted County Journal updates household distribution based on the United States Postal Service verified household occupancy. According to the most recent U.S.P.S. reports, Olmsted County experienced an increase of 418 occupied households in the past six months, which means the Olmsted County Journal has increased its distribution to match that growth.

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Fillmore County

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graduated from Bruno H.S. Shirley was married on Nov. 4, 1945, in Bruno to Shirley M. Johnson Shirley M. Johnson, 84, of Stew- Frank O. Johnartville, Minn. died Saturday (1-21- son, Jr. The 12) of natural causes at Seasons couple lived in Hospice in Rochester where she Duluth until 1950, moving had been a resident for 1 day. Shirley Mae DeMaris was born to Winona, Shirley M. June 6, 1927, in Bruno, Minn. to Minn. where Johnson William and Elsie (Bates) DeMaris. Mr. Johnson She grew up on the family farm in was assigned to the Winona Social rural Bruno, attended school and Security office. Mrs. Johnson was

a homemaker and a self-employed interior decorater for many years. They moved to Rochester where Mr. Johnson was transferred and retired from the Social Security Administration. The Johnsons were both active members of the Church of the Savior in Rochester where Shirley has helped with the Wednesday night supper for many years. Mr. Johnson died on April 13, 1984 and Shirley moved to Stewartville in 1986. She was a member of the Family Council at

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considered on a quarterly basis. The funds are held separately from the PCS operating accounts and are administered through the Board of Trustees comprised of seven (7) PCS member volunteers. To be considered for the next round of disbursements, applications must be made no later than March 20, 2012. Program guidelines and applications for Operation Round Up® donations are available at www. peoplesrec.com or by calling People’s Cooperative Services at (507) 2884004. About People’s Cooperative Services People’s Cooperative Services is a member-owned electric cooperative celebrating over 75 years of delivering retail electric power to its nearly 12,000 member-owners in Olmsted, Dodge, Fillmore, Mower, Wabasha and Winona Counties. People’s Cooperative Services a Touchstone Energy® cooperative and a memberowner in the Dairyland Power system of electric cooperatives that generates and transmits reliable electric power in 62 counties of four states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois).

the Stewartville Care Center, the Stewartville Senior Citizens, and played in a few card clubs. She also enjoyed camping and fishing, traveling and bus trips and taking her friends on “mystery” trips. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. Surviors include two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson She was

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preceded in death by her husband Frank, daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Don Oates, one sister, and one brother. The funeral service for Shirley M. Johnson was Saturday (1-28-12) at the Church of the Savior in Rochester, Minn. with Rev. Bob Johnson and Rev. Ron Sikkema officiating. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.

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Olmsted County Church Directory Ascension Lutheran Church....................... Thurdays - 6:30pm; ........................................................ Sundays - 8am & 10:30am 2207 11th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-2781 Assembly of God .................Sundays - 8am, 9:30am & 11:00am 4240 18th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)288-0868 Autumn Ridge Church.......... Sat. 5:30pm; Sun. 9am & 10:30am 3611 Salem Rd SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-8880 Bethel Baptist Church, SBC ....Wed. - 7:00pm & Sun. - 10:45am 1937 7th St. NW, Rochester, MN (507)252-4787 Byron United Methodist Church ..Sundays - 9:00am & 11:00am 503 1st Ave. NW, Byron, MN (507)775-6610 Calvary Episcopal Church ...........Sundays - 8am, 9am & 11am 3rd Ave & SW 2nd St., Rochester, MN (507)282-6496 Calvary Evangelical Free Church...............Saturdays - 5:30pm; .......................................................... Sundays 9am & 10:30am 5500 25th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-4612 Christ Lutheran Church ...............................Sundays - 10:00am 2904 20th St. SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-0271 Christ Our Rock Lutheran Church .... Sun. - 8:00am & 10:30am 3040 Stonehedge Dr. NE, Rochester, MN (507)252-5088 Christ’s Church of the Jesus Hour .........Wednesdays - 6:30pm; ........................................................... Sundays - 10am & 11am 2311 Hwy 52 North, Rochester, MN (507)529-1220 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ...........Sun. - 9am, 2300 Viola Heights Dr. NE, Rochester (507)281-6640 ...... 11am, 1:00pm Church of the Savior, RCA .............................Sundays - 9:30am 971 16th St. SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-7491 Community Presbyterian Church..................Sundays - 9:30am 3705 55th St. NW, Rochester, MN (507)280-9291 Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church .........Sundays - 10:30am 2810 40th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-6532 Crosswinds Church .....................................Saturdays - 5:30pm ....................................................Sundays - 9:15am & 11:00am 8106 31st Ave. NW, Oronoco, MN (507)289-7937 Destiny Church .............................................Sundays - 10:00am 3240 40th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN (507)281-3536 Douglas United Methodist Church ..............Sundays - 10:00am 6507 75th St. NW, Oronoco, MN (507)281-3526 Dover United Methodist Church ....................Sundays - 9:00am 105 S. Pleasant St., Dover, MN (507)932-4966 Gethsemane Lutheran Brethren Church .....Sundays - 10:30am 2204 22nd St. NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-1121 Gloria Dei Lutheran Church ....................... Wednesdays - 6:00; ...................................... Sundays - 8:00am, 9:15am & 10:45am 1212 12th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)289-1841 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ..............Saturdays - 5:30pm; ........................................................ Sundays - 8am & 10:30am 559 20th St SW, Rochester, MN (507)289-1748 Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church ............Sundays - 10:00am 45 1st Ave. NE, Oronoco, MN (507)367-4329 Grace Church ................................................Sundays - 10:30am 702 1st Ave. E, Stewartville, MN (507)533-4704

