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One Moment, Please... More than a bunch of garbage


Mon, May 5th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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Fillmore County Journal

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This past Saturday, April 26, the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce, Preston Lion’s Club and City of Preston hosted the first annual “Preston Pride Cleanup Day.”

While we always have more things on the to-do list than humanly possible to finish each weekend, I felt that this was a good event for our family.

So, we arrived at the Trail Head in Preston, along with over 60 other volunteers.

Upon our arrival, right away I recognized quite a few faces. Mayor Kurt Reicks and his wife, Brenda, were lending a hand. All of the Preston Lions Club members were present. Our children saw their friends from school also joining the group. There were really too many people for me to recognize in this brief commentary.

After receiving a map with six zones noted, we decided our family was going to help cleanup around the swimming pool area in Preston.

Since our kids love using the Preston swimming pool all throughout the summer months, they jumped at the chance to help with cleanup.

It was an eye-opening experience for myself along with our children.

As we walked about the property, we pretty quickly realized that there was very little debris laying in the open areas. All of the garbage had blown into the unmowed, untamed areas such as tall grass, tangled trees and fence lines.

And with our garbage bags and gloves, we rummaged through the rough landscape perimeter of the Preston swimming pool.

There were pop cans, beer cans (Bud Light must be popular up by the Preston swimming pool), plastic bags, candy bar wrappers, potato chip bags, and a wide variety of other items.

As we walked along picking up garbage as a family, our children talked about how much fun this was to get out and clean up the Earth. I mentioned that we were getting some exercise, too. And, it truly was a family gathering experience.

We talked while we walked, and we accomplished something positive together.

And, at the end of our walk, we accounted for a large bag of garbage that came from all of us. In total, Sarah Wangen, Preston Area Chamber of Commerce President, told me that all of the volunteers collected more than 30 bags of garbage from six difference zones in Pre .....
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Nation of laws

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

We are a nation of laws including federal, state and local laws. The laws are interpreted by the courts, created or repealed by elected legislators, signed into law by the executive official, and enforced by a variety of law enforcement agencies. T ..... 
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The Justices and the Scramble for Cash

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government, the accumulation of power in the presidency, and ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Unemployment and Nobamacare

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Democrats have held the White House and the Senate for upwards of five years. After all that time the jobless rate, “defined as a person who does not have a job, but is actively looking for one” is 6.7 percent. On the other hand if the unemploy ..... 
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As a new resident

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By LuAnn Wilcox Lanesboro, Minn. As a new resident in Lanesboro, my experience is that it is the friendliest, most inviting, and most welcoming small town I’ve ever been to. This feeling is a bit more muted in the rest of Fillmore County but stil ..... 
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One Moment Please... We have arrived

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

We have arrived at a point at which we are hopefully saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring, summer and fall -- the three more appreciated seasons of Minnesota. Since December, most of us have seen very little of our neighbors. In every littl ..... 
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