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One moment, please... People buy from people


Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

In the November 15 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was an advertisement from Lee and Diane Bigalk, Bigalk Chevrolet Co. in Harmony, Minn.

This advertisement particularly hit home with me as I read a line in their ad, "Some businesses are too big to fail and others are too small to matter. I guess we are one of the latter."

I've touched on this subject in the past, so I won't completely belabor you with my thoughts.

Eliminating nearly 2,400 stores was not the answer for resolving General Motor's financial challenges. When sales are down, you don't eliminate salespeople. Essentially, every dealer, who has a tremendously vested interest in their success, is an arm of the sales division of General Motors. When times are tough for businesses, it's generally a best practice to hire more salespeople to stimulate growth. If anything, GM should have immediately turned to the process of eliminating all models with the lowest volume of sales. Dedicating production resources to loss leaders makes no sense at all. Focus on the top 10 and go from there.

By eliminating Chevrolet dealerships in Fillmore County and across the nation, GM is positioning themselves to compete head-to-head with Toyota, Honda and the like. Now, farmers who think about buying a brand new pick-up truck in Rochester may actually pass by a Toyota dealership and consider buying a Tundra instead of a Chevy Silverado. And, they won't feel as bad about it, because none of that money is coming back to the good, hard-working people of Fillmore County. All of that money is staying in Rochester.

A good friend once told me that people buy from people.

Yes, some of us will fall victim to the idea that a big box store will give us the best price, but many of us eventually realize that these companies struggle to provide us with the personalized service that a small town, family-owned and operated business provides on a daily basis.

My great-grandfather, Martin Sethre, owned the Chevrolet dealership in Preston many moons ago, and my father has told me stories about how he used to ride along with my great-grandfather visiting farmers and sharing donuts, coffee and conversation.

Back then, and I still believe it to be true today, my father said that my great-grandfather felt that staying in touch with his customers and potential customers was a way of showing appreciation for their business. Those road trips out in the country to visit .....
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One moment, please... What's cookin'?

Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

As Thanksgiving stares us in the eyes like a big turkey on the chopping block, we will have many good things cooking in our kitchens and on the streets ..... 
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One moment, please... My post-election analysis... let's move on

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

For those of you celebrating victories from the November 2nd election, please take a moment to sober up and move on. For those of you upset about the ou ..... 
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One Moment Please - Updates to Journal

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
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By Jason Sethre

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

As we are continually striving to create an interactive experience for our readers, I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on a few recent enhancements ..... 
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Tea Party Anyone?

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Within a month of President Obama's Inauguration on January 20, 2009, he signed a 787 billion dollar stimulus package with virtually no Republican support. The American public was told it was necessary to do this in order to keep unemployment under ..... 
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Hype and change. Working pretty well, is it?

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Let's see. James Glassman, former undersecretary of state, notes that over a 12-month period, "total U.S. economic output, adjusted for inflation, dropped at an annual rate of 3.8 percent - the worst decline since 1946. The unemployment rate, which ..... 
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While we're waiting

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 Christ ..... 
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Hein addresses ballot issue

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
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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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