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Night rescue saves Runaway Rooster from lonely winter


Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Monday, December 31, 2001
After 14 months of living on its own wits in Preston’s urban jungle, the Torgrimson Run-away Chicken has returned home to roost.

For those of you who may have forgotten the saga of this bantam rooster, the bird hitched a ride into Preston one October 2000 morning in the back of my pickup.

Off to an early morning golfing engagement, I stopped at the Citgo One Stop in Preston to fill up the gas tank, when I noticed movement in the back end of the truck. To my surprise, and horror, there was the rooster. Here’s what I wrote on January 22 of last year about the event:

“Perched on the back of the pickup, the rooster seemed to realize for the first time that it was a bird and birds know how to fly, and he studied the wind speed and direction and, gaining enormous amounts of courage, took wing flying low on the horizon like a great ring-necked pheasant away from the glaring lights and toward the dark street.”

The bird bounced off a car and was last seen heading toward Olmsted Medical Center (OMC).

The following week, a letter to the editor from Dr. Stephanie Jakim at OMC chronicled how attempts were made to put a “chicken posse” together, but to no avail.

Across the street from OMC lives Brian Berg. He wrote the Journal one week after Jakim alerting the reading public that the rooster had been fully adopted by his family and was alive and well scaring away stray cats.

Then the law stepped in. County Attorney Matt Opat wrote the Journal stating that since the bird was not running a “chicken scramble”, which is illegal in Minnesota, he believed the bird had earned its freedom. Opat then went so far as to grant the rooster a pardon.

Since that time, the rooster has been reported to have been living in the back yard of a house near the Fillmore Central Middle School as well as near Spex Feeds along Highway 16/52.

There have been reports that traffic has occasionally come to a stop on this great thoroughfare while a rag-muffin chicken crossed the road.

A week ago, Steve Arends of Preston called to say that he had seen the chicken near Brunsvold Car Sales (formerly Spex Feed) and that the bird was looking pretty rough. He was willing to make an attempt at catching it if we would be willing to welcome the bird back to the ranch.

I assured him that the wayward fowl would be welcomed back to the long-term care facility we run for chickens.

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Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Church dinner teaches true meaning of Christmas
By John TorgrimsonMonday, December 31, 2001The Christmas spirit was in full evidence in Preston on Christmas Day at St. Columban’s Catholic Church Parish Hall as approximately 50 people turned ..... 
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Referendum to be held on bridge bonding

Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Ambulance and Fire crews to be separate in the futureBy John P. LevellMonday, December 24, 2001

At 5:16 PM, Mayor John Brose called the Dec. 17, 2001 Lanesboro City Council meeting to order. Council members John Dollar, Hal Cropp, Kevi ..... 
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Commissioners approve Barr subdivision

Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Discuss addition to courtsBy Mike McGrathOn a motion by Commissioner Randy Dahl, the Fillmore County Board approved the preliminary plat for the Barr subdivision in Fillmore Township.

The approval came with six conditions, most of whi ..... 
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Garness Church roots go back to farm in Norway

Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Monday, December 31, 2001

The familiar sounds I grew up with, the unloading of the horses, the snorting and pawing, and the cinching of the saddles were all heard that cold blustery day, January 14, 1996. However, someone very important to me ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Dec 28th, 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, Dec 28th, 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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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Dec 28th, 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, Dec 28th, 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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