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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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Matthew Opat sworn in as Third District Judge By Mitchell Walbridge

The well known Potter Auditorium in Chatfield, Minn., which is now the foundation for the Chatfield Center for the Arts, served briefly as the Fillmore County Courthouse on Friday, June 28 as Matthew J. Opat was sworn in as Fillmore County’s judge for the Third Judicial District of the State of Minnesota. Nineteen Minnesota district judges (both current and senior), a number of dignitaries,

court administration staff, and family members and friends of the inductee gathered for this very special ceremony that concluded by formally recognizing Opat as a judicial officer for the Third Court District of the State. Minnesota’s Third Judicial District covers much of the southeastern portion of the state, including Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona counties. Chief District Judge Jeffrey Thompson, who replaced Judge

Robert Benson following his retirement in March of 2013, opened the program, setting a congratulatory tone for the event. Assistant Chief Judge Robert Birnbaum also presented a gift from the district judges. “Over the years, there’s probably no secret about it. It’s a gavel… and I’ve found that over the years, I really don’t use one.” Jokes aside, Birnbaum went on to explain that the See JUDGE OPAT Page 9 

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After a couple of last minute tweaks, the Rochester City Council took action to adopt an ordinance creating a Salary Commission, which will advise the city on appropriate levels of compensation for elected officials. The point of contention during the debate before approval of the commission’s establishment centered on the makeup of the group. The ordinance put before the council by City Attorney Terry Adkins would have created a five person commission with one member having experience in public administration, one representative of a labor organization, one business executive, one member of a non-partisan voters group, and one city resident. Council member Bruce Snyder believes that a genuine rep-

resentative with one of those designations would be very hard to find. “Pretty much any political organization you have is going to be partisan,” he said. Snyder brought a dictionary definition of the term “partisan”, which defined “anyone who is passionate for a cause” as fitting that bill. The League of Women Voters was the organization that came to mind for most council members, though several acknowledged that several others could fit the description and potentially be troublesome. “It seems to me this is an attempt to be varied in our selection but select people who have an interest in the city,” said council member Bob Nowicki, who added that many other interest groups might also be equally appropriate to designate for a position on the commisSee ROCHESTER Page 12 

Snake ‘rattles’ awareness in Southeastern Minnesota This is proven by Jeff Eastman and his three dogs’ encounter with at least one timber rattle Southeastern Minnesota’s prize snake in rural Houston County title of ‘bluff country’ is true to after one of his dogs was bit its name in so many ways, con- twice. sisting of beautiful sloping hill- Timber rattlesnakes are not sides, steep scenic cliffs, diverse new to the neighborhood of vegetation and an abundance of southeast Minnesota. Accordwildlife. So many different crea- ing to experts from the Mintures live among the changing nesota Department of Natural terrain; there is no question that See SNAKE Page 13  nature can have so much more Comment on this article at than what meets the common man’s eye. By Mitchell Walbridge







“I knew from about the second grade that I wanted to be a part of the military. Their mission to help people and promote our country’s ideals was something that appealed to me even at that age,” said Lourdes 2013 graduate Chris Huhn. On March 24th Chris Huhn was accepted for admission to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. Admission to West Point is an exceptional honor offered to our nation’s most distinct students. USMA accepts students who not only have excellent grades but are leaders physically fit and of good character. Students who are selected to attend USMA receive a college education that is paid for entirely by the U.S. Government. (


Kim Rink, a current Lourdes graduate, was invited in January to apply to the Purdue University Steven C. Beering Scholarship program. The program covers full tuition to pursue a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree (or MBA) and a doctoral degree. In addition, recipients also receive funds to cover related educational expenses, room and board and a one-semester study abroad opportunity.


Students are selected based on high school academic credentials, leadership skills and then reviewed by a committee who awards up to eight different

“When I was first invited to apply for the Steven C. Beering Scholarship, I knew that this opportunity was very intensive and extremely competitive. But because Purdue was definitely my top choice, I devoted my entire month of January to the scholarship application. The academics and leadership opportunities I have experienced over the past four years at Lourdes definitely paved the way for achieving this scholarship. I am extremely fortunate to be a part of the RCS community,” Kim said. Kim plans to pursue a degree in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering.

RCS SYSTEM NEWS & EVENTS ROCHESTER CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MARCH PROUD IN THE ROCHESTERFEST PARADE Rochester Catholic Schools has 2 marching bands, the Lourdes High School Marching band and the Rochester Catholic Schools Grade School Marching Band. The Lourdes High School Band is comprised of grades 9-12. The 75 members of the band are active throughout the year performing at concerts, contests, festivals, and athletic events. For 30 years, the Lourdes High School Band has marched in the Rochesterfest Parade as a show of support and love for our city. The RCS Grade School Marching Band is comprised of students in grades 5-8 from the Rochester Catholic Elementary Schools. RCS bands are affiliated with the Lourdes High School Band Program. This will be the third appearance of the RCS Grade School Marching Band at the Rochesterfest Parade. The band looks to continue a tradition of support and community enjoyment for the city of Rochester. The Lourdes High School Marching Band also performed in an exhibition in the Rochester River City Rhapsody Drum Corps International show on June 30th.

HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL 7TH ANNUAL AMAZING RACE DAY Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Holy Spirit Catholic School participated in the 7th Annual Amazing Race Day at Oxbow Park. Teams of mixed grade level students attempt to complete several challenges throughout the day. It is a wonderful event focused on welcoming the sixth grade students into the Junior High while, at the same time, honoring the eighth grade students as they prepare to move on to high school.


FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN In May, 6th grade students at St. Francis of Assisi volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan, a Christian based program that assists feeding children around the world who are in severe circumstances. Students donate their time and hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Feed My Starving Children then ships the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.


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Obituaries Maurice J. Dahl Maurice J. Dahl, Sr., age 86, of rural Decorah, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa. Maurice was born May 26, 1927, on the farm in Hesper Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa to Bert and Caroline (Stenkjar) Dahl. He attended the Rotvold School in Hesper Township. From 1954 – 1956 he served in the United States Army. On February 16, 1955 he married Avon Hagen at the Burr Oak Lutheran Parsonage. After returning from the Army, they lived, farmed and raised their 12 children on the home farm where they raised dairy and beef cattle, hogs, and chickens. They lived on the farm until recently when they move to the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel, Minn. Avon passed away June 13, 2013. He was a life member of the Hesper Lutheran Church and enjoyed his family, taking pictures, fishing, listening to old country music, going for Sunday drives, old two-cylinder John Deere tractors, Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days, and his cat, Max. Maurice is survived by 12 children Maurice Jr. (Nancy) of Burr Oak, Iowa, Bruce Sr. (Doreen) of Decorah, Iowa, Carol (Sam) Gipple of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Joyce (Randy) Halverson of Calmar, Iowa, Mary Beth (Michael) Whalen of Burr Oak, Iowa, Richard (Kathy) of Burr Oak, Iowa, Sandy (Willie) Lorch of Decorah, Iowa, Leslie of Decorah, Iowa, Jeff (Val) of Elgin, Iowa, Steve, Sr. of Decorah, Iowa, Brian (Laurie) of Ossian, Iowa, and Michael (Carri) of Cresco, Iowa; 53 grandchildren; 54 great grandchildren; a brother Arnold (Violet) Dahl of Waterloo, Iowa; sister-in-law Norma Dahl of Canton, Minn.; brother-in-laws Burnell (Terri) Nelson of Michigan and Ardis (Sharon) Nelson of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Avon; a grand-

daughter Brianna Dahl in 2006; a sister Helen Selness; and four brothers Melvin, Bernard, Sverre, Sr., and Hildus. Funeral services will be 2 PM Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Hesper Lutheran Church with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial was in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by the Mabel American Legion. Curtis Raymond Flak Curtis Raymond Flak, 87, of Hesper, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Curtis was born on August 9, 1925, at home in Hesper Township, Winneshiek County to Iver and Alisa (Salveson). He was a lifelong member of the Hesper Lutheran Church where he was baptized, confirmed and married. He graduated in 1944 from the Mabel High School in Mabel, Minn. On April 10, 1949, Curtis was united in marriage to Anita Olson. To this marriage they were blessed with four children. They made their home on the Flak family farm. Curtis farmed his entire life as well as being an area manager for Vigortone livestock feeds for 20 years. While a member at the Hesper Lutheran Church he was a Church Council Member, participated in the Church Choir and was also on the Church Cemetery Board. Curtis also enjoyed singing in the annual Hesper Cantata. Farming was his lifelong occupation, which he was able to help with through this past fall. Curtis enjoyed the daily 3pm lunch breaks at his home with his two sons and at times other family members. In the summer months he enjoyed sitting outdoors on the deck along with his devoted dog, Sam. They were totally inseparable and Sam helped fill an empty void after the death of his wife on December 22, 2005. Curtis was a devoted husband to his wife Anita. He cared for her at home up until the time of her passing. They shared 56 years

