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The Village Blacksmith


Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Peterson man works unusual job as a farrierBy Bonnie Prinsen
Monday, July 9, 2001

There are some people who know from early on what they want to be when they "grow up." The rest of us have to do some experimenting and discover our true purpose through a certain amount of trial and error.

Dustin Brown of rural Peterson falls into the second category, but there were signs all along that he’d end up shoeing horses for a living.

"I tried a lot of things—everything," he said. "I think I’ve been in every state in the U.S., overseas in the service, all over." But in every new place, Brown’s first thought was always, "Where are the horses?"

Growing up in North Dakota, Brown often visited relatives in the Peterson area. Eventually, the area grew on him, and he’s now been here about five years. Fortunately, he’s found his way into an area that can keep a farrier busy.

"This is by far one of the biggest "horse" areas I’ve ever seen," he said.

"I grew up around horses," Brown said, adding that his mother still raises horses. "When I grew up, there were no farriers in the area, so you did everything yourself. But then I wanted to do it as a business, so I figured I’d better go to school."

Brown was certified at the Minnesota School of Horseshoeing and Blacksmithing and started work as a professional farrier about two years ago.

Brown is unique in that he makes his own horse shoes. He travels with a portable forge and anvil in the back of his pickup truck. Very few farriers have the skill and equipment to make shoes.

"The blacksmithing skills are a trade in themselves," he said. It was important to Brown to learn blacksmithing because it’s more "traditional" for a farrier to make his own shoes.

One advantage to customers is that a horse with an irregular foot, perhaps from some old injury, can get a custom shoe.

Making shoes also satisfies a creative urge. "I love to make stuff!" Brown said. His creativity extends to inventing, too. He’s been experimenting with making horse shoes out of old tires. So far only his own horses are trying the shoes, but customers are interested.

Unloading the equipment and making shoes at every stop would be time-consuming, so last winter Brown decided to make a supply of shoes ahead of time that he could bring along on jobs. Business is so good that he’s already exhausted this year’s supply. Now he’ll either make the sho .....
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Hoffman Stables

Planning Commission

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Planning Commission unveils Ag District planBy John TorgrimsonMonday, July 2, 2001

A few years ago the Fillmore County Planning Commission quietly approved a motion that would amend the zoning ordinance, limiting the number of non-farm ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Tuchek named Police ChiefBy John TorgrimsonMonday, July 9, 2001

After taking some time to pass motions adopting a City of Lanesboro Police Policy Paper, a Job Description for the Chief of Police and Suggested Criteria for Choosing the Police C ..... 
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Amazed that it still works

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

In keeping with its own commitment to discuss county facilities on the fourth Tuesday of the month, the County Board met last Tuesday with representatives of Kane and Johnson Architects of Rochester to discuss the heating ..... 
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Planning for the future

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Re-mapping the Ag DistrictBy john TorgrimsonMonday, July 9, 2001

Editor’s note: On Thursday, June 28, the Ag District Review Committee released their recommendations on how the county might amend their zoning ordinance ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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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, Jul 6th, 2001
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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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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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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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