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Loren Lee Graskamp


Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Loren Lee Graskamp, of Fountain, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Loren was born May 27, 1923, in Fountain Township, to Edward and Ethel Graskamp. In 1948, Loren married the love of his life, Dorothy Henke. During their more than 60 years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling to Tex., Hawaii, Ireland, Bahamas and other parts of the United States. A most memorable trip was made to Alaska with his son, Edward.

Farming the family farm for more than 35 years was Loren’s first avocation. During this time, he served on the board of directors for Rochester Dairy Cooperative and on the Minnesota Dairy board of directors.

After farming, Loren managed the Spring Valley Insurance Company. He later started his own successful insurance company, Graskamp Insurance Agency. He was also proud of his 60 years as a Master Mason and was a member of the Scottish Rite.

Activities of his children were important to Loren. He served on the Wykoff school board for 16 years. He also supported their 4-H dairy projects and many trips to the state fair. In 1986, he received the Fillmore County Service Award to 4-H.

Loren is lovingly remembered by three children: Linda (Daniel Morel) of Fountain, Daniel (Paula) of Stewartville, and Edward of Chicago; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; brother, Donald; wife, Dorothy; and grandson, Justin.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 18, at the Chatfield Methodist Church at 11 a.m. There was a Masonic funeral at 9:30 a.m., and visitation one hour before the service.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.

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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“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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Fountain council hears from new wireless provider

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on April 2, 2015 where the first order of business was being introduced to Joe Glende with HBC of Winona, Minn. HBC is bringing their wireless internet service to town to start with and if there is an interest they cou ..... 
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Mitchel Lentz wins a seat on the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

The ballots are in, which means the votes are in, as well. In the ripple effect that started with Tom Kaase winning the November 2014 election to be named the Sheriff of Fillmore County, Kaase’s seat as Commissioner for District 1 became an open ..... 
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Fillmore Central receives donations from Booster Club

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Education

Jim Peters spoke to the Fillmore Central School Board on March 24 regarding the Booster Club and several donations that have been made. Peters explained the Booster Club started out for wrestling, then became a fundraiser for Fillmore Central. Ov ..... 
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“Willie’s” part of Fillmore County history

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

There are some people who need only one name to be recognized. In Fillmore County, one of those people was “Willie” of Willie’s Grocery and Locker of Fountain, Minn. When the name Willie came up in a conversation, odds were everyone knew who ..... 
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Fountain recognized for “Best Tasting Water”

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

The City of Fountain is drinking in its latest claim to fame after receiving the title “Best Tasting Water 2015” in March. John Hanson, city maintenance foreman for the city of Fountain, Minn., attended the Southeast Section Spring School by t ..... 
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Presentation during Fountain council meeting

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

As the city council of Fountain, Minn. met for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on March 5, 2015, the first item on the agenda was Terri Allen, owner of Terri’s Tender Lovin’ Stitches of Fountain. Allen presented three framed embroi ..... 
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