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Another sinkhole

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

The most recent sinkhole developing outside of Fountain, Minn., the “Sinkhole Capital of the World.” Photo by Barb Jeffers

As most passers-by on Highway 52, just North of Fountain, Minn., have noticed in recent days a fairly large sinkhole has opened up about a quarter mile outside of town on the West side of the road. Being conspicuously placed along the roadside it has many travelers turning their heads on their way to and from work or running errands. The sinkhole has a diameter of approximately 15 feet at this time, and is several feet deep.

Schwarz Farms of Fountain rents the land and Jason Schwarz stated that “a sinkhole opened up there a couple years ago” but that one was “a quarter of the size” of the one that has now appeared. Jason stated that when it happened in the past they have “filled it in” but they “may have to re-vamp it a little” this time because of the way the water runs off in that spot.

The owner of the property is Paul Walsh of Rochester, Minn. When Mr. Walsh was contacted for a comment on the newly formed sinkhole he was unaware of the situation and stated that “there has been a sinkhole there for years” but he did not know it had opened up again and was larger in size than in the past. Mr. Walsh stated that he would “have to get down there and look at it” and see it for himself.

Sinkholes are common in this area due to the karst topography, which according to the website for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,, “is surface developed by solution and subsidence into underground drainage, sinkholes, and caves” such as we have here in southeastern Minnesota. The website also explains “the cavernous tunnel systems in Fillmore and Olmsted counties” and how they were formed.

National Geographic describes sinkholes in a way that is easy to understand on its website,, where it states:

A sinkhole is a hole in the ground that forms when water dissolves surface rock. Often, this surface rock is limestone, which is easily eroded, or worn away, by the movement of water.

In a landscape where limestone sits underneath the soil, water from rainfall collects in cracks in the stone. These cracks are called joints. Slowly, as the limestone dissolves and is carried away, the joints widen until the ground above them becomes unstable and collapses. The collapse often hap .....
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A dream complete for the Johnsons

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Features

Jon and Sharon Johnson of rural Fountain, Minn. have recently moved into the new home they designed together. Together, along with Joe Hahn, of Hahn Lumber, located in Harmony, Minn., they designed their home and say they would not change a thing a ..... 
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Fountain City Council cements Spring agenda

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on April 4, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fountain City Hall. All members were present in addition to City Clerk Ronda Flattum and Police Chief Tom Mosher. The first item on the agenda was Matthew Schnabel, an Integrat ..... 
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Lorraine Lois Johnston

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Lorraine Lois Johnston Lorraine Lois Johnston passed away April 4, 2013 at her second home in Mission, Texas where she had wintered for 37 years. Two of her children were there with her and all four had made the trip to Texas to see her. Lorraine ..... 
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In the service - Airman Steven K. McElmury

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Social Scenes

Airman Steven K. McElmury Air Force Airman Steven K. McElmury graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipli ..... 
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Trigger Time Firearms aims to serve the public

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Features

Trigger Time Firearms was Incorporated in March 2012, and has been doing business in Fountain, Minn. since June 2012. The owner of Trigger Time Firearms is Rick Dahly who says he is “passionate about people protecting themselves and their families ..... 
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Fountain woman celebrates 95th birthday

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Features

Alvira Klockeman of Fountain, Minn. celebrated her 95th birthday earlier this month surrounded by family and close friends. Alvira was born on December 6, 1917, to parents Edward and Barbara Klug in Caledonia, Minn., as one of thirteen children born ..... 
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Letter about Ag Alliance Debate

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As I was reading the coverage of the SE Minnesota Ag Alliance debate, I read that Ken Tschumper made the claim that “there are over 200 farmers in Fillmore County alone that receive over $1 million in direct farm payments, and one ..... 
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Fifteen years of lutefisk and meatballs

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Faith & Worship

By Barb Jeffers Fountain Lutheran Church held its 15th annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This year’s dinner was overwhelmingly successful. Being one of the first dinners of its kind in th ..... 
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