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Why do districts build new schools?


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson

Why do districts build new schools? There are really only two reasons. One is because they have to. The other is because they want to.

Given the increasingly ridiculous tax burden we face, wanting to build a new school is or should no longer be an option. Responsible use of taxpayer money must start at the local level.

The only reason to build is because a district must. New schools in Caledonia, Chatfield, and Rushford-Peterson were built as a result of minority who wanted a new school and who finally, for one reason or another, got their way. These districts wished to, not needed to.

I have yet to meet anyone from Caledonia who admits to voting for and supporting the building of their new facility. According to every Caledonian I have spoken to, it is a fiasco. And the criticism is fierce. They once had an enrollment of around 1,000 students. Now they have about 600.

Chatfield held seven referendums before they got one passed. During the last election the superintendent and schoolboard asked for an additional $19 million in funding. They have got to be kidding. They either didn’t get an adequately funded referendum passed or management has been totally incompetent. Either way, they shouldn’t get a nickel more in taxpayer support.

After two overwhelming defeats, Rushford-Peterson finally got a referendum passed. Like Caledonia and Chatfield, adequate facilities existed.

Now I understand the folks in Spring Valley and Wykoff face the same “dilemma.” Do they need a new school? Not anymore than Caledonia, Chatfield, and Rushford-Peterson did. Some, in spite of specious reasons, just want one.

The one common method all of these districts have employed or will employ is totally legal but completely unethical. As a constitutional law professor told us on our first day of class, there is a difference between what is legal and what is right. Don’t confuse the two.

Proponents will do everything they can to get people who have no skin-in-the game to vote for a new school referendum. That includes rest home residents and young folks, particularly college students or military members, who recently graduated from high school but who still claim their folks homes as their legal residence.

Will they ever pay any taxes for the new facility? Very, very few will. In one recent Rushford class of 60 or so .....
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Trehus distorting facts for political purposes

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By State Representative Greg Davids I find it highly ironic that Thomas Trehus accuses me of “passing the blame” on the political shenanigans being played by the Twin Cities Democratic leadership he supports, then proceeds to blame me for nea ..... 
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Legislative failure

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Thomas Trehus Spring Grove School Board member and candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives Once again, our state legislators failed to compromise on a transportation plan and a public infrastructure bill for our state. In Houston and ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Here come the parades

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre; Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com I recently had an interesting conversation with someone who questioned why the Fillmore County Journal participates in parades. “How much money do you make wh ..... 
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Freedom and responsibility

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis A surprising light note surfaced recently, a reference to UFO’s and speculating if there is intelligent life on other planets which prompts the question, “Is there ‘intelligent’ life on this planet?” Americans are bei ..... 
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Representing you

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Justin Zmyewski Houston County Commissioner District #2 If you have been in favor of balancing the Houston County budget by cutting spending, I have represented you. If you have been opposed to increasing the tax levy year after year to co ..... 
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What it takes to be an effective citizen

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton It’s so easy in a presidential election year to forget that our system is not about a single person. This year especially, when the dynamics of the presidential contest have dominated news coverage so thoroughly that even the S ..... 
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Houston elementary students in good hands

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Carol Bromeland If you were in the city of Houston the week of May 23-27, you saw lines of elementary students on the move all day long throughout town. Renovation of the elementary building needed to start May 23, so staff had to have all their ..... 
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Critical animal losses: Preventable tragedies and parent-shaming

By Sara Snipes

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By now, most of us have heard of the Cincinnati Zoo incident involving a minor child of about four years of age resulting in the tragic loss of an endangered animal. If not, I’ll sum it up for you: Mother takes child to zoo, child defies mother by ..... 
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