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Welcome to Fillmore County


Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The Fillmore County Journal has new owners and as a recent transplant to this perfect corner of the earth I want to say, hello.

Jason, huh? You make me feel old right from the start. My son is Jason and I have a deep furrow between my eyebrows that I have named in his honor. I suppose this Jason won't give me cause to wrinkle my brow and say "You did what?" Perhaps his mother has one, too.

I want to thank the folks of Fillmore County for their cautious but willing way of making space for someone not claiming three generations in the area. Well, Jason has and I do too. I play the family Hallum card at every turn so they don't walk around sniffing at me to see if I'm, like, Irish or Italian. Once a familiar name is evoked, an outsider can be placed in the greater scheme of things, like learning that homo sapiens are us. I can't know if being a Hallum is a good thing here or not but I announce it and hope none have been chainsaw murderers or anything. They can't be, I would have heard about that even in Minneapolis.

It's a good place to be, here in the Minnesota Alps. The community works hard, knows about snow and rain and floods and how to make a rescue coop for a chicken that has been pecked by the resident roosters. They appreciate things that someone from the city knows, like good fabric stores and restaurants in the metro area that don't require getting too far off the freeway.

Neighbors come if the car has a flat tire in the garage and I only know the jack is something that lives under the mat in the trunk. At Rushford Foods they connect me to my reusable bags and return them to me if I leave one behind. At Witt's Pharmacy they see me walk in and have my refill on the counter when I get up to the register (really folks, I'm not that heavily medicated). At the flood relief auction people bought stuff they had no use for (I donated some and know it wasn't worth much) just to contribute to someone they may or may not know.

What can we, the newbys, offer in exchange for all this kindness? Bring something back to the community we have chosen.

Jason will do it by continuing to produce the best local paper in the area, in John's tradition. I hope to gradually diminish the fear of city people. Here is a secret. Cities are chock full of good people, too. They clan up in neighborhoods. Within neighborhoods, kids are watched over by other kids parents, corner bars hold all the secrets of the men and women who live in .....
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We're number 37

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The Obama era was supposed to begin by dealing with four issues Iraq and the Middle East and all its permutations, the economy and the recession, healthcare systems, and lastly, all other entitlements.

The economy has sucked all the air out o ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I keep hearing how the current state of affairs is being compared to crises of the past, which is understandable -- since economists often theorize that history repeats itself.

Most recently, I heard that our finanicial woes were comparable ..... 
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On ethics, morality and faith: The Redeemed Shall Walk

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
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Do you remember when you, your parents, or grandparents, saved Gold Bond stamps or S & H Green stamps, given as an incentive to buy from a certain store or gas station? After we filled the required number of books, we could take them to a Redemption ..... 
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Stop taxpayer funding of ethanol

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
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Ethanol, in any form whether grain or cellulosic, will never economically replace petroleum. There just are not enough BTUs to justify it. Ethanol is about 20 to 30-percent less efficient than gasoline and about 50-percent less efficient than diesel ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I really don't enjoy debating politics, because I'm too competitive and I always WIN; just like in the board game Monopoly against my wife and Karla Appel. I am kidding on all accounts, in case you were ready to challenge me.

In spite of my l ..... 
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Food Support cases up dramatically

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

PRESTON - On January 20, the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the Fillmore County Social Services front desk logged 200 contacts - phone calls and walk-ins from residents in need.

Gail Bunge, Financial Assistance Supervisor ..... 
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Spending our money, Round II

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
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It might be a stretch but it seems to me that the economic situation we now see around us is similar to being attacked by an unseen enemy. Like the 9/11 disaster, seemingly out of nowhere comes an unimaginable catastrophe. Sure, we know now ..... 
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A 'Welcome' Home

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
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As my wife, Amanda Sethre, and I embark upon the adventure of publishing a weekly newspaper in this beautiful area of Southeast Minnesota, we would first like to thank you for being so welcoming.

The people and scenery of Fillmore C ..... 
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