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A Day in the Life of Autumn


Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Click on the Internets Foliage Network and youll get a forecast of the seasons peak foliage conditions throughout the state. But just step outdoors and youll get an in-your-face blast of what a southeastern Minnesota autumn has to offer.

While meteorologist were predicting a less than colorful season due to summers drought, Fillmore County residents nonetheless have enjoyed a rich palette of orange, yellow, red and green. An early October frost threatened the season and caused walnut trees, in particular, to be prematurely stripped, leaving piles of green leaves laying in heaps on buildings, vehicles and on streets.

For some, fall signals the inevitable and sometimes depressing onset of the big chill. For others, it means something altogether different. Heres what a few area residents had to say when interviewed during a recent autumn day in Fillmore County.

A short distance from Spring Valleys Kingsland High School is an old maple tree that, for many in town, epitomizes the beginning of fall. The tree, on the north side of the home owned by Rhienhart and Arlene Oeltjen seems to be the first in town to begin changing color and one of the first to drop its leaves. The Oeltjens have enjoyed the perfectly shaped maple for some 27 years since purchasing the property just on the outskirts of town. I look forward to this time of year, said Arlene. This tree signals fall and I enjoy looking out at it every day.

According to Arlene, the trees origin was a ditch near Masonic Park, north of Spring Valley. The former property owner, apparently impressed by the tree, rescued it from a ditch and planted it in her yard for many to enjoy. The tree, believed to be around 100 years old, showcases the brilliance of a Midwestern fall day.

Weve been told by people that theyve traveled many, many places but never have seen a tree as perfect, Arlene said.

Indian Summer days, its not unusual to find folks enjoying the outdoors, but tennis?

For Jim and Deb Doherty and their kids, the day was just too nice to stay inside. With tennis rackets in tow, they headed for Spring Valleys South Park to partake in an October game of tennis.

Its a beautiful day, said Deb, who along with daughter Jenny and husband Jim basked in the warm autumn sun on the tennis courts.

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County goes after Clean Water Act funds

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Donna Rasmussen, Soil & Water Conservation District, was before the County Board on Tuesday to request a letter of support for the Clean Water Act Section 319 Program from the board. The grant would provide funds for technical assistance for feedlot ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council focuses on problems at lift station

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

There is a density to the Rushford City Council meetings that few organs of government in Fillmore County can equal: the agenda on Tuesday was four pages long and the council handouts for the meeting ran 57 pieces of paper. Many pages of the document ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Property owners along TH 139 frontage discuss final assessments

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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The public hearing for Harmonys TH 139-reconstruction assessment roll was a quiet one as Mike Lynch of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates outlined property owners responsibilities. Firm figures were presented now that the project has been com ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Felony Charges

Stephanie Louise Halverson, 27, Mabel, was charged with two felony counts stemming from an incident in Mabel on March 2, 2003. Halverson is charged with assault in the second degree - dangerous weapon and making ..... 
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Canton woman on the front lines of environmental advocacy

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

How does a girl from the Twin Cites suburbs grow up to be an activist for agriculture and the environment?

Loni Kemp of Canton admits its a stretch.

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Fillmore County Board discusses Heartland, defers any action

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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It was the Commissioners turn on Tuesday to state their positions if they had oneregarding the proposed tire burning plant that has raised so many questions since the onset of the project. County Attorney Matt Opat outlined the proposed projects c ..... 
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Commissioner upset over dust control problem

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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A lengthy discussion concerning the lack of dust control being implemented by Roverud Construction of Spring Grove at their Norway Township site south of Peterson was spearheaded by Commissioner Randy Dahl. He has received numerous calls on the dust ..... 
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Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health calls for EIS on Heartland

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

On Tuesday, October 7, the Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health passed a resolution asking the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Heartland Tire Burning Facility pl ..... 
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