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Regional report 12-18

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FOUNTAIN: MnDOT says U.S. 52 repairs won’t occur until 2009

The Minnesota Department of Transportation sent three representatives to Fountain's city council meeting Dec. 5 to inform the council that no work would be done on U.S. 52 until 2009.

The council previously had signed a letter to the state asking for repairs to the highway as soon as possible because many accidents have happened north of Fountain.

Residents have complained about the poor condition of the highway around Fountain.

PRESTON: Fillmore County

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names assessor to finish term

Cynthia Blagsvedt has been appointed the new Fillmore County assessor, succeeding Bob Pickett, who has retired.

She has worked in the office as a property appraiser for several years, She is also senior accredited, which is a requirement of the state to hold that job.

Blagsvedt will take over as assessor Jan. 1 and complete Pickett’s four-year term that ends Dec. 31, 2008. If her work is satisfactory, she will be eligible for a four-year appointment.

HOUSTON: Nature center slates owl prowl for New Year’s Eve

The Houston County Nature Center wants you to go wild on New Year’s Eve.

It‘s offering an owl prowl starting at 8 p.m. at the center, which is on the north side of the Houston at the end of the Root River Trail.

You will go out to listen for screech, barred, great horned and maybe saw-whet owls. You will spend a little time learning about the owls and their calls, and then carpool to prime owling spots around the area.

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Dress warm and wear clothes that don’t make a lot of noise when you move.

For more information, call the center at (507) 896-4668 or e-mail the center at nature@acegroup.cc.

INDEPENDENCE, WIS.: Pastor named for Hispanic congregation

Iglesia Hispana Pentecostes, a church offering services in Spanish to a largely Hispanic congregation, opened a church in Independence earlier this year, and now, it has hired a full-time pastor.

The church building, formerly a Methodist church, was unoccupied for at least 10 years before organizers opened the Spanish-speaking church in April.

But organizers struggled to find a full-time pastor until hiring Hector Lopez, a former co-pastor in Janesville, Wis.

A nondenominational church that caters solely to needs of the Hispanic community, the Independence church is the second of the Iglesia Hispana Pentecostes council. Council President Efran Torres said the council hopes to start Spanish-speaking churches all over Wisconsin, and is looking into the Lake Geneva and Madison areas next.

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