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Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By a show of hands, who actually