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The fourth time’s the charm


Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

Signs of spring were popping up all over the barnyard recently at the Paul and Cindy Lorius farm seven miles south of Cherry Grove. It's peak lambing time and the Lorius' herd of Suffolk sheep is growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, one of the couple's best breeding ewes recently gave birth to a set of quadruplets, something quite rare in the sheep-raising business.

Cindy and Paul got their start when they joined friends in a business partnership back in 1998, purchasing six registered ewes. In 2000, the Lorius's decided to buy out their friend's share of the small herd.

"Our main purpose was to have sheep that our girl's could show in 4-H," Cindy said. But as their herd continued to multiply and their passion for raising sheep increased, the part-time hobby turned into a full-fledged family project involving 14-year old daughter Lindsay and 11-year old daughter Hannah. According to their parents, the girls are valuable hands on the farm, especially during lambing. "Lindsay actually sets her alarm for 2 a.m. so she can go outside to check if any babies have been born," Cindy said. The family also relies on a wireless intercom system strategically placed in their home from February to April, when the majority of babies are born.

"A ewe makes a certain sound when they're ready to give birth," Paul said. When they get the signal, family members make a beeline to the barnyard to help new mothers, if needed, and to corral the new family safely inside a birthing stall in the barn.

For Paul, an electrician by trade, lambing time is exhausting, yet exhilarating.

"Twenty-seven ewes dropped out of 32 in just a two-week stretch," Paul said. "You don't get much sleep around here then."

According to his wife, Paul dotes on his sheep and takes a lot of extra time with each ewe as it gives birth to make sure things go perfectly. Lambing season is the critical time when sheep producer skill, effort, and concern determine the success of the entire operation. "I hate losses," admitted Paul, who hasn't lost a single ewe this year. Unfortunately for Paul, he was absent when the last two lambs from the rare quadruplets were born late in February. "I missed it," he said. "After the first one hit the ground I brought the ewe to the barn and then the second one was born.” Paul then dutifully drove his daughter to town for drivers training. Cind .....
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Council looks for ways to cut budget

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

With Local Government Aid (LGA) reductions affecting Harmony to the figure of $43,000 this year, and an additional $80,000 next year, council members started to take a close look at department budgets at their Tuesday, April 15 meeting.   ..... 
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County accepts bids on courthouse project

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

"I was 28 years old when I started this project, and look at me now," joked David Kane, President of Kane and Johnson Architects, Inc. in Rochester, as his team was finally given the green light on the project to remodel the courthouse.
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County Board rules that EAW not required on Bucknell Subdivison

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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A request by Bruce and Linda Bucknell of Racine for a conditional use permit to establish seven lots and two outside lots on land they own located in Sumner Township came to a halt in early March due to a petition requesting an Environmental Assessme ..... 
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Catholic nun recalls mission work in third world

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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“Itchy feet.” That is the working title of a book Sister Joseen Vogt is planning on writing about her experiences around the world.

“When I was leaving Australia, the head master asked me what I was going to do next. I told him ..... 
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Discord over Heartland permit status

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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The Preston City Council met Monday evening, April 7, on a day when mother nature struck the area with a heavy spring storm. When it came time to discuss the Heartland Energy & Recycling plant and the action to rescind the Conditional Use Permit (CUP ..... 
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City no longer a partner in Lanesboro Center for the Arts

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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With a full council in attendance, the Lanesboro City Council rescinded an earlier motion from March 2002 and withdrew from involvement with the Lanesboro Center for the Arts. The action, which took place at the council’s regular meeting on April 7, ..... 
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Preston council looks at Highway 52 project

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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The Preston City Council approved a contract to hire Bonestroo Projects to oversee the city’s share of the Highway 52 project. In conjunction with this, Mike Bubany with David Drown and Associates presented the council with background information on ..... 
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A log home never goes out of style

Sat, Apr 5th, 2003
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I give you shade, I give you warmth, your words are scrolled upon my breast.    I grow tall for all to see. This is what God intended for me. I am just a tree.

"It just kind of evolved. We talked about b ..... 
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