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One Moment, Please... Let the festivities begin


Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Canton Heating & Cooling, LLC stole the show on a hot day with a little work truck and a cool driver in the Canton Day Off parade of 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 reason to celebrate, and it brings people together to appreciate what each community has to offer. It promotes our business communities, and all those involved in making these events worth attending year after year.

We are fortunate to have photo journalist Barb Jeffers making her rounds to each of these events to capture photos of people having a good time. One of my favorite pictures from last year was from the Canton Day Off parade, which is included with my commentary this week. To me, this photo represents so many things that make our parades special. Canton Heating & Cooling, LLC is labeled on the side of his little Power Wheels truck, promoting the family-owned business. This little guy is a part of this family-owned business even at a young age. And, he’s not alone. You’ll see many, many family members helping out in parades, because they are proud to be a part of a family-owned business. They are proud of the work they do in the community, and they are grateful for the support they receive from those in the community who enable them to make their livelihood possible. I may be reading into that photo more than most, but that’s what I see.

If you think about something as simple as a parade, there’s so much that goes into it that onlookers may not realize. Streets have to be blocked off in coordination with local law enforcement. Parade entrants need to be contacted. Those parade entrants need to figure out what their float is going to look like, who from their team is going to help out at the parade, and what they are going to hand out to people watching the parade. It always seems to go like clockwork, with very few hiccups. But, it isn’t automatic.

There are always people behind the scenes doing their part to make things run smoothly.

Whether you attend one of these summertime festivities to see a live band, hang out at a beer tent, watch a parade, or participate in a golf tournament, it takes people to make it all come together.

When you see these volunteers, please thank them for helping out. Without their generous donation of ideas, time and energy, we would not have as many reasons to get together and celebra .....
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STANDING GUARD: Patriots among us part 3

By Jeff Erding

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

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
Posted in All Commentary

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
Posted in All Commentary

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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Making local foods matter

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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Recently Target Corp. announced the expansion of its Made to Matter program, an initiative that highlights exclusive “better-for-you products” from mostly up-and-coming brands. The program is part of Target’s plan to boost its reputation as a ..... 
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Through a small window

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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Politics have always been driven by our perception of reality which evolves from our personal experience. We all see the world through the relatively small window of our own experience. It is not easy to keep an “open mind” and to be tolerant o ..... 
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The drug thing

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
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I hadn’t planned on writing this article, but when I saw that it was going to be published in the 4/20 issue of the Journal, I felt I had no choice. You see, 4:20 is a prominent time in the day for marijuana users. Why? I don’t exactly know. As ..... 
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