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More for Your Money


Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Monday, March 12, 2001

When the clock radio comes on these late winter mornings, I am often surprised by how much daylight already exists at that hour. I lose track of sunrise during the cloudy months of January and February.

This time of year makes me recall a long period during which I witnessed every sunrise. When I was a dairy farmer, I made it a point to be up and in the barn quite early every day. The radio played a part in those days, too, but it was not the clock radio that sat on my bedside table. The radio of most importance was the one in the barn that was always tuned to WCCO. The barn radio came on with the main barn lights and played constantly. The WCCO programming set the pace for the milking activity and other chores.

If I could be in the barn and have the ground feed in front of the cows by 5:45 a.m., then I knew that I was on schedule. I didn’t have to look at my watch or wait for Charlie Boone or Roger Erickson to say the time. I could tell from the program exactly what time it was. If all was going well, I had three cows milked and the milkers were on the fourth, fifth, and sixth cows in line. I would be located right under the radio when Boone and Erickson sang their signature song. They’d sing, "Good morning, good morning. It’s grand to be on hand. Good morning, good morning to you." If I heard that song clearly, then it was likely to be a good morning. The chores were going as scheduled and I felt like it was starting out to be a good day.

If things weren’t going so well, let’s say a drinking cup had run over during the night and the mangers and gutters were full of water, then I would likely hear an entirely different type of program. The programming from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. was mostly foreign to me as that was the time I normally did crop work or other outdoor chores. So, if I was still milking in the morning and heard Howard Viken come on with news or I heard the Northwest Orient Airlines gong, then it was proof that something had gone awry and my day was off to a tough start. Similarly, if I was still milking in the evening when the baseball game started at seven, then I was behind my normal schedule.

Listening to WCCO in the barn was a habit I picked up from my father. His radio was always tuned to WCCO. Maybe it was one of the few stations that provided a signal strong enough for adequate reception. It certainly provided a signal strong enough to imprint a few details onto my brain that h .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

Money Well Spent

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001

I sat in a seat in the middle of the theatre and looked upward.

“The ceiling is still up there after all these years,” I thought. Masonite panels tacked up with nails and painted green. Usually the lights are lo ..... 
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Weller sentenced to 10 years

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Lloyd Albert Weller was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, February 22.

As part of a plea bargain agreement, Weller had plead guilty to one co ..... 
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Zoning Summit looks at Ag District

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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By John Torgrimson Monday, March 5, 2001

County leaders, township officials, and interested residents attended the joint meeting of the Fillmore County Board and the Fillmore County Planning Commission on Monday, February 26. The two bodies me ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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Concerns raised about damBy John TorgrimsonMonday, March 12, 2001

The historic Lanesboro dam was the topic of some concern at Monday’s Lanesboro City Council meeting.

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Land issues dominate agenda

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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Monday, March 12, 2001

By Mike McGrath

If you own property along a trout stream in Southeast Minnesota, you probably have been approached by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about selling a fishing easement. If you haven’t bee ..... 
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Band still going strong

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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On the road with Troubleshooter By Bonnie PrinsenMonday, March 12, 2001

Everyone knows that Michael Jordan is a multi-talented athlete who has also dabbled in the restaurant business. But few know that he’s at least indir ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 9th, 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, Mar 9th, 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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