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Hein addresses ballot issue


Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Al Hein

On June 1st, I walked into the Fillmore County Auditor's Office and completed paperwork, filing for the Minnesota House, District 31B. I admit I was a little uneasy filing locally, as the Secretary of State's Office is well-versed on state rules and regulations. When I asked how it came to be that this could be done locally, the response was that there had been 2 days of required training for all county auditor offices in St. Cloud. Without any further concern, we completed the necessary paperwork and I was on my way. While there, I asked specifically if it mattered, as far as the paperwork was concerned, if I filed as Independence Party or as an independent. The answer was that it made no difference . I asked a second time before leaving if everything was in order and I was assured that it was. The next time I heard from the Fillmore County Auditor's Office was mid-September over 90 days later when I was informed they had discovered a potential error with regard to the filing papers. I was comfortable until then in the notion that everything was OK. Someone had approached them and asked for a petition of 500 signatures and the office wasn't able to produce it. They had a problem. Then I got their letter.

After a couple of days of thought, it became apparent to me that it might be up to me to bring this dilemma to a resolution. I thought there must be some way for the State to validate/invalidate the election by a simple review. In fact, in my initial conversation with the Auditor's office, they indicated that the election was valid unless it was contested. It had already been 31/2 months since my filing on June 1st. I decided at this point to be proactive and take the matter upon myself , since it was clear in the Auditor's letter to me that they wanted to remain neutral and objective in the matter and take no further course of action. It was now my problem. Or should I say, all of the candidates' problem, and the voters' problem as well. I learned there was an avenue called a petition and it is filed with the Supreme Court. The petition itself sounds harmless and almost mutually beneficial to all. That action, though, I've since learned, has wide ranging implications. It is a legal action, a lawsuit, where legal documents are served on a wide variety of offices and individuals that were related to this error or omission that was discovered in the Auditor's Office. It has the potential to damage or cause destruction to careers, .....
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One moment please - Study the candidates

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

We are only weeks away from a very important mid-term election, which means candidates are watching the sand in the hourglass settle to a state of ..... 
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Social Security attacked

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Both the Democrats and the Republicans are set to gut Social Security(SS) for the young of the nation. I say for the young because they know seniors love Social Security and would vote them out of office so their changes won't affect seniors collect ..... 
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Responsible federal farm policy in 2010 and beyond

Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

I joined Minnesota Farmers Union and more than 200 farmers and ranchers from across the country in Washington, D.C., September 13-15 for the National Farmers Union Annual Legislative Fly-In.

Meeting with our representatives in Congress allow ..... 
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One Moment Please - A Busy Week For Everyone

Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

To say it was a busy week last week would be the understatement of the year.

While I could have dedicated endless hours or reporting just ..... 
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Habitat

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Fall was in the air, cool enough for long-sleeved shirts, a few leaves already falling from trees in a moderate breeze, blue sky occasionally peeking through gray clouds, a good day for watching migrating birds, at least that is what I anticipated. ..... 
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Unpopular programs preserve jobs

Mon, Sep 13th, 2010
Posted in Commentary



The American public wants more and they want it now. We are a people that demand instant gratification. An economy as large as ours doesn't turn on a dime, especially with the severity of the downturn we have experienced over the last severa ..... 
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One Moment Please - More than just a balloon

Fri, Sep 3rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

Do you remember the feather that floated throughout the movie Forrest Gump from one scene to the next?

There is a debatable symbolism with ..... 
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One moment, please... More than just a balloon

Fri, Sep 3rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Do you remember the feather that floated throughout the movie Forrest Gump from one scene to the next?

There is a debatable symbolism with that feather. According to actor Tom Hanks, "Our destiny is only defined by how we deal with the chanc ..... 
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