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There’s a new Sheriff in town


Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Well, not yet. But, there will be. With Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen scheduling his retirement for the near future, his last day on the job will be January 5, 2015. On that day, a new Sheriff will be sworn in to office for Fillmore County. And, the voters of Fillmore County will elect that Sheriff on election day on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Fillmore County Journal sat down with both candidates for interviews, asking each candidate the same questions to share their answers with readers.



Tom Kaase Q & A

How is he managing his campaign?

Answer: He plans on making a lot of personal contact, going door-to-door, participating in parades, and meeting with different groups or agencies to answer questions. He wants for people to know that he has “always been available to the public,” and he looks forward to working in the capacity as the Fillmore County Sheriff.

Why is he running for Fillmore County Sheriff?

Answer: Kaase is running for Sheriff because it is being vacated. And, with 30 years of law enforcement experience, he feels that his training, leadership, and advancement opportunities make him best suited to take over as Fillmore County Sheriff.

What is his vision for the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department?

Answer: He’d want to maintain the professionalism established by all previous Sheriffs. “They’ve all been leaders.” Kaase said he’d “want to continue that and hopefully enhance that.” He shared a story about when he worked at the Preston IGA when Vern Dahl owned it, and Vern told him, “I will show you everything I know, and you should be able to take those ideas and make them better with what you know.” Kaase said that he recognizes that he has tough shoes to fill.

How would he improve the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department?

Answer: With his experience, he focuses on collaborative efforts at the Rochester Police Department. And, he emphasized that they strive to focus on the symptoms of problems, such as behavior caused by substance abuse or mental health issues. With his Crisis Intervention Training, he works on helping officers improve communication skills with people they come in contact with while on duty. He is also an advocate for transparency, the same way he has operated as a county commissioner for six years. And, he wants people to know that the “success of the dep .....
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101 and going strong

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

In May of 2013 we visited with Amos Anderson for his birthday as he turned 100 years old. We thought for this year’s Senior Living Section it would be nice to check back with Anderson and see how he is doing after turning 101 on February 16, 2014 ..... 
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Good Samaritan Society - Home Care celebrates 20 years of service

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

While some retirees venture off to the warm, dryer climates of Arizona and other parts of the south and west for their golden years, many find that they can only feel right at home here in the Midwest, specifically southern Minnesota and northern Io ..... 
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A Jordan Town Hall celebration

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Jordan Township Hall was built in 1877. The building was constructed out of local limestone by mason Thomas Ferguson. The stone has stood the test of time until now. A front corner has fallen and it needs repair. A Town Hall Restoration committe ..... 
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There was spirit in Harmony on July 4

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

The colors of red, white, and blue poured into the town of Harmony, Minn. during this year’s long Independence Day weekend. With July 4 falling on a Friday, many people enjoyed a three day weekend to take in all of the festivities the town had to ..... 
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New owners at The Gateway in Wykoff

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

After years of dreaming of opening their own restaurant, sisters Kelly Hansen and Cheyanne Baker have become the new owners of The Gateway in Wykoff, Minn. The business had been owned for 22 years by Darla Heusinkveld and the sisters finally came to ..... 
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POET team members share experiences from Kenya

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This summer a group of POET team members traveled to Kenya, Africa to help build a dorm for the Traveller’s Oasis Girls School. Michele Anderson, Quality Manager at POET Biorefining, Preston and a resident of Saint Charles participated in this mis ..... 
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Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration and soldier grave rededication to be held in Houston

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Features

On Saturday, July 12, a Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration and soldier grave rededication will be held at Silver Creek Cemetery in Houston at 10:30 a.m. The service will commemorate the Battle of Tupelo in Mississippi that was fought on July 1 ..... 
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A successful Dairy Night on the Farm 2014

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

A perfect summer evening brought a large crowd to Blue Valley Holsteins for this year’s Dairy Night on the Farm hosted by Bruce and Tracy Wingert along with their son Matt and daughter Loni. Blue Valley Holsteins is a third generation farm locate ..... 
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