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Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Growing up in Rochester quite a number of years ago, I didn't recall Lanesboro having the reputation for being a tourist destination the way it does now. My memory is slipping, but it seems that has evolved in the past couple decades to something quite special. For those of you who have lived in the area a long time, I'm sure you can reference specific turning points, such as the development of the Root River Trail.

Of course, Lanesboro's impact on the local tourism industry has had a positive ripple effect on surrounding communities, as well, attracting affluent individuals, couples and families in search of an uncommon experience where they reiside.

Ironically, while they come here to relax and take in the unspoiled beauty, all of us become extremely busy preparing for their arrival like any good hosts.

During these first few warm days of spring, as I paid a visit to Associated Bank in Lanesboro, I saw people toting bags out of shops, taking in the sites and the people.

Yes, I said "the people," and I even put it in bold type.

Then, I made my way back through the winding roads to the Journal office in Preston. As I stepped out of my car, I saw a couple relaxing on a park bench, unassumingly waiting for somebody like me to come along and be a good host.

They asked me where each antique shop was in Preston, and I pointed them in the right direction. I then asked them if they'd like a copy of our Visitor's Guide that contains all of the antique shops in the region.

I handed them a copy of the April 13, 2009 Fillmore County Journal and the 2009/2010 Visitor's Guide, as promised.

Every year, these tourists keep coming back to Lanesboro, Preston, Harmony, Rushford, Peterson, Whalan, Spring Valley, Mabel, Canton, Spring Grove, Fountain, Chatfield, Wykoff -- all of Fillmore County and beyond. And, they tell other people about their experiences in the area.

We are definitely blessed to live in such a picturesque display of nature. If all of the towns in this area were to collectively come up with a slogan for branding purposes, I'd have to ask the person living in between Chatfield and Fountain to be on that committee. Surely, you've seen the phrase "God's Country" on the side of a structure along Highway 52. I don't think those painted words are an overstatement. Why else would so many people come to visit?

Beyond what natures brings us, though, there's one other ingredient that is .....
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Even in an economic crisis, follow the money

Sat, Apr 11th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Recently, Newsweek looked at Federal Election Commission records and made an intriguing discovery. The political action committees of five major recipients of federal bank bailout money, it found, made some $85,000 in campaign contributions in Janua ..... 
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History rewritten

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I'd like to pretend that nothing interesting happened in the world prior to my entrance but there is evidence to the contrary. I can argue, however, that there was no color at all- I've seen the photos.

Being born just after WWII, my public ..... 
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Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By a show of hands, who actually likes receiving junk mail and e-mail spam?

Okay, that was supposed to be a rhetorical question. No hands were supposed to go up. I guess there is a fetish for everything, including indignant and fraudulant ma ..... 
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Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
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On March 19, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the first ever comprehensive report on bird populations in the United States, showing that nearly a third of the nation's 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significa ..... 
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Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

There were lots of interesting things going on in the news this past week.

Impeached former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (careful how you say that - your kids might be within earshot), and his plentiful head of hair, were indicted on 16 ..... 
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Duel: France and America, scalpels at 10 paces

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
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I picked France because it is the poster child of indulgent laziness and "nanny statism" for all those rugged individualists who live by the code "I made mine all by myself without help from anyone, now you get yours without help from me."

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Spring will come

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
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Maybe what we all need is a little pep talk. The news these days is heavily burdened with bad economic information and we at the same time are finally putting a long winter behind us. The grass will soon be turning green and those hardy Crocus and D ..... 
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Is Congress up to the task before it?

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
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I arrived in Congress in 1965, just as President Lyndon Johnson's transformation of the U.S. government was getting under way. It was an extraordinary time, as LBJ sent up to Capitol Hill his proposals for Medicare, Medicaid, aid to elementary and s ..... 
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