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Monday, October 30, 2000


Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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To the Editor,

To the Editor,
A big thank you for the article "Finding his own way" (Journal, October 23). Very few medias would recognize what a human interest this story is for so many in our local community. It shows interest in all people
and it shows the committment our schools and local businesses have to assist their residents in having a full life in the local community.

As a parent of a child with disabiliites who has just began job training at ALCO in Spring Valley, it gives me great hope for the future. Thanks to local business people like Ed McLeod and Don Lanning, our young adults with disabilities can say they have a future in their home towns. Hats off to those business members, the local schools, and yourself for recognizing this potential and supporting it!

Rita Wiersma
Spring Valley, MN


To the Editor,

To the Editor,
I would like to respond to the letter to the editor from Mr. Linder and Mr. Veschio that blamed the damage in the Big Woods area to the flood of 2000.

Our family moved to Fillmore County almost 15 years ago. Being trail riders we felt fortunate to live so close to a unique untouched area. We could ride four to five hours on old logging roads enjoying the quiet, flowers, wildlife and just sheer beauty of nature. You never saw any refuse or misuse of the trails. Everyone should see the rock formation called Cabbage Rock. Itís part of the Fillmore County heritage. In visiting with many life residents about local history of the Big Woods and the Shattuck Springs area you soon realize the area is something to save for future generations.

I donít remember the exact year that the misuse began but I know about five years ago we started seeing huge ruts that were full of stagnant water. As each year goes on the stream crossings are more damaged and you now see garbage, pop and beer cans in this beautiful area. Iíve visited with some young men telling about being stuck in the mud so bad they had to spend the night before someone could come to pull them out.

This summer my husband and I rode down through there and couldnít believe the damage in the last five years. We notice more traffic of trucks by our place and have sat on our deck and can hear motors roaring over three or four miles away.

We have complained to the DNR but commend Larry Topness for taking the time to draw attention to the problem. We arenít saying it shou .....
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr., 98, formerly of the Mabel and Burr Oak areas, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at the Harmony Health Care Center where he had resided seven years.

He was born June 21, 1902, in Henrytown and attended school there. On ..... 
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Mildred S. Livingood

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Mildred S. Livingood, 94, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

Mildred S. Johnson was born March 31, 1906 at Amherst, Fillmore County, grew up and attended school in Fillmore County. In ..... 
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Jayne Ilene Gossman

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Jayne Ilene Gossman, 69, of Preston, died September 20, 2000 at the home of her daughter in Granger, MN.

Jayne Finstad was born March 27, 1931 in Sunburg, MN, the daughter of Richard and Marina (Swenson) Finstad. She grew up in the area and a ..... 
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Howard Shipton

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Howard Shipton, 83, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Spring Valley, died August 17, 2000.

He was born August 29, 1916, near Spring Valley. After a medical discharge from the Army, he trained at Austin Technical School to become a machinist. He lived ..... 
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Lorena Lynn Segura

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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A graveside service was held Tuesday, October 24, 2000 in Fillmore Cemetery in the Village of Fillmore for Lorena Lynn Segura, the stillborn daughter of Amanda Harper and Marcello Segura. The Rev. Glenn K. Frerichs officiated.

She was stillb ..... 
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Harold Rath

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Harold Rath, 68, of Chatfield, died Wednesday, October 25, 2000, at his home.

He was born June 22, 1932, in Wykoff. He attended rural Chatfield elementary school and St. John's Lutheran school and graduated from Chatfield High School in 1951 ..... 
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Marian Olness

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Marian Olness, 75, of Chatfield, died Saturday, October 21, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where she had been a patient since October 11.

Marian Irene Jones was born October 28, 1924, in Pilot Mound. She attended school in Chatf ..... 
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Vance Knauf

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Vance Knauf, 84, of Chatfield, a retired farmer, died Tuesday, Oct 24, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester of complications following open-heart surgery. He had been hospitalized since October 15.

Born October 28, 1915, in rural St. C ..... 
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