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One Moment Please - Constant reminders are important


Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297



Family gatherings over the holidays again proved to be a significant reminder of what is important in my life -- family.

Yes, I have seen my fair share of comedians in my lifetime, and there have been many good ones. However none of them can hold a candle to my children.

On the morning of Christmas day, my wife got up early to take a shower. Within the next ten minutes, my six-yearold daughter woke up, bust open the bathroom door and said who's in there (meaning the shower)?

My wife answered, "Mommy."

Our daughter said, "Oh, I thought maybe Santa came down the chimney and was so dirty that he had to take a shower."

Here's another one for you. Our son, who is 3-1/2 years old, is still learning how to pronounce words. For Christmas, one of his gifts was a new shirt from Old Navy. So, a few days later, he said, "Daddy, look at me. I'm wearing my Old Lady shirt." Old Lady? I hadn't heard of that brand, but I suppose it could work.

And then, while playing card games with family, I heard our son singing a song. Now, he likes to sing songs but often inserts his own words to fill in the gaps. I have to say I do the same thing for songs that seem to pose lyrically interpretive challenges.

So, our son was singing the other version of "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Have you ever heard, "Mary Had a Little Man"? Huh, me neither. Not until our son made it up on Christmas day.

While I am admittedly a workaholic, sometimes probably deemed a selfish trait since I mistakenly let it consume me, I have to constantly remind myself how important it is to step back and enjoy the moment -- with my family.

My children, the comedians of our household, are only going to be little for so long. I hear that from friends and family all the time, and they are always right.

Do you remember that recent December weekend in which we were all held hostage in our homes due to a big winter storm? T .....
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Do you know your new Commissioner of Agriculture?

Thu, Dec 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Do you know your new Commissioner of Agriculture?

Eunice Biel

Former Minnesota state Senator and Murdock area farmer David Frederickson

will become the new Minnesota Secretary of Agriculture when Mark Dayton

becomes the s ..... 
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Bullying has been around for awhile

Thu, Dec 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Peterson, MN

I asked a person employed by the Lanesboro school district, "What's going on with all the bullying?" He said it goes on in all schools way back from the time Moses came down from the mountain. I said I didn't think so, but remembe ..... 
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Conservative or Liberal?

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Col Stan Gudmundson, USAF (Ret)

If any of the following positions were part of a political platform, would they belong to a conservative or a liberal party?

- "All citizens must have equal rights and obligations."

- "The firs ..... 
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Clarification relating to December 20th Journal

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Phone: 507-251-5297

jsethre@fillmorecountyjournal.com

The following information is a clarification of articles and letters published in the December 20, 2010 Fillmore County Journal.

First, we apologize for an error in referenc ..... 
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Fixing Social Security

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Last time I ended my remarks promising to tell you about various ways to "fix" Social Security (SS). I am going to renege on that promise.

Firstly, SS is not broken, broke or even bent badly. It doesn't need complicated fixing. It has a larg ..... 
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One Moment Please - I grew up saying "Merry Christmas!"

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

It's interesting to see how much our traditions of the past continue to change as our young nation evolves.

I remember growing up with a Christmas tree in our classroo ..... 
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Concerned mother speaks out

Fri, Dec 10th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

My name is Karen Neneman. My husband (Terry) and I have come to speak on behalf of our daughter Sabrina.

As I am sure you all know, Terry and I took Sabrina out of Lanesboro School on November 5, because of bullying issues.

We have m ..... 
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Walking Fillmore County

Fri, Dec 10th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

We've just had our first major snowfall of the season and now the sun is shining in a blue sky. The bike/walking trails around Preston, where I live, will not be good for walking again until spring unless we have an unusually significant thaw. An ex ..... 
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