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Friendship Wagon Train raises over $36,000 for Camp Winnebago


Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Rains kissed our cheeks, winds echoed our enthusiasm, the sun’s rays warmed sullen times . . .

As individuals, our lives are but fleeting images through destiny’s doors. But, uniting as a family to help others, we have been molded into a permanent fixture throughout eternity’s travels. We are the Friendship Wagon Train.

The constitution guarantees the right to pursue happiness. It does not, however, guarantee that all will achieve it. Sometimes folks need a little extra help, like the staff, families, and campers that come together at Camp Winnebago. That’s where the Friendship Wagon Train steps in - literally-traveling mile upon mile, shod horses and mules making their way on blacktop and gravel roads under the sun’s warmth or through pelting rains.

The Friendship Wagon Train celebrated its 15th anniversary this year as its teamsters and outriders brought in more than $36,000, a record figure. The money was turned over to Camp Winnebago on Saturday, June 27 at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. The train is the largest contributor for the camperships and the day-to-day expenses of the facility that is located in Houston County. It will be celebrating its 35th anniversary in September.

The 116-acre area provides opportunities in hiking, fishing, canoeing, swimming and much more. A new building is in the process of being constructed and will include a dining area and large kitchen on the first floor, and house offices on the second floor. Funds for the $600,000 structure received a surprise boost when a $200,000 donation came in from an estate settlement.

Wagons Ho!

The week-long event started out in Goodhue, MN on Friday night, June 20, where participants came from Minnesota, Iowa, Alabama, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, and Wisconsin. Its Wagon Master, John Davis, of Byron, and his wife, Monica, the Registrar, welcomed all and gave a brief rundown of the week’s activities. The Traffic Officer in charge of getting the train down the road each day was Nathan Mueller, of Calmar, IA, a 2001 Fillmore Central graduate.

A typical day started out with a truck horn sounding off at 5:00 a.m. Each trailer is responsible for cleaning up after their horses or mules. Trailers and campers were moved ahead at 6:00 a.m. The train’s privately owned bus would bring drivers back to camp, where a breakfast, prepar .....
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Extension and 4-H leaders concerned over program’s status

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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"We push 4-H because it touches almost 500 kids,” stated Judy Frank, Fillmore County Extension Committee chairperson. Frank, County Extension Director Jerry Tesmer, and Luann Hinike of the SE District Extension Office, came before the commissioners a ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Warrants issued for ATV thefts in Rushford

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Warrants for the arrest of three men wanted in connection with the theft of ATV’s and other vehicles in five states were issued in Fillmore County District Court on June 27.

Juan Carlo Sanchez, 47; Abel Carcasco Zamora, 51; and ..... 
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Cooperation and discussion mark Northcountry meeting

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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On Monday, June 30, about twenty residents of Lanesboro came to the Community Center to hear and ask more about the plans of Northcounty to develop the old Lanesboro Elementary School as a housing cooperative. Margaret Lund, executive director of Nor ..... 
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SEMEP files suit against MPCA over Heartland

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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Papers were filed in District Court on Wednesday, June 25 by attorneys for Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) suing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for its decision on Februrary 25, 2003 not to require an Envi ..... 
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Generators “generate” public interest at Rushford Council meeting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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Citizens opposed to the addition of standby generators at the substation site had a chance to address their questions and comments to the Rushford City Council as they began their meeting on June 23.

Eric Hoiland handed out a l ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Program will focus on the “working poor”

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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The good news, according to Fillmore County Director of Social Services, Tom Boyd, is that in the face of declining budgets the state allocation for Income Maintenance Programs will actually increase to $318,000 next year. However, Boyd and his staff ..... 
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Forestville meets $50,000 goal

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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“The good news is that we have met our short term goal of raising $50,000,” Charles Pautler, Site Manager at Historic Forestville, told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. “I’m here to thank you personally for supporting this effort.” The county do ..... 
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A culinary trip to Chicago

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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"First we eat, then we do everything else."

M.F.K. Fisher

A few weeks ago we took our family summer vacation to Chicago. Our plans included taking the kids to the usual museums, walking around and gawking ..... 
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