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All roads lead to Trail City


Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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By Bonnie PrinsenMonday, February 26, 2001

According to Rushford’s history, the first white land claimant, E.K. Dyer, came up the river from LaCrosse in 1852. when he reached the place that is now Rushford, he decided to settle because "he had never seen so beautiful a place."

Today, a hundred and fifty years later, it is still rare to hear someone talk about Rushford without mentioning the natural beauty of the area.
Like other areas in Fillmore County, Rushford lies in the midst of the Driftless Area, a small corner of Minnesota that escaped the path of the most recent glacier two million years ago. The driftless area is characterized by well-developed rivers and streams, ancient species of animals and plants, and by exposed bedrock—the beautiful limestone bluffs surrounding Rushford.

Before it was incorporated, Rushford was known as "Trail City" because seven Indian trails converged there. Today, downtown Rushford remains "one of the busiest small towns I can think of," says Rodney Darr of Darr Auction and Realty, who travels in his work as a realtor and as a musician with the popular band Troubleshooter.

Al Morken, mayor of Rushford, refers to today’s equivalent of Trail City as "definitely a full-service town."

Morken’s point is proven with a glance around Rushford’s downtown with its banks, clinics, bakery, newspaper, funeral home, pharmacy, hardware store, numerous restaurants, grocery store, and much more to equal about a hundred businesses in this town of 1,583. Five churches and a school district also serve the area.

Morken has also served as president of the Rushford Area Historical Society since its beginning in 1985. The society’s pet project at the trail center on the Root River Bike Trail has been the restoration of three 1800’s buildings: a depot, schoolhouse, and church.

As a lifelong resident of Rushford, what is Morken most proud of? "The people," he says. "They’re good, hard-working people."

But not so hardworking that they don’t know how to have fun. Morken himself has been known to join the card players at McGeorge’s Restaurant for the regular noon card game, where, if you’re not one of the first seven or eight guys there, you don’t get to play.

For the non-card players, there are other forms of recreation. From Creekside Park with its impressive, volunteer-built, wooden playground, to the community swimming pool and Ferndale golf course, .....
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Opposing views on trail heard

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

The Fillmore County Board listened intently last week to a presentation by proponents of a proposed recreational trail that will run from the City of Spring Valley to a property known as the City Farm, northeast of to ..... 
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Weller sentenced to 10 years

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Lloyd Albert Weller was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, February 22.

As part of a plea bargain agreement, Weller had plead guilty to one co ..... 
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Commission deals with sawmill permit

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, February 26, 2001

“We need to help these sawmills come into compliance with the ordinance,” Mike Tuohy, Chairman of the Fillmore County Planning Commission, said at Thursday’s monthly meeting. [Read the Rest]

Where do we go from here?

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

My friend, Jack lives in Austin and whenever he can get away from his business, he likes to come down here to Forestville to relax and unwind. He was here last Sunday. It was 11 o’clock in the morning when he said tha ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Feb 23rd, 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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Does History Make the Man?

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Editor’s note: The following article was adapted from a school assignment by the author.

"I wanted to be above anything else a politician. Then along comes World War II, marriage, children,” said Lt. Col ..... 
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A Step Back in Time

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 19, 2000

The elderly lady behind the counter says, "Here are your tickets. You must go upstairs now and when you hear the bell, you must come down and begin the tour. No one is allowed into the Clock Museum without a tour guid ..... 
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Beneath Tropical Seas

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Waves roll in and then recede, as the ocean endlessly caresses this lonely tropical shore. Shallow, crystal clear and deliciously warm are the waters of the all-encompassing sea. The white sand beach is deserted, polis ..... 
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