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O'Connor's Letter To the Editor,


Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Congratulations Lanesboro Voters!

The citizens of Lanesboro should be proud of the community's results during the 2002 election campaign. First, voters had several choices for Mayor and City Council positions. Second, a very successful Political Forum for State, County, and City candidates was sponsored by the Lanesboro Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce to introduce the candidates. Third, candidates and volunteer workers went door to door to meet and inform voters of the issues at hand. Finally, a tremendous voter turnout of 82% produced results reflective of the community's wishes for local leadership.

The local election process wasn't without differences of opinion and dented feelings. But as I watched losing candidates concede defeat on television Tuesday night, a common theme rung out. Most seemed to be saying, "We gave it our best, it's time to move on to new issues, and we need to support elected officials for the good of the public". Newly elected officials should remember that those who voted for us have high expectations about us making a meaningful change for their benefit. Additionally, let's not forget that we have a big job to do for the 40% or more that voted against some candidates. Their concerns and issues needs to be part of our plan for better local government in 2003 and beyond.

We won't all agree on the election results, but let us be thankful that as Americans we have the freedom to carry out an election process of this type. Thank you to all that campaigned, those who volunteered, and to all that voted. The next step is to work together for a better community.

Joe O'Connor

City Council Member Elect

Lanesboro, MN

Noble's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Family farmers in Minnesota and throughout the nation lost a champion of economic justice in rural America when Senator Paul Wellstone was killed in a tragic airplane crash on October 25th.

Paul Wellstone gladly waded into the f ..... 
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Handmacher's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

I think I may be eligible for a refund! For what, let me explain. I recently gave my annual donation to the Lanesboro Community Chest a fine organization. But a letter to the editor in last week's Journal now has me concerned that perhaps I am not pa ..... 
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Gudmundson's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

I was very troubled by an editorial a few issues back about a possible war with Iraq. It invoked up the specter of Vietnam as if our experience there ought to be rationale for not confronting Iraq and its murderous regime.

I can ..... 
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Preston Ambulance Service Letter to the Editor,

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Thank you Greg Davids for supporting the rural ambulance services and the following accomplishments:

•Co-author and one of the key advocates for the legislation that created the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board i ..... 
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Colbenson's Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

The concerned people of the district spoke last spring and sent a strong message. Now let's get behind these candidates and vote for Chuck Eidenschink, David Boe, and Jon Peterson. These candidates are concerned about the future of the R-P Schools. < ..... 
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Draves' Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Sharon Ropes would make a great senator. Sharon has the courage to take time to make good decisions. She listens well. She cares about people and the effects of her votes. She stands up for what she believes in. Our public schools need her fighting f ..... 
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St.Mane's Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Every now and then we hear complaints about how government has gotten too big, doesn't care, and the different branches or agencies don't work well with each other. My wife and I owned 2 of the buildings in Lanesboro that were destroyed by fire on Ap ..... 
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Wilson's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Minnesota needs Tim Pawlenty for Governor. Minnesota needs a strong Governor. Tim Pawlenty will not sidestep or avoid an issue, but will work for better education of our children; boosting our economy and creating better-paying jobs; improving our ro ..... 
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