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Candidate forum:


Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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State Senate District 31By Al MathisonMonday, October 30, 2000

This year the race for Minnesota State Senator District 31 is between David Blanchard (D) and Kenric Scheevel (R). Scheevel was first elected to the seat in 1996 and is a Preston area farmer. Blanchard lives in Rochester and is the business manager of the Hotel, Restau-rant and Healthcare Employees Union Local 21. To find out what their views on the issues are, the Journal asked each candidate to supply written answers to the following questions:

What do you see as the core issues that affect this district?

David Blanchard: I see the core issues as maintaining a strong educational system for the rural areas of our district and insuring that they get their fair share of funding for this area, and to oppose any legislation that would take critical funding from our public schools through the use of vouchers for private education. Having a sound environment, so that future generations are left with the same clean environment which we were given from our parents and grandparents. Keeping property taxes at an affordable level which does not place a burden on the working families and independent farmers of our area. I am deeply concerned about the talk of the possibility that electrical deregulation may be proposed to deal with the projected shortage of electrical energy for this area, which would devastate the rural communities of this district.

Kenric Scheevel: The economic base of District 31 is made up primarily of agriculture, small business and tourism. While the metro area has been experiencing unprecedented economic growth, the districts in Greater Minnesota have not enjoyed the same level of prosperity. I will continue to work on initiatives that strengthen and enhance the viability of all three sectors of our economic base.

The education funding disparity between Greater Minnesota and the Metro area puts our school districts at a financial disadvantage. I will be introducing my “student to student” legislation next session to equalize funding.

I will continue to work with others to reign in the explosive growth in health care costs - particularly prescription drug costs that are in some cases forcing seniors to choose between food or medicine.

It is my goal to move Minnesota out of the top ten list of most heavily taxed states. This will improve everyone’s ability to be self reliant and increase their cho .....
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Oct 29th, 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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Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Changes in Music:
Good or Bad?
By Chris GuttormsonMonday, October 30, 2000

How does the music of today reflect the personalities of its listeners?

There have been many changes in music over the past two decades (and over sever ..... 
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Possessed

Sun, Oct 29th, 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, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"What’s 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, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Like everybody else I’ve got a case of election year fatigue, but in spite of that I’m 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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Halloween Goat Stories

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

October is Pork Month so I would like to use this opportunity to talk about goats. I might as well confess that I have not known a goat in any particularly meaningful way. From what I hear about goats, it is possible t ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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Advice to a young man & A couple of things I’m not so sure about

Sun, Oct 29th, 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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