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The “Village Smithy” goes to school


Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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Under the spreading chestnut tree The village smithy stands; The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms Are strong as iron bands.Henry Wadsorth LongfellowThe Village Blacksmith

It has been said that to be a farrier, one must have the strength of Samson, the patience of Job and the wisdom of Solomon. A farrier’s skills and knowledge must encompass several trades and fields; horse person, blacksmith, business person, outdoors person, horse trainer, hoof vet, welder and a specialist. The work a farrier does is demanding. In October of 2003, I set off to Mount Eden, Kentucky to the Kentucky Horseshoeing School for sixteen weeks to become a farrier. I was quite shocked when I arrived at my destination. The school was located in the middle of nowhere on a small winding road. Many years ago, the building had been a grade school, but for the past twenty plus years, it has been a horseshoeing school. The building and rooms were a bit rough around the edges with cold cement floors, poor heating, ants and mice. It was quite an adjustment from my home in Minnesota. I knew it would be a long sixteen weeks. On the first day of class, I learned that I was the only girl in a school of 22 guys. There were four instructors at the school. Mitch owned and ran the school. He mainly gave us our lectures and tests. Paul was in charge of us when we went out trimming. Whitney, a former student, gave the early forging demonstrations and helped with the trimming and shoeing. Darren gave the later forging demonstrations and also helped with the trimming and shoeing.For the first six weeks, our days consisted of lectures or eagle eye. Eagle eye meant making or shaping a specific shoe in a set amount of time on a cadaver horse leg. The winner was the person with the best fit. After that, we would forge or go out to a farm and trim their horses. Some of our early forging exercises consisted of straightening shoes, cutting the straightened shoes in half, making the halves into squares and turning the squares into tools. Much of this was done as homework, not being completed until the late hours of the night. When we went out trimming, we would all pack into two vans and drive for about an hour to our destination. Many of the horses we worked on were research horses, r .....
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Fillmore Central School Board: School board looks to combine counseling with principal position

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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“Due to Mr. Zmyewski’s resignation, we have the opportunity to adjust the job description for the High School principal position,” Supt. Myrna Luehmann told the school board members at their Tuesday, March 16 meeting. “Our initial discussions have ce ..... 
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Highland Prairie celebrates 150th anniversary

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Editor’s note: The following is a two part feature on sister churches Elstad and Highland Prairie. These two Lutheran churches are among the oldest in Minnesota as well as having some of the earliest Lutheran congregations of Norwegian heritage in th ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Noisy trucks, speeding vehicles top concerns

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Nancy and Dave Huisenga came forward Monday, March 15 at the Lanesboro City Council meeting to share their concerns about semis parked on Highway 16 between Kenilworth and Sheridan streets. Not only concerned about the noise caused by the refrigerati ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Funding for sesquicentennial’s “Coming Home” approved

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Preston council members addressed a multitude of routine business items Monday evening. Richard Petsch and Marc Sather of the Preston Historical Society described plans to put together a book for Preston’s upcoming 150 year anniversary. The book woul ..... 
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Planning Commission tightens up “adult use” ordinance

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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“It’s required by federal law to permit these businesses,” stated Fillmore County Zoning Officer Norm Craig as the commission asked why they had to even consider such permits.

Adopted in March of 1998, the purpose of the ordina ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Who pays for extra meters?

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Harmony’s council members thought they had covered all the issues when they redid their meter policy several months ago. It was their intent that the changes reflected fairness both to single dwelling property owners, multi dwelling units, and the ci ..... 
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Commentary: Europe questions Bush strategy on terror

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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I was in Europe when the bombings in Madrid took place on Thursday, March 11.

In fact, my daughter and I had taken a train from Amsterdam to the town of Haarlem and then on to the coast at Zandvoort that day. It was cold and cl ..... 
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Moose trial begins March 22

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Jury selection in the Floyd Moose trial begins in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 22. According to County Administrator Jim Attwood, thirty prospective jurors have been called for Monday, with ten additional jurors available for Tuesd ..... 
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