Emmanuel Baptist Church ...........................Sundays - 10:30am 2911 18th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)289-7244 Faith United Methodist Church ...................Sundays - 10:30am 27 4th Street SW, Eyota, MN (507)545-2641 First Baptist Church .................. Wed. - 6:30pm, Sun. - 10:30am 100 5th St. SE, Stewartville, MN (507)533-8808 First Presbyterian Church............Sundays - 8:30am & 11:00am 512 3rd SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-1618 First Unitarian Universalist Church ... Sun. - 9:00am & 11:00am 1727 Walden Lane SW, Rochester, MN (507)282-5209 High Forest Community Church....................Sundays - 8:00am 12036 SW Oak Ave, Stewartville, MN (507)533-4890 Holy Redeemer Catholic Church ...................Sundays - 8:00am 22 E. 2nd St., Eyota, MN (507)932-3294 Homestead United Methodist Church....Wednesdays - 6:30pm ....................................................Sundays - 9:00am & 10:45am 400 13th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-8911 Hope Summit Christian Church ........ Sun. - 9:00am & 10:30am 1315 6th Ave. SE, Rochester (507)288-2393 Life Evangelical Lutheran Church .................Sundays - 9:30am 4500 60th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-8280 Marion Church of Christ........................Wednesdays - 6:30pm; ......................................................................Sundays 10:30am 5296 65th Ave. SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-1063 New Testament Baptist Church ..............Wednesdays - 7:00pm ................................................... Sundays - 10:30am & 5:00pm 2119 3rd Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)292-0745 Oak Hills Wesleyan Church ......Sat. - 5:00pm & Sun. - 10:30am 410 28th St. SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-6053 Oasis Church ..................................................Sundays - 9:30am 1815 NW 38th St, Rochester, MN (507)289-8596 Our Savior’s Lutheran Church .....Sundays - 8:00am & 10:30am 2124 Viola Rd. NE, Rochester, MN (507)289-3021 Pax Christi Catholic Church ................................. Sat. - 5:15pm; ....................................................Sun. - 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:45am; ......................Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. - 9:00am & Wed. - 7:00am 4135 18th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-8542 Peace United Church of Christ ....Sundays - 8:30am & 11:00am 1503 2nd Ave NE, Rochester, MN (507)282-6117 Pleasant Grove Church of Christ .................Sundays - 10:30am 4713 Cty Rd 140 SE, Stewartville, MN (507)533-8680 Presbyterian Church of Oronoco...................Sundays - 9:00am 20 3rd St. SW, Oronoco, MN (507)367-4711 Racine United Methodist Church ..................Sundays - 8:30am 401 East Main Street, Racine, MN 55967 (507)378-4801 Real Lutheran Fellowship ............................Sundays - 11:00am 4207 Sapphire Ln. NW, Rochester, MN (507)289-6438 Redeemer Lutheran Church ......................Saturdays - 5:30pm; ....................................................Sundays - 8:00am & 10:40am 869 7th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-5147 Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church ... Mondays - 6:30pm ......................................................... Sundays - 8am &10:30am 4520 19th Ave NW, Rochester, MN (507)282-8280

Rochester Baptist Church .. Wed. - 7:00pm, Sun. - 11am & 6pm 420 11th Ave NE, Rochester, MN (507)287-9771 Rochester Community Baptist Church ............. Wed. - 6:30pm; ....................................................Sundays - 9:30am & 11:00am 1048 6th Ave SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-8706 Rochester Covenant Church ........Sundays - 8:30am & 11:00am 4950 31st Ave. NW, Rochester, MN (507)289-2990 Rochester Pentecostal Church ...............Wednesdays - 7:30pm; ................................................... Sundays - 10:00am & 7:00pm 3657 Sheffield Lane SE, Rochester, MN (507)288-4342 Salem Road Covenant Church .......................Sundays - 9:30am 3401 Salem Rd. SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-9601 Salvation Army .............................Sundays - 9:45am & 11:00am 20 1st Ave NE, Rochester, MN (507)288-3663 South Troy Wesleyan Church ................2nd Sundays - 10:30am 56817 Hwy 63, Zumbro Falls, MN (507)259-1442 St. Bernard Catholic Church .....Sat. - 5:00pm & Sun. - 10:30am 116 4th Ave. SE, Stewartville, MN (507)533-8257 St. Bridget Catholic Church ...........................Sundays - 8:30am 2123 Cty. Rd 16 SE, Rochester, MN (507)533-8257 St. Luke’s Episcopal Church .......................... Saturdays - 5pm; ....................................................Sundays - 8:00am & 10:00am 1884 22nd St. NW, Rochester, MN (507)288-2469 St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church ..... Mon.-Fri. 12:10pm; ...............................Sat. 4:30pm; Sun. - 8am, 9:30pm, 11:15am 11 4th Ave SW, Rochester, MN (507)288-7372 St. John’s Lutheran Church .......................Thursdays - 6:30pm; ....................................................Sundays - 8:00am & 10:30am 111 2nd Ave NE, Stewartville, MN (507)533-4420 Stewartville Christian Church .....................Sundays - 11:00am 751 Cty. Rd. 106, Stewartville, MN (507)533-4545 Stewartville United Methodist Church ..........Sundays - 9:00am 900 John Wesley Ave. NW, Stewartville, MN (507)533-4625 Sumner Center United Methodist Church ..Sundays - 10:30am 8 miles north of Spring Valley off of Cty Rd 1 in intersection of 102 (507)378-4801 The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Chosen Generation Parish ...........................Sundays - 10:30am 1300 10th Ave. NE, Rochester, MN (507)202-4726 Trinity Lutheran Church .............. Wed. - 6:30pm; Sat. - 5:30pm 222 6th Ave SW, Rochester, MN (507)289-1531 .... Sun. - 8am & 10:30am Unity of Rochester Study Group ... 2nd & 4th Sundays 10:30am 103 7th St. NE, Rochester, MN (Rochester Rep Theatre) Victory Baptist Church ..........................Wednesdays - 7:00pm; ....................................................................Sundays - 11:00am 606 36th Ave. SE, Rochester, MN (507)289-2966 Viola Bible Church .........................................Sundays 11:00am 10606 Main St. NE, Viola, MN (507)876-2092 World of Life Church of God in Christ .............. Wed. - 6:30pm; ....................................................................Sundays - 10:30am 4925 Hwy 52 N, Rochester, MN (507)206-6633

