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Monday, October 2, 2000


Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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To the Editor,

The question has been asked, "Are we better off today?" The answer would be "NO" for us who live in Rural American.

There are many so-called solutions to "save" our towns. Tourism, trails and arts will not save our local implement dealers, veterinarians, and other businesses we as family farmers rely on. We welcome tourists to visit our beautiful area. However, we don’t want to simply become a nostalgic warm fuzzy view of the past.

"Small farms cannot exist in a vacuum as relics of days gone by preserved for tourists or nostalgia for how most everyone’s great grandparents lived. Small farms are a vital functioning part of a working landscape that includes Jeffersonian entrepreneurs of all kinds – locally owned grocery stores, garages, machinery dealerships, and other businesses operating on a similar scale as the farmers they both serve and depend on." Clark Hinsdale, Vermont

The preceding quote was taken from "A Time to Act", a report of the USDA National Commission on Small Farms, written in January, 1998.

A similar study, "A Time to Choose", was conducted by Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland in 1979. No one listened. As a result, are we better off today than we were 20 years ago?!?

We must elect people who will speak up for Rural America and can work together on bi-partisan efforts to solve the complex problems we are facing. Also we expect our elected officials to help bring our tax dollars back to SE Minnesota, which has not receive its fair share the last few years.

Judy Emery
Mabel, MN

To the Editor,

The question has been asked, "Are we better off today?" The answer would be "NO" for us who live in Rural American.

There are many so-called solutions to "save" our towns. Tourism, trails and arts will not save our local implement dealers, veterinarians, and other businesses we as family farmers rely on. We welcome tourists to visit our beautiful area. However, we don’t want to simply become a nostalgic warm fuzzy view of the past.

"Small farms cannot exist in a vacuum as relics of days gone by preserved for tourists or nostalgia for how most everyone’s great grandparents lived. Small farms are a vital functioning part of a working landscape that includes Jeffersonian entrepreneurs of all kinds – locally owned grocery stores, garages, machinery dealerships, and other businesses operating on a similar scale as the farmers they b .....
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 1st, 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 1st, 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 1st, 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 1st, 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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Ronald V. Stull

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Ronald V. Stull, 87, died September 23, 2000 at Ostrander Nursing Home.

He was born Aug. 4, 1913, in Mazeppa. He graduated from Mazeppa High School and the University of Minnesota with a degree in accounting. On September 7, 1940, he married ..... 
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Gayle F. Pruitt

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Gayle F. Pruitt, 63, of Mountain Home, Idaho, formerly of Cresco, died of natural causes September 22, 2000 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

She was the former Gayle F. Blaser. Her husband, Gary, died in 1991.

Survivors include a ..... 
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Donald Patterson

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Donald Patterson, 82, of Canton, a former farmer and city employee, died September 24, 2000 at Tweeten Health Care Center in Spring Grove.

He was born January 12, 1918, in Winneshiek County, Iowa. On Oct. 25, 1942, he married Marjorie Trouten ..... 
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Dianna L. Horsley

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Dianna L. Horsley, 61, of Rochester, a former secretary, died of cancer September 27, 2000 at Saint Marys Hospital where she had been a patient four days. She had been ill two years.

Dianna L. Thompson was born February 6, 1939, in Lanesboro, ..... 
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