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A day of remembrance


Mon, May 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

Memorial Day, traditionally known as Decoration Day or Remembrance Day (and still is around the world) was observed for the first time in the United States on May 30, 1868. General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic (similar to the American Legion) stated in general order number 11 that the 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permitIt is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith. It has been over 150 years since the Civil War, but because of other wars and conflicts, this day of observance now includes all those who have served in the military, past or present.World War I brought a new symbol to Memorial Day the poppy. Wild poppies blanket the graves of those who were killed on the Western Front. The famous poem In Flanders Fields turned the poppy into an everlasting image of remembrance. What few people know, however, is that Lieutenant Colonel Dr. John McCrae, author of the poem, died shortly after it was written due to poison gas. His body now lies in the poppy-covered meadows he wrote about. A woman named Moina Michael, inspired by Mr. McCraes poem, wrote her own in the late 1900s.

We cherish too, the poppy red, That grows on fields where valor led.It seems to signal to the skies,That blood of heroes never dies.

She decided to start selling poppies to wear in honor of those that lost their lives while serving their country. The money went to help servicemen, veterans and their families. Moina Michael wasnt the only patriotic American. Pride ran high in those days as well as many years after World War II. Servicemens graves were decorate .....
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Suit filed against Preston City Council for violation of open meeting law

Mon, May 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

Six individuals have filed suit in Fillmore County District Court against the Mayor of Preston and four city council members for violating the Minnesota Open Meeting Law.  Ken Tschumper of Caledonia, Robert and LaVonne Hellic ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission: Possible compliance inspection of septic systems strikes a nerve

Mon, May 24th, 2004
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Former Fillmore County attorney Matt Opat fired off what he viewed as faults and weaknesses in the proposed ISTS amendment during its public hearing on Thursday, May 20 at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meeting.

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Preston City Council Report: Hwy 52 project pushed back to 2005

Mon, May 24th, 2004
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Because of delays in purchasing right of ways for the Highway 52 project, the letting of construction bids will not proceed until sometime around December 2004. That was the message from MnDOT project manager Craig Lenz to the Preston City Council Mo ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Car show coming to Buffalo Bill Days

Mon, May 24th, 2004
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Bryce Dawson of Preston presented his plan for a car show in conjunction with Buffalo Bill Days to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting May 17th. Dawson proposed a judged car show to be held at the Sylvan Parking lot on Saturday of the ..... 
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Gang of One

Fri, May 14th, 2004
Posted in Features

I have been Fan Shens colleague in the RCTC English department for the past five years, but never knew much about him until this past week when I read his book Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard, published by University of Nebraska Press last month ..... 
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Judge Benson tells county he will not reconsider on Slabaugh zoning case

Fri, May 14th, 2004
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In a letter to Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson dated May 7, Judge Robert Benson has denied a Fillmore County request to file a Motion for Reconsideration in the Slabaugh Zoning case. The countys only other legal option would be to appeal the j ..... 
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The Talk of the Town

Fri, May 14th, 2004
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What does a retired English teacher, a German immigrant and an Angus beef farmer have in common? This is not the set-up of a joke, just a partial composition of the Bluff Country Toastmasters Club.

Paul Walsh, the teacher; Hanna ..... 
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Fillmore County Commissioners prepare to sell county farm

Fri, May 14th, 2004
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County Surveyor David Knutson reported his findings in regard to the county farms borders, and parcels the county wishes to maintain. Approximately 464 acres (including two old demolition sites) will be offered to the public through a bidding proces ..... 
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