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 - 9:30am 45 1st Ave. NE, Oronoco, MN (507)367-4329 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, July 10, 2013 together. Together with his wife, he learned how to bake pies and make lefse. Pie baking became a real skill for him and he enjoyed sharing his baked goods with others. Mr. Flak is survived by two daughters, Cynthia (Jay) McLaren of Rochester, Minn., and Maribeth (Rob) Orth of Sleepy Eye, Minn., and two sons Duane (Lorna) Flak of Decorah, Iowa, and Dale (Cathy) Flak also of Decorah, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; four great grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Anita, his brother Justin Flak and Justin’s wife Emily. A service to celebrate the life of Curtis Flak was held at the Hesper Lutheran Church, Hesper, Iowa with Pastor Matthew Larson officiating. Visitation was on Sunday, June 30, 2013, followed by the service at 2 pm. Edwin P. Fought Jr. Edwin P. Fought, Jr. 60, of Le Roy, Minn., passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at the Adams Health Care Center. He passed away peacefully after a year long battle with cancer. Ed was born in Racine, Wis. on December 5, 1952 to Janis (Reynolds) and Edwin Fought, Sr. Ed was united in marriage to Susan (Nagel) on October 19, 1974. Throughout the years Ed worked for various scrap yards and trucking companies. In his spare time Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially spending time with his dog, Oscar. Ed is survived by his wife Susan, three sisters Bonnie (Roger) Bricca, Pauline and Tim Kruger, Christa Bockin. Also, several nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his mother Janis, father Edwin Sr., step-mother Diana, sister Lisa, niece Katrina and great niece Maya. A celebration of life for Ed will be held on Sunday, July 28th at Greg and Gail Rendahl’s home in Ostrander, Minn. from 2-5 pm. The Cremation Society of Minnesota assisted with final arrangements. Hugh E. Horsman Hugh E. Horsman, age 90, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Thursday evening, June 27, 2013, at Ostrander Care and Rehab. Hugh was born January 26, 1923, in Spring Valley the son of Ernest and Tressa (Cheney) Horsman. He worked on area farms and for the CCC until his marriage to Helen Maricle on April 5, 1942. He served with the US Army during WWII from 1943 - 45 in France. When he returned to Minnesota he worked on the Iron


Range, for the railroad and then farmed in northern Minnesota. The couple moved to the Spring Valley area in 1959 where they farmed until he retired. Helen died July 8, 1995. Hugh was a member of the Spring Valley VFW. He collected leaverites, enjoyed hunting of all kinds including coon and fox hunting, his dogs and fishing. He liked teasing his friends and family. He is survived by three children, Dorell (Lou) Horsman of Longville, Minn., Carol (Larry) Hartman of Akeley, Minn., and Shelly (Marv) Grabau of Spring Valley; 14 grandchildren; 24 greatgrandchildren; and one brother, Lyle Horsman of Canton. He was preceded in death by one son, Ernie; one grandson; and brothers and sisters. The funeral was on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley with Rev. Jane Timmerman officiating. Warren L. Peterson Warren L. Peterson, age 92, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Friday morning, June 28, 2013, at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center. Warren was born November 13, 1920, in the family pioneer homestead in Amherst Township, Fillmore Co., Minnesota, the son of Peter J. and Mamie (Lawstuen) Peterson. He lived and farmed at home until serving with the US Navy from Jan. 1945 – June 1946 in the Philippines during WWII. He married Ada Arnold March 31, 1950, in Caledonia, Minn. The couple made their home on his family farm moving to Spring Valley in 1955. Warren worked as a mechanic at Gunderson Motors in Fountain and Marchant Motors in Spring Valley, operated the FINA station in Spring Valley and retired as a mechanic with Isenberg Equipment in Spring Valley. Warren was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley and the Spring Valley American Legion. When he was a young man he ski jumped in Rushford and then later took up X-C skiing. He is survived by his wife, Ada; three children, Sue (John) Lindsay of Port Washington, Wisc., John (Nancy) Peterson of Evansville, Wisc. and Mark (Wendi) Peterson of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Peter (Kimberly) and John (Tsubasa) Lindsay, Sam, Jake and Christina Peterson, Anika (R.J.) Laube and Brianne Hamm; one great-grandson, Brok Laube; one brother, Kenneth (Donna) Peterson of Canton; nephew, Wes (Jan) Peterson of Spring Valley and other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and

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one sister, Dolores Peterson. There was a memorial service Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with the Rev.’s Dennis Timmerman and Laura Fladten co-officiating. Kevin Smith Kevin Smith, 54, of Lake City, Minn., died Thursday July 4, 2013 at his Lake City home. Kevin Jay Smith was born November 11, 1958 in Rochester, Minn., the son of Roger and June Smith. Raised in Rochester, he was a lifelong resident of Southeastern Minnesota. He worked in various jobs, including Telex, Sedexo, Pemstar, IBM, and most recently at Federal Mogel. He had resided in Lake City for the past two years. He enjoyed working on cars, driving vintage sport cars, and building computers. He loved spending time with family and friends. He attended bible study regularly, and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester. He is survived by his parents, Roger and June Smith of Rochester; two brothers, Rory (Dawn) Smith of Houston, Texas, and Gregory (Lina) Smith of Modesto, Calif.; three sisters, Kimberley (Monti) Hass of Dodge Center, Minn.; Victoria Hale and her fiancé Craig Ness of Kasson, Minn.; and Kristina (Gary) Ingalls of Austin, Minn. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends. A private memorial service for Mr. Smith will be held at a later date. Lowell Wooner Lowell Wooner died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Lowell Harry Wooner was born Dec. 28, 1923, in Lime Springs, Iowa, to Harry and Elma (Meyer) Wooner. The family then moved to the Chatfield, Minn. area where he met and married Elizabeth Diana Ober “Betty” on Dec. 3, 1943. Lowell was a member of the Chatfield Saddle Club. Lowell was a longtime farmer, and loved cattle, horses, dogs, fishing and hunting. Survivors include, one son, Lowell “Mike” and wife, Deb Wooner of Chatfield; two daughters, Diana (Butch) Krenzke of Chatfield, and Cindy (Lyle) Bolsinger of Warrens, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; 24 greatgrandchildren; and five great-greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Kenneth, one sister, Lois, and his wife, Betty on Sept. 27, 2011. Visitation was held Tuesday, July 2, at the Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, with Rev. Timothy J. Gerarden officiating.

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C ommentary Why Hatred of the President? By David Hansen The Polls suggest that six to eight percent of Americans despise President Obama. What’s behind the hatred? It can’t be his views. His Senate record was quite liberal, and he ran for Presidents from the left, but he has governed quite differently. Like David Hansen most elected Presidents he has moved to the center. I use these terms “liberal” and “center” knowing that they are deceiving: everyone has a mix of views and what is “liberal” or “conservative” changes over time. As former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said recently, Ronald Reagan would not be considered conservative today. If you believe in our form of government and the Constitution, there is a certain respect for the office of President. I’m no “my country, wrong or right” guy. I protested against Ronald Reagan’s nuclear strategy, took part in a “sit-in” to get my college to divest itself of South African investments at a time when Reagan still supported the apartheid South African govern-

ment, and fasted over aid for the government of El Salvador in its deplorable fight against the rebel movement. Yet I still attended a dinner and chatted cordially with then-Vice President George H. W. Bush. He was the duly elected Vice President, and I believe in this country. As an aside, I have met two men who have been elected President: George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. I attended an event in LaCrosse featuring George W. Bush, in my opinion the worst President in my lifetime, BECAUSE he was President. The office itself is worth respect. So why the hatred of President Obama, and in particular by people who otherwise claim to be patriotic? (Some of the same people hate the Constitutionally prescribed Judicial system, too, but find other parts of the Constitution to be inviolate.) It can’t be because of his views on defense. He has been a forceful President on issues of defense, sometimes over the top in my view. He has yet to completely disavow the torture tactics our Government has used. He has made extensive use of drone attacks, continuing the Bush Administration policy. He brought the never-should-havebeen-there Iraq conflict to a

