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Not in my backyard


Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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In the usually quiet burg of Spring Valley, the hot topic of conversation has switched as of late. While recent flooding has left the community with much to contemplate, another issue is sizzling to the forefront. Whats behind all the ruckus is the proposed route that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River State Trail.

It all really started back in 1993, when Spring Valley signed up, along with Chatfield, Fountain, Wykoff, Preston and Ostrander, to develop a joint agreement for developing trails connecting these cities to the existing Root River State Trail and towns such as Lanesboro, Rushford and Houston. The connection, as outlined in the plans, would also head south to Ostrander and LeRoy, eventually connecting up with Mower Countys trail system. Representatives from each of the communities were selected to represent their interests on a committee, which has become known as the Joint Powers Board.

While the Joint Powers Board has been successful in obtaining options to purchase land from some local landowners, a group of concerned farmers from Spring Valley and Wykoff are digging in their heels and refusing to sell. Their beef is not only with the Joint Powers Board, but with Spring Valley City leaders, who they say refuse to hear their concerns.

At the crux of all the fuss is a portion of land thats needed to connect Spring Valleys existing in-town trail to the City Farm, a parcel of land about two miles east of town. The city-owned acreage is slated for a campground and recreational area to accommodate future trail users. That, in itself, is causing neighboring landowners concern, but worse is the threat of condemnation of their land for not agreeing to allow trails on their property. Condemnation is a legal practice that has taken place throughout the county, but to the group of Spring Valley/Wykoff landowners its an ugly word that is pitting neighbor against neighbor and town folk against farmer.
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"Weve lived, raised our family and farmed in Spring Valley for 45 years," said Ruth Kaster, who along with husband, Floyd, operates a large family farm, just on the edge of town. The Kasters are one of the two so-called "hold-outs" and have refused to sell a parcel that would provide an essential link to whats currently planned for Spring Valleys trail system.

While the Kasters admit that very little of their land would be af .....
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Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Chester and Cynthia Curdlecod are the local gourmets of Flabbergast County and one evening last week we were invited to their home for dinner. They take pride in their ability to prepare sumptuous meals from the local fish, fowl and fauna and avoid b ..... 
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Journal Profile # 73

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Name: Winifred Eiken
Home: Henrytown
Age: 63 on April 12
Profession: Amish Tour Guide
Family: Husband - Roger; 2 sons - Ashley and Richard; 2 daughters - Jill and Joan; 12 grandchildren; 1 great ..... 
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Birth Announcements

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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A son, Ethan Daniel Winslow, was born to Patty Winslow of Byron, MN on June 20, 2000. Ethan Daniel was born at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester and was 8 lbs. 11 oz. And 20 1/2 in. long. He has a big brother, Jearith David and maternal grandpar ..... 
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Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Nathan Morse of Chatfield has been named to the spring semester Deans List at Gustavus Adophus College in St. Peter, MN.

Hannah Dahl, daughter of Jon and Debbi Dahl of Spring Valley and Betsy Fink, daughter of ..... 
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