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An officer and a gentleman


Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

"There had been a lot of talk in the wind, but we kind of knew in March that we’d be called up," Brett Corson said as he talked about his Army Reserve Unit being deployed.

Corson, who was elected to Fillmore County Attorney in November, hasn’t actually received his written call-up notice yet. Nonetheless, he advised the County Board that he would be going on active duty. They in turn have started the advertising for a one-year full-time assistant.

"Back in January and February we had kind of talked to the kids," said Corson, a father of three, Gretchen, 3; Hannah, 7; and Natasha (Howards) who is married and resides in Spring Valley. Corson and his wife Nancy felt that kids need time to prepare."

He will report May 17 in the Twin Cities and eventually end up in North Carolina, where his unit is being mobilized. Corson is familiar with Uncle Sam’s military force. Brett’s father, Manford, served in Northern Africa and was seriously injured. His uncles were also in WW II. Brett started his service 14 years ago.

"I enlisted after college and started as an enlisted soldier, a Private First Class. Then after I passed law school, I was able to become an officer. I went to Germany as an enlisted soldier the first time and as an officer the second time," explained Corson.

Corson went oversees to Germany in 1991-92 assigned to V Corp Headquarters located in Heidelberg. His group helped complete wills, power of attorneys for those who would look after a soldier’s business when they were away, and helped establish a family plan as to who would take care of the children, for those who would be deploying to Desert Storm. (Today this is called Soldier Readiness Program, SRP.) He was also part of the 11th Armored Calvary in Wildfliken, "a very beautiful place in the mountains,” reminisced Corson.

This time around Corson will still be helping his unit complete SRPs, however, this time overseas, he will be the advisor to a commander for a battalion, known as a Command Judge Advocate/International Law Officer. This individual helps wade through the many legal and, sometimes, moral issues regarding military protocol such as not targeting hospitals and historical sites, or helping setup local governments again.

It all depends on what kind of unit he is assigned to. His unit can be involved in the stabilization of governme .....
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Paulson remembered as independent, self-sufficient

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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“Clarence was planning on putting in a crop this year,” Howard Brekke said admiringly, referring to his uncle, 95 year old Clarence Paulson. “He had no intention of giving up farming and even bought a new corn planter at a sale in Preston a few years ..... 
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County Board Report: Blasting notice creates plenty of heat

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

A newly imposed 10 day blasting notice stirred up local gravel pit owners and contractors causing them to come before the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday to express their displeasure. In the past, it has been left to the neighboring landowners to as ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Harstad sentenced to jail time for 2000 ATV death

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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Andy Harstad of Harmony was sentenced to 90 days in jail, placed on five years probation and fined $800 after pleading guilty to felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide and two other charges stemming from an incident which resulted in the death of Justin ..... 
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Rushford City and Village cooperate on police and sewer

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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At the March 24th Rushford City Council meeting, the council approved a contract for police service to the city of Rushford Village pending approval by the Village. The contract states that the city police will respond to "911 calls related to an eme ..... 
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A march for peace in the shadow of war

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: At the time that this article was written, America was not yet at war with Iraq. Nonetheless, the author clearly points out the many emotions that people in America feel about going to war.

The fact that differen ..... 
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Folkert pleads guilty to 2nd degree murder

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Stating that “it is beyond my comprehension that a person could commit this kind of offense,” Fillmore County District Court Judge Robert Benson sentenced Joseph Allen Folkert, 22, to 40 years in prison on Friday for the murder of 95 year old Clarenc ..... 
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Lanesboro man sentenced to 13 years in prison

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Mark Anthony Heath, 29, of Lanesboro, was sentenced to 13 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Monday. Heath was found guilty on February 7 of five counts related to the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine s ..... 
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Courtroom fracas raises concerns about security

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

The issue of courtroom security was on many minds at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Monday. At the conclusion of a sentencing hearing in a domestic assault case, the son of the victim attacked the defendant.

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