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SPRING THAW REMINDER - FLOODING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE


Tue, Mar 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Lincoln, Neb., March 9, 2010 - As spring approaches, State Farm Insurance encourages area residents to be aware of their local risk for flooding and recommends precautions to protect lives and property.

Before a flood:

• Learn how to shut off all utilities.

• Secure shelves and water heaters to nearby walls.

• Raise electrical system components.

• Consider installing check valves in your plumbing to prevent flood water backup.

• Collect emergency building supplies, such as plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, hammer, nails, saw, pry bar, shovels and sandbags.

• Be aware of weather conditions that could prompt flooding.

• Listen to local broadcasts for emergency information and evacuate immediately if told to do so.

• Organize an evacuation plan and establish an emergency meeting place should your family get separated.

• Park, lock and leave vehicles at a higher elevation.

"One of the most important ways to prepare for a flood is to buy a flood insurance policy," said State Farm Catastrophe Coordinator Kevin English. "Flooding generally is not covered by homeowners' policies, so this is a good time of year to check with an insurance agent."

A flood policy normally takes 30 days from the date of purchase to go into effect, English said, so do not put off buying a policy until a flood is imminent.

State Farm, like many insurance companies, issues flood insurance under an arrangement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The policy is issued in State Farm's name and State Farm handles claims using the rules, coverages and procedures specified by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For more information about NFIP, go to www.fema.org.

During a flood:

• Never walk or drive through rushing flood waters.

• Avoid rising waters, storm drains and sewers. Move to higher ground.

• Never enter buildings surrounded by flood waters.

• Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.

• Keep children and pets away from flood water.

About State Farm®:

State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,700 agents and more than 67,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts - almost 79 million auto, fire, .....
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F & M Community Bank promotes Mary Schwarz to assistant vice president

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

At a recent Board of Directors meeting, Mary Schwarz was appointed as an officer of F & M Bank with the title of Assistant Vice President. This promotion recognizes her achievements, abilities and responsibilities at F & M Community Bank and it is a ..... 
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Houston County Historical Society Book Sale

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Houston County Historical Society will hold its 15th annual used book sale on Saturday, March 20, from 8:00am - 3:00pm and Sunday, March 21, from 1-4pm in the Houston County Historical Society Center, 404 East Main St., Caledonia, MN. Thousands ..... 
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Electric Co-ops to host free home efficiency expo March 18

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Home Efficiency Expo is once again coming to the Nob Hill Supper Club. The free event, which is sponsored by Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative, Hawkeye REC and Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC), will be held Thursday, March 18, from 4:3 ..... 
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Lanesboro Local to host a Local Foods Buyer/Grower Exchange

Thu, Mar 4th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Sunday, March 14 from 2 - 4 p.m., Lanesboro Local will host a local foods "speed-dating" Buyer/Grower Exchange at The Cottage House Inn, 209 Parkway Avenue N in Lanesboro. "It's an opportunity for local farmers, gardeners and food producers to meet l ..... 
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Spring Valley attorney elected to ethics committee

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently appointed Spring Valley attorney Kelly M. Wagner as chair of the Tenth District Bar Association's Ethics Committee. The Tenth District includes Freeborn, Mower and Fillmore counties. Ms. Wagner replaces Albert Lea ..... 
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Fillmore County Journal expands distribution footprint

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

In an effort to provide greater reach for advertisers in the Fillmore County Journal, the newspaper has expanded its distribution into strategic high traffic locations beyond Fillmore County, in communities such as Eyota, Lewiston, Rochester, St. Ch ..... 
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CenturyLink service areas may qualify for assistance programs

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Low-income consumers in (state) may qualify for assistance programs that will reduce the cost of initial telephone installation and basic monthly service, according to a recent announcement from CenturyLink. The company is spreading the word about t ..... 
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Minnesota energy natural gas final rates drop, small refund to follow in March 2010

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) has approved new final natural gas rates effective January 1, 2010, for customers of Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation ("MERC"), a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group (NYSE: TEG). The new rates w ..... 
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