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Greetings to the new year!


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

During the holidays my husband and I visited our son, his wife and two sons, 8 and 5 and their little girl, 3, in Cottage Grove. The children never stopped moving except at night when they were sleeping. They figured I was there to play with them. They were puzzled that I didn’t join them in doing backward summersaults off the sofa. The little girl sent her 5 year-old brother to the kitchen in the morning with a request to her father to serve her breakfast in bed! On Christmas she was given her own computer. It was pink, her favorite color.

I celebrated my 80th birthday New Year’s Eve, counting down the last minutes of 2013 with the folks in New York. (80 is the new 60!) Perhaps I should be coming to terms with my own mortality at this point, but I don’t take dying seriously. It’s not part of my plan. It would be like leaving a play before the third act. I want to see what happens next.

Politically, we’ve been wandering in the wilderness since the mid-term election in 2010. Obama supporters who had unrealistic expectations failed to show up to vote. Gleefully “fools rushed in” to fill up the gap. Presently we have members of congress who are still fighting the Civil War. We also have Christian Fundamentalists who look to the Bible when making policy rather than the Constitution and who see Faith superior to Science. They cry loudly that “they are upholding their principles.” The problem is their principles are not accompanied by rational thought. Most remarkably they don’t see the federal government as a means of finding solutions to our problems.

The world has become an infinitely more complex and dangerous place. We need a public that is far more informed. Americans are connected to each other. The threads of our lives are interwoven. The choices we make about education, research, the economy, the environment, energy, immigration and our courts affect us all.

Laying off teachers and closing schools will not improve education. Cutting the number of police and firemen will not make us safer. If we hire more teachers, police and firemen they will buy cars, houses and increase the need for goods and services.

In the last 30 years the inequality, the divide between rich and poor has been growing. The top “2 percent” of corporate America control policy, reinforcing their power and continuing to increase excessive wealth, while average Americans have seen their jobs o .....
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One Moment, Please... So, this is 40?

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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No, I’m not talking temperature. I’m talking about my age. But, I’m guessing that after nearly a week of being held hostage to an arctic blast, a number like 40 sounds pretty good. That’s 40 degrees to the positive. Isn’t it amazing ho ..... 
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Trust... but definitely verify

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Of all the numbers thrown at us over the course of last year, one stands out for me. I hope we can avoid repeating it this year. That number is 12. It’s the percentage of Americans in a December Quinnipiac poll who said they trust the government ..... 
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That darn hat

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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I came from, arguably, a family of nomads. My family lost the family farm through various means, some of them slightly questionable, and as a result my clan have wandered through northern Illinois and into central Wisconsin. My mother, father, and ..... 
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Looking ahead to 2014

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
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Tim Penny, President/CEO Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Here at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), during the past year, we highlighted our work in entrepreneur development. It was an exciting year of partnerships, growth, ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Operation: Target

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
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Please forgive me in advance of the overuse of the word TARGET, but there is a bit of irony in the fact that over 40 million consumers spending money with the Target Corporation became victims of a “targeted” credit card breach. This entire si ..... 
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Budget deal politically a step forward, yet underwhelming

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
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Congress has managed to disappoint once again. Sure, the deal is politically significant in that they managed to find bi-partisan common ground and finally pass a budget which will fund the government through March 2015. Passing a budget is a basic ..... 
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Correction 12.23.13

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
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In the December 16 edition of the Fillmore County Journal in the article titled “Snow accents Lanesboro’s Christmas Inn Tour,” it was mistakenly called the Lanesboro Art Center “Cornucopia” Art Center. It has not been known as the Cornucop ..... 
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Celestial navigation, a fairly simple concept

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
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In some ways, I am a dinosaur, the last of a specialty that has been bypassed by technology. I was trained in the art of celestial navigation using nothing but stars, the moon, the sun, and some of the planets to navigate airplanes. Celestial na ..... 
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