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C ommentary A breath of fresh air By David Hansen I like Senator Amy Klobuchar. She is the type of leader we need more of, one who quietly works to get things done. She is popular on both sides of the aisle and, if polls are to be believed, very popular with Minnesotans. She is also up for re-election this year. Not long ago Congress, and particularly the Senate, was collegial in nature. Famously, Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill would get together and exchange jokes over a few beers. Orrin Hatch and Ted Kennedy were very good friends, to the point where Hatch staged a kind if “intervention” for Kennedy when Kennedy’s personal life was beginning to spin out of control. John McCain and John Kerry were close for years and reportedly are again, after a fallout over the Iraq War. But overall, the tenor in Washington has changed. Members of Congress once almost universally

held respect for each other because of love of the country and the choices of its people. Now some of that has been lost. I mourn the loss, though it undoubtedly reflects the divisiveness and lack of mutual respect of Americans as a whole. Historically the House has always been more contentious and combative. Because of the larger numbers and shorter terms, the House has been more reactive to the whims of the electorate. But even for the House, we have recently been suffering a descent into partisanship unseen since the debate leading up to the Civil War. This has resulted in only nine to fourteen percent of the American public having a favorable opinion of Congress, depending on the poll. It seems the acrimony can be traced to the mid-1980s, when a young, unknown Representative from Georgia realized that the new “C-Span” was broadcasting

One Moment, Please... Who is growing? By Jason Sethre Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal

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jason@olmstedcountyjournal.com Back in August 2011, I wrote a commentary titled “Key Economic Indicators.” In that piece, I referenced household growth in Olmsted County and Jason Sethre how that related to our local economy. What was interesting at that time was that we saw 226 more occupied houseEditorial Cartoon

holds in the county over a three month period. The reason our newspaper pays such close attention to these numbers is because the United States Postal Service provides us with numbers updated on a quarterly basis for the distribution of the Olmsted County Journal. Since our newspaper is the only newspaper in the county that gets distributed to all 60,425 households in the county by the USPS, they want to make sure we have the most current and accurate information. From my perspective, I consider the USPS equivalent to a real-time census of activity taking place in our local market. So, how do the occupied

continuous shots of the rostrum, regardless of who was in the chamber. Newt Gingrich began speaking to rows of empty seats on a wide variety of issues, issuing challenges to the Democrats that of course went unanswered. I wonder whatever happened to that guy, if he reformed his view of ethics. O’Neill and other House leaders, Democrat and Republican, were outraged. But as the emerging mediums of talk radio and small-market media began to join in the game, the cordial atmosphere deteriorated. With the stakes rising, campaigns became nastier and more expensive. Naturally, House members found it harder develop friendships across the aisle once Congress was in session. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen - there are examples, such as the band Colin Peterson played in with members of both parties but it is no longer the norm. The Senate has proven more resistant to sniping and discord, but the trend is definitely toward

divisiveness. Paul Wellstone introduced himself to his new Senate colleagues in 1991 by calling out Senator Jesse Helms. While I disliked most of what Helms stood for, I think it was wise that Wellstone’s Senate colleagues reined him in a bit. Into this environment came Amy Klobuchar, former A&W carhop and construction worker. She has quietly and effectively made government work better in the areas of health care, education and technology, transportation, farm policy, and support for veterans. She has been a leader on everything from anti-crime measures to international adoption. The new state chair of the Republican Party, Pat Shortridge, managed the Senate campaign of Mark Kennedy in 2006. Klobuchar defeated Kennedy by 20 percentage points in that race. Shortridge has chosen not to “emphasize” on this year’s Senate race as GOP priority, as he told a Twin Cities newspaper. Senator Klobuchar has a great

deal of support from Republicans. However flawed such ratings are, the National Journal rates her as the “38th Most Liberal Senator,” (or “62nd Most Conservative,” if you prefer.) placing her in the middle overall. Roughly half of the legislation she has introduced has been co-sponsored by Republicans. How does she do it? By picking her battles. She is solidly behind her core issues and holds to her values, but is not confrontational about it. She is a nice person, approachable and, importantly, respectful. In other words, she is effective. Many Senators and Representatives, flashy or subdued, liberal or conservative, are much better at producing sound bites than making progress. She has my vote. And maybe, someday I will have the opportunity to vote for Amy Klobuchar for a higher office.

household numbers look today? We saw an increase of another 418 occupied households since my last article on this subject in August 2011. Combined with my last report on this growth, Olmsted County has seen an increase of 644 more occupied households in a nine month period. If I annualize those numbers, anticipating the same rate of growth, I think it’s safe to estimate 1.42 percent growth over a 12 month period. I might be wrong, and I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. What’s even more interesting is projecting the exponential growth based on an increase of 1.42 percent. What will the numbers look like in 10 or 20 years? By my calculations, we are looking at roughly 8,200 more occupied households in Olmsted County in 10 years. And, in

20 years we should anticipate around 18,500 more occupied households in the county. Any way you slice it, we will see dramatic growth over the next few decades. According to the USPS data, Byron is leading the way with 2.29 percent growth over the past nine months and Rochester 55902 (Southwest) is not far behind with 2.15 percent growth. In addition, Rochester 55901 (Northwest) has experienced 1.13 percent growth during that same period. As you’ll notice on page 2 of today’s Journal, some cities and zip codes are up and a few are down. But, overall the county is growing. What about the business growth? As I evaluate the USPS report, I see that there were 39 new businesses added to Olmsted County. Where did they pop up on the map? There were 16 in Rochester 55901, 26 in Rochester 55902, five in Rochester 55904, four in Byron, and one in Stewartville. Dover lost one business, Pine Island lost three, Oronoco lost one, Rochester 55906 lost eight, and Eyota remained the same. It appears Southwest Rochester, Northwest Rochester and Byron are booming in household occupancy and new businesses.

