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Kaase begins new chapter


Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Tom Kaase was sworn in to office as the 28th Sheriff of Fillmore County on Monday, Januray 5, 2015 Photo by Jason Sethre

On the morning of Monday, January 5, 2015, Tom Kaase was sworn into office as the Sheriff of Fillmore County in the Fillmore County Commissioners Board Room. This is a big event in the history of Fillmore County -- any time a new Sheriff is elected into office.

In southern Minnesota, this past election saw a major turnover in law enforcement leadership at the position of Sheriff. Both incumbent Sheriffs of Olmsted County and Dodge County, Dave Mueller and Jim Jensen, respectively, were defeated by members of their departments -- Kevin Torgerson and Scott Rose.

But, in Fillmore County, it was a different story.

Former Sheriff Daryl Jensen was retiring, leaving the door open for the election process to decide the fate of the leadership seat for Fillmore County’s most powerful law enforcement position.

And, that seat will now be filled by Tom Kaase. With over 30 years of law enforcement and leadership experience, with both the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department and the Rochester Police Department, Kaase will bring in some new ideas as shared in his campaign to get elected.

With a November election that ended with a mere 261-vote spread between Tom Kaase and Brian Miner, Kaase walked away with a narrow victory.

As Tom Kaase takes on the role of Fillmore County Sheriff, he leaves his unfinished term as County Commissioner for District 1 to be filled in a special election to be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Two candidates have filed to run for the Fillmore County Commissioner District 1 seat: Michael Holzer of Wykoff and Karen Reisner of Fountain.

Fillmore County’s Sheriffs

Tom Kaase has become the 28th Sheriff of Fillmore County dating back to the very first Sheriff to serve starting on May 28, 1853. With the help of Debra Richardson, Executive Director of the Fillmore County History Center, we are able to share a glimpse of history focused solely on the position of Sheriff for this county named after the 13th President of the United States.

According to Fillmore County History Center records, most leaders who have served as the Sheriff of Fillmore County have not lasted very long. From 1853 to 1897, there were 17 Sheriffs in office. That’s an average of 2.6 years in office per Sheriff.

But, the Sheriff with the longest shelf-life was at the turn of the century; E. K. Blexrud was Fillmore County Sheriff from J .....
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SEMCAC in Preston receives money from “Swipe Out Hunger”

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Facebook giveaway has concluded with a donation of $136 to Semcac in Preston. Merchants Bank donated 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card was used between November 28 and Decembe ..... 
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One vehicle accident claims life, sends another to hospital

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Features

A Holmen, Wisc. woman was killed in a one vehicle accident on the evening of Saturday, December 20, 2014, in Fillmore County. Laura Finseth Scott, age 27, died when the vehicle she was a passenger in rolled over on Fillmore County Road 11 in Pilot ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Features

In the December 15 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was an error in The true victims of the nanny state: Unintended consequences of liberal policies commentary. The error was located in the statistics regarding the illegitimate births, on ..... 
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Local family loses dogs to shooting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

A Fountain family has found themselves on the unfortunate end of what Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department is calling an intentional shooting. Now, the family is seeking any assistance from the public in bringing justice to those responsible. Sa ..... 
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The Masonic Lodge’s Monetary Matchfood shelf challenge

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Fillmore & Houston Counties, MN – Three Semcac food shelves, located in Rushford, Preston and Caledonia, will receive a dollar-for-dollar match for donations given to these food shelves from December 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015. The Masonic Lodg ..... 
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Community support evident on GTTM Day

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Features

On Thursday, November 13, Minnesotan’s again proved their generosity by giving a record $18,316,626 in the 24 hour online marathon to support non-profits and schools. This is a 7 percent increase over 2013 when $17.1 million was raised on Give to ..... 
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Red Kettle leadership changes

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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After 10 years of working together and thousands of dollars raised for those in need in Fillmore County, the Preston, Minn. Salvation Army “Red Kettle team” consisting of Barb Scheevel, Nancy Byrne, Sue Hovey, and Sheila Craig are passing the to ..... 
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Intern approved for Veteran Services

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Features

At the December 2 Fillmore County board meeting, numerous Community Services employee related changes were approved. Veterans Service officer Jason Marquardt explained that an Upper Iowa University student had requested to perform an unpaid intern ..... 
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