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One Moment, Please... Volunteer emergency response


Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
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By Jason Sethre

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

If you listen to a scanner on a regular basis, you probably heard a variety of ambulance and fire department dispatches this past week in the areas of Preston, Fountain, Cherry Grove and Greenleafton.

There were two car accidents, along with a fire at the POET Biorefining plant, and we even had a fire alarm go off at a local gas station at about 10:30 p.m..

The response of our local volunteer ambulance and fire departments is so critical with every single incident. These are humble heroes of Fillmore County.

Often times, they don't realize the significance of their contribution to the area communities. Whether its an individual involved in an accident or house fire, these volunteer rescue workers fill an emergency response void -- often carting someone to the Mayo Clinic themselves or collaborating with Mayo One to save a life.

It's amazing, when you look at how many volunteers are involved, especially as a percentage of the population. For example, there are 20 volunteers firefighters led by Fire Chief Brent Miller for the Fountain Fire Department. That's roughly 5.8-percent of the entire population of the City of Fountain.

To put it into perspective, if you were to go up to Rochester, a population estimated at 100,000 residents, I would bet the farm (if I owned one) that you'd hard-pressed to find 5,800 (5.8-percent) of the residents to volunteer for the local fire department.

And, this is just Fountain. Now, take a look at all of the Fillmore County fire departments listed on pages 22 and 23 of today's Second Front section. All of these firefighters deserve a pat on the back. And, don't forget the volunteer ambulance crews who work hand-in-hand with the fire departments. Actually, Preston Ambulance Service is celebrating their 40th year in action, acknowledged with a nice article written by Jennifer Christoph on page 7 of today's Journal.

All of these volunteer emergency response members collectively do more than save lives. They save homes and businesses, and help to keep our lives as normal as possible. They can impact economic development recruitment and retention. Look at large fires that have devastated communities in Southeastern Minnesota over the past year, such as Northstar Foods in St. Charles this past April.

I was speaking with a Preston firefighter about the POET Biorefining .....
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Members of congress need to travel

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Spooked by the public outcry, the House of Representatives has cancelled its order for four new military jet aircraft that would have been used occasionally to ferry members of Congress around the world. Even so, you shouldn't expect for a minute th ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Pride in heritage

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

Pictured above is the Preston High School Class of 1949, celebrating their 60th year reunion. I actually had a chance to join them at the Branding ..... 
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Hijacked

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
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"What is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." Robert Kennedy

It's time for all of us to take a step ..... 
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Limits of growth

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
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Yellows, reds, blues and their accompanying greens enticed us on a walk before entering the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The colors were of flowers in yards, sometimes encompassing entire yards, sometimes in the company of trees, shrubs and vegetab ..... 
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One Moment, Please... State testing

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
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In the past couple of months, our newspaper has dedicated research and pages to report the 2009 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test results for all Fillmore County schools. Education is of utmost importance to me for the sake of our future ..... 
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An ode to cows

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
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I have lived and worked with cows my entire life; in fact I would go so far as to say that cows have always controlled my life and my family. I don't know what it would be like to be without our cows. I grew up on a dairy farm and taking care of the ..... 
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One Moment, Please...Dems & Reps: Please kiss and make up

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
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Last Monday, I received an e-mail from an individual questioning the developments leading to two Letters to the Editor running in the August 31 Fillmore County Journal. One letter was from Robert L. Sauers questioning the content of Greg Davids' heal ..... 
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Maybe next century

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
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I am ready to promise you, no more conversation about health care. Have you ever attended a dinner party where one fool stands up and says something so outrageous on a topic that the room goes silent until some gracious aunt clears her throat and re ..... 
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