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One Moment, Please... Pride in heritage


Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
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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 Iron because I was a graduate of the Mayo Senior High School Class of 1992, which is pretty close to the year 1949 if you are very open-minded.

Well, not quite.

However, my Great Aunt Carolyn Hymes (Sethre) was a graduate of the 49ers (as they call themselves), visiting from her home in Oregon. So, I had the pleasure of sitting in on their luncheon and listening to their stories and conversation. I had a blast and I hope I am invited to attend the next reunion!

The reason I am mentioning this is really two-fold.

Family Ties

I am truly honored to live in an area where my ancestors traveled from Edsvold, Norway to land in Fillmore County in the 1800's, residing on a farmstead in rural Lanesboro from 1854 to 1976.

My father, Terry Sethre, has told me many stories about my great-grandparents and grandparents, and I've learned even more about my family heritage just by living in the heart of Fillmore County.

I've met so many people who played checkers or went fishing with my great-grandfather Martin Sethre, such as Orvey Peterson. Or, maybe they had my great-grandmother, Ella Sethre as their second grade teacher in Harmony, such as Jim Hoiness of Rushford.

I even met Ernie and Everett Johnson, the twins of Whalan, while I was attending a city council meeting. Ernie and Everett are my great-grandfather's brother's nephews. You follow me? Well, Ernie owns the antique garage in Whalan, where he is working on the restoration of a 1937 Plymouth pick-up truck, once owned by my great-grandfather's brother Sam Sethre -- their uncle on the other side of the family.

My father said he recalled riding along with my great-grandfather in Lanesboro and Martin was waving at people walking down the sidewalks. Wondering who a certain person was, my father asked Martin, "Who was that?"

According to my father, Martin replied, "I'm not sure, but we're probably related."

Whether your last name is Bakke, Kiehne, Hellickson, Sikkink, Ristau, Scheevel, O'Connor or Hahn, just to name a few, your family roots run deep in this area, and I think that's something pretty special. People wouldn't stay in an area they didn't love. I admire families, such as the .....
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Hijacked

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

"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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An ode to cows

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
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I have lived and worked with cows my entire life; in fact I would go so far as to say that cows have always controlled my life and my family. I don't know what it would be like to be without our cows. I grew up on a dairy farm and taking care of the ..... 
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One Moment, Please...Dems & Reps: Please kiss and make up

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
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Last Monday, I received an e-mail from an individual questioning the developments leading to two Letters to the Editor running in the August 31 Fillmore County Journal. One letter was from Robert L. Sauers questioning the content of Greg Davids' heal ..... 
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Maybe next century

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
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I am ready to promise you, no more conversation about health care. Have you ever attended a dinner party where one fool stands up and says something so outrageous on a topic that the room goes silent until some gracious aunt clears her throat and re ..... 
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One Moment, Please...S.A.D.D. changes

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
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My late grandmother Mary Jane Sethre always said "If you don't learn something new each day, then you have wasted that day."

Well, I learned something new last Thursday.

Vicki Eide contacted me about the Fillmore Central Activity Day ..... 
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One Moment, Please...S.A.D.D. changes

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

My late grandmother Mary Jane Sethre always said "If you don't learn something new each day, then you have wasted that day."

Well, I learned something new last Thursday.

Vicki Eide contacted me about the Fillmore Central Activity Day ..... 
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