More households. More businesses. It may not feel like it just yet, but Olmsted County is on the rise during what seems like an endless recession. If Olmsted County can grow this much during the current economy, imagine what it will be like when the housing market picks up even more and the job market stabilizes. Hold on to your hats!

Government this week •Thursday, January 26, Eyota City Council, 7:30 pm, City Hall • Monday, February 6, Rochester City Council, Council/Boardroom Chambers, 7pm. • Tuesday, February 6, Rochester School Board, Edison Building, 615 SEventh St. SW, 7pm. Schedule subject to change.

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cent of their revenue from Medicare and 60 percent from private insurance companies. They are in good shape financially for that reason and the fact they were fiscally responsible in their planning. “We had the good presence to consider there could be stormy weather and planned accordingly,” said Dr. Chris Arendt, Director of the Eyota Volunteer Ambulance Service. “We

will submit the letter after Sunday’s board meeting,” Arendt said. Arendt said the ambulance service has a dedicated crew. Five new members have been added in the last month. The Eyota Volunteer Ambulance Service is also moving along on securing finances to build a new ambulance garage. “The USDA (United Stated Department of Agriculture) and the Rural Development Association put dollars into communities for facilities.” Arendt

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said. “We went to them to get dollars and are encouraged we may receive some.” They have secured land for the new facility. The council approved the new home incentive guidelines at the recommendation of the Eyota Economic Development Authority (EDA). The new home and commercial development agreement promotes small town living and small class sizes for students and waives 2012 fees for sewer connection, sewer permit-inspection, water improvement fund, water connection and zoning certification. The Eyota housing incentives will be linked to the Rochester Area Builder’s website. The council approved the purchase of Wayfinding Signage to direct people to key locations in the

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city at the recommendation of the Economic Development Authority (EDA). The signage would be constructed at Westside Park at a cost of $3,200 ,according to Cathy Enerson, Director of the EDA. The exact location will be decided at a later date after the council and EDA visit the site to evaluate the best spot for maximum visibility. Enerson said, “The Wayfinding signage was determined to be important to businesses.” The sign would consist of nine blades. The top blade would say “Welcome to Eyota.” The other blades would direct travelers to a variety of locations such as Historic Downtown, City Hall, Fire Department, Post Office, and public schools. The council also approved the expenditure of

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$1,300 for the requirements of a survey for the lease of land for the future construction of a welcome sign on the west side of the city. Dale Heintz was approved by the council for a new six year term on the EDA board. Heintz was elected as chairman. A motion was passed to pursue a Community Forest Bonding Grant to diversify the cities trees. The diversification is a result of evaluating the possibility of Emerald Ash Borer affecting the current trees. The Emerald Ash Borer is highly destructive and kills ash trees. Grants are made for planting shade trees on public land. The council approved the summer recreation director job description and will begin advertising for the position.


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sified instruction. Furthermore, students not making adequate progress will receive one-to-one expert coaching to accelerate learning. Students are incentivized to gain 60 minutes of reading practice, and they can earn medals that represent milestones for how many hours they have read. Parents must sign on as Home Coaches, protecting 30 minutes of daily reading time. The Principal acts as the Director of Literacy, and uses the real-time data of the students to monitor success. A teacher described, “It meets every student’s needs… you know exactly what to work on for all of those kids.” Principal McDonald said, “Gage is in its first year of implementation of this system and it is truly transforming our school and our learners. We had our first student earn his 1,000 step medal, which is 250 hours of reading yesterday.” Gage is hosting an Invitational on March 26 where parents and stakeholders are invited to visit the school during the day and see how the intervention system

works with Rochester teachers and students. The 100 Book Challenge has cost an estimated $100,000 to jumpstart. The biggest expense proves to be the staff development, but Kim McDonald hopes that soon enough teachers trained in the system will be able to train their colleagues, saving the district the cost of training. Director Throndson commented what he saw in a school that implemented the 100 Book Challenge. “When I was there we went room to room and I noticed quite a few of the kids teaching other kids to read. The school is mostly very quiet, everybody is reading, but there’s a jingle jangle through the hallways—and it’s those medals that those kids get. I don’t want to say that they compete for them, but they are awful proud of them, everyone wants them, and they are constantly at it.” The school district has created a video that summarizes parent, student, and teacher feedback for the 100 Book Challenge, and it can be viewed as a Discover link on the Rochester Public School website: https://bbmedia. rochester.k12.mn.us/rits/Discover100book.wmv

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By Kevin Blanchard The Byron Lions Club donated a check for $800 to the city ice rink at the Byron City Council meeting on Wednesday night, January 25. Dave Rossow and a group from the Lions Club were on hand to present the check to Mayor Ann Diercks. “It is our third year doing this,” Rossow said. “It is with great pleasure that I present the city with this $800 check for the ice rink.” “Thank you very much,” Mayor Diercks said. The council approved Chris Ryan for a four-year term on the Byron Economic Development Authority (BEDA). He will serve as the chair of the BEDA. The council also approved the renewal of liquor licenses that were due to expire at the end of February. Liquor licenses were renewed for 3/1/2012 through 2/28/2013 for the following businesses: American Legion – On Sale and Sunday licenses; Bears Den Sports Bar – On Sale and Sunday licenses; Byron Liquor Center – Off Sale license; Damon’s Byron Lanes – On Sale and Sunday licenses; Frank-N-Stein – On Sale and Sunday licenses; Kwik Trip – Off Sale 3.2 percent license; Margarito’s Mexican Restaurant – On Sale and Sunday licenses; 2nd Street Pizza – On Sale 3.2 percent license; Somerby Golf Club – Off Sale, On Sale , Sunday and 2 a.m. closing licenses; and, 3-D’s Sports Bar – Off Sale and On Sale licenses. All license holders completed required training, paid their fee and submitted valid insurance certificates. Law enforcement completed liquor compliance check in December 2011 with all license holders passing. The council approved the 2012 water and sewer budgets. The 2012 sewer budget will bring in

