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Here come the lawsuits….


Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
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By Brett Kues

We all understand that in a school district, the superintendant steers the ship, but that it is the school board who keeps the ship operating and safe. It is the job of the board to ensure the ship is not steered into an iceberg. I am writing this because there are multiple lawsuits on the horizon and one already in process, and the majority of the school board sees only open water in a sea riddled with ice. The majority of the board does not question the wisdom of spending money to make soon to be abandoned buildings more appealing to a buyer at an arbitrary future date, even though they have no idea how much the lawsuits are going to cost. Nor do they see voting to build on an easement as exposing the community to lawsuits and unneeded expenses. I think the community is entitled to understand how the district, is paying for all the projects taking place, and, whether won or lost, how it will cover the cost of the lawsuits. Are they being paid for by the G.O. Bonds? This is something we are all entitled to know. It is our money, and every penny the district spends of it that is not directly related to the new building should be scrutinized and understood that it is taking away from the structure promised by the District.

Before we get to the lawsuits and impropriety of Mr. Ehler, I want to first address the money being spent on soon to be obsolete structures. As everyone knows, over the course of the past several years, I have been a vocal antagonist in regards to the deterioration of the Rushford – Peterson school district buildings. Since the passage of $38,000,000 in General Obligation bonds earmarked for a new school, there has been a laundry list of over-improvement the District engaged in to repair and upgrade the obsolete buildings. It brings to mind the old adage, be careful what you wish for. Some maintenance makes sense, after all our kids will be in the buildings for the next couple years, but some is perplexing and begs the question why. At this point, I personally have accepted a new building will be constructed. I do not believe it will be what was promised or what we voted on, but there will be a structure built. If a new building is a foregone conclusion, why not patch and repair roofs instead of replacing them completely? For example, why did the district reroof the 1936 building? According to the district, FEMA paid us for and we installed a roof on this section after the flood. If it did .....
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A different view of war, past and present

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
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By Sp/5 Kevin Kelleher I would like to address Mr. Gudmundson’s comments regarding the Vietnam War and his analogy to the current problem of ISIS. First, I used the rank I had when I left the military, as does the good Colonel. Looks foolish 45 ..... 
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Commissioners in cahoots

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
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By Yvonne Krogstad This letter is a call for the resignation of Steve Schuldt as Houston County commissioner from District 3. He was elected to represent residents of Caledonia City and Caledonia Township, but he fails to consider what is in their ..... 
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A very tough job

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
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You know who I feel sorry for? Today’s politicians. You’ll laugh at this, but hear me out. This is a very tough time to be a politician — whether running for office or trying to lead while holding office. The women and men who’ve undertake ..... 
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Happy New Year

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
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We will soon be saying a fond farewell to 2015, another year has run its course. Time seems to fly by at a faster pace each year the older I get. Perhaps, older people feel time ticks by at a faster rate than when they were young because they are ov ..... 
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My 2015 gratitude list

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
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It seems impossible we’ve reached the list-making time of year again - wish lists, gift shopping lists, holiday card lists, lists of resolutions for becoming better people in 2016. Certainly, there are several things I’m looking forward to in 20 ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Winning the lottery

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
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We recently had a staff meeting at the Journal, which we try to fit into our schedule each month if possible. At this particular meeting, we revisited a number of projects we worked on in 2015. The biggest project of 2015, by far, was Boots & Bad ..... 
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Sadly, Congress seems okay with being weak

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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Not many people outside of Capitol Hill paid attention last month when the congressional leadership released next year’s legislative schedule. Its headline feature is a strikingly long summer recess: half of July and all of August, along with a fe ..... 
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A shared table

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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In the midst of the holiday season, a shared table is one of many blessings. Sitting around the Thanksgiving table with family, I couldn’t help but reflect on the many roundtable conversations Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has be ..... 
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