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All creatures great and small


Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Man is the only animal that laughs, but when you look at some people, its hard to understand how the animals keep from laughing.

E.C. McKenzie

In 1945, Herbert Fisch of Spring Valley graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. It launched a career that still serves him well 58 years later. Like sprinkling salt on sweet corn, the 82 year-old retired veterinarian flavors his conversations with medical terms that can be tough to pronounce and even worse to spell, as he talks of his career. The soft, snow-capped face reflects a determination of practicality that even today keeps him and his wife, Kelly (Dorothy) busy on their 500-acre plus farm several miles north of Spring Valley. The couple is of German and Irish descent.

The Irish temper gets you into trouble and the German stubbornness wont let you get out of it, offered the good humored retired veterinarian

The practice begins

Theyd run the ass right off me, recalls Fisch of the time he started his own veterinary clinic in Grand Meadow. You could have up to 24 calls a day.

When asked what hours he kept, Fischs eyes just rolled as he shook his head. Whenever they called.

His wife, Kelly, whom he married in 1947, took calls and relayed messages. When the two-way radio became popular in the late 50s, early 60s, the man didnt always appreciate technology, saying theyd kept pesterin you as he made his way through the countryside from one farmer to the next.

Back then there wasnt such a thing as a group of professionals coming together under the roof of one clinic. Individual practices were scattered throughout the country and one would have to be knowledgeable in all kinds of species. The typical farmyard included a modest herd of around 30 cows. Milk was used in the kitchen and also sold. A few sheep provided wool and were also good lawn mowers. Pigs were fed slop and corn until the butcher knife found them. Some farmers raised beef cattle and cropped. Many farm wives raised chickens, which meant meat on the table, and money from selling eggs. Horses were popular until the 40s when technology took over.

Cars could be bought for $600 and tractors replaced horses. Fisch remembers horses being bought for $5 dollars apiece, then killed, their hides skin .....
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A Teacher, a Rooster and an Outhouse

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

The Story Project of Fillmore County, which began last January when the Journal asked readers to send in their stories - the kind we tell around the kitchen table and pass on to our children - is now at the printer and due out the first week of Decem ..... 
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Heartland vs. city of Preston expected to be heard in Houston County

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Attorneys for the city of Preston have responded to a writ of mandamus filed by Robert and Elaine Maust, who are asking that the court order the city to issue a building permit to Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC.

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Preston City Council adopts interim ordinance

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

At a special meeting of the city council Tuesday evening, November 18, an ordinance mandating a temporary moratorium on industrial use or building permit applications was adopted.

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County Board revisits 2004 budget

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

As the Truth and Taxation date moves closer, the Fillmore County Commissioners once again reviewed the countys 2004 budget that currently stands at $6,054,716. This puts the levy increase at 8.34%. Thats 2% under the allowed levy limits according t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro Council Signs Police Contract with Preston

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

The Lanesboro City Council unanimously accepted the contract with Preston for police protection at their November 17th meeting. After clarifying some minor details, Mayor Steve Rahn and City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson signed the contract on behal ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Gregory David Phillips, 18, Kalyn Louis Koster, 18, and Adam Douglas Greene, 19, all of Spring Valley, were charged on Monday with two felony counts of theft and criminal damage to property related to an incident ..... 
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Ghost towns of Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Forestville, Tawney, Clear Grit, Isinours, Carimona. A large majority of Fillmore County citizens recognize the names of these areas and know that they were once towns, post offices or railroad junctions. Though some of these areas are still inhabite ..... 
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Quiz Bowl takes more than horse sense

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

When talking to four Fillmore County 4-Hers, youre not quite sure if its their passion for horses, their superb equestrian knowledge or the fact that they just love being around each other that helped the team achieve top honors in the National Qui ..... 
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