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One Moment, please... We should feel lucky


Mon, Dec 6th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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

I know many of our readers grew up in a small town and possibly even in Fillmore County.

They are used to the norms of life in a small town, which is often a novelty to me.

Growing up in Rochester, born and raised there for 25 years of my life, I am constantly amazed and appreciative of what life has to offer in Fillmore County.

If you've lived elsewhere, then you have a point of comparison. Otherwise, here's what I see.

In a small school, the children from one class to the next seem like siblings. Since we live in a sparsely populated region, it's not too hard to get acquainted with a lot of people in a short amount of time. After all, there's not too many of us, so we probably run into each other at the grocery store, gas station, restaurants and church on a regular basis.

Our children see their friends at school, church, card club and other gatherings with friends and family.

When the Lanesboro Burros football team went to the Minnesota State Tournament, everyone from other school districts showed their support in some way. As I had some stops to make during the semi-state final game, I stopped by Preston Apple & Berry Farm and Preston Equipment. As I walked into each of the businesses, I literally witnessed time standing still. Customers were hanging out at the businesses, but they were there with the employees listening to the Burros march their way to the state finals.

Wow! Falcons, Gophers, Trojans, Cougars and Knights were rooting for the Burros. I think that's something for the area to be proud of.

And, I certainly have to compliment Bill Benston and Devon Krueger on their exciting announcement of the Burros road to the state tournament games on KFIL. I've told Bruce Fishbaugher, general manger of KFIL, many times that I have worked in other newspaper markets throughout the Midwest, and his radio station has the most dedicated and talented team I've ever seen. And, in most markets, the newspapers, radio stations and TV stations don't work well together. Sad, but true. I feel lucky to work with the staff at KFIL. They do a fantastic job for this region.

In all regards, I am proud to have my children attend a small town school and live the small town life. My wife grew up in Elgin, Minn., and she told me she wanted to raise our children in a small town, because she loved growing up in Elgin. To be honest, .....
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Social Security attack part two

Fri, Nov 26th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By R.L. Sauer, MD

Politicians and political operatives who wish to fool us into thinking they're fiscally responsible or have always wanted to dismantle Social Security (SS) claim it's bankrupt and that it's also contributing to the national ..... 
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Why polarization hurts us

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton

By splitting control of Congress in the midterm elections, voters have handed Democrats and Republicans an opportunity to work together. Of course, the number of people in Washington who believe it will happen could fit in ..... 
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One moment, please... People buy from people

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

In the November 15 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was an advertisement from Lee and Diane Bigalk, Bigalk Chevrolet Co. in Harmony, Minn.
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One moment, please... People buy from people

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

In the November 15 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was an advertisement from Lee and Diane Bigalk, Bigalk Chevrolet Co. in Harmony, Minn.

This advertisement particularly hit home with me as I read a line in their ad, "Some busine ..... 
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One moment, please... What's cookin'?

Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
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By Jason Sethre

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

As Thanksgiving stares us in the eyes like a big turkey on the chopping block, we will have many good things cooking in our kitchens and on the streets ..... 
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One moment, please... My post-election analysis... let's move on

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
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By Jason Sethre

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

For those of you celebrating victories from the November 2nd election, please take a moment to sober up and move on. For those of you upset about the ou ..... 
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One Moment Please - Updates to Journal

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
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By Jason Sethre

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

As we are continually striving to create an interactive experience for our readers, I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on a few recent enhancements ..... 
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Tea Party Anyone?

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
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Within a month of President Obama's Inauguration on January 20, 2009, he signed a 787 billion dollar stimulus package with virtually no Republican support. The American public was told it was necessary to do this in order to keep unemployment under ..... 
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