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One Moment, Please... Continuous Improvement


Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher

Fillmore County Journal &

Olmsted County Journal

Cell: 507-251-5297

jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com

You’ve probably seen our recent advertisements showcasing a few employees who make the Fillmore County Journal a reality every single week. You’ve only seen the tip of the ice berg. We have many more people behind the scenes that you’ll get to read about as our “Community Ads” appear in the Journal each week.

Our goal with these advertisements is to demonstrate what we feel is important for our company to be fully vested in the betterment of the communities we serve. At the top of each advertisement, you’ll see the phrase, “We Live Where We Work.” We feel this is important. And, it’s not just about living where you work. It is about getting involved in the community. We need to give back. And, not just us at the Fillmore County Journal. I think everyone has the opportunity to help make their community and the world a better place.

And, while I am proud of our talented and dedicated team, and all the good things we do, I am also our worst critic. I have to be. I have to take a step back and look at our company from the eyes of our customers -- readers and advertisers. We can never settle.

I have always been a firm believer that we can always do better. It doesn’t matter what we do, we can always do better. We never want to assume that we’ve arrived at our best.

On occasion, we have readers point out errors, whether grammatical or factual. And, we appreciate the fact that our readers are paying attention to the information we are providing the public. When we run a correction, we realize that what we provide to the communities we serve is relevant to so many people. And, we need to strive to be at our best. Unlike many other jobs, when we make a mistake it is completely exposed to the public. There are not many jobs in which a person can be so vulnerable to public scrutiny. We consider this a good thing. Without relevance, we would quickly fade.

With all of this said, I know that we do a great job in many areas, and it all relates to our greatest asset - our people.

We have the most talented team of graphic designers of any newspaper in Southeast Minnesota. As a matter of fact, while other newspapers have conducted layoffs or downsized their production .....
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The Field Behind the Plow

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Eric Leitzen You know, I can’t remember the last time I bought beef. I don’t mean staggering into the local gruntburger stand and grabbing a Whopper (or maybe a Villager Road Special to split with a friend or two), but actually going to the ..... 
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Investigating? Then do it right

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By my count, 11 separate Washington investigations are looking into the three big issues besetting the Obama Administration right now: Benghazi, IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, and the Justice Department’s pursuit of national security leaks to ..... 
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One Moment, Please...How much is too much?

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

OK, we had a record snowfall, and now it looks like our Spring has sprung a leak to give us a potentially record rainfall. Are we working in the direction of a record heat wave, too? I doubt it at this point, but who knows. And, this recent stor ..... 
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IRS Flap

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

It is a given that the Internal Revenue Service has to treat groups seeking tax exempt status fairly and uniformly. It is clearly unacceptable to give more scrutiny to certain applicants. The process should be just as rigorous for all applicants. ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Dayton invades small businesses

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com Fortunately, we are now out of the daycare stage with our children entering grade school, but I remember those recent ..... 
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Climate change?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson I recently read an article by a climate “researcher” who claimed that one of geniuses of the movement was the ability to link every climate related activity to global warming thereby making it virtually impossible for skeptic ..... 
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The Invisible Lawmakers

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Want to know what’s causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here’s a hint: it’s not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it’s a pair of three- ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Inspiring Youth

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com This past week has been full of so much positive energy it makes me proud to do what I do. Yeah, sure, I get to work ..... 
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