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Exercising for healthy living


Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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“People realize they can not only live to an old age, but can live to a healthy old age.”Fay NarlochAbundant Life Fitness & Massage

“I never exercised in my life,” Pat Gartner said the other day during a workout at Fit Express in Preston. And yet, hundreds of women like Gartner are exercising at the many fitness centers that have sprung up in rural communities in southeast Minnesota recently.As a nurse, Gartner was well aware of the link between exercise and a healthy lifestyle. A year ago Pat had knee replacement surgery and made a commitment to get more exercise. When Fit Express opened in November in Preston, she signed up. After a month of going three days a week, Pat already feels that she has more energy and feels healthier overall. Modeled after “Curves” and similar exercise clubs nation-wide, there are now women-only fitness centers in Rushford, Spring Valley and Preston in Fillmore County, and in Houston, LaCrescent and Caledonia in Houston County. There is also a full fitness gym in Chatfield, with another planned for Fountain.Driven in part by the “baby boom” generation and their desire to lead healthier lives, exercise centers have found their way into our rural communities.Health Benefits“People have learned that they need to be healthy,” Joan Wissing of Fit Express in Spring Valley says. “People join for very specific reasons; losing weight, toning muscles, reducing blood pressure or lowering cholesterol.”Fit Express, in Preston and Spring Valley, and Abundant Life Fitness and Massage in Rushford, are typical of most women-only fitness centers employing a circuit of exercise stations. Each station is equipped with a hydraulic workout machine that provides resistance when someone pushes or pulls against it. The workout at each station lasts 30 seconds, then there is a jogging-in-place sequence between each station. A complete exercise circuit lasts about 30 minutes.Faye Narloch of Abundant Life says that one of the big draws for women-only centers is that it allows women, who might never go to a normal gym, to work out in a more private, non-threatening environment.While each individual comes to the center with their own goals and motivation, Narloch says the women-only environment provides positive peer support. “Women are more social, and during the workout .....
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Preston City Council requests investigation into intimidation tactics

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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At a special meeting of the Preston City Council on Tuesday evening, a letter was read into the record from Andy Bunge of Bunge Construction. Mr. Bunge contends that Richard Eichstadt, general manager of Pro-Corn, “a highly State subsidized business, ..... 
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Mausts sue city of Preston over second permit application

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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On December 23, attorneys for Bob and Elaine Maust filed a petition in Fillmore County District Court asking the court to intervene and grant a writ of mandamus ordering the city of Preston to give the Mausts and Heartland Energy & Recycling a buildi ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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Felony Charges

•Christian George Andersen, 31, of Spring Valley was charged with two felony counts of first degree driving while impaired. According to the criminal complaint, Anderson drove a vehicle into a ditch in Forestville ..... 
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2003 in review

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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Editor’s note: The Journal looked at what newsmakers in Fillmore County said over the past year as a way to profile the year 2003. From the pages of the Fillmore County Journal, here’s what was said on a range of topics:

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County Board gives drivers license bureau back to state

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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“We need to make a decision because of remodeling,” stated Auditor/Treasurer Philip Burkholder as he addressed Commissioners on Tuesday over the fate of the Driver License Bureau. Because of courthouse remodeling, the Audit/Treasurer’s Department wil ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Serious year end financial decisions for Rushford City Council

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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Christmas mirth was missing from the regular Rushford City Council meeting on December 22 as the council somberly considered financial concerns of the city. Dennie Darr, local businessman, addressed the council on his concerns about his increased com ..... 
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Dealing with loss during the holidays

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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Sixteen years ago, my family faced a holiday season like none other. My dad had died suddenly in October, and the last thing any of us felt like doing was the normal holiday preparation.  Mom asked me almost immediately if I ..... 
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County Board reviews EDA plan

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority (EDA) presented the 2003 annual report and the proposed 2004 work plan. EDA’s goal is to help cities and townships utilize their resources by either encouraging the growth of existing businesses and/or helpi ..... 
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