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A touch of Spring at Cumberland Island


Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
Posted in Features

Cumberland Island located off the southwest corner of Georgia is a welcome getaway for a couple of winter-weary nature enthusiasts down from Minnesota. For four days in the middle of February what better place to be than the already spring like environment of the deep south. Cumberland National Seashore is just north of Jacksonville, Florida. The seashore is a federally designated wilderness and mostly undeveloped. In fact in the official guide to ‘America’s National Parks’ it states that it is “one of the largest maritime forests remaining in the United States” and “one of the largest undeveloped barrier islands in the world.” For me it provides an opportunity for near solitude and reflection. It has a deep history and it is a refuge for tent campers, hikers, and beach bums.The park service limits the number of people that can camp on the island or that can even visit the island for a day. Cumberland was designated a National Seashore in 1972, and has been a Biosphere Reserve since 1986. It is separated from the mainland of Georgia by the Cumberland River and Cumberland Sound, an intracoastal waterway. The eastern side of the island has a beautiful sandy Atlantic Ocean beach extending for approximately 14 miles. The island is home to about 250 wild horses. The feral horses are descendants of horses that were released by estate owners during the Guilded Age of the south. Some of the land is still held by private landowners and will be for several more decades. Wild HorsesThomas Carnegie, the younger brother of financier Andrew Carnegie, and his family once owned about 90% of the island. A Georgian Revival mansion built by the American Industrialist’s wife Lucy still graces the island. The mansion, known as Plum Orchard, was built in 1898 and was donated to the park in 1971 by the Carnegie family.The horses are not native to the island but will be allowed to roam free because the public that visits the island wants to see them and expects them to be there. They roam in small bands usually consisting of one stallion, two mares, and maybe last year’s progeny. My husband Dennis and I witnessed an occasional band of young males. The island unfortunately also supports wild pigs which the park service is making an effort to eradicate. Whitetail deer and wild pig hunting is allowed by permit from October through February.When to VisitThe island is most heavily visited in the .....
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Mausts and Heartland throw in the towel

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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Shortly before the Preston City Council was to meet on Monday, March 7, an unsigned letter from Bob and Elaine Maust was delivered to the city office stating that the “Heartland Energy & Recycling project, as has been presented, is no longer under co ..... 
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County Boad approves partnership with MnDOT

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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County Engineer John Grindeland briefed the county board at their Tuesday meeting about an agreement between the state and county, where ‘local units of government to perform work on behalf of MnDot.’

On occasions when the stat ..... 
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City and developer disagree on engineering inspections

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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The main order of business at the Harmony City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 8, was a public hearing on the Lutes-Scrabeck housing development. The developers are planning on building a subdivision that will consist of 14 lots. The estimated cost ..... 
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Norby fills vacancy on council

Fri, Mar 11th, 2005
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The Lanesboro City Council meeting began Monday night with the interviewing of applicants for the council seat left vacant when Jerome Halvorson resigned. Robert D. Norby was the lone applicant for the position. In his written application for the pos ..... 
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MPCA issues formal order on Heartland calling for EIS

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
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On Tuesday, March 1, 2005, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) issued its supplemental findings of fact, conclusions of law and order for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling plant in Preston ..... 
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There's a hole in my head

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

County law enforcement officers have called meth their biggest challenge. Legislation is currently under consideration in many states and cities to restrict the sale of over the counter cold medicines, which are the key ingredient in meth’s manufactu ..... 
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Township treasurer passes the torch after 30 years

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
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On Tuesday, March 8, Don Solberg will pass on the ledger books he’s been keeping these past 30 years to someone else, ending a long-term relationship as Preston Township Treasurer.

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Commissioners move to new board room

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
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County Commissioners met for the first time Tuesday, March 1 in their new board room at the county courthouse. Chairman Chuck Amunrud commented that it was nice to meet in a more formal setting. He complimented the work of Tuohy Furniture Corporation ..... 
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