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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 to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the weekly newspaper.

I would like to personally thank the estimated 400 people who attended the picnic along with the employees and their families who helped to make this event run so smoothly.

And, of course, we can't forget to thank the big guy upstairs for perfect picnic weather.

For those of you who may not be aware of the history of the Journal, it dates back to September of 1985. Dick and Esther Kelly (founders of Kelly Printing & Signs), along with Larry Salge, launched the Journal from an office in Harmony, moving the office to Preston a short time thereafter.

This weekly newspaper was and still is freely distributed to every household in Fillmore County -- an anomily in most communities.

Our predecesors, John and Patricia Torgrimson, took ownership of the Journal in the late 90s, continuing the tradition of a family-owned operation. And, of course, my wife and I took our leap of faith when we purchased the Journal in early 2009.

I recall when my wife and I were seriously considering making this move. Even with a background of nearly 15 years of running daily newspapers, weekly newspapers and magazines, I had never seen a freely distributed newspaper like the Fillmore County Journal. I was a skeptic. Paid circulation newspapers typically bring in 20-30% of additional revenue from subscriptions and newsstand sales. This wasn't at all a part of the equation of the Journal -- an oddity of sorts.

Before making any final decisions, I literally contacted people in every community in Fillmore County and asked them what newspapers they read. Over and over again, while talking to every Smith, Johnson, O'Connor and Ristau, the Journal came up in conversation.

I was sold.

This newspaper was and still is all about the people. The advertisers support it as long as they know readers are going to receive important news occurring at every city council, school board and county council meeting in Fillmore County. Basically, there is a symbiotic relationship between the readers and the advertisers. They stay connected through one essential common denominator: what are people talking about in Fillmore County?
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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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Fueling freedom

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The BP oil spill disaster - a catastrophe that has led to untold damage to the economy, wildlife and the environment along the Gulf Coast - opened our eyes to what can happen when there is a lack of serious regulation. This, however, is not the only ..... 
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One moment, please... Health care reform?

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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

I've been meaning to offer some thoughts on the passage of the health care reform bill, but the steady distraction of an earwig invasion has taken my attention elsewhere ..... 
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