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Need to de-clutter? Its time for a garage sale!


Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - The weather this past month hasnt cooperated much in its usual role as harbinger of spring. But its a sure sign that summer and warmer days are on the way when garage sale signs start popping up around town every weekend.

Many Fillmore county towns hold community garage sale weekends in the month of May, but that doesnt mean bargain shoppers cant find a garage sale any other time they need a fix.

Cathy Blahnik of Winona and her daughter Annie Ellis of Rushford say they hold a garage sale every weekend during the summer, weather permitting.

Its fun, Blahnik says. Whats so fun about it? When people buy your stuff!

For one group of aunts, cousins, sisters and friends, their garage sale had a different twist this year. They make up a team called The Shining Stars and are gearing up to participate in the Relay for Life this August 13 in Rushford. Samantha Finley came up with the idea of holding a garage sale not for personal profit, but to benefit their cause.

During Rushfords community garage sale days, the group, which also includes Kelly & Kasey Brown, Leah Higbe, Sheila McCallson, Brenda Ziebell, Rebecca Brown and Laura Elit, held a garage sale and will donate all the profits to the American Cancer Society as a contribution from their relay team.

Its easy to understand the allure of garage sales for bargain shoppers and treasure hunters, but whats less clear is the motivation for those who hold garage sales. Why go through the sizable chore of locating items to sell, pricing them, displaying them, and then sitting for hours while customers paw through your stuff?

Its to de-clutter, explains Deb Klungtvedt of Rushford, who holds a sale each spring. Klungtvedt, her husband, and two children use the keep-toss-sell method of organizing the household, although she admits the others do it under duress.

Im a thrower. Theyre keepers, she explains.

Periodically, theyll clean by forming three piles of stuff: things to keep, things to toss, and things to sell. Then, each May during the community garage sale, they sell.

In addition to simply de-cluttering the house, the sorting process has another value, according to Klungtvedt. By thinking about whether and why they have attachments to certain objects, her children .....
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City of Preston and Mausts reach out-of-court settlement

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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ROCHESTER - The city of Preston and Bob and Elaine Maust of Heartland Energy & Recycling have reached a settlement that would dismiss any litigation pending against the city. In return, the city agrees to assist Heartland enroll in the state JOBZ pro ..... 
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City of Lanesboro named in arson-related suits

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
Posted in Features

Former Chief of Police John Tuchek and the city of Lanesboro have been named in four suits filed in Fillmore County District Court that are related to the April 2002 arson fire in downtown Lanesboro.

Tuchek was found guilty of s ..... 
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County Board sets public hearing for proposed Tax Abatement policy

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Mark Thein, who jointly serves as Fillmore County and Harmony Economic Develop-ment Authority (EDA) coordinator, Mike Bubany, of David Drown & Associates, and Jerome Illg, Harmony City Administrator, readdressed a proposed county tax abatement policy ..... 
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Hinckley Holsteins

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Not everyone can tell you the first day they started their current occupation, but Marlys Hinckley can. She can tell you that April 25, 1981 is the day that she and her husband, Dale, began their farming career together. Theyve never looked back. [Read the Rest]

Practice makes perfect

Fri, May 28th, 2004
Posted in Features

FORESTVILLE - Lucy strains at her leash, as she is eager to begin work. She has been waiting in her cage for a couple of hours. The waiting is routine for Lucy. Her handler, Marie Christianson, tries to calm the seven year old Golden Retriever as the ..... 
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Scenic tractor drive set for June 13

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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SPRING VALLEY - A long time interest in restoring vintage tractors has helped to bring about the first Fillmore County Scenic Tractor Drive.

Glen Van Grevenhof, a township employee, Joe Bezdicek, a retired Kingsland Ag instruct ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Phase one approved for well number 5

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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We gotta lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way! exclaimed Rushford city council member Ron Mireau as he urged action on proceeding with the well no. 5 project at the regular Rushford City Council meeting on May 24th. The proposed booster pum ..... 
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Theater Review: Commonweal launches surefire hit with Steel Magnolias

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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When it comes to finding a play that does it allmakes you laugh, cry, and ponder the meaning of lifeit probably doesnt get much better than Steel Magnolias, which opened May 22 at the Commonweal Theater in Lanesboro.

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