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Fri, Jun 1st, 2001
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The Quilting of AmericaBy Diane Jensen and Lola SchoenrichMonday, June 4, 2001

Energy was a major issue before the Minnesota Legislature this year. The POWER Campaign was active at the Capitol, working for the elements of our energy system most vital to Minnesotans. The POWER Campaign is a broad coalition of more than two dozen environmental, consumer advocacy, and labor organizations promoting clean, reliable, affordable electricity. The Minnesota legislature had an opportunity to make real progress on increasing conservation, ad-vancing renewables, reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants, and protecting low-income people from staggering energy bills. While we made small steps in those directions, there is more work to be done next session.

POWER argued that the first step in keeping the lights on was to conserve as much as possible and meet the remaining need with a mix of renewable energy and clean modern technologies. A February Pioneer Press poll found that two-thirds of Minnesotans agreed. Like most Minnesotans, POWER viewed fossil fuels as the last choice. POWER maintained that ratepayers must be protected from huge price increases associated with deregulation, and that the most vulnerable citizens should get much needed assistance with high bills. POWER also worked to protect the workers who have delivered a reliable electric system for the past hundred years.

The Chamber of Commerce, the states biggest businesses, and the largest utilities began the session arguing for deregulation of the electric utility industry. POWER worked to keep deregulation off the table and fought successfully against the effort by big business to move us to a California-style break-down of our electricity system. We thank the Legislature and the Ventura Administration for closing the window on that proposal. But the threat of unregulated monopoly power in electricity generation still looms. With companies continuing to exercise their political power, the challenge remains to protect the public interest.

We appreciate that the Legislature recognized the importance of energy conservation, and requires state buildings to lead the way. But, they missed a golden opportunity to double conservation in the state. This could meet at least half our electricity needs in the next decade. They opted for more modest increases phased in over time. The bill also wisely included a much-needed provision that utility investment in low-income .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Jun 1st, 2001
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Sticker ShockBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 28, 2001

Lanesboro City Council members were groping for answers on Monday night as to how they would pay the city’s $124,000 cost-share on the proposed Coffee Street Project.

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No meeting

Fri, Jun 1st, 2001
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Monday, June 4, 2001

The Fillmore County Commissioners do not meet on fifth Tuesdays.

Remembering the Art of Farming

Fri, Jun 1st, 2001
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Conversations with elder farmersEditied by Beth WaterhouseMonday, June 4, 2001

Editor’s Note: American farming practices have changed dramatically since World War II. Larger farms, animal confinement, genetic modi ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jun 1st, 2001
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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


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jun 1st, 2001
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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, Jun 1st, 2001
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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.

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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Jun 1st, 2001
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©Maxxximum Madcap

Answer:

GETTING THE LEAD OUT

Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Jun 1st, 2001
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©Maxxximum MadcapWeekly cartoon, Max, Maxxx, Maxxximum, Madcap, food for thought, fud 4 thot
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