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One Moment, Please... Winning the lottery


Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

We recently had a staff meeting at the Journal, which we try to fit into our schedule each month if possible.

At this particular meeting, we revisited a number of projects we worked on in 2015. The biggest project of 2015, by far, was Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans. As I told our team, we have had numerous customers come into the office with copies of books dedicated to local veterans from years past, and the most recent one I’ve seen was from the 1960s. Prior to that book, I saw another one from around the year of 1919. So, as I told our team, the work that they did to assemble this very special book that will become available within the next month is something that has only ever been done once every 40 or 50 years. Sending a book to press isn’t something you do every day. This was a big deal for our team to continually publish the weekly newspaper while also assembling a book recognizing over 3,400 Fillmore County Veterans. I’m proud of our team, beyond words. As I said in our meeting, there have been people walking into our office with books from 1919 -- published 96 years ago. So, long after we’re gone, Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans will be held on to by family members and passed down from one generation to the next. In my case, just as an example, the only military photo I found for my great-grandfather Martin Sethre was in a military book from 1919. Otherwise, there would have been no photo of him in the book.

In addition, we discussed our Breast Cancer Awareness Month section that appeared in the October 12, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal. On the front page of that issue, reporters Kirsten Zoellner and Barb Jeffers shared the breast cancer survival stories of Carol Johnson and Ann O’Connor. As we discussed how we presented the editorial content and involved sponsors, we talked about how important it was to always do our very best at everything we do each and every day. And, as I said in our meeting, “it’s always harder to do things better, but it means a lot more to people.” We want to create something that people will talk about, appreciate, and want to retain as a keepsake for a very long time. I remember three years ago, when we started showing our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Along with printing stories about survivors in remission, we offered a sponsorship opportunity to local businesses who may want to show their support. For every spon .....
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Sadly, Congress seems okay with being weak

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Not many people outside of Capitol Hill paid attention last month when the congressional leadership released next year’s legislative schedule. Its headline feature is a strikingly long summer recess: half of July and all of August, along with a fe ..... 
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A shared table

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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In the midst of the holiday season, a shared table is one of many blessings. Sitting around the Thanksgiving table with family, I couldn’t help but reflect on the many roundtable conversations Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has be ..... 
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Lessons and requirements needed to defeat the radical Islamic threat

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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As you know, the military is divided up into the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard services. As you might expect, each has its own perspective on warfare and how wars should be fought and won. The services also have branches wi ..... 
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Lack of outrage

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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By Tommy G. Thorson On or about Thursday, December 3, 2015, a man in Colorado Springs, Colo. entered an abortion clinic and began killing people. We are appropriately saddened. If handled correctly, we may also be angered; perhaps even outraged. ..... 
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Oversight by private citizens: How important is it?

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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By Jeff Erding There is an axiom we all should remember: “Any problematic situation, not dealt with in a timely manner, will always get out of hand.” That statement is as universally true as any generalization can ever be. From little thing ..... 
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Thoughts about Christmas

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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According to the calendar, the day for being “Thankful” has come and gone and we are rapidly approaching the time for “Peace on Earth”! On November 13, I started off the holiday season by attending the premiere performance of “Little Wom ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Rainbows, unicorns and cotton candy

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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Three years ago from today, on December 14, 2012, a lone gunman walked into an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and murdered 20 children and six adult staff members. Before that horrific event in U.S. history, there were countless others. I d ..... 
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Keeping Houston County informed and involved

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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By Justin Zmyewski Commissioner District #2 Public participation, better decisions… Provided it is done well, public participation leads to better decisions and in my opinion, the Houston County Board of Commissioners should view public parti ..... 
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