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Election results tell a story


Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Government



In the democracy of this great land, the privilege to vote in elections presents an opportunity. If you didn’t get a chance to vote, which is highly probable based on the low voter turnout, then I hope you won’t miss the next one. You only get to vote so many times in your lifetime. So, without further delay, here’s what happened on November 4, 2014, in case you missed it.

Dayton vs. Johnson

The heir to the throne of the Minneapolis-based Target Corporation, once married to Alida Rockefeller Messinger (royalty by U.S. standards), Mark Dayton slurred his way to another victory.

The Yale graduate Dayton, with sidekick, Lt. Governor Tina Smith (whom nobody knows anything about), beat out the Republican ticket of Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle (whom nobody also knows anything about) by 109,851 votes.

This should come as no surprise in the state of Minnesota. The Dayton name is like royalty here, giving us the Target Corporation slogan “Expect more. Pay less.” Hopefully, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch can optimize state spending to give us more without making us pay more. I can’t wait to see my taxes decrease. Maybe Dayton can focus his energy on cutting some state-funded entitlement programs, so we can unload an increasing number of free-loaders and encourage them to assume the remaining available slots of unemployment. How come we can never achieve zero percent unemployment? Shouldn’t that be the goal?

Interestingly, of the 87 counties in the state of Minnesota, Fillmore County voters supported the Republican ticket for Governor and Lt. Governor. Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle earned 4,058 votes compared to 3,710 votes for Dayton and Smith. Apparently, we have fewer Target shoppers in these parts, and a more conservative crowd than the rest of this liberal state.

But, the most interesting results to come out of this election related to the underdogs. The Libertarian Party, typically stereotyped as deliberate non-taxpayers, anti-government, militia-loving fundamentalists tallied 18,082 votes in the state of Minnesota. Here in Fillmore County, 81 voters supported the Libertarian Party. While they are in the minority, typically throwing away an otherwise Republican vote, they still couldn’t hold a candle to another group of voters on their high horse agenda.

The Pothead Party (Grassroots – Legalize Cannabis) boasted 31,260 votes, dominati .....
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Fillmore County District Court - 11.24.14

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Government

On November 12, 2014, David Dean Zimmer, 50, of Mabel, appeared before Fillmore County District Court judge Matthew J. Opat. Zimmer was charged with four felonies; count one, Kidnapping – To Commit Great Bodily Harm/Terrorize, maximum sentence of ..... 
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Ostrander city council considers well repairs

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

A regular meeting of the Ostrander city council was held on November 18 at the Community Center. All council members were in attendance. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved the consent agenda, including agenda, prior minutes, ..... 
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Harry Root takes the oath of office

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Newly elected Third District Commissioner Harry Root was sworn in by Judge Matt Opat at the board’s November 18 meeting. The board has operated with only four members since the retirement of Chuck Amunrud in May. After Root took the oath of o ..... 
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Preston adopts assessment roll for 2014 improvements

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The public hearing concerning assessments due to the Twenty-14 Street and Utility Improvements was held on November 17 during the Preston city council meeting. Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the 2014 improvements that involved a substantial por ..... 
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Wykoff council presented a change order for treatment center

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff city council stared off their November meeting with committee reports approving a purchase of an enclosed trailer for the fire department. Fire chief Wade Baker was not present but had passed the information on to mayor Comstock to relay ..... 
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Mabel city council discusses voter turnout, demolition project

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel city council met on November 12, 2014 at 7 pm. City council member Sue Amunrud was absent. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering presented an update to the council. The demolition contractor is expected to come in the next week or two to t ..... 
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Fountain City Council has productive meeting

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain city council met on November 6, 2014 at the Fountain City Hall in Fountain, Minn. with all board members present. Also present was city clerk Ronda Flattum, Police Chief Tom Mosher, and local business owner, Elliott Riggott. Consent ..... 
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Rushford grants Highway 43 project time extension

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

As expected, the city has received and approved a request from McHugh Excavating for a time extension for the Highway 43 project. While McHugh will continue to do all work items, excepting a few items that had been planned for spring 2015, as long a ..... 
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