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Commissioner's Report


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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County supports conservation efforts
By Mike McGrathAt last Tuesday’s regular session, the Fillmore County Board approved a resolution in support of a regional effort to enroll more land in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).

The Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) administrator, Kevin Scheidecker, presented the resolution to the board as part of an initiative by the Basin Alliance for the Lower Mississippi in Minnesota (BALMM) to protect and restore the region’s surface and groundwater resources.

The commissioner’s resolution will serve as a support document for BALMM’s initiative to obtain funding from the Minnesota Legislature and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the regional CREP effort. Scheidecker explained that the funding for CREP would be a combination of funding from the federal Conservation Reserve Program and the state’s Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) program.

According to Mr. Scheidecker, this conservation program would be a part of BALMM’s Landscape Buffer Initiative to protect groundwater quality and the 700 miles of trout streams in the 11 county region of Southeastern Minnesota. The buffer initiative has set a goal of enrolling over 95,000 acres into landscape buffers that will protect the region’s water resources.

The CREP program would establish permanent conservation easements along stream riparian zones, around sinkholes, and on highly erodible soils. A chart on Scheidecker’s handout showed that Fillmore County currently has 27% of land within 100 feet of a stream in row crops. Soybean production on highly erodible soils and along streamside fields has increased dramatically in the past 20 years, contributing to erosion and stream sediment buildup and threatening water quality and fish habitat.

Chairman Duane Bakke told the other commissioners that he has regularly attended the BALLM meetings and recommended that the board support the program. The board unanimously approved the resolution on a motion by Commissioner Harry Root.

Vaccination concerns
While the Public Health Director Sharon Serfling was before the board on other matters, Commissioner Harry Root expressed concerns that Amish children are not required to have vaccinations, yet they are permitted to come into Fillmore County public schools for special needs.

Ms. Serfling explained that state law requires all children entering kindergarten to be vaccinate .....
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Catching the Olympic spirit

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Cherry Grove couple attends Salt Lake GamesBy Carol ThouinMonday, February 25, 2002

The 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics are now history but for Phil and Jane Hebrink the spirit of the games continues on in memory and ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Feb 22nd, 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, Feb 22nd, 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, Feb 22nd, 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, Feb 22nd, 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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Thompson ~ Schmitt

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Mike Thompson and Lee Ann Thompson are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Lynn Thompson, of Indianapolis, Indiana, to Larry Thomas Schmitt, son of Florian and Dorothy Ann Schmitt, of rural Mabel.

Ms. Thompson, a 1 ..... 
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Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Birth Announcements

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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