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Fall Home & Garden: Heaven on the hill


Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

Larry Dahl says he knew he wanted to buy the land for his new home the first time he saw it. While Dahl liked his home and neighborhood in Rushford, he was drawn to the land formerly owned by Obert Colbenson on top of the Highway 43 hill. Larry nestled his new home on the brow of the hill; the front of the home greets guests in a low slung, casual manner while the back of the home takes full advantage of the natural scenery with its two-story multi-windowed exposure.

Dahl’s home abounds in personal details. Warm, rich colored stone from the Black Hills adds life to the exterior of the home. Dahl had been on his way to a class reunion in Colorado when he decided to take in the sights of South Dakota such as Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse sculpture. As he was leaving he decided to stop at one of the multitude of stone shops. He brought home several samples, got his estimates together of how much he needed and his stone arrived two days after he ordered it. With a rough, grained, texture, that stone trim makes a perfect spot for birds to attempt nesting.

Dahl has put much of himself into his home. With experience in construction from previous projects such as his remodel of the former Eleanor Davidson home, Dahl tackled much of the work in his new home. Once the home was studded up, Dahl did most of the electrical and plumbing work as well as all of the insulating, plastic vapor barrier, and painting. His brother, Robert Dahl, helped him with sheet-rocking the lower level and staining and varnishing the woodwork. Carrol Bakken put on a lot of the trim and created a curved glass block and concrete shower area in the lower bathroom.

Much of the home is tiled, showing the workmanship of Bruce and Brad Williams. Other flooring in the home consists of hardwood and plush carpeting.

Many homes have a simple poured, unfinished, concrete garage floor. Dahl, however, opted to finish his floor with a Rustoleum epoxy with black and white “confetti” sprinkled on it. The result was an easy to clean, dressed-up look.

Another personal, prized detail in Dahl’s home is the arrowhead collection his uncle, Ernest Jameson started when he was four. Many of the arrowheads came from the South Fork area and his farm. Dahl displays the collection in a cabinet in his family room.

In building his home, Dahl paid close attention to energy conservation. T .....
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“Eliminating MPCs will help save dairy farms”

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Editor’s note: Preston area dairy farmer Delbert Mandelko participated in the National Farmers Union Fly-In in Washington, D.C. recently to lobby members of Congress to support legislation that would close trade loop-holes that allow the importation ..... 
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Board listens again to Heartland opponents

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."   Benjamin Franklin

Concerned citizens took their case for an Environmental Impact Study for the proposed Heartland’s tire burning plant to th ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report:Long-needed water utility improvements get underway

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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At their September 22, 2003 meeting the Rushford City Council followed the recommendations of Bill Chang from BDM Consulting Engineers to begin the city’s water utility improvements. At Chang’s suggestion, the city agreed to send BDM utility drawings ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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The September 16 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis – Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen – Treasurer, J ..... 
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Fall Home & Garden: Autumn garden care to-do list

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

By Nancy Huisenga, Fillmore County Master Gardener  Now that the 2003 gardening year is drawing to a close, it’s time to go through a To-Do List of Garden Care Tips to ensure the best chance for successful wintering of trees, ..... 
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New school immunization rules adopted by state

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has adopted rules that set out new immunization requirements and makes several modifications to the current school immunization requirements.

Beginning with the 2004-05 school year, child ..... 
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Harmony seeks to purchase property from the county

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority (EDA), City Administrator Jerome Illg, and Council Member Mark McKay approached the commissioners about the possible acquisition of a parcel that runs just west of the incubator building at 235 2nd St. NW in ..... 
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CCC and WPA are an important part of local history

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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On October 29, 1929 the stock market crashed and the United States was sent into a great depression that lasted for over ten years. In just a short period of time, millions of Americans lost their life savings. Over half a million were unemployed and ..... 
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