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Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Redalen appointed to FSA boardBy John TorgrimsonMonday, September 3, 2001

Rural Fountain farmer Elton Redalen has been appointed by President George W. Bush to be chairman of the Minnesota state committee of the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The state FSA committee oversees the 87 county programs that administer federal farm programs in Minnesota.

Redalen, 75, who served in the Minnesota legislature for 13 years, and as Minnesota Secretary of Agriculture for five years, will head up the five member board, which will meet one to two days each month. The major work of the state committee is to ensure that federal farm programs are administered and to handle any appeals that are forwarded by local offices.

Redalen, who began farming in 1946 after serving in the Navy for three years during World War II, says that he is honored to serve.

“I am pleased to be able to contribute in my senior years to help support agriculture,” Re-dalen said.

While Redalen will not be making policy, he nonetheless holds strong views about agriculture, especially as it applies to southeastern Minnesota. He believes that livestock is critical to southeast Minnesota’s environment and economy.

“We need to have more conservation measures,” Redalen emphasized. “The corn-soybean rotation on hillsides is not sustainable.”

Redalen and his wife Joyce have seven children, of whom three sons are involved in farming.

“I have six grandchildren who are getting involved in agriculture,” Redalen said. One reason Redalen gives for serving on the state committee is the hope that they can try to encourage more young people to come back to farming.

Redalen is no stranger to public service, having served on a variety of local boards and committees.

“My son-in-law said to me, ‘Why don’t you go fishing?’ and I told him, that’s not my hobby. I have served on township committees, school boards, and even draft boards. I love politics, that’s my hobby.”

Redalen, who is a cancer survivor, said that he is in good health and sees his appointment to the FSA board as an interesting challenge.

Redalen took the oath of office on Wednesday in St. Paul. He will serve at the pleasure of the president.

By John Torgromson

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Board of Adjustment

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Livingood appeal denied as board upholds zoning administrator’s decision
By John TorgrimsonMonday, September 3, 2001

If you want to see the “firing line” in county government, where tough decisions are made in front of an emotional, ..... 
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Local farmers concerned about new layer of regulationt

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Public comment sought on GEIS report
By John TorgrimsonMonday, September 3, 2001

The public is invited to comment on the draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) that was recently released by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) ..... 
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Board to meet with Planning Commission

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 10, 2001

By Mike McGrath

The County Commissioners will meet with members of their planning commission tomorrow afternoon to discuss some important zoning changes that are in the works.

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European Buckthorn under fire

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Ornamental shrub invades area woodlandsBy Virginia CooperMonday, September 10, 2001

What once was considered a beautiful landscape shrub has crossed the line and become a noxious pest. European or Common Buckthorn, ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Sep 7th, 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


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Sep 7th, 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
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Sep 7th, 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.

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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Sep 7th, 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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