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Local foodshelves participate in Minnesota FoodShare Program


Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Minnesota FoodShare coordinates the largest fund and food drive throughout the state for the entire month of March. In efforts to increase awareness of hunger in Minnesota, FoodShare promotes the donation of food and dollars combined for foodshelves in the state.

In 2012, more than 554,000 Minnesotans received federal food assistance; that is one out of every ten Minnesotans. Roughly a third were children and nearly a fourth were elderly or disabled individuals. How does that relate to Fillmore County? Diane Petrich, SEMCAC Foodshelf Manager, cited that since the first of the year, 159 families throughout Fillmore County have signed up for services. SEMCAC serves the majority of Fillmore County and has sites in Rushford and Preston that also provide assistance for rural families and families residing within other communities in Fillmore County.

SEMCAC will receive a portion of the contributions collected by FoodShare. These contributions enable them to purchase items in bulk at discounted prices which in turn helps keep their shelves full. Their allocation depends heavily on the amount of money raised and food received at a local level as well as the number of people served during the remainder of the year. Petrich explained that she was able to purchase items needed for families or individuals with cash donations for less than what a consumer would be able to. She cited an example, noting she had recently purchased 6-24 oz. bottles of Kraft Catalina Dressing for $1.68; not each, but total cost. Petrich is able to purchase items such as this through Channel One out of Rochester or through a separate agency.

SEMCAC also welcomes food donations as well. Diane shared that paper products or personal care products are the most challenging to keep stocked and are accepted as donation. Also accepted are fresh food donations, as long as fruits and vegetables are washed first. Whether purchased or from your own garden, fruits and veggies are always welcomed.

Families and individuals may apply for FoodShelf services throughout the year. The application process is easy and respects data privacy laws. If you are in need of assistance, you can stop into either site location and fill out a simple application. Applications are processed quickly and once your are signed up you receive a card that tracks your monthly allocation, which is determined by family size. For example, a family of one receives 15 pounds of .....
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Sydney Johnson is second runner up in Miss Minnesota International competition

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Sydney Johnson, of Lanesboro, Minn., represented Fillmore County as Miss Fillmore County in the 2014 Miss Minnesota International compeititon that took place in St. Cloud, Minn. on Saturday, March 8. Johnson was named second runner up for the title. ..... 
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Houston Benefit

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Features

In mid-February, the Houston Basketball Teams organized and completed a fundraiser (Coaches v. Cancer) for Alysta King, a Houston Elementary 4th grade student who was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma last October. Since the diagnosis, King has been ..... 
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Local fire departments battle March 1 house fire

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Features

It’s not often that the Rushford Fire Department gets a call for a house fire, and that’s the way they like it. Unfortunately, the Rushford Fire Department received such a phone call at 12:52 a.m. on Saturday, March 1 from the residence of Royal ..... 
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Goldsmiths’ gentle giants

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Dan Goldsmith says, “Don’t be intimidated by their size.” As I look up...way up to the face of “Fawn”, a strikingly magnificent Belgian horse, looks down with affection in her eyes. Amy and Dan Goldsmith own Goldsmith Belgians located ..... 
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In the company of horses

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Bring up the topic of horses to Tracy Hanson of Chatfield, Minn., and a certain glint comes into his eyes as he describes his love for horses. The only thing which brings a bigger smile to Tracy’s face is talking about his family and their involve ..... 
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Fillmore County cleans up after February 20-21 blizzard

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Features

If you were at work on the morning of Thursday, February 20, you probably looked out your window a few times anticipating to see the snow flakes flying. Though the winter storm that hit the area didn’t get underway until roughly 2 p.m. in Fillmore ..... 
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Minnesota Energy Resource Coorporation (MERC) rate increases

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Features

A request was made by a Fillmore County Journal reader to look into the “customer charge” and “per unit charge” increases requested by MERC last fall. MERC has many local natural gas customers in Rochester and surrounding cities. MERC, a s ..... 
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Black Hawk Aviator, former Kingsland grad, visits home

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Even as a young boy growing up in the community of Spring Valley, Minn., Eric Mathison knew he was destined to join the military. A long line of proud and dedicated servicemen in his family definitely had an impact on Mathison’s vision of his futu ..... 
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