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Meet, Greet, and Ride to remember


Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Dust off the leather and shine up the bikes, because you have a great reason to ride.

The Minnesota POW/MIA Riders will be hosting the Hero’s Ride to honor our fallen heroes on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The 100+ mile ride through southeastern Minnesota will begin with registration from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Harley Davidson Shop of Rochester located at 7180 U.S. Hwy 14, Rochester, Minn.

A short program will be held at 12 p.m., followed by kick stands up at 12:15 sharp when the ride will leave for its first destination which is the Rushford American Legion in Rushford, Minn. A meal will be served to the riders while in Rushford.

Upon leaving Rushford, the Hero’s Ride will head toward the Veteran’s Cemetery in Preston, Minn. Scott Eggert, President of the Minnesota POW/MIA Riders, states that the reason the Veteran’s Cemetery is the last stop is because “it’s a pretty final avenue when you are going there” and it will be an emotional time for everyone.

Eggert says when people are riding from Preston back to the VFW in Rochester, where the ride ends, “it will give them time to reflect” because, he states, “it’s all about remembering” our fallen heroes. The motto of the Minnesota POW/MIA Riders is “we will never forget”, to which Eggert adds “until every one of them comes home” they must be remembered.

According to Eggert, there are over 83,000 service members still unaccounted for. The third Friday in September each year has been designated National POW/MIA Recognition day and programs are held all across the nation “to help America remember that there are still over 83,000 still serving their country” who have not come home, states Eggert.

The Minnesota POW/MIA Riders group began on November 11, (Armistice Day) 2010, by charter members Scott Eggert, Rodney Peterson, Jim Nelson, and Lyle Duxbury. Eggert states the job of the approximately 600 members of the group is “to help support VFW’s” in any way they can.

The Hero’s Ride began when Eggert, taking part in a flag line, heard the mother of a soldier say, “who will remember my son?” and he wanted to do something to make sure nobody’s son was ever forgotten.

Soon after, while visiting the VFW in Rochester, Eggert spoke with David Swenson, whose son, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Curtis Swenson, was killed in Afghanistan on April 2, 2010 and the .....
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Root River One Watershed, One Plan

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

The public was invited to the kick-off event for the Root River One Watershed, One Plan at the Fountain Community Center on April 8. The four hour open house was well attended. Roughly 100 residents listened as plan consultant Mark Deutschman, Houst ..... 
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Spring into action and donate blood with the Red Cross

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Features

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood. Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a ..... 
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Search for Mrs. Fillmore County announced

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. Fillmore County! Mrs. Fillmore County will have the honor of representing her county at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, which will be held at “Ritsche Auditorium”, March 12, 2016 in St. Cloud, ..... 
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Limit Creek Fishing Rods, a labor of love

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Jim Wernimont has lived in Spring Valley since 2000 and for most of that time, he co-owned several Culver’s Restaurants, which kept him busily commuting to the Rochester area to oversee operations. That made it tough to find enough time to spend ..... 
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Fillmore Central band concert - “Spring Into Action!”

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

The Fillmore Central Band Department is proud to announce its upcoming concert on Monday, April 27 at 8 p.m. in the Harmony Varsity Gym. (This is a change from the school calendar due to gym renovations at the Preston site.) This year’s concert ..... 
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“Mysteries of the Driftless” uncovered at Dinner on the Bluff

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

On April 26, 2013, an article I wrote entitled “Another Sinkhole” was published in the Fillmore County Journal (http://fillmorecountyjournal.com/single.php?article_id=30184) which described the sudden appearance of a sinkhole north of Fountain, ..... 
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April is…Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Features

In 2001, April was first observed as national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The color teal was chosen to represent sexual violence awareness and prevention. In communities all over the United States, advocacy programs are making concerted ..... 
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Fillmore County resident is a lottery winner

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

ROSEVILLE, MN. – Congratulations to David Ewald of Spring Valley. Ewald won $21,000 by playing the Lottery’s Spring Fever Crossword scratch game. Ewald claimed the prize on April 1, 2015. The winning ticket was purchased at Fareway Stores Inc. ..... 
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