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To the Editor,


Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001Please, please, Fillmore County residents, stop and think before you open our area to developers and/or new residences on "10-acre woodlots." We now, in year 2001, have fertile land, plenty of woods, and relatively unpolluted air and water. This will all change as rapidly as the population increases. Do we want another "suburb" here in these very erodable hills?

Water should be the key to your decisions---whether it is either too much (flooding) or too little (drought). And pollution often takes years to detect, sometimes only after effects such as fish kill are observed.

Last spring gave us an example of flood damage when many gravel roads were washed out….needing help from FEMA to pay for repairs.

And drought? In late August of l964 I moved into this area from rural southwest MN (Bricelyn.) I brought my belongings, and a year’s supply of alfalfa hay, and a sorrel quarterhorse (packed in that order) in a big Funk truck. There was no hay available here. The "corn" was about a foot high. It hadn’t rained all that summer. Wells were going dry; many springs dried up. Neighboring farms had water hauled in from the Preston Creamery (using milk trucks) for their livestock and themselves. Apparently the lowered water table could not handle the needs of the population that lived here in l964….what will happen with many more wells using the water?

In an extended drought many rural homes will probably be abandoned…what happens to the "tax base" then?

The bigger picture is even more potentially disastrous …global warming is apparently disturbing the jet stream. In northeast Washington State (in historically the rainiest part of the U.S.) last summer the apple growers needed to water the trees every day. The Canadian guest (Wm. Thomas) on the Art Bell late-night talk show last week said that records are being set there for sunshine and lack of rainfall, and that wells are drying up. Art Bell responded, "It’s everywhere now."

Is this the reason that people want to escape to Fillmore County? Because it can’t happen here? It has, and it can.

Barbara Upton
Fountain, MN

Please, please, Fillmore County residents, stop and think before you open our area to developers and/or new residences on "10-acre woodlots." We now, in year 2001, have fertile land, plenty of woods, and relatively unpolluted air and water. This will all change as rapidly as the population increases. Do we want .....
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To the Editor,

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001I have been reading about the County Engineer not being offered a contract. I have not heard or seen anything in the paper about the commissions being dissatisfied with his work. This whole thing, to me, smacks of closed meeting ..... 
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Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, March 26, 2001

In response to John Torgrimson's column on March 19, 2001, I was the Lanesboro Art Council Board member that suggested " 'apathy for the organization was so great' that perhaps it would be best t ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Beverly M. Smith

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Beverly M. Smith, 74, of rural Spring Valley, a homemaker, died March 12, 2001 at Spring Valley Care Center, where she had been a patient a short time.

Beverly Maxine Eich was born Jan. 20, 1927, near Ostrander to Frank and Della (Allen) Eic ..... 
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Paul "PJ" James Nelson

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Paul "PJ" James Nelson, 75, of rural Wykoff, died March 13, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a long illness.

He was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Austin, the son of Lars Christian Nikolai and Engeborg (Pedersen) Nielsen. He was r ..... 
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Charles Thomas Murphy

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Charles Thomas Murphy, 78, of Whalan, a retired Quarve and Anderson Construction Co. employee, died March 13, 2001 at Winona Community Hospital.

He was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Lake City and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. H ..... 
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Alzada Margaret Moore

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Alzada Margaret Moore, 84, of Chatfield, a homemaker, died March 9, 2001 at her home.

Alzada Margaret Block was born March 27, 1916, in rural Chatfield and lived in the Chatfield area all her life. On Oct. 7, 1944, she married Thomas R. Moor ..... 
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