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One Moment, Please... Our youth, future leaders


Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher

Fillmore County Journal

jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com

Recently, I experienced something refreshing that I never never anticipated.

Our daughter was challenged with the assignment of reading a local newspaper and pointing out specific references in the article.

When I saw my 11-year-old daughter intensely reading the Fillmore County Journal, I had to ask her what she was reading. She has looked at the newspaper, but not “read” the newspaper. She told me she had to report on a variety of points relating to an article for her homework assignment.

And, I hope that someday, when she is an adult she has every reason to read her local newspaper, whether it is the Fillmore County Journal, or some other local newspaper.

Local newspapers are full of information relevant to the residents of any given geography. And, most residents don’t become newspaper readers until something becomes relevant to them. Maybe a decision from their city council impacts them in their neighborhood. Or, maybe they are concerned with a school bond referendum that will be up for a vote during the next election. That decision could increase their property taxes, but maybe it is worth every penny. And, at a county government level, maybe something is going to be constructed in their backyard. Until it affects someone, it doesn’t typically matter to them.

Currently, our outstanding reporters cover 15 city council meetings, seven school board meetings, multiple county-wide meetings, every single month. And, we plan on covering more meetings in the future than what we currently cover. What we have come to realize is that the transparency of our government meeting coverage is appreciated by the heads-of-state along with our readers. We can never cover enough of the governmental decision-making process.

And, this is why I was so impressed with my daughter.

At the age of 11, she was already taking an active interest in her local newspaper. Honestly, it wasn’t really the fact that it was the Fillmore County Journal. It was the fact that her school prompted her to read an article in a local newspaper. She was given an assignment to read an article and answer questions about that article.

And, this brings me to my next point. There is a program most common in metro markets. It’s called Newspapers in .....
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Job available as President of the United States. No experience necessary!

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis For the past months, our patience has been tried by Donald Trump, who has managed to dominate the media. He distinguishes himself by operating in a “fact free” zone and making up his personal version of “reality” as he g ..... 
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Devil’s advocate… beyond red and blue

By Aaron Bishop

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Commentary

Let there be a discussion on diversity as it pertains to politics. Currently, there’s a story told about a line where people may have perspectives from the red right, the blue left, or sometimes the purplish middle. The recognition that there are ..... 
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No more!

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Mary True Bell I say, “No longer can we sit back and watch the lives and ways of native people being disrespected and threatened.” As of Saturday, September 3 over 60 tribes had gathered together at The Camp of the Sacred Stones to stand p ..... 
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‘Tis the season: The flu and you

By Sara Snipes

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Commentary

By Sara Snipes Every. Year. It never fails. During this time we are hounded about receiving our flu shot. For most of us, we understand the general concept: flu shot = not getting sick, hopefully. However, how many of us actually grasp the details ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Mobile viruses

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com On Sunday, September 11, 2016, I received my first of what will probably become numerous spam text messages. “Your friend XXXX XXXXXXX just recommended you ch ..... 
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The great American stew pot

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Eric Leitzen I was once told that the old idea of the “American Melting Pot” was a little... off. In reality, I was told, America is more like a stew: each of the ingredients add something to the entire ensemble, but overall retain their own ..... 
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Social media’s challenge to democracy

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee Hamilton I’ve been involved in politics for the better part of a lifetime, and have spoken at a lot of public meetings over the years. There’s one question, I think, that I’ve heard more than any other: “If I want to be an informed c ..... 
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Correction - 9.12.16

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Commentary

In the September 5, 2016 Fillmore County Journal article “CPS of Harmony has reasons to celebrate,” it was incorrectly stated that Echelon is the parent company of Crop Production Services. The parent company is actually Agrium. We apologize fo ..... 
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