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Renaissance man returns to his Rushford roots


Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
Posted in Features

Friend hear thewords my wanderingthoughts would say.I’ve found the grandestplace in all the U.S.A.–Rushford, Minn

(an antique plaque in Richard and Holly Holle’s new "meeting room")

You can look at an old commercial building on any main street as a piece of history just waiting to be restored, or you can think of the movie called "The Money Pit." Richard and Holly Holle of Rushford take the first, more optimistic view and are thrilled to be currently restoring the old "Boyum Building" on Jessie Street.That’s not to say that some comparisons to "The Money Pit" wouldn’t be appropriate. The building was not in good shape. The Holles had to start with completely updating the plumbing and electrical systems. The building’s east wall was literally crumbling and had to be totally replaced. Some of the wooden floors were salvageable, but most were not.Still, there have been many unexpected rewards. Like the perfectly preserved 1914 newspapers found under some linoleum. Or the large American flag with forty-eight stars.And there are other intangible rewards for restoring the community’s oldest commercial building, built in 1858. City manager Larry Bartelson says the community feels immense "gratitude to the Holles for the time, effort and resources invested to save part of our history.""To have a building that was actually used for business in the 1850's is important to our history, and our identity," Bartelson continues.City Councilman Norris Kinneberg agrees that a project like restoring the Boyum Building will be "appreciated by generations to come."Kinneberg never expected anyone to be willing to restore the building, but says he knew "if anybody could do it, Richard and Holly could."Richard Holle was born in Rushford ("Brooklyn") and was on the first high school golf team ("a bunch of us baseball players talked the coach into it"). His father died before Richard was two years old, but Holle says the one thing he remembers learning about his Norwegian ancestors was that "they worked hard." As he went out to "make his way in the world", as he puts it, he ascribed to the hard work ideal."Making his way in the world" seems a bit modest for a guy with advanced degrees in biology, who has also studied psychology, spa .....
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County wrestles with Sumner moratorium

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
Posted in Features

While the county may have its own ordinance regarding planning and zoning, townships have the right to require even more specified regulations when it comes to land use. Sumner Township has exercised this right by passing a one-year moratorium on bui ..... 
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Court of Appeals hears Tuchek case

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
Posted in Features

On Tuesday, June 10, the defense attorney for former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek presented oral arguments before the Minnesota Court of Appeals asking that Tuchek’s sentence be reduced.

Tuchek was convicted of eight count ..... 
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Heartland hopes to begin construction this fall

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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Bob Maust, president of Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC says that he hopes to begin construction of his proposed energy plant this fall as soon as all permits are issued. Heartland is presently awaiting an Air Permit from the Minnesota Pollution Co ..... 
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Trees, paths, buses and weeds concern Rushford Citizens

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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The June 9 meeting of the Rushford City Council opened to a full house, as concerned citizens came forward to address the council.   Richard and Holly Holle spoke first about the slated cutting of cedars on the bluff above th ..... 
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St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish closes after 133 years of fellowship

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

By Juliann L. Mueller

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.

Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 verse I.

"It is with heartfelt disappointment th ..... 
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Efficient dairy operation part of “Rolling Acres” diversified farming mix

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

June is a month that is set aside to honor our local dairy farmers and also make the public aware of their contributions to the community. One of the traditions of June Dairy month is Dairy Day on the Farm. This year’s proud host is one of Fillmore C ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: End of legislative session shows state cuts

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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With the completion of the extended Minnesota Legislative session, cities and counties could assess the losses in local government aid and make necessary adjustments to their budgets.

Fillmore County Policy Coordinator Karen Bro ..... 
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Historic Forestville asks community’s help to meet deadline

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

I’m enough of a farmer yet-why would you build a barn if you don’t have the money to buy the cows to milk?

Mrs. Eloda (Robert) Wood, reflecting on budget cuts.

"We have to make a commitment by June 23," st ..... 
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