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Keeping Houston County informed and involved


By Justin Zmyewski

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Is public input a part of Houston County decision making, you decide…

Provided it is done well, public participation leads to better decisions and in my opinion the Houston County Board of Commissioners should view it as valuable to their mission. Public involvement is far more likely to improve the quality of decisions to be made than to undermine them, because citizens often have knowledge about local issues that could be crucial to the analysis of the decision. In addition, the intent of public input is to ensure the spirit of cooperation and trust between the constituents and the commissioners.

Public participation must include the promise that the public’s contribution will influence the decision giving legitimacy to the decision in the eyes of those who are affected, which is contrary to the decision Commissioners Schuldt, Storlie, and Walters made as they voted down a ban on industrial frac sand mining, while public input clearly showed a majority of the constituents were in favor of a ban.

On Tuesday June 23, I moved to conduct a county wide survey among the constituency regarding three “major” controversial issues that are at the doorstep of the commissioners, the issues being a ban on industrial frac sand mining, a proposed multi-million dollar county highway shop and what to do with the old jail building that is now defunct. My motion was meant to promote public participation regarding these controversial issues as well as to gather solid numbers to serve as a guide for the Board of Commissioners as they would be provided with data that would reflect the will of the people.

Commissioners Schuldt, Storlie, and Walters voted against my motion for a county wide survey seeking public input. One week earlier (June 16), Commissioners Schuldt and Storlie voted against my motion for a public hearing regarding the proposed multi-million dollar county highway shop, Commissioner Walters overturned her own vote, as she originally voted no to this public hearing multiple times before as did Commissioners Schuldt and Storlie.

Is county wide public input a part of Houston County decision making?

Minimum wage argument

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Minimum wage proponent’s arguments are in fact hope over reality, sentiment and compassion over truth, and ideology over fact. These whims happen to also sum up the liberal view of the world. When first promoted the minimum wage was purposely ..... 
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EPA putting oil industry’s agenda ahead of American farmers

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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By Chris Hanson General Manager, POET biorefining, Preston, MN It hasn’t always been easy for the average American farmer. Farmers have had to work tirelessly to stay afloat amid fluctuating crop demand and a tumultuous environmental and polit ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Boots & Badges -- this is it

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Last November, we began a journey. We committed to the idea of publishing a book in honor of all of our Fillmore County Veterans. This had been a thought in the back of my mind for quite a number of years, but I admittedly had a fear of commitme ..... 
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Celebrating diversity: “not your grandparents’ Greater Minnesota”

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Minn. is often split into two regions - metro and rural - especially when talking state politics. Historically, this dichotomy took on the subtext of business versus agriculture and mining. However, since the farm crisis of the 1980s, Greater Minn. ..... 
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We need both insiders and outsiders in congress

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy. There’s one very important category, though, that I never hear ..... 
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Judging R-P decisions

By Brett Kues

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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In a recent rebuttal article, Mr. Linder, the chairman of the Rushford-Peterson school board addressed lingering suspicions of a “small but vocal group” of citizens that have taken issue with the district’s handling of the new school referendu ..... 
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Remembering my father

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
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My father was born in 1897. (32 years after the death of Abraham Lincoln). As a young man he worked as a surveyor alongside his father, who was a civil engineer. He completed basic training in the Army just as the First World War came to an end. ..... 
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More observations from an old soldier

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
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By Ron Scheevel Vietnam Vet As I write down these thoughts during the Memorial Day weekend I would hope that all of us will take a few minutes to remember our fallen comrades. I was a junior in high school when President Kennedy was assassinated ..... 
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