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To the Editor,


Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001Most of you have heard or read the news that campaign contributions during the 2000 federal elections hit $3 billion. That’s enough, according to Money magazine, to buy special interest and corporations subsidies and tax breaks costing each American $1,600 a year.

Though voters have not been successful in moving congress to end this bribery, Maine, Arizona and Vermont have ended it completely for state-wide races; and Maine and Arizona have also ended it for all legislative races.

A major Minnesota newspaper reported 3-2-01 that in Minnesota “unregulated big bucks channeled through state political parties and their legislative caucuses swelled from $4 million in 1992 to an $18 million tide in 2000.” In 1997 a watch-dog group estimated Minnesota government agencies awarded many large political contributors $1.6 billion in “corporate welfare.” This is well over $500 per taxpayer.

The proposed Fair and Clean Elections bill introduced in the legislature would provide full public financing of all state wide and legislative races at a cost of less than $6 per taxpayer per year!

To qualify for public financing of $30,000, a candidate for the state house would have to collect $5-50 from 150 voters and refuse any more private money. A candidate for the senate would have to solicit $5-50 from 300 voters and would receive $60,000. A candidate for governor would have to find 4,500 voters willing to shell out $5-50 in order to be rewarded with $2.5 million of public money.

If a candidate who refuses public money and raises enough private funds to vastly outspend a candidate voluntarily accepting th public fund limit, or if an independent group targets that candidate with attack ads, the publicly funded candidate will be given more public money above the base in order to remain competitive--up to double the base or original amount.

A survey among Maine candidates who ran “clean” campaigns using public funding found that 99% said they were satisfied with the system and would run “clean” again. Maine saw a 40% increase in the number of contested primaries and an overall increase in the number of women running for office last year. In Arizona 214 people ran for office this past year compared to 135 two years ago. Fewer incumbents were able to run without opposition.

Bills similar to the proposal for Minnesota have been upheld by a state court in Arizona and by a Federal Circuit court in Maine so .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

Weller sentenced to 10 years

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Lloyd Albert Weller was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, February 22.

As part of a plea bargain agreement, Weller had plead guilty to one co ..... 
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Board hears from Facilities Committee

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathMonday, March 19, 2001

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners met with the Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee last Thursday evening to hear first hand the committee’s recommendations on the courthouse and other cou ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Concerns raised about damBy John TorgrimsonMonday, March 12, 2001

The historic Lanesboro dam was the topic of some concern at Monday’s Lanesboro City Council meeting.

The hydro-electric plant has not been able to generate electricity ..... 
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Board resolves to terminate engineer

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001

It was Commissioner Gary Peterson’s last meeting on the County Board, and probably the most significant event of the meeting was the Board’s unanimous approval of a resolution to terminate the one-year probationary appoi ..... 
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SONS OF NORWAY

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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A cultural link to the recent past By Mary JergensenMonday, March 19, 2001

It was the beauty of the region that attracted Norwegian settlers here over a hundred and fifty years ago, and it’s the beauty that continues to a ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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