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Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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People need to trust the American farmerBy Steve EickhoffMonday, January 7, 2002Editor’s note: Mr. Eickhoff is writing in response to a column written by John Torgrimson in the December 24, 2001 issue of the Journal, entitled “What about Fillmore County?” The article focused on American farm policy and the recent actions of the Environmental Working Group, an environmental research organization, to list on the internet the names of farmers and the amounts in farm payments they have received from the federal government from 1996-2000.

Dear Mr. Torgrimson,

I enjoy your reporting and your level headed approach towards the topics you cover. Therefore I feel you will be willing to listen to a farmer’s point of view on your editorial in the December 24, 2001, Of People, Places and Things.

I’m concerned about the commentary on farm programs and farming practices by members of the media. Statements are printed by the media without facts and statistics to back them up. These statements strike fear in the general public that farmers are destroying the ecology while getting rich on government subsidies. This point of view is fueled by fear driven by environmental activism and an uninformed public that does not understand all that is accomplished by the farm program. I think a basic lesson in economics, and farming as it is done today is in order.

You speak of an entitlement program for farmers like we’re on welfare. This so called entitlement program trickles down to every sector of the rural economy and a big portion of the urban economy as well. If setting aside land would raise the price of grain (and I sincerely doubt it would happen) who wins and who loses? Farmers would do less work and theoretically earn the same amount of money. They would not need to spend money on seed, fertilizer, chemicals, fuel, machinery, and a vast array of supplies and services would not be needed. What happens to the people who provide these services? When farming is unprofitable who takes the first hit? Equipment manufacturers and dealers, are all beneficiaries of farm programs, which directly effects many major urban areas.

A large portion of the uninformed public would like to know why farmers are paid for over producing. As long as there are 29,000 people dying of malnutrition daily the problem is not overproduction. If we are overproducing why are our grain reserves not growing? If we set aside land or limit production in order to drive up .....
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Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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Health Talk & You

Bacteria that resist treatment
By Will Hueston, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D.Monday, January 7, 2002Bacteria once were the major cause of life-threatening diseases in animals and humans. All that changed in the 1 ..... 
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Referendum to be held on bridge bonding

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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Ambulance and Fire crews to be separate in the futureBy John P. LevellMonday, December 24, 2001

At 5:16 PM, Mayor John Brose called the Dec. 17, 2001 Lanesboro City Council meeting to order. Council members John Dollar, Hal Cropp, Kevi ..... 
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Commissioners approve Barr subdivision

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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Discuss addition to courtsBy Mike McGrathOn a motion by Commissioner Randy Dahl, the Fillmore County Board approved the preliminary plat for the Barr subdivision in Fillmore Township.

The approval came with six conditions, most of whi ..... 
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Budget deficit, bonding, redistricting and stadium deals

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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A pre-session conversation with state legislators Kenric Scheevel and Greg DavidsBy John TorgrimsonMonday, January 7, 2002

Editor’s note: The Minnesota Legislature will open their 2002 session on January 29. While the primary busines ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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