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Competition cheerleading comes to Fillmore Central


Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Cheerleading is a sport.

As simple as this statement may seem, a controversy about it rages in high school hallways and gym bleachers. Those who argue that it is a sport point out that cheerleading stunts and formations require skill, athleticism, and dedication, all of which are found in traditional sports. They fight for cheerleaders to be taken seriously as athletes. But their critics argue that it is not a sport, simply because cheerleaders do not compete against other teams. However, that argument is no longer valid for Fillmore Central’s newest squad.

Mary Beth Armstrong, Shawn Drury, Amanda Easley, Jamie Howe, Annie Schroeder, Cassie Scrabeck, Heidi Elinkowski, Ashley Iwanski, Whitney Bestor, and Kelsey Wilhelm comprise Fillmore Central’s first competition cheerleading squad, and are out to prove that cheerleading belongs in the same league as traditional sports.

Formed this year, the squad will compete throughout Minnesota against other squads. They head to Concordia College on Feb. 1 for State Competition, and will also compete in St. Cloud on Feb. 8.

The squad was started primarily through the perseverance of Easley and Howe. But according to its members, everyone has taken a leadership role at some time, pushing and encouraging, motivating and driving.

“I have wanted to do this forever,” Howe remembers. Or at least, ever since she saw competition cheerleading on television. Soon, she and her fellow cheerleaders were addicted.

But first, they had to deal with the logistical issues of registering a squad, and most importantly, “we had to get everyone pumped up.” This was extremely important because of the time, money, and dedication necessary to make a successful team.

The squad squeezes in 5 - 6 hours of practice time a week in early mornings, afternoons after school, late nights, and weekends. Many members of the competition squad are also key members on Fillmore Central’s regular cheerleading squads, and have double practices to attend. According to Howe, the members of the squad pay for everything themselves, and even bought their own uniforms.

Cassie Scrabeck recognizes one of the difficulties the squad

experienced: “It can be really hard to have 10 girls agree on one thing. It’s 10 personalities trying to mesh together. And sometimes, we can .....
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In the “eyes of the law”

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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When my niece asked my wife and I if she and her fiance could get married on our farm this summer, we were thrilled and honored to be asked. Megan and her boyfriend, Chris, said that they were planning a small, quiet wedding with friends and family a ..... 
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Housing Study completed in Fillmore County

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

A comprehensive housing study of Fillmore County, commissioned by Bluff Country HRA, was unveiled at a public meeting on Tuesday, January 14.

The report, conducted by Maxfield Research of Minneapolis, presents a picture of the ..... 
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Harmony Council sorts through administrator applications

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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The Harmony City Council moved forward with the sorting of applications for the vacated city administrator position at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Joel Dhein had given his notice at the December meeting, saying he had accepted a position in Mora, MN, ..... 
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Rushford Liquor License fees reduced

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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"Do we expect special treatment? Yes, we do!" exclaimed American Legion representative Dennis Peterson as he addressed the Rushford City Council Monday night at the January 13th meeting, asking them to consider a reduction in liquor license fees for ..... 
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Board expects challenging year

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Fifth District Commissioner Marc Prestby is the 2003 chairman of the Fillmore County Board. Journal editor John Torgrimson talked with Prestby about the issues facing county government in the next year. The following is a summary of th ..... 
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Fillmore County Board approves building design

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

Tuesday, January 7 marked the beginning of what could be a very rocky year for the county’s Commissioners as a 4.5 billion-dollar deficit looms over the state.

"It might not be a fun year," stated Marc Prestby, the board’s newl ..... 
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Court hears zoning dispute in Canton Township

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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Judge Robert Benson heard oral arguments in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, January 7 regarding a zoning dispute between Eli Slabaugh of rural Canton and Fillmore County.  In October, the court imposed a restrainin ..... 
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Preston Council tables decision on Heartland permit

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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On Monday night, the Preston City Council tabled any decision on whether to rescind a conditional use permit issued to Heartland Energy & Recycling energy plant until they have had time to discuss the matter with lawyers from the League of Minnesota ..... 
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