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One Moment, Please... Turkey Day Run was no gravy train


Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Participants of the sixth annual Fillmore County Turkey Day Run on Thursday, November 27, 2014, traveling on foot 10.3 miles from Lanesboro to Preston. Photo by Jason Sethre

The sixth annual Fillmore County Turkey Day run, this year, was not for the casual weekend warrior. This was the coldest Thanksgiving Day on record, hence it was the coldest event in the short history of our run.

At the start of the run, the temperature was crisp at six below zero degrees with a windchill factor of negative 20 degrees. By the end of the run, the temperature spiked to negative two degrees below zero.

The trail was smothered with a fresh blanket of two to three inches of snow, which was like running on a sandy beach with no traction -- making the run extra special.

And, with all deterrents considered, we still attracted 19 runners or walkers along with one happy dog. Yes, the numbers were definitely down from last year, bringing in 65 participants.

But, in spite of the inclement weather, we still had people show up to provide a donation to the Fillmore County Food Shelf even if they were going to skip the run this year. And that was greatly appreciated. The care and concern people have for others is always amazing to me. As a matter of fact, at the end of our event, for whomever gets to the finish line first, I purchase a turkey from Preston Foods and strategically place it somewhere for the winner. I figure it is a small trophy that the winning runner can share with family and friends. This year, a young lady named Emily Stenhoff of Madison, Wis., donated the turkey back to our cause to give to the Fillmore County Food Shelf. Again, very giving.

As many of you are aware, the Fillmore County Turkey Day Run costs nothing to participate. All that we ask is for a donation to the Fillmore County Food Shelf.

It’s one of those win-win situations. You get to run 10.3 miles to burn some calories before you feast with family and friends, and you get to do something that helps others in our community.

The only cost associated with the Fillmore County Turkey Day Run is the price of a long-sleeved shirt with the new logo each year. But, that is completely optional.

In general, while our participation was down due to extreme weather conditions, we still saw people from Preston, Lanesboro, Harmony, Madison (Wis.), Winona, Rushford, Fountain, Rochester, Chatfield and Houston, who were just as crazy as the rest of us to battle the elements.

This year’s Fillmore County Turkey Day Run will definitely go down in the history books .....
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What lies ahead

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser. It’s the next few weeks an ..... 
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Thanks and giving

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

This time of year, there is one thing on many of our minds: food. Here at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), we are especially interested in food, as we just wrapped up the first annual FEAST Festival and Tradeshow in Rochester in ea ..... 
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The Six Amendments

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

In 1787, 55 delegates from 13 states gathered in Philadelphia and framed what became the Constitution of the United States. When the Constitution was written, compromises were made that were certain to require change in the future. Slaves were incl ..... 
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Depredation tags

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Ah, it’s finally deer season! A time of year thousands of us live for and dream about for the other 11 months of the year. Here in South East Minnesota we are blessed with a healthy deer herd. But not everyone here is in love with this beautifu ..... 
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Viewing political corruption more broadly

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widesprea ..... 
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Tin can cranberries

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Commentary

Thanksgiving was always a big holiday for my family. As a group of seven surviving against the odds as Bear fans raised in the heart of Packer country, family was of the utmost importance. We never really stayed in one place to become established thr ..... 
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A clear message

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Commentary

Part 1 - In honor of our veterans “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few!” When Winston Churchill made this famous statement, he was talking about the costly but successful battle waged by the Royal Air ..... 
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What makes a strong lobbyist

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it’s lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in Washington. Here’s a case ..... 
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