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One Moment Please - Leadership Training


Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

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"We got no food. We got no jobs. Our pets' HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!!!" This is a quote from the character Lloyd Christmas from the movie "Dumb and Dumber." In contrast, the stock market collapsed nearly 17 months ago, the real estate market has adjusted according to realized values, job loss has settled at nearly 10% unemployment, and our pets heads are falling off!!!!

Sorry, slight exaggeration about the part that disgusts you most. It's a natural compulsion of the media.

Seriously folks, where are we at as we enter 2010?

At my Christmas day celebration at the Donlingers in Chester (Minnesota), several of the men engaged in discussion about the economy and health care reform -- typical holiday candor, right?

As our wives stepped away from this losing battle, we men attempted to solve world hunger. And, we were so close, until that darn dinner bell rang.

After a few hours of good times with family, we packed up our kids in the minivan and prepared for the drive back to our home in Fountain. Right before I hopped in the pilot seat, my father-in-law and I chatted a bit about our overall conversation on the subject of politics. I said, "You know, I think that all of us want the same outcome, but everyone has varying opinions of how to get there. None of us really know what will work and what won't." He said, "Yeah, nobody really DOES know, and that's the problem."

As I journeyed home with my family, that brief conversation with my father-in-law prompted further thoughts of why we are at the point in our economy where we are at.

Avarice.

A lot of people made a lot of money and spent a lot of money over the past several years, and then that cash flow faucet slowed and even froze up for some of us.

We've all adjusted in some fashion, no different than how we respond to the change in weather. When it rains we carry an umbrella.

And, what is apparent is that we all have different weather -- or different economies. Our economy is heavily dependent upon our personal perception. If you just received a raise and a promotion at your company, the economy isn't looking all that bad. On the flipside, if you just lost your job, you're now faced with the reality of little or no income to provide for you and your family.

What I would hope people 'get' now more than ever is that we should all be grateful for wh .....
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An appreciation

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
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I have always considered it a privilege to write a commentary piece for the Journal. I am allowed to write about anything I choose and never have the editors changed the content of what I wrote. I have received unsolicited positive comments, and hav ..... 
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One moment, please...

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Over the years, throughout my life in the newspaper business, I have received many anonymous correspondence via letters, telephone voice mails, and even e-mails from individuals who have strong opinions one way or another.

While some of the me ..... 
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My typical Christmas

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
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I don't know exactly when it started, but the holiday season is here in full force. Decorations are everywhere, people are frantically shopping for gifts, and holiday music seems to have taken over. I recognize the true and wonderful meaning of Chri ..... 
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One Moment Please - Lutefisk, it's what's for dinner!

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
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By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

On Sunday, December 6, Christ Lutheran Church, located in Preston, hosted their 20th annual lutefisk dinner, which boasts an average of 900 to 1,1 ..... 
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You've got mail

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
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Computers and internet communication are still a marvel to those of us who remember when a long distance phone call was a huge deal and reserved for announcing a death in the family. Long distance rates were lowest in the evenings and on Sundays, an ..... 
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One moment, please... Yeah, that'll happen when pumpkins fly!

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
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Another one from Flaherty - The Dance

Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
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When I walked into the Owls, Archie called me over to the table and informed me that the Owls were going to have a dance - whether they wanted to or not.

"Well, if you don't want a dance, why are you having one?"

"We don't have anyth ..... 
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One moment, please... Tourism involves everyone

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
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Over the past several months, I've had the pleasure of sitting in on a number of meetings along with experiencing what I consider to be significant influences on the future of each individual community collectively recognized as the sum of our parts ..... 
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