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Keeping the memories - 5/9/11


Fri, May 6th, 2011
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This coming Memorial Day we are thankful for the men and women who are risking their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are especially thankful this week for the incredible bravery and risk taken by our Navy Seals.

Each Memorial Day brings to mind the stories that my sisters and I, and our mother (who has recently passed away), heard from our dad about WW2. He served as a medic during the Great War in Europe. We can remember only some of the stories, some we weren't supposed to hear, because often he was visiting with other veterans who occasionally stopped by in those early years after the war. He has been gone for several years now, and I wish we had paid more attention and written their stories down.

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies put 175,000 men ashore in Normandy. Hundreds of thousands in Great Britain and the United States were set to follow. These reinforcements began coming ashore at dawn on June 7. Their job was to broaden the beachhead, then to overrun Normandy, then France, and then drive to the German border. Ste. Mere Eglise was the village where Dad's Infantry division landed. He noted that dawn - nothing on the beach moved except one bulldozer. The beach was covered with debris, sunken craft and burned out vehicles. I remember hearing, "We saw so many bodies in the water . . . when we jumped out of the landing boat, the water was up to our necks and we waded to shore. Then we saw that the beach was covered with the bodies of American soldiers."

The medical team, from medics in the field to the nurses and doctors in the tent-city hospitals did a remarkable job. Over 85 percent of the soldiers who underwent emergency operations in a mobile field hospital survived. Fewer than four percent of all patients who made it to the field hospital died. In the Civil War hospital, casualties were more than 50 percent. The medics received all the training an infantryman did, except for weapons. In combat they were loved and respected. Many soldiers had so much faith in their medics that they firmly believed they would not die if the medic got to them in time.

Once the medic reached a wounded man, he did a quick examination, put a tourniquet on if necessary, injected a vial of morphine to prevent shock, cleaned up the wound as best he could, sprinkled sulfa powder on it, slapped on a bandage, and dragged or carried the patient to the rear. All medics dreaded the sound of incoming shells because soon the cry for "Medic" wo .....
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One Moment Please - Larson's Hardware, Valley Farm & Home

Fri, May 6th, 2011
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I was afraid this was going to happen.

My cell phone rang on Monday, May 2, and the man on the other end said, "Hello, Jason, this is Joe Larson with Larson's Hardware ..... 
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The rich and poor

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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The rich and poor. Who are they? The stereotypic view is that the bottom 20 percent are an enduring and never-changing class who are often there through no fault of their own. As those at the top never change as well as the 60 percent in the middle. ..... 
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Senator Miller applauds Governor Dayton for signing Green Acres Reform

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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St. Paul - Senator Jeremy Miller's (R-Winona) legislation, intended to reform Minnesota's problematic Green Acres program, was signed into law by Governor Dayton Friday morning. The legislation, House File 12 (Senate File 222), is intended to protect ..... 
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One moment, please... Ghost towns?

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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It appears the business landscape of Fillmore County has been changing in a disorganized yet synchronized fashion.

In the past six months, two hardware stores have clo ..... 
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What are they thinking?

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
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Pundits are busy taking the pulse of the nation's voters to find out what they are thinking. I have some ideas of my own about this.

They believe the recession started January 21, 2009, rather than in the fall of 2007. They believe Obama is ..... 
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One moment, please... A unified vision

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
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While I spend the majority of my time in Fillmore County, I do venture out a bit between 14 counties in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, spending quite a bit of time on the road ..... 
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High cost of gas

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
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With spring comes the desire to wander about looking for migrating birds and the first wildflowers; to return to favorite places, favorite trails in woods and grasslands, along streams and the Mississippi River; and to explore new places. Whitewater ..... 
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With congress and the courts, what matters is balance

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
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A year after the passage of the health-care reform law known as "the Affordable Care Act," its legal future is up in the air. Judges in five federal courts have weighed in on it, two of them declaring it unconstitutional and three supporting it. The ..... 
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