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One Moment, Please... Race Relations


Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary



What does the Confederate Flag represent to you?

That’s the question we posed in last week’s reader poll. Is it a part of American history? Does it relate to slavery and racism? Is it a symbol of freedom? Has this whole thing been blown out of proportion?

How people perceive the Confederate Flag throughout America really relates to their personal perspective.

Yes, it is a piece of American history, but from what I’ve seen from our national media and on social media, there is a significant lack of knowledge and understanding relating to the nature of the Confederate Flag.

And, yes, our American history clearly indicates that the Confederate Flag was raised by those who herded black people like cattle in the South -- those who had no moral issues with slavery and racism.

But, what’s been interesting is how some people, not just in the South, have related the imagery of the Confederate Flag to freedom -- as in a freedom of expression and even a defiance against political correctness. I think we are so far removed from the bloodiest time in America’s history -- the American Civil War -- that the meaning of the Confederate Flag has evolved into something else.

The American Civil War

What’s amazing to me is that the first black slaves brought to America arrived in Jamestown, Virg., in 1619. It wasn’t until our 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican from Ill., drew a line in the sand to end slavery, which materialized into the American Civil War that lasted from 1861 to 1865. So, it took 246 years for our humanity to forcefully say this wasn’t right? Are you kidding me?

And, according to our history books, the Union had to overthrow the Confederates in the South, which put the southerners at a tremendous defensive advantage. It’s always easier to maintain defense in your own stomping grounds than it is to overthrow from the offensive.

With more than 2.1 million Union soldiers marching to the South to overpower 1.064 million Confederate soldiers, estimates indicate a loss of more than 750,000 soldiers from both sides of the conflict. According to the Minnesota Historical Society (source: http://sites.mnhs.org/civil-war/minnesota-and-civil-war-first-last), “At the outbreak of war in 1861, Minnesota with a populati .....
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Letter about Houston County shop project...

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, This Houston County shop project is out of hand. Let me start by saying I sat on commissioner Steve Schuldt’s “public committee” the last time they met. There were some very rational and well thought out conversations. Would ..... 
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Letter about freedom follies...

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Castro, Mussolini, Stalin, and countless other monarchic and oligarchic regimes in the annals of history were leaders. I doubt any public input, much less any stinking public input meetings, ever took place under their leaderships ..... 
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Contemplating death

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

First there are birthday parties. Then come graduations and weddings followed by baby showers. Now I find funerals crowd my calendar. Death is a shadow that hovers over us, now and then blocking out the sun. I am not good at coping with death. ..... 
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Government this week - 7.27.15

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 27, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, July 27, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, July 27, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, July 28, Fillmore County Commi ..... 
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The PIEMAN passes his apron

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The beginning While Joe Gosi knew there would come a day when he would no longer bake another pie for thousands of pie enthusiasts, he couldn’t have imagined what it would feel like to hand over his baby to another pie maker -- until he met Dane ..... 
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Willford family named Grand Marshals

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Buffalo Bill Days Committee has named the Grand Marshals for the 2015 Buffalo Bill Days parade. Jon and Barb Willford, along with their son, Mike, his wife, Laura, and their children, Holdyn, 8, and Prailey, 5, will be riding through the stree ..... 
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Hero’s Ride stops at Veteran’s Cemetery

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015

Veterans and their families, along with Fillmore County residents and those in the surrounding area, have been anxiously waiting to see the new State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn. upon its completion. Although the cemetery is not open to t ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minne ..... 
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