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Republicans sweep into office


Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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Area voters turned out in large numbers for Tuesday’s mid-term elections. In Fillmore County 9,272 of the 12,110 registered voters (76.56%) came to the polls. Meanwhile in Houston County, 8,600 of 11,602 registered voters (74.13%) turned out to cast votes.While the Republican Party swept control of both houses of Congress, closer to home in Fillmore County the Democrats performed quite well. Vice President Walter Mondale, while losing the state-wide election to Republican Norm Coleman, took Fillmore County by a margin of 4908 to 4085.Democrats Buck Humphrey and Carol Johnson led in Fillmore County for the Secretary of State and State Audtior positions, despite losing to Republicans state-wide by slight margins.Similarly, first time DFL state senate candidate Sharon Ropes took Fillmore County with 53% of the vote before losing the district race to Winona businessman Robert Kierlin in District 31. Republican State Representative Greg Davids will return to St. Paul representing Distrtict 31 B. Davids edged DFL candidate Al Hein by slightly more than 1,000 votes in their race for the state house seat.Independence Party candidate for governor, Tim Penny, took Fillmore County by a wide margin with 47% of the vote. Below is a summary of federal and state election results in Fillmore County. Bold indicates overall winner.FEDERAL ELECTIONSU.S. Senator •GP-Ray Tricomo 37•IP-Jim Moore 299•R-Norm Coleman 4085•DFL-Walter Mondale 4908•CON-Miro Kovatchevich 11

U.S. Representative District 1•GP-Greg Mikkelson 241•R-Gil Gutknecht 5710•DFL-Steve Andreason 3250

STATE ELECTIONSGovernor•GP-Ken Pentel 101•IP-Timothy Penny 4429•R-Tim Pawlenty 2951•DFL-Roger Moe 1730•CON-Lawrence Aeschliman 12•I-Booker Hodges IV 20•SWP-Kari Sachs 8

Secretary of State•GP-Andrew Koebrick 165•IP-Dean Alger 575•R-Mary Kiffmeyer 4149•DFL-Hubert Humphrey 4185

State Auditor•GP-Dave Berger 229•IP-Dave Hutcheson 913•R-Patricia Anderson Awada 3783•D .....
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Board will keep attorney’s office upstairs in new addition

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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Fillmore County Attorney Matthew J. Opat’s Tuesday morning Commissioners’ meeting started out well as he turned a half-century-old. He took it graciously, even when Sheriff Jim Connolly had him handcuffed, unofficially of course, to celebrate the eve ..... 
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Lanesboro Council meeting ends with fire call

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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The November 4th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council began with a presentation from Tammy Hughes of Southeastern Minnesota Historic Bluff Country and Marlene Schultz, chairperson for Scenic Byways. They informed the council that Highway 16 from LaC ..... 
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Preston City Council will ask the MPCA for an EIS on Heartland

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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The Preston City Council voted three to one Monday night to ask the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Heartland Energy & Recycling plant. Using fluid bed technology, the energy plan ..... 
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Tuchek asks for mistrial

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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Less than one week after being found guilty in Fillmore County District Court on nine counts of arson in the April 7 fire that destroyed two historic buildings in downtown Lanesboro, the lawyer for John Tuchek has filed papers in Fillmore County Dist ..... 
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Election 2002: Fillmore County Attorney

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Attorneys Eric Herendeen and Brett Corson are running for the position of Fillmore County Attorney. The post has been held for the past several years by Matt Opat who is not seeking re-election.  The Journal as ..... 
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Chronic Wasting Disease

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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CWD, or Chronic Wasting Disease has received a lot of press recently as deer hunters prepare for the season. This disease occurs naturally in North American deer and Rocky Mountain Elk. It belongs to a family of diseases known as transmissible spongi ..... 
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Rushford Council listens to library building proposal

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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The Rushford City Council began their regular bimonthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 28 to accommodate a presentation by the library board. Ron McGriff, a consulting librarian from SELCO (Southeast Libraries Cooperating) worked the council th ..... 
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Tuchek found guilty of arson

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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After deliberating for approximately five hours on Thursday, a jury of eight men and four women found former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek guilty on all eight counts of first degree arson and one count of fifth degree arson for the April 7, 2002 ..... 
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