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One Moment, Please... Never give up


Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

All around us we can find inspiring individuals who encourage us to find our passions in life and never give up.

With Team U.S.A. taking center stage in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, proudly limping away with a 2-1 victory over Ghana -- America’s nemesis from past World Cup battles on the soccer field -- we will see inspiring individuals along the way.

While all of these soccer players are incredibly talented and athletically gifted, it is their passion, resilience and teamwork that will set them apart from their competitors. In the days and weeks ahead, as the game clock ticks and the brackets unravel on the biggest stage on earth, we will see the best of the best until there is only one team left standing.

While I wouldn’t dare attempt to hold a candle to the handcrafted sports musings of our own talented Mr. Trende, I do have a viewpoint that I think touches on sports, and how it relates to our communities and our lives.

On the evening of Wednesday, June 11, 2014, I was contacted by a family friend who was escorting the Falcons Girls Golf team from the Minnesota State Tournament back to the Fountain, Preston and Harmony areas (Falcon territory). Since the Falcon Girls Golf team had finished third in the Minnesota State Tournament, they were checking to see if the local fire departments in Fountain, Preston and Harmony would be interested in providing a welcoming escort led by each respective fire department.

It worked out well with my schedule, and I stayed in touch with Josh Ristau (Preston Fire Department) and Bill Hanlon (Harmony Fire Department) -- so all of us could work together to provide a contiguous lighted procession.

It was an honor for me to be a part of that experience, and I’m sure Josh and Bill felt the same way. It was a way for us to show our respect for their accomplishment, not just individually but as a community.

This is one of those experiences that you wouldn’t see in larger communities like Rochester, and this is something we should cherish as a representation of the authenticity of our area.

In general, this year has been a year of celebrations for our young athletes in schools throughout the county. And, our own Paul Trende has had an exciting year of sports coverage. As a matter of fact, we may never see another year like this.

I considered making a list of all of the accomplishments in areas like v .....
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Brutus is an honorable man

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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It has been a wonderful treat over these past few weeks to hear from the area’s own State Representative, one Greg Davids. It’s not often we get a chance to see inside the mind of our elected officials, and it’s even rarer to get to see into t ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Slender Man not the issue

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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You may have heard in the news that two 12-year-old girls from the same school in the Milwaukee area lured a classmate into the woods where they stabbed her 19 times to please a fictional Internet character known as Slender Man. In another case in ..... 
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What our country needs from the press

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 vet ..... 
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Thoughts on liberal leadership

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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“It drives everything I do in this office.” Obama says that is “income inequality”. Here are more of his thoughts on the same subject. “The growing inequality is not just morally wrong, it’s bad economics and that’s why reversing the ..... 
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Modern family structure: What is the cost?

By Jeff Erding

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
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Much has changed in the last 40 years, especially in the structure of the family. Pre 1960, single parenthood was rare and same sex parenting was nearly unheard of. Out of wedlock births are now nearly as common as are births to married couples, in ..... 
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Guest commentary: In response to “Why I am a Democrat”

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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By Linda Hovland I am reminded of when a person dies, all we remember are the good things about that person instead of any of the bad. It’s good to be be a positive person, but when it comes to our Presidents, or Congress or the Senate for that ..... 
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Response to Greg David’s piece on Obamacare

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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By Jon Pieper Greg David’s recent commentary entitled “Obamacare will cost Minnesota’s schools $200 million” is based on inconclusive data from the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) office. There are 399 school districts in Minnesota. ..... 
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Notice

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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As 2014 is a mid-term election year, the Fillmore County Journal would like to remind both readers and contributors and potential future contributors of the commentary/letter to the editor policy that is in effect. Any party who submits and has a ..... 
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