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One Moment, Please... Making history


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Did you notice something new in the Fillmore County Journal this past week?

We published our first-ever feature titled “A Journal Flashback,” recognizing the humble beginnings of what you are reading today.

As we approached the newspaper’s age of 30, we contemplated how best to celebrate the hump -- the transition. We’ve all been there. How do you feel when you turn 30? Or 40? Or 50? Or 60? Or 100?

It is a milestone. You don’t want to draw too much attention, but you personally recognize a few more grey hairs -- hopefully distinguished.

As we celebrate the beginning of our thirtieth year of publishing the Fillmore County Journal, we feel it presents opportunities to make some personal achievement assessments while also reflecting on opportunities for improvement -- no different than a person looking back on their life while looking forward to what lies ahead.

In the past

The Fillmore County Journal was the predecessor to many free distribution newspapers in the region. Back when Richard and Esther Kelly, along with Larry Salge, started this newspaper, they were pioneers. From my understanding, shortly after the trio brought this publication to life, the Kelly’s continued with the publication while Salge moved onto another venture. Richard and Esther continued to own and operate the newspaper until 1997, when they sold the newspaper to John and Patricia Torgrimson. The Torgrimsons owned and operated the newspaper from 1997 to 2009, and that’s when my wife and I purchased the newspaper.

Since purchasing the Fillmore County Journal back in January 2009, my wife, myself and our team at the newspaper have continued to evaluate how we could improve upon a great newspaper, which isn’t easy to accomplish.

As you may recall, in June of 2009, we expanded our distribution to deliver the newspaper to all households in Chatfield and Ostrander. We already had quite a few subscribers in those two communities, so it was a natural progression as we strived to fulfill our mission of being the most-read county-wide newspaper. While increasing our distribution to all households and businesses in those two communities, we also started covering all city council and school board meetings relevant to those additional communities.

Expansion is always an investment of time, money and resources -- and, of course, a gamble. It takes a great tea .....
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Correction

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

In the September 29, 2014 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, in the Fillmore County Police Reports, the following items were mistakenly associated with Thomas Paul Wunderlich of Winona, Minn., “8/29/2013, DWI-Operation Motor Vehicle Under Inf ..... 
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In search of truth and courage

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

I always feel sad when I see the furry bodies of animals that didn’t make it safely across the road. I imagine their fear and pain at the moment of their death. One day as my husband and I cruised along “County 8” ,I saw a dark lump to my ri ..... 
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R-P Schools are right in the ballpark

By Andy Prinsen

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

There has been concern voiced lately, and rightly so, over the size and cost of the proposed new PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson school to be voted on this coming November.  I believe that any investment of this size in our community should be in ..... 
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The President and the Congress Should Work Together on Military Intervention

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe w ..... 
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Guest commentary: Who has heard of Wells, Minn.?

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues I have been told several times by several people, “Now is the time to build a new school because it will never be less expensive than it is if we build right now.” This seems to be the go to line for every person wanting a new sch ..... 
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POET General Managers make their voices heard in Washington

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

SIOUX FALLS, SD (September 18, 2014) – Chris Hanson, General Manager of POET Biorefining – Preston, traveled to Washington, D.C. September 14-17 to meet with Congressional officials and highlighted the important role ethanol plays in reducing o ..... 
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The Bad Lie

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I was paging through one of my old issues in Smithsonian (because I’m a nerd, remember) and I came across a full-page advertisement that, well, struck me. Like a baseball bat upside the head, I found myself rendered speechless by what was laid out ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Global climate change

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest Recently a frequent contributor to this publication wrote a letter addressing several environmental issues, advocating drastic reductions in fossil fuel use to reduce carbon outputs. How many times have we heard the President say ..... 
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