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One Moment, Please...S.A.D.D. changes


Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

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 to see if I might be able to attend the event.

I had already planned on visiting with five new business owners in Harmony that day, so it worked out perfect with my schedule to visit the school.

As I walked into the gymnasium at the Fillmore Central High School, I saw stations for students to visit throughout their study halls and lunch periods. There were about 15 different stations for students to visit, such as the Fillmore County Public Health Department, represented by Brenda Pohlmann, talking about ways to stay healthy.

At another station, I found three students (seen in the above picture) meeting with a steady flow of students inquiring about S.A.D.D. -- which isn't what it used to be.

If anything, S.A.D.D. has progressed to another level of expectations.

I'm sorry, but I must be getting old or I simply missed the memo. When did S.A.D.D. change from Students Against Drunk Driving to Students Against Destructive Decisions?

I did some checking and according to www.sadd.org, the change took place in 1997, with the focus becoming the "prevention of all destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, impaired driving, violence, and suicide."

While I'll admit I felt like Lloyd Christmas in "Dumb and Dumber" when he realized we landed on the moon, this surprise gave me a good feeling about the adaptation of the program to become all encompassing.

What really impressed me, though, was when Fillmore County Deputy Lance Boyum encouraged me to walk the line for a pseudo-sobriety test while wearing "beer goggles" that emulated impaired vision at alcohol levels ranging from .17 to .20 in the blood stream. If you haven't taken this test before, it is a real eye-opener.

Thank you to the Fillmore Central faculty and participating organizations for facilitating a very important event for our youth.

Eminent domain authority, when and why?

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

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
Posted in Commentary

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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One Moment, Please... MCA testing, bullying and our educators

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
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First, I would like to congratulate two area high school students who were the ONLY two students who applied for the Fillmore County Journal scholarships offered in conjunction with the Journal Writing Project for the 2009-2010 school year. The appl ..... 
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One Moment, Please...The Economy - Part 3

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

During the past few weeks in this trilogy of my unsolicited rhetoric, I am concluding with a reference to healthcare reform. Yes, I've saved the best for last. Well, I'm not sure if it's the best, but it is certainly the most contentious.

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Fear is their only weapon

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I concluded sometime ago we do not send our best and brightest to either Washington or St. Paul. Health care reform debate confirms there are many villages in America that are not missing their village idiot because the voters in the villages keep s ..... 
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Hard to believe sometimes

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

"For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God." (Romans 8: 28)

As I drank my first cup of coffee this morning, I watched the birds at my feeders just outside the window. They were eating the smaller seeds whole, ..... 
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One Moment, Please... The Economy - Part 2

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
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Cars. Cars. Cars.

They've been a part of my life ever since I can't remember. As a young boy, my dad let me pick out a Matchbox car quite often when we paid a visit to a store that offered them. Little did he know I'd be leaving them ..... 
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The swine flu saga continues

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Much has been made of the new "swine flu" because it is very similar to the virus that caused the pandemic flu of 1917-1920. That flu is estimated to have killed between 50 and 100 million people around the world. Only remote islands were sp ..... 
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