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Emergency Responders...A Thank You


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Features

They’re common professions named to the “what I want to be when I grow up” list from our days in elementary school... a fireman, a police officer, a doctor (in which here we can relate to paramedics or EMTs). Appreciation for each of these positions starts at a young age as these are the people who keep us safe, protect us from harm, and serve as idols and people to look up to.

What is even more amazing about our emergency responders in Fillmore and Houston counties is that the majority of them are volunteers, ready to jump into action at the sound of the pager no matter if they’re at work, enjoying a local athletic game, or sleeping in the middle of the night.

Our small communities are more lucky than we often consider ourselves to be, and the fact that we have so many generous individuals willing to volunteer their time should not be taken for granted. Being on an emergency response team is a 24-hour around the clock job, which takes a huge amount of commitment.

Emergency responders have a lot to deal with. Their jobs extend beyond responding to distress calls. To be a firefighter, paramedic or even a police officer today takes a considerable amount of initial training and continuous refresher courses from there.

Over the past year we’ve seen a few of our Fillmore and Houston county communities meet the challenge of finding enough individuals to sustain emergency response teams, particularly ambulance crews. The fact that several communities of less than 1,000 people are able to sustain is truly something to be grateful for.

Let’s not overlook any of the aspects that our fire deparments, ambulance staffs and police departments contribute. Many departments and crews are a large part of our community celebrations through the various parades and hosting community dances. And, let’s not forget the charitable donations that some departments make each year and the volunteer work they do to make our communities the great places to live that they are.

Our emergencies responders truly do possess characteristics that not everyone does. It takes a special personality to provide us the broad scope of public service that they do. And because of this we should be thankful.

The emergency response team members in our local communities are our neighbors, friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances. The next time we see them, giving them a simple ‘th .....
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EMT honored for 20 years of service - Rebecca Schmidt

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Features

Rebecca Schmidt, a critical care paramedic with Tri-State Ambulance was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years as a Nationally Registered EMT. This d ..... 
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Fire Trucks: Oldies but goodies

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Features

As a firefighter with the Fountain Fire Department, I have great admiration for those I serve with in our region. At any time, the pager can rapidly chirp and vibrate, signaling immediate response by those who make a commitment to serve their neigh ..... 
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Search for Miss Teen Fillmore County announced

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Features

If you are single, never been married between the ages of 13 to 18 years, applications are being accepted for the title of “2014 Miss Teen Fillmore County!” Miss Teen Fillmore County will represent her county at the Miss Teen Minnesota Pageant, ..... 
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Leather and Pipes ride to Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Leather and Pipes Motorcycle Run visited Lanesboro, Minn., on August 17, 2013 during this year’s sixth Annual fundraiser for the event with riders raising money for cancer awareness and to help find a cure. The Leather and Pipes Rally began ..... 
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Theater for the Thirsty brings “The Rough and the Holy” to Rushford

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All Features

By Mitchell Walbridge The East Fillmore Chapter of Thrivent Financial in conjunction with none other than the original Twin Cities based theater group Theater for the Thirsty invite the public to a special, uplifting theatrical production titled ..... 
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Peterson set for a big trail town celebration

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

By Kirsten Zoellner The Taste of the Trail, now in its third season, is a Root River Trail premier event. Showcasing nine towns along the trail, during various weekends, the event is the culmination of unique events, the beauty of the natural surro ..... 
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A deserved “Day Off” for many

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Canton Features

The residents of Canton, Minn. celebrated Canton Day Off from Friday, August 16 until Sunday, August 18, 2013 for the town celebration. Although the City of Canton may not be large in size, the town hosts a big celebration, Canton Day Off, with r ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

In the August 19 edition of the Fillmore County Journal in the article titled “Harmony discusses musician carving project,” it was stated that a motion was made to place one of the statues at the town hall. However, it should have been specified ..... 
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