close, for us if not for the Iraqis, and given us our best hope for the real conflict, in Afghanistan. Oh, and he also got Bin Laden. Domestically, the President made investment in the economy a priority, much as Presidents before him – Republican and Democrat – at least up until George W. Bush. And it shows: even with recent fluctuations the economy has been steadily improving since President Obama took office. The so-called scandals that are being thrown at President Obama are spurious. The Benghazi attack never was a scandal – 13 embassies were attacked during George W. Bush’s Administation and Congress has always reacted when there has been an attack against the U.S.: they pulled together. I am old enough to remember the 1983 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, during the Reagan Administration, when 63 people died. We had warnings about that. By and large Americans were united in blaming the terrorists. Not so with this president. The IRS targeted conservative groups filing for favorable tax status. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham just came out and said that the Administration was in the dark on the IRS targeting conservative groups. It is very wrong, of course: the IRS should have been targeting all such groups regardless of politi-

cal views. Tax law allows nonprofit status to groups whose primary purpose is education but not advocacy. Most of the organizations in question seem to have an agenda. It will be a shame if the IRS now has to back off of a vigorous review of all groups. The IRS is underfunded – it should be a priority to review those that abuse the system. But the targeting had nothing to do with President Obama. A few partisans hang on, insisting that the President is behind it. Look at the “Solyndra scandal.” Solyndra was a company with a truly unique solar panel. The Bush Administration offered some support, but they received their most significant boost as part of President Obama’s stimulus program. But Solyndra failed: the Chinese government responded with an outrageous subsidy on more conventional solar panels, rendering Solyndra’s innovative product unsaleable. This is cited again and again as an Obama scandal. On and on it goes. “Scandals” that wouldn’t be scandals in any other sense are blown into scandals by the incessant braying of conservative commentators. There is no “arms for hostages” of the Reagan Administration here. So…why the double standard, why the hatred? I think Senator Mitch McConnell highlight-

ed the issue when he declared in January 2009, as President Obama was taking office, that there would be no cooperation with the Administration. This echoed “Honorary Member of the House Republican Majority” Rush Limbaugh’s call for the same. This statement represented a huge step in American governance. No longer would the country be put first. Is there any other term for this than treason? Like most before him, President Obama has governed from the center, rejecting both extremes. There seems to be something that motivates Southern lawmakers. My sweet grandmother, who just turned 100, voted for Obama twice. There is no animosity or rancor to it at all. Race is an everpresent undercurrent in our society whether we want to admit it or not, and not everyone has my grandmother’s ability to see beyond it. I can only conclude that the hatred of President Obama is because he is of mixed race. How else to explain the fringe that cling to the President Obama being born in Kenya, or that he is Muslim? His policies and views have been very mainstream. That horrifies me. There are still people that still don’t see races as equal.

Frankly Speaking: Thoughts on the [at times Booming] I-Day Celebration By Frank W. Hawthorne “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be Frank W. commemoHawthorne Editorial Cartoon

rated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” –John Adams, Founding Father & 2nd President of the United States, usually used, as modified,

in recent times. “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade,

with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can

see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End

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is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.” - Excerpted from John Adams’ letter to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. Obviously, when reading the above two versions of this popular quote, several points stand-out. The first cited is the one which most of us have seen, at some point, especially around the 4th. Though arguably incomplete-and taken out of the original penned context--to our modern eye it’s the one which today seems more “accurate” and succinct. Everything is spell-checked; well punctuated, and—unless you’re a rigid atheist—capitalized appropriately. The second, historically accurate Adam’s musing, seems 18th century quaint, in a way we moderns aren’t very used to (unless trolling the depths of the anything-goes online blogosphere). Abigail’s “Dear Friend” does indeed seem “transported with

Enthusiasm,” while employing extravagant and sometimes archaic prose, frequent mid-sentence capitalizations and misspellings (e.g. “shews” for “shows,” and we can assume he wasn’t imagining televised fireworks from D.C.). He also envisioned that Americans would be formally thanking God for their good fortune— presumably in church—but, while many no doubt do still give religious thanks for their blessings, 21st century practice largely sticks to the secular, celebratory aspects of the day. Of course, what stands-out as most surprising is Adams getting his dates wrong. On that longago third of July, it was believed by some that July 2, 1776, would be the date to mark and celebrate forever our Declaration of Independence. Although the Second Continental Congress made its famous freedom-decree on July 2, 1776, no one bothered to sign the D. of I. Congress did ratify the three-part Lee Resolution, named for Virginian Richard Henry Lee, on July 2; and it included a plan for confederation of the colonies. Congress formally adopted the Declaration of

Independence two days later, on July 4, 1776, and that is the day we have revered and celebrated ever since. As John Adams wrote his wife, it became “Epocha,” right down through the ages to the present day. As to the forms these celebrations now take—vs. the cited “Parades, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other”—it first strikes me as greatly prescient that the New England & colonial-bound Adams would have foreseen an American nation spreading from coast-to-coast. And if we go down the activity checklist, we can recognize that folks do still “pomply” partake in parades of flag-bedecked floats and fine marching bands, in the playing of or watching various games and sports, the (hopefully planned and deliberate) firing-off of guns, the ringing of bells, and gathering round the illuminating bonfires or camp-fires that remain a hallmark of our outdoorsy, seasonally-focused culture. It is, and yet it is not, precisely, like the great anniversary celebration envisioned by the second

POTUS. For one, in 1776 you didn’t have the fire crackers; or as some of us think of it: The Fire Cracker Problem. Last weekend, far in advance of the patriotic holiday, my brother in Kalamazoo emailed me that already the “fireworks fanatics” were driving him and my sister-in-law bonkers. Apparently, Michigan in 2012 legalized the sale of bigger, better, and Booming fireworks, of all kinds. [This meant that folks no longer had to slip over the border to procure the fun stuff, and smuggle them back home.] But—like those “unintended legislative consequences” my conservative friends are always talking about—it also meant that someone, somewhere would always be celebrating something at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. But Michiganders are not alone. Despite Minnesota’s (official) prohibition re “Explosive and aerial fireworks for public sale, possession and use...including firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells” those items seem apt descriptions of what was used for the “PRE-July Fourth” being

celebrated some nights in our Rochester neighborhood. [My wife always wants me to “Call the Police!” after the first few big “BOOMS!” but I say “Wait till either 12 Big Ones have gone-off, or 20 minutes have passed,” which usually calms that impulse.] Fortunately, we have no pets at present; but one can just imagine how jumpy the garden-rabbit family is getting. Since we had one (nearby small-town) parade to attend on the 4th, plus a church-related picnic that evening, we decided in the end to just patriotically suck it up, and tolerate the random acts of others, explosively celebrating. It is, after all, only once a year, even if—like so many things in our culture--the holiday has been extended beyond all reason, “from this time forward forever more.” And we can only speculate if the great John Adams is rolling over in his now-disturbed grave, due to this..`er annual burst of patriotic (or whatever) desire to blow-up stuff, on and around America’s July 4th Independence Day.

Guest Commentary: Questioning of Rep. Gruenhagen’s Guest Commentary By Adam Copeland As a new part-time resident of Olmsted County, I picked up a copy of the July 3, 2013 edition of your newspaper eager to get a sense of my new community. All was well until page five, when I Adam Copeland was met with an atrocious opinion piece by State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, “Guest Commentary: Thoughts

on the passage of the gay marriage bill.” The flawed logic, faulty assumptions, and bitter tone of the piece made wonder why your paper would choose to publish such an abominable commentary. It also made me question, judging by your editorial decisions, the hospitality and values of my new community. First, I question the wisdom of publishing anything regarding homosexuality written by a representative who has called homosexuality “an unhealthy, sexual addiction.”

Gruenhagen’s word choice in the guest commentary, including phrases like “self-confessed homosexual” and “gay agenda” suggest his antipathy for our gay and lesbian neighbors flows from unreasonably out-of-date, out-of-touch sources. Would you publish a commentary that referred to people of color as “negroes” or persons with disabilities as “gimps?” What sort of county is this? (Gruenhagen’s recent comments describing climate change as “a complete United Nations fraud and lie” further undermine his credibil-

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ity.) Second, speaking of language, a facet of Gruenhagen’s main argument consists of his dismay that schoolchildren might be taught that some of their classmates live in families with two moms or two dads. These dads, if they are married, might refer to each other as their “husband.” Shock! A child parented by two married women might say, “my moms,” referring to both parents. Horror! Perhaps I just don’t yet know the ways of Olmsted County, but I fail to understand the danger of teaching children about the diversity of Minnesota families. How is it problematic to refer to a child’s parents as who they are? Third, I am distressed that you would allow space in your newspaper for Gruenhagen to suggest readers visit the website of MassResistance, a Massachusetts group classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay, “active U.S. hate group” since 2008. Free speech is one thing; linking to a hate group is another.

