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Eagle Bluff celebrates 25th anniversary


Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Joe Deden recalls plowing out the long drive way at Eagle Bluff one winter day more than 20 years ago, only to run out of diesel fuel midway through the task. He cross country skied down to his nearest neighbor, John Horihan’s place in the valley, with two five gallon cans, borrowed the fuel and skied back. It was that determination and “can do” attitude, first demonstrated by Deden, and then by others who have come to share his vision, that has served Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center so well over the years. So well in fact, that Eagle Bluff will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on October 11. The event will feature a dinner prepared by chef Laura Thompson, a small silent auction, music by the Dave O’Mara jazz trio and Jack Pichotta, founder of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center will speak. The facility will be open at 4:00 p.m. for tours, rock climbing, archery and a raptor program.Deden, who founded Eagle Bluff as the Root River Hardwood Forest Interpretive Center as a center for landowner education in 1978, credits staff, board members and the community for making the environmental learning center the success it is today.To give you an idea how far Eagle Bluff has come, in 1982 Eagle Bluff served 300 participants through adult education seminars in the basement of the current director’s residence, with Deden the lone staff member. This last year, working with an operating budget of approximately $2 million, Deden and his 35 staff served 22,000 visitors to their campus. Shiitake MushroomsIn 1983, the Root River Hardwood Forest Interpretive Center’s name was changed to the Southeastern Minnesota Forest Resource Center. It was about this time that the center also started a demonstration project in woody agriculture growing shiitake mushrooms. Over time, the center would have over 10,000 logs monitoring 30 different varieties of shiitake on 10 hardwood species. While Eagle Bluff still maintains a shiitake mushroom project today, the scale of production has been downsized. In 1992, the John Schroeder Renewable Resources Building opened and the center began providing day-use programming for students. By 1997, construction on dormitories, classrooms and a dining hall would be completed. It was then, that the center’s name was changed to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, one of five such facilities in the state of Mi .....
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Judge Wieners to hear MPCA challenge December 2 in Olmsted County

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Olmsted County Judge Joseph Wieners will hear oral arguments on a motion for a summary judgement against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in Courtroom 6 of the Olmsted County Government Center in Rochester beginning December 2. Wieners w ..... 
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Age is a state of mind for Cherry Grove woman

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

The thirst for knowledge and the possibilities of what technology can do for one is not limited by your age or your generation. Someone once said that "it is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” [Read the Rest]

Morton out on bail

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Trevor Lee Morton, 30, of rural Spring Valley was released on $100,000 bail after completing a psychiatric evaluation at the St. Peter Security Hospital.

Judge Robert Benson ordered the evaluation to determine if Morton was abl ..... 
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Sierra Club meets with farmers

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Sierra Club members met with local farmers Saturday, September 20 at the Root River Church of the Brethren in rural Preston to discuss issues of sustainable agriculture.   The meeting was led by Jeff Webster, a 25-year reside ..... 
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Fall Home & Garden: Heaven on the hill

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Larry Dahl says he knew he wanted to buy the land for his new home the first time he saw it. While Dahl liked his home and neighborhood in Rushford, he was drawn to the land formerly owned by Obert Colbenson on top of the Highway 43 hill. Larry nestl ..... 
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“Eliminating MPCs will help save dairy farms”

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Editor’s note: Preston area dairy farmer Delbert Mandelko participated in the National Farmers Union Fly-In in Washington, D.C. recently to lobby members of Congress to support legislation that would close trade loop-holes that allow the importation ..... 
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Board listens again to Heartland opponents

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."   Benjamin Franklin

Concerned citizens took their case for an Environmental Impact Study for the proposed Heartland’s tire burning plant to th ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report:Long-needed water utility improvements get underway

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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At their September 22, 2003 meeting the Rushford City Council followed the recommendations of Bill Chang from BDM Consulting Engineers to begin the city’s water utility improvements. At Chang’s suggestion, the city agreed to send BDM utility drawings ..... 
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