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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:34 AM
Incumbents will take up the majority of slots on November’s ballot for local city and school board offices. With filing for office concluding last Tuesday, the ballots are set for the general election on Nov. 8.
  • Seed Savers Exchange in rural Decorah has just announced it has canceled the benefit concert, featuring Mason Jennings and the Pines, that was set to take place on Saturday.
  • Incumbents will take up the majority of slots on November’s ballot for local city and school board offices. With filing for office concluding last Tuesday, the ballots are set for the general election on Nov. 8.
  • The Mabel-Canton School Board decided to seek a general operating levy referendum for levy year 2016/collection year 2017 on the November general election ballot. That discussion and decision took place at the regular board meeting, held last Tuesday, Aug. 16.
  • The Lanesboro School Board approved the expansion of the childcare program as presented at the July meeting during its August meeting last Tuesday evening. The expansion will allow the daycare to take in 30 school-aged students and, in essence, expand the preschool capacity as well.
  • A three-weekend event, which has become a fall tradition for communities located on the Root River Trail, will be held the second, third and fourth weekends in September.
  • There were multiple items approved as part of the August consent agenda of the Mabel-Canton School Board regarding staffing changes for the upcoming school year. The board reviewed the items, taking action on several, during its meeting last Tuesday evening, Aug. 16.
  • Herbert Baker, 80, of Wykoff
    Herbert L. Baker, 80, of Wykoff, died on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at his home in the village of Fillmore. 
  • Thunder Rode to host benefit concert  for therapeutic horsemanship programs

    Thunder Rode, a therapeutic horsemanship program for individuals with special needs, is hosting a benefit dance and silent auction on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Nob Hill, north of Decorah, featuring the Swamp Cats from Manchester, Iowa. 
  • 4-H brings ‘cow guy,’ ‘rabbit girl’ together for shared trip to state fair
    Although the rabbit showed by “cow guy” Tyler Kappers came in last at the recent Fillmore County Fair, he’s still smiling.
  • History center hosting special program to kick off funeral exhibit
    Herb Highum knew it was over for someone when the skinny boy sang.
  • Charley Boy enjoys new family, but may soon need another
    He seems to be a cat of intrigue and opposites. That continues as the feline has found a new home, but still likes to wander and make new friends to pet him. He may again need a new home since he doesn’t exactly get along with the current cat . . . and the family may be moving.
  • August marks 150 years since Wisel flood destroyed village, killed 16
    The 150th anniversary of the Wisel flood was noted on Aug. 6. The usually picturesque Wisel Creek turned deadly on the night of Aug.6, 1866, after torrential rains fell in the area. The flash flood destroyed property and took 16 lives.
  • Broadband deficiencies  discussed during special summit held in Preston
    Representatives of entities interested in expanding rural fiber optic broadband internet access gathered in Preston last Wednesday, Aug. 10, for a Fillmore County Broadband Alliance (FCBA) summit. The purpose of the meeting was to address the needs of rural residents who still hear the “bleep-blee-ee-bleep-bleep” of dial-up internet connections or have sketchy wireless connections that are shot from tower to tower but are interrupted by various sight line obstructions.
  • Fillmore Community Advocacy receives funding
    “This is wonderful news. We will be able to focus our energies on helping our clients instead of trying to come up with enough money to keep the doors open,” said Anne Detlefsen of Fillmore Community Advocacy. “It’s been a long four years since our program was defunded. There have been many people and organizations that have come to our aid to help us keep this office open and provide services to the many victims in Fillmore County. This will certainly help.”
  • When people trace their histories, they can see the impact they had on those around them in the years that they lived their life. 
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