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Monday, October 2, 2000


Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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NO LETTERS TO THE EDITOR WERE RECEIVED THE WEEK OF OCT. 9


To the Editor,

The question has been asked, "Are we better off today?" The answer would be "NO" for us who live in Rural American.

There are many so-called solutions to "save" our towns. Tourism, trails and arts will not save our local implement dealers, veterinarians, and other businesses we as family farmers rely on. We welcome tourists to visit our beautiful area. However, we don’t want to simply become a nostalgic warm fuzzy view of the past.

"Small farms cannot exist in a vacuum as relics of days gone by preserved for tourists or nostalgia for how most everyone’s great grandparents lived. Small farms are a vital functioning part of a working landscape that includes Jeffersonian entrepreneurs of all kinds – locally owned grocery stores, garages, machinery dealerships, and other businesses operating on a similar scale as the farmers they both serve and depend on." Clark Hinsdale, Vermont

The preceding quote was taken from "A Time to Act", a report of the USDA National Commission on Small Farms, written in January, 1998.

A similar study, "A Time to Choose", was conducted by Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland in 1979. No one listened. As a result, are we better off today than we were 20 years ago?!?

We must elect people who will speak up for Rural America and can work together on bi-partisan efforts to solve the complex problems we are facing. Also we expect our elected officials to help bring our tax dollars back to SE Minnesota, which has not receive its fair share the last few years.

Judy Emery
Mabel, MN

NO LETTERS TO THE EDITOR WERE RECEIVED THE WEEK OF OCT. 9


To the Editor,

The question has been asked, "Are we better off today?" The answer would be "NO" for us who live in Rural American.

There are many so-called solutions to "save" our towns. Tourism, trails and arts will not save our local implement dealers, veterinarians, and other businesses we as family farmers rely on. We welcome tourists to visit our beautiful area. However, we don’t want to simply become a nostalgic warm fuzzy view of the past.

"Small farms cannot exist in a vacuum as relics of days gone by preserved for tourists or nostalgia for how most everyone’s great grandparents lived. Small farms are a vital functioning part of a working landscape that includes Jeffersonian entrepreneurs of all kin .....
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr., 98, formerly of the Mabel and Burr Oak areas, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at the Harmony Health Care Center where he had resided seven years.

He was born June 21, 1902, in Henrytown and attended school there. On ..... 
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Mildred S. Livingood

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Mildred S. Livingood, 94, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

Mildred S. Johnson was born March 31, 1906 at Amherst, Fillmore County, grew up and attended school in Fillmore County. In ..... 
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Jayne Ilene Gossman

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Jayne Ilene Gossman, 69, of Preston, died September 20, 2000 at the home of her daughter in Granger, MN.

Jayne Finstad was born March 27, 1931 in Sunburg, MN, the daughter of Richard and Marina (Swenson) Finstad. She grew up in the area and a ..... 
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Howard Shipton

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Howard Shipton, 83, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Spring Valley, died August 17, 2000.

He was born August 29, 1916, near Spring Valley. After a medical discharge from the Army, he trained at Austin Technical School to become a machinist. He lived ..... 
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Ronald V. Stull

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Ronald V. Stull, 87, died September 23, 2000 at Ostrander Nursing Home.

He was born Aug. 4, 1913, in Mazeppa. He graduated from Mazeppa High School and the University of Minnesota with a degree in accounting. On September 7, 1940, he married ..... 
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Marvin O. Severtson

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Marvin Severtson, 73, of Whalan, a longtime farmer, died Monday, October 2, 2000, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Born Jan. 12, 1927, in Whalan, he grew up in Whalan and farmed in the Whalan and Lanesboro areas most of his life. H ..... 
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Hazel A. Mlenar

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Hazel Mlenar, 86, of Spring Valley, a longtime Collins Produce employee, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Olmsted Community Hospital in Rochester.

Hazel A. McNalley was born April 30, 1914, in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in May ..... 
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Carl H. Mandelko

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Carl Mandelko, 97, formerly of Harmony, died Wednesday, October 4, 2000, at the Preston Good Samaritan Center.

Carl was born October 28, 1902, in Howard County, IA, the son of Charles and Ida (Krueger) Mandelko. He moved to Bristol Township, ..... 
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