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Thanks for the memories....


Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Many of you are probably old enough to recognize the title as Bob Hope's theme song. The rest of you are thinking, "Bob who?" Well, I am old enough to not only remember Bob Hope but to have learned how to type on a manual typewriter, play 50's music on a record player, write letters with an ink cartridge pen, and use the card catalog to check out library books! Not being much of a math wizard, you have no idea how thrilled I was when calculators came on the scene!!

Having said that, if you do the math you know that I am also old enough to retire...and my husband is even older! Twelve years ago we rolled into Preston in a U-Haul truck and took up residence in the Baptist parsonage. It is never fun to be the "new kids on the block," and we are thankful that our church family and this community reached out to us and made us feel at home almost right away. When I say church "family" I mean that literally. Throughout the years they have laughed with us, cried with us, encouraged us and prayed for us. And, we have tried to do the same for them. That's what family is all about. Our neighbors have been friendly and fun to visit with over the clothesline, so to speak, and I will miss having "tea" with Rita each Tuesday afternoon.

When we first came to town, I put my name in at the school to do some subbing. I knew none of the children and only one staff member, who happened to be a member of our church. But, bless her heart, Sandy Amundson came right up to me that first day of subbing, introduced herself and made me feel welcome. I will never forget that. It was the school's loss the day she retired.

Once Ron set the date to announce his retirement, I had one of hardest tasks yet to do. I actually put it off as long as I could. I had to tell Jason and Amanda I would be leaving the Fillmore County Journal in May. This was hard because I was doing something I loved and working with a great team of talented and friendly co-workers. Jason and Amanda are amazing people to work with and for. And, yes, I know I shouldn't end that sentence with a preposition, but I can't think of a better way to express how I feel! Sorry, all you English majors out there. In many ways the Journal staff is like family, too. When Sheena was diagnosed with her cancer, Jason immediately called a staff meeting to discuss ways in which we could help her. She was one of us, and we needed to let her know we all cared about her. I may be wrong, but somehow I don't think y .....
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-52947

Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-52947

Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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Try to forget about gasoline price wars

Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As the prices for gasoline begin to creep toward the $4 per gallon mark, it appears that President Obama will get his wish for "gradual adjustment" to high gas prices.

When the truth is unveiled, citizens of this country are not adjusting in ..... 
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Bringing balance to our checkbook

Fri, May 13th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Nearly a month ago Standard and Poors revised the outlook for the United States to negative from stable while reaffirming the triple A rating. The reason for the lower outlook on our country's debt is what the rating agency sees as an inability for ..... 
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Thankful Beyond Measure

Fri, May 13th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

For the past quarter century, Winona and southeastern Minnesota have given me tremendous gifts. When my husband Milt and I left the Navy in 1988, we found this quintessential Midwestern town along America's most beloved river. There was an opening a ..... 
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Keeping the memories - 5/9/11

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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 ..... 
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One Moment Please - Larson's Hardware, Valley Farm & Home

Fri, May 6th, 2011
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

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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