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Karst Country


Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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A landscape that needs special careBy Nancy OvercottMonday, January 15, 2001

We live in a beautiful part of the world, but under our feet is rock that is dissolving and full of holes. Our drinking water lies in spaces found in that rock. It's been said that living on this kind of landscape is like living on Swiss cheese.
- Introductory panel to "Karst, a Special Landscape that needs Special Care"

January 8, 2001: The Southeast Minnesota Water Resources Board unveils a traveling exhibit of this area's unique karst landscape and its relationship to water quality. The exhibit was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota and will be at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center until February 25.

Karst is a type of landscape where rocks are soluble, fractured and lie close to the surface creating direct connections between surface and ground water. We are about to learn the geological history of this landscape and how karst features such as springs, trout streams and caves provide a wide variety of habitats and draw sightseers, birdwatchers and fishermen to the area. We will also learn how this terrain, with its ubiquitous sinkholes, creates a nightmare of potential pollution problems for water resources. The exhibit has something for everyone, including games, videos and a large black trunk full of materials for classroom use.

Commissioner Dick Cummings, Vice-Chairperson, SE Mn Water Resources Board and Bea Hoffmann, Executive Director, SE Mn Water Resources Board welcome visitors and introduce the design team. Donna Rasmussen, Fillmore County Water Plan Coordinator, dons her "Queen of Sinkholes" crown and introduces Fillmore County as the karst capitol of the upper Mississippi valley.

Speaker Jeff Green, Regional Ground Water Specialist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), says karst used to be a problem no one wanted to talk about. We've come a long way over the years; in 1995, the University of Minnesota published the Geologic Atlas of Fillmore County; the mapping of karst in Goodhue, Mower and Wabasha Counties is now underway; the Minnesota DNR recently purchased property rich in karst features near Cherry Grove as a scientific and natural area; and sinkholes are no longer used as dumps. Green says all of this has come about through the cooperative efforts of concerned citizens and local, county and state agencies.

Dr. Calvin Alexander, University of M .....
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Same time, smae place

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

The Fillmore County Board met in regular session last Tuesday, completing the annual meeting tasks carried over from the previous meeting. At the top of a short agenda was the scheduling of the 2001 board meetings.
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Bicknese looks at 2001

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

Second District Fillmore County Commissioner Helen Bicknese is the new chair of the Board of Commissioners for the year 2001. Commissioner Bicknese sat down with Journal Editor John Torgrimson to discuss some of the ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sat, Jan 13th, 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 auditors department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sam goes visiting

Sat, Jan 13th, 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

Sat, Jan 13th, 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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Up In Smoke

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

Lately, there have been many commercials by teenagers on a crusade against smoking. They sight that Big Tobacco companies have targeted underaged smokers by using cartoon mascots, supporting high school sporting even ..... 
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Simply to be trusted by a shy wild creature enhances one's self-respect. -Alexander Skutch

Sat, Jan 13th, 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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Whats In A Name?

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

While it may not have mattered much to Romeos Juliet, names are of paramount importance to those working in the biological sciences. Naturally, in the absence of names a discussion on virtually any topic would prove at ..... 
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