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Will May 25 mark a turning point for Kingsland facilities?


By Jeff Erding

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

The long and difficult journey regarding Facilities configuration at Kingsland may be on the verge of a milestone decision. A Facilities Committee meeting will take place that night in Spring Valley at 7 p.m. in the District Meeting Room at the High School.

Architect Paul Youngquist, who works with Construction Manager Knutson Construction, has been networking with Kingsland officials the past three weeks to develop a scope of work for the three options under consideration. It is expected the options and the work scopes thereof will be debated and perhaps voted on at this meeting. Once consensus is reached by the committee, a course of action will be presented to the school board for their consideration.

I can’t overemphasize the importance of this meeting. It will set the tone for community and District relationships and attitudes for decades. But most importantly, the decision reached by the committee and subsequently by the board, will affect our students for many years to come in either a positive or negative way. Will dollars and convenience for some trump the well being of the students in our charge? Will we ignore the proven positive benefits of proper and prudent separation of age groups, or embark on a course of action based on what has proven to be the most beneficial system for students: proper separation of age groups? And once that decision is made, will District residents be willing to support the board and make the sacrifices necessary for our students?

As President of Citizens United for Kingsland and a voting member on the Facilities Committee, I invite you to contact me at (507) 251-0708 with your questions and concerns. If I don’t answer, please leave your message. The names of other committee members can be found in last week’s Spring Valley Tribune or on the Kingsland website. I wish to take this opportunity to thank them for their participation. I feel in my heart that most of them have a genuine concern and commitment to the students. If you choose to contact any of them, please do so in a polite and respectful way. Most of us are volunteers.

In closing, please join me in praying for a decision that is the very best we can do for our communities and especially for our students.

Thank you, Jeff

All gave some and some gave all in Vietnam

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

While the Vietnam War lasted from November 1955 to April 1975, a black cloud seemed to hang over Fillmore County from 1965 to 1970.Out of the 58,307 U.S. soldiers who died in the Vietnam War, 11 of those men came from Fillmore County. The first yo ..... 
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How we got here

Mon, May 16th, 2016
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By Donna Buckbee When people go to rallies and hearings to speak up for our beautiful planet and against frack sand mining, inevitably some smug fool will ask, “How did you get here?” We are all part of the problem and we all need to change. ..... 
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The road to perdition

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

I am a Christian and must not hate people. As Christ said, “I give you a new commandment. Love one another.” Pretty straight-forward I think. But I really despise liberalism. Let’s start with this. Liberals do not trust us. At all. Th ..... 
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Entertainer and chief

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Saturday night I enjoyed watching President Obama perform at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. It was an opportunity for him to demonstrate his skill at delivering a joke. His timing is flawless. We were also shown a film strip which allo ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Internet speed not a high priority

Mon, May 9th, 2016
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There’s been a lot of chatter about how our Internet speeds are too slow in greater Minnesota. Without a doubt, as a point of comparison between Rochester and small communities in this region, there’s a tremendous disparity. In the big city o ..... 
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Baby owl season

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
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By Karla Bloem Executive Director of the International Owl Center There isn’t much that’s cuter than a fuzzy baby owl. When people encounter these balls of fluff on the ground they naturally want to help. “Helping” these owls, however, i ..... 
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Why should we care?

By Sara Snipes

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

We are constantly being told to be mindful of our carbon footprint: don’t leave lights on, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, ride your bike instead of drive, etc. We try our best to be diligent about performing all of these duties in t ..... 
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It’s getting harder to govern, and it’s not just politicians’ fault

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

We may not know who our next President is going to be, but here’s one thing that’s almost certain: he or she will take office with roughly half of the electorate unhappy and mistrustful. The notion that the President speaks for a broad coalition ..... 
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