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Insure domestic tranquility


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

In June 1966 my husband Glenn and I were living in a second floor apartment in a four-plex on Girard Avenue in Minneapolis. French doors opened from the living room onto a glassed in porch which overlooked the street. It was partially shaded with trees and was a delightful place to pursue my hobbies: painting and sewing.

I was involved in a project that I shared with my friend in Pennsylvania. We were hand painting three hundred tiles for her kitchen. Each tile had five colors and required three firings. We acquired them in their bisque state. After the colors were applied they went through the second firing. The third was the glaze finish.

It was very pleasant sitting at a table in the morning sun with fresh air coming through the screened windows and listening to music on the radio.

Suddenly there was a break in the program and a voice announced that “negro” intellectual Paul Moses had been killed on the streets of Chicago by a drive-by shooter as he was returning from taking his babysitter home. I was stunned. He was a close friend of the husband of my childhood friend. I was the maid of honor in their wedding and Paul Moses was an usher. He was a tall, handsome young man with a beautiful wife. His life was ended by a single bullet. In that moment his wife lost her husband and their children were left without a father. It was hard to comprehend how one bullet could be allowed to destroy a lifetime of hopes and dreams and hard work, and tear at the hearts of family and friends.

My sons and I used to throw pebbles into Lake Calhoun and watch as the consecutive rings moved from the center growing in size. We imagined them spreading until they reached the far side of the lake. For the most part , we in our busy lives, seldom pause to reflect on the affect we have on others. The consequences of what we say or do extend further than we realize. When a life is taken the rings never stop growing.

A gun is an instrument of death. It is designed for one purpose, to kill! There are people who “love” guns. I find this puzzling.

Admittedly guns serve a purpose. We live in an imperfect world where we are confronted with evil. We have to be prepared to defend our homes and our country. Hunters take pride in providing meat for the dinner table. I can see appreciating a fine piece of steel, how the gun fits in your hand and its reliable performance, knowing how to clean and care .....
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One Moment, Please... More money, just because

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Did you hear that Los Angeles city leaders recently passed into law an ultimatum to all citywide businesses to bump minimum wage from $9.00 per hour to $15.00 per hour by the year 2020? That’s a 67% increase in wages, averaging 13.4% per year. ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson fuss

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, May 25th, 2015
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Do Rushford-Peterson residents recall the fuss made about 2007 school flood damage when, in 2012, the district’s voters overwhelmingly voted down, for a second time, a new school proposal? Was it even mentioned? But last year the district’s v ..... 
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Money and politics: we need change now!

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, May 25th, 2015
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I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. The people who matter most to a representative democracy — the ordinary voters in whose interests elected poli ..... 
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Now I shall give you a name

Mon, May 18th, 2015
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Longtime readers of my verbal wanderings here might remember that I enjoy naming some of my personal possessions. My old car, a dark green Ford, was named Jade, and my current red Ford I’ve christened “Betty”. I’ve had printers named Bernade ..... 
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Vietnam by an “old soldier” (young at the time)

Mon, May 18th, 2015
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By Ron Scheevel Vietnam Vet As Memorial Day will be here soon, and the opening of the Veteran’s Cemetary will happen this summer, I wanted to write down some thoughts, memories and observations of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was divisiv ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Boots & Badges - submission deadline

Mon, May 18th, 2015
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Behind the scenes of the Fillmore County Journal, our staff is always working diligently on something pretty special. About two months ago, we finished up our 30th edition of the Visit Bluff Country Magazine. This 144 page magazine -- our biggest ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Let the festivities begin

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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In today’s paper, you’ll notice several pages dedicated to the promotion of Preston’s Trout Days, Rushford’s ExpoCulinaria and Whalan’s Stand Still Parade. This is an exciting time of year, because it gives each of these communities a ..... 
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STANDING GUARD: Patriots among us part 3

By Jeff Erding

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Dale Wondrasch, Korea, US Army 1953-55 The source of some details and descriptions is “This Kind of War: The Classic Military History of the Korean War” by T.R. Fehrenbach No one in their right mind wanted to be in Korea, North or South, in ..... 
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