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Monday, October 23, 2000


Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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To the Editor,

I would like to commend the Journal for continuing the “Beyond Today” column. You have presented these young writers with a wonderful opportunity.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our youth and for putting out an outstanding newspaper.

Mark O'Neill
Mabel, MN


To the Editor,

We are responding to the article “Trouble in the Big Woods,” in last week’s Journal. The Big Woods are no different than they were twenty years ago. If anything has changed if is from the flood of the spring of 2000 and the logging in the past couple of years. The immigrants that camp and hunt on this land are the reason why the wildlife is disappearing.

Trucks and ATVs have been going through these woods for many years. The farmers that own the land have never complained or posted any trespassing signs before and they have known about this for many years. There hasn’t been a problem until Mr. Topness complained and went to his neighbors about this issue. Previously, we have talked to the land owners about passing through the trails that cross their property. They have always told us that it is not a problem as long as we close their gates and don’t scare their livestock. As far as Mr. and Mrs. Topness are concerned, the trail doesn’t even cross their property.

Just last weekend, we witnessed Mr. Topness and others with him in the Big Woods with trucks and ATVs. So why is Mr. Topness so worried about other people enjoying the trail, when he rides it himself.

One of our concerns is why Mr. Topness didn’t invite both sides of the issue to his meeting. Both sides should be presented in front of Larry Nelson, Regional Director of DNR Region 5 Operations; John Kelly, DNR Area Forester; Dan Book, Conservation Officer; Craig Bloomer, DNR Area Supervisor of Trails and Waterways; Kenric Scheevel, State Senator; Greg Davids, State Representative; two Preble township supervisors; and ten local land owners. We would like to have a meeting with the same people that Mr. Topness had spoke to. This way everyone will have the opportunity to tell their side of the story. We saw in the paper that the county commissioners were invited to this meeting. When we spoke to one of the county commissioners, he said that he didn’t even know about the meeting that Mr. Topness planned.

Our biggest concern is that we want to work out an agreement with the landowners, DNR, and the State of Minn .....
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 22nd, 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 22nd, 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 22nd, 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 22nd, 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 22nd, 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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Marvin O. Severtson

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Marvin Severtson, 73, of Whalan, a longtime farmer, died Monday, October 2, 2000, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Born Jan. 12, 1927, in Whalan, he grew up in Whalan and farmed in the Whalan and Lanesboro areas most of his life. H ..... 
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Hazel A. Mlenar

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Hazel Mlenar, 86, of Spring Valley, a longtime Collins Produce employee, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Olmsted Community Hospital in Rochester.

Hazel A. McNalley was born April 30, 1914, in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in May ..... 
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Carl H. Mandelko

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Carl Mandelko, 97, formerly of Harmony, died Wednesday, October 4, 2000, at the Preston Good Samaritan Center.

Carl was born October 28, 1902, in Howard County, IA, the son of Charles and Ida (Krueger) Mandelko. He moved to Bristol Township, ..... 
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