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Gabriel and the Apocalypse perform at the Wicked Moose on Friday By Nate Langworthy Gabriel and the Apocalypse, the Minneapolis industrial-metal band founded by singer and Rochester native, Lindy Gabriel, will perform Friday 8 pm at the Wicked Moose on the heels of a breakthrough year in 2011. “I’m excited to go back to see all our old friends and fans, to catch up with everyone and to show them how we have grown over the years,” said Gabriel. The group recently released their best studio offering to date, New World Disaster, produced in Pacific Underground

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“I think we’ve found who we are with this record. Everything flowed well and came together nicely,” said Gabriel. “It’s the first record we’ve done that I actually really love.” Rick “Stitch” Thomas of the nationally touring metal band Mushroomhead appeared on the song “Like God.” The band met Mushroomhead when they played a show together at Crypticon, a Twin Cities horror-themed festival. Guitarist Cody Hoffman also joined the band last year, adding more depth to the group’s guitar tracks. Hoffman, formerly of the Rochester based group Stir, joined the group last March and immediately went into the studio to lay down tracks on New World Disaster. Assembled in the mid-nineties by Gabriel who was then in her teens, the band then known simply as the Apocalypse played around the Rochester Area, starting out playing regularly at the Pla-Mor Ballroom. In 2002, guitarist Jake LaCore, formerly of the Rochester band Infliction, joined the Apocalypse and the band took on a new direc-

GATA will give away copies of their new album during Friday’s free concert at the Wicked Moose. The first three fans to leave the comment “333” on their Facebook page and go to the show will win. and Gabriel and the Apocalpse (GATA) was voted “Band of the Year” by St. Cloud’s Rockin’ 101.

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The needs of the students come first children at risk than for them to become adults who are unprepared to be contributing members of society. We all benefit from well educated citizens. “The needs are great, but not insurmountable, and to that end we value the continued participation of the Rochester community; from business, collegial and philanthropic partnerships to our fabulous ‘Volunteers in Education’ program. “One year ago, the Board was

By Rachel Hammer Julie Workman shared her first remarks as newly elected School Board Chair at the regular meeting on Tuesday January 17. “Providing a high quality education for students is in everyone’s interest, from young, single professionals to empty nesters and senior citizens. It is much less expensive to provide a comprehensive, rigorous education than it is to build prisons. It is much less expensive to provide early intervention for

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Stewartville approves purchase agreement for Schumann Business Park land By Kevin Blanchard The Stewartville City Council approved a purchase agreement for approximately 7.5 acres of land in the Schumann Business Park at their meeting Tuesday night, January 24. The council approved the purchase agreement with a purchase price of $895,158. The council authorized the Mayor and City Administrator to execute the agreement. A closed meeting was held by the City Council on January 20 to review the proposed layout of the packaging distribution center and the purchase agreement with RDC National, Inc. This is the development company that was assigned to the project by Fischer and Company to work with the City Engineer and City Attorney to develop the engineering, site layout requirements and final draft of the purchase agreement. The City Engineer and City Attorney both recommended approval. This agreement follows a timeline that was set in motion by a development agreement with Henry and Luella Schumann that was approved by the City Council on August 26, 2003. In the development agreement, the city agreed to pay the Schumanns $1.20 per square foot for approximately 805,860 square feet of developable land ($967,032). The city also agreed to begin paying $25,000 per year beginning in 2004 toward that balance. On January 5, 2012, Mayor Jimmie-John King and City Admin-

istrator Bill Schimmel executed a “First Addedeum to Development Agreement” with the Schumanns. In the agreement (an addendum to the August 26, 2003 agreement), the city agreed to pay the Schumanns $1 per square foot for approximately 383,763.60 square feet of land within the Schumann Business Park ($383,763.60). The city also agrees to pay all closing costs and construct a bituminous roadway in the right-of-way from Schumann Drive extending to the property that RDC National, Inc. intends to purchase. There was much discussion amongst the council members as they came to what resulted in a 4 to 1 decision for approval. “We are on the verge of something very exciting for the city,” Mayor Jimmie-John King said. “I don’t see how this can be anything but good for us.” “Most cities would die to have a business like this come to their town,” Council member Roger Hanson said. “We have hit a home run for economic development in our city.” “In the nine years that we have had an agreement with the Schumanns, we sold two parcels of land,” Council member Judy Hanson said. “We have never hired a realtor to market this property. I also asked in our closed meeting to have the City Attorney review the proposed purchase agreement. I thought that it was a reasonable request.” “I am comfortable with it (the agreement) and I pay taxes in the

city,” Mayor King said. “I you think that I would sacrifice anything for our town, you are wrong.” “This is what the council thought would be best for the city (development agreement with the Schumanns),” Council member Lori Miller-Beach said. “I agree with Judy that we should do more to market the land in the business park. We do not know how many employees the package distribution center will have, but I am optimistic about what it could do for our city.” “I think the potential rewards far outweigh the risks,” Council member Gary Stensrud said. “We followed the same process as was used in the past to sell property in the business park,” Schimmel said. The council also approved the ordering of 2012 CIP Street and Utilities Improvement and the preparation of plans. The plans will be drawn up based on the feasibility study that was presented at the public hearing for CIP 2012 – 3rd and 4th Avenue SE from Highway 30 to 4th Street SE and 2nd and 3rd Street SE from 2nd Avenue SE to 4th Avenue SE. It is expected that the city will advertise for bids in April with a bid opening date in May. The council approved the sale of the 2003 Heartland Bus to the low bidder, Roger Koski, for $3,783. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has relinquished any financial interest in the bus. The only stipulation they had was that

