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Now I shall give you a name


Mon, May 18th, 2015
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Longtime readers of my verbal wanderings here might remember that I enjoy naming some of my personal possessions. My old car, a dark green Ford, was named Jade, and my current red Ford I’ve christened “Betty”. I’ve had printers named Bernadette (after the Four Tops song) and Eris (after the Greek goddess of discord) so it somehow felt like it meant more when I cursed them for jamming at the eleventh hour. But, until now, my lawn mower had gone unnamed.

I have a push mower. And no, I don’t mean one of those gas-powered, self-propelled, two-stroke grass annihilators. I mean a rotary push mower, like the one Wally or the Beav used to push around.

For my younger audience, remember instead the sort of mower Huckle used to push in the old Richard Scarry books.

I have a gas powered push mower in my garage, but it came with my house and I really don’t feel like firing it up, both in the sense of paying for gas and paying for the pollution. As studies are beginning to show, Millennial parents like myself are suffering from some pretty awful economic realities, so I have to cut corners anyway I can. For this intrepid soul, a strong back and stronger legs is fuel enough. But sometimes... oh, sometimes it is daunting.

My lawn had gone too far. It was like the Masters of the Universe had plotted against me: I just turned around, it seemed, and it rained for a week solid, growing the grass to proportions not seen since Stegosauruses roamed the Minnesota countryside. What’s worse, all of the rain had made it slick, and my simple act of walking the mower was not enough force to turn the wheels on the slippery surface and activate the cutting blades.

And so, I decided to run.

I must have cut a comical figure: this block of a man running what essentially amounted to windsprints in his front lawn, trying desperately to mow down the wind-rows that had grown from his laziness. But I bore down, and settled on an easy, loping jog, enough to activate the blades but not enough that the grass was run over, uncut. Trimmings flew from my path as I hustled through the green patch, all the while thinking of my high school football coach. See? I always told you I could have been a running back!

Was it hard work? Yes. Could I have thrown in the towel and gone for the sleek, easier, more expensive model in the garage? Yes. It even seemed inevitable that I would, but I kept figh .....
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Vietnam by an “old soldier” (young at the time)

Mon, May 18th, 2015
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By Ron Scheevel Vietnam Vet As Memorial Day will be here soon, and the opening of the Veteran’s Cemetary will happen this summer, I wanted to write down some thoughts, memories and observations of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was divisiv ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Boots & Badges - submission deadline

Mon, May 18th, 2015
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Behind the scenes of the Fillmore County Journal, our staff is always working diligently on something pretty special. About two months ago, we finished up our 30th edition of the Visit Bluff Country Magazine. This 144 page magazine -- our biggest ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Let the festivities begin

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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In today’s paper, you’ll notice several pages dedicated to the promotion of Preston’s Trout Days, Rushford’s ExpoCulinaria and Whalan’s Stand Still Parade. This is an exciting time of year, because it gives each of these communities a ..... 
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STANDING GUARD: Patriots among us part 3

By Jeff Erding

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Dale Wondrasch, Korea, US Army 1953-55 The source of some details and descriptions is “This Kind of War: The Classic Military History of the Korean War” by T.R. Fehrenbach No one in their right mind wanted to be in Korea, North or South, in ..... 
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Prejudice and hate. Do these words describe Christians?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Let’s go to the source of our Christian faith to answer that question. Jesus said, “A new command I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so must you love one another.” Did you notice that Jesus uses the word “must”? Does th ..... 
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Job creation

Mon, May 4th, 2015
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National job creation numbers were flat in March and Minnesota’s numbers are tracking similarly. Obviously, job growth follows business growth. Through our various lending and other programs, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) plays a ..... 
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The dangerous ideology of the extreme right

By Herb Panko

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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One of the greatest threats at present to our democracy and our way of life is national and global right wing extremism. This ideology expresses itself as ultra extremism in the Middle East with the Isis beheadings of those who hold opposing belief ..... 
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For the media, traditional values still matter

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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I have been involved in politics and policy-making for over 50 years, and as you can imagine I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. They’re not what you might think, however. Far from considering journalists to be irritating pains ..... 
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