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Are there guns in heaven?


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Hunting has long been a tradition in our family. The freezer is full of squirrel and venison. When fall comes, the trees burst into brilliant color and the cold air has a clarity which excites the hunters. They don their orange jackets, grab their rifles and take to the woods and fields with great anticipation. They maintain pride in their skills and providing food for their families They enjoy the camaraderie of other hunters and the feeling of being a part of nature.

In a free society we have to regulate ourselves. We need to use guns responsibly. There are always those among us that want freedom without responsibility. In America, guns have played a major role in our short history. We all know “the west was won by the Colt 45!” During my formative years, John Wayne was our hero. He represented American virtue, honor and courage, an image for us all to emulate. In his movies he generally resorted to violence using either fists or guns to solve his problems.

Drama has always depended on the struggle between good and evil to gain and hold our attention. With the rapid development of technology, we are bombarded with information with little time to reflect or evaluate the barrage. There has been a continuing race to increase violence and action in films in order to engage our interest.

News media thrives on controversy and sensationalizes current events. Unwittingly they may be partly responsible for increasing hate and distrust and stoking feelings that are dividing our nation and encouraging discord between religious, political, racial and cultural factions.

The internet poses a challenge unique to this generation. It is invasive and extends throughout the world. It has brought unimaginable opportunities for great good and for great evil. It requires more than ever, that we exercise restraint, employ reason and make thoughtful choices as to what information we take into our brains and hearts. In an interview with David McCullough, he noted “we are all a part of history.” What we say and do is not just of the moment, but is recorded in the annals of time. We leave a legacy which continues after we leave this earth.

For fifty years the NRA has struck terror in the hearts of gun owners claiming, “the government wants to take away your guns!” They rely on fear and paranoia to drive the narrative that they are protecting the Second Amendment. Ac .....
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A deeper look at Comey’s report on Clinton’s emails

By Herb Panko

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

Recently Chief FBI Investigator James Comey gave his final report on Hillary Clinton’s emails. In his conclusion, he stated that there was no evidence that Clinton intentionally lied or intended to commit fraud. For that reason, her actions did n ..... 
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One year later: Remembering Cecil the Lion’s legacy and the controversy surrounding his death

By Sara Snipes

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Commentary

By Sara Snipes The conservation world was rocked on July 1, 2015 as news spread about the death of Cecil the Lion. While Africa may be home to underdeveloped nations with crippling civil wars, it is also the home of many important conservation effo ..... 
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What they’re fighting over

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton Barring a surprise at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month, the race for the presidency is set. So this seems a good time to step back and consider just what it is that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ..... 
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Rights and responsibilities

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp When I was quite young and wanted to talk about my rights and freedom, my mother said you can’t have rights and freedom without responsibilities. No one’s freedoms include the right to take someone else’s rights. Every r ..... 
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Tim Penny, the late Bruce Vento, and Garrison Keillor in DC while Penny was in Congress

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Tim Penny July 1 will be Garrison Keillor’s last official time hosting “A Prairie Home Companion,” a public radio broadcast with a history a decade longer than that of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF), which is celebrati ..... 
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Building walls

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Eric Leitzen Yep. You knew it was coming. So it’s that time of the year when we finally take the Cupid or shamrock stickers off of our windows and replace them with firecrackers, explosions, and other sorts of prehistoric Emoji. We’ll gril ..... 
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For those eligible, voting should be easy

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton The elections process is not usually grist for inflammatory rhetoric. But this year has been different. Republican Donald Trump labeled the GOP primary process “crooked.” Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested his party’s use of ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Cleaning our ditches

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com On Friday, June 17, four of us committed our time and energy toward cleaning a small patch of Mother Nature. Over the course of a two-mile stretch of Highway 52 ..... 
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