Finally, I understand the week of July 4th is a slow time for news, but Gruenhagen’s atrocious essay was previously published by the McLeod County Chronicle way back on May 15, 2013. As an elected official in the state, I understand Rep. Gruenhagen’s views—as objectionable as they are—may be somewhat newsworthy, but the previous publication date, plus fact that his district does include Olmsted County, makes the timeliness of your publication quite questionable. In this day and age, does it really take seven weeks for news to travel from St. Paul to Olmsted County? The guest commentary from the St. Paul representative did not deserve to be published seven weeks ago, and it certainly did not warrant publication in the pages of the Olmsted County Journal in July. Over the next few months, I look forward to getting to know this community better. I hope Rep. Gruenhagen’s vile commentary is no harbinger of what’s to come.

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C ommentary One Moment, Please... What has P.E.T.A become? when it comes to protecting the rights of animals. And, this is why I find it interesting how these animal rights activists have found themselves in such a compromising position. Today, P.E.T.A. could change their initials to stand for “People Euthanizing Troubled Animals.” The group that has been known for protecting the lives of animals is under fire for euthanizing nearly 2,000 animals per year -29,398 cats and dogs from 1998 to 2012. Like a story that you might find in the notoriously facetious headlines of The Onion, in a New York Times article published on July 6, 2013, the title reads “PETA Finds Itself on Receiving End of Others’ Anger.” As the article states, we have seen a national shift toward “nokill” animal shelters. So, P.E.T.A. euthanizing cats and dogs instead of putting them up for adoption at their shelter in Norfolk, Va., naturally brings them under the spotlight. As a matter of fact, animal adoptions are increasing throughout the nation as animal shelters strive to better prepare these physically and emotionally abused or neglected animals for life in a good home. “In New York City last year, 8,252 dogs and cats were euthanized, compared with 31,701 in 2003,” according to the July 6,

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 If you lived in this area back in 1998, you probably recall on August 28 when P.E.T.A. (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) “liberated” 3,000 mink from the Zumbro River Fur Farm. I recall when that happened, because I Jason Sethre owned a home in Northwest Rochester and frequented the Essex Park trails for morning and late night runs. I think pretty much everyone living in that area was on the lookout for a frightened mink on the run. At that time, P.E.T.A. was liberating mink from fur farms all over the nation, and they were tremendously ridiculed for their actions. Since these mink were taken care of with daily feedings on the farm, they were not experienced with foraging for their own food sources in uncharted surroundings. It certainly created a topic of conversation, which is what P.E.T.A. was hoping to accomplish. They have always liked to be the center of attention

2013 article authored by Michael Winerip and published by the New York Times. There has definitely been a national shift and more attention given to a ‘no-kill’ movement. So, what’s happening with P.E.T.A.? Are they getting left behind in this movement? The NY Times article goes on to say: According to Daphna Nachminovitch, a vice president of P.E.T.A., visited a home with illkept pit bulls in Portsmouth, Va. “It’s nice for people who’ve never worked in a shelter to have this idealistic view that every animal can be saved,” she said. “They don’t see what awful physical and emotional pain these poor dogs and cats suffer.” P.E.T.A. has gone from releasing mink from captivity to killing animals in shelters. Quite a contrast over the past 15 years. As a matter of fact, the same year in which P.E.T.A. released mink from fur farms out into the wild was the same year in which the Norfolk animal shelter euthanized 685 cats and dogs. Heck, I remember when I was publisher of the La Porte County Herald-Argus in La Porte, Ind., and I would receive videos from P.E.T.A. every time the circus came to town. According to the letter and labeling on the videos, P.E.T.A. was blasting circuses for their treatment of elephants. Little did they know that I never watched their videos, so they were wasting time and postage. As a matter of fact, I was president of the local Rotary Club of La Porte

that brought the circus to town as part of a fundraiser. I took my children to the circus, and I have taken them to zoos, too. I suppose this has made me a bad person. Maybe it isn’t that P.E.T.A. is becoming less radical and more so that they are approaching a crossroads of common sense. I am a pet lover myself, along with my wife and children. We have a cat that we adopted from the Rochester Animal Shelter back in 2002, and he is still with us today. And, we have a dog that we purchased from a family back in 2010. So, we have a bit of pet equality in our household, represented by cats and dogs. As a matter of fact, our newspapers support pet adoption to the extent that we publish a free ad in both the Fillmore County Journal and Olmsted County Journal every week to promote a “Pet of the Week” available for adoption from local organizations like Paws & Claws, Camp Companion, and Safe Haven Pet Rescue. I think P.E.T.A. has been so extreme with their views and activism in the past, that a bit of common sense would do the organization good. Yes, we need a watchdog for protecting the rights of animals. But, it needs to be reasonable. There’s a reason some people feel compelled to place bumper stickers on the rear of their vehicles with the statement: “I support P.E.T.A. (People Eating Tasty Animals)” These motorists are certainly

mocking the animal rights group known as P.E.T.A. If P.E.T.A. can find some common ground with the general population, think of what good things they could accomplish. Think of the fundraising support they could garner. At this time, our newspapers do more to support pet adoption than P.E.T.A. As referenced in the NY Times article I’ve sourced several times in this commentary, the Norfolk animal “shelter does few adoptions — 19 cats and dogs in 2012 and 24 in 2011, according to state records.” And, yet they have put down an average of 2,000 cats and dogs every year for more than a decade. As the ‘no-kill’ movement animal shelter model has become more prevalent in America in recent years, P.E.T.A. appears to have egg on their face. And, this yolk is no joke!

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Becky’s Food Tales By Becky Hoff

A Tale of Blackberry Jam Blackberry season is coming soon! Every summer I go out picking, or at least buy pints of the wild growing ‘blackcaps’ at a local farmer’s market. Their sweet-tart taste reminds me of hot summer days spent roaming the woods around my Grandmother’s house. Blackberry picking was a family event and sometimes there would be a dozen of us out filling ice cream pails with the little purple berries.

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We would eat them on vanilla ice cream when we got back to Grandma’s, savoring the seasonal treat. There were never any berries left over, for ours is a large extended family. A few summers back, I was reminiscing with my friend Mandy about berry picking. She mentioned that there were several berry patches in the woods around her house, and we decided to pick enough to preserve in a batch of jam. Early one Sunday morning we met at her house, donned our long sleeves and headed out into the woods to collect berries. After about three hours, we collected several quarts of berries. (And four wood ticks!) Now it was time to make the blackberry jam. Mandy had a glass top stove, and these are not suitable for water bath canning. We thought we’d be very clever and can our jam on the grill. Mandy’s husband Brad dutifully filled the canning kettle with water and fired up the propane grill. We got down to the business of washing and then mashing our berries. We strained out some of the seeds, measured out

a shocking amount of sugar, then cooked up some delicious looking jam. But when it was time to ladle the jam into jars, we realized that we had a problem- the water bath kettle was not boiling. In fact, it wasn’t even simmering. Not knowing what else to do, we jarred up our jam and stuck it in the hot water anyway. We cranked the heat on the grill, put the cover on the kettle, and waited. And waited. About 45 minutes into it, we accepted the fact that our kettle was not going to boil. So we did what any sensible people would do- we loaded the canning kettle into the back of a pick-up truck. Mandy drove, and I hopped in the pick-up bed to steady the kettle. We drove down the steep quarter mile of Mandy’s driveway, turned sharply left, and then went up another steep quarter mile driveway to her parents’ house. It was quite the wild ride in the pick-up bed, and I am happy to report that I did not get burned or bruised in the process! With the use of Mandy’s mom’s gas stove, we brought our kettle to boiling in no time and processed it for the required ten minutes. The finished product was a very stiff, seedy and sweet blackberry jam. But oh, it tasted good! Neither Mandy nor I have made any blackberry jam since, though we have both gone on to can other things with less excitement. Recently I have started

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using low or no sugar recipes for jams and jellies. I find that I prefer these to the super sweet traditionally made jams and jellies. The following recipe is for a low sugar blackberry jam using Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Pomona’s Pectin is a pectin derived from citrus peel. It must be activated with calcium, which comes in powdered form with the pectin. The calcium powder is mixed into water prior to using. Pomona’s Pectin can be purchased at the Oneota Co-op in Decorah, or online at The pectin will come with complete instructions for using the pectin and calcium water. It is

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important to read these over, as this pectin works a little differently than traditional pectin. If you have not done any home canning before but would like to try, I recommend getting a good, up to date book and reading it over before your first attempt. One such book is the ‘Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving’ and I reference my copy of it frequently. Glass top stoves are not recommended for home canning, the glass cannot take the weight. I wouldn’t recommend using a propane grill, either.

