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Who will get your vote on November 4, 2014?


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Features

November 4 is election day. Who will represent us, the residents of Fillmore and Houston Counties (Minnesota House District 28B) in St. Paul? Greg Davids (R) will be seeking another term and Jon Pieper (DFL) will be seeking his first term. In a sit down interview with each candidate the same 10 questions were asked and answered.



Greg Davids Q & A

Question: Would you favor a judicial reform amendment to the Minnesota constitution that would end the election of judges?

Answer: Candidates would be recommended by an independent evaluation committee and appointed by the governor from a roster of finalists. Voters could vote to remove a judge, but not vote for a replacement. The intention of the amendment is to take money and politics out of the selection of judges whose job it is to interpret the law.

Elections hold people accountable. We should leave the system the way it is. While I am open to looking at it, I don’t like to take elections away from voters.

Question: Fillmore County has adopted an ordinance regulating industrial mining, including silica (frac) sand. Houston County has extended a moratorium on new mines until March 2015 and is considering a permanent ban on ‘frac’ sand mining. Should there be further regulation on mining for ‘frac’ sand at the state level?

Answer: I have been very clear and very consistent. The law that was passed last year needs to be allowed to work. Those decisions that are closer to the people are best. Leave it up to local government.

Question: Fillmore County recently approved a Local Option Sales Tax to be used for the maintenance and improvement of some of its bridges and roads. The cost of improving and reconstructing structurally deficient, aging, and deteriorating infrastructure continues to increase significantly each year. Would you favor public investment, though an increase in the gas tax, license tab fees, the motor vehicle sales tax, or a fuel tax at the wholesale level, to raise needed revenue to invest in our infrastructure? If not, how would you propose to raise funds to improve and maintain infrastructure and to keep up with the rising cost of construction?

Answer: The legislature (2008) overrode a veto by then Governor Pawlenty passing a law that raised the gas tax; Maybe there is need for reform regarding the gas tax, cars are getting better mileage. We need to debate ho .....
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Unique shop open in Wykoff

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

Whether you consider yourself a horse lover, a cowboy, or an equestrian, there is a newly opened business in Wykoff, Minn. that has people stopping in to find decorative and useful products. And if you are not the cowboy type, there are still many ..... 
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Write the Story of Your Life workshop at Harmony Public Library

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Have you ever wondered what your grandparents did when they were younger? Do you want to write your own story so your grandchildren won’t wonder the same thing? Jan Whalen, along with her sister Ruth and brother John, will be speaking about th ..... 
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DreamAcres welcomes touring Minneapolis puppet troupe

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – “The On-Time Circus”, a traveling puppet show, will be performing at DreamAcres in Wykoff, Minn. at 6:30 p.m. as part of the weekly Friday evening Pizza on the Farm which lasts from 5-8 p.m. Margo McCreary, established Mi ..... 
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New Fall programs starting at Grace Place

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Morning Music Winona Beginning now, Grace Place is offering a class Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. for children to attend with their parent or caregiver. This interactive, playful experience is for families who have preschool-aged children. Rhythm, r ..... 
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Local first year medical student received white coat

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career, Morgan Mensink from Preston, Minn. received her white coat marking the entrance to medical school. In total, 60 first year medical students, in a rite of passage for students enteri ..... 
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State Fair summary

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Features

By Megan Hopp The 4-H livestock week at the Minnesota State Fair started on Thursday August 21st and ended the 24th! Thursday was the day that the 2014 Minnestota State Fair opened up for the public! All of the animals and 4-Hers arrived on Wedne ..... 
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Motor in to Preston Service Plus

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Craig Bond and Justin Jones, new owners of Preston Service Plus, located in Preston, Minn., are getting settled into owning and running their business since taking over July 14, 2014. Both men were employees of Preston Service Plus under previou ..... 
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New facility for Preston industry BCM

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As you drive into Preston from the north on Highway 52, you have probably noticed a site being graded at the new North Industrial Park. Soon an 11,500 square foot facility will be erected for the new home of Bluff Country Manufacturing, Inc. (BCM). ..... 
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