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Debs Turner Lake Sr.


Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Debs Turner Lake Sr., 96, former Chatfield mayor, died Thursday, January 18, 2001, at Bear Creek Care and Rehabilitation Center in Rochester, where he had lived since March 21, 1999.

Born November 27, 1904, in Gettysburg, SD, he moved to rural Preston as a young child and then to Chatfield when he was 7. He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1922 and from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA, in 1926. On June 18, 1931, he married Ann Marie Nelson in Clinton, Minn.; she died Dec. 4, 1998. Mr. Lake was secretary of Northwest Underwriters Inc., a general insurance agency, for 45 years; was a former alderman and mayor of Chatfield, and was a member of the fire department for 15 years. An active member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, he served on the church board and as treasurer for many years.

He was president of the former high school alumni association, secretary of the Commercial Club, rewrote the city charter while serving as chairman of the Charter Commission, and was a member of the original development corporation. He was secretary and a founder of the first golf course in Chatfield in 1927, was secretary and manager of a former area softball league and, during World War II, was county chairman of the USO war fund and editor of a servicemen's letter exchange.

During retirement, he served as chairman of the Senior Nutrition Committee and arranged transportation for local seniors. He conducted a survey of abandoned wells in southeastern Minnesota for the Department of Health and served as chairman of the Chatfield Planning and Zoning Commission for two years. In 1981, he was named outstanding senior citizen of Fillmore County at the county fair.

Survivors include a son, Turner of Rochester; a daughter, Sally (William) Paulsen of Arnold, CA.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral for Mr. Lake was held Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Chatfield, with the Revs. Nicklas Mezacapa and Anne Scheible officiating. Burial will be in Chatfield Cemetery in the spring. Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.
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Ronald L. Iverson

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Ronald Iverson, 51, of Winona, formerly of Rushford, died Thursday, January 18, 2001, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Wabasha.

He was born August 19, 19, in Rushford. He graduated from Rushford High School, where he was named all-conference i ..... 
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Houston, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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The spirit of revitalization rocks as Houston enters a new century poised for progress. Surrounded by bluffs and bordered by the Root River, the area offers an ideal setting for outdoor enthusiasts and a healthy environment in which to live and work. ..... 
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Harmony, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Like many small towns a hundred years ago, Harmony grew up near the railroad and was peopled by immigrants from Norway, Germany and Ireland. Local legend says that the settlers decided to make their community an incorporated "village" and met to choo ..... 
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Fountain, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Fountain, the western gateway to the Root River State Trail, is also the home of the Fillmore County Historical Center. The Historical Center houses a complete museum of antiques, collectibles, and memorabilia from the past, either lent or donated by ..... 
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Chatfield, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Chatfield is one of those places that everyone needs to experience from time to time. Oh sure, there are supermarkets and a few convenience stores in town, like everywhere else, but this place is full of history. The downtown is filled with turn-of-t ..... 
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Canton, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Canton, Minnesota, located along U.S. Highway 52 is the first city in Minnesota along this major north-south route.

Canton was originally founded in 1879 as a stopping point for the railroad. At first its legal name was "Boomer," depicting ho ..... 
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Caledonia, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Caledonia was named for the ancient name of Scotland. Caledonians celebrate their founding with an annual Founder's Day celebration in June. The hardwood forests and terrain are unique to this area. Torrents of meltwater carved out deep valleys and l ..... 
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Preston, MN

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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The city of Preston became situated on the south branch of the Root River in 1853. The location of the town was most desirable as the river afforded opportunities for a dam, land for houses and access to abundant supplies of timber, water power, ston ..... 
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