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One Moment, Please... The loss of a leader


Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

When I first heard about John Edstrom passing away on Sunday, June 24, I was in disbelief.

I knew he had been battling lung cancer for some time, but I didn’t realize the extent of his illness.

For those of you who didn’t know John, he was the co-founder and co-owner of the Winona Post, along with his wife Fran. Up until his passing, he was always involved in his newspaper that he and his wife started in 1971.

From my observation of history in this region, the Winona Post was the precursor to newspapers like the Fillmore County Journal and Olmsted County Journal. John and Fran pioneered a foreign concept 41 years ago that would pave the way for a belief that free community newspapers could become the thriving norm so valued by readers in every household served.

As a matter of fact, after our company launched the Olmsted County Journal in April 2011, John Edstrom, a long-time active Director serving on the board of the Minnesota Free Paper Association (MFPA) contacted me by phone to encourage me to get the Olmsted County Journal on-board as a member of MFPA. Of course, that was already on my radar, since the Fillmore County Journal had enjoyed the benefits of an MFPA membership for many years. But, John Edstrom calling me out of the blue to encourage me to get our newspapers involved showed how passionate he was for bringing people and newspapers together. He understood the value of uniting the newspaper industry.

While every media company under the sun currently appears to be poised in a defensive mode, demonstrating a jealousy-amongst-thieves mentality, John was reaching out with an unassuming invitation. Over the past few years, I’ve had quite a number of conversations with John Edstrom.

From time to time, I have visited his website www.winonapost.com to see what his newspaper is working on; often getting some ideas. We even trade newspapers. John has always sent us his newspaper, and we always sent him our two newspapers to his office in Winona.

In February 2012, the Winona Post shared with its readers the good news about winning awards at state and international levels for editorial content and advertising design. And, I could go on and on about what a great product they put out with the Winona Post. It’s really an outstanding free community newspaper; the one that everyone reads in that are .....
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Is the Supreme Court too politicized?

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

No matter what your opinions are on the recent rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court, there is a concern that like Congress, the court and their law clerks are being reduced to a mere appendage of the two powerful political parties. Has the court beco ..... 
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One Moment Please... An unintended experiment

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In the May 21, 2012, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, I addressed the numerous inquiries about why the Journal was now being delivered on Saturdays instead of Mondays. As I said in that commentary, that was a decision by the Postmaster General ..... 
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How should the winners govern?

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

When I first went to Washington in the 1960s as a novice congressman, the Democratic Party was clearly in control. It held the White House and enjoyed big majorities in both houses of Congress. So big, in fact, that a sizable group of Democratic p ..... 
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Talking points

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

“Talking Points” as we whimsically call them, could more aptly be thought of as “alarm buttons”! The rich should pay their “fair share” is a match setting fire to a parched field. Words such as Capitalism, Socialism, Free trade, Amnesty ..... 
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Talking common sense

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Political party rhetoric is directed to appeal to a voter’s emotion rather than a careful, honest, reasoned use of common sense. Being somewhat of a political junkie, I read and watch a variety of opinion pieces. A few weeks ago on a May 27 progra ..... 
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Exposing the argumentative tactics of the conservative right

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
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By Herb Panko Chatfield, MN The views of the Conservative Right are consistently well-represented in this newspaper---mainly by the three regular columnists John Goutcher, Stan Gudmundson, and Andrew Kingsley. Opposition voices are long overdue. ..... 
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In praise of fathers

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis There are two things I’m addicted to, ice-cream and Book TV on C-Span. Recently I watched Bay Buchanan introduce a book she has written of her experience as a single mother raising three sons. As her story unfolded, I realized ..... 
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One Moment Please... Journal Scholarship Recipient

Mon, May 28th, 2012
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The past couple of weeks have come with a flurry of graduation reminders. A couple of weeks ago, parents, officers and students celebrated the annual D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony in Peterson, recognized on page 21. Thank you to our Sheriff’s De ..... 
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