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To you and yours


Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
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Season’s Greetings, everyone. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Glad Kwanzaa, and so on. This has been a strange and eventful year for me and mine, and possibly an even stranger and more eventful one for our country at large and the world. Even as I speak, Australia is reeling from a bloody hostage situation, but even out of that horror and chaos comes the “I’ll ride with you” Twitter campaign that shows us horrible events should only make us better people in response. It would seem, over the past decade and in light of recent Senatorial revelations, that brutality, fear and hatred don’t seem to be getting us anywhere or winning us any friends in the bigger scheme of things, so what better time than that of “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men” should we resolve to make this a world of kindness, instead? If I remember correctly, kindness did a lot toward winning over Europe and Japan after the horrors of World War II... so why not try a little kindness in your coffee?

I’m sorry, it must be the emotion getting to me. You see, my wife and I are currently expecting our first little bundle of joy... right about now. Seriously. I’m waiting for the phone to ring any minute to send me dashing out the door. And, because we’re Leitzens, and Leitzens can never do anything the easy way, we decided that this would also be the perfect time to try to close on our first home. Yes, my dear readers, I’m afraid that all this time you’ve been reading the thoughts of a wanna-be Minnesotan-in-exile, stranded in Scottwalkerstan for two years now, waiting impatiently for the right combination of finances and the perfect little house in Hokah to come along. I’ve been trying for two frustrating years to get back into Minnesota and, with any luck, my next column will be happily sent from the Mississippi’s West Coast.

Long time readers might remember I used to joke about the “car/house/baby” trifecta weighing down on me as I approached my thirtieth year on this planet, worrying me that I haven’t really made it as an adult because I was still renting a little bungalow, driving my high school car, and running out of time on the old biological clock. Well, 2014 decided to be my year, I suppose, because I’m looking right down the barrel of a holiday muzzleloader packed down tight with all three. Are there challenges ahead? You betcha. Am I ready to face them? I’ve been waiting five years to do so. Does it he .....
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Still time to get your influenza vaccine

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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“Now is a great time to get your flu vaccine...there is still time (for people) to protect themselves against influenza and you are welcome to come to Fillmore County Public Health to get vaccinated,” notes Public Health director Lantha Stevens ..... 
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The true victims of the nanny state: Unintended consequences of liberal policies

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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It is an old saying often repeated by conservatives: “The policies of the Radical Left and Secular Progressives always have exactly the opposite of the originally intended effect!” Can that be true? How can actions with good and noble int ..... 
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Crisis facing rural ambulance services

By Ryan Throckmorton

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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What does your local ambulance service mean to your community? This question is answered many different ways depending on whether or not you have utilized EMS services or have volunteered in your local community. In Fillmore County, ambulances ..... 
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Look up, Americans, it’s not as bad as you think

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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We are one glum country. Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few weeks ago, an NBC/Wall St. Journa ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Small box vs. small business

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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Did you partake in Small Business Saturday and support your locally owned businesses while getting some great deals on gifts for Christmas? I sure hope so. You’ll see an ad that we publish in our newspaper on a regular basis, and here’s what ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Turkey Day Run was no gravy train

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
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The sixth annual Fillmore County Turkey Day run, this year, was not for the casual weekend warrior. This was the coldest Thanksgiving Day on record, hence it was the coldest event in the short history of our run. At the start of the run, the temp ..... 
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What lies ahead

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
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Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser. It’s the next few weeks an ..... 
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Thanks and giving

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
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This time of year, there is one thing on many of our minds: food. Here at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), we are especially interested in food, as we just wrapped up the first annual FEAST Festival and Tradeshow in Rochester in ea ..... 
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