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1940 Armistice Day Storm remembered


Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

The morning of Monday, November 11, 1940 started as a typical November day aside from the unseasonably warm temperatures. Wanting to make the most of the sixty degree day, people headed to Armistice Day ceremonies or other public events. Duck hunting season was on, and many decided to test their hunting skills on the Mississippi and other various swamps and lakes. Most were aware that there was a storm on the way, but the severity of it had been greatly underestimated.

The storm system slowly moved from the west coast to the east coast enveloping most of the United States as it went. As the storm came into the area the mild temperatures began to drop. By afternoon, rain, sleet and snow started pouring down, and the winds picked up bringing bitterly cold wind chills and poor visibility. The temperature went from sixty degrees in the morning of the 11th to single digits by the 12th. Fifty to eighty mile per hour winds were reported as well as twenty foot snow drifts. While Fillmore County received more rain than snow (around one to three inches reported) the Twin Cities and surrounding areas got almost three feet.

The Upper Midwest was among the hardest hit by the storm. Automobiles gave out in snowdrifts causing passengers to freeze to death in their vehicles. Duck hunters became stranded on small islands doing what they could to keep themselves warm. Some tried to row their boats to shore but high winds and large waves capsized their boats leaving them victims to the icy water. There were over 150 deaths across the country with forty-nine of those being in Minnesota. Over fifty sailors were lost in the Great Lakes. Farm animals that weren’t able to be sheltered ended up freezing to death as well. Over one million turkeys perished along with many sheep and cattle.

Local area newspapers reported the devastation the storm had caused in Fillmore County. Roofs were blown off of houses, school and barns. There were many power outages and area turkey farms lost large numbers of turkeys.

Amos Anderson of Preston has shared his Armistice Day Storm remembrances before and was happy to share them again. “I was working for the Preston Poultry Dressing Plant at that time. The day started out with mild weather and rain and developed into snow and high winds in the early afternoon. We were loading turkey crates near Mabel. Before we got to the main road about half of the load slippe .....
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County Board discusses new state audit regulations

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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With the state now allowing counties to hire their own auditors, thus saving dollars, Fillmore County, along with several others counties, have made plans to seek out a suitable firm to take on the work. Policy Coordinator Karen Brown, along with Shi ..... 
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Judge warns attorneys in zoning case to “come prepared” to trial

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

Judge Robert Benson on Tuesday, presiding at a pre-trial hearing in the civil case between Fillmore County versus Eli and Matti Sla-baugh, chastised lawyers from both sides to “come prepared” when the case goes to trial on December 10 in Chatfield.[Read the Rest]

Fillmore County District Court Bench warrant issued for Lanesboro man, attorney files motion for mistrial

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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A bench warrant was issued by Judge Robert Benson on November 3 for the arrest of Ryan Lee Peterson, 21, of Lanesboro, after Peterson failed to appear for sentencing. Peterson was convicted by a jury on October 2 of three felony counts of Assault in ..... 
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Election results 2003

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

The results of Tuesday’s general election are as follows:

City Elections

•Rushford:

Mayor, two year term; two Council positions, four year term.

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A Sign of the Times

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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A piece of local history is on display at the Minnesota History Museum in St. Paul. The historical artifact is a hand-lettered sign advertising a teen dance in the Fountain elementary school gym during the1960's.

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Preston City Council Report: Heartland denied building permit once again

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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On a dreary, rainy Monday evening the Preston City Council faced a busy agenda. The council members maintained a business-like attitude with strained civility. The public attending the council meeting because of the proposed Heartland plant feel stro ..... 
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Heartland sues city of Preston

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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On Wednesday, two days after the Preston City Council denied a building permit to Bob and Elaine Maust, owners of Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC, to modify their warehouse located in the Preston Industrial Park, lawyers for Heartland filed a writ ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: A law lesson on “Reliance”

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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Anyone attending the November 3, 2003 Lanesboro City Council meeting got a law lesson from city attorney Tom Manion with an English lesson on the word “adjacent”, as well as a history lesson on Lanesboro city government thrown in. Hillcrest Gast Hus ..... 
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