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Limits of growth


Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
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Yellows, reds, blues and their accompanying greens enticed us on a walk before entering the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The colors were of flowers in yards, sometimes encompassing entire yards, sometimes in the company of trees, shrubs and vegetables. I wondered if my husband and I were noticing all the vegetation because of our growing interest in planting perennial flowers and shrubs. Had this feast for the senses been there all along and we just hadn't noticed it? I didn't think so. One yard had a Japanese look. Others had trellises, paths, benches, fountains and bird feeders. Vines climbed up houses, flowers in pots decorated porches. After our walk, it seemed like an anti-climax to visit the art museum, although we enjoyed it as well, especially the delicate Asian ink drawings of flowers, birds and other natural scenes.

Back home I searched the Internet to see if I could find whether the plantings we saw were related to any organization or were just reflecting a change in culture. I found that at least some of them were related to the Green Party of Minnesota. The party was directing its members to adorn their yards with what nature has to offer instead of planting political signs.

The Green Party has four interdependent pillars: Ecological Wisdom, Social and Economic Justice, Grassroots Democracy, and Nonviolence and Peace. A strong influence on the intellectual framework of the party comes from a 1972 report, The Limits to Growth, by the Club of Rome, a global think tank that deals with a variety of international political issues. The report / book has sold 30 million copies. An updated version Limits to Growth; the 30-Year Update, by Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows, was published in 2004 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company and Earthscan.

The 1972 report modeled the consequences of rapidly growing economies and world population against our finite resource supplies. It presented and analyzed 12 scenarios that showed different possible patterns--and environmental outcomes--of world development over two centuries from 1900 to 2100. It showed how population growth and natural resource use interact to impose limits to industrial growth. The report concluded that our social and economic systems would collapse unless some drastic changes were made, but that we still had room to grow while examining longer-term options.

The 30-Year Update states that although some progress has been made, including new .....
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One Moment, Please... State testing

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
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In the past couple of months, our newspaper has dedicated research and pages to report the 2009 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test results for all Fillmore County schools. Education is of utmost importance to me for the sake of our future ..... 
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An ode to cows

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
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I have lived and worked with cows my entire life; in fact I would go so far as to say that cows have always controlled my life and my family. I don't know what it would be like to be without our cows. I grew up on a dairy farm and taking care of the ..... 
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One Moment, Please...Dems & Reps: Please kiss and make up

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
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Last Monday, I received an e-mail from an individual questioning the developments leading to two Letters to the Editor running in the August 31 Fillmore County Journal. One letter was from Robert L. Sauers questioning the content of Greg Davids' heal ..... 
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Maybe next century

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
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I am ready to promise you, no more conversation about health care. Have you ever attended a dinner party where one fool stands up and says something so outrageous on a topic that the room goes silent until some gracious aunt clears her throat and re ..... 
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One Moment, Please...S.A.D.D. changes

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
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My late grandmother Mary Jane Sethre always said "If you don't learn something new each day, then you have wasted that day."

Well, I learned something new last Thursday.

Vicki Eide contacted me about the Fillmore Central Activity Day ..... 
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One Moment, Please...S.A.D.D. changes

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
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My late grandmother Mary Jane Sethre always said "If you don't learn something new each day, then you have wasted that day."

Well, I learned something new last Thursday.

Vicki Eide contacted me about the Fillmore Central Activity Day ..... 
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Eminent domain authority, when and why?

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
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The use of eminent domain has a history back into the times of feudalism. It is based on a doctrine which allows a sovereign state dominion over all land within its borders. When our forefathers penned the Constitution of the United States, it was a ..... 
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One Moment, Please...How full is our cup?

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
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In a recent story coming from a Rochester-based media company, Cummins, a North American filter assembly operation located in Lake Mills, Iowa, will layoff 400 employees as part of a transition of operations to San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Obvio ..... 
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