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A march for peace in the shadow of war


Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

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 differences of opinion can be expressed in our free and democratic society honors the many men and women who have served honorably in our military to protect these freedoms.

Most religious groups are opposed to the morality of this war. And yet, polls indicate that approximately 65% of all Americans support President Bush’s action to invade Iraq. Caught in the middle of a desire for peaceful solutions and an apparent need to militarily remove Saddam Hussein from power are those Americans serving in our Armed Services.

Veterans, and relatives of those serving in the military, rightly point out the need to support our troops as they go into harms way and to treat them with the respect they deserve when they return home.

March 15 was, by all accounts, one of the nicest early spring days enjoyed so far by Fillmore County residents. But, it wasn't the fair weather that brought out nearly 30 members of Rural Peacemakers, a grassroots alliance dedicated to the peaceful resolution of conflict and a government that serves the interest of the people. It was the group's burning desire to protest what they believe is an illegal, immoral and unjust war against Iraq.

C.J. Robinson and Lynn Farmer of Rushford helped form the group just a few short weeks ago in an attempt to give people living in rural areas a forum to voice their opinion about war with Iraq.

"Initially it was a way to have our voices heard," said Robinson, who along with his wife built a phone tree of recruits. "We couldn't all participate in the march in Washington on January 18, but we could participate here."

According to Robinson, most comments received from passersby are positive. "We're getting lots of honking horns, thumbs up and waves today," he said. The group, whose membership spans the county, already has received international attention.

"A picture taken at one of our rallies in Preston was carried on the front page of a newspaper in Indonesia," said Robert Johnson, a member from Harmony. A web page (www.ruralpeacemakers. org) with links to news articles, a rally schedule and inspirational quotes on p .....
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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.

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

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

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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Preston City Council Report: Plans approved for new water main system

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Joe Palen, an engineer with Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik and Associates, presented to the council plans and cost projections for Spring Avenue and Ridge Road Projects in conjunction with MnDOT's highway 52 design. The center of the plan is to replace ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Zoning permits challenge county board

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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Norman Craig, Fillmore County Zoning Administrator, brought two permits before the county board on Tuesday.

The first was a blasting conditional use permit for John Ackerman of Spring Valley Township. The second was a subdivisi ..... 
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County schools feel financial pinch

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Governor Tim Pawlenty has managed to cut a broad swath across Minnesota’s state budget, leaving only one area untouched: K-12 education. This should bring sighs of relief to Fillmore County school districts, but local superintendents find it difficul ..... 
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The Great Flu Epidemic of 1918

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

I had a little bird,

its name was Enza.

I opened the window,

and in-flu-enza.

(Children skipped rope to this rhyme during the flu epidemic.)

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