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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.

Saturday, December 6 was a typical day for the Frederick family of rural Fillmore Township. Relaxing with friends while their children played outside on the ice, the Fredericks let three of the family’s dogs out when another visitor stopped by. The dogs, two one-year old German shepherds, named Butch and Sundance, and the family’s dachshund slipped off the Frederick’s property, to woods on adjacent land.

A short while later, approximately 10 minutes according to Frederick, the family heard two shots from near the property border, at the top of an adjacent hill. Normally, in a rural area in the middle of muzzleloader season, this would not be a concern. When the family’s dachshund came home alone, the family knew their dogs had been shot. “At that instant we knew, because they do not separate,” noted Tom Frederick. The family walked to the border of the property where Frederick maintains they met a group of 10 hunters, who he says heard no shots and knew nothing of the dogs.

December 7 the bodies of the two dogs were found dumped in a ravine along on Keeper Road, northwest of Fountain. The location they were found, near a quarry, is a known area for dumped animals and headless deer, according to Frederick. The authorities were contacted and the dogs’ bodies were taken to the Sheriff’s Department. A statement from the department noted both dogs had been shot and had injuries consistent with those from a muzzle loaded rifle. Sheriff Daryl Jenson has said that evidence recovered from the dogs may be helpful in solving the case.

Frederick notes that the site of the shooting is isolated, gated, and he believes linked with trail cameras complete with camera to cell phone technology, as it is commonly used for hunting. He’s hoping the family will finds answers and soon. “Our family is devastated by the loss of our two German shepherds. Sheriff Jensen has been doing everything possible to help and bring justice. Our goal is to get the word out and maybe someone knows something and will speak up.”

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Production brewery approved by Fountain city council

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

During its regular monthly meeting on December 4, 2014 the Fountain City Council unanimously approved a zoning permit and an off-sale brewery liquor license for a production brewery and tap room for resident Eric Luoma. This would include the sal ..... 
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FCHS Holiday Band Concert

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The FCHS Band Department will present its annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony. Performing groups include the 7-8th Jazz Band, the High School Jazz Ensemble, the 5-6th Grade Conce ..... 
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Alice Winslow receives Farm Bureau Honorary Life Award

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Alice Winslow of Fountain received the Honorary Life Membership Award at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) Bureau’s 96th Annual Meeting. Recognition was given during the Friday night awards banquet on November 21 at the DoubleTree Ho ..... 
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Fountain Fire Department Sets Up Ice Rink

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Members of the Fountain Fire Department set up the ice rink at the park in Fountain on the evening of Monday, November 17, 2014. Wayne Thomas is seen spraying a fire hose on the rink to prepare the first layer of ice. The rink will be available to ..... 
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Diane Meyer

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

On the evening of Thursday, November 20, 2014, Diane Lou Meyer of Fountain passed away at home with her family at her side after a short illness. Diane was born March 3, 1939 in Guthrie Center, Iowa to Victor and Beula Towne. Following high school, ..... 
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A positive audit report for Fillmore Central

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

At Fillmore Central’s recent school board meeting, Jason Boynton of Smith and Schafer presented the annual audit report. Boynton said expenditures were down a little, with a slight decrease in administrative costs. The general fund has been in ..... 
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Letter about... response to Grehl’s letter

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

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Fountain City Council has productive meeting

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain city council met on November 6, 2014 at the Fountain City Hall in Fountain, Minn. with all board members present. Also present was city clerk Ronda Flattum, Police Chief Tom Mosher, and local business owner, Elliott Riggott. Consent ..... 
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