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Paulson remembered as independent, self-sufficient


Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

“Clarence was planning on putting in a crop this year,” Howard Brekke said admiringly, referring to his uncle, 95 year old Clarence Paulson. “He had no intention of giving up farming and even bought a new corn planter at a sale in Preston a few years ago because he was dissatisfied with the previous year’s corn crop.”

Paulson, 95, a bachelor farmer from Pilot Mound Township was killed this past October. On Friday, March 21, Joseph Folkert of Eyota was sentenced to 40 years in prison for second degree intentional murder in the death of Paulson. Folkert will have to serve a minimum of 26 years.

“When I was a little kid, I would go out to his farm with my mom when she would help out at thrashing,” Brekke recalled. “I thought he was 10 feet tall then. Nothing has happened since then to change my mind.”

Brekke, of Lanesboro, talked about his uncle’s independence and self-sufficiency, describing Paulson as a man who enjoyed trapping, hunting and farming.

Last summer Brekke helped Clarence set four traps for coyotes that were bothering his sheep. One day when Howard was visiting, Clarence told him to come look at the “prize”.

“There was the biggest coyote I had ever seen, all skinned out,” Brekke said. “After Clarence died I went to pull the other traps and there was another coyote in a second trap. Two out of four traps, Clarence would have been proud of that.”

Brekke described Paulson as a quiet man who stuck to himself, preferring to work on his farm.

He believes Paulson’s lifestyle was shaped during the depression. Born in 1907, Clarence attended country school through the eighth grade. In 1928, he rented a farm from his dad.

“Times were tough and Clarence would farm in the day and trap at night,” Brekke said. “Trapping was a source of income and hunting was a source of food.”

According to Brekke, some in the family thought it was time for Clarence to give up farming.

“But my goal was to help him do what he wanted to do,” Brekke said. “Of course we didn’t think he would be harmed like he was.”

Brekke admits that Clarence had the means to make life easier for himself.

“He could have had more; could have had it nicer; could have had it easier,” he said, “but that wasn’t important to him.”[Read the Rest]



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County Board Report: Blasting notice creates plenty of heat

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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A newly imposed 10 day blasting notice stirred up local gravel pit owners and contractors causing them to come before the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday to express their displeasure. In the past, it has been left to the neighboring landowners to as ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Harstad sentenced to jail time for 2000 ATV death

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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Andy Harstad of Harmony was sentenced to 90 days in jail, placed on five years probation and fined $800 after pleading guilty to felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide and two other charges stemming from an incident which resulted in the death of Justin ..... 
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Rushford City and Village cooperate on police and sewer

Fri, Mar 28th, 2003
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At the March 24th Rushford City Council meeting, the council approved a contract for police service to the city of Rushford Village pending approval by the Village. The contract states that the city police will respond to "911 calls related to an eme ..... 
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A march for peace in the shadow of war

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Editor’s note: At the time that this article was written, America was not yet at war with Iraq. Nonetheless, the author clearly points out the many emotions that people in America feel about going to war.

The fact that differen ..... 
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Folkert pleads guilty to 2nd degree murder

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Stating that “it is beyond my comprehension that a person could commit this kind of offense,” Fillmore County District Court Judge Robert Benson sentenced Joseph Allen Folkert, 22, to 40 years in prison on Friday for the murder of 95 year old Clarenc ..... 
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Lanesboro man sentenced to 13 years in prison

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Mark Anthony Heath, 29, of Lanesboro, was sentenced to 13 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Monday. Heath was found guilty on February 7 of five counts related to the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine s ..... 
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Courtroom fracas raises concerns about security

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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The issue of courtroom security was on many minds at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Monday. At the conclusion of a sentencing hearing in a domestic assault case, the son of the victim attacked the defendant.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Center for the Arts project up in the air again

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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The Lanesboro City Council clearly illustrated the need for an odd number of council members at their meeting Monday, March 17 as they attempted to deal with the Lanesboro Center for the Arts (LCA) project.

On March 3, a propos ..... 
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