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93% voter turnout in Fillmore County


Fri, Nov 5th, 2004
Posted in Features

Nearly 12,000 voters turned out in Fillmore County on Tuesday to cast ballots in the general election. The Fillmore County Auditors office tallied 11,798 ballots from 12,679 registered voters, 93% of eligible voters.

On the national scene, Kerry-Edwards took Fillmore County by a margin of 131 votes, 5825 to 5694 for Bush-Cheney. And Gil Gutknecht easily outpolled Leigh Pomeroy 7134 to 3935 for the District One Congressional seat.

In a highly contested race, incumbent Greg Davids was elected to an eighth term as state representative District 31B. Davids received 51% of the vote in the county with 5357 votes compared to his challenger Peggy Hanson who received 4697.

District-wide, Davids won 37 out of 56 precincts capturing 10,348 votes to Hansons 9435.

Stafford Hansen will be the new county commissioner for District One, replacing Helen Bicknese who did not seek re-election. Incumbents Chuck Amunrud in District 3 and Marc Prestby in District 5 were also re-elected.

Margaret Ness (District 3) and Pamela Mensink (District 4) were elected as Soil & Water Conservation District supervisors. In the only contested election, incumbent Richard OConnor defeated Don Schoepski 6287 votes to 2780.

Other election results (bold indicates winner):

Canton

Donivee Johnson, Mayor 138

Cindy Shanks, Council, 138

Carl Ernst, Council, 106

Chatfield

Curtis Sorenson, Mayor 612

Russell Smith, Council 415

Brenda Johnson, Council, 517

Ken Jacobson, Council write-in 140

Fountain

Richard Kujath, Mayor 209

David Gudmunsen, Council 114

Chad Wangen, Council 102

Eleanor Stultz, Council 93

Susie Junge, Council 82

Harmony

David Kingsley, Mayor 523

Linda Grover, Council 386

Mark McKay, Council 439

Lanesboro

Steven Rahn, Mayor 387

Jerome Halvorson, Mayor 103

Joe OConnor, Council 381

Tom Dybing, Council, 360

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Some election food for thought

Fri, Nov 5th, 2004
Posted in Features

A year of relentless attack ads and $4 billion later, we finally have a president.

Regardless of whether your man won - whether you voted the way you did because of Iraq, the war on terror, the economy or some moral questions a ..... 
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Chatfield Police Officer charged in burglary ring

Fri, Nov 5th, 2004
Posted in Features

A Chatfield police officer and two Chatfield residents were charged with multiple felony counts of theft and burglary in Fillmore County District Court on Wednesday, November 3.

Ryan Michael Lettner, 26, a police officer with th ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court:Rochester man sent to prison for meth activities

Fri, Nov 5th, 2004
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Douglas Ray Howard, 31, of Rochester, was sentenced to 45 months in prison by Fillmore County District Court Judge Robert Benson on Monday, November 1, after pleading guilty to two felony charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.< ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: City renews contract for EDA services with SEMDC

Fri, Nov 5th, 2004
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The Preston City Council agreed at their Monday, November 1 meeting to renew the citys contract for economic development services with the Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation in Rushford for 2005. The previous Economic Development Authority ..... 
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We owe a debt of thanks to all veterans

Fri, Nov 5th, 2004
Posted in Features

  Editors note: The following is part of a speech that Mr. Halloran gave on Memorial Day in Chatfield. Mr. Halloran grew up in Chatfield and now lives in Colorado.

I can tell you personally, that just s ..... 
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Letter from China

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

TANGSHAN, CHINA - Most visitors to China stay in the cities. There are hundreds of modern cities with populations of more than a million, where economic development has raised the standard of living, new construction is a 24 hour a day pursuit, and c ..... 
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Civility wins in Hanson - Davids debate

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - There may not have been a clear winner in last Wednesdays debate between State Representative candidate Peggy Hanson and her opponent, the incumbent Greg Davids, but the whole event could be considered a victory for civility.
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Editorial: County Board needs to say No on Heartland JOBZ

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
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Perhaps we should call ourselves lucky that Preston native Bob Maust has chosen to bestow his hometown with the benevolence of his good intentions. A real life Sugar Daddy, one might say.

Heartland, will bring good paying jo ..... 
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