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One Moment Please... Let's roll the dice a few more times


Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

Included with today's Journal, you'll find a copy of our third annual Progress Edition.

To me, this additional publication signifies something in the order of a State of the Union for Fillmore County. This publication gives us an update on the economic climate of our small town business communities.

What inspires me to coordinate this annual publication each year is the fact that we have some good news to share about entrepreneurial efforts taking place in Fillmore County. People and companies are investing time, money and resources into our communities.

I guarantee that at every coffee shop, bar, restaurant and dinner table in Fillmore County, there has been a conversation about what it is going to take to keep our little towns alive and well. Of course, there are always many references to Lanesboro and how they have become a tourism mecca. While most local residents appreciate what Lanesboro has accomplished, they are often quick to say, "But, we don't want to be another Lanesboro."

This isn't a derogatory statement by any means. What they are saying is that Lanesboro has a niche and they have filled that niche. To attempt to duplicate Lanesboro's culture, business climate and audience attractions would be short-sighted.

What's best for Lanesboro and all of our little communities in the region is diversity in what we have to offer visitors.

Imagine...

• if Preston had an indoor waterpark. If Warren, Wis., with a population of 286, can do it, why can't we?

• if Canton had a GoKart Racing Track. Oh, wait! They will have one soon! Ok, check that off the list.

• if we coordinated an event encompassing three elements: 1) a 26.2 mile marathon from Preston to Peterson on a Saturday, 2) a Saturday night concert with famed musician Jack Johnson playing to a large crowd on top of Magelssen Bluff overlooking beautiful Rushford, 3) a 100 mile bike race in the rural areas of Fillmore County held on Sunday. Grandma's Marathon in Duluth attracts nearly 10,000 runners every year. Our trail system is unique and I believe it can do the same.

• if the city of Spring Valley decided they wanted to be the WiFi Capital of Minnesota. Free wireless Internet access to residents and visitors. Spring Valley would be the "hot spot," no pun intended, of the region. And, they would certainly attract attention, possibly becoming a trendsetter.

• if we established an outdoor paint .....
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The influence of a third party candidate

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

Even if a third party candidate has little chance of actually winning, the candidacy itself can change the tone of the race and influence the direction of the next administration. In the presidential race a candidate has to poll with at least 15 per ..... 
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Guest commentary: An open letter to every American

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

For years I have watched the political scene as the Democrats and Republicans blame each other for all our troubles. It seems the main goal of each party is not to solve America's problems, but to oppose each other. When an article on the subject of ..... 
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Goodbye, so long 2011

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

A new year has begun already. Where did the 2011 go? It was a year of sadness, tragedy, accomplishments and new beginnings. As we look back at the events in our lives, many of us seek to begin the New Year with well-meaning resolutions for change an ..... 
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This will be the year

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I don't think I've ever been as proud to live in Harmony as when they recently decided on their budget. The council members should be commended for taking our budget issues seriously and cutting approximately 15 percent from the 2012 budget. Fillmor ..... 
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One Moment Please... The Secrets of Fillmore County

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Another new year means we have another year of opportunities.

While a fluctuating economic climate can create uncertainty, people are still spending money. National retail results for December 2011 show a remarkable spike in consumer spendin ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Dec 23rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Today marks an anniversary for the Journal. This newspaper, our last issue of 2011, closes another chapter in the history of our newspaper - now stepping into its 28th year.

One element of discussion at our company on a regular basis is the ..... 
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Emergency landing in Norway

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

We had flown for about fifteen minutes at over 2,000 miles per hour after reaching our cruise climb altitude above 70,000 feet. We had just crossed into international airspace along the northern reaches of the Soviet Union. A bright orange light ill ..... 
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Is the ship sinking?

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

According to a poll by Hill Newspapers, 69 percent of Americans are willing to state that America is in decline. An estimated 83 percent indicate that they are concerned about the future of America.

If we were to look over our shoulder to t ..... 
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