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Election 2000:


Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditor’s department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were11,793 registered voters on the roll and that an additional 1,619 people registered during the day at their local precincts. Four precincts reported that they ran out of ballots and had to hand out a photocopied ballot to voters as a substitute. In total, 10,323 persons in Fillmore County (including absentee voters) cast their votes in the historic election of 2000.

In Preston at the courthouse, the tabulations of the vote lasted until 3:05 a.m. on Wednesday, when the results of the last precinct - Chatfield City - were tallied. According to court administrator Jim Attwood, the new vote-counting machine performed well. "It was a big improvement over the old one," Attwood said, "There were no technical glitches."

• In the presidential election, Fillmore County residents chose the Gore/Lieberman ticket over Bush/Cheny by a margin of 48.46% to 44.97%. Green Party candidate Ralph Nader came in at 3.96%.

• For US Senator, Mark Dayton prevailed with 48% of the vote over incumbent Republican Rod Grams, who took 46%.

• US 1st District Representative Gil Gutknecht (58%) handily won over Mary Rieder (38%), who was challenging Gutknecht for the second time.

• Both State Senator Kenric Scheevel and State Representative Greg Davids easily maintained their seats over their Democratic challengers.

• Davids was pleased with the results of his race, but noted that the county had gone to Gore as it had to Clinton in 1996. "This county isn’t a ‘gimme’ for Republicans," Davids told the Journal." When asked about the coming legislative session in January, Davids responded, "I expect to be named Commerce Committee chairman again. I’m looking forward to working with the governor and the Democrats. There will be no gridlock."

• Scheevel spent election night watching the returns with other area Republicans in Rochester. "It sure was a rollercoaster of a night watching the presidential vote come in," he said. In the coming session Scheevel expects that education, property taxes and redistricting will be big issues. Redistricting is the redrawing of the boundaries of election districts due to population changes. It is done once every ten years after the results of the U. S. Census are cal .....
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Sam goes visiting

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 1, 2001

People have been telling me about how much the residents of nursing homes love to see pets such as dogs and cats, so I thought that it would be nice if Sam and I paid them a visit. It was a couple of days after Christma ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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Up In Smoke

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

Lately, there have been many commercials by teenagers on a crusade against smoking. They sight that “Big Tobacco” companies have targeted underaged smokers by using cartoon mascots, supporting high school sporting even ..... 
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Winter Birds

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

January 1, 2001: We hear birds singing and see activity in fir trees as we drive slowly past a farm bordering the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Dana Gardner and I are participating in the Whitewater Christ ..... 
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What’s In A Name?

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

While it may not have mattered much to Romeo’s Juliet, names are of paramount importance to those working in the biological sciences. Naturally, in the absence of names a discussion on virtually any topic would prove at ..... 
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Escape from America

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess I’m a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like it’s going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Rural Free Delivery

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

When it is seventeen minutes past noon, it is time for us to get the mail. Most of the time we can set our clocks by our mail delivery person who is very punctual. I once commented to him regarding his remarkable punct ..... 
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Chicken Run

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

“It’s hard being brave when you’re a chicken.”
~from the movie Chicken Run

I am not much of a golfer. I rationalize my poor scores with the notion that I am involved in too many other activities to dev ..... 
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