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Before canning you must wash and rinse your jars, letting them stand in hot water. Wash your screw bands, and simmer your lids. Leave the lids standing in hot water until needed. Have all of your equipment and ingredients set out and ready to go before you begin, this makes for a smooth canning session. 1) Mash enough blackberries to equal four cups of berry pulp. It should take around ten cups of whole berries to make four cups of pulp. 2) Add 2 tsp of calcium water and 1/4 cup lemon juice to the pulp. 3) Measure 2 tsp of pectin into 2 cups of sugar, mix well and set aside. 4) Bring fruit pulp to a boil. Add pectin/sugar mix. Stir vigorously 1-2 minutes to dissolve pectin. Return to a full boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. 5) Fill hot jars with hot jam, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe jar rims clean. Apply lids and screw caps. 6) Put filled jars in boiling water bath that covers the tops by at least one inch. Cover and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes, then turn off heat and remove lid. Let stand for five minutes, then remove jars from canner. Let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours. Remove the bands, check the seals, label and store. Makes 4-5 eight ounce jars of jam.


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tech bytes By Mitchell Walbridge

PasSwORd: Do’s and Don’ts The average person has to remember more than ten passwords or PIN numbers for various login information. That’s ten more items to keep fresh in our minds when we struggle to remember to pay some of our bills, forget where we placed our car keys, or even forgot about an important appointment. Am I right? As tempting as it may be to use the same password for numerous account credentials, it’s really not such a good idea no matter how many diverse accounts you may have. So, use a different password for private accounts such as personal email and personal online banking. Developing strong passwords is key, so they should include numbers, letters and if possible, symbols. If that webhost permits case sensitive password, it also doesn’t hurt to throw in a capital letter here or there. And, if you’re really good about maintaining secure passwords, you’d come up with phrases that mean something to you and recreate them with letters or numbers. OK, now you’ve created your passwords, but how do you prop-

erly maintain them? First, make sure that your password recovery data is up to date. There’s nothing worse than not being able to recover a lost or forgotten password (except for having your account hacked, of course). Next, it is acceptable to maintain a written documentation of your account names and passwords. However, it is unwise to keep them within clear sight of other people. It’s also not wise to leave them sitting right on your desk or near your computer. You may want to leave usernames and passwords in two separate locations. As password maintenance isn’t already complex enough, it is a good idea to change your passwords regularly. Experts suggest passwords need to be changed every 180 days minimally. If your password is password or your username plus the numbers 123, 123456, your birthday, your children’s’ birthdays, your dog’s name, your last name, your maiden name, your phone number, your address … I could go on all day. Basically, if your password is as typical as any of the above mentioned, it may be time to switch it up.

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gavel is a symbol of the judicial office, and of the responsibilities and power that go along with it. Senior Judge Robert Benson had the honors of swearing in his successor, Matthew Opat, during the ceremony with the oath of office. With his wife Therese at his side, Opat accepted the duties bestowed upon him. Opat then went on to give his address to the audience, thanking everyone for their support, describing the judicial selection process and keeping true to his sense of humor. Ultimately chosen by Governor Mark Dayton, Opat first had to make it through rounds of applications and interviews with both the judicial selection committee and the governor. But Opat rightfully has earned the position after practicing law for the past 35 years. Opat received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa and his Juris Doctor degree from the Hamline University School of Law. During his career Opat has followed in

the footsteps of Judge Benson, first working with Benson as first assistant county attorney, and then taking Benson’s position as county attorney before opening his own practice in Chatfield. Now Opat takes over the position of Fillmore County judge. In his judicial selection statement Governor Dayton said, “Matthew Opat has been an exemplary public servant throughout his career. I believe that his experience and passion for the law will help him to honorably serve the people of the Third District.” And an exemplary public servant Opat has been, especially in town of residence, Chatfield, where he has served on the Chatfield Center for the Arts Advisory Committee, the Chatfield Lions, the Chatfield Commercial Club, and the Chatfield Fire Department. A reception followed the ceremony to continue the celebration. Judge Opat will officially begin his new role at the Fillmore County Courthouse in Preston, Minn. in July. To watch the induction ceremony in its entirety, visit

$29,000 grant for Rochester area agriculture teachers Byron, Minn – Agriculture teachers from seven school districts in the Rochester area spent much of Monday at Byron High School preparing to implement a newly awarded grant of $29,650 that will be used to enhance the scientific content of ag courses. The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) awarded a grant to the Rochester Area Math Science Council (RAMSP) on Wednesday, June 26, to train eleven area teachers in the cutting-edge Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education. As it so happened, RAMSP had already scheduled a long-range planning meeting with some of its ag teachers for a few days after the award was announced. “This is an outstanding opportunity for our the school districts within the Rochester Area Math Science Partnership to take action on our goal of promoting the importance of agricultural science in southeast Minnesota and the global economy,” said Byron Supt. Jeff Elstad, who hosted the RAMSP ag teachers and who chairs the Part-

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nership’s agriculture committee. Thirteen K-12 school districts are among the partners in RAMSP, which was formed more than twenty years ago. As one of its several functions, RAMSP works to connect teachers across its districts. Able to take part in the lengthy session at Byron High School were ag teachers from the Kasson-Mantorville, Kingsland, Pine Island, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Stewartville, Triton and Byron school districts. The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is an ambitious project launched in 2007 by the National Council for Agricultural Education. According to the CASE website, www., a structured sequence of eight agriculture courses has been developed in order to “implement a national curriculum for secondary agricultural education that provides a high level of educational experiences to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) subject matter.” This summer, teachers are being

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Macker returns to Minnesota Rochester, Minn. – Gus Macker, the World’s Largest three-on-three Basketball Tournament is coming to downtown Rochester on August 10-11. The Rochester Area Family Y is excited to host the basketball extravaganza in downtown Rochester this summer. Macker has not been in Minnesota since 2006. Tournament play will be held in the streets surrounding the Y. Vendors and entertainment will take place in the Y’s backyard. The Rochester Area Family Y is located at 709 First Avenue Southwest (next to Soldier’s Field Park). Four-person teams may enter online now at Entry fee is $140 and must be received no later than July 19. All teams guaranteed three games. Youth & Adult Divisions available and co-ed teams are allowed. Proceeds from the event will go to the Rochester Area Family Y Annual Support Campaign. The Legend Of Gus: The original Gus Macker 3-on3 Basketball Tournament was started in 1974 by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Mich. It started with 18 friends playing competitively for

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Absentee Ballots available for Rochester 5th Ward Primary Election The primary election for Rochester’s Fifth Ward city council seat will be Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Absentee ballots are now available for the primary election and can be picked up now through July 29 at the Olmsted County Property, Records and Licensing Office on the Government Center’s main floor. The offices are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. The reason for the election is to fill the seat that had been held by current Rochester City Council President Randy Staver. A general election is scheduled for September 17 only if needed. If a candidate during the primary election receives more than 50 percent of the votes, then that individual will be declared the winner. There have been seven candi-

dates who have filed and will appear on the ballot July 30. They include Byron Clark, Mark Hickey, Shaun Palmer, Timothy Schmitt, Joe O’Toole, Jan Throndson, and Jerry Lemke. Qualifications to be a Fifth Ward candidate include being a resident of the ward for 30 days prior to filing for candidacy for office, candidates must be a qualified voter within the State of Minnesota, and candidates must be 21 years of age or older when the oath of office is taken by the winner. Fifth Ward Polling Places for July 30 1st Precinct: Northrop Community Center, 201 Eighth Street NW 2nd Precinct: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 - 12th Avenue

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Minnesota student honored at National SkillsUSA Championship for Skilled Workforce Kansas City, Mo. - Students from Minnesota high school and college technical education programs won the nation’s highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Industry leaders representing over 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 98 handson occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards. Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. In addition, high scorers in the

contests received Skill Point Certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry. The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event since 1967. The Skill Point Certificates were introduced in 2009 as a component of the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System. The following student from your area is a medallion and Skill Point Certificate recipient: Sahil Chhugani, from Rochester, Minn. and a student at Century High School, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Medical Math. “Over 6,000 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships this week,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. “This is the SkillsUSA partnership at its best. Students, instructors and industries are working togeth-

er to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that career and technical education expands opportunities.” According to the U.S. Department of Education, students who take three or more career and technical education (CTE) programs in high school are more likely to attend college and stay there to graduate. In fact, 79 percent of CTE concentrators enrolled in postsecondary education within two years of high school graduation. And, students in CTE programs have a higherthan-average high school graduation rate. Research has shown the average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90 percent compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent. Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. All

