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To the Editor,
Monday, May 28, 2001

Parenting is not an easy job. According to the Search Institute of Minneapolis, parents should not be expected to raise their children alone. Communities must be active participants in helping youth grow to be healthy, contributing adults. In fact, it is suggested that every child have at least three adults, other than parents, who provide support and encouragement on a regular basis. Some children are fortunate to have grandparents, aunts and uncles, and neighbors who fill this important role.

Many children are not so fortunate. Their extended families may not live nearby, their neighbors may be very busy with their own lives, and they just haven’t connected with a special teacher or coach. However, these children now have other options! Participating in the mentor program will give a child the opportunity to develop one-to-one relationships with a caring adult from the community.

Through “Connections: “Mentoring for Youth” the young person meets with the mentor on a weekly basis. Together they decide how to spend their time. It may be going fishing, playing catch, doing crafts, cooking, baking, hiking, biking, or playing board games. The idea is for the mentor and youth to get to know and trust each other, and to have fun together. In other words - to become friends.

If your child is between the ages of 9 and 14, and doesn’t have grandparents, aunts, uncles, or other adults that interact with him or her; maybe this program could help fill the void. We have mentors who have completed training and are just waiting for a new friend. If you and your child are interested in the mentor program, call the local coordinator in your community. Chatfield - Laurie Bakken, 867-3726; Lanesboro - Vicky Topness, 467-24; Harmony, Preston, Fountain - Phyllis Hendrickson, 937-3455.

LuAnn Klevan
Fillmore County
Volunteer Services
Spring Valley, MN


To the Editor,
Monday, May 28, 2001

Parenting is not an easy job. According to the Search Institute of Minneapolis, parents should not be expected to raise their children alone. Communities must be active participants in helping youth grow to be healthy, contributing adults. In fact, it is suggested that every child have at least three adults, other than parents, who provide support and encouragement on a regular basis. Some children are fortunate to have grandparents, aunts and uncles, and neighbors who fill this important role.

Many children are not so fortunate. Their extended families may not live nearby, their neighbors may be very busy with their own lives, and they just haven’t connected with a special teacher or coach. However, these children now have other options! Participating in the mentor program will give a child the opportunity to develop one-to-one relationships with a caring adult from the community.

Through “Connections: “Mentoring for Youth” the young person meets with the mentor on a weekly basis. Together they decide how to spend their time. It may be going fishing, playing catch, doing crafts, cooking, baking, hiking, biking, or playing board games. The idea is for the mentor and youth to get to know and trust each other, and to have fun together. In other words - to become friends.

If your child is between the ages of 9 and 14, and doesn’t have grandparents, aunts, uncles, or other adults that interact with him or her; maybe this program could help fill the void. We have mentors who have completed training and are just waiting for a new friend. If you and your child are interested in the mentor program, call the local coordinator in your community. Chatfield - Laurie Bakken, 867-3726; Lanesboro - Vicky Topness, 467-24; Harmony, Preston, Fountain - Phyllis Hendrickson, 937-3455.

LuAnn Klevan
Fillmore County
Volunteer Services
Spring Valley, MN


To the Editor,
Monday, May 28, 2001

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners cannot and will not respond to the numerous rumors and gossip stirred up by the Fillmore County Journal regarding the recent dismissal of the County Engineer. The County Board must maintain a professional stance when it comes to personnel issues and confidentiality.

As elected County Commissioners, we represent the citizens of this county. At every meeting we cover a variety of important issues. I am at a loss for words as to why this is the only issue that you continue to write about.

We absolutely will not take this discussion into the public forum as we are being asked to by your publication. To do so would not be professional. As professionals, we hope that you continue to keep the citizens of Fillmore County informed and cover our board meetings in a professional manner.

Marc Prestby
District Five Commissioner
Canton, MN


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