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Flood meeting held


Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

After being flooded three times in as many weeks this summer, Spring Valley is looking at ways to prevent the same thing from happening in the future.

So last Monday, August 7, a host of local, state, and federal officials got together in Spring Valley to look at their options. Senator Kenric Scheevel, who organized the meeting, said at the outset that the day would be for foundation building, “to get people together to see what can be done.”

Terry Engle, of the Army Corps of Engineers, gave various options for the city. He cautioned that a preliminary study by the Corps could take up to a year and that any work on a flood control project could take over five years to begin. In the meantime he said structures in the flood plain that were most susceptible to flooding could be bought.

John Nicholson, of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), encouraged the city to seek a partnership with area farmers, an “alliance with the entire watershed,” as he called it. He said there were funds available through the US Congress for flood control projects. A preliminary study by the NRCS would take three to six months, he indicated.

After further input from other representatives, Spring Valley city officials determined their plan of action: 1) They will request NRCS to conduct a study to determine eligibility for a small watershed program. 2) Will work with Fillmore County officials to form a joint powers board to oversee flood mitigation activities. 3) Will submit a request to the Army Corps of Engineers to research long-term comprehensive flood control projects for the Root River.

After the meeting Senator Scheevel commented, “This meeting set the foundation. We got the community members and agencies to the table and we were successful in identifying and addressing the needs of the community. Every journey begins with a first step, and this is definitely a successful first step.”
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Like getting paid for fishing

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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In search of the endangered Blanding’s Turtle
By John P. LevellMonday, August 14, 2000

This is work? A real, honest-to-goodness paying job catching turtles, easily my all-time favorite animal with the possible exception of dogs. This ..... 
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More Highlights from the

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Fillmore County FairBy Virginia CooperMonday, August 14, 2000

There were so many great questions asked; last week we heard about all the trouble with tomato blight. This week will focus on Rust Diseases, especially in lawns.

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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

"Not in my backyard," read a recent "Journal" article about the proposed trail that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River Trail system. "Not in my backyard," say the neighbors of the Reiland dairy farm and the Mi ..... 
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The elusive Blue Racer

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000

In an edition of this column published earlier this year (Fillmore County Journal Vol. 15, No. 34, May 29, 2000) we briefly examined how the physical geography of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, in combination with th ..... 
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Vanishing America

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

Ever since I read about Lilly and her general store in his book, Jailhouse Stories, I’ve been asking Neil Haugerud to take me over to the little burg of Amherst for a visit.

"You’ve never met Lilly?" Neil always ..... 
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Cars

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

My grandfather on my father’s side was quite mature when I was born. I’m sure he must have been almost seventy. I don’t think that I got to know him very well before he passed on. He wasn’t the type to bounce you on his ..... 
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A conversation about farming

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

A farmer friend of mine, who has been milking cows for the past 30 years, was recently lamenting the fact that all of his immediate neighbors no longer milk cows for a living.

“The valley used to be full of dai ..... 
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What I do when I can’t find anything to do

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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It helps if I make a list of things to do when I have the time. I think of all the nice things that I might be able to do for the people less fortunate than I am; such as giving advice to those in need of it and time to the timeless.

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