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Two Whalan girls work for a cure


Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

Emma McGrath sits in the hot sun along side the Root River Trail giving lemonade, brownies and cookies to bicyclists traveling along the bike trail. In return for this kindness, Emma asks each biker to make a donation to her favorite charity - the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Emma and her friend Brittany Johnson have been running their lemonade stand for a couple of weeks now. A plastic jug holds an assortment of dollar bills and change. So far, they have raised $125. The two Whalan girls hope to raise $200, enough for each of them to participate as $100 team members of the Commitments, one of more than 30 teams participating in the 10th annual Relay for Life.

The two girls plan on joining their mothers this Friday night in Rushford. Brittanys mother Sheryl, and Emmas mother, Dr. Stephanie Jakim, are also members of the Commitments.

Last year, Relay for Life raised $62,000 that was used for cancer research.

Fillmore County American Cancer Society president Karla Holland hopes to build on that amount this year.

We hope to have more than 5,000 luminaries for the first time, Holland said.

Emma, 11, a sixth grader in Lanesboro, has special motivation for raising money this year, as her mother is now a cancer survivor.

This past year Stephanie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She recently finished her last treatment of radiation, which was preceded by several months of chemotherapy.

Because of her moms bout with cancer, Emma is much more aware of cancer today than she was a year ago.

There are all kinds of cancer and anyone can get it, Emma said, noting that breast cancer is curable.

Jakim is pleased with her daughters effort.

Shes really been gung-ho, making the brownies and cookies, Jakim said. Shes worked really hard for this.

Brittany, 13, an eighth grader at Lanesboro who lives next to the trail in Whalan, says the project has been fun.

We decided it was the best way we could make money, Brittany said, referring to the lemonade stand.

Brittanys mother said that everything is personal this year.

Its hit a little closer to home this year with Steph having cancer, Sheryl said. The girls wanted to m .....
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Preston gathers for a Town Meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

This is not a debate, but a public discussion - the purpose is not to win an argument, but to hear many points of view, and explore multiple options and points of view.  a handout at the Preston Town Meeting.

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Commissioners' Report: Budget talks and permits dominate board meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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The Fillmore County Board spent the bulk of their Tuesday, August 3 meeting holding preliminary discussions regarding the 2005 budget.

Departments have been asked to factor in possible increases of 20% for insurance and a cost ..... 
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Mosquito-related illnesses strike area

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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The increased rainfall this spring and summer has provided great areas for mosquitoes to breed in abundance. Mosquitoes have no real health benefit and are commonly responsible for such diseases as La Crosse Encephalitis, West Nile Fever, Malaria, an ..... 
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Citizens speak out on Heartland at county input session

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - Citizens Input never got more popular. Held the last Tuesday of each month to allow citizens to raise issues, the July 27 Fillmore County Board meeting attracted more than 40 people voicing their support or opposition to the proposed Heartl ..... 
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Rabies outbreak in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - The veterinarians at Root River Veterinary Center in Preston have seen a dramatic increase in the number of diagnosed cases of rabies. They have confirmed four cases of rabies during the month of July. The infected animals were a skunk, two ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council investigates power supply options

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - Brian Krambeer, CEO of Tri-County Electric Cooperative, was the first to address the Rushford City Council at their regular July 26th council meeting as the council explored options for electric utility memberships with Tri-County and UMMP ..... 
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EDA application process will Scrutinize Heartland need for JOBZ subsidy

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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If and when Heartland fills out the Business Subsidy Application with Fillmore County, they will be asked to make several declarations:

Have there ever been judgements or injunctions against the company or owners?

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Rushford-Peterson School Board Report: R-P schools to get new computers

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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Rushford-Peterson teachers may think its Christmas in July after the school board approved a $125,000 technology funding request at the R-P School Board meeting July 28th. The result of the funding? A new Dell computer on each teachers desk and new ..... 
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