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St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish closes after 133 years of fellowship


Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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By Juliann L. Mueller

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.

Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 verse I.

"It is with heartfelt disappointment that this church closes," said Bishop Bernard Harrington as he commenced with the final mass at St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church in Fountain on Saturday, May 31. Because of the growing shortage of priests in the diocese, it was time to close yet another small parish and combine families with other area churches.

"This is the Ceremony of Remembrance, we will walk around to different parts of the church and recall fond memories", stated Bishop Harrington, as he explained how the ceremony would progress. The choir, accompanied by two flutes, a guitar and organist combined with parish voices to reach the vaulted ceiling one last time. The church’s pews were filled, extra chairs were set out and the upstairs choir loft was also full as families and friends came back to pay their last respects to a church whose roots dated back to July, 1856.

History

The first mass was said at the home of James Mulroy in July, 1856 with Reverend Father Kinsley officiating. The old Ned Cummings home, which was later owned by Andrew Healy, acted as the first church. Prior to 1870, mass was celebrated in Fountain’s hall owned by D.D. Farrell of Chatfield, and also in the blacksmith shop owned by H.E. Walker.

In May 1870, Rev. William Riodon acted as the first pastor. Two years later he built the first church, which served families from Wykoff, Spring Valley, Carimona, Preston and Lanesboro.

On July 22, 1927 the corner stone was put in place, concealing a box of items for future generations to find. The completed church, with a seating capacity of 400, was dedicated on Nov. 25, 1927. The structure cost just under $30,000 to build and was entirely paid for by local families.

The parish received its name from a patron saint, Lawrence O’Toole; Lorcan Ua Tuathail, born in the early 1100’s. The Irishman lead a very public life, living out his dedication to the Catholic Church, including becoming a bishop. He died Nov. 14, 1180. Because of the many miracles reported to have happened at his tomb, his relics were moved to a place of honor before an altar. His heart was removed and returned to Christ Church Cath .....
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Efficient dairy operation part of “Rolling Acres” diversified farming mix

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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June is a month that is set aside to honor our local dairy farmers and also make the public aware of their contributions to the community. One of the traditions of June Dairy month is Dairy Day on the Farm. This year’s proud host is one of Fillmore C ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: End of legislative session shows state cuts

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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With the completion of the extended Minnesota Legislative session, cities and counties could assess the losses in local government aid and make necessary adjustments to their budgets.

Fillmore County Policy Coordinator Karen Bro ..... 
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Historic Forestville asks community’s help to meet deadline

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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I’m enough of a farmer yet-why would you build a barn if you don’t have the money to buy the cows to milk?

Mrs. Eloda (Robert) Wood, reflecting on budget cuts.

"We have to make a commitment by June 23," st ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Center for the Arts back at the starting line

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Mike McGrath, a former board member of the Lanesboro Center for the Arts, addressed the Lanesboro City Council at their June 2 meeting.

Reminding the council, "You are in the driver’s seat in the state’s eyes," McGrath advised ..... 
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Preston City Council Report : Plea for support for Forestville

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Historic Forestville is scheduled to be closed July 1 because of budget cuts. The State Historical Society because of reduced funding has been forced to eliminate support for several sites across the state.

Dick Nelson, in an e ..... 
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Family picks up the pieces after arson fire damages home

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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Bill Collett of Chatfield seemed fairly philosophical for someone whose house had been extensively damaged by an arson fire. Collett, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Madison moved into their home less than a year ago.

“I ..... 
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Commissioners focus on courthouse project

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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"Please ask about the 43 loads of sand brought in. I thought that’s why we did boring tests," requested Commissioner Helen Bicknese, as she wouldn’t be available during the courthouse project’s update.

Oh, yes, the other commis ..... 
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Moose arraigned on 11 felony counts from terror spree

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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Floyd George Moose, 39, Chatfield, was arraigned in Fillmore County District Court in Preston on Tuesday, May 28 on 11 felony counts, including second degree attempted murder, first degree arson, and several counts of attempted kidnapping, aggravated ..... 
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