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Lights, camera, action!


Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

It’s been six years since an enterprising group of Spring Valley volunteers put their heads together to create KING 11, Spring Valley’s cable access television station. KING 11, is named after Kingsland School, where the TV studio is located. Eleven was the numeral the cable company assigned for this community access station. Coincidentally, 11 is also the room number in the lower level of the high school the studio was assigned to.

Many of the founding volunteers joined newer recruits and nearly 100 community members and local dignitaries to celebrate the milestone at the studio’s open house. Dan Anderson, chairman of the KING 11 Cable Access Board was recognized at the event for his many years of dedicated service to the station. United States Representative Gil Gutknecht presented Anderson an engraved clock, on behalf of the Cable Access Board, to represent the countless time he has devoted to ensure KING 11’s success in the community. Anderson’s wife, Robyn, also was acknowledged with a bouquet of roses for supporting her husband’s efforts and sharing her creative talents with the station.

Anderson reminisced recently about his special recognition, the station’s beginning and the remarkable growth he’s witnessed in technology and volunteerism in the past six years.

“I really appreciate being recognized for the time I have put into KING 11, but as a volunteer, I don’t think my efforts are any more valuable than anyone else’s,” Anderson said.

While the time Anderson spends on KING 11 hasn’t changed much from those hard-working early days, other things have. “It’s just amazing to see how we’ve progressed…we’ve changed tremendously over the past few years,” Anderson said.

In the beginning, the fledgling TV station learned many things from the school of hard knocks. “We learned a lot of things the hard way…but we learned,” Anderson said. With little equipment to help them, the handful of volunteers performed most tasks manually. When a taped program was being broadcast, a person had to physically be in the studio to manually load the VCR, start and stop the program. “We realized early on just how valuable volunteers were going to be to the success of this station,” Anderson said. The group also knew that to survive, they’d have to automate in order to keep volunteers. “We knew there was going to be a quick burn-out factor if we kept doing things .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Electric revenue bond sale approved

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Bids for public utility bonds for the city of Lanesboro were opened the morning of January 20th; that evening the council at their regular meeting awarded the bond sale to Dougherty and Company, LLC with a low bid of 4.246 percent interest. The bond ..... 
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The repercussions of meth

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles in a series dealing with the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and the impact meth is having on the lives of people in Fillmore County.

The Minnesota Department of Health ( ..... 
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County Commissioners: Electronic courtroom will save time and money

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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“We’re trying to do everything as responsible as possible”, noted Fillmore County Judge Robert Benson as he and Court Administrator James Attwood presented information on the bidding for electronic court equipment. Four potential bidders were mailed ..... 
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Knoepke wins special election in Preston

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Steve Knoepke received 400 (56%) out of 711 votes cast in Thursday’s special election to fill the vacant Preston Council seat created by the death of Mike Gartner. Robert Sauer, who was appointed to fill Gartner’s seat on an interim basis, came in se ..... 
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Heartland mandamus suit moved to federal court

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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On Friday, January 9, Attorney John Baker, who is representing the city of Preston in a second mandamus suit brought by Bob and Elaine Maust, filed papers moving the suit from state to federal court.

The Mausts are asking the co ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Lee Allan Comstock, 20, of Wykoff, appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, January 12, on charges of felony burglary in the second degree.

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Harmony City Council Report: Council reviews ordinances

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Paula Michels, of Harmony, joined council members at the table at their Tuesday, January 13 meeting, as the group began to review sections of the ordinances. Michels has been incorporating the city’s ordinances with a League of Minnesota Cities model ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Substation transformer bill still in question

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Who put the water in the city’s substation transformer? Who should be responsible for the subsequent bills to repair said transformer? These questions still plagued the Rushford City Council January 12th at their first meeting of 2004. While the coun ..... 
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