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Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Monday, August 6, 2001

We would like to address a problem that has bothered us for several years at the Fillmore Fair and also some of the other local fairs in our area.

Our problem is with the 4-H Livestock Auction. We feel the auction is very beneficial- with 20% of the purchase price being used to support 4-H programs and 80% to the 4-Hers themselves to help financially upgrade and fund their livestock enterprises.

Participants that show beef can receive upwards of $1000 to sell their ribbons, hogs several hundred dollars, and so on down to market rabbits, chickens and ducks that can earn the exhibitor in excess of $100.

The only production livestock animals left out of the Auction are dairy animals. Over that past several years we have approached individual members of the auction committee and submitted letters to the entire board to re-evaluate their position and allow dairy exhibitors to also sell their ribbons at the auction.

We were told they could not because this is a Market Livestock auction. This was true several years ago when the animals themselves were sold, however, today only the ribbons are sold and bought at the auction. This is, and has been for several years, a RIBBON auction. And, like it or not, at the end of their milk productivity, the vast majority of dairy cows become market animals.

It is not a State-wide 4-H policy to ban dairy from the Auction, in fact- many Counties do allow Dairy ribbons to be sold at their auctions.

We were told by a past extension agent, not to rock the boat- the livestock auction pays for many needed 4-H programs and if we caused trouble, they might lose the money to fund them. We were told by a member of the Auction committee that as long as he was on the board- we'd never be able to sell dairy ribbons. We were told that having dairy in the Auction would take too long. We've been told to show Dairy steers, even though we raise cows- not steers. We were told two years ago by the Auction committee, that possibly, they could up the ribbon premiums for the Dairy exhibitors and take it out of the auction premiums. As of this year nothing has been done.

This year at the fair, a dairy exhibitor will receive $5. An exhibitor showing a steer will also receive $5 for a blue ribbon and several hundred dollars for selling his ribbon and whatever the animal itself brings when sold. This beef exhibitor can receive $1500 for their year’s project. La .....
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Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, August 6, 2001

Emotions rule over law at Board of Adjustment meeting (July 30, 2001 Journal).

My sympathy goes out to the Livingoods.

My wife and I own a small farm on the outside of Mabel. Fil ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Ronald Thorson

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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Leonard Hare

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Leonard Hare passed away on May 29, 2001 in St. Paul, MN.

Leonard spent his childhood in Fillmore County and moved to St. Paul in 1946. On March 1, 1947 he married Agnes Hanson. Leonard served in the United States Army doing overseas duty in ..... 
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Joseph G. Westby

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Joseph Gerhard Westby, 94, died Saturday, June 30, 2001, at the Clarion Health Care Center, where he was a resident.

Mr. Westby was born December 18, 1906, to Christian and Dora (Elefson) Westby on their family farm near Rushford, Minnesota. ..... 
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David P. Reed

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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David P. Reed, 58, of Peterson, an employee of TRW Automotive in Rushford, died July 9, 2001 at Winona Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Born July 13, 1942, he grew up in Rock Dell Township, Olmsted County, and gr ..... 
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Gerda A. Redalen

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Gerda A. Redalen, 84, of Chatfield, died July 6, 2001 en route to St. Marys Hospital.

Gerda Flaby was born Dec. 12, 1916, in rural Lanesboro. She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1934. She married Tracy Redalen on June 27, 1943, in ru ..... 
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