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Presidential candidate visits Preston


Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - While Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry was busy visiting Rochester on Wednesday, another presidential candidate was making the rounds of southeastern Minnesota.

Thomas Harens is the presidential candidate for the newly formed Christian Freedom Party, which has garnered the necessary 2000 signatures to be placed on the Minnesota ballot in the November 2 election.

Harens, a former state legislator from St. Paul, has positioned the Christian Freedom Party as a response to the Christian Right.

According to Harens, the principle mission of the Christian Freedom Party is to reach out to progressive Christians whose faith has been politically misrepresented by the Christian Right Wing.

Harens believes that God is not a Republican or a Democrat and questions how did the faith of Jesus come to be known as pro-rich, pro-war and pro-American?

“Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson and the Christian Right Wing have become an organizational tool for one party,” Harens claims. He sites the recent Twin Cities Christian Festival as an example of this, where Republicans were invited to “work” the event.

Harens challenges Christians to look beyond the single issue of Pro-Life, which plays into the Christian Right alignment with the Republican Party.

“Christians need to be deeply involved, and hold themselves to a higher standard and get beyond Pro-Life as the single election issue defining how they will vote,” Harens said. “They may learn that the other side of Pro-Life could well be Pro-Death.”

“This mission’s sole goal is to give true Christians an alternative choice to two major parties we cannot support,” Harens said.

The Christian Freedom Party’s campaign literature touts a Politics of Love theme.

“Christian Freedom is about freedom from the growing religious intolerance in the world, from the fundamentalists of Islam and the fundamentalists of Christianity. We must exercise our freedom to the highest standard of Christian civic duty to vote in order to withstand that global intolerance,” one tract read.

Harens is not discouraged by his chances of electoral success in November, content with the belief that challenging voters to think about the candidates and issues success enough.

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Decorah City Council calls for environmental review of Heartland

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

DECORAH - On Tuesday, September 7, the Decorah City Council passed a resolution calling for an environmental review of the proposed Heartland tire-burning facility in Preston. Concerned about the potential impact of air pollution from the north, the ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: County enters discussion with Marzolf on county farm

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
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The Fillmore County Board rejected all bids for the county farm at their Tuesday, September 7, meeting with the exception of two bids received from Preston area farmer Erlyn Marzolf.

Marzolf made two bids: one bid of $664,100 f ..... 
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Spring Valley man arrested on cocaine charges

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

Troy Mile Buchanan, 31, of Spring Valley, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, September 7, with three felony counts of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell. Buchanan, who was in the Fillmore County courtroom, appeared b ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Location, location, location

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - Usually a buzzword for real estate, location was important Wednesday night, September 8th, for a special kind of real estate. The Rushford City Council held a joint work session with the Electric Commission to look at the bids on construct ..... 
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“Wherever the Road Winds”

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - The continental United States is nearly 3,000 miles wide from “sea to shining sea.” How long would that take to drive in a car? If one was to abide by the speed limits, about 44 and a half hours of straight driving. How long would that ta ..... 
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Filings set for November elections

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

The filing deadline for running for city offices in the upcoming general election closed on Tuesday, September 7. Appearing on the Tuesday, November 2 ballot will be candidates for the following offices:

Canton

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Site selected for proposed skatepark

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
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David Applen returned to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on September 7, to follow up on site selection for the proposed skatepark. The council had checked with the DNR on the possibility of using the parking lot at the Bass Pond for the park. The ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Slightly pruned levy approved

Fri, Sep 10th, 2004
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Monday night’s Preston City Council Meeting was viewed by only an audience of four. Mayor Pechulis was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the revised budget. At the last council meeting he presented a budget that would require a 9.4% in ..... 
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