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Commissioner's Report


Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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County supports conservation efforts
By Mike McGrathAt last Tuesdays 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 regions surface and groundwater resources.

The commissioners resolution will serve as a support document for BALMMs 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 states Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) program.

According to Mr. Scheidecker, this conservation program would be a part of BALMMs 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 regions water resources.

The CREP program would establish permanent conservation easements along stream riparian zones, around sinkholes, and on highly erodible soils. A chart on Scheideckers 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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Motocycle Grandma, a lifelong Harley fan

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Wykoff woman has ridden motorcycles for over fifty yearsBy Carol ThouinMonday, February 18, 2002

For more than a half century LeOtis Earley Mensink, of Wykoff, has enjoyed a hobby stereotypical of a man. This grandmother ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Feb 15th, 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 15th, 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 15th, 2002
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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, Feb 15th, 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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Birth Announcements

Fri, Feb 15th, 2002
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Wes and Jan Peterson, Spring Valley, and David and Rita (Kramer) Joerg, Preston, announce the birth of their granddaughter, Olivia Marie Kramer, to Josh and Angela (Peterson) Kramer on January 20 at Harrisonburg, Virginia. Great-grandparents are Gord ..... 
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