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One Moment, Please... Cousins


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with my cousin from California. His wife is from Wisconsin, so they came back to visit her family, and coordinated their schedule to meet up with us in Minnesota.

We found a meeting point that many of our readers have probably frequented. My wife and I took a day off from work to take our children to the National Eagle Center located in Wabasha, Minn.

While my children had been there for field trips, my wife and I had never made the trek.

It was great meeting up with Ian Sethre and his wife Jill, along with their sons Henry and Graham. And, while the National Eagle Center was impressive, I was more interested in getting reacquainted with my cousin.

While Ian and myself are miles apart, we share a lot of common denominators. His father and my father are brothers born and raised in Preston, Minn. And, while he grew up in Colorado and I was raised in Minnesota, we were born only one month apart. I was born in January and he was born in February.

And, our weddings were only one month apart. My wife and I were married in July 2000, and he and his wife were married in August 2000.

Yes, we definitely share a lot of common threads.

Over the course of two-and-a-half hours, as we strolled around the National Eagle Center, we talked about what he did for work and what I did for work. And, we talked about what life was like in the areas where we lived.

Truly, our meeting wasn’t fair to all that the National Eagle Center had to offer, but this was a small family reunion bringing a couple generations together. I hope the staff at the NEC appreciates their contribution to the event.

Both my cousin and I each had two children that had been born since we were both married back in 2000. And, his children are nearly the same age as our children.

A lot happens over the course of 14 years. And, while Facebook presents an opportunity to stay in touch, it always only lends itself to a birds-eye view.

As our conversation unraveled, Ian and I continually referenced how waiting 14 years to see each other was far too long. At this pace, we’d meet again when we’re ages 54, 68, 82 and 96.

He invited us to visit him and his family out in California. We will definitely welcome this invitation at some point in the future, hopefully.

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Reclaiming America

By Jeff Erding

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

While considering a topic for this month’s submission, I made the wise decision to consult my “better half”. Cindy always has a knack for bringing me back to reality. You are too much of a “Debbie Downer” she said. “ It’s not like ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids ..... 
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Why I am a Democrat

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Jon Pieper There is one question I am frequently asked. Why are you running for the Minnesota House as a Democrat? The answer is very simple. I want to be part of a forward looking political party that works to improve the quality of life of t ..... 
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Why government fails, and what we should do about it

By Lee Hamilton

Thu, Aug 7th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in govern ..... 
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Bullying in politics

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson There has been a huge fuss about bullying in schools but people seldom are concerned about other menacing bullies. Bullying is a tactic often used by people holding “certain” political views. Though liberals tell us they a ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Keeping Houston County citizens informed and involved

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Justin Zmyewski Houston Commissioner District #2 “The Big Picture in the Short Term” when looking at the construction of a new Houston County Highway Shop should have the following facts considered: FACT: Houston County had a 3.52 percent ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Running for office

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

We’ve seen quite a bit of controversy revolving around some of our locally elected officials. Recently, in the past few months, we’ve seen a mayor get voted out of office by a city council exercising a collective vote of no confidence. This de ..... 
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Voting...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

To the Editor, Like most in my generation, I am reluctant to engage myself in the political process. In this era of big money interests and emotionally-charged rhetoric, it’s incredibly difficult to find a candidate that I can actually trust as a ..... 
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