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Of People, Places and Things: The Fillmore County 10


Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Many of you have probably heard of the big to do on the streets of Preston on Tuesday. It was reported in Wednesday’s Pioneer Press under the headline: Sheriff hits the street for jurors.The story was eventually picked up by the Associated Press and sent out all over the state. One person I know heard it on the radio; another person saw it on a website; the Rochester Post Bulletin ran it in their Wednesday edition; and KTTC gave it 30 seconds as well. During the noon hour on Tuesday, while snow was falling ever so gently giving Fillmore County its first bonafide snow of the season, a posse from the Sheriff’s Department was making the rounds of businesses near the courthouse square rounding up folks to be emergency members of a jury in a criminal trial.Ann Ott of Preston was picked up at the Sweet Stop & Sandwich Shoppe. She went to the courthouse carrying her sack lunch and a drink.Tim Kiehne, the assistant manager of the IGA, was called into service, as was one of his customers. Four patrons eating lunch at the Victory Cafe were ordered by Sheriff Jim Connolly to appear at the courthouse as soon as they had finished eating. County Commissioner Marc Prestby had just finished the county board meeting and was talking to Wayne Bicknese in the hallway of the courthouse when both men were handed sheets of paper and asked to go to the courtroom. Wayne is married to County Commissioner Helen Bicknese and had come to town to meet his wife for lunch. I was summoned by Mike Ask of the Sheriff’s Department who had come to my office. I have known Mike for years and have learned never to believe the first four things he tells me. You see, Mike absolutely loves a good joke and is forever trying to pull my and anyone else’s leg. “I’m here to call you to jury duty,” Mike said in an official tone to me as he stomped snow off his shoes. “Sure you are,” I said, already starting to laugh. “You’d better take Dick instead.” I joked, pointing at Dick Kelly, of Kelly Printing & Signs, who was in the office. Dick knew Mike and didn’t trust him either. “No, really,” Mike said. “Hear, read this.”He handed me a sheet of paper. It is orderd that the Fillmore County Sheriff bring to the Fillmore County Courthouse forthwith for jury service ten qualified citizens of Fillmore County. It was sign .....
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At Home in the Woods: Home Improvement

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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The severe frost of last night had not damaged the pump as the check now seems to be sufficient to prevent any pumping and filling of the pump-head with water."  Former Lanesboro physician, Johan C. Hvoslef,  &nbs ..... 
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Are You Game? Super Bowl & more

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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Remember the Super Bowl triumph one week ago. Tampa was clearly the best team on the field. For Oakland fans the most offense on Super Bowl Sunday was the Bud commercial with the guy trying to score with a lobster crawling into his ear. Heck, even th ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Eric M. Leitzen

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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What is wrong with us? How far will we stoop? It has often been thought that our society was governed solely by our outward physical appearance. Now it has been proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt.

During the Super Bowl, inclu ..... 
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Journal Writing Projec: Andy Wolter

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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I was wondering about the roots of the Internet a few days ago, and I found some good information. My internet research corresponded quite nicely with my lack of a Journal topic, just in case you were curious like me.

The idea o ..... 
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Township Roads: Cold Weather Reading

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

It was too cold, in my opinion, to work outside for long this weekend. The boys and I managed to stay warm for a couple hours while we split firewood. I’m sure we could have kept warm all afternoon had we been splitting with axes and a sledgehammer, ..... 
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Editorial Opinion : Leave no child behind

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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Governor Tom Pawlenty announced his choice for Education Secretary two weeks ago. New administration, new Education Secretary; new Education Secretary, new plan.

Cheri Pierson Yecke, I wish you the best of luck, but pardon me f ..... 
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The Commute: You go, baby

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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A year ago I vowed to get more physical exercise. I don't mind admitting I was somewhat impressed with myself for making this decision. In March, I had the chance to visit my doctor for an annual exam. His reading of my cholesterol levels moving in a ..... 
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