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The Holidays in Fillmore County


Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
Posted in Features

Fillmore County is stereotyped as being dominated by Norwegian Lutherans who have a strong affinity for lutefisk and lefse. Nativity scenes and plastic Santas are the norm for yard decorations and an angel or a star tops off a well-lit Christmas tree inside. Upon closer inspection, however, one begins to see a much more diverse Fillmore County. Menorahs are lit as part of the Jewish Hanukkah celebration and the Kikombe cha Umoja is a cup that represents unity during Kwanzaa. Secular festivities are held that celebrate friendship and good spirit before the New Year. This week, the Journal takes a look at three families that celebrate this holiday season in three very different ways.

The Alexanders It is one o’clock in the afternoon; the sun is shining in a clear blue sky. Tom Alexander is mixing feed outside as gusts of wind keep the air chilled just enough to wear a winter jacket. Inside, his daughter Mya is working on a pillow she plans to give to her Sunday school teacher. Like the rest of her siblings, Mya is home-schooled. When Mya and her younger siblings Thor and Margaret get about half of the year’s school work done they take a couple of weeks off to celebrate the holidays; the family spends more time together and the kids help out with chores a bit more. Like many area Christians, the Alexanders celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th. Members of the Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Spring Grove, the Alexanders attend service regularly and always keep in mind the origin of Christmas while celebrating. On Christmas Eve, after the family’s traditional dinner featuring Swedish meatballs, they read the Christmas story out of either Matthew or Luke in the Holy Bible and follow it by singing of a few carols. Christmas morning is much more of a challenge when the kids have to hold off ripping open presents until the chores are all done. But when the time comes to begin piling up that wrapping paper, few can challenge the Alexanders, who last year had 102 presents under the tree (with ten in the family and each person giving every other person a gift, the number of gifts pile up). This year they probably will not break one hundred, as all five of Mya’s older siblings will be away from home. Christmas is more than presents to Mya though. To her, it’s “a day to recognize that he [Jesus] came to earth and left heaven to live a life that ended with d .....
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Country School Christmas Pageants

Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
Posted in Features

Hello, hello dear audience.  We’re happy that you’re here.  And soon we’ll entertain you with  Our Christmas songs and cheer.  Get ready for our progr ..... 
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Hallingdal Rosemaling

Fri, Dec 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

During April 2004 I had the pleasure of meeting my distant relative, Nils Ellingsgard, from Norway for the first time. Nils was one of the keynote speakers at the first international rosemaling symposium, The Art of Rosemaling: Tradition Meets the Cr ..... 
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Increase in market values drives Preston taxes

Fri, Dec 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

Preston City Council members completed their business in less than a quarter of an hour Monday night. This included the Truth in Taxation hearing mandated to allow the public to question the proposed budget. Only a handful of citizens were in attenda ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Michael Floyd Reese, 23, of Spring Valley was charged with one felony count of fleeing a police officer in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, December 7.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council holds Truth in Taxation hearing

Fri, Dec 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

At the Truth in Taxation public hearing December 6, Council member Joe O’Connor applauded the work of Bobbie Torgerson and Rita Peterson in gathering the budget numbers for the years of 2003 and 2004 so the budget for 2005 could be a good estimate of ..... 
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Advancements in medical technology improve in-home care

Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Each year technology seems to just get better and better. From cell phones that take pictures to plasma TVs and hybrid cars, a vast majority of the new high tech equipment is not just for our convenience and entertainment. The medical field is also k ..... 
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Davids named chair of House Ag Committee

Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
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Representative Greg Davids has been named chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Committee for the 2005-06 biennium.

“Agriculture is the number one industry in Minnesota and I am humbled and honored to be ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Three people charged in Chatfield thefts

Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
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Three people were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, November 29 for a series of thefts from motor vehicles in Chatfield.

Constance Noel Winter, 50, her boyfriend Bradley Dean McGovern 39, and son Bruce Adam W ..... 
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