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'Round the Towns


Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Preston Ramon Cruz, 27, of Jalapa, Nicaragua, is spending 13 months at the Dave and Rita Wilson home at Ridgeview Farms in rural Preston, as part of the University of Minnesotas MAST (Minnesota Agricultural Student Trainee) program. The mission of MAST is to "improve global understanding by providing educational and cultural enrichment through international exchange."

Cruz is the first Nicaraguan to participate in the MAST program. His duties at Ridgeview Farms include working in all phases of the 600-sow farrow to finish operation.

Cruz spent eight years of his boyhood in a United Nations refugee camp in Honduras during the Nicaraguan Contra war of the 1980s. Two of his older brothers lost their lives in the conflict. An English teacher by profession, Cruz met Dave and Rita Wilson while they were on a medical/construction mission to Jalapa.

Cruz says that he enjoys the small town friendliness of the people in Fillmore County, and likened it to the area of Nicaragua where he is from. About the impending cold weather, Cruz says that some local people are trying to scare him. "I have never seen snow before," he says, "but Rita has assured me that there is a lot of beauty in winter."

Spring Valley: Spring Valley residents were notified last week, by outgoing city administrator Mike Bubany, that more land may need to be condemned by the city to construct a recreational trail to the City Farm. Earlier this year, the city council, at Bubanys recommendation, condemned 6/100s of an acre for the trail, believing that construction could then proceed.

Now, it appears that one of the landowners along the route never actually signed a purchase option for their property. In taking responsibility for the oversight, Bubany wrote that, "certain public officials in this town knew of the lacking option all along and for whatever reasons did not care to mention it even though it would have prevented this mess."

Bubany told the Journal last week, that the amount of land in question is 8/10s of an acre and it is his understanding that the landowner "will not sign an option".

"If the city wants to proceed with the trail route, they will have to consider condemning this land as well," Bubany said.

Bubanys replacement will be current city clerk/treasurer Deb Zimmer, who will serve as interim city administrator on a three-month trial basis. Bubany pointed out that .....
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Finding his own way

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Young autistic man lands new jobBy Carol ThouinMonday, October 23, 2000

October is most notably known as the month little goblins scramble door to door begging for something sweet. While it may not be as widely known, the ..... 
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Analysis paralysis

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Will someone please make a decision?By Mike McGrath
Monday, October 23, 2000

Last Tuesday, the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners spent yet another lengthy session reviewing more details about the informal agreeme ..... 
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Bergey Family Farms reach "turning point"

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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$8 hogs inspire new ventureBy Wayne PikeMonday, October 16, 2000

Jerry and Jodi Bergey of rural Lanesboro have been farming long enough to have seen lots of changes in the pork industry. Jerry grew up on the farm that he ..... 
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Candidate forum:

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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State Representative District 31BBy Al MathisonMonday, October 23, 2000

This years race for Minnesota State Representative for District 31B is between incumbent Greg Davids (R) and Al Hein (D). Davids was first elected t ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with ..... 
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Journey back to childhood

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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By David ParkerMonday, October 23, 2000

By now, everyone has probably heard of the Harry Potter books written by J.K. Rowlings. These books are classified as childrens books. Consequently, many older people who would enjoy reading them have ..... 
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This work is not for the birds

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"Whats this?" One of the two teenaged boys impatiently thrusts an open plastic margarine tub in my face. "We found it out in the woods just lying on the ground coming back from our tree stands." At the bottom of their ..... 
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