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Liquor license for Legends granted on tight vote By Nate Langworthy Though Legends owners Travis Fisher and Jeff Fieseler were granted a liquor license transfer from Gilligan’s by the Rochester city council, clearing the way for the pair to open up a restaurant/bar at 11 4th Avenue SE, advocates for more stringent rules around issuance of such licenses are bringing the subject to a head. Rochester city council members were split during a recessed meeting to discuss the license transfer and voted according to how comfortable they felt with the restaurant going forward with an incomplete police

investigation amidst new city rules requiring all new applicants to submit a business plan and detailed financial records. “I’ve never seen such a request of a person trying to open a business in this city,” said council president Dennis Hanson. “It seems like we’re targeting this person because he’s associated with something that used to be there,” referring to repeated police calls in the last days of Gilligan’s, the business transferring the license to Legends. The 3-2 decision was delayed to give the Rochester Police Department time to complete an investiga-

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history of alcohol-related convictions without having police request satisfied,” he said. “That is a real point of concern to me.” Micheal Belknap, a neighbor adjacent to the proposed business, voiced concern over past troubles with Gilligan’s and the suitableness of downtown living with an increasing number of bars. “We’ve worked with Gilligan’s in the past and that was a bumpy road. I’m really not pleased with having to start this whole process over,” said Belknap. “You have 11 bars in that area. Are you setting yourself up to have the police come down and babysit all those bars?” he asked. Rochester resident Barry Skolnick advocated capping the number of bars downtown in order to promote diversity of commerce in the area. Brad Borowski, owner of Big Brad’s on Broadway, attended the

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Stewartville School Board recognizes IBM volunteers By Kevin Blanchard The Stewartville School Board gave out “Tiger Tokens” and certificates of appreciation to the IBM On Demand Community Program leaders at their meeting on Monday, January 23. “We want to thank this group of volunteers from IBM who contribute to our school’s success,” Superintendent Dr. David Thompson said. “They put in so many hours.” The following volunteers received recognition from the board and school administrators: Garth Tschetter – Bonner team leader, Scott Willenborg – Central team leader, Mike

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hAuling serVice K&K HauLing, LLc No Hauling Too Small - We Haul It All! • Rock • Dirt • Mulch • Brush • Demo • Household Junk • Concrete & More! FOR SALE: Hardwood Mulch • Colored Mulch • Landscape Rock • Pulverized Dirt Bobcat Work • Snow Removal • Sanding & Salting 507-951-8358 (Kevin staloch) kandkhauling@pitel.net

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HoMe Basics HousecLeaning serVices Please Call for your FREE Estimate! (507)316-5485 22 Years Experience • 8 Years in Business Professional, Trustworthy, Very Thorough, Flexible Scheduling & Adhere to Privacy of Clients services offered: • Deep Cleaning • Housekeeping • Office Cleaning • Apartment Cleaning • Garage Cleaning & Organizing • Shampooing • Pressure Washing (Decks, Cements, Siding) • Window Washing (Tilt in Type) • Deck Staining, Sealing, Resealing • Oven & Refrigerator Cleaning • Interior Cabinet Cleaning & Organizing • Laundry & Dishes • Beds Made • Organizing General Supplies Included in Labor Cost. If what you are looking for is not listed just make a call and ask for details. 507-316-5485

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JunK remoVAl JunK-it, LLc Your GrEEn Solution Junk & Scrap Removal • Free Estimates Specializing in Removal of: Appliances • Furniture • Electronics • Scrap Metal Lawn & Garden Equip. • Demolition Debris Mulch & Tree Branches, Etc. maTCh Or BEaT PriCinG!! contact Brady @ 507-254-7833 or e-mail: Junk_it_removal@yahoo.com www.Junk-it-Removal.com Visa/Mastercard/Discover

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WenDts LaWn care Snow Removal • Salt & Sanding Associations/Commercial/Residential Lawn Care Available • Mowing • Dethatching • Shrub Removal • Trimming Over 30 Years Experience & Fully Insured Guaranteed To Save You Dollars! 507-259-9696 (roger)

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FrienDLy JaMie roLstaD “People with Old-Fashion Work Ethic” • Many repeat customers • We offer residential service only • Spring/Fall yard clean ups • Mowing • Snow Removal • Tree Trimming & Smaller Tree Removal • Shrub Trimming • Landscaping • Foundation Build up • Brick Edging • Mulch/Rock/Dirt Hauling & Placement • Bobcat work and more Licensed and Insured • FREE Estimates Please call Jamie 507-281-2858

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BLaDe oF grass LaWncare & snoWPLoWing LLc Spring & Fall Cleanups • Lawn Mowing • Tree/Shrub Pruning • Aerating & Dethatching • Driveway/Walkway Edging • Gutter Cleaning • Tilling • Landscaping • Snow Removal • Holiday Lighting Residential/Commercial • Free Estimates Fully Insured & Licensed. Credit Cards Accepted 507-273-6402 4-2/22tfn a & M LaWncare & snoW reMoVaL, LLc Residential & Commercial Fall/Spring Clean-ups • Dethatching • Aerating • Fertilizing • Mowing • Trimming • Snow Removal FREE Estimates • Reasonable Rates • 10+ yrs. Experience call ryan (owner/operator) 507-272-3854

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music lessons Pure rocK stuDios Rochester’s Newest Music Lesson Studio Lessons taught by Professionals Private and group lessons available • Drums • Guitar • Bass Guitar • Vocal 30 minute and 1 hour lessons available Students of ALL AGES and ALL SKILL LEVELS welcome call or email for a Free trial lesson 323-481-9108 ryan@purerockstudio.com

