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Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

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

On some occasions, I have a variety of subjects to cover in my weekly column. This week, there happens to be two thoughts relating to Harmony, Lanesboro, Preston and Rushford. While each city operates with some degree of independence, word travels fast and we continue to find that we are all connected in some way.

Letters from the Windy City

As the people of the City of Rushford cast their votes last Tuesday, November 3, the winds of change stimulated support for new leadership.

I refer to Rushford as the "windy" city, not because of any record high levels of wind velocity, but more so relating to the stormy controversy revolving around the relationship between Rushford's city administrator, Windy Block, and the people of Rushford.

I became familiar with this unfortunate polarization this past spring, as residents of Rushford began forwarding to me e-mails including copies of a newsletter produced and distributed by the Rushford city administrator, Windy Block. After receiving the newsletter a few times, I contacted Windy Block directly and requested to get on the e-mail distribution list, inquiring if this was public information and if I could ever publish any content from his newsletter. Windy told me that pretty much anything of this nature that he administered was a matter of public record.

For nearly seven months now, I have been receiving the newsletter, observing from a distance.

On a regular basis, Rushford residents would point out references in Windy's weekly newsletter in which he would label and target a collection of local citizens such as the "GOB's" (his abbreviation for Good Old Boys), along with others who opposed his viewpoints.

Many people have questioned why Windy was not asked by the City Council to keep his newsletter objective and informative. While many felt the idea of a weekly newsletter was fantastic to improve communications, the tone and editorializing was not received very well. This was what I was hearing from the people of Rushford.

I have taken some time to absorb all of the elements involved in this election, from a distance, wondering how the people of Rushford perceived the content of this newsletter.

In the Journal's video interviews with current Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum, with over 3,700 views, leading up to the November 3rd election, I posed the sam .....
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Health Care & Confusion

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I admit that I am confused by the overwhelming assault on the senses regarding the health care debate in Congress. One can't read the newspaper or watch TV without seeing some reference to some aspect of health care. The consensus is that changes ne ..... 
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It's time to govern the flow of political money

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

There was a time when I believed that the best way to curtail the impact of money flowing into our political system was to monitor it. Make sure that campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures were reported quickly and accurately, I reasoned, ..... 
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Journal Writing Project

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
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I can still remember my first day of high school, walking into the gym with all the upperclassmen. The thing that sticks out the most in my mind that day in the gym was our principal, Mr. Olstad, saying that "high school flies by." I was thi ..... 
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Local businesses: use them or lose them

Thu, Oct 29th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The benefit to our economy by using local businesses is significant. Minnesota Department of Revenue gross retail sales data showed that for every $100 spent at a chain store, only $12 is circulated back into the local economy. Whereas that same $10 ..... 
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One moment, please... Fillmore County's fertility drug

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

Since I began my crusade in late August in search of new business developments evolving in the past 12 months in Fillmore County, I have made seve ..... 
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Grown-up in the room

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Lewiston-Altura Schools are in a legal battle regarding bullying. They are not unique. Bullying is an issue in every school hallway and lunchroom and, for that matter, every workplace. I want to apologize, however, for how prevalent this has become. ..... 
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Find the center ground

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Every ten years as provided for in the US Constitution the Census Bureau gathers data which will be used to determine how many of the 435 US representatives each state will have. Next year the 2010 census data will be gathered and provided to the st ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Volunteer emergency response

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

If you listen to a scanner on a regular basis, you probably heard a variety of ambulance and fire department dispatches this past week in the area ..... 
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