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Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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State Senate District 31By Al MathisonMonday, November 6, 2000

The race for the 1st District Congressional seat is between incumbent Gil Gutknecht and challenger Mary Rieder. Gutknecht, from Rochester, a former real estate broker and auctioneer, was first elected to Congress in 1994. Rieder, from Eyota, is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Winona State Universtiy.

The two candidates participated in a Voter Guide summary carried out by the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Their responses on foreign affairs, taxes, social security, agriculture, health care, education, campaign finance, welfare and crime are printed below.

Foreign affairs Explain your views on the extent to which the United States should become involved in the affairs of other countries in light of globalization. Consider both economic and military aid. What is our commitment to developing countries? What should the governments role be in aiding U.S. corporations that wish to do business abroad? Should there be immigration limits and how should they be set?

Mary Rieder We live in an increasingly interdependent global world and our national interests literally reach around the world. We need to be involved economically, certainly. And, carefully supply military aid on a case by case basis. Some things to consider are: which other countries are supplying aid and at what level; can we make a meaningful difference in helping countries move towards a more democratic form of government, what costs -- human and material -- need to be considered; and what is the likely outcome if we do not intervene. The developing countries are the markets of tomorrow, and we definitely should help them. I support forgiving the $225 million of debt of the poorest nations, which Mr. Gutknecht voted against. The U. S. should make it as easy as possible for U.S. corporations -- through treaties, legal help, and insisting on a fair and even playing field for trade particularly in those countries where we import significantly more than we export. Yes, there should be immigration limits, but the limits need to be flexible to allow for changing needs in areas of labor shortages. We should first attempt to train or retrain American workers before we issue visas, but if shortages remain, immigration is the answer.

Gil Gutknecht As the most prosperous and powerful nation in the world, the United States has an important role in promoting dem .....
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Hoffman Stables

Advice to a young man & A couple of things Im not so sure about

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

I will begin by telling you that I am seventy-five years of age and that I am a recovering workaholic. I have been in a recovery program for the last fifty five years. I want you to understand that it is not easy for m ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with ..... 
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Bush or Gore...Who cares?

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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By Andy CarlsonNovember 6, 2000

This election year could be one of the closest races ever. But this election isn't all that exciting. I mean come on, Bush and Gore's personalities are drier than happy hour at the Betty Ford Clinic. Worst of ..... 
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Possessed

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Author Moritz Thomsen writes of his house in an Ecuadorian jungle: "At first it is infuriating to discover what is going on beneath your nose; the books rotted; the phonograph records green with mold . . . boots turnin ..... 
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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"Whats this?" One of the two teenaged boys impatiently thrusts an open plastic margarine tub in my face. "We found it out in the woods just lying on the ground coming back from our tree stands." At the bottom of their ..... 
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Election year notes

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Like everybody else Ive got a case of election year fatigue, but in spite of that Im finding a bit of perverse enjoyment in observing the whole spectacle. Say what you want about the shallow, unqualified and intellec ..... 
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Mr. Pike takes a vacation

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, November 6, 2000


My wife, Deb, and I went back to Door County for a four-day visit after a seventeen-year absence. Our eagerness to get our vacation underway had us driving across Wisconsin in the dark on a highway we dubbed "Dead ..... 
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In love with language

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, November 6, 2000

One of the first things I notice when I travel is the sound of other languages being spoken - Asian, European, Middle Eastern...

I recently travelled internationally and realized how much I missed these sounds. ..... 
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