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Election 2002: District 31 MN Senate


Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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Editor’s note: Bob Kierlin (Republican) and Sharon Ropes (DFL) are running for a newly aligned District 31 Minnesota State Senate seat. The Journal asked the two candidates to respond to an Election Questionnaire. Here are their responses in their own words.Journal: Inform the readers as to your qualifications and motivation for running for state office.Ropes: Southeastern Minn-esota needs an effective senator who will speak up convincingly for working families and senior citizens by supporting affordable health care, quality schools and tax fairness. With a looming 3 billion dollar deficit ahead, I am committed to the 90% of Minnesotans who are struggling to pay their dental bills, keep up with skyrocketing health insurance costs or pay for prescriptions. The richest 10% have enough special interests at the Capitol looking out for their wealth. As a registered nurse, it pains me to hear elderly neighbors tell me about cutting their expensive pills in half to make prescriptions last longer. People are calling this 'theft by prescription.' Unlike the incumbent Senator who voted against lowering outrageous drug prices (Senate File 765), I will work hard to reduce prescription costs. Nursing homes are desperate for more staff, but over regulation and marketplace wages are roadblocks. Until we support professional caregivers and expand health care services, we fail our aging citizens. As a school board member, I am distressed that the under funding of education forces schools to choose between sports or academics, between foreign language or reasonable class size, between buying new textbooks or building maintenance. Most Minnesotans believe that our students need these bedrock essentials to learn successfully and to prepare for life in a global economy. People understand that rural schools are funded at a different rate than the big city schools. I will work to stabilize the roller coastering school budgets, and to eliminate the multi-million dollar nightmare called The Profile of Learning. No teacher or parent has told me of improved student achievement as a result of this burdensome crush of adult paperwork. Students succeed with dedicated teachers, parent involvement and adequate classroom resources. As a responsible business owner, I oppose the practice of billion dollar businesses using part-time employees to avoid healthcare coverage and to skimp on .....
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Election 2002: District 31B MN Representative

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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Editor’s note: Greg Davids (Republican) and Al Hein (DFL) are running for a newly aligned District 31B Minnesota House of Representative seat.

The Journal asked the two candidates to respond to an Election Questionnaire. Here a ..... 
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Zoning amendments still plague planning commission

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission just barely mustered a quorum at its last meeting on October 17, but that was better than the Board of Adjustment was able to do at their meeting scheduled right before the planning commission meeting. Items on ..... 
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Lanesboro Council revisits street and bridge issues

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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City streets took the spotlight at the October 21 meeting of the Lanesboro City Council. Jerome Halvorson, council representative on the Church alley committee, informed the council that Churchill Properties held the same position as the Lanesboro Co ..... 
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Emotions run high over Heartland power plant at Preston Council meeting

Fri, Oct 25th, 2002
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More than 100 people attended the Preston City Council meeting Monday night, some waving protest signs which read: “Pollution is not the solution” and “Burning Tires is not recycling!”

One of the items for discussion at the cou ..... 
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District 4 County Commissioner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2002
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Editor’s note: Duane Bakke and Sandy Benson are running for a newly aligned District Four County Commissioner seat. District Four encompasses the cities of Fountain, Lanesboro, and Preston and the townships of Bristol, Carimona, Carrolton, Fountain, ..... 
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District 2 County Commissioner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2002
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Editor’s note: Randy Dahl and Donald Boyum are running for a newly aligned District Two County Commissioner seat. District Two encompasses the cities of Whalan, Peterson, Rushford and Rushford Village and the townships of Arendahl, Holt, Norway and P ..... 
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Signs of approaching winter - Rushford City Council Report

Fri, Oct 18th, 2002
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Fall was motivating action at the Rushford City Council bimonthly meeting on October 15. The council heard that blacktopping of the newly constructed temporary North End Bridge would be completed the next day with the opening of the bridge occurring ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Zoning violation - No means No

Mon, Oct 14th, 2002
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At last Tuesday’s meeting, county Zoning Administrator Norm Craig and County Attorney Matt Opat reported a zoning ordinance violation near Canton.

Earlier this summer, Eli Slabaugh, of Canton, requested a variance from the coun ..... 
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