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Doldrums


Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Does anyone else feel really tired?

I don’t necessarily mean sleepy tired, although there’s something to that. I find myself craving sleep more and more as this winter has finally settled in to actually being, um, winter. It’s hard to get in the holiday mood when you’ve still got earthworms in December. I even spent two weeks with my in-laws in Florida and still found myself craving naps. Even when it was 90 and sunny, I felt worn down, wore out, and wanting nothing more than a soft couch and a good book.

My fatigue these past weeks seems to be more than a seasonally-affected phenomenon, but I am new to this parenting thing, so maybe it’s that. The amount of energy you expend as a first-time parent must be enough to power the sun three times over, because it’s not just the physical energy of four million games of peek-a-boo or three hundred deep-knee bends a day when baby wants to go “up”. There’s the vigilance: where is the baby, what are they doing, what could they be doing, how could they be doing it, and how will it inevitably lead to the baby finding the most deadly thing in the immediate vicinity and deciding it needs to go in its mouth? I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but darn if this kid isn’t the best workout program I’ve ever had.

And let’s add to this the energy expended just to be a lower-middle-class so-and-so in America today: multiple jobs. multiple bills, and multiple Presidential candidates to scare the ever-living tar out of you. Will November bring some much-needed relief to the millions of hardworking Americans who power our economy, or will we plunge further into the sticky, dark nightmare of Gilded Age II: Economic Boogaloo? Some days, it seems, just trying to keep up with the news is enough to tire you out but, as a good American, you keep soldiering on in the darkness, waiting for that “Morning in America” that only ever seems to shine on billionaires and the morally bankrupt.

Americans, the REAL Americans, are tired. We can’t keep going on like this: working harder, mortgaging more, and trying to fill the void with everything from painkillers to Netflix. If we don’t do something about this soon, if we don’t try to find a way to pull the majority of Real Americans out of poverty and despair, then I think it’s safe to say that we’re all going to be hitting our pillows harder and harder in the days to come.

One Moment, Please... More bees, less balls

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

My wife and I had the pleasure of attending the Fillmore Central Spelling Bee this past week. Our daughter, a 5th Grader, was a finalist in her class, so this was her first year in the competition. There were five or six students selected from gr ..... 
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The Minnesota Initiative Foundations: A Greater Minnesota success story

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

2016 is a big year, not only for the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), but our five sister foundations, as well. In 1986, at the height of the farm crisis, the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation was seeking a way to help revitalize ..... 
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A bridge too far

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
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The idiom “a bridge too far” is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a step or act that is regarded as being too drastic to take”. With the 2016 Iowa caucuses a week away, I can only describe the direction of the polls as disturbing. There ..... 
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What it will take to address income inequality

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
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When the history of this year’s presidential campaign is written, one of its more remarkable features will be that candidates of both parties feel it necessary to talk about income inequality. Surely that makes this a watershed moment. The issue ..... 
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Immigration - what you don’t know

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
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“Fifty-two percent of legal immigrant households with children ...” and “nearly 60% of US immigrants – legal and illegal – are on government assistance.” Mexican immigrant families on government assistance? “75%.” Are there any ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Our bowling pins

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
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Our front page story says it all. Whether it has been a golden birthday party for our daughter or son, playing scotch doubles with Carlisle and Traci Corson, or meeting for brunch after a church service, our family has lots of memories at B & B Bo ..... 
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Houston County’s financial conundrum

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
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By Justin Zmyewski Commissioner, District #2 Managing our money, spending and saving wisely should be a mission for all of us – yet the Houston County tax levy has increased by approximately 116% since 2005 more than five times the National Infl ..... 
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Freedom for all

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
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All Americans have a high regard for “Freedom and Liberty”. To my surprise, the meaning of theses words is not universal. I gather the freedom Republicans seek, in many cases, is “disposing of the rules”. The “right to work” law is ..... 
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