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School board member Thomas Trehus to run for House in District 28B


Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
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By Thomas Trehus

Education, transportation, and property tax relief top issues for Trehus. . .

Thomas Trehus, Spring Grove school board member and fifth generation Houston County resident will run for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 28B. A longtime resident of rural Spring Grove, he will challenge the incumbent 12-term (non-consecutive) Rep. Greg Davids. Thomas Trehus said he is disappointed by the special session in St. Paul and is running for State Representative because he believes Fillmore and Houston Counties deserve a more moderate voice in the legislature.

“Here in Southeastern Minn., we work together as a community to get things done,” said Trehus. “I want to use my consensus building skills to help resolve the partisan gridlock in Saint Paul.”

Thomas Trehus said he was disheartened to see the 2015 session end without compromise on issues crucial to residents in District 28B. The legislature faces a special session because members refused to compromise with Governor Dayton on an education funding bill. Trehus was frustrated with the legislature’s inability to pass a sustainable transportation bill, tax bill, and a general lack of investment in Greater Minn. initiatives like broadband. In each of these areas, Rep. Greg Davids voted with his party leaders.

“There was tremendous opportunity this session to invest in our schools, our roads and bridges, and to provide tax relief to farmers and small business owners,” said Trehus. “In Saint Paul, I will work with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to do what’s right for Houston and Fillmore Counties.”

As a Spring Grove Public School Board member, Thomas Trehus had hoped to see a greater investment in education from this legislature. From talking with parents and community members, Trehus understands how strong schools can impact the future of our region. Underfunding our schools undermines the future workforce of Minn. and places more burden on local property taxpayers.

Before joining the school board, Trehus served the state of Minn. as a staff member in the Office of United States Senator Al Franken. He is currently a project administrator and compliance officer at Minnowa Construction, Inc. in Harmony.

Thomas Trehus looks forward to talking with residents of District 28B and hearing about what’s most important to them.

One Moment, Please... Scholarships, never too early

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
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In today’s issue of the Fillmore County Journal, you’ll see a name you’ve seen in this newspaper before. Alexis Jorgenson, a graduate of Lanesboro High School, has been selected as the recipient of the Fillmore County Journal scholarship. Si ..... 
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Keeping Houston County informed and involved

By Justin Zmyewski

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
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Is public input a part of Houston County decision making, you decide… Provided it is done well, public participation leads to better decisions and in my opinion the Houston County Board of Commissioners should view it as valuable to their mission ..... 
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Minimum wage argument

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Minimum wage proponent’s arguments are in fact hope over reality, sentiment and compassion over truth, and ideology over fact. These whims happen to also sum up the liberal view of the world. When first promoted the minimum wage was purposely ..... 
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EPA putting oil industry’s agenda ahead of American farmers

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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By Chris Hanson General Manager, POET biorefining, Preston, MN It hasn’t always been easy for the average American farmer. Farmers have had to work tirelessly to stay afloat amid fluctuating crop demand and a tumultuous environmental and polit ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Boots & Badges -- this is it

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Last November, we began a journey. We committed to the idea of publishing a book in honor of all of our Fillmore County Veterans. This had been a thought in the back of my mind for quite a number of years, but I admittedly had a fear of commitme ..... 
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Celebrating diversity: “not your grandparents’ Greater Minnesota”

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Minn. is often split into two regions - metro and rural - especially when talking state politics. Historically, this dichotomy took on the subtext of business versus agriculture and mining. However, since the farm crisis of the 1980s, Greater Minn. ..... 
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We need both insiders and outsiders in congress

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy. There’s one very important category, though, that I never hear ..... 
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Judging R-P decisions

By Brett Kues

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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In a recent rebuttal article, Mr. Linder, the chairman of the Rushford-Peterson school board addressed lingering suspicions of a “small but vocal group” of citizens that have taken issue with the district’s handling of the new school referendu ..... 
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