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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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To the Editor,

The Fillmore Central School Board is asking our taxpayers to approve a levy of $350.00 per weighted pupil unit. This amounts to approximately $378,000 the first year and this amount will decrease as our enrollment declines in future years. We have not come to this decision easily as we have been struggling to cut expenses for years to balance the budget. We have cut $400,000 in the past few years and will continue to seek ways to streamline our budget. The administration and board feel that to make substantial further cuts will erode the quality of our program and reduce class offerings for our students.

The State of Minnesota reformed the way that education will be funded in the last legislative session. In the past local levy made up a substantial portion of our funds. The State has now taken over 100% of school funding through general revenue taxes. This means that our local levy is going to decrease by 70% next year, reducing the amount raised by local taxes by more than $1,000,000. While the State is picking up the entire amount of funding it has not given the schools a very large increase in our formula amount. This is why more than half of the school districts in the State of Minnesota are asking for additional funds from their taxpayers.

The State did offer a carrot for those school districts that pass a referendum in that they will equalize the amount raised. In Fillmore Central’s case, this amounts to 58% of the amount raised. This means that the State will pay approximately $219,000 and local taxpayers will pay $159,000 of the amount we are asking for. The State is willing to contribute more funds to districts that are willing to raise more funds on their own.

I would like to address one issue that I have heard is troubling some residents of our district. Some people have the mistaken belief that this levy request is in some way connected to the proposed swimming pool project at the middle school site. This is not so! The school board has made it abundantly clear on several occasions that we will not pay for any construction or operating costs if this facility is built. We have agreed to look at the proposal because it would be good for the Harmony/Preston area and will offer our students opportunities that they do not have now.

I would ask that you look at this request carefully and vote yes on November 6.

Ron Stevens
Fillmore Central School Board Preston, MN

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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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To the Editor,

I have lived my entire life in this community. I have paid taxes on a farm as well as a home in town. I have raised four children here and worked in Preston and feel a strong need to write this letter.

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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Monday, October 29, 2001

To the Editor,

To members of the Rushford-Peterson School District concerning your vote on the levy referendum to be held on November 6.

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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Ronald Thorson

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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Orvis Carrol Paulson

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Orvis Carrol Paulson died suddenly of a heart attack on September 30, 2001 at his home in St Louis Park, MN.

Orvis Carrol Paulson was born on November 24, 1940 to Elvin Ingval Paulson and Emily Gilbertson Paulson in Rushford, MN. His childhoo ..... 
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Gordon Hansen, Sr.

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Gordon Hansen, Sr. of Harmony passed away at the Harmony Community Nursing Home on October 17, 2001.

He was born on February 19, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Anders and Oda Hansen. gordon graduated from vocational high school in 1941. ..... 
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Dorothy Ann Billman

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Dorothy Ann Billman, 66, of rural Chatfield, a homemaker, died of breast cancer October 14, 2001 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, where she had resided since Sept. 27.

Dorothy Ann Pooler was born July 2, 1935, in Preston, graduated from Pres ..... 
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