AgStar announces Purple Ribbon Video Contest for youth in agriculture Mankato, Minn. - In celebration of youth in agriculture, AgStar Financial Services is again organizing a Purple Ribbon Video Contest this year asking participants to showcase the life of a showman. One winner in each of the three age groups, ages 14-15, 16-18 and 19-21, will receive a $500 scholarship. Contestants will compete for the most votes on their videos which will be shared through AgStar’s Facebook page and on the

contest website. “AgStar recognizes the contributions and efforts that youth make by participating in organizations such as 4-H and FFA,” explained John Monson, Senior Vice President at AgStar. “As the next generation of agricultural leaders, this scholarship contest offers them the opportunity to showcase their hard work while building awareness and a strong future for agriculture.” To enter the contest, contes-

tants produce a video that shows how they get their animal ready for the state fair. In addition, youth are asked to highlight either the importance of agriculture or its impact to the world for a nonagriculture audience in the video. Winners will be announced at the 4-H Auction at the Minnesota State Fair on August 24, 2013. The contest begins on July 1, 2013 and videos must be submitted by August 11, 2013. Videos

contests are run and judged by industry experts using industry standards for employment. Contests assess hands-on, employability and academic skills. More than 1,700 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year. The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System was developed as an extension of the SkillsUSA mission and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The System recognizes students for excellence in occupational training; it assesses and documents the entry-level technical proficiency and cumulative experiences of candidates. For more information about the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System, visit SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works

to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education (CTE) student organization serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students-and their instructors-in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. CTE is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 1,100 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11.2 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information, contact

should be no longer than two minutes. Voting takes place August 12-19, 2013. For complete contest rules, go to:, or visit the contest page at: contests/agstar. Wisconsin residents in AgStar’s service are also eligible to enter the contest. About AgStar AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 600 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s

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Running Start for School Initiative needs help for a great community effort Rochester, Minn – United Way of Olmsted County is starting summer 2013 by kicking off a community initiative, Running Start for School, by asking local businesses, faith organizations, and community groups to partner in the effort to collect school supplies for low-income families for the 2013-2014 school year. Last year, more than 120 businesses and community organizations worked together to provide school supplies for 3,725 students in Olmsted County. This year, there are over 7,480 students eligible to receive supplies for the upcoming school

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sion. “If that is going to cause problems, I think we would strike that.” At council member Mark Bilderback’s suggestion, the ordinance was amended to hold seats for two city residents without further explicit qualifications, instead of the one reserved for a non-partisan voters group. Mayor Ardell Brede questioned whether by specifically holding a seat for a city resident implied that commission members otherwise did not need to be city residents. The council inserted the requirement that commission members must be residents of Rochester after Adkins stated that the ordinance did not require that. The council voted 5-2 in support of the creation of the salaries commission. Council members Ed Hruska and Sandra Means did not support the ordinances approval. When then interim Council President Randy Staver proposed the commission’s creation during budget discussions this past December, the idea failed to move forward as council members Hruska, Snyder, and Michael Wojcik did not support the idea, resulting in a 3-3 split. Hruska, opposed the commission’s creation, taking a stance supporting more the idea that elected officials should seek elected positions, solely out of a

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sense of public service and that public officials should be able to make the calls on their own compensation. “I don’t think the amount of pay is something that is something that needs to be volleyed about,” he said. “I’m even more concerned after we’ve discussed the makeup of this.” “We already have the Charter Commission, we have the Ethics Committee, we have the citizens, we have people that give us enough guidance and make sure things are done right.” Hruska noted that seven candidates filed for office in the current special election race in the city’s Fifth Ward, which he felt demonstrates that the city does not need to offer increased compensation for serving as an elected official in Rochester.” Wojcik noted that none of the seven candidates in that race are women or minorities. “Tell me the last time someone served on the city council who was a low income individual and not retired?” he questioned. “I’m concerned about access and opportunity for all because the voices of the people that are not necessarily sitting at the table right now are still important to me. I think this is an important thing to do for good governance.” Means voted against approval of the ordinance, after initially supporting it, because of the removal of the seat reserved for a non-partisan voters group. “I was very proud when we voted as a council to remain

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“Songs of Hope” concert at Peace United Church of Christ Peace United Church of Christ will host a free concert entitled “Songs of Hope,” Saturday, July 20, at 7pm. The concert is one of a series of Minnesota performances organized through Sounds of Hope, a non-profit performing arts organization located in Saint Paul, Minn. “Songs of Hope” concert performers include children and young adults ages ten and above from around the world, including Israel, Turkey, Iraq, Russia, Bulgaria, Italy, Madagascar, Vietnam, China, South Korea, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India and the United States, who want to share a message of global understanding and cultural celebration through music. International participants have prepared songs and sometimes dances representing their countries and cultures that will be showcased in this concert series. Prior to performing, “Songs of Hope” participants attend a six-week performing arts camp in Saint Paul that includes intensive daily rehearsals in prepara-

tion for their 90-minute concerts and other performances given at nursing homes, human services agencies, etc. Participants live in community with up to 75 children and young adults from other cultures learning and performing music from many countries. Their total experience from living together to rehearsing to performing is designed to promote cultural tolerance and understanding. Peace United Church of Christ is located at 1503 2nd Ave NE, Rochester, MN. More information about the “Songs of Hope” concert is available at or by calling Peace United Church of Christ, 507-282-6117. Everyone is welcome.

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Resources, “Historically, timber rattlesnakes occurred in eight southeastern Minnesota counties.” In fact, since 1980 the peripheral range for timber rattlers has included Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Wabasha, and Winona Counties. Timber rattlesnakes are large snakes with heavily scaled bodies, mostly known for their venomous bite. Easily spotted by a timber-like coloration pattern across its dorsal side, a timber rattler commonly appears either yellow, tan, brown, reddish brown, or

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more infrequently, gray. The size of the snake varies depending on the geographical region, but the average snake typically measures 31.5 inches to 48 inches. This species of snake also is very tactile when choosing its prey, utilizing a “sitand-wait” technique to surprise its prey. Prey for a timber rattlesnake most likely includes small mammals, such as mice, moles, chipmunks, squirrels and small rabbits. Like many other animals in northern climates, timber rattlesnakes have seasonal changes for when they are active. They hibernate during the winter months

and are usually active anywhere from mid-April to early October. So, where can they be spotted? Well, their name gives a pretty good hint. Timber rattlers usually live in forested areas in our corner of the state, especially in “steep, rugged bluff prairies and valleys of the Mississippi River drainage.” Mainly, they thrive in the woodland and grassland habitats. The DNR has put forth efforts since the 1990’s to track rattlesnake activity in southeastern Minnesota, monitoring den sites with both human observation and cameras, tracking the dwin-


dling population. There has been a steep decline worldwide of timber rattlesnakes, but it has been especially evident in the southeastern Minnesota area. Some of the reasons for population decline include “habitat degradation, rattlesnake roundups, intentional killing, and collection for the fashion and pet industry.” Due to expanding borders of our small towns and hobby farm development across the corner of the state, snakes have been forced into smaller availability of habitat areas. Road expansion and construction have also both been factors.

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Minnesota has the timber rattlesnake listed under a ‘threatened’ status and a plan has been put in place in the past by the Minnesota DNR for population recovery efforts.

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SMALL ENgINE REPAIR All cHecK smAll engine repAir $49 Walk Behind Lawn Mower Tune-Up Special We service all makes (gas & diesel) • Push Mowers • Riders • Tractors • Tillers • Trimmers • Blowers • Chainsaws Welding & Fabrication Available free picK-up of olD lAWn moWers, trActors, BloWers, etc. Pickup & Delivery Mon-Sat 7am-7pm 507-990-2833




PAINtINg & dECORAtINg 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) • Rochester Will Travel Where This Paper Travels


REMOdELINg WetZstein construction, llc. rocHester • Complete Home Remodeling • • Additions • Decks • Siding • Windows • Doors • Kitchens • Bathrooms • Basements • Roofing • Flooring • Garages • Sheds • Landscaping one cAll - We Do it All 36 Years Experience Insured & Licensed cAll Jeff 507-529-1833 Lic#BC634563


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


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


lieBenoW WAterproofing • Basement Waterproofing • New Construction Installation • Drain Tile • Sump Pumps • Mold-resistant Panels • Waterproofing Painting • Window Wells References Available • Residential/Commercial for a free estimate call 507-951-1028 Wet BAsement?


