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Letter about Social Security...

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

A recent newspaper said that Social Security was 80 years old this year. It got me to thinking about taking a look back and also up to the present.

My father’s experience with S.S. was the beginning. My parents were farmers and survived the depression the way most farmers did - by growing a huge garden and raising livestock for meat and chickens for eggs. The first years of S.S., farmers were not included in the system. My father was fortunate to have a cream route that consisted of hauling farmer’s cream to Spring Valley to be made into butter that was then shipped to Chicago.

His pay check was deducted for FOAP (federal old age pension). I recently found all of his deduction payments in a booklet from 1937 thru 1941. One of the 1937 deductions was 14 cents, which was one half of 1% of his October check.

He never gave that much thought, but along in the ‘50s when he turned 65, he was told he should look into it because he might have something coming. Much to his surprise he found that he was eligible. When that first check came in the mail, it was almost with disbelief. I don’t recall what the amount was, but I remember his remark, - “this is like getting money from home”.

Fast forwarding to today gives us a much different picture. Studies tell us in the ‘60s there were five workers for every one receiving benefits. Today, it is fewer than three. In 20 years, there will be two workers for every beneficiary. The AP says, “Don’t expect congress to do anything until it becomes a crisis.” It seems to me the crisis is already here.

Paul Mathison

Preston, Minn.
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“Running Against the Facts!”

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Recently Pope Francis, in a stunning papal encyclical, addressed the issue of global warming. He called for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem. He observed that numerous scientific s ..... 
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Canton asks for cleaner streets

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Following recent street repairs, the Canton City Council addressed concerns of horse droppings on city streets at their regular meeting on August 12. Street repairs were recently completed in Canton and the council agreed that they are satisfied a ..... 
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Pre-order publication deadline approaches on September 1 for Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Features

The team at the Fillmore County Journal has graciously accepted the challenge of assembling a book, with the help of the public, honoring the Veterans of Fillmore County. Leading up to our June 30, 2015 photo and content submission deadline, we sa ..... 
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Take a gander at films starring local geese

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015

Owners of Sunnyside Farm near Preston, Minn., Darrell and Lois Ray, did not squawk at the opportunity to have some of their geese appear in a film recently and it is not the first time. Some of their Canada goslings were featured in the 1986 movie ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber ribbon-cutting

Fri, Aug 21st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for L&L Volkman Auto Body Repair on August 14 to welcome the new business and new Chamber member. Leigh and Kayla Volkman own and operate the business and employ two full-time employees. Leig ..... 
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Thomas Daniel Moe

Thu, Aug 20th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Thomas Daniel Moe, 82, of Rochester passed peacefully August 19, 2015 at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester. Thomas was born on August 22, 1932 in Preston, Minnesota to Sam and Delia (Anderson) Moe. He attended schools in Preston graduat ..... 
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Michael J. Schimming

Thu, Aug 20th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Michael J. Schimming, 58, of McHenry, IL, passed away on Thursday, August 13th, at Advocate Condell Hospital, Libertyville, Ill. after an accident at home. Mike was the husband of Linda, with whom he shared 34 years of marriage. Mike was born on J ..... 
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Darrin David Wedmann

Thu, Aug 20th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Darrin was born August 25, 1972 to Reinhold and Shirley (Tengesdahl) Wedmann in LaCrosse, WI. He graduated from Mabel –Canton High School in 1991. He continued his education at UW-Stout graduating in 1995 with a degree in Construction Management. ..... 
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