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Quiz Bowl takes more than horse sense


Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

When talking to four Fillmore County 4-Hers, you’re not quite sure if it’s their passion for horses, their superb equestrian knowledge or the fact that they just love being around each other that helped the team achieve top honors in the National Quiz Bowl Competition.

The first-year team, made up of Brandon Freiheit, 15, of Wykoff; Bryce Niemeyer, 15, Emmylou Winslow, 16, and Molly Snell, 16, all of Chatfield competed against 12 teams at the regional competition in Gaylord, Minnesota in March. They became one of the top teams and advanced to the state level where they also did well. Their showing at state earned them the opportunity to travel to Oklahoma City in October to test their knowledge about Morgan horses at the Morgan Grand National and World Show.

The Horse Quiz Bowl was started six years ago by Kathy Niemeyer and Marge Martin, both of Chatfield. The two also serve as the team’s coaches. The primary objective of the Quiz Bowl competition is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in a 4-H horse project to demonstrate their knowledge of horses and equine related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. It is also hoped that this contest will prove to be an educational experience for both participants and spectators. The Fillmore County team was paired up with other 4-H teams from around the country to match wits to see who knew the most about Morgan horses.

The team was given loads of reference materials and had to bone up on breed standards of the Morgan horse. Bottom line, the group had to learn every conceivable fact related to that particular breed.

“The book was two inches thick,” said Brandon, the team’s youngest and newest member. But that didn’t phase the Fillmore County team. They’ve all been raised around horses and are genuinely interested in the subject matter. Combined, the team has well over 30 years experience with various 4-H horse projects. Brandon’s family currently owns nine horses; Molly’s family has 11; Emmylou’s family has 2 and Bryce’s has seven.

To earn a chance to compete at the national level, teams have to be dedicated, conscientious and diligent about their studies. “I practiced on my own every day,” said Molly. The team would also gather on Sundays to quiz each other and to build their knowledge base. “It was pretty intense,” said Bryce. Some of the .....
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The phone call no one ever wants to get

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Up until the time of my daughter’s accident my opinion of large companies was that they were uncaring and cold. That attitude changed when my daughter was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident.

Around nine p.m. on July 7th I a ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Who will pay the bill for the Rushford substation transformer?

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Anyone who was living in Rushford last summer knows the substation transformer had to be removed, repaired and replaced, causing early morning power outages twice as the work was completed. What no one knows is who was responsible for water getting i ..... 
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Harmony City Council: Delinquent receivables challenge Harmony Council

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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"I think the city should pursue these people" stated Henry Becker, Harmony, an upset landlord who has gotten caught up in the middle of a legal dispute concerning services provided to a past tenant that haven’t been paid for. Becker spoke before the ..... 
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Preston Council considers interim ordinance

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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The Preston City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, November 13, to discuss placing an interim ordinance on certain kinds of industrial development for one year until the city has had adequate time to study the issue.   [Read the Rest]

Maust suit scheduled for Thursday in Chatfield

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
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Judge James Fabian will hear arguments in a mandamus suit brought against the city of Preston by Bob and Elaine Maust of Heartland Energy & Recycling. Court is scheduled for Thursday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m. in Chatfield.    ..... 
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1940 Armistice Day Storm remembered

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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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 ..... 
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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]
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