WINdOWS/dOORS lArson siDing & WinDoWs In business since 1958 SE Minnesota’s Largest Siding & Window Dealer Offering great specials on all types of siding, windows, doors, seamless gutters, sunroom, decks & more We Won’t Be unDersolD! 507-288-7111 or 800-221-7111 lic.#0001482


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


str8line construction llc Roof with the best, or leak like the rest! SPECIALIzING IN ROOFING! Roofing • Tear-Offs • Storm Damage Concrete • Driveways & Sidewalks Siding • Windows • Decks & Patios • Garage Doors New Construction • Remodeling Licensed & Insured #BC664972 Free Estimates 507-450-4501 (taylor marsden)


rYAn WinDoWs & siDing inc • Home Improvement From A Company You Can Trust Windows, Doors, Siding, Roofing, Blown Insulation & Awnings, • Bruce Ryan 34 Years In Home Improvement • Our Buying Power Means Saving to You! Licensed, Bonded, Insured 1-800-367-2606 or 507-281-6363 • Hwy 52 North, Rochester, MN 55903 Lic.#0008077


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•Coffee get-together in Chatfield, 9-10am, Chosen Valley Assisted Living Center. * •Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-2871404 for more info.* •Rochester Newcomer’s Connection, 10am, Barlows Hy-Vee, 1315 6th St., Rochester. For individuals and families who have moved to Rochester to socialize and meet other people. •Baby Time!, 10am, Auditorium, Rochester Public Library, Rochester.* •Toddler Time!, 10:30am & 11am, Auditorium, Rochester Public Library, Rochester.* •Celebrate recovery, a Christian 12-step process for people with hurts, hang-ups and habits, 6:30-8:30pm, R.O.C. (Rochester Outreach Center), 2450 Marion Rd. SE, Rochester. * •Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group, 6:30-8pm, Seasons Hospice Center for Grief Education & Support, 1696 Greenview Drive SW, Rochester.

•Byron Senior Game Day, 1pm, City Hall Senior Center, Byron. •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. *

SATURDAY, JULY 13 •Rochester Downtown Farmers Market, 7:30am-Noon, County parking lot, 4th St. & 4th Ave. SE.* •Widows & Widowers of Rochester meeting, 8:30am, Old Country Buffet. For more info, call 507-289-2263.* •SE MN Celiac Support Group Gluten-Free Beverage Event, 2-4pm, Andy’s Liquor, 3125 Wellner Dr. NE, Rochester. •Nature Walk, 6-8pm, Chester Woods County Park, 8378 Hwy 14 East, Eyota. Meet at the boat parking lot at Chester Woods Park.

•Regeneration Ministry meeting, 7pm, R.O.C. (Rochester Outreach Center), 2450 Marion Rd. SE, Rochester. *

SUNDAY, JULY 14 •Soul Harbor Christian Fellowship meeting, 4pm, R.O.C. (Rochester Outreach Center), 2450 Marion Rd. SE, Rochester. *

MONDAY, JULY 15 •Korean War Veterans Club: Every Monday at 8am at Grandma’s Kitchen (KWVC Mess Hall) in Rochester for meeting and breakfast. * •Senior Softball, Practice 8:30am; Games 9:30am. McQuillan Field off Marion Rd SE, Rochester, MN. Ages: Men 50 to 80 plus; Women 40 to 60 plus. Ben 507-288-4768.* •Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-2871404 for more info. * •Peter Mayer folk concert, 12:101pm, Rochester Peace Plaza, downtown Rochester.


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

TUESDAY, JULY 16 •Trinity Lutheran Organ Recital Summer Series: Lee Afdahl, Director of Music, First Presbyterian, Rochester, MN, 12:15pm, Trinity Lutheran. •Silver Treads Square Dance Club, 1-3pm, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Contact Charles Bysheim at 281-4455 or Pam Styder at 281-2547 for more info. * •Bedtime Stories, 6:30pm, Auditorium, Rochester Public Library, Rochester.* •La Leche League of Rochester, 6:45pm, Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 3rd Ave. SW, Rochester. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 •Senior Softball, Practice 8:30am; Games 9:30am. McQuillan Field off Marion Rd SE, Rochester, MN. Ages: Men 50 to 80 plus; Women 40 to 60 plus. Ben 507-288-4768.* •Exercise for Seniors, 9:30-10:30am, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. Call 507-2871404 for more info. * •Caregiver Support Group, 10-11am, Elder Network, 1130-1/2 7th St. NW, Rochester. For more info call Holly 507-285-5272. •Preschool Storytime, 10am, Auditorium, Rochester Public Library.* •Free Car Seat Inspection, 4-7pm, Rochester Fire Station #4, 1875 41st St. NW, Rochester. Schedule an appt. at 507-255-5066. NEED TO THANK SOMEONE? Call the Journal at 507-288-5201 and we’ll take your message over the phone or e-mail it to

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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

Attention: furniture moved, junk/ brush hauled, building tear-downs, pruning, raking, edging, weeding, mowing, gutters/windows cleaned. Douglas. 507282-3011. 3/6eow-12/25/13- x

Highspeed Internet EVERYWHERE By Satellite! Speeds up to 12mbps! (200x faster than dial-up.) Starting at $49.95/mo. CALL NOW & GO FAST! 1-866-796-2843 (MFPA)

High efficiency OUTDOOR WOOD FURNACE from Central Boiler burns less wood. 25 year warranty. Theobald Heating Solutions 507-2519924. stfnwk2- o

Computer Problems? Viruses, Spyware, Email, Printer Issues, Bad Internet Connections – FIX IT NOW! Professional, U.S.-based technicians. $25 off service. Call for immediate help. 1-855-717-2701 (MFPA)

All Things Basementy! Basement Systems Inc. Call us for all of your basement needs! Waterproofing? Finishing? Structural Repairs? Humidity and Mold Control? FREE ESTIMATES! Call 1-866-691-8804 (MFPA)

ProFlowers – Send Bouquets for Any Occasion. Birthday, Anniversary or Just Because! Take 20 percent off your order over $29! Go to http://www. or call 1-866-9832204 (MFPA)

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SAVE ON CABLE TV-Internet-Digital Phone-Satellite. You’ve Got a Choice! Options from ALL major service providers. Call us to learn more! CALL Today. 1-877-867-1734 (MFPA)

STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WOOD COUNTY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION CASE NO. 13-CV-207 FORECLOSURE CASE CODE-30404 Plaintiff The Honorable Nicholas Brazeau, Jr. PUBLICATION SUMMONS vs. MARK KASEL, et al. Defendants. THE STATE OF WISCONSIN. TO: MARK KASEL 23-7th Avenue Southwest, Apt 23 Rochester, Minnesota 55902 JANE DOE KASEL 23-7th Avenue Southwest, Apt. 23 Rochester, Minnesota 55902 You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The Complaint, which is also served on you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within forty (40) days after July 10th, 2013, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the Complaint. The Court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the Clerk of Court, whose address is Wood County Courthouse, 400 Market Street, PO Box 8095, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, 54495-8095 and to Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C., Plaintiff’s attorneys, whose address is 4650 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212-1059. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within forty (40) days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now, or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 2nd day of July, 2013 KOHNER, MANN & KAILAS, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Janine L. Collette State Bar No.: 1063934 Publish 10,17,24

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for Olmsted County, Minnesota and Incorporated Areas The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and where applicable, Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report, reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations within Olmsted County, Minnesota and Incorporated Areas. These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway. Technical information or comments are solicited on the proposed flood hazard determinations shown on the preliminary FIRM and/or FIS report for Olmsted County, Minnesota and Incorporated Areas. These flood hazard determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that your community is required to either adopt or show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. However, before these determinations are effective for floodplain management purposes, you will be provided an opportunity to appeal the proposed information. For information on the statutory 90-day period provided for appeals, as well as a complete listing of the communities affected and the locations where copies of the FIRM are available for review, please visit FEMA’s website at fhm/bfe, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627). Publish 10,17

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REAL ESTATE Newer home and pole barn. 101 acres Winona/I-90/LaCrosse. Woods, ponds Prairiegrass CRP. MLS 4041200 WI-MN Real Estate 608-385-8080 e3tfno

SPORTING GOODS MEL’S GOLF CARS LLC closeout on new colored 2012 Yamaha gas and electric Golf Carts. Example: a $5,000.00 car with small down payment and approved credit the price could be $150/month for 36 months. Many used Golf Cars available. We are an authorized Yamaha Dealer and provide the highest quality in all our Golf Carts. Drive your cars in the building - 132 Garfield Ave. S., Albert Lea, MN or call Mel at 507-438-2705. w3,10,17-x



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

GARAGE SALE 3040 14th Ave NW. July 12 & 13. 8am-5pm. Slide, sandbox, boys clothing, Nordatrack, and much more! g3,10-x

