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Tragedy on the trail


Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

The 11th annual “Ride the Root River Trail” wagon ride ended in tragedy on Wednesday, September 3 when a large dead elm tree fell across the trail hitting one of the wagons.

Killed was Marty Quandt, 53, of Rochester. Two other passengers were hospitalized.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Chief Deputy Daryl Jensen, multiple wagons were being pulled along the trail between Lanesboro and Whalan when a large tree that had been dead for a long time fell. The tree struck the last wagon in the train. The accident took place at the mile 14 marker along the trail, approximately 1 1/2 miles west of Whalan.

The annual event, which is sponsored by Semcac, the DNR and Historic Bluff County, provides an opportunity for the handicapped and elderly, who are not able to use the bike trail on their own, to enjoy the scenery along the Root River.

Preston and Lanesboro ambulances, as well as Mayo One, responded to the accident.



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Chatfield grocery closes doors after 10 years

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Red pickup, yet?" inquired Bob Vondal of his customer as he carried two bags of groceries out the store’s doors.   Vondal, a 30-year veteran in the grocery business, has been subdued lately as he prepared to close the doors ..... 
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Rushford aims to build Nanobridge into 21st century

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Features

Nanotechnology? Nanu, nanu? No, it’s not a flashback to the old days of Robin Williams’ Mork and Mindy! According to Kevin Klungtvedt of the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINT), nanotechnology is the “direct manipulating of atoms and molecul ..... 
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Court of Appeals upholds Tuchek conviction

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Features

On Tuesday, August 26, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the Fillmore County District Court’s conviction of former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek for the April 2002 “hero fire” that destroyed three historic buildings in downtown Lanesboro. [Read the Rest]

Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Garwick Robert Sneed, 30, Rochester, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 25, with felony theft of a motor vehicle stemming from an incident in Spring Valley on June 17. Sneed was relea ..... 
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Heartland opponents ask for county board’s support

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Features

Over the past several months, citizens of Preston and outlying areas have been in a dispute over the proposed Heartland tire burning facility, dividing its residents.

Concerned citizens came to the County Commissioners on Tuesd ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford officials respond to drought conditions

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Features

At the advice of Public Works Director Jeff Copley, the Rushford City Council urged voluntary citizen cooperation in water conservation at the August 25th council meeting. Citizens have been asked to refrain from watering lawns and washing cars until ..... 
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Professors from Eastern Europe learn about market economy

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

Four university professors from eastern Europe were browsing around the Fillmore County countryside this past week looking at the economics of agriculture. Some of the their activities included talking to farmers in the Rushford area, meeting with se ..... 
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Chaos serves no one

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council meeting ended in chaos on Monday night, August 18, some three hours after it began.

When the meeting started, there was a quorum of four council members, with council member Mike Gartner, who is being t ..... 
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