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Choosing to live in rural America


Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

A December article in the New York Times was titled "Pastoral Poverty; The Seeds of Despair." The article compared the current "rural collapse" to the inner city collapse of a few decades ago, and focused on poor rural counties all over the United States. The writer coined the phrase "rural ghetto" and featured alarming anecdotes, like the Nebraska county where high school seniors believe their choices are to either leave the area after graduation, or stay and work in a homemade methanthetamine lab.

Fillmore County could not be considered "wealthy", ranking significantly below the state average in per household and per capita income. But one does not find the same "seeds of despair" as outlined in the New York Times article. Fillmore County seems unique in a number of ways, including in the fact that, at least anecdotally, many of the people born and raised here stay, or return later in life.

Edie (Anderson) Mueller always knew she wanted to be a teacher, so when she graduated from Rushford High School in 1985, she headed to Mankato State University for a degree in elementary education. This degree was followed by a masters degree from Winona State two years later.

"I was willing to go wherever my job took me, within Minnesota," she said. But the fact that her job in Rochester allows her to live and raise children in her hometown makes her feel like one of the lucky ones.

"I have friends in the Twin Cities who, if they could find a job close to Rushford, theyd move back," she said.

Living in Rushford and working in Rochester is "the best of both worlds," according to Mueller. Ironically, the very thing some of her coworkers believe they would hate about a small town is the thing she likes best: the fact that "everybody knows everything about you."

"I like knowing the families of my childrens friends," she explained.

Mueller and her husband, Charlie, have three children. Now that the two oldest have entered school, Mueller often experiences a comforting sense of deja vu. Her children will probably have some of the same teachers that she did, and her high school niece has a locker right next to the one Mueller had way back when.

For Tony Heiden, Rushford-Peterson class of 1992, there was never any question that he wanted to eventually settle in his home town. He says it was only a m .....
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Commissioners Report

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

"With the Boards approval, I will be applying for a state and federal Domestic Preparedness Equipment and Training Grant," said Larry Hunt, Emergency Services Director, as he addressed the Commissioners during their weekly meeting. The money would b ..... 
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Preston City Council Report

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met February 3, even though Monday presented the Preston area with the most inclement weather of the season. In what has been an unusually calm winter, the intense wind, blowing snow and falling temperatures brought everyone ..... 
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Benson rules in zoning case

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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Judge Robert Benson has denied a request by Fillmore County for a summary judgement in a zoning dispute between the county and Eli Slabaugh of rural Canton Township.

Former Fillmore County Attorney Matt Opat filed the civil act ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Social Services budget safe from state cuts for now

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

"I dont see much thats going to effect the county," Tom Boyd, Fillmore County Social Services Director, told the county board on Tuesday. Boyd was commenting on the states potential budget cuts and the impact they may have on his department. This ..... 
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The devil is in the details

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

Kane & Johnson Architects, Inc. of Rochester, brought back more revisions to the courthouse remodeling project after several meetings were held with the architects, Judge Robert Benson, Court Administrator James Attwood, Sheriff Jim Connolly, and Com ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: New site promoted for back-up generator building

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

Brian Guenther of Power Plus, an engineering firm, was present at the January 27th Rushford City Council meeting to explain the newly proposed back-up generator site. The building to house three back-up generators with space for a future fourth gener ..... 
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DNR looks at changing deer season

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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In the early 1950s, the sighting of whitetail deer in southeastern Minnesota was so uncommon that a local newspaper carried it as a front-page news item when a farmer in Carimona Township reported seeing a herd of 18 deer. The great migration of deer ..... 
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Harstad pleads guilty on Mandelko charges

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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Andrew Todd Harstad, 20, of rural Harmony, plead guilty in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday to one count of felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide stemming from an incident on May 26, 2000 which resulted in the death of Justin Delbert Mandelko o ..... 
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