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Fri, May 4th, 2001
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Monday, May 7, 2001

The presence of an Austin television news reporter and cameraman outside the Commissioners’ chamber usually means that something out of the ordinary is going to happen at the Tuesday morning meeting.

However, at last Tuesday’s meeting of the County Board, except for the presence of the Austin TV crew looking for a story, nothing out of the ordinary really happened. Perhaps someone had informed them that there might be a conflict over a new bicycle trail easement in Spring Valley, but that just didn’t happen.

The City Council of Spring Valley had written a letter to the Commissioners in early April requesting approval of an easement along County Road 8 for a recreational trail. The letter acknowledged landowner opposition to the trail and the city’s intent to initiate eminent domain proceedings to acquire .8 acres of land from an unwilling seller.

The letter also firmly stated that the city was requesting that the commissioners review the easement request without questioning the policy decisions of the City with regard to trail construction.

On this note, Spring Valley Mayor Jim Struzyk and the City Attorney Lee Bjorndal approached the commissioners seeking that approval. The easement is needed for a recreational trail project that will run from Spring Valley northeast to the city’s 100-acre farm. Engineering plans for the proposed route show the trail running for 1,570 feet within the right-of-way that belongs to the County.

On this issue, the Board first heard from Fillmore County Attorney Matt Opat who informed them that his research indicated the bike trail is "proper and consistent use" of road right-of-ways as stated in Minnesota statutes. "Nothing says we can’t grant the easement," explained Opat.

Opat’s chief concerns seemed to be with the cost of reconstruction of the trail should the county decide to redesign or widen the road. According to the statues, that cost would be borne by the county.

Despite attorney Opat’s assurances that the proposed trail was a legal use of the right-of-way, Mr. Struzyk and Mr. Bjorndal approached the commissioners as if they had to sell the project to the Board.

Mayor Struzyk explained to the Board that Spring Valley’s goal is to encourage tourism and that this trail to the city farm would be an asset to the accomplishment of that goal. Struzyk added that the legislature has a high priority for recreation trails and wants to .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

Kids Philosophy Slam

Fri, May 4th, 2001
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Event draws entries from around the worldBy Nancy OvercottMonday, May 7, 2001

"This could be an amazing event," says John Davis, creator of the Kids Philosophy Slam, for which 4,300 kids in grades 1-12 from all across this cou ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, May 4th, 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, May 4th, 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, May 4th, 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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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, May 4th, 2001
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©Maxxximum Madcap

Answer:

ABDOMINAL SNOWMAN

Fud 4 Thot

Fri, May 4th, 2001
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©Maxxximum MadcapWeekly cartoon, Max, Maxxx, Maxxximum, Madcap, food for thought, fud 4 thot

Journal Profile #84

Fri, May 4th, 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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Rhubarb Bars

Fri, May 4th, 2001
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Rhubarb Bars

3 cups rhubarb (cut up)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbls. cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla

•Dissolve cornstarch in water, mix all together, cook until thick.

• Mix together the following until crumbly.
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