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pAinting FranK’s Painting FOR ALL YOUR PAINTING NEEDS!! “Affordable Quality” Interior • Exterior Staining • Textured Ceilings & Walls • Deck Restoration • Drywall/Taping • Quality Work • Insured • Reasonable Rates Free Estimates • References Available Frank 536-7766 We Accept Credit Cards 10 Year Advertiser in this publication www.FranksPaintingOnline.com

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nity to put the subject up for vote within the Pine Island Education section of the new site. Whether voting on candidates for elections, school bond referendums or decisions being made at civic meetings on a regular basis, our new reader polls will present more opportunities to create interaction with the communities we serve. 11. Citizen journalism has become a buzz phrase in the newspaper industry, often times never executed very well at all. We will be offering this option to the community for purposes not often shared by other newspapers. Here’s how it might work. If your church would like to have a citizen journalism access level to the new site, you could post articles, events, photos and videos in the

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Faith & Worship section about your church. With your own username and password, you would be allowed access to the back end of our newspaper website. This gives our site users the opportunity to update the new site with their own content. Or, maybe the Rochester Royals, Rochester Giants, or Rochester Honkers would like to post their own press releases with updates on a regular basis. Maybe you would just like to have a blog to be shared with our online community. We can do that. A citizen journalism access level posses tremendous opportunities. For more information, please e-mail me at jason@olmstedcountyjournal.com. We’d love to have you be a part of the new site. 12. Another thing that is really annoying with a lot of newspaper websites is when the site is crowded with advertisements. It’s

almost intrusive. As a matter of fact, there’s one other local news website that has a drop down advertisement and pop-out ads that interrupt the reading experience. This type of approach to ad placement has become so obnoxious with some websites that Google recently announced that websites that are top-heavy with ads will be penalized in rank and file with Google searches. Google is making this change to create a better experience for end-users. Yes, online advertisements are fine, and we do allow for businesses to advertise on our website to take advantage of the high volume of traffic. But, for the sake of our readers and our advertisers, we take a more subtle approach that still benefits all parties. If your company or organization is interested in advertising on the new olmstedcountyjournal.com, please

contact our Online Media Consultant for the Olmsted County Journal, Derrick Chapman, at 507358-3987 or via e-mail at derrick@ smgwebdesign.com. We are anxious to hear your feedback about the new website. I think it is a step in the right

direction for our newspaper, and I cannot thank SMG Web Design for making this new site possible. While we feel this is a great website today, you can be assured we will be continuously striving to create a better end-user experience every day.

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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

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ProPerTY MANAGeMeNT JAkObsOn MAnAGEMEnt cOMPAnY A Full Service Property Management Company • Residential Homes • Commercial Property • Cooperative Housing • Conventional Apartment Complexes & Communities • Residential Associations Services Include: • Occupancy & Leasing Management • Facility Operations & Maintenance • Tenant Relations • Rent Collections & More Jake Jakobson, Licensed Realtor/Broker 507-536-0000 • jake@charter.net

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

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

THURSDAY, FEB. 2

SATURDAY, FEB. 4

Friends of the Rochester Public Library Winterfest Book Sale: 9:30am- 8pm, library auditorium. Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-287-1404 for more info.*

Rochester Downtown Winter Farmer’s Market, Building 41, Olmsted Co. Fairgrounds, 9am-12noon*. Widows & Widowers of Rochester meeting, 9:15am, breakfast at 9:30. Clarion Inn South on Broadway. For more information, call 507289-2263.* Rochester Public Library- Family Film Program: One Zillion Valentines and Boxes for Katje. Auditorium, 10:30 am. Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 5:30pm, Rochester Assembly of God. *

RCTC LIFE (Learning is ForEver): Stalag Whitewater: Prisoner of war camp at Whitewater State Park 1944-45, 1-2:30pm, RCTC Heintz Center Rm. HA104, 1926 Collegeview Road SE Rochester. Call 507-2803157 for more information. Coping with Life Alone: 10-week support program for the newly grieving or recently out of a relationship. Thursdays at 7pm, Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Ave SE Rochester. Call Kay for more information: 515-320-3865. *

FRIDAY, FEB. 3 Friends of the Rochester Public Library Winterfest Book Sale: 9:30am- 8pm, library auditorium Free Acoustic Jam-Bluegrass and Country Listeners and players welcome, 6:30-9:30pm, Peace United Church of Christ, 14th St. NE and 2nd Ave NE, Rochester.* Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 7pm, Autumn Ridge Church. *

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

RCTC LIFE (Learning is ForEver): Lessons from Historiography, 2-4pm, RCTC Heintz Center Bldg. Room 102, 1926 Collegeview Road SE Rochester. Call 507-280-3157 for more information. * Rochester Public Library: Bedtime Stories, auditorium, 6:30pm. Seasons Hospice Adult Grief Group, 6:308:30pm, 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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Med City T’ai-Chi Ch’uan Club, 6-7:30pm, Fred Reed Hall. Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-289-1795 for info. * North American Lutheran Church- Bible Study, 7pm at Rochester Covenant Church, 4950 31st Ave NW, Rochester.*

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

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. * Rochester Public Library: Parent-Child 3 to 5-year-old Story Time, Auditorium, 11am. RCTC LIFE (Learning is ForEver):The Orkney Islands with Bill & Linda Bakken,12:30pm, RCTC Heintz Center Bldg., Room 102, 1926 Collegeview Road SE Rochester. Call 507-280-3157 for more information. * Shingles Education Seminar- Rochester Senior Center, 2pm, Club Rooms. Open to general public, no RSVP. Rochester Public Library- iFilms: International and Independent Films, Before Your Eyes, Turkey, Germany 2011 Drama. Auditorium, 6pm.

