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'Round the Towns


Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Rushford: The Rushford Area Historical Society (RAHS) is pleased to announce that Volume IV, History of Rushford: Industry, Enterprise, Medicine and Law is complete and ready for pickup or delivery. The book is the fourth in a series compiled by Alden O. Droivold, DVM, a Spring Grove native who spent 21 years as a veterinarian in Rushford. Dr. Droivold will be at the RAHS Depot to autograph copies of the book on July 15 from 9:30-12:30 during Rushford's Homecoming celebration.

Spring Grove: Ye Olde Opera House will present the musical Anything Goes at the Ye Olde Gray Barn east of Spring Grove at 8:30 p.m. on July 13-16. This is Ye Olde Opera House's 22nd summer musical. Anything Goes which features music and lyrics by Cole Porter, is produced by Rick Sundet and Directed by Jason Roberts. For more information call 507-8-5819.

Cherry Grove: Those who attended the Cherry Grove 4th of July festivities were treated to two airborne entries in this year's parade. Steve Roessler, of rural Preston, fly-ing a Spirit Renegade biplane, and Vi Kapler of Rochester, piloting a Pietenpol Air-Camper, flew down Main Street in aerial formation. Readers may remember that Cherry Grove was the home of pioneeer plane builder Bernard Pietenpol. Kapler, a retired air-frame and power plant mechanic, often worked with Pietenpol in his Cherry Grove hangar. Roessler is in the process of renovating a Pietenpol original.


Rushford: Bud Gilbertson is a $100,000 richer after winning the Gopher 5 lottery. He bought the winning ticket at Larry's Mobil in Rushford, picking five out of five winning numbers, a probability of 1 in 850,000. Gilbertson told the Journal that it's nice to have the money and that he and his wife will decide later on what they want to do with it.

Harmony: Fillmore County's only movie theater, the JEM, got a face-lift last week when Timothy Dunn of St. Louis, Missouri, a master artisan replaced the vitrolite on the building's street front exterior. Vitrolite is a pigmented structural glass that enjoyed wide-spread popularity as an Art-Deco style in the 1930's and early 1940's.

If you have a town news item for "‘round the towns", call Kia Donais at 800-599-0481 or 507-765-2151.
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Federal disaster funds authorized

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Federal disaster funds were made available on Wednesday, June 28, 2000 to help communities in seven southeastern Minnesota counties recover from the effects of recent spring storms, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Candidates begin filing for office

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

The filing period for state, county and city elections for the November 7 ballot opened Wednesday, July 5. Candidates who have filed for elected office at the Fillmore County Auditor's office included three incumbents, Fi ..... 
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Another Jailhouse Story...

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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The Night of the Aga Kahn
By Neil HaugerudMonday, July 10, 2000

It was 2 a.m.- a deep black night. The moonless and starless sky offered no contrast to the ‘everywhere white’ of the landscape. Our forward pro-gress was hampered by snowdrift ..... 
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Plan Now for Fall Vegetables

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

It’s not too late to sow seeds of many short season vegetables. Many gardeners want to get all their seeds in and then just let it grow! But staggering planting dates will give you a longer harvest season. This week there ..... 
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Scenes from Childhood

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

We stand on a cracked sidewalk, looking across a cyclone fence at vacant lots and trees, all that remains of the Sumner Field Housing Projects in North Minneapolis. In 1938, the year he was born, my husband's family becam ..... 
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Root River Blues Revisited: In the Wake of the Flood

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, June 26, 2000

6:00 a.m. Thursday June 1, 2000: The South Branch of the Root River, small, clear and perhaps somewhat low for this time of year, placidly meanders and winds its way through Lanesboro towards a merger with the mighty Miss ..... 
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A mystery writer visits

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Running a motel in Helena, Montana, was a very confining business, the mystery writer and Chatfield native, Elizabeth Gunn told an audience last week at the Harmony Public Library. "There were whole years where we didn’t ..... 
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