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Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Spring Valley campout slated to benefit ALSBy Carol ThouinMonday, June 18, 2001

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 30 if you're looking for a fun, family event that combines great food, music and games and benefits Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and is more commonly known as Lou Gehrigs Disease. This progressive disease affects about one in every 100,000 people and causes muscle weakness, decreased coordination and difficulties with speech, breathing and swallowing. There is currently no cure.

In February, the Journal reported on the Sam and Gloria Blakeslee family from Spring Valley whose son, Wes, was diagnosed with the debilitating disease three years ago. Over the past three years, the Blakeslees have worked tirelessly to support their son by raising awareness and funds for research for a cure. Joining in that effort are two Spring Valley couples, Bill and Arlene Johnson and Paul and Suz Eberle who, along with the Blakeslee family, are about to kick-off their third annual pork chop dinner and ALS camp out on the grounds of Spring Valley's United Methodist Church.

Bill and Arlene Johnson's connection to the Blakeslee family started years ago when Bill was the vocational agriculture teacher in Spring Valley. "I had all the Blakeslee boys in my class," said Bill. "When we found out that Wes had ALS we wanted to help in any way we could. Suz Eberle, who attended school with the Blakeslee children, recalls a strong desire to get involved with community awareness and fund raising when she learned of Wes's diagnosis. "It really hits home when someone you know is stricken with such a disease," she said. After chatting one day after church the three families decided a camp out on church grounds would be a fun way to raise awareness and money for ALS research. "We have a nice, beautiful lawn -- a really pretty spot for this," said Arlene. The Methodist church staff, parishioners and many throughout the community have generously supported the campout, but the Johnsons and Eberles would like to see even more participate. "It would be great if we served food until it ran out," said Arlene.

Those who wish to camp can park their rigs on the grassy lawn beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30th. A delicious grilled, smoked pork chop dinner, which includes a baked potato, beans, cole slaw and a roll is topped off w .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Council postpones decision on police chiefBy John TorgrimsonMonday, June 25, 2001

It shouldnt take eight weeks, interim Police Chief John Tuchek told the Lanesboro City Council at Monday nights meeting. Tuchek was reacting to the council w ..... 
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Spend it, then shut off the lights

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, June 25, 2001

The countys Social Services Director, Thomas Boyd, was first on the agenda at last Tuesdays special meeting of the County Board. Boyds educational presentation was highlighted with explanations of budgets, and of what ..... 
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Journey to the lost city

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Traveling the Yucatan Peninsula -- with kids!By Al MathisonMonday, June 25, 2001

When we get to Cancun, were going to do something totally different and adventurous, I told my wife, Linda. We would rent a car and head so ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jun 22nd, 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


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

Fri, Jun 22nd, 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 22nd, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

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

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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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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Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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