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One Moment, Please... Miles of smiles


Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the community of Fountain lost an icon. For 42 years, Willis “Willie” J. Cambern made his livelihood in the city of Fountain alongside his wife Beezie, a husband-and-wife team owning and operating Willie’s Grocery & Locker.

And, while Willie’s Grocery & Locker will continue to operate with his wife Beezie and son Darrin, things will never be the same for all of us. We all know this is a part of life, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

Willie left behind a legacy. When you think about everyone who stopped by Willie’s Grocery & Locker, local or from a great distance, think of how many people left the small town grocery store with a smile.

With his joyful wit, Willie made people laugh and gave them a sense that the fabled TV show town of Mayberry still existed in this little corner of southeastern Minnesota.

He had free treats available at the front counter for kids, so our children always wanted to go to Willie’s Grocery & Locker when they heard we were heading to the store. He made every person feel important. He was an entertainer who hosted the greatest show on Earth.

People would drive for miles to buy his famous ring of bologna, as recognized by the two-hour long line of people attending Willie’s visitation at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield.

Willie’s customers, near and far, didn’t just come to Willie’s Grocery & Locker to buy meat. They came to see Willie, buy some meat, and leave with a smile.

He definitely made Willie’s Grocery & Locker the place where you “meat” your friends.

I believe we can learn something from every person who we come in contact with. Our lifelong intersections with people happen for a reason.

My intersection with Willie Cambern taught me to continue to strive to make people smile. Willie’s sense of humor and enthusiasm was contagious. He brought joy into the lives of many people over the course of his lifetime. For every smile he generated, I’m sure his smiles traveled many miles more.

God bless you, Willie.

LifeSource

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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By Gary Hahn, Fountain, MN This is a letter to the editor regarding the Life-Saving gift that people need to know about. April is known as Donate Life month and many activities happen all over the US during this month and throughout the year. As ..... 
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Rep. Davids: Latest tax bill fixes mistakes made by majority party and Gov. Dayton

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch Governor Dayton has signed legislation that eliminates some onerous new taxes approved by legislative Democrats and the governor himself last spring, and allows Minnesotans to claim neededincome tax deductions prior to the April 1 ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Forming habits for the better

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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I’ve had quite a few people ask me how the family energy challenge has been working out, so I wanted to provide an update. On Monday, February 3, 2014, I published a commentary titled “One Moment Please... A Family Energy Challenge.” As I men ..... 
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“Bullying”

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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In America chances are, if you are bullied as a child, you will grow up to be a comedian. Groucho Marx told about a swimming pool that was “closed” to Jews. He observed that his wife was “gentile”. He asked, “Does that mean our kids can ..... 
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Fixing Congress

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproduc ..... 
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Corned corn

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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So it’s St. Patrick’s Day: wear some green, eat a green cupcake, and possibly drink green beer. After spending almost a decade down in the Chicagoland area, where Irish heritage is a big, big deal, it’s quite a change of gears to be back in th ..... 
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Where Congress falls short...and where it doesn’t

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view. Congress, I sai ..... 
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Rep. Davids finds positives in latest state budget forecast

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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Jason Wenisch Minnesota House of Representatives Communications Specialist ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s budget analysts say our state’s economy continues to be healthy, as they report a projected $1.233 billion surplus for the remainder of the 201 ..... 
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