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One Moment, Please... Why can’t we grow?


Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

If you visit the website http://www.census.gov/popclock/, you can watch our United States population clock grow based on three interesting variables.

There is one birth every eight seconds, one death every 11 seconds, and one international migrant every 30 seconds. This is a net gain of one person every 14 seconds.

The world population grew from 1.65 billion in 1900 to 7.052 billion in 2012. We more than quadrupled as a species.

The United States of America population grew from 76.2 million to 314.1 million. The U.S. population mirrored the growth of our world population, statistically speaking.

And, here in Minnesota, our population grew from 1.75 million in 1900 to 5.38 million in 2012 -- tripling our “Minnesota Nice” contribution to the world.

Down in Southeast Minnesota, Olmsted County’s population grew from 23,119 in 1900 to 147,161 in 2012. That’s a multiplier of 6.36, which is a larger increase than our world population, the U.S. population and the State of Minnesota over the same period. Isn’t that amazing?

And, specifically, Rochester (Minn.) grew from 6,843 in 1900 to 109,108 in 2012. That means Rochester’s population grew 16 times over 110 years. Wow! Obviously, the Mayo Clinic and now retreating IBM had something to do with that growth.

What’s most amazing to me is that Fillmore County’s population was 28,238 in 1900. So, in the year 1900, Fillmore County had a population that was over 5,000 higher than Olmsted County.

In 2012, Fillmore County’s population stood at 20,886. Our population in Fillmore County declined by 26 percent.

Reasons for decline

Now this may not seem like a big deal to some people, but it really is significant for many reasons.

First, you’d think that with the growth of the Mayo Clinic, we’d see a ripple effect in population growth in multiple counties surrounding Olmsted County. We published an article in June 2009 regarding the impact of the Mayo Clinic on Fillmore County’s workforce, and at that time our analysis indicated that an estimated eight percent of our county’s working population worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Even with the Destination Medical Center on the horizon, we can’t expect to see noticeable impact for nearly 20 years. The vision for the DMC is not going .....
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One Moment, Please... 841 names and faces

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Each week, when we lay out the newspaper, the standing joke in the Journal office is that I always say, “This is going to be a good looking paper.” I can’t help it. I get excited! And, this reference relates to the fact that we have a lot ..... 
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Correction - Feb. 16 edition of the Fillmore County Journal "Area residents will ‘drop line’ in Lanesboro."

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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In the February 16 edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the article titled Area residents will ‘drop line’ in Lanesboro. The story about the Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament indicated that Jim and Becky Iverson were spons ..... 
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With the budget, the President calls the shots

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages. This is the ..... 
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New sanctions sabotage negotiations and risk war

By Robert K. Johnson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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In 2006 Bibi Netanyahu told the Jewish community in Los Angeles, “it’s 1938 and Iran is Germany...racing to arm itself with atomic bombs”, recalls Patrick J. Buchanan, a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, Inc. in an arti ..... 
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Town of Harmony situation

By Cody Hendrickson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

When I look at all the comments pertaining to the parking situation behind the high school, the so-called disruption of public with the band, and all the other comments I become sick to my stomach. Is that seriously the main thing you have to compla ..... 
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Small towns vs. big boxes

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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I went to high school in Mabel: Cougar Class of 2003. Back then, you could go downtown and get a burger at two or three places, or maybe grab a soda at the former IGA. I distinctly remember my friends and I grabbing marked-down-for-quick-sale quart ..... 
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STANDING GUARD: Tax reform, funding for school maintenance, and mandatory buffer strips

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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These issues may appear unrelated, but in reality they are inextricably linked here in Minn. and affect us all in ways some of us seldom think about. Paying for education in Minn. amounts to about half of the annual State General Fund spending, ..... 
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One Moment, Please... A higher education

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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The greatest investment in America is human capital. It’s not our products. It’s not our services. It’s what’s between our ears. But it is only as effective as ambition. President Barack Obama thinks that giving graduating high schoo ..... 
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