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Lost in Spades


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

It’s probably been long enough that most of you have managed to betray the promises made at the year’s beginning: exercise equipment has started collecting dust, you’ve sheepishly hit the drive-thru again, maybe that pack of smokes was just too tempting. Allow me, instead, to give you a new idea for your 2013. It’s easier than an exercise regimen, less tempting than the odd cheeseburger or creepy/delicious processed rib sandwich, and nowhere near as dangerous as smoking.

The only problem is that it involves being nice to twentysomethings.

I know, I know… I can see you roll your eyes even as I say this. Twentysomethings have become like holey old socks in the past six years or so, laying about the house and often having no visible purpose. Layabouts, nogoodniks, wanting something for nothing and spending too much time occupying parks or trying to get things legalized to go out and get a respectable job. I’ll be the first one to stand up and admonish my generation for its faults (and I have several times in the past for those that know me) but as the new year dawns and we pull ourselves out of Mayan hysteria, I’m looking to start over with some fresh perspective.

We’re looking at a generation adrift, the likes of which have not been seen since the days after the Great War almost one hundred years ago, and youth unemployment is at its highest since World War II. All of the promises of jobs and careers were swept away in the recession, leaving twentysomethings to scramble for minimum-wage jobs or temporary work just to make sure they can pay back their tens of thousands in college debt. The birth rates are dropping as increasingly more young people put off the joys of family because, financially, it is an impossibility, and every penny is necessary for survival. The American Dream of our parents and grandparents is now truly that: ephemeral and out of touch.

Two of the biggest hit songs of the past year were titled “Die Young” and “Live While We’re Young,” respectively. This generation, “Millenials,” as they are beginning to be called, are becoming more fatalistic and less enchanted with a world that once held such opportunity for them. The phrase “Lost Generation” is getting bandied about more and more, which is shocking considering the plush 1990s in which we grew up. As one who went through this period and saw it first-hand, I can say to you unequivocally that we were .....
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One Moment Please... Is there a God?

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

When I am driving here and there, I often have my radio tuned into Minnesota Public Radio (91.7) or XM Radio. During my travels last week, I happened to catch a debate between scholars, scientists and clergy discussing whether God exists. Of c ..... 
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What is next?

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Brett Kues When I was 15, I wanted a car. I dreamed of a Toyota pickup with great big tires. I was not sure of the price, and didn’t care because I was certain my parents would foot the bill. One day on a rare trip into Omaha, as we were driv ..... 
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A road not yet taken

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
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Children, when trying to get their way, have been known to declare, “I’m going to hold my breath until...” Members of Congress seem to be making similar childish declarations. This is no way to run a government. Washington is failing to govern ..... 
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One Moment, Please... In the name of progress

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com During the month of January, our team at the Journal will be focused on starting the year out with a bang. What’s ..... 
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Gun free zones?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
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By Stan Gudmundson Natural rights are basic rights that government cannot rightly take away from us. One of the most fundamental rights we have as citizens is the freedom to protect ourselves from being physically harmed by someone else. It is a na ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
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In the December 24, 2012, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, on page 2 in the Fillmore County District Court report, we authored an error in the following statement: “The charges stem from reports from the two children of Benson’s ex-girlfrie ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Is 2013 just another year?

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
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As we close out 2012, we can’t help but start thinking ahead to 2013. And with this thought comes a flurry of possibilities. For Christmas this year, Santa left for me a book by my stocking. No, it wasn’t in my stocking, because it was too b ..... 
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Turning the Page

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
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“So quickly yesterdays become tomorrows memories!” It was 1964. Glenn’s family in Minneapolis tidied up the vestiges of Christmas, packed their suitcases into two cars and headed across the country to Pennsylvania, where Glenn and I were being ..... 
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