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Fri, Jan 11th, 2002
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The Olympic Torch comes to PrestonBy LaVerne PaulsonMonday, January 14, 2002


As a young girl growing up on a small farm in south central Minnesota, Denise Sletta would dream of being an Olympic athlete. She would watch the speed skating, the ice dancing, the gymnastics, and the ski jumping. She could hear the thousands of spectators cheering and screaming for their favorite athletes. Then she would see the tears streaming down the cheeks of the winners as they stood on the platforms with their medals, listening to the National Anthem. It was a reoccurring dream.

On January 5th, 2002, Denise Paulson, who has been teaching elementary school for almost thirty years in Preston, came very close to living this dream. She was not in an Olympic stadium or auditorium, but on 52nd Street in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Shortly after noon, dressed in an Olympic Torch Bearer uniform, with an Olympic Torch in her hand, “The Flame” was passed to her by another torch bearer and she was on her way down the street. The total distance she covered was two-tenths of a mile, much shorter, but much more exhilarating than the walks she has taken hundreds of times around Preston.

Thousands of people lined the street cheering and yelling. Hundreds waved American flags and chanted, “U-S-A...U-S-A...U-S-A.” Denise had always planned to walk her segment of the relay, but with all the noise and energy from the crowd, she broke into a jog for a short time. She was carrying “The Torch” with “The Flame.” The screaming crowd of thousands was caught up in the moment, as was she, but what about the tears? Yes, there were tears...lots of tears. From the time Denise stepped off the shuttle bus to receive the flame until she stepped back on the shuttle bus when her walk was complete, tears of joy streamed down her face. Her dream to participate in the olympics had come true.
Denise was one of only fifty Minnesotans chosen to participate in the torch relay. The Flame was lit in Olympic, Greece on November 19th, 2001 and left Atlanta, Georgia on December 4th. Once the Olympic Flame is ignited, it is kept in a lantern that travels with the relay team. A torch is lit from the flame every morning to start that day's leg of the journey. The olympic Flame is passed from torch to torch. The lantern is closely guarded to ensure that the flame is never extinguished. It will travel 13,500 miles across the United States passing through forty-six states. The Olympic Flame is transported be .....
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Preston City Council Report

Fri, Jan 11th, 2002
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Pro-Corn to install odor technology
Ethanol plant purchases $900,000 thermal oxidizer By John TorgrimsonMonday, January 14, 2002Last spring, Lawrence Schwanke, President of the Southeast Minnesota Ethanol Cooperative (SMEC) told a p ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Jan 11th, 2002
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The City Council will become “Dollar Less”
First term council member resigns to go back to school
By John P. LevellMonday, January 14, 2002

January 7 – The first Lanesboro City Council meeting of 2002, with Mayor John Brose presidin ..... 
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The Three R’s: Remodeling, Rezoning and Redistricting

Fri, Jan 11th, 2002
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New County Board Chairman Duane Bakke sets priorities for coming yearBy Mike McGrath


The Fillmore County Board held its annual meeting on Tuesday, and, as its first order of business, elected three-year veteran commissioner Duane Bakke a ..... 
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Community rallies behind Rushford Airport

Fri, Jan 11th, 2002
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Winona couple behind airport revitalizationBy Bonnie PrinsenMonday, January 14, 2002


It was truly a match made in heaven. A couple of years ago, it looked like the Rushford airport would go the same route as many small Minnesota ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jan 11th, 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, Jan 11th, 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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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jan 11th, 2002
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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, Jan 11th, 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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