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50 years of memories


Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Local man with Down Syndrome marks milestone birthdayBy Carol ThouinMay 20, 2002

The room was festooned with colorful balloons and crepe paper streamers. One table was overflowing with brightly wrapped packages and festive birthday greetings, while another displayed two large cakes iced with well wishes for 50-year-old Kermit Hovden.

"Fabulous at 50" was emblazoned across plates, napkins and gift bags and the birthday boy, himself, sported a special baseball cap commemorating his day. As friends and relatives filled the party room to celebrate the event, Kermit's proud family couldn't help but reminisce about his life and the special mark he has left on all of them.

Kermit Dolvin Hovden was born on May 15, 1952 to Gwen and the late Bud Hovden. Named after his two grandfathers, Kermit was the Hovden's second child and their first son. The couple was delighted to welcome the new addition to their family, which included older sister, Sonja.

Gwen noticed something a bit different about Kermit when he was two weeks old, which became the precursor to a diagnosis years later when he was four. Kermit was born with Down Syndrome, a genetic birth defect that occurs in approximately one in every 800 to 1000 live births. That represents nearly 5,000 births each year in the United States alone. Most people with Down Syndrome have IQs that fall within the mild to moderate range of retardation, however with early intervention programs and assimilation with family and community, people with Down Syndrome can lead productive, happy and rewarding lives.

Things didn't always look so promising for a baby born with a disability. Back in the 1950s, many practitioners urged families that the only plausible recourse was to institutionalize a child born with a disability such as Down Syndrome. Schools weren't accustomed to teaching individuals with special needs, employers would not have considered hiring a mentally disabled worker and, frankly, society was not at all accepting of people with differences.

In a sense, the Hovdens were a pioneer family. Rejecting suggestions from one of the doctors they consulted early on, Gwen and Bud knew only one thing. They loved their son dearly and knew that he belonged with them. "Our family has always accepted Kermit," said his mother, Gwen.

"He's always been treated like one of the family," she said.

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Commissioners closer to consensus on Ag District zoning

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Board will ask for public opinion on new "2 per 40" proposal By Mike McGrathMonday, May 13, 2002
Last Tuesday, County Board Chairman Duane Bakke presented his fellow commissioners with an Agriculture (Ag) District zoning prop ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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A tale of two issues
By Jesse BuggsMay 13, 2002
The first order of business at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on Monday, May 6 was a public hearing dealing with a request from S&A Petroleum to vacate a part of Beacon S ..... 
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Commissioner's Report

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Board discusses rural road signage
Naming roads, assigning addresses, could help 911 serviceBy Mike McGrathMay 20, 2002Fillmore County is part of a minority of counties in Minnesota that has not adopted rural road signage an ..... 
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Fri, May 17th, 2002
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“Some days we zigged, some days we zagged”
Joe Vreeman recounts World War II experiencesBy Charles PautlerMonday, May 20, 2002

In recent years, World War Two is a topic that has seen much renewed interest. Part of thi ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Hanson ~ Ibach

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Pamela Otterbein of Kasson and Richard Hanson of Whalan, announce the engagement of their daughter, Teri Marie Hanson, to Mark Allen Ibach, son of Kim and Becky Ibach of Kasson. The bride-to-be is a child care provider and her fiance is employed thro ..... 
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