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Twins talk baseball and more


Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Minnesota Twins brought their 44th annual Winter Caravan to Preston on Tuesday with a stop at the Fillmore Central Middle School.

The group was led by broadcaster and former Twin Bert Blyleven and included Twin’s coach Al Newman and prospects Mike Cuddyer and Michael Restovich. Restovich grew up in Rochester where he attended Mayo High School. Also in attendance was Twin’s mascot T.C.

Blyleven talked briefly about changes to the Twins roster that occurred during the off-season. He noted the loss of pitchers Eddie Guardado and LaTroy Hawkins to free agency and the trade of Eric Milton to the Philadelphia Phillies. He talked optimistically of the Twins competing for a playoff spot once again in manager Ron Gardenheir’s third season as the Twin’s skipper.

Each of the members of the caravan talked about the values they learned growing up.

Cuddyer and Restovich, both of whom split their time between the Twins and their AAA affiliate in Rochester, NY in 2003, talked about the support they received growing up from family and teachers.

“I learned the value of hard work from my father who was a delivery man,” Cuddyer, who was on the National Honor Society in high school, told the students. “This work ethic is valuable whether you are a baseball player or someone working for academic success.”

Cuddyer, a versatile infielder and outfielder, is expected to make the Twins this year as a utility player.

Restovich recalled getting a good foundation at an early age.

“I was lucky to have people who cared about me when I was growing up. I had great parents and teachers who offered me support,” Restovich said.

According to Blyleven, Restovich is expected to get a shot at making the team as an outfielder in Spring Training despite the Twins returning veterans Shannon Stewart, Tori Hunter and Jaques Jones.

The ever popular Twin’s third base coach Al Newman, who recovered from a brain hemorrhage he suffered at the end of the 2003 season, talked about the lessons of life.

Newman urged students to look in the mirror, because the “most important person in your life is yourself.” He talked about the value of education, noting that he attended San Diego State University. Newman mentioned that his wife was a teacher and promoted the value .....
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Lights, camera, action!

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

It’s been six years since an enterprising group of Spring Valley volunteers put their heads together to create KING 11, Spring Valley’s cable access television station. KING 11, is named after Kingsland School, where the TV studio is located. Eleven ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Electric revenue bond sale approved

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Bids for public utility bonds for the city of Lanesboro were opened the morning of January 20th; that evening the council at their regular meeting awarded the bond sale to Dougherty and Company, LLC with a low bid of 4.246 percent interest. The bond ..... 
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The repercussions of meth

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles in a series dealing with the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and the impact meth is having on the lives of people in Fillmore County.

The Minnesota Department of Health ( ..... 
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County Commissioners: Electronic courtroom will save time and money

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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“We’re trying to do everything as responsible as possible”, noted Fillmore County Judge Robert Benson as he and Court Administrator James Attwood presented information on the bidding for electronic court equipment. Four potential bidders were mailed ..... 
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Knoepke wins special election in Preston

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Steve Knoepke received 400 (56%) out of 711 votes cast in Thursday’s special election to fill the vacant Preston Council seat created by the death of Mike Gartner. Robert Sauer, who was appointed to fill Gartner’s seat on an interim basis, came in se ..... 
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Heartland mandamus suit moved to federal court

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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On Friday, January 9, Attorney John Baker, who is representing the city of Preston in a second mandamus suit brought by Bob and Elaine Maust, filed papers moving the suit from state to federal court.

The Mausts are asking the co ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Lee Allan Comstock, 20, of Wykoff, appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, January 12, on charges of felony burglary in the second degree.

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Harmony City Council Report: Council reviews ordinances

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Paula Michels, of Harmony, joined council members at the table at their Tuesday, January 13 meeting, as the group began to review sections of the ordinances. Michels has been incorporating the city’s ordinances with a League of Minnesota Cities model ..... 
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