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In search of truth and courage


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

I always feel sad when I see the furry bodies of animals that didn’t make it safely across the road. I imagine their fear and pain at the moment of their death.

One day as my husband and I cruised along “County 8” ,I saw a dark lump to my right. I was promptly gripped with anguish. It triggered in my mind the habitual response, visual pictures of the tires crushing the life out of a frightened animal.

On closer examination I saw that the object of my concern was a pile of rags!

Once I dreamed that my husband was mean to me. In the morning when I woke, for a full hour I continued to pout and carry a grudge. Understandably, my husband was puzzled. What happened in my dream had no basis in reality!

As a child, my sisters and I hiked through the Pennsylvania countryside. I remember standing in the middle of the railroad tracks. On the horizon the tracks “appeared” to converge.

It has always intrigued me that “perception” is often seductive and divorced from reality. I find it alarming that our politics are driven by “perception” and the “truth” is often compromised in the process. Public opinion is manipulated sometimes with tragic results. Fear is an effective tool. The invasion of Iraq was precipitated with the warning “The smoking gun may become a mushroom cloud!”

Meaningful to me is the parable of “the wise man who built his house upon a rock. The rains came, the winds blew and beat upon that house and it fell not because it was founded upon a rock.” Further we are cautioned ,“There was a foolish man who built his house upon the sand. The rains came, the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it!”

We are living in dangerous times intensified by a flood of technology that has engulfed us. When we fought the war with Germany and Japan we were fighting countries. Today we are fighting a twisted ideology that is pervasive throughout the world. It is fueled by hate and fear in the hearts and minds of individuals. Our challenge is to somehow remain whole, and not allow fear to blur our thinking and cause us to act rashly.

My husband Glenn and I have been watching the Ken Burns timely documentary, “The Roosevelts”. In many ways there are parallels in the struggles of the thirties and what is happening today. The courage with which Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor confronted the ch .....
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R-P Schools are right in the ballpark

By Andy Prinsen

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

There has been concern voiced lately, and rightly so, over the size and cost of the proposed new PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson school to be voted on this coming November.  I believe that any investment of this size in our community should be in ..... 
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The President and the Congress Should Work Together on Military Intervention

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe w ..... 
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Guest commentary: Who has heard of Wells, Minn.?

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues I have been told several times by several people, “Now is the time to build a new school because it will never be less expensive than it is if we build right now.” This seems to be the go to line for every person wanting a new sch ..... 
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POET General Managers make their voices heard in Washington

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

SIOUX FALLS, SD (September 18, 2014) – Chris Hanson, General Manager of POET Biorefining – Preston, traveled to Washington, D.C. September 14-17 to meet with Congressional officials and highlighted the important role ethanol plays in reducing o ..... 
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The Bad Lie

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I was paging through one of my old issues in Smithsonian (because I’m a nerd, remember) and I came across a full-page advertisement that, well, struck me. Like a baseball bat upside the head, I found myself rendered speechless by what was laid out ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Global climate change

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest Recently a frequent contributor to this publication wrote a letter addressing several environmental issues, advocating drastic reductions in fossil fuel use to reduce carbon outputs. How many times have we heard the President say ..... 
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Mayhem in Missouri; Coming soon to a town near you?

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Commentary

By Jeff Erding American interests and citizens both at home and abroad face dire consequences from the destructive policies of the radical left. For solid information about the situation, please read on and prepare to be shocked at how badly Govern ..... 
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The summer of our discontent

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster fea ..... 
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