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Meth, ice, crank, speed – it’s all the same poison


Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles dealing with the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and the impact meth is having on the lives of people in Fillmore County. Part two of this series will appear in our January 19 issue of the Journal.

The rural flavor of Fillmore County, with its small towns and schools, top-dressed with agriculture and tourism, has come face to face with a fast moving, indiscriminate enemy - methamphetamine.

The illegal drug’s ability to be manufactured in the simplicity of a neighbor’s garage, trailer home, or cornfield has caused the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department, Social Services, Public Health, and the County Attorney’s Office to shift into high gear, educating their team members and letting communities know what help is available. They are also letting those in possession of and/or manufacturing the poison know that their actions will result in very stiff consequences.

“It’s been here a lot longer than many realize,” Daryl Jensen, Fillmore County Chief Deputy Sheriff said. “In 1986 an undercover officer purchased meth in this county.”

Individual purchases can range from 1/4 to 1 gram of the drug, with a gram having a street value of $100. That gram can quickly disappear in a day’s time for a typical user by smoking, injecting, snorting or taking the drug orally.

“I think we’d be surprised if we knew who was using this stuff”, said Jensen. Typically the user is a white male 18-30 years old. Jensen doesn’t see the abuse stopping at any social classification level, however. Anyone can become a victim of the drug.

Fillmore County Social Services has seen an upswing in children coming to their attention whose addicted parent or parents are not able to focus on the basics of raising children. Groceries, clean clothes, and a hug come in a poor second to the ongoing need for a user seeking out and paying for meth. Domestic violence is also commonplace in a user’s home.

What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine’s original use was found in decongestants, bronchial inhalers, and in the treatment of obesity and narcolepsy (a person suddenly falls asleep anywhere, anytime). It was developed from its parent drug, amphetamine, in the early to mid 1900’s. By the 1970’s methamphetamine had gone from a drug with little medical use to one with a high p .....
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County Commissioners: Zoning works toward more septic system inspections

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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Fillmore County Coordinator Karen Brown started off the board’s annual meeting by entertaining motions for the 2004 Chairman. Commissioner Randy Dahl, Second District was elected, with Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, Third District voted in as Vice Chair ..... 
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Candidates for Preston City Council speak out

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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On Thursday, January 15, Preston voters will go to the polls to fill the vacanct city council position created by the death of Mike Gartner. Three candidates, Steve Knoepke, Robert Sauer, and Mike Sveen, are officially running for this seat, which ha ..... 
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Preston City Council: McGarvey’s seat remains open; Steve Corson hired as City Attorney

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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Preston's City Council met Monday evening with four members at the table. Mike McGarvey’s seat was empty. Mr. McGarvey had written a letter to the council attempting to postpone his resignation from the council until January 6, 2004, so that he could ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council organizes for the new year

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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Needed—a few good people willing to serve their community. The city council of Lanesboro at their first meeting of 2004 found the city needs two more members for the EDA (Economic Development Authority) and a volunteer to read a local National Weathe ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
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Felony Charges  Bench warrants were issued by Judge Robert Benson on Monday for two people who failed to appear in Fillmore County District Court for a Rule 5 hearing.   Warrants were issued for Amber ..... 
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Exercising for healthy living

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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“People realize they can not only live to an old age, but can live to a healthy old age.”  Fay Narloch  Abundant Life Fitness & Massage

“I never exercised in my life,” Pat Gartne ..... 
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Preston City Council requests investigation into intimidation tactics

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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At a special meeting of the Preston City Council on Tuesday evening, a letter was read into the record from Andy Bunge of Bunge Construction. Mr. Bunge contends that Richard Eichstadt, general manager of Pro-Corn, “a highly State subsidized business, ..... 
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Mausts sue city of Preston over second permit application

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
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On December 23, attorneys for Bob and Elaine Maust filed a petition in Fillmore County District Court asking the court to intervene and grant a writ of mandamus ordering the city of Preston to give the Mausts and Heartland Energy & Recycling a buildi ..... 
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