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Fillmore County declares disaster emergency


Mon, Jun 5th, 2000
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Monday, June 5, 2000

Following heavy rains and flooding in several areas of the county, the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners met in emergency session on Thursday, June 1, to declare a disaster emergency. The county will open an Emergency Operations Center at the new county office building to mobilize relief activities.

There was widespread damage from heavy rains and flooding throughout the region as the south fork of the Root River overflowed its banks and spread over thousands of acres of recently planted fields in eastern Fillmore County and Houston County causing extensive damage and heavy crop loss.


• In Spring Valley, flooding occurred throughout the downtown business area, with 25 houses affected by flood waters. Three residents needed to be evacuated by boat. Approximately 6,000 sandbags were used in the city. The Red Cross was opening an office in Spring Valley as of Friday, June 2.

• It was reported that approximately 75% of houses in Mabel had water in their basements and there were several mudslides in the area.

• In Harmony, a diesel or fuel oil leak contaminated the sewage lines and created problems when water backed up into basements. One business was reported to have had over 1,000 gallons of water pumped from its basement. The MPCA has been notified of the situation and are working with city officials.

• Sandbagging was carried out in Lanesboro as flooding near the football field threatened the Methodist church and nearby houses.

• The county highway department reported several roads closed and a number of bridges out due to flooding. Dave Nelson of the Fillmore County Highway Department said that overall assessments are difficult to make due to high water.

• The DNR closed the Preston-Harmony trail due to wash outs near bridge #6.

• The emergency declaration is a formal procedure that could potentially qualify the county for federal assistance. According to Craig Strand of the Minnesota Division of Emergency Management (MDEM), once an assessment of the damages to public and private property are made, an application for assistance can be made to the state.

"The state doesn't have a rainy day fund," Strand told the county board, "but the state can request federal assistance from the president." Strand said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington looks at total dollar damages as well as the impact the disaster has on the people in .....
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A small world

Mon, Jun 5th, 2000
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May 15, 2000

"This is my letter to the world,
That never wrote to me,--"
~Emily Dickinson


An Amish buggy stops beside me on the Big Woods road. Its occupants introduce themselves as Jacob and Sarah Byler and their childre ..... 
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There’s Snakes in Them Thar’ Hills

Mon, Jun 5th, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

With records for at least 39 of Minnesota’s 50 or so native amphibians and reptiles, the rugged stream-dissected Blufflands of the far southeastern corner of Minnesota is easily the most herpetologically diverse region of ..... 
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Play Ball!

Mon, Jun 5th, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

Outside the old St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanes-boro, the sweet strains of the Count Baise and Duke Ellington orchestras float through the warm evening air. Even before entering the theatre, you know you are about to be ..... 
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Beat the Rain

Mon, Jun 5th, 2000
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Monday, May 22, 2000

Most of the people I know are glad it is raining today. It has been very warm and dry this spring. Even though the weather has been warm for weeks, the recent overnight cold caused some of the small corn and soybean plants ..... 
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The three year plan

Mon, Jun 5th, 2000
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Monday, June 5, 2000

It was at supper a few weeks ago, when my family was all gathered, that I told them.

"Now that we are all together, there is something I need to tell you," I said to them in a voice that was serious but devoid of e ..... 
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Play Ball!

Mon, Jun 5th, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

Outside the old St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanes-boro, the sweet strains of the Count Baise and Duke Ellington orchestras float through the warm evening air. Even before entering the theatre, you know you are about to be ..... 
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A Walk in the Woods

Mon, Jun 5th, 2000
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Monday, May 8, 2000

Can two actors hold an audience's undivided attention for nearly two hours, with nothing more than a script and a sparse stage? In the case of Commonweal Theatre Company's A Walk in the Woods, which opened at the St. Mane T ..... 
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No-cook Strawberry Jam

Mon, Jun 5th, 2000
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2 cups crushed strawberries*
4 cups sugar
l cup water
1 box Sure-Jell

•Mix strawberries and sugar, then let stand for 10 minutes.
Bring water and Sure-Jell to a boil, and let boil for 1 minute. Stir this into the fruit and stir f ..... 
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