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Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Fountain woman works with Trade Center victims
By John TorgrimsonMonday, November 5, 2001

One month after working as a grief and trauma worker in New York City, the images and impressions are still fresh in Judy Affeldts mind.

Affeldt, a child mental health social worker at Fillmore County Social Services, spent five days in late September working with rescue workers and victims of the September 11 tragedy.

Affeldt, who lives with her husband Gene in rural Fountain, sat down with Journal Editor John Torgrimson to recount her experiences. The following are excerpts from that interview:

Journal: How did you end up going to New York?

Affeldt: I just wanted to go. I have wanted to do volunteer services of that type for a long time. I contacted the Southeast Chapter of the Red Cross and I took some disaster relief courses there awhile ago. That sparked my interest even more.

I talked to some people I know who had contacts in New York and called them. I asked them to check around and see what the needs were. They had more than enough people to do a lot of the cleanup and those kind of things.

I was there two weeks after the Trade Center tragedy. By that time, people were starting to show a lot of stress, depression, post-traumatic stress and those kinds of things you would typically see with that kind of trauma.

So, I thought there must be something that I could do to help. I felt really strongly about going.

People gave me money, childrens books and stuffed animals to take along to New York. People were super in supporting my trip; I had originally planned on paying my own way.

Journal: Who did you work with while you were in New York?

Affeldt: Thats a long story, but basically, I went on my own. In order to do National Relief Services work with the Red Cross you have to log so many hours of service locally. So, I contacted individuals in New York who could help me connect to volunteer organizations in New York. Once I got there I actually made some changes in my plans.

Journal: So what kinds of work did you do? Did you work mainly with children?

Affeldt: I mostly worked with adults. The first day I was at the Trade Center, and the rest of the time I was at different sites. The first day, I didnt see a child all day. Thankfully, people didnt bring their children there. It was a horrible sight.

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Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Planning Commission turns down subdivisionBy Mike McGrathMonday, October 29, 2001

At its monthly meeting last Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning Commission failed to recommend approval of a proposed five-lot subdivision on 40 acres ..... 
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Council struggles with Coffee Street Bridge project

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, October 22, 2001

The Lanesboro City Council wasnt sure it was ready to make a long-term commitment to the Coffee Street Walking Bridge project at their Monday, October 15 meeting. With an estimated price ..... 
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Former county commisioner gives input

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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By Mike McGrathThe fourth Tuesday meeting of the county board always includes a time for citizen input. Last Tuesday saw former 4th District Commissioner Robert Thompson come before the board to offer his advice on the sale of the County Farm and the ..... 
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In search of the lost village of Carimona

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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By Mary JergensonMonday, November 5, 2001

The dirt roads and the dense thicket that surround Carimona today seem stark in contrast to the hustle and bustle that the once thriving community enjoyed. Today Carimona is nothing more than a few hou ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Nov 2nd, 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


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Nov 2nd, 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, Nov 2nd, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Nov 2nd, 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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