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Journal Writing Project: Disaster-free zone


By Jeremiah Munson


By Jeremiah Munson

Recently, Nepal has been hit with some severe and devastating earthquakes; a quake of magnitude 7.8 followed by a magnitude 7.3 less than three weeks later. The body count from the first earthquake has surpassed 8,000 people and is still rising. The latest hit has been hard on the country not just because of its magnitude, but also because it came while the country was still recovering from the first. Most people would agree that it is a good thing we live in southeast Minn. instead of Nepal right now.

I would assume that many people, especially kids, teens, and young adults, do not realize just how lucky we are when it comes to natural disasters. I believe Minn. is almost a completely disaster-free place. Minn. has had tornadoes in every month from March through November, but Fillmore County is typically too far east to get many tornadoes. Minn. is less likely to have as many or as deadly tornadoes as, say, Okla. The next most likely natural disaster would be flooding. This area does get some occasional flooding, but most of it is very minimal and not severe. Major flooding, such as the flood of 2007, is still considered a “once in a century” flood. With current weather technology, people can learn about possible flooding and tornadoes earlier and prepare, some places and natural disasters are not as fortunate.

Minn. has had some earthquakes in its history, but very few. The largest recorded earthquake in Minnesota was in 1975 in the western part of the state with a magnitude of 4.6. The last strongly felt earthquake in Minn. before that occurred near Staples back in 1917. Minn. is nowhere near as likely to have a strong earthquake as some western states like Calif. The likelihood of a devastating earthquake like one of the two from Nepal occurring in southeast Minn. is extremely unlikely, bordering impossible.

Natural disasters that are even more unlikely to take place in Fillmore County than an earthquake are hurricanes, tropical storms, and typhoons. Minn. is much too far inland for any of these storms to reach. Also, Minn. is farther north than any of these disasters normally occurs at. The closest thing to a hurricane, tropical storm, or typhoon that might be witnessed by Minn. would be a very large storm generated by Lake Superior, or any of the great lakes, that has wind speeds consistent with that of a category 1 hurricane. We are much safer here than in southern states .....
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Journal Writing Project: Disaster-free zone

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Journal Student Writing Project

Recently, Nepal has been hit with some severe and devastating earthquakes; a quake of magnitude 7.8 followed by a magnitude 7.3 less than three weeks later. The body count from the first earthquake has surpassed 8,000 people and is still rising. The ..... 
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Quinnell ~ Yohe

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All Social Scenes

Shelley Quinnell and Shane Yohe, both of Rochester, Minn., are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Shelley is the daughter of Steve and Lori Quinnell of Rochester, Minn. Shane is the son of Jim & Lynnette Yohe and the late ..... 
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Hungerholt ~ Aiken

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Marty and Melanie Hungerholt of Lanesboro, Minn. are proud to announce the upcoing marriage of their daughter, Paige Victoria to Alex Raymond Aiken, son of Lynn Fuller. The bride-to-be is employed by Kwik Trip in Rochester, where she is the food se ..... 
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends local candidates for Third Judicial District to Governor Dayton

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. This vacancy was created upon t ..... 
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Spring Valley approves ambulance management contract

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On May 11, the Spring Valley City Council met at 5 p.m. to consider a proposed agreement between Gold Cross Ambulance Service and the city of Spring Valley. A regular council meeting followed at 6 p.m. Members present were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, ..... 
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Equipment purchase process questioned

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All Government

At the May 12 Fillmore County board meeting Corey Marzolf, owner of Marzolf Implement in Spring Valley, expressed his disappointment and frustration with the county’s equipment purchasing process. At the April 7 meeting the board approved the purc ..... 
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Town & Country bowling Wednesday afternoon league 2nd place winners

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Town & Country 2nd place winners, Out To Lunch: Melissa Benson, Joyce Nagel, Sally Affeldt, Bonnie Heusinkveld. Photos submitted

Town & Country bowling Wednesday afternoon league 1st place winners

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Town & Country 1st place winners, Too Good: Debbie Finseth, Bettie Gulbransan, Shelly Hanson. Shelly also had high series and high average. Not pictured: High game, won by Jean Coons, most improved bowler, Kris Musselman.
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