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A little of this, A little of that. - 8.15.16


By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Back in the day, Christmas, Halloween, and the Fillmore County Fair were my favorite times of the year! Actually, I referred to the Fillmore County Fair as the Preston Fair. It was in my hometown, and I felt a childlike ownership of the fairgrounds. My grandpa often served as a ticket seller at the front gate, so for a short while I thought he owned the fairgrounds.

At first the rides were the most fun. The Merry-Go-Round, the Tilt-a-Whirl, the Ferris Wheel and the Roller-Coaster were thrilling. It took me a few years to build up enough courage to ride the Bullet. My younger, risk-taking sister, Julie, shamed me into going on it. I almost barfed, but I lied and said it was so fun. She told me I should go on the ride again if it was so much fun. By that time I had recovered enough to haughtily remind her “You are not the boss of me.”

Eventually, I discovered a universal rule. Do not eat before going on a scary ride! After the ride I could indulge in all the fair food I could afford. I loved them all: the corn dogs, the cotton candy that literally melted in my mouth, the caramel apples that stuck to my teeth, and the warm mini-donuts coated with sugar. The donuts were my sister Barbie’s favorite. She would buy one bag immediately and devour it. Then just before she left she would buy another bag to take home to taunt her siblings by eating them very slowly and licking the sugar off her fingers. Much later, she learned to share with much prompting by Mom and much loud whining from the siblings. The irony being that we had been rotten role models in that gracious art of sharing. I think Mom got that strange sharing idea from Grandma.

As I got older, the fair got even better. They had blue cotton candy and even multi colored. Everyone knew there were no calories in any colored or flavored cotton candy. It was light as air. Fair food vendors added funnel cakes. Their booth was conveniently located next to the mini-donut stand. Then the corn dog sellers added battered onion rings and cheese curds to their menu.

Eventually I discovered the 4-H buildings. My grandma had entered her glads. She won a blue ribbon! Actually, I come from a long line of blue ribbon winners even though I have never won one. My mother won for her banana bread, and Barbie won for her canned spaghetti sauce. Julie thought I was so boring because I liked to look at the flower arrangements. Julie’s only interest in the fair rev .....
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Engagement ~ Johnson - Hovey

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Johnson - Hovey Brian and Shelle Johnson of Harmony, along with Wayne and Sue Hovey of Preston, are happy to announce the upcoming wedding of their children, McKinzee Spencer Johnson and Spencer Wayne Hovey. The wedding is Saturday, August 20, 20 ..... 
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Twite is an inspiration on wheels

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

There are times when circumstances can test our resolve. Josh Twite of Harmony, Minn., has passed that test with flying colors - while holding a hockey stick. Now 34 years of age, Twite was unknowingly born with Muscular Dystrophy. “I wasn’t ..... 
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Wykoff sets date for personnel issues

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on August 8 in regular session. Members in attendance were Mitch Grabau, Rocky Vreeman, Mayor Al Williams, and Megan Lund. The agenda showed “No minutes to approve, no bills to approve, no Treasurer’s report to appr ..... 
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Harmony Council approves feasibility study for street and utility project

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

The Utility Committee asked that the Harmony City Council accept their recommendation to conduct a feasibility study for the potential street and utility project at the council’s August 9 meeting. The project would cover 2nd Ave. SW from 3rd St. ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 8.15.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol Question: What are the rules when a traffic light is out, because of a power outage for example? I treat them as a four-way stop, which I believe is correct. It seems, however, that not everybody that drives through this ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 8.15.16

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Renae Vanschaick Hisey, 46, Chatfield, Minn.; 5/6/2016, Duty to Drive with Due Care – Speed Greater Than Reasonable, Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Joshua Benjamin Auerbach, 22, Eden ..... 
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Canton Day Off this weekend

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

Plans for Canton Day Off were confirmed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on August 10. The annual Canton Day Off celebration will be held this weekend, August 19-21. Council member Cindy Shanks reported that everything was ready f ..... 
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Mabel Council approves rezoning request

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The August Mabel City Council meeting opened with a public hearing to discuss a re-zoning request received from Merle and Barb Halvorson. In 2004, Barb was looking for a building in which to open her hair salon and was unable to find any available ..... 
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