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One moment, please... More than just a balloon


Fri, Sep 3rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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

There is a debatable symbolism with that feather. According to actor Tom Hanks, "Our destiny is only defined by how we deal with the chance elements to our life and that's kind of the embodiment of the feather as it comes in. Here is this thing that can land anywhere and that it lands at your feet. It has theological implications that are really huge." Playing Forrest's mother in the blockbuster hit movie, Sally Field compared the feather to fate, saying: "It blows in the wind and just touches down here or there. Was it planned or was it just perchance?"

A feather of sorts landed in my life about two weeks ago in the form of a balloon. Betty Schmidt of rural Wykoff came into the Journal office with a pink mylar balloon adorned with the imprint of three Disney characters (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella). With a generous smile on her face, she told me that she found this partially deflated yet well-intact balloon in her pasture and she wondered who it belonged to.

She asked me if I would put something in the newspaper to see if someone would respond. I told Betty that this balloon could have come from anywhere and it would probably be pretty hard to find the person this belonged to.

Since I have a hard time saying "no" to cute, little old ladies, she persuaded me to run something in the paper a little bit beyond the norm. We typically run free classified line ads for our readers for items that are found, with hopes of returning them to their rightful owner. But, with this situation, I knew we needed imagery. It would be hard to describe this balloon in a typical classified line ad.

So, I took Betty's picture, balloon in hand, and we made plans to run this as a boxed ad in the August 23rd issue of the Fillmore County Journal.

Betty asked if there would be a charge for the advertisement. I told her to not tell anyone that this one would be "on the house." Now the cat's out of the bag.

As Betty turned to leave the office, with another big smile, she said, "This is going to be exciting. I can't wait to find out who this belongs to." To be honest, I wasn't terribly optimistic.

Monday came, the paper was delivered to all of our readers, and Tuesday morning we received a phone call from Jeff Reiland of rural Spring Valley. He was reading the Journal on Monday, August 23, and noticed the a .....
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In Congress, there's always a next time

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

In this era of partisan confrontation and party-line votes on Capitol Hill, it's easy to lose sight of why Congress exists. It is our vehicle for finding remedies to the problems that beset us. It does this by bringing people of different beliefs an ..... 
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One Moment Please - It's all about the people

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

This past Tuesday, August 24, the Fillmore County Journal team hosted a county-wide picnic at the South Hill Park in Preston, inviting the public ..... 
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Some liberals I have known

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By R. L. Sauer

rsauer@fillmorecountyjournal.com

You are expecting a list such as Hubert Humphrey, John Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt (as a sub teen I remember him as a vague figure in the papers and especially remember the outpouring of ..... 
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Legislation is just the start

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

You might imagine, now that President Obama has signed the massive financial reform package into law, that the issue is behind us. Hardly. In a way, the president's signature was just the starter's pistol.

This is because, despite its length ..... 
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One Moment Please - It's not about religion

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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

Recent news of a proposed Islamic community center and mosque to be located two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City has stimulated quite a reaction in the realm of ..... 
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One moment, please... Bigger than ourselves

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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

I would like to personally thank all of the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce committee members involved in putting together the first-ever CMA Mudracing Event and Big Bo ..... 
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We were strangers, too

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

It's all exhausting, isn't it? We have news 24/7 on TV, subscribe to papers and periodicals and listen to endless conversation about each headline. For all of that, we really know so little about any of it. We seem to be offered enough to agree with ..... 
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One moment, please... What is health care?

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

Last week, I defined some of the dynamics of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise referred to as health care reform.

Personally, before I ca ..... 
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