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93rd annual MPPOA (Minnesota Peace and Police Officers Association) Conference


Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Features

By Sheriff Tom Kaase

Deputy Jesse Grabau (along with his wife Samantha and their two sons), dispatcher Samantha Keasling, and I (along with my wife Dorle) attended this conference this past weekend. It was a very good, busy, and informative conference with up-to-date information on Law Enforcement Issues. A new MPPOA public information campaign that will be starting soon is the “Faces Behind The Badge”. This will be a weekly highlight of a Minnesota Officer for the outstanding work they do, over and above what is expected of them, which has a positive impact on a member or members of their community. So please stay tuned and watch for this. Another highlight of this conference was the presentation of the Minnesota Police Officer of the Year Awards, which list below (posted on the internet by the Associated Press).

A St. Paul police sergeant has been named Police Officer of the Year by a Minn law enforcement association for his work with East and West African immigrant communities.

Sgt. Mark Ficcadenti was given the honor Sunday by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association at its annual convention in Alexandria. The group says Ficcadenti organized the city’s first East African Junior Police Academy last year and is a key connection between police and the Somali community.

St. Paul officer Mark Ross and Minn State Trooper Brian Beuning received honorable mention awards. The group says Ross was working as a school resource officer when he led an investigation into a father sexually abusing his daughter. Beuning rescued a woman from her car amid rising flood waters in southwestern Minn.



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Boots and Badges: the home stretch

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Features

By Ellen Whalen As we are into the last couple of weeks of the collection period for the Boots and Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans book, we continue to be impressed by the amount of items offered to us. At this point, we have well over 36 ..... 
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Why not precision conservation?

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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(Reprinted by permission from the author, Jim Gulliford, Soil and Water Conservation Society) Farmers are using more and more sophisticated tools to refine and improve their crop management decisions, and to evaluate both yield and economic result ..... 
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Local electric cooperatives receive regulatory approval to acquire Alliant Energy’s electric service territory in southern Minnesota

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

RUSHFORD, MN (May 1, 2015) – Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) received state regulatory approval to acquire Alliant Energy’s Minnesota electric service territory in a verbal decision on Thursday, April 30, 2015, by the Minnesota Publ ..... 
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Conservation corps apprentice working at Fillmore SWCD…

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

The Conservation Corps of Minn. and Iowa have placed Lindsey Weiss of Harmony as an apprentice at the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office. Apprentices will spend their summer working alongside natural resource professionals t ..... 
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Once Upon a Reader moo-ves into region Moo-velous opportunity at Spring Valley public library

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Join author David LaRochelle, illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, and Cow – the star of their book Moo! – for a one-of-a-kind show at Spring Valley Public Library! The fun begins at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23. After interviewing Cow about her travels, D ..... 
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Healthy Literacy

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Features

On behalf of Cozy Nook Farms and Sikkink Farms, Leah Dols (center) presented a large donation of Animals Sounds books to nurses Emily Root (left) and Jessica Erickson (right). Fillmore County Public Health will give out the books and encourage par ..... 
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Friendship Wagon Train-Riders up! Wagons ho!

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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The seasoned pioneers of the 2015 Friendship Wagon Train are preparing for their annual trek to spread awareness of and collect donations for Camp Winnebago, located just outside of Caledonia, Minn. Camp Winnebago runs several one-week summer camps ..... 
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Harmony Community Garden first planting day June 18

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

The Harmony Public Library would like to announce their first in a series of community planting days in the Harmony Community Garden, located behind the Community Center in Harmony. This event will be held on Thursday, June 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ..... 
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