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Flood meeting held


Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

After being flooded three times in as many weeks this summer, Spring Valley is looking at ways to prevent the same thing from happening in the future.

So last Monday, August 7, a host of local, state, and federal officials got together in Spring Valley to look at their options. Senator Kenric Scheevel, who organized the meeting, said at the outset that the day would be for foundation building, “to get people together to see what can be done.”

Terry Engle, of the Army Corps of Engineers, gave various options for the city. He cautioned that a preliminary study by the Corps could take up to a year and that any work on a flood control project could take over five years to begin. In the meantime he said structures in the flood plain that were most susceptible to flooding could be bought.

John Nicholson, of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), encouraged the city to seek a partnership with area farmers, an “alliance with the entire watershed,” as he called it. He said there were funds available through the US Congress for flood control projects. A preliminary study by the NRCS would take three to six months, he indicated.

After further input from other representatives, Spring Valley city officials determined their plan of action: 1) They will request NRCS to conduct a study to determine eligibility for a small watershed program. 2) Will work with Fillmore County officials to form a joint powers board to oversee flood mitigation activities. 3) Will submit a request to the Army Corps of Engineers to research long-term comprehensive flood control projects for the Root River.

After the meeting Senator Scheevel commented, “This meeting set the foundation. We got the community members and agencies to the table and we were successful in identifying and addressing the needs of the community. Every journey begins with a first step, and this is definitely a successful first step.”
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A growing market

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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By Jill O'NeillMonday, August 21, 2000

Jack Hedin does not look the part of a professional. His muddy jeans, T-shirt and rubber boots wouldn’t even fit in on casual Friday. But to Suzanne Cooper and her family of Winona, Hedin and the crew at ..... 
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The Blight is Everywhere

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

Can we talk enough about Tomato Blight? I don’t think so. Up until last week I was so full of myself. Oh no, I had added compost and mulched and done all the right things, you all had blight, but not me. But I have been ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

"Not in my backyard," read a recent "Journal" article about the proposed trail that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River Trail system. "Not in my backyard," say the neighbors of the Reiland dairy farm and the Mi ..... 
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Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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"Please Don’t Touch the Rattlesnakes!"By John LevellMonday, August 21, 2000

Rattlesnake! The single word most likely to elicit a response from those who live or play along the Root River State Trail, especially during these more temperate, ple ..... 
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Further tales of White Beaver

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

A few weeks ago I wrote a feature article in the Journal regarding the historical origins of Lanesboro’s Buffalo Bill Days, (It all started with White Beaver, July 31, 2000). Due to the usual constraints of space, the f ..... 
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Cars

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

My grandfather on my father’s side was quite mature when I was born. I’m sure he must have been almost seventy. I don’t think that I got to know him very well before he passed on. He wasn’t the type to bounce you on his ..... 
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A conversation about farming

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

A farmer friend of mine, who has been milking cows for the past 30 years, was recently lamenting the fact that all of his immediate neighbors no longer milk cows for a living.

“The valley used to be full of dai ..... 
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The Country Squire

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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It seems as though it was yesterday but it has been al-most ten years since I retired. As a matter of fact, I can barely remember what it was that I did for a living. I can remember how I well I prepared for my retirement. I bought books on the birds ..... 
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