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One Moment Please... What's new at the Journal?


Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

In casual conversation, I have people ask me: "What's new at the Journal?"

That's a pretty open-ended question these days.

My answer to those who are wondering what's going on inside the belly of the newspaper is often: "Well, there's always something to do. We're keeping busy, and busy is good."

Olmsted County Journal

As many of you know, the Fillmore County Journal has has spread its wings from Fillmore County into Olmsted County to operate a 62,000 circulation weekly newspaper distributed to every household in Olmsted County. The Olmsted County Journal has been in existence since the first week of April 2011, approaching the one year anniversary mark less than two months from today. Combined, both the Fillmore County Journal and the Olmsted County Journal reach over 74,000 households. Together, our reporters cover the meetings of 21 city councils, 11 school districts and two county boards -- no small feat.

SMG Web Design

SMG Web Design, a company that started with Journal employee Sheena Suckow and myself back in November 2009, has designed, developed and now hosts over 100 websites throughout the United States.

The SMG Web Design team, now comprised of six employees, has developed websites for a wide range of clients from all over the United States, including New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, and of course Minnesota. Just the other day, Gabby Gatzke, one of our web designers, took a phone call from a prospect from Virginia.

Needless to say, our newspaper is honored to be associated with SMG Web Design and their success story.

And, on a more recent note, I am very excited about the continous evolution of Gabby Gatzke's responsibilities with e-marketing and social media. She's truly amazing, coordinating efforts that were never originally a part of the SMG Web Design vision.

SMG Computer Solutions

SMG Computer Solutions came to life when we hired Tyler Grundman in April 2010. If you ever have any question about a computer problem, just ask Tyler. His knowledge amazes me every day.

Perfect Glossy

In early 2011, we noticed a continuous request for glossy brochures and magazine-quality printing options. With the continous increase in requests for glossy printing, we established a company known as Perfect Glossy. This new glossy printing company works with clients near and far. Locally, talented graphic designers Shari Jones, Janet Brev .....
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The future is now

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

How does our nation determine the direction it needs to take in order to continue on the pathway to economic and social success? In order to find a direction in which our nation should move, first we need to look back and see where we have been. In ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Dobie Days

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

I would like to address the article, "Harmony City Council discusses Dobie Days issues." These "issues" stem from a conflict with a neighbor, with whom we had a good relationship in the past. As a landowner I have a right to not allow people on my p ..... 
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One Moment Please... Let's roll the dice a few more times

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

Included with today's Journal, you'll find a copy of our third annual Progress Edition.

To me, this additional publication signifies something in the order of a State of the Union for Fillmore County. This publication gives us an update on t ..... 
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The influence of a third party candidate

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

Even if a third party candidate has little chance of actually winning, the candidacy itself can change the tone of the race and influence the direction of the next administration. In the presidential race a candidate has to poll with at least 15 per ..... 
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Guest commentary: An open letter to every American

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

For years I have watched the political scene as the Democrats and Republicans blame each other for all our troubles. It seems the main goal of each party is not to solve America's problems, but to oppose each other. When an article on the subject of ..... 
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Goodbye, so long 2011

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

A new year has begun already. Where did the 2011 go? It was a year of sadness, tragedy, accomplishments and new beginnings. As we look back at the events in our lives, many of us seek to begin the New Year with well-meaning resolutions for change an ..... 
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This will be the year

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I don't think I've ever been as proud to live in Harmony as when they recently decided on their budget. The council members should be commended for taking our budget issues seriously and cutting approximately 15 percent from the 2012 budget. Fillmor ..... 
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One Moment Please... The Secrets of Fillmore County

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Another new year means we have another year of opportunities.

While a fluctuating economic climate can create uncertainty, people are still spending money. National retail results for December 2011 show a remarkable spike in consumer spendin ..... 
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