WILL TRADE MY FIVE Harley Davidsons plus cash for a house or land. E-mail: w10-o

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Classifieds AUCTION CALENDAR Thur. July 11, 6pm - 122.5 Acre Recreational Real Estate Public Auction. 13468 190th St., Spring Valley, MN. Grafe Auctions. For more information contact Judd Grafe at 800-328-5920 or go to www. Sat. July 13, 9am - Antiques and Household Auction! Selling 2 Rings Both Days. For more info contact Spring Valley Sales Co., 507-346-2183 or www.springvalleysales. com Sat., July 13, 9am - Moving Auction. 9007 110th Ave. NW, Pine Island. For details and photographs go to krauseauctioneering. com or call K&K Auction Service 507-3190098 or 507-282-1995. Sat. July 13, 11am - Land Auction. 266 Acre Land/6 parcels. Located 29395 Deep River Rd., Peterson, MN. Open House Date: July 9, 4-6pm. AK&S Auctions. For more information contact Jon & Tom Kohner at 507.429.6078 or 507.458.8215. Mon. July 15, 1pm Sharp - Land Auction. 94.55+/- Acres of Bare Cropland with 60.17 Tillable Crop Acres. Located in Section 16 & 17 of Chatfield Twp., Fillmore Co, rural Chatfield, MN. William & Bonnie Schmidt, sellers. For more information contact 800801-4502. Matt Maring Auction Co., Inc. Sat. July 20, 9:00am - Farm Related & Household Auction. Four miles west of Preston, MN on Hwy 16, then 3/4 mile north on Cty Rd 117. Leonard & Kathy Gartner, owners. For more info contact Spring Valley Sales Co., 507-346-2183 or www. Sat. July 20, 9:30am - Furniture, Household, Vehicles, Shop Equipment, and Two Parcel Commercial Auction! Real Estate Sells at 11am. Sale Site is at Former State Line Motel and Shop Building, US Hwy. 52, Mabel, MN. For more information contact Matt Gehling, Gehling Auction at 800-770-0347. Sat. July 27, 10am - Six Parcel Absolute Real Estate Auction. Sale Site is at Canton Town Hall. For more information contact Matt Gehling, Gehling Auction at 800770-0347. Thur. Aug. 1, 10am - 170.89 Acre Real Estate Auction! Located in Section 32, Twn. 104. Sale Site is at Fountain Community Center. For more information contact Matt Gehling, Gehling Auction at 800770-0347. Sat. Aug. 3 & Sun., Aug. 4, 8:30am Two Day Collectible, Antique, Household Auction. Selling 2 Rings Both Days. Bob & Jan Lein, Owners. For more info contact Spring Valley Sales Co., 507-346-2183 or


EMPLOYMENT TOUGH ENOUGH TO WEAR WYLIE? $1,000 flatbed sign-on. Home Weekly. Regional dedicated routes. 2,500 miles weekly. $50 tarp pay. 888/691-5705 MCAN

MOVING AUCTION: July 13th, 9am. 9007 110th Ave. NW, Pine Island, MN. Case skid loader, guns, zero turn mowers, tools, log splitter, household, John Deere Gator & more. For details & photographs 507-319-0098 or 507-282-1995. K & K Auction Service. n10-o

SEMI-DRIVER WANTED: Owner/ Operator or Company Driver with 3 years experience hauling livestock. CDL, Good Driving Record, Drug Test Required. 563/380-7852 Dale or 563/380-4535 Kevin. MCAN

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MAYO & JM Class of 1968. 45th Reunion July 19 & 20, 2013. Clarion Inn, South Broadway. Festivities 5pm-Midnight both nights. Contact rhill2908@2yahoo. com with inquiries. h3,10-x

BUYING/SELLING Gold & Silver bars, coins, rings, diamonds, pocket watches, silver dollars, rare coins, currency, $5.00, $10.00, $20.00 Gold coins, Krugerands, sterling silver sets, anything marked 10-K, 14-K, 18-K, .925. Any gold or silver item. Compare prices before you sell. 32 years at the same retail location, Fairmont, Minnesota, Kuehl’s, 507-2353886. n10-x


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HEALTH IF YOU USED the Mirena IUD between 2001-present and suffered perforationor embedment in the uterus requiring surgical removal, or had a child born with birth defects you may be entitled to compensation. Call Johnson Law and speak with female staff members 800/535-5727. MCAN CANADA DRUG CENTER is your choice for safe and affordable medications. Our licensed Canadian mail order pharmacy will provide you with savings of up to 75% on all your medication needs. Call today 800/259-1096 for $10.00 off your first prescription and free shipping. MCAN

EMPLOYMENT Help Us Help Others. There’s never been a better time to reach out to those in need. At Home Instead Senior Care, we’re seeking quality people who wish to make a difference by helping local seniors in their homes. Flexible schedules. No certification required, but passion for senior care is. Apply online: or call M-F, 8am - 4pm. 507-399-0079. TFNwk2- x CURRENTLY HIRING Full & Part Time Resident Assistants. All shifts available. No CNA required. Also Part Time Dishwasher and Part Time Housekeeper. Resident Assistants provide hands-on care, physical and emotional support to our residents. Oral and written communications skills along with strong work ethics required. We are an assisted living community for memory loss residents, enriching lives, and supporting families. Apply in person at: Cottagewood Senior Communities, 4220 NW 55th St., Rochester, MN 55901. 507-286-8528. We offer benefits: Health, Dental, 401K and more. Gentle Touch Health Initiatives. EOE. h26,3,10,17-x HELP WANTED: Human Services: accepting resumes. Degree and experience. PT, intermittent to state toward FT. PO Box 563, Austin, MN. 55912. h3,10,17-o.

MEDICAL ALERT for Seniors - 24/7 monitoring. Free equipment. Free shipping. Nationwide service. $29.95/month. Call Medical Guardian today 888/9183581. MCAN ATTENTION SLEEP APNEA SUFFERERS with Medicare. Get CPAP Replacement Supplies at little or NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, prevent red skin sores and bacterial infection! Call 1-888-859-7796 (MFPA)

AUTO CASH FOR CARS: All cars/trucks wanted. Running or not! Top dollar paid. We come to you! Any make/model. Call for instant offer: 800/871-9145. MCAN

EMPLOYMENT PART-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT needed for mental health practice. 20-25 hours per week. Flexible scheduling. Duties include filing, accounting, office correspondence, data entry, interaction with clients upon check-in, and answering phones. Candidate must be self-motivated and have experience working with diverse populations, understand or be willing to learn about data privacy, have excellent communication skills and be versed in Microsoft Office programs. Please send application, resume, and cover letter to or Attn: Office Manager 1652 Greenview Dr. SW Suite 290 Rochester, MN 55902. h26,3,10-o

NOW HIRING! Looking for a part-time PCA to work in the Zumbro Falls area Monday-Sunday, mixed hours, 10am-8pm. $ 12/hour.

Contact Laura Waters 507-259-9880

Roofing WoRkeRs 14 - $24 per hour (Depending on Experience)


As a leading roofing and mechanical contractor, Schwickert’s performs projects large or small, and on a local, regional and national level. We currently have multiple openings for entry level or experienced roofing workers at our Stewartville location. Employees with proven performance will be considered for career advancement by being eligible to participate in our apprenticeship program indentured by the MN Department of Labor. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is preferred but not required. Construction / mechanical aptitude and skills are also preferred but we are willing to train the right candidates. Schwickert’s offers competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package. You can apply in person at our location at 204 Schumann Dr. NW, Stewartville, MN. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity employer and E-Verify compliant.

DONATE YOUR CAR Truck or Boat to heritage for the blind. Free 3 day vacation, tax deductible, free towing, all paperwork taken care of 888/485-0398. MCAN

Oronoco Auto Parts and Auto Sales

410 1st St. SE, Oronoco, MN 55960 507-367-4315 • 800-369-4315 • Just 5 minutes north of Rochester on Hwy 52 ‘01 Saturn - L200, Black, 122K .......$2,495

‘99 Concorde - Gold, 164K ............$1,895

‘02 626 - Silver, 107K ......................$2,695

‘93 Suburban - Black/Silver, 225K .... $1,495

‘99 Neon - Maroon, 110K ...............$1,795

‘01 Saturn L200 - Green 183K .......$1,895

‘02 Alero - White, 143K ..................$2,495

‘97 Grand Marquis - Green, 156K ..$1,595

‘96 Camry - Maroon, 153K .............$2,395

‘92 Caprice Wagon - Maroon, 131K...$1,295

‘97 Aspire - Red, 127K ...................$1,395

‘95 Jimmy - Green, 229K................$1,495

‘04 Stratus - Silver, 190K................$2,495

‘02 Cavalier - Blue, 122K ...............$2,395

‘06 Cobalt - Red, Salvage title (hail), 154K ...$3,495

‘99 Tahoe - Silver, 225K..................$1,695

Certified nurSinG ASSiStAntS 1000 New Hire BoNus for full-time positioN $500 BoNus for part-time positioN


Our benefits include PTO, holiday pay, shift differential and bonus pay. Exciting things have developed in the nursing department with our new management staff! Check out our website at and also on facebook.

Pine Haven Community provides quality nursing care and rehabilitation services for families in our community. Send reSume to: Human Resources, Pine Haven Community 210 NW Third St., Pine Island, MN 55963 EOE/AA • (507)356-8304

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