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One Moment Please... Journal Scholarship Recipient


Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

The past couple of weeks have come with a flurry of graduation reminders.

A couple of weeks ago, parents, officers and students celebrated the annual D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony in Peterson, recognized on page 21. Thank you to our Sheriff’s Department and the schools who collaborate to keep this program alive and well. And, congratulations to the students. As a side note, I am not quite sure why all of our school districts don’t participate in this program in Fillmore County. To me, it’s a no-brainer.

Also, this past week, our family had the pleasure of attending our son’s pre-school graduation ceremony at the Preston Elementary School. The celebration filled the gymnasium with students, teachers, parents, siblings, grandparents and great-grandparents.

In last week’s Journal, you probably noticed a 16 page graduation section celebrating the Class of 2012 for all six school districts in Fillmore County. This annual tradition for our staff and the communities we serve is quite a comprehensive project, and we appreciate working with the students, parents and school districts to make this possible. As I’ve heard from many parents, this graduation section becomes a keepsake that students will refer to for many years to come.

Journal Scholarship

I am proud to announce that the annual scholarship for the Fillmore County Journal has been granted to Mitchell Walbridge, and for many, many reasons.

Below you will find the essay that Mitchell provided with his application for the $500 scholarship, telling all of us why he is proud of his community.

Over the past couple years, our staff has watched Mitchell grow with our newspapers. His work has actually appeared in both the Fillmore County Journal and the Olmsted County Journal, reaching a combined 74,000 households. That’s a lot of potential critics!

I remember when Abby Stocker, another Lanesboro High School graduate, became the first high school student I entrusted in my entire 18 year career to cover a school board meeting -- the Chatfield School Board.

It’s not common to have high school students cover civic meetings and write an accurate and complete article to be published in a newspaper read by over 21,000 readers every week. For the most part, high school students are taking classes to learn about how our government works. How can they possibly comprehend and then arti .....
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Another look at unemployment numbers

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

I’m getting to be a little more nostalgic as I get older. I look back at the old days and think that maybe, just maybe, things were better then. Some of you might remember them as well. Do you remember when the left was thoroughly enthusiastic ..... 
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One Moment Please... Our readers, near and far

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

For the past month or so, on a daily basis, I have had readers of the Journal ask me why they are getting the paper on Saturdays now instead of Mondays. Well, guess what, we haven’t changed anything on our end. Instead, a mandate from the top, ..... 
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Is this really the best we can do?

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton As you know if you pay attention to national affairs, the United States faces a perfect fiscal storm at the end of this year. A confluence of deadlines and policy triggers unlike anything I can remember in a half-century of publi ..... 
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One Moment Please... A learned behavior... enabled

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

There are many times in which I write commentary pieces that never get published. I write them for the most part to formulate my thoughts on particular subjects facing our communities, our region, our state and even at a national level. In recent ..... 
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Headlines; workplace participation at thirty year low

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

There is no simple answer as to why. You would think with the recent press coverage workforce participation suddenly fell off a cliff. Not so. The participation rate peaked out around the turn of the century. There has been a gradual downward trend ..... 
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A View from the Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

The Elusive Morel I left the house as the air began to warm, after a night of rain, determined to check on every acre of our forest. With an onion bag in my pocket, I was going to train my eye, stay focused, and walk around every dying tree. I ha ..... 
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One Moment Please... What would you do with $20?

Mon, May 7th, 2012
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I think we all need a friendly reminder from time to time. We need to be reminded of the fragile foundation of our small town economies. I know because I hear directly from local business owners. I know of long-time business owners who don’t ta ..... 
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The problem with solutions

By Andrew Kingsley

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

All problems began at some point and have some reason for continuing to exist. When we recognize the source(s) of our problems, that is where solutions can be found. It seems our problem with those solutions is that they usually aren’t what we wan ..... 
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