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Holiday 'Round the Towns


Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

Preston
A number of residents and business owners turned out at the Preston City Council meeting on Monday to discuss the proposed Highway 16/52 upgrade through Preston. Fred Nagle, Preston City Administrator, briefed the city council on some possible adjustments to the plan that the city, county and MnDOT are thinking of making.

Nagle said that one idea would be to move the Houston street entrance to the city further west toward the triangle area to better accomodate the needs of the Citgo One Stop and Preston Service Plus. He also pointed out that an additional access from the highway going south into the city would be added, better linking County Road 17 with the downtown.

While the meeting was not a formal public hearing on the plan, the council allowed for citizen input. Several highway business owners spoke out about the potential loss of direct highway access. Some businesses rely on truck deliveries and fear that street access to their businesses will be inadequate. Other owners feared that potential customers would keep driving on by if there were no direct highway access.

A number of residents also pointed out the need to reduce speed through town from 40 mph to 30 mph. Mayor Clarence Quanrud told the group that a speed study will take place in the next four to six weeks. According to Quanrud, the results of the study will determine if highway speeds are eventaully reduced through town.

Quanrud assured the group that the highway upgrade is very much in the planning stages and encouraged Preston residents to view the plan at city hall.

The citizens concluded their comments by urging the city council to work on their behalf to increase the number of accesses to the highway.

As one business owner said, “The more access you lose, greater is the potential to lose traffic and the business that comes with it.”

Mabel
Jim Westby, Mabel’s current mayor, is expected to formally accept the position of mayor after a special city council meeting was held last week. Mabel was left without a mayor for the upcoming term due to the sudden death of mayor-elect Irvin ‘Bud’ Johnson on December 10. Johnson ran unopposed for mayor, though Westby received 160 write-in votes to Johnson’s 189 votes in the November election. Westby is expected to accept the position at the regular city council meeting on January 9th.

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Kids Philosophy Slamcomes to Lanesboro

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

When John Davis created The Great American Think-Off in 1993, a philosophy essay contest for the everyday person, he wondered how the concept could be targeted specifically for kids.

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Fresh start or stalemate

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

For many, the start of the New Year brings little change when they return to work after the holidays. For the Fillmore County Board, change was a dominant theme at the first meeting of the Year 2001.

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A talk with the Senator

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

Prior to the opening session of the 2001 Minnesota Legislature on January 3, the Journal invited State Representative Greg Davids in to discuss the legislative session and what he expects to be its highlights and iss ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditor’s department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sam goes visiting

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 1, 2001

People have been telling me about how much the residents of nursing homes love to see pets such as dogs and cats, so I thought that it would be nice if Sam and I paid them a visit. It was a couple of days after Christma ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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Where is Technology Headed?

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

No one is really exactly sure where technology is headed. But one thing is for sure. Some day I'll be telling my grandkids amazing, unbelievable stories about a time before the internet. Maybe they will be in awe at tal ..... 
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Simply to be trusted by a shy wild creature enhances one's self-respect. -Alexander Skutch

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, Decmber 25, 2000

Alexander Skutch is one of the great naturalists of our time. Almost seventy years ago, he went to Central America to study plants, but the tropical birds there quickly captured most of his attention. For ten years, he ..... 
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