TUESDAY, FEB. 7 RCTC LIFE (Learning is ForEver): Silver Creek Corner - Supportive Husing - Harm Reduction, 10-11:30am, , RCTC Heintz Center Rm. HA104, 1926 Collegeview Road SE Rochester. Call 507-280-3157 for more information. Rochester Public Library- Senior TechiesComputers for Beginners, Meeting Room B 1pm. Call 507-328-2309 to register. 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, FEB. 6 Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-287-1404 for more info. * Rochester Public Library- BYOE (Bring your own eReader) to the library days. Meeting Room B, 11am-2pm. Call 507-328-2305 with questions. Quilters’ Sew-ciety meeting at 1pm and 7pm at the Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 5500 25th Ave NW Rochester. Contact Sue Zahasky 507-285-0120 for more information.

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The Calendar of Events is yours to use FREE for churches, civic organizations and clubs. Mail, fax, or e-mail your event by Thursday for the next week’s paper. Or go to www.olmstedcountyjournal. com and enter your event online. Olmsted County Journal, PO Box 496, Preston, MN 55965 Phone: 507-288-5201 Fax: 507-765-2468 E-mail to: news@olmstedcountyjournal.com

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OLMSTED COUNTY JOURNAL

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Classifieds FURNITURE 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 www.morrisfurniture.com. f1,8,15,22,29,7- x

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

REAL ESTATE Fill.Co. 240 acre farm. House, barn, website pictures on alturl.com/955RT. $960,000. 507-450-2863. e1,8,15,22- x BUYERS WANT Cropland/Building Site/ Hunting Land. WI-MN Real Estate/Lucky’s Land Auctions. rogerjohnson@auctionfarmland.com. 608-385-8080. e30tfn- o

CALL 507-288-5201 • FAX 507-288-9560 E-MAIL: news@olmstedcountyjournal.com

EMPLOYMENT

FOR RENT

WANTED - Herbicide Applicator: Seasonal Travel, Competitive Wages. Will train for Applicators. License. Valid DL, CDL a plus. Drug free workplace. Call 507-552-1225. EOE/ AAP M-F-D-DV. e1,8,15- x

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

Care attendant for adult in home. Cares, housekeeping and cooking. Overnights possible. Travel possible. Self-motivated. $13/hr. Spring Valley. 507-251-2978. h25,1- o DRIVERS WANTED! Lawrence Transportation $1500 Safety Incentive Sign-On & Referral Bonus Available CDL-A + 1 Yr Exp Req 800-328-7224 x205. h25,1- o Do you want a rewarding and lifechanging career? Home Instead Senior Care is searching for CAREGivers to provide part-time, non-medical inhome care for seniors. A variety of day, evening, & weekend shifts available. Flexible schedules. No certification required, but a heart is. Apply online: www.rochesterseniorcare.com or call M-F 8am-4pm. 507-399-0079. hTFNwk1- x

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

Hayfield Senior Housing - 1BR Newly Remodeled (62+, disabled or handicapped). controlled access/entry, onsite laundry, community room, elevator. Rent based on income. Equal Housing Opportunity. Call Troy 477-2316 or 6344188. r28tfn- o

EMPLOYMENT

Help Wanted Full-time experienced tile installers needed at the Tile Superstore & more. Pay based on experience with bonus program. Interested persons should complete an application which they can pick up at the Tile Superstore & more 2411 7th Street NW, Rochester

SERVICES

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

Wanted to buy: Ruger single 6 revolver. Prefer stainless steel model. 507-2060175. w25,1- o

Attention: rooftop snow/ice removal, furniture moved, junk/brush hauled, pruning, raking, mowing, gutters/windows cleaned. Douglas 507-282-3011. 1/11eow1/9/13- o

Wanted: used musical instuments, brass woodwinds, or violins. Call Ron at 319610-5057. email: rsyverud@msn.com. s25,1- x

Sewing, minor alterations, replace zippers, hemming, clothing repair, work clothes welcome, must clean or there will be a laundry charge. Clip this ad for future reference. Drop point in Rochester. Arlene Roberson, 34141 Co. Rd. 72, Zumbro Falls, MN. Phone: 753-2510. Rochester no charge. (507 area code). v18,1,15- x

HEALTH IF YOU USED YAZ/YASMIN BIRTH CONTROL PILLS OR A NuvaRing VAGINAL RING CONTRACEPTIVE between 2001 and present and developed blood clots or suffered a stroke or heart attack you may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles Johnson 1-800-5355727. h1- x

FARM JD 7200 CAH, MFWD, power quad, 7,200 hr. 320-40-50, tines good working condition. $30,200. 320-543-3523. f1,8,15- x

WANTED Wanted: used or non-running vehicles, fair prices, cash pay-outs. 507-269-2092. w12/14-2/15- x

OLD

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• 1977 Marshfield 14x70 2BR, 1BA, Shingled Roof, Deck, new Thermo Windows, Oronoco Estates - $12,900

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

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

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

7 MILES EAST OF ROCHESTER ON US 14 • Rochester, MN • 288-3346

• 2000 Friendship 16x70 3BR, 2BA, C/A, Stove, Refrig, W/D, 12x26 Deck & Shed, Oak Terrace MHP - $23,900

• 1976 Marshfield 14x70 2BR, 1BA, Gas Range, Microwave Hood, W/D, #16 Hallmark Terrace - $8,800

MOBILE HOMES

ChaddoCk TruCk & auTo SaleS

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

• 2006 Skyline 16x80 3BR, 2BA, Stove, Refrig, D/W, C/A, metal skiring DLX applian Pkg, #9 Sherwood, St. Charles, Turnkey - $47,900

Stoneware Wanted - Collector paying $1,000+/- for large, salt glazed crocks. Also want jugs, water coolers and churns, especially advertising pieces. Call 507-7756698. w18,25,1- x

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

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