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Safety and Storm Spotter Training offered by National Weather Service


Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a Severe Weather Safety Presentation and a SKYWARN Spotter Training in Spring Valley, Minn. on Monday, April 13. The safety class will begin at 5 p.m. and the spotter training will start around 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not needed. Both talks, separated by a 30 minute break, will be held at the Kingsland High School Gym.

The spotter training class will last around two hours and includes a multimedia presentation. Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but is open to the public and free of charge. A review of past tornadoes will be included.

The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from “spotters”, which can include sheriff’s departments, local emergency management officials, police and fire departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else that has attended one of these classes. These reports can prompt warnings that save lives, which has been proven many times through the years when severe weather strikes.

Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the weather service in La Crosse, Wisconsin organizes the training each year and encourages large groups and active volunteers. “Accurate and timely reports of severe weather, by trained individuals, not only helps our office, but can save lives in the local community. We always need more eyes to the sky.”

Fillmore and Mower Counties, as well as other areas of southeast Minnesota, always need more “ground-truth” weather reports to pass along to the National Weather Service.




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3rd Annual Tractor Ride dates announced

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Features

The Preston Historical Society has set Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20 for a two-day autumn tractor ride through the scenic Bluff Country of Southeast Minnesota. The round-about ride will begin and end each day at the Fillmore County Fairg ..... 
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“The Letter L” is the theme for the upcoming “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Every “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show is a unique work of art, carefully and sometimes crazily choreographed around a theme with music, skits, jokes and more. Coming up on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m., the show will feature ‘The ..... 
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Stop in to Wild Red’s Canton Pub

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Canton Features

An integral part of main street in Canton, Minn. is once again up and running with new management. Karen Scheevel opened the doors of Wild Red’s Canton Pub on January 29, 2015 after the business had been closed for quite some time. Before ..... 
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Fillmore County in the Civil War The Battle Cry of Freedom songs and stories of the Civil War

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Features

One hundred and fifty years ago this April, the American Civil War ended. Wits’ End Theatre will commemorate that event, and the sacrifice and valor of Fillmore County soldiers who served in the Union army, with The Battle Cry of Freedom, on Apri ..... 
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EDA 2014 activities reviewed

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chris Giesen, Community Development Coordinator, reported on the 2014 activities of the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) at the city council’s March 23 meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. The EDA’s seven person board meet ..... 
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County awarded funds

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Features

The Minnesota State Set-Aside Committee for the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program has recommended $2,800 be awarded to Fillmore County. The money is used to provide emergency food and shelter to people in need of them. The local board is mad ..... 
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Local American Family Insurance agent Kiel Anderson earns honor for customer service

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Kiel Anderson, an American Family Insurance agent in Preston, Minn. has been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. “At American Family, the custo ..... 
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Root River One Watershed, One Plan is the future of water management

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Features

In June, 2014, the Root River watershed was selected as one of five pilots in the state of Minnesota to demonstrate the transition of water management from county-based water plans to watershed-based plans. Water doesn’t obey political boundaries, ..... 
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