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1924 Fire Truck gets "extreme makeover"


Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - The old 1924 International fire truck has long been a part of parades in the Rushford area. Nearly every kid in Rushford can remember crawling up into the driver’s seat and imagining being a real firefighter. Recently that old familiar fire truck was the recipient of a complete makeover.

Brady Auger of Oak Ridge spent a total of 795 hours renovating the old truck after thoroughly researching it on the Internet and in person. Auger found people who, as kids, knew people who worked at the Winona Boiler Company, the company responsible for converting the 1924 International to a fire truck. This company did conversions on trucks, creating fire trucks, dump trucks and the like. During his research, Auger found out that there are currently no other 1924 International fire trucks in the state of Minnesota. The motor in the truck was manufactured by Lycoming Motor Company. This company originally manufactured airplane engines. 1924 was the only year Lycoming produced such a motor; there are no parts available for replacements. The rare carburetor was manufactured by Ensign Carburetor Company; Auger found only one other such carburetor on the Internet. The carburetor boasts a unique construction; the bowl is on top of the carburetor.

Auger painstakingly revamped the truck. During the process he took three hundred pictures of the truck. Auger pressure washed the greasy engine for a day and a half before he could turn it over to the sandblaster for further cleaning. The wheels had ten coats of paint on them; the tires had even been painted red once. Auger blasted the wheels with walnut shells, spending over one hundred hours on the wheels alone. Learning from his research that the wood was originally exposed on the truck wheels between 1920 and 1929, Auger made sure to refinish the wheels in the same way.

Auger’s brother and father did all the woodwork on the truck. The ladder took four people to get it off the truck. It had 84 carriage bolts and a five-pound box of lag screws holding it together. The spindles were all hand sanded. Creosote had been used on the wood. This gummed up when the men tried to sand it; it took four days to clean it up. The truck got all new ash woodwork, including the truck box. Auger spent six hours on the steering wheel. The wood was so old and dry that the stains had soaked in deeply.

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Preston City Council Report: JOBZ for Heartland is dead

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

Any chance that Heartland would receive a JOBZ business subsidy from the city of Preston died a quiet and lonely death on Monday, November 15, when the Preston City Council voted unanimously, without debate, to settle its lawsuit with the proposed ti ..... 
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Changing of the Guard in Preston

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council has undergone several personality changes over the last few years.

On Monday night it underwent yet another: Steve Knoepke will assume the council seat held by Pat Gartner, who will step down from the c ..... 
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Lettner makes court appearance

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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Ryan Michael Lettner, 26, a police officer with the Chatfield Police Department, appeared in Fillmore County District Court in Preston on Monday, November 15 for a Rule 8 hearing.

Lettner was represented in court by Attorney Ge ..... 
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Depot renovations on track: City Council Report

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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Julie Kiehne, Executive Director of the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, presented plans for depot renovations to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular November 15 meeting. Used as the city’s visitor center, the depot needs to serve visitors afte ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Parent groups top agenda

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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In what may be a new record for local board meetings, the R-P school board spent thirty-two minutes conducting their monthly business last Monday.

Superintendent Miller opened the meeting by welcoming newly elected members, Joh ..... 
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Postcard from Venezuela: “Do not eat the lettuce”

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

I was going to try and avoid talking about it, as I have seen and done so many new and different things but I guess it is just unavoidable, as it has had quite an impact on my time here in Venezuela. Any American traveler to a third world country wil ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning Commission: Commission discusses development in unincorporated towns

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission approved two conditional use permits at their Thursday, November 18 meeting:

•a permit for Rodney Rain to operate a commercial trailer sales operation in the agricultural district ..... 
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At high risk? Get a flu shot!

Fri, Nov 12th, 2004
Posted in Features

Fillmore County Public Health Director Sharon Serfling has issued a call for people at risk to get their flu shots.

“People who should be getting the vaccine are not coming in to the flu clinics,” Serfling stated.

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