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Hoop Dreams


Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

This story has a classic movie line: a group of small town kids organize themselves into a select basketball team that goes on to win a state competition.So, in the Hollywood tradition of the classic kids-do-well movie genre, Bad News Bears starring Tatum ONeal, meet the Whalan Scrubs starring - well, lets see, ah - Joel, Michael, Zach, David, Justin, Matt, Josh, Jordan, Tim and Aaron. And, oh, you did read that right. It is the Whalan Scrubs!The Scrubs, a group of seventh-going-on-eighth grade basketball players from throughout the county, took the gold medal in the Star of the North Games, held June 27-29. The Scrubs defeated North Wind 13, a Rochester team, 58-47 in the championship game. The Whalan team went undefeated in the round robin tournament, beating teams from Paynesville, Minnewaska, Rochester and Byron over the three days.The possibility of forming a select basketball team was Justin Rasmussens idea. Justin, a 13 year old point guard, who played for the Rushford-Peterson Trojans seventh-grade team last year, was interested in forming an AAU team that would compete regionally. Justin got the idea for an AAU team from his brother Josh who played on a similar team made up of Rushford-Peterson and Winona Cotter players a few years ago. But instead of going to Winona to find teammates, Justin looked Westward for players he competed against during the school year. Justin first called Matt McGrath from Lanesboro to see if he was interested. He was, and, as they say, the rest is history.Justin and Matt created a list of players and the phone calls began. Three players from Kingsland, three players from Rushford-Peterson, three players from Lanesboro and one player from Fillmore Central. Unfortunately, the Scrubs were organized too late to compete in AAU tournaments this year, so the team set their sights on the Star of the North Games in Rochester. Starting in April, the Scrubs practiced once a week for ten weeks at the Lanesboro High School gym leading up to the tournament. They were coached initially by Mike Wilford, seventh grade coach at Lanesboro. But when Mike was unable to attend all of the games at the Star of the North Games, Justins older brother Josh and Matt Chambers, former basketball players from R-P, stepped in. The Scrubs seemed to get stronger and play better together with each .....
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Heartland gets air permit

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

In a 6-2 vote on Tuesday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens Board approved an air permit for Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC to operate a tire-burning plant in Preston. The board also decided that a contested case hearing, an ..... 
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Courthouse construction on schedule

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

The project is holding to schedule, Dave Johnson, the courthouse construction supervisor, told the County Board at Tuesdays meeting. Johnson said steel work would start within the next week. Johnson said he was pleased with the progress to date. H ..... 
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Lanesboro Council considers Administrative Citation Ordinance

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

At their July 21st meeting, the Lanesboro City Council discussed the proposed administrative citation ordinance. Posing the philosophical question, "Is the purpose to increase public safety or to bring in more dollars?" Councilman Joe OConnor presen ..... 
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New recreational facility will need Preston City funds

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met Monday for about three hours with Mayor Dave Pechulis, Mike Gartner, and Heath Mensink in attendance. Jerry Scheevel is recovering from heart surgery and Mike McGarvey was also absent.

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Cemeteries are scattered across the landscape

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

Sitting peacefully off a gravel road north of Highland is a small cemetery. If you have driven by it, you probably only gave it a passing glance. Most people do not know, however, that most of those buried in the 136 year old cemetery were of Quaker ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning Commission: Quarries dominate planning commission meeting

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Commissioner Randy Dahl thinks that when quarry operators lie to a county commissioner, they should have their quarry permits revoked. Dahl told as much to Jeff Roverud of Peterson Brothers of Harmony at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meetin ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: City will re-open bidding process on generators

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council voted unanimously to re-open the bidding process for electrical generators at their Monday, July 14 meeting. The Council had previously awarded the bid to Zeigler Power Systems for three 2200 kW Caterpillar generators with m ..... 
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Harmony Wastewater project coming closer to target

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

The following is a summary of the July 15th council meeting.  Charles Janski, Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates, met with the council and gave an update on the project. Following a telescopic inspection of more than 7, ..... 
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