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One Moment, Please... Crowdfunding takes away from beneficiaries


Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Over the past couple years, “crowdfunding” has become a popular online social media driven funding tool. There are many websites that provide similar services, but I’m going to focus my attention on one website that has been used quite a bit in this region.

Unfortunately, we’ve experienced a significant number of tragedies since the first of the year. There have been fires and vehicular accidents that have claimed lives, devastating families and communities.

And, while there have been very good intentions by those wishing to help those in need, many locals have turned to www.gofundme.com.

The problem with websites like this is that they take 5% for their services and then another 3% for merchant processing fees. So, for every $100,000 raised on one of these websites, $8,000 is deducted, leaving only $92,000.

Personally, I’d rather see 100% of my donation go directly toward supporting those in need.

As we have published stories relating to these tragedies, we have reported that financial support can be provided via local community banks that have set up a special account. In each of these scenarios, I have contacted the local banks to see if they charge a fee for the funds donated toward individuals, families or other causes. In most cases, they do not.

So, when you hear about someone in need in this area, please consider this. Your support is greatly appreciated. And, if you write a check in the name of that individual, family, or organization you want to support, or directly deposit funds in a local bank account set up for that benefit, 100% of your funds will go toward the assistance of those you wish to receive the funds. Otherwise, with www.gofundme.com, eight cents of every dollar is evaporating from our local initiatives into the pockets of a California-based tech company that was launched in May 2010.

According to their website, they have helped people raise $2 billion in the past 365 days. If we do the math, at 8%, that means they have taken $160 million of that funding that could have supported the intended beneficiaries. I am not knocking them for coming up with an online funding solution. But, when there are other resources available such as local banks that don’t charge any fees, I’d rather see 100% of those .....
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Pieper endorsed to seek Senate District 28 seat

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

DFL State Senate candidate for Senate District 28, Jon Pieper (DFL-Lanesboro) has been endorsed for State Senate by the local DFL. With previous campaign experience, having run in 2014 for HD28B which covers Houston and Fillmore counties, Pieper has ..... 
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A future with promise

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

We have endured months of silly wrangling in this important election year. Understandably, issues that are most important to the majority of voters are often issues that have a bearing on short term goals. It is well past time that we get some actio ..... 
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There’s too much secrecy in government

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet government is moving behind closed doors, and this is definitely the wrong direction. In fact, I’m d ..... 
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Fiat money?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Fiat money? Some might wonder what that is. It’s actually simple. Let’s pretend I am the government. I print fancy paper with numbers on them and give them to you. You say, what’s this? I, the government, tell you that it is money. Us ..... 
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Opportunities for rural Minnesota

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

As Minnesota lawmakers continue through the 89th legislative session, there are several items up for discussion that could potentially benefit our rural communities. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), our work intersects with many o ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

The March 21 issue of the Fillmore County Journal incorrectly listed the Bolton-Menk representative who addressed the Spring Valley City Council as Brian Malm, when it was actually Bryan Holtz. We apologize for this error.

Journey of the Heart

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Heartland Hospice and Chatfield United Methodist’s Gathering Place, in collaboration with Help Our Neighbors, are co-hosting Journey of the Heart, an eight-week support group for family and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s/dementia. The ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Some DMV humor

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Our children had been hoping and even begging to see the movie “Zootopia”. Luckily, this movie was playing at the JEM Movie Theatre. To be honest, I had no idea what this movie was about other than the fact that it was an animated movie for c ..... 
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