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Make your vote count


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Linda Hovland

of Rushford, Minn.

When I was on the facilities committee, Chuck told us that our school district could not financially support any more than $24,000,000.

The architect said, at the last informational meeting in Peterson, that the total cost of building the new school with interest would be $56,000,000.

I checked with the bank in town and had an amortization done on the $38,168,000 for 20 years at 4% and the interest came to $17,339,423. The $56,000,000 is a little over 4% interest.

Even with the state’s help, our 45% comes to $25,200,000. $1,200,000 more than our district can afford.

Your signs kept saying that we won’t be paying any more than $17,175,600 total. You’ve just lied to us.

At the last school board meeting, I went with concerns that we could have a real problem with our kids being hurt or killed by having the school on a corner. Have you researched it at all? You just blew it off.

One of the board members commented that there are eaves troughs coming from the gym roof right on to the lobby roof. Instead of being concerned, Ehler said that he had maintainance repairing the leak. Seriously? You’re not addressing it? Apparently it’s been that way for a long time.

I checked it out when we left and I was shocked. You just blew it off.

I also heard that this 55% from the government will not be taken away if we don’t build right now. The school makes it sound like it will be lost. If it’s a half truth, it’s a lie.

Has the school researched how the people from this school district will be impacted by this added tax and all the infrastructure work in this area?

Twice there has been a letter in the Fillmore County Journal saying that I had said in the paper that there was more teachers, school board members, and students in attendance than concerned citizens. Heidi Halvoron wrote that letter. I did not write it in the paper. You have the names of the people that were concerned citizens. Did you get permission from all of them to use their names? I don’t think so, since one of those people lives in Colorado now. He, another person on the committee,and I talked quite a bit about being flustered with the architect because he had his own ideas of what he wanted and wouldn’t even listen to us. Of course if I was getting 5% of $38+ million or 5% of $8+ m .....
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The big muddy divide

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

As someone who is still looking to put down roots, I’ve got to say there’s a lot of reasons to look toward Minnesota as a place to raise a family. In fact, since 2010 it’s become increasingly clear that Minnesota seems just like a bette ..... 
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Common good news

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By LuAnn Wilcox of Lanesboro, Minn. Back in August, a wise woman advised a frequent FCJ commentary writer that he was too much of a “Debbie Downer” and he conceded that “she was absolutely right.” That may be the only thing he and I will ..... 
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That’s my boy -- Kaase for Sheriff

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Stan Kaase of Preston, Minn. Watching Tom grow up, I have always been very proud of my son like any father would be. However, I saw something in Tom at a young age that always struck me as unique. I admired his passion to help others. He was ..... 
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A letter from your Sheriff

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Daryl Jensen Fillmore County Sheriff There are just a few days left before Election Day in Fillmore County. This has been an awkward time for me as I prepare for my retirement in the midst of an election for my job. As many of you may kno ..... 
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Vote Tom Kaase to protect our county

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Angi Kaase of Preston, Minn. Tom Kaase has my vote to be the next Fillmore County Sheriff. Not only is Tom my brother-in-law, he also displays all of the characteristics I would want in someone to protect my family, my friends, the community I ..... 
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Thoughts from District 28B candidate

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Jon Pieper of Lanesboro, Minn. First, I want to thank everyone for the experience of running for MN House 28B and the opportunity to represent Fillmore and Houston Counties. I have met thousands of people over the last nine months. Many of them ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Don’t worry, it’s just personal

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I distinctly recall a conversation with my father back when I told him my wife and I were buying the Fillmore County Journal in Preston. He was born and raised here, graduating from Preston-Fountain High School in 1966, and he gave me a some words ..... 
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Fifty-five percent is assumed, not guaranteed.

Sun, Oct 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues of Rushford, Minn. As we all know, a vote is coming soon to decide the fate of the ill-advised new school. There has been a lot of information, and disinformation, going around. One piece of disinformation I myself have written abo ..... 
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