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Walking Fillmore County


Fri, Dec 10th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

We've just had our first major snowfall of the season and now the sun is shining in a blue sky. The bike/walking trails around Preston, where I live, will not be good for walking again until spring unless we have an unusually significant thaw. An exception is the Trout Run Trail that follows the Root through town, a trail that is plowed along with the roads.

Over the past year, my husband has been studying maps of Fillmore County and through them has discovered other good areas to walk, like the forest road and paths along Diamond Creek not far from Whalan, the trails at Good Earth Village near Wykoff, and the many forestry roads and paths around Isinours Junction just four miles from our house. Of course, the DNR Wildlife Management Areas and Scientific and Natural Areas are good, too. But none of these places is very accessible for walking in winter due to the snow. Another exception, however, along with Trout Run Trail, is Forestville State Park, where some of the roads are plowed and a few snowmobile trails provide hard-packed snow that is walkable.

I am grateful for the many walking opportunities in Fillmore County, leading through upland and lowland hardwood forests, grasslands, along perennial streams and into the bluffs that rise above them, opportunities that have enabled me to find more than 200 species of birds, more than 40 species of butterflies and more than 100 species of wildflowers. In the forest, a deer and her fawn approached me close enough to touch. I watched muskrats swim in the South Fork of the Root River near where I used to live. In Blagsvedt Run, which flows into the South Fork, I saw brook trout spawn before my surprised eyes. In the bluffs, I found tiny bones of little mammals eaten by coyotes or some other creatures. I saved the little bones.

My husband and I are both interested in geology and Fillmore County may be the most interesting county geologically in the state. The County Geological Survey maps and text have been invaluable in our study of rock outcroppings, where layers of limestone, dolostone, sandstone, slate and shale appear. The county is part of the "Driftless Area," which escaped some of the Ice Age glaciations that elsewhere scoured and scraped the top soils, tore up underlying rock, mixed it all together and carried it on with the ice. The rock here, undisturbed by the last glaciers, but cut into by glacial meltwater, became our blufflands. The carbonate bedrock of limestone and dolo .....
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One Moment, please... We should feel lucky

Mon, Dec 6th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

I know many of our readers grew up in a small town and possibly even in Fillmore County.

They are used to the norms of life in a small town, which is often a novelty t ..... 
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Social Security attack part two

Fri, Nov 26th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By R.L. Sauer, MD

Politicians and political operatives who wish to fool us into thinking they're fiscally responsible or have always wanted to dismantle Social Security (SS) claim it's bankrupt and that it's also contributing to the national ..... 
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Why polarization hurts us

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
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By Lee H. Hamilton

By splitting control of Congress in the midterm elections, voters have handed Democrats and Republicans an opportunity to work together. Of course, the number of people in Washington who believe it will happen could fit in ..... 
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One moment, please... People buy from people

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
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By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

In the November 15 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was an advertisement from Lee and Diane Bigalk, Bigalk Chevrolet Co. in Harmony, Minn.
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One moment, please... People buy from people

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

In the November 15 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was an advertisement from Lee and Diane Bigalk, Bigalk Chevrolet Co. in Harmony, Minn.

This advertisement particularly hit home with me as I read a line in their ad, "Some busine ..... 
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One moment, please... What's cookin'?

Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
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By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

As Thanksgiving stares us in the eyes like a big turkey on the chopping block, we will have many good things cooking in our kitchens and on the streets ..... 
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One moment, please... My post-election analysis... let's move on

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
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By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

For those of you celebrating victories from the November 2nd election, please take a moment to sober up and move on. For those of you upset about the ou ..... 
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One Moment Please - Updates to Journal

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
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By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

As we are continually striving to create an interactive experience for our readers, I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on a few recent enhancements ..... 
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