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One Moment, Please... What have we created?


Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I think we’ve created a monster.

I think we are all to blame for what has become a social disease. And, maybe blaming everyone isn’t fair, but I’m sure a fair percentage of our population is somewhat to blame.

Nearly all of us have been tempted with the fruit from the tree of technology and most of us have bitten into the apple -- no offense to the late Steve Jobs.

But, Steve Jobs, the Apple legend, is partly to blame for conceiving the ideas of a Smartphone and a tablet. Now, we could easily argue that if he wouldn’t have thought of those innovations then somebody else would have done so at some point in the future. True, maybe.

In every situation we face as human beings, I think we need to take a step back and acknowledge only that which we can influence. And, our individual behavior is under our complete control.

I recently started to notice an unfavorable behavior in myself. I was checking my Facebook application on my phone when in the presence of others. I was playing a game on my phone and ignoring the attention of others. I was checking my e-mail on my phone constantly. To be quite frank, I was rude and disrespectful to others.

So, as I realized the source of my rude behavior, I took the first step and completely deleted the Facebook application from my phone about two months ago. And, I realized I should have done this long ago.

I’ve gained hours in my day and started to have more conversations -- more personal interaction. I can’t help but think of the time I wasted on my phone that I lost in my interaction with others. Sad.

What have these new forms of technology done to us as a society? And, how should we proceed?

Friends & Family Plan

OK, let’s be honest with ourselves. We really don’t have 1,042 friends; not in real life. Of all of these Facebook “friends,” some of them are real friends. But, most are just acquaintances; ships passing in the night.

The reality is that if the Facebook website crashed, burned and disappeared, the only people we would classify as our “friends” would be the people we talk to on a regular basis or intentionally keep in touch with throughout our lives.

So, why do we spend so much time observing the lives of people we don’t care to meet up with or contact by phone? I have always joked that Facebook has made stalking socially .....
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Fillmore Central students prepare for college

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Fountain Commentary

With the first quarter of the school year already gone, some Fillmore Central High School students are making plans for their futures. At the school board meeting on October 28, Principal Heath Olstad stated juniors would be attending a college f ..... 
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Chatfield considers engineering proposals

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

At the October 27 Chatfield City Council meeting councilors discussed two engineering proposals. The objective of the first proposal is to solve the freezing problem of the north bio-solids tank. The purpose for the second proposal is improvement of ..... 
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‘Swingsation’ gala event

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

New this year at the annual Swingsation Gala Event is cuisine by Johnny Mango’s Catering. Benefitting year-round arts programming of Lanesboro Arts, the Swingsation event will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Lanesboro Community Center ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

On October 15, 2014, Travis Lee Brink, 32 of Mabel, appeared before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat at the Fillmore County District Courthouse. Brink is charged with four counts of Felony Stalking - 1) Intent to Injure, 2) Follow, Monitor, or ..... 
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Fillmore County Land Rent Surveys

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

This will mark the nineteenth consecutive year for the Fillmore County Land Rent Survey. Over these years we have conducted the survey in a few different ways, originally in a direct mailing to all land owners and producers in a joint newsletter wit ..... 
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Fountain comes to agreement with AT&T

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Commentary

The Fountain City Council met Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Fountain City Hall. All council members were present. City attorney Scott Springer was also in attendance. After months of negotiating, the city of Fountain has reached an agreement ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Thanks to several hundred of you, Fillmore County held a very successful Household Hazardous Waste Day on October 7. One hundred seventy vehicles bringing HHW from more than two hundred sevent ..... 
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GasBuddy update

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Minnesota, October 20- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.93/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the natio ..... 
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