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Working like a dog (or cat)


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

While most of us go to work each day and make the best of it there are several businesses in the area which get a little help from some furry friends.

Just as having pets to come home to is comforting and meaningful the same can be said for having animals at the workplace.

True Value Hardware Store of Spring Valley has a cute little helper not only around the store but also making deliveries. Owner Todd Jones brings his family dog “Jack” to work with him each day and regular customers will ask where the dog is if he does not greet them when they walk in.

Jack is a one year old male Pomeranian mix who still has a lot of puppy in him, said Todd , but he is such a loveable dog he has turned people around that were not dog lovers. Jack also loves babies explained Todd saying that Jack can be in the office sleeping and if someone walks in with a baby, even if the baby is sleeping, Jack knows there is a baby in the store and runs out to see it.

When walking into True Value Jack is happy and excited to see customers just as their own pets are when they get home. Todd said that everybody loves Jack and after meeting him once it is easy to see why.

Scott Brunsvold of Brunsvold Enterprises in Preston, Minn. has had “Ricki Lee” for 14 years and says the Norwegian Forest Cat makes for a good “ice breaker and conversation piece” when customers come in.

Although Ricki Lee is 14 years old, age doesn’t stop the feline from doing what it feels is its job such as the day a bird flew in through an open door and within 15 seconds the cat had the bird caught. Scott says that the cat was as proud as the day is long after catching the bird.

Ricki Lee has always had seemingly labored breathing but is healthy and at an advanced age may not be as soft and fluffy as a kitten but is a treasured pet and co-worker to Scott and regular customers have grown attached to the cat as well.

The black cat that can be found at Preston Equipment is not so much a co-worker as “a stray we let come in,” said owner Steve Ille. The cat they call “Charlie” showed up one day a couple months ago and someone fed it stated employee Sierra Haugerud so it keeps coming back.

Charlie is allowed inside each morning and is put outside at 5 p.m. each day. Ille and the employees of Preston Equipment are not sure if the cat belongs to someone in the area or no .....
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Hoffman Stables

A little of this, a little of that

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

“Girls just want to have fun,” I explained to my husband when he asked about our latest girls’ weekend. For the last six years my three sisters and two nieces and myself have gone on a vacation together. Our male counterparts who used to pou ..... 
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Principal of Mabel-Canton High School resigns

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Canton All

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on August 19th, 2014 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the July 15, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to welcome back the staff and students of Mabe ..... 
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Principal of Mabel-Canton High School resigns

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on August 19th, 2014 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the July 15, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to welcome back the staff and students of Mabe ..... 
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Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 dedicated to Preston exhibit

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Members of the Preston Historical Society, Bob Storozuk who is the President of the Milwaukee Road Historical Society, Representative Greg Davids and the public gathered at the site of the historic Milwaukee Elevator on August 16 to welcome the addi ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court 8.25.2014

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Court

Steven Craig O’Neill, 47, of Chatfield, Minn., appeared in Fillmore County Court on August 11, 2014 for an amended sentence for a probation violation on one count of Burglary - 3rd Degree - Steal/Commit Felony or Gross Misdemeanor. For the probat ..... 
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Ralph J. Hanson

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Retired Sgt. Major Ralph Jesse Hanson was born in Preston, Minn. on September 5, 1942 to the late Ralph H. & Francis J. (Shaw) Hanson. He graduated from Preston High School in June 1961 and enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 12, 1961. He retired from ..... 
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Chatfield School Board proclaims new referendum authority

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

At its regular August meeting on August 18, the Chatfield School Board approved a resolution authorizing new board approved referendum authority that will generate local revenue for the district. While the additional revenue will be generated locall ..... 
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Rabe ~ Chaffee Wedding Announcement

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Robert and Diana Rabe of Chatfield, Minn. are proud to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter Kari to Christopher Chaffee of Rochester, Minn. Christopher is the son of Milo Chaffee of Eyota, Minn. and Ann Chaffee of Rochester ..... 
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