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Spring Sports Preview


Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Baseball Preview

Last year’s baseball season ended with upstart Fillmore Central/Lanesboro making a surprise trip to Austin. They were the last county ‘ball’ team standing. But the Falcons, and four of the other five Fillmore County Journal covered baseball squads, finished below five hundred for the season. It means there is certainly room for improvement in 2014.

Chatfield baseball highlights the county’s diamond action. The Gophers, under Brian Baum, were the only plus-500 team (11-7). Their campaign ended with a loss to FC/L in the third game of the 1A East tournament. With their entire pitching rotation returning intact, Chatfield should again be very competitive. Fourth-year players, seniors, Nate Skare (P/1B) and Jake Neis (P/SS) lead the way. Skare is one of the best throwers in the 3-Rivers, Neis one of the best shortstops and lead-off men. Junior Tommy Jech (1B) rounds of the pitching triumvirate. The Gophers also have experienced players in Zach Eggers (Sr. IF), Drew Hurley (Jr. IF), Noah Grant (Sr. IF), Sawyer Prinsen (Sr. C, if his back is healed) and Ben Pierce (Sr. OF).

Keith Larson’s FC/L Falcons are pretty much void of varsity pitching experience. Nick Ebner and Jake Tammel graduated, and Josh Jones is out with an injury. FC/L also lost starting shortstop and lead-off man Niko Anderson to track. The Falcons will thus be led by returning senior starters Andy Love (3B), who has a propensity to get on base, Clay Olson (C), Nick Powell (OF) and Garret Boggs (2B). After that, it will be all new or nearly new guys. The Falcons started last season 2-10, then went 3-2 in the play-offs. They lost to Hayfield in the Sectional final four and were 1A East runner-ups (5-12).

The GMLOK Bulldogs, after a one-win in 2012, doubled their total in 2013 under first year coach Brad Reiter. They finished 2-11, losing to Lake City in the 1AA East quarters. One of their two wins was over state consolation winner Wabasha-Kellogg. Senior Isaac Tangen pitched that win and is back. Trenton Bleifus (senior, SS/P), a four-year player, also returns as an offensive-defensive anchor. Quinn Larson (So. OF), Blake Olson (Jr. 2B), Josh Shorter (So. C), Doug Sabatke (Sr. DH/1B), Wyatt Richardson (Jr. OF), and Isiah Bubany (Jr. P/OF) also played or started a season ago. Jacob Rindels (Jr. IF) is back after playing as a frosh.

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One Moment Please... Congratulations Abigail Hanson

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I would like to be the first to publicly congratulate Abigail Hanson, a senior at Mabel-Canton High School, for being selected as the recipient of the 2014 Journal StudentWriting Project Scholarship. Since 2010, the Fillmore County Journal has contr ..... 
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In response to “Corned Corn”...

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As cattlemen and cattlewomen from Fillmore County, we are concerned by the recent commentary article “Corned Corn” published on March 14, 2014 in the Fillmore County Journal which suggests that going “meatless” is somehow heal ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: How is my community unique?

By Abigail Hanson

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

What images and memories do you recall when you think of fall? Many might say the fall colors on the trees, while others think of the cool weather, hot cocoa and soup. Maybe you think of the apples and pumpkins ripening in the trees and fields, or th ..... 
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One good turn

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

After six years of searching following my graduation from college and my semester of student teaching, I have landed a full time job. Despite five years experience as a teacher, the position is not in education due to both a cultural and governmental ..... 
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Preston, home of The Driftless Fly Fishing Co.

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This is no fish tale. There is a new business in Preston, Minn. that may reel you in hook, line, and sinker. Well hook and line anyway. No sinkers involved here. If you, a friend or family member loves to fly fish or have always wanted to learn n ..... 
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Fountain City Council approves Structure Lease Agreement

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on the evening of Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with all council members present as well as City Clerk Ronda Flattum and Police Chief Tom Mosher. Consent agenda items approved included the minutes from the March ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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