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First responders practice cold water rescue


Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Features

Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase participated in a cold water rescue training exercise near Chatfield, Minn. on February 16, 2015. Photo by Barb Jeffers

On the evening of February 16, 2015 while many area residents were snug as a bug at home, there were others braving the cold weather, and even colder water, in order to save lives.

The fire department of Chatfield, Minn. worked in conjunction with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department and the fire department of Spring Valley, Minn. to practice a cold water rescue in a large pond north of Chatfield.

The training drill was run by two certified instructors from Riverland Community College, Sam Jaquith and Steve Rickert. Both men are retired firefighters from Rochester, Minn. and have years of water rescue experience, according to Dan Jaquith, Training and Safety Officer for the Chatfield Fire Department, and also brother to instructor Sam Jaquith.

Dan Jaquith, who has been a member of the Chatfield Fire Department for 15 years, states that they have been planning this cold water rescue drill for six weeks. They incorporated the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department because they also have some suits and thought “let’s get them some water time, because sometimes they are there before us or shortly thereafter,” Dan Jaquith explained.

When responders arrive at a water rescue scene their past training together helps the rescue run smoothly saving precious time, as Dan Jaquith describes it, “if they know what we are doing and what to expect and what we should expect from them it makes the rescue go a lot easier” because “everybody knows everyone’s expectations,” he said.

Derek Fuglestad and Lance Boyum of the Chatfield Fire Department have put on cold water rescue suits during the polar plunge in Chatfield but this was their first time wearing it for a training exercise. Lance stated, “you never know when you might encounter this” so it is good practice.

Luke Schieffelbein with the Chatfield Fire Department said “we just did a real life water rescue this summer on the Root River so whenever we do this we take it very seriously” adding, “there were six people out there, it could have gone very badly, luckily it didn’t” so they know how important their training and experience are in real life situations.

Schieffelbein, who has been with the Chatfield Fire Department for four years, said “these suits are amazing” and Peter Erickson with the Chatfield Fire Department also commented “you stay pretty warm in them”, which is impr .....
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Chatfield resident wins $100,000 lottery prize

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

ROSEVILLE, MN. – Steven Hrstka of Chatfield won $100,000 playing the Lottery’s $100,000 Wild Cherries scratch game. Hrstka purchased his winning ticket at Sunshine Foods, 237 Main St. N. in Chatfield. He claimed the prize on Feb. 10 at Lottery ..... 
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Beef donation to Fillmore County Food Shelf

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Fillmore County Food Shelf received a donation of 400 pounds of beef through a cooperative donation from the Fillmore County Cattlemen, Oak Meadow Meats, and Bob and Barb Michel. Pictured are Barb Michel and Lynn Mensink, Fillmore County Food Shel ..... 
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Fillmore County Veterans book to debut in 2015

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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Over the course of the next six months, the staff at the Fillmore County Journal will be working on a special project to recognize those who have served our nation. We will be publishing a 168-page hardcover book dedicated to the Veterans of Fill ..... 
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PPU customers surprised with billing error

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Imagine finding out that your electric utility bill has not been billed correctly for a number of years. OK, now imagine your local utility telling you that the billing error resulted in you owing the utility company anywhere from $18,000 to $40,00 ..... 
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The Loft at Beste Byen now open

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
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Have you always dreamed of taking art classes, doing tai chi, or learning to play guitar? Or perhaps you are more the “card club” type. These activities and much more will now be available in downtown Lanesboro, Minn. Phil and Heidi Dybing ..... 
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Fillmore County resident is lottery winner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Features

A group of twenty-five won a $5,000 prize by playing the Lottery’s Mega Millions® game. The winner from Fillmore County is Christopher Nichols of Spring Valley. The others are Michael Bonfig of Apple Valley; James Caulder, Dawn Gefroh, Eric Marti ..... 
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Lanesboro seeks to build community foundation, hosting informational meeting

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

LuAnn Wilcox, who works at Idle Time Recreation Services, moved to the Lanesboro area about a year ago. She soon noticed that nearby communities such as Harmony, Preston, and Rushford had community foundations to help provide funding for local proj ..... 
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Preston woman survives vehicular plunge into Root River

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

At approximately 7:11 p.m., on Friday, January 9, 2015, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a report that there was a one vehicle accident south of Wykoff on County Road 5, just south of County Road 12 on the way to Forest ..... 
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