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One moment, please... Fillmore County's fertility drug


Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

Since I began my crusade in late August in search of new business developments evolving in the past 12 months in Fillmore County, I have made several discoveries that I will summarize in weeks to come.

What I think is resoundingly most significant is the impact of the sustainability of local businesses within each community and county-wide.

I seriously wish that I could put together a bus tour and have everyone in Fillmore County join in my voyage.

Surely, I think we'd all be amazed at how many products and services are within our reach right here in Fillmore County.

But, more importantly, I think all of us would gain a greater appreciation for what is resting on the shoulders of our small town business owners. These owners are not only investing in their business, they are investing in their community. They are investing in us.

We have business communities in each town that are completely dependent upon us (consumers) to make decisions to buy local. And, if we don't support our local businesses, then there is so much at stake - it's kind of scary.

We have several dynamics that create numerous advantages and a few disadvantages for each of our small towns. For example, you won't find a safer place to raise your children. People look out for one another. The schools, I believe, while facing fiscal challenges, are still very hands-on and personally attentive to the educational needs of our children. Of course, these are all of the advantages.

On the flipside, we do have some disadvantages. For starters, we don't have certain types of products and services available within each community, so people do tend to travel to other larger cities such as Rochester, Winona, Decorah or even Austin to purchase certain goods.

However, before you make your Saturday trip to the big city, think about the businesses we do have in Fillmore County, and then consider whether they can serve your needs.

I have a perfect example of ways to keep money in our local economy, from my own personal experience. I grew up in Rochester, and it was only natural for me to run to Lowe's or Menard's to purchase my lawn fertilizer. That's what you do when you live in the big city. You tend to gravitate toward a big box store. A little over a month ago, I was visiting with Terry Rindels at Preston Dairy and Farm, and I as .....
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Grown-up in the room

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Lewiston-Altura Schools are in a legal battle regarding bullying. They are not unique. Bullying is an issue in every school hallway and lunchroom and, for that matter, every workplace. I want to apologize, however, for how prevalent this has become. ..... 
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Find the center ground

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Every ten years as provided for in the US Constitution the Census Bureau gathers data which will be used to determine how many of the 435 US representatives each state will have. Next year the 2010 census data will be gathered and provided to the st ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Volunteer emergency response

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

If you listen to a scanner on a regular basis, you probably heard a variety of ambulance and fire department dispatches this past week in the area ..... 
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Members of congress need to travel

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
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Spooked by the public outcry, the House of Representatives has cancelled its order for four new military jet aircraft that would have been used occasionally to ferry members of Congress around the world. Even so, you shouldn't expect for a minute th ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Pride in heritage

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

Pictured above is the Preston High School Class of 1949, celebrating their 60th year reunion. I actually had a chance to join them at the Branding ..... 
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Hijacked

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
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"What is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." Robert Kennedy

It's time for all of us to take a step ..... 
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Limits of growth

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
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Yellows, reds, blues and their accompanying greens enticed us on a walk before entering the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The colors were of flowers in yards, sometimes encompassing entire yards, sometimes in the company of trees, shrubs and vegetab ..... 
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One Moment, Please... State testing

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
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In the past couple of months, our newspaper has dedicated research and pages to report the 2009 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test results for all Fillmore County schools. Education is of utmost importance to me for the sake of our future ..... 
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