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Boots & Badges has gone to press


Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Features

“It’s been put to bed,” as we say in the printing industry. After nearly 13 months of what can best be described as a community-wide project, Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans has been sent to press.

It’s not every day that a hardcover, perfect-bound book including over 3,400 local Veterans, their pictures, and their stories goes to press. This is a special occasion in which the entire Journal staff, Fillmore County Veteran Service Office, VFW and American Legion posts, historical societies throughout Fillmore County, readers, and supporters should feel proud of their accomplishment.

This book has captured pieces of local military history dating back to the War of 1812, including generations of those who have served their country. As interested contributors of this book brought in pictures to scan, there were many stories shared. These are the stories of our local Veterans.

A project of this nature is exhausting, exciting and enlightening all at the same time. Attention to detail has always been a high priority, since we know this will be treasured by those who have an ancestral connection with the book.

And, quite frankly, that’s why this book has taken so long to assemble. When we started this project in November 2014, we had hoped to send it to press by September 4, 2015. As we assessed the enormous volume of photos and stories, we realized that initial goal was not feasible. We didn’t want to skimp on photos and stories. So, we increased our page count, and our team worked tirelessly to make sure our local Veterans were represented well.

Now that the presses are rolling, all of us will patiently await the arrival of this special piece of Fillmore County history. We expect the publishing process to encompass three to four weeks before it arrives at our doorstep in Preston in late January 2016.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our contributors and supporters, and we will notify everyone when the book arrives via an advertisement in the Fillmore County Journal. So, please look for updates in the weeks to come.

Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans is made possible with the support of F & M Community Bank with locations in Preston and Chatfield.

A beauty shop for your car

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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Don and Dorrie Besse love cars. In July of 2014 they sold the business they owned for nearly 30 years, Preston Service Plus. Don worked there for 42 years and Dorrie for about 30 years. The couple has worked well together over the years and continue ..... 
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A beauty shop for your car

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Features

Don and Dorrie Besse love cars. In July of 2014 they sold the business they owned for nearly 30 years, Preston Service Plus. Don worked there for 42 years and Dorrie for about 30 years. The couple has worked well together over the years and continue ..... 
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Harmony Bloodmobile collects 44 units

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 1, 2015, succeeded in collecting 44 units of blood. There were 43 donors that presented and four first-time participants. Congratulations to these three donors who reached the following milestones: • ..... 
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USDA issues safety-net payments to Minnesota farmers facing market downturn

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director, Jane Ray, announced that approximately 92,000 Minnesota farms who enrolled in the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will soon begin receiving financial assis ..... 
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CEDA wins $15,000 “Strong Community” award

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), a Chatfield, Minn. based non-profit economic development firm, was announced as the $15,000 winner of the Federal Home Loan Bank Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) Strong Communities Award for its work ..... 
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Avoid damaging seasonal equipment – tips for proper fuel use Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers tips on how to correctly address fuel use and storage

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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Across the United States this fall and winter, lawn mowers and other seasonal outdoor power equipment should have their remaining fuel removed before a long winter nap. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) offers fuel use and storage tips to ..... 
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Distracted driving simulator at Fillmore Central

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Features

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, following the Veterans Day presentation in the gymnasium, students were welcomed in the cafeteria by Sgt. Troy Christianson with the Minnesota State Patrol. Christianson was borrowing a distracted driving simulator ..... 
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Fillmore Central activities

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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By Matson Kiehne With November gone, and December taking its place, Fillmore Central Schools is a busy place. Between boys and girls basketball, wrestling, One Act, and Fillmore Central’s first year dance team, it’s hard to keep all of them st ..... 
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