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Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Pastor Jeanne Martin

Mark 13: 32-33 (similar words in Matthew 24: 46 and Luke 12: 35--)

"About that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert."

Some Christians spend years examining scriptures, looking for the indications of when the world is about to end, the "Second Coming." Many books have been written; many prophets have named dates for this to happen, only to have these times pass without Jesus coming again. Right now people are saying the Aztec calendar ends in 2012, so that must be the end time. It seems a real waste of time and effort.

Rather than use our time to try to foretell, we need to be working every day to make this world a more just and loving place for ALL God's children, earth's whole population. We should be witnessing to Jesus' message, not so much with words, as by our actions. We should be passing on the glorious story by how we live, as well as by words.

A recent story, told to illustrate this point is entitled "Back-to-School Good Behavior." (from Larry Henning) It is especially appropriate with classes starting soon. (This story is told about a vivid memory from the fourth grade.)

Our teacher, Mrs. Cannon, would periodically leave the room and say, "I'll be back in a few minut4s. Just work quietly at your desks on your math worksheets." Now, my friends and I tried hard to figure out just when Mrs. Cannon was coming back. We would take turns going to the door to see if she was indeed making her return. Why this obsession about the exact timing of her return? Because in her absence, we were throwing chalkboard erasers around the room and didn't want to get caught by her sudden and unexpected reappearance. Mrs. Cannon was a good teacher who was nice most of the time, but her wrath in response to willful disobedience was an awesome thing to behold.....Meantime, our classmate Elaine never worried about just when Mrs. Cannon might reappear. Why? Because Elaine would be at her desk the whole time faithfully doing her math---faithfully doing what Mrs. Cannon asked her to do. Whenever Mrs. Cannon would return, she would find Elaine faithfully at work.

Surely there is an analogy to our gospel reading. In our lives, the Rabbi, the Teacher from Nazareth, has given us work to do as well, living and loving as those who belong to God. It we are faithfully engaged in following His directions to feed his sheep and car .....
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Hein addresses ballot issue

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Al Hein

On June 1st, I walked into the Fillmore County Auditor's Office and completed paperwork, filing for the Minnesota House, District 31B. I admit I was a little uneasy filing locally, as the Secretary of State's Office is well-versed ..... 
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One moment please - Study the candidates

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

We are only weeks away from a very important mid-term election, which means candidates are watching the sand in the hourglass settle to a state of ..... 
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Social Security attacked

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Both the Democrats and the Republicans are set to gut Social Security(SS) for the young of the nation. I say for the young because they know seniors love Social Security and would vote them out of office so their changes won't affect seniors collect ..... 
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Responsible federal farm policy in 2010 and beyond

Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

I joined Minnesota Farmers Union and more than 200 farmers and ranchers from across the country in Washington, D.C., September 13-15 for the National Farmers Union Annual Legislative Fly-In.

Meeting with our representatives in Congress allow ..... 
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One Moment Please - A Busy Week For Everyone

Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

To say it was a busy week last week would be the understatement of the year.

While I could have dedicated endless hours or reporting just ..... 
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Habitat

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Fall was in the air, cool enough for long-sleeved shirts, a few leaves already falling from trees in a moderate breeze, blue sky occasionally peeking through gray clouds, a good day for watching migrating birds, at least that is what I anticipated. ..... 
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Unpopular programs preserve jobs

Mon, Sep 13th, 2010
Posted in Commentary



The American public wants more and they want it now. We are a people that demand instant gratification. An economy as large as ours doesn't turn on a dime, especially with the severity of the downturn we have experienced over the last severa ..... 
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One Moment Please - More than just a balloon

Fri, Sep 3rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

Do you remember the feather that floated throughout the movie Forrest Gump from one scene to the next?

There is a debatable symbolism with ..... 
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