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Election 2000:


Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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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 auditor’s department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were11,793 registered voters on the roll and that an additional 1,619 people registered during the day at their local precincts. Four precincts reported that they ran out of ballots and had to hand out a photocopied ballot to voters as a substitute. In total, 10,323 persons in Fillmore County (including absentee voters) cast their votes in the historic election of 2000.

In Preston at the courthouse, the tabulations of the vote lasted until 3:05 a.m. on Wednesday, when the results of the last precinct - Chatfield City - were tallied. According to court administrator Jim Attwood, the new vote-counting machine performed well. "It was a big improvement over the old one," Attwood said, "There were no technical glitches."

• In the presidential election, Fillmore County residents chose the Gore/Lieberman ticket over Bush/Cheny by a margin of 48.46% to 44.97%. Green Party candidate Ralph Nader came in at 3.96%.

• For US Senator, Mark Dayton prevailed with 48% of the vote over incumbent Republican Rod Grams, who took 46%.

• US 1st District Representative Gil Gutknecht (58%) handily won over Mary Rieder (38%), who was challenging Gutknecht for the second time.

• Both State Senator Kenric Scheevel and State Representative Greg Davids easily maintained their seats over their Democratic challengers.

• Davids was pleased with the results of his race, but noted that the county had gone to Gore as it had to Clinton in 1996. "This county isn’t a ‘gimme’ for Republicans," Davids told the Journal." When asked about the coming legislative session in January, Davids responded, "I expect to be named Commerce Committee chairman again. I’m looking forward to working with the governor and the Democrats. There will be no gridlock."

• Scheevel spent election night watching the returns with other area Republicans in Rochester. "It sure was a rollercoaster of a night watching the presidential vote come in," he said. In the coming session Scheevel expects that education, property taxes and redistricting will be big issues. Redistricting is the redrawing of the boundaries of election districts due to population changes. It is done once every ten years after the results of the U. S. Census are cal .....
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Sometimes I get yelled at

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

I think that most of us have heard stories about the absent minded professor. Well, I am not now nor have I ever been a professor, but I am and always have been absent minded. In my case, being absent minded is like n ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with ..... 
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On top of the world

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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By Kristin O'ConnorNovember 13, 2000

The court is their domain. The ball their weapon of choice. The net their gateway to victory. This is the universe that the Mabel-Canton Volleyball Team has created through a legacy of domination in the S ..... 
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Possessed

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Author Moritz Thomsen writes of his house in an Ecuadorian jungle: "At first it is infuriating to discover what is going on beneath your nose; the books rotted; the phonograph records green with mold . . . boots turnin ..... 
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The Living Museum:

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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A Historical OverviewBy John LevellMonday, November 13, 2000

So just where in southeastern Minnesota can one experience balmy 80 degree temperatures while viewing exotic tropical wildlife right through those long, cold an ..... 
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Born in the 19th century

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

In 1895, Grover Cleveland was President of the United States, Stephan Crane published The Red Badge of Courage, and a six-dollar railroad trip from Minneapolis to California took four days. It was also the year ..... 
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Mr. Pike takes a vacation

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 6, 2000


My wife, Deb, and I went back to Door County for a four-day visit after a seventeen-year absence. Our eagerness to get our vacation underway had us driving across Wisconsin in the dark on a highway we dubbed "Dead ..... 
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In love with language

Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Monday, November 6, 2000

One of the first things I notice when I travel is the sound of other languages being spoken - Asian, European, Middle Eastern...

I recently travelled internationally and realized how much I missed these sounds. ..... 
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