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Cancer survivor to run fundraising marathon


Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - In the beginning, she never asked why.

Brenda OHare of Rushford says that when she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in December, 2002, and throughout the subsequent treatments and hospitalizations, it didnt occur to her to wonder, Why me?

That may be because, despite the fact that she was a healthy young mother of three, the diagnosis didnt surprise her.

I knew something was wrong, she said. Doctors, however, were reluctant to believe the 32-year-old mother was seriously ill. Her youngest child was just five months old, and she was nursing. Surely that was the cause of her fatigue.

But as soon as a chest x-ray confirmed the presence of a large tumor behind her breastbone, she was immediately hospitalized to begin the first of six rounds of chemotherapy, followed by radiation.

Today, twenty months later, after many difficult days for OHare and her family, she is thrilled to be in remission and feeling great.

OHare, an elementary substitute teacher, and her husband Tim, an employee of U.P.S., are both Iowa natives. They met while attending Waldorf College and then both transferred to Winona State University. Theyve lived in Rushford since 2000.

OHare credits Tim with being a strong support to her during her illness, plus taking over much of the care for the three children: Austin (7 at the time), Bailey (then 4), and baby Luke, who spent several nights in the hospital with his mother.

He was so amazing throughout the entire course, she said of her husband.

In addition, OHare says many friends, old and new, stepped forward to help with childcare, meals, and driving her to appointments.

OHare found that much of her experience of having cancer ran contrary to popular wisdom. For example, shed always heard that chemo was difficult, and radiation would be a breeze. But for her it was just the opposite.

I responded very well to the chemo, she said. But I hated radiation.

In fact, OHare became quite sick and was hospitalized for a negative reaction to radiation.

OHare is a thoughtful person who takes the time to really consider thingsnot just accepting a common answer. For example, although shes in remission, shes not sure she can buy int .....
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The Lanesboro Sons of Norway turns 75

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - Originally started in Minneapolis in the 1890s from a similar program in the Trondheim, Norway area, the first Snner av Norge provided security to Norwegian-Americans in the form of insurance. From the small group of men reaching out t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council: Lanesboro considers skatepark

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - In a well-planned presentation, skateboarding youths of Lanesboro detailed their plans for a skatepark to the Lanesboro City Council Monday night, August 16. The young men have already approached the Swim and Rec Committee and have receiv ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Gary Arnold Faber, 46, of Austin, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday with one count of felony assault in the third degree stemming from a fight at a Lanesboro bar on June 25, 2004. Faber was ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Budget sent back for trimming

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

Prestons Monday, August 16, council meeting, lasting less than forty minutes, was relatively light in citizen attendance and with few items of business. City administrator, Joe Hoffman presented the overall budget proposal for 2005. He noted increas ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: City sets up permanent buffer between industrial and residential lot

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

After the Harmony City Council voted to approve rezoning Outlot A from residential to industrial by a 3 to 2 margin at their July 13 meeting, confusion reigned.

With closer scrutiny, it appeared that a 3 to 2 vote wasnt enough ..... 
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Police-sharing arrangement an initial success in Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

On Friday, April 12, 2002, Lanesboro began what would be a nearly two year journey to rebuild the publics confidence in the citys police department. On that April day, Lanesboro citizens discovered that their police chief, John Tuchek, had started ..... 
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Commissioners Report: County continues budget talks, elected officials ask for raises

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
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The county board continued their discussions about the 2005 budget on Tuesday. And budget talks eventually lead to conferences with elected officials about salary increases. These conferences usually begin with the office holder showing how they mea ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Mayor Roberton questions backup generator purchase

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
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Im afraid were spending $2 million we didnt need to spend, Mayor T.S. Roberton declared as he reviewed the power supply options and generators at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday night, August 9th. Roberton asked who had originally broug ..... 
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