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Fillmore County Fair receives hefty donation


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Fillmore County Fair

Each year, thousands flock to Preston for Fillmore County’s grand celebration, eager to fulfill the annual summer tradition. Slated to run Tuesday, July 22 through Saturday, July 26 in 2014, the five-day event showcases the county’s flourishing agriculture and talented exhibitors. Capped with grandstand entertainment ranging from a variety of live music and demolition derby, to thrilling bull riding and Triple B Rodeo, as well as contests of strength, a pedal tractor pull, 5K run/walk, food to whet any appetite, and a midway carnival, the fair is bursting with things to do.

Recent years have been a challenge to county fairs as upkeep and maintenance costs, as well as entertainment expenses, continue to rise. Financial donations have been key to keeping the long-standing tradition going. The 15-member board works year round to make contacts with local companies, many with agricultural ties. Last year, a familiar conversation about the fair and projects between Fillmore County Fair board member Doug Lind and Winneshiek Cooperative Board member Doug Van Sloten lead to a lucky break for the fair.

“Like most fair boards, we have limited funds. We were talking and he told me, ‘Find a project and send a proposal.’ There are probably funds we can send your way,” said Lind. “I knew there was the ability to find some matching funds and was told they could probably make a sizeable donation, but I had no idea how much that could be.”

Patiently waiting for the right project, the board made the determination that it would earmark funds for repair of the massive main barn. Earlier this year, the fair board received quotes from contractors on the repainting of the steel roof and submitted their proposal to Winneshiek Cooperative Association. The cooperative approved a gracious $5,000 donation towards the $12,000 project. Through a “Sharing Success” matching funds program from CoBank, a financial institution for many area cooperatives, the fair board was thrilled when the project was matched 100 percent, adding another $5,000 donation. This spring, the barn project was lined up and completed with the funds channeled through the Fillmore County Agricultural Society. “It was perfect timing,” added Lind.

“It’s nice to see that an agricultural outlet sees the value of donations. To me, it’s a donation to the kids,” he continues. “They’re giving to a very strong agricultural community. .....
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Rushford Village weeds out issue; looks ahead

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following the Tuesday, July 15 council meeting, the City of Rushford Village has taken decisive action against the flourishing thistle population within its borders. According the Mayor Gordon Johnson, a specific complaint regarding a property was b ..... 
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Engagement - Snyder ~ Meisch

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Amber Rae Snyder and Christopher John Meisch are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Amber is the daughter of Mary Ann and Marlin Carrier of Rushford, Minn. and the late Kerry Snyder. She is a graduate of Rushford-Peterson ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Rafe Andrew Horihan

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Liam and Fiona are proud to announce the birth of their baby brother! Rafe Andrew Horihan was born on June 8, 2014 to Kevin and Laura Horihan of Lanesboro, Minn. He weighed 9 pounds 11 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are John and ..... 
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Grand View Grows From Land

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

John Weiss, Senior Staff Writer for the Rochester Post Bulletin, had been nudging me for several months to talk about my consulting work. We finally caught up with each other in my garden during asparagus season, and he wrote this article for his we ..... 
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$1,500 donated to the Rushford-Peterson High School Trapshooting League

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The Bluff Country Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association donated $1,500 to the Rushford-Peterson High School Trapshooting League. Competitive trapshooting now involves more prep students in Minnesota than hockey does and is by far the sta ..... 
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Aug Estate

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Legals

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No.: 23-PR-14-545 In Re: Estate of Conrad Jean Aug, Decedent. NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REP ..... 
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Notice of Public Hearing

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Legals

Fillmore County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Fillmore County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Boardroom – Room 601L, 101 Fillmore St. W., Preston, MN, for the purpose of considering the ..... 
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SWCD offers $500 returning college student scholarship

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Are you a college student returning to school this fall? Could you use an additional $500 for college expenses? Are you pursuing a degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture or related field? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you s ..... 
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