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Spring Valley man sponsors 4th annual Trout Day May 1


Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

I just love to fish!

This love of fishing has led Jim Wernimont of Spring Valley to put on a non-profit Trout Day event at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park the past three years. The event is intended to bring people together to fish, build friendship and have fun. Wernimont will host the fourth annual Trout Day on May 1, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Trout fishing is a large part of Wernimonts life. By day he is a Career Counselor at Work Force Development Inc. in Rochester. Hes been living in Spring Valley for the past four years, and is married with two children.

Family is very important to him, and plays a special role in his work in the Trout Day event. Its in memory of my late brother Phil, who loved to fish, Jim explains. I didnt get an opportunity to fish with him as much as I would have liked, and I guess it kind of inspired me to share with people because I didnt get an opportunity to share with him.

Jims dedication doesnt just go into organizing the event, he pays for most of the expenses too.

There are a lot of people that say they want to go fishing but never have the opportunity, Jim explains.

The day isnt specifically geared toward beginning fishermen or advanced fishermen. Its for everyone. Anyone can come and see demonstrations and get instructions on fly fishing, live bait and artificial bait fishing. There will be many other fun activities related to fishing as well. Various organizations, businesses, and individuals have come forward to volunteer their time, skills and donate merchandise. The DNR (Lanesboro Fisheries Office) as well as the DNRs education branch, Minn Aqua, will be at Trout Day to demonstrate electro fishing and also to answer questions. An exciting part of this years program is a presentation by Kenny Salwey, known as the last river rat. He has lived off of the river most of his life and is now sharing his experiences with others. He has had a documentary done on his life, been featured on different outdoor shows and has written a book on his unique life style.

Wernimont is hoping to get many other people and organizations in the fishing industry involved in the future. His main focus this year is to get more children involved with fishing. The industry is struggling to find ways to get children back into fishing, he says. Children are getting .....
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This old (new) house

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

This is my old house with upgrades, Roxie Tienter said, describing her new 2,800 square foot house in Forestville Township.

The house looks like it was built in the 1930s: a two story gothic house with a high pitched gable roo ..... 
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A View from The Potting Bench

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

This week our rhubarb patch started showing its first growth. The bits of curly red new leaves among the remains of last years plants bring a promise of tasty treats in the near future. I was tickled to notice that Rhubarb is currently a trendy foo ..... 
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Another View: Water problems at courthouse over stated

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
Posted in Features

The local media reported on the March 9 Fillmore County Board meeting that dealt extensively with roof leaks on the courthouse project. It is my opinion that Hill Roofing of Austin, the contractor on the project, is being blamed for things it is not ..... 
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Snowshoe Thompson

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

One of the benefits of doing genealogical research is discovering new family connections. Such was the case when my research led me to Snowshoe Thompson, a Norwegian emigrant who became a mail-carrying hero to the gold miners of the Sierra Nevada Mou ..... 
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Moose pleads guilty to attempted murder

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Richard Jeffers was inspecting a landscaping job in the Conway Subdivision of Chatfield last May 23 when a man walked out of the weeds carrying a gun.

After asking Jeffers what he was doing, the gunman told him, Lets get movin ..... 
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Judge considers motion to stop Heartland construction

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

An Olmsted District Court judge will consider whether construction of a tire-burning power plant in Preston should be allowed to proceed while the project undergoes additional environmental review.

Judge Joseph Wieners took und ..... 
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County to observe Child Abuse Prevention month

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
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At their March 23 commissioners meeting, the Fillmore County Board proclaimed April Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Child Abuse Services (CAS) is a mandated state program that the county must provide, Fillmore County Social Ser ..... 
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Jury finds Moose not guilty of fleeing a police officer

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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On Tuesday, a jury of seven men and five women found Floyd Moose of Chatfield not guilty on seven charges related to an incident on January 14, 2003.

According to the criminal complaint, Moose was alleged to have been the drive ..... 
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