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Pine Island FCCLA members attend leadership conventions


Julianne O’Reilly and Amanda Hildenbrandt at leadership camp.

PINE ISLAND – It has been a busy summer for Pine Island FCCLA participating in national and state FCCLA events. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in San Antonio, Texas, July 6-10 for the 2014 National Leadership Conference.   Kelly Leibold and advisor Margie Berg were part of excitement.  This year’s conference was themed “Soar” and challenged members to reach for the sky and soar to new heights. FCCLA members nationwide attended outstanding workshops, took part in a variety of competitive events, visited vendor exhibits, and explored the many “must see” sites of San Antonio.

Wed
06
Aug
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Benefit fund set up for the family of Elliott Burdick


Angela and Dennis Burdick hold Gavin (left) and Riley while one-week-old Elliott rests quietly in an incubator at St. Marys Hospital NICU. The Burdick family is hoping an autopsy will give them some answers and closure as to why their baby boy died.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – A benefit fund has been established at Pine Island Bank for the Dennis and Angela (nee Jackson) Burdick family after the death of their infant son Elliott Chester Burdick.

Elliott was born about a month early  on June 1, 2014, and seemed to be a healthy baby boy, but shortly after birth he began to have trouble with his breathing and was transported from Olmsted Medical Center Hospital to St. Marys Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He continued to have constant troubles with his breathing which mystified the doctors at St. Marys.

Wed
30
Jul
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Marilyn Goff wins grand champion ribbon at Dodge County Fair


Marilyn Goff displays her handmade Christmas tree skirt at Better Brew Coffee House in Pine Island on July 22. Her entry won a grand champion ribbon at the Dodge County Fair on July 15.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Lifelong Pine Island resident Marilyn (Andrist) Goff won a grand champion purple ribbon on July 15 at the Dodge County Fair for her Christmas tree skirt entry. Goff, who has entered over 40 crocheting crafts at local fairs in the over 65 category for the past 20 years, was more than surprised when she won her first grand champion ribbon. She said, “I entered it on a whim just for fun and when I won the grand prize I was beyond surprised. I was shocked.” 

Wed
23
Jul
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Pine Island prepares for Fire Relief Association Dance

By Alice Duschanek-Myers

PINE ISLAND – On July 15, the Pine Island City Council approved a dance permit for the Pine Island Fire Relief Association for August 9. A one-day temporary liquor consumption and display permit was approved contingent on the association providing liability insurance.

The council approved a request to close South Main Street from 3rd Street S to 4th Street S from 2:30 p.m. on August 9 until 12:59 a.m. on August 10 for the association’s annual event.

Changes in the Fire Relief Association by-laws and benefit levels were also approved by the council. The council authorized an increase from $2,750 per firefighter per year to $3,300.

General obligation bonds

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23
Jul
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K-9 demonstration given at Pine Island American Legion


A K-9 demonstration was given at the Pine Island American Legion on July 15. Left: Deputy Jim Goham and his K-9 partner Havoc greet three-year-old Camryn Plumbo of Oronoco. Right: Havoc waits patiently for his cue from his handler Deputy Goham (not pictured) to grasp the bite sleeve worn by Deputy Dan Englund.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Goodhue County K9 Deputy Jim Goham and his partner Havoc held a demonstration on July 15 at the American Legion for Van Horn Public Library’s Tuesday @ 2 program. Goham talked about his work and Havoc’s training and responsibilities and provided a demonstration with assistance from Deputy Dan Englund.

One point Deputy Goham wanted to get across was that K-9s are not ferocious:“People see these dogs on TV and they think they’re vicious, but that’s simply not the case. Havoc is extremely social –  it’s controlled aggression.” Havoc can live up to his name and cause damage, but only under Goham’s command and in very specific situations.

Wed
23
Jul
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Lundes are hosting three exchange students


Chinmay Ballamwar of India, Theodor Amariucai of Romania, and Bayasgalan Ulambayar of Mongolia, all hosted by Mike and Nadeen Lunde, enjoy the taste of their first s’mores at an outing at the Kay and Ray Frick house on July 9. The boys also had brats and played four-square with the Frick family.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Pine Island Lions Club members Mike and Nadeen Lunde have once again opened their home to three youths who are part of the Lions International Youth Exchange Program. This is their fifth year as a host family. Since their arrival on July 1, Chinmay Ballamwar of Mumbai, India, Theodor Amariucai of Bucharest, Romania, and Bayasgalan Ulambayar of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, all 15-year-olds, have been experiencing American culture. This is the first visit to the United States for each of the boys who will be here through the end of the month.

The Lions International Youth Exchange Program was established in 1961 to give youth (ages 15-21) an opportunity to travel to exciting international destinations for up to six weeks. An exchange program can be arranged in hundreds of countries and geographic locations where there are Lions clubs.

Wed
16
Jul
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GO bond sale will reduce taxpayers' increase for PI School improvements

By Alice Duschanek-Myers

PINE ISLAND – The Pine Island School Board approved the sale of the general obligation facility improvement bonds to William Blair Company of Chicago on July 10. Stacy Childress of Springsted Inc. provided a summary of the bid proposals for the bonds. She said the sale to William Blair amounts to greater savings for the taxpayers.

Childress gave an example involving a $150,000 home. Originally the facility bond referendum was expected to increase the property taxes by $320. However, with this sale the increase will be about $311.

There were seven proposals submitted to purchase the bonds. Childress said it is common to receive five proposals. Districts like to get at least three. The best proposal, from William Blair Company, offered an interest rate of 3.71%. 

Wed
16
Jul
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Pine Island Senior Citizens Center to celebrate anniversary July 20


Outside the Pine Island Senior Citizens Center are group members, from left to right, Karen Ruegg, Deloris Skalicky, Conrad Lechelt, Jean Lechelt, and Lela Kennedy. The group is excited about the upcoming fourth anniversary celebration on July 20.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – The Pine Island Senior Citizens Center (109 First Street SW) will celebrate its fourth anniversary on July 20 with a noon potluck dinner. All area seniors and friends of the seniors are invited to attend. Grilled burgers will be served, and everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. Musical entertainment will be provided by Casey and the Good Timers Band. 

Building Committee members Conrad Lechelt, Carol Moreland, Wendell Zwart, Jerry Vettel, Karen Ruegg, and Norma Lantz were instrumental in making the multi-purpose facility a reality. Karen Ruegg said, “We are so thankful for the support from the community, senior groups, and the volunteers.” 

Wed
16
Jul
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Former Pine Island resident honored by White House


Pamela Fladeland Rodriguez

CHICAGO — Pamela Fladeland Rodriguez, a 1974 graduate of Pine Island High School and daughter of Elaine Wilbur and the late Merlin Wilbur, was honored earlier this year by the White House drug policy office and was spotlighted in the national drug control strategy released last week.

Rodriguez, president and CEO of the Chicago-based Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), along with TASC President Emeritus Melody Heaps, is featured in the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy, released July 9 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Rodriguez, TASC’s president since 2009, and Heaps, who founded the agency and led it for 33 years, were honored at the White House in March as Advocates for Action for their national leadership in advancing system-wide justice interventions for people with substance use disorders.

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09
Jul
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Oronoco city shop gets final OK

By Karen Snyder

ORONOCO – After eight months of delays and one more final extension, construction of Oronoco’s new city shop can begin.

The Oronoco City Council, at its June 30 special meeting, gave Hartco Construction a final final extension. “It has to be done tomorrow,” said councilor Skyler Breitenstein who put the ultimatum in the form of a motion: Hartco’s owner, councilor Nathan Hartung, must produce the requisite performance bond on July 1. If he failed to, the council would cancel the agreement and readdress the shop issue after Downtown Gold Rush Days.

The council approved the motion 3-1. Councilor Jayne Krause opposed the extension, and Hartung didn’t vote.

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