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What will Fillmore County look like 20, 50, 75 years from now?


Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

Tom Gillaspy is no ordinary state bureaucrat.

According to Jan Smaby of Peterson, a member of the Fillmore County Comprehensive Planning Committee, and former co-host of a PBS political talk show in the Twin Cities, Gillaspy is the real deal.

On Thursday, just prior to Gillaspy addressing the Comprehensive Planning Committee in Preston, Smaby called Gillaspy “one of the most renowned state demographers in the United States.”

Working from a power point presentation, Gillaspy talked for nearly two hours about the business of birth and death, about the in and out migration of groups of people and what it all means to state policy makers and elected officials. As the Minnesota State Demographer, Gillaspy involves himself with the minutia of vital statistics, population trends and the impact change can have on communities.

What will Fillmore County look like 20, 50, 75 years from now?

Before answering that, Gillaspy, an unabashed Minnesota booster who grew up in Texas, waltzed through a promotional lecture on the attributes of the Gopher State.

“Among the Frost Belt States, Minnesota is the fastest growing state. Iowa is slowing down, Wisconsin is second, and South Dakota is growing at less than half the rate of Minnesota,” Gillaspy said. “North Dakota is the only state in the nation that is declining.”

In fact, Gillaspy will tell you that Minnesota is statistically tied with five other states with the highest median household income in the country.

It wasn’t always this way. In the ‘50s, Minnesota was below average in income and above average in poverty.

Today, Minnesota has one of the lowest poverty rates in the nation, the highest incidence of health insurance rates, the highest rate of high school completion, the highest rate of home ownership, and a well educated, hard working work force.

Gillaspy tops this list of accolades off with, “Minnesota has more women in the work force than anywhere else in the world. That’s not the nation, but the world.”

Why is this area growing while others are declining? Because people are attracted to it; who wouldn’t want to live here Gillaspy implies. After all,Minnesota joins Hawaii, North Dakota, Sweden and Denmark as having the longest living populations.

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Hanson campaign accuses Davids of election spending improprieties

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Hanson for House Campaign has filed a formal complaint for violation of ethics in government act with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board in St. Paul on what it calls “serious and ongoing campaign finance improprieties committed by t ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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The Rushford-Peterson school board was confronted with the problem that won’t go away, aging school buildings, when Superintendent Miller shared with them a letter he received from Minnesota Department of Education facilities specialist, John Ryberg. ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

Terry Lee Hatlevig, 45, of Peterson, was sentenced to 54 months with the Commissioner of Corrections by Judge James Fabian in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, September 20. Hatlevig will serve a minimum of 36 months in prison before being el ..... 
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Commentary: It’s time for an exit strategy for Iraq

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”  George Santayana

The 1968 Tet Offensive was the turning point in the Vietnam War, when the American public began to believe that the war was ..... 
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Level 3 Sexual Offender meeting set for Preston on Oct. 27

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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Jason Sveen, a level 3 sexual offender, is moving from his rural Lanesboro home to live in the city of Preston. A public notification meeting is a necessary part of the offender’s relocation process.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Alley paving to continue

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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The Lanesboro City Council opted to move forward on the paving of the alley south of the Church Hill Coop property at their regular meeting Monday, September 20th. When Northcountry developer Jeff Allman last visited the council on May 3rd, he said t ..... 
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DreamAcres gets Planning Commission approval to hold workshops

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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A petition for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP governing an agricultural based seasonal school at DreamAcres, located in the NW1/4 of Sec. 8 in Fillmore Township (about seven miles East of Wykoff) wa presented by its petitioner Todd Juzwiak.
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Home & Garden Special Section

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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When Butch and Pam Niven looked at the wooded lot south of Highland in 1996, they decided it was just what they were looking for. Having a log cabin on the property was seen only as an added benefit. “We were just looking for the land,” says Butch, w ..... 
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