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From rail agent to extension educator


Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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U of M Extension Service faces critical changes ahead By John TorgrimsonMonday, February 4, 2002

William Deitrich was the first county agricultural agent in Fillmore County, serving in that capacity from 1918 to 1924. They were sometimes called rail agents back then because they often traveled the railroad to various towns spreading the news about the latest in farming technology and seed varieties.

In 1927, Ruth Utley became the first county 4-H Agent; Mildred Sailor was the first Home Agent, starting in 1936.

While county agents are now called extension educators today, the basic mission of the University of Minnesota Extension Service has changed little over the past 90 years - connecting community needs with University resources.

Land-grant roots
The Universitys extension roots go back to 1862 when President Abraham Linclon signed into law the Land Grant Act. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Justin Smith Morrill of Vermont, gave each state 30,000 acres of public land for each Senator and Representative under apportionment based on the 1860 census. Proceeds from the sales of these lands were to be invested in a perpetual endowment fund which would provide support for colleges of agriculture and mechanical arts in each of the states.

The University of Minnesota was founded in 1851, seven years before the territory became a state. Because of financial difficulties the university was closed during the Civil War. It reopenned in 1867, due in large part to the support of the

Land Grant Act
For nearly 100 years, the University of Minnesota Extension Service has been the public face of the land-grant University, acting as its principle outreach arm connecting rural Minnesota to the Universitys research capacity.

Plan for change
In 2001, Extension had a budget of $60 million with 281 Educators based in all 87 counties of the state.

Today, that same agency faces financial constraints that will force it to cut expenses, reduce staff, and re-configure the way it delivers University services.

In a letter dated December 3, 2001, University of Minnesota Extension Dean, Dr. Charles Casey outlined to colleagues a plan that would immediately reduce staffing by nearly 20%, cut expenses by $4.5 million annually by 2004, and create an investment pool of $5 million by 2004, that will be generated through grants and fees for services.

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Planning Commission First-degree parent or fourth-degree cousin?

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Fillmore County Planning Commission continues zoning debateBy Mike McGrathMonday, January 28, 2002
The Fillmore County Planning Commission held their first meeting of the year last Thursday, and as the first order of business for the New Ye ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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City Council welcomes Jerome Halverson aboardBy John P. LevellMonday, January 28, 2002

The first order of business at the Tuesday, January 22, 2002 Lanesboro City Council meeting was to select a replacement for resigning Councilman John ..... 
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Commissioner's Report

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Board orders EAW for Bly Quarry subdivision
Citizens want County Road 17 pavedBy Mike McGrathAt last Tuesdays meeting of the board, the county commissioners approved a resolution ordering that an Environmental Assessment Wor ..... 
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Garns wheel still spinning after 200 years

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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By Deb Nelson GourleyMonday, February 4, 2002

Inheriting a 200-year-old Garns family spinning wheel from my Grandmother, Stella (Brdsgrd) Nelson, was exhilarating. Having myself been an avid handspinner for years, I could visuali ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Feb 1st, 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, Feb 1st, 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, Feb 1st, 2002
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Feb 1st, 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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