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One Moment, Please... Internet speed not a high priority


Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

There’s been a lot of chatter about how our Internet speeds are too slow in greater Minnesota.

Without a doubt, as a point of comparison between Rochester and small communities in this region, there’s a tremendous disparity. In the big city of Rochester, people pay less and get more -- for obvious reasons. They have a larger population base.

But, what people often fail to consider is that the investment of establishing an infrastructure costs so much more in rural markets without the population to support a substantial return.

As Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton continues to push for faster Internet speeds throughout greater Minnesota with his recommendation for a $100 million Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program and his support for the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, chaired by Margaret Anderson Kelliher, brick-and-mortar structures are crumbling on Main Street in small town Minnesota.

A few weeks ago, Kallie Rollenhagen, Communications Coordinator of S.M.I.F. (Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation), stopped by the Fillmore County Journal to become more acquainted with our newspaper and introduce herself for future correspondence. During her visit, she asked me where I felt S.M.I.F. should invest resources in the communities they serve. Excellent question!

As I expressed in my response, I told her that I feel that there is too much emphasis on increasing our Internet speeds in greater Minnesota. I have never heard of a single business not opening their doors in Fillmore County due to slow Internet speeds.

In our company, we are processing a huge amount of data via the Internet, so we are well aware of download and upload speeds. And, besides the Fillmore County Journal, we also have SMG Web Design, Visit Bluff Country Magazine, and Perfect Glossy utilizing resources within the company. So, our business is a good test of Internet speed resources in this region with multiple users and consistent large file transfers.

The majority of business owners in our small communities have a hard time justifying an investment in a new roof, tuck point, new siding, new windows, and everything else involved in protecting the guts of the operation. When business owners purchase these buildings, the reality is that they are only worth so much money. Business owners don’t make a ton of money on these buildings, since they don’t increase in value like they d .....
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Baby owl season

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Karla Bloem Executive Director of the International Owl Center There isn’t much that’s cuter than a fuzzy baby owl. When people encounter these balls of fluff on the ground they naturally want to help. “Helping” these owls, however, i ..... 
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Why should we care?

By Sara Snipes

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

We are constantly being told to be mindful of our carbon footprint: don’t leave lights on, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, ride your bike instead of drive, etc. We try our best to be diligent about performing all of these duties in t ..... 
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It’s getting harder to govern, and it’s not just politicians’ fault

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

We may not know who our next President is going to be, but here’s one thing that’s almost certain: he or she will take office with roughly half of the electorate unhappy and mistrustful. The notion that the President speaks for a broad coalition ..... 
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Hillcrest Drive not a “Rotten Cake”

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Bertram Boyum In 1965, that is 50 years ago, Hillcrest Drive cul-de-sac in Rushford was established. I have lived on Hillcrest Drive for 48 years, having moved in in 1967. There has never been a problem with the underground piping, but now the C ..... 
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Beyond transparency, we need accountability

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic — I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often ..... 
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Part one: The past and the present

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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In 1966, a woman named Charlotte Keyes wrote an article in McCall’s magazine with a famous title: “Suppose They Gave a War and No One Came.” I actually went and looked that one up, because it’s a phrase I’ve heard an awful lot and I alway ..... 
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Baby steps: Moving the Early Childhood conversation forward

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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As Week of the Young Child wraps up, it’s a good time to remember how much progress has been made in the field of early childhood education and development. In the early 2000s, the leaders of the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIFs) serv ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Crowdfunding takes away from beneficiaries

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Over the past couple years, “crowdfunding” has become a popular online social media driven funding tool. There are many websites that provide similar services, but I’m going to focus my attention on one website that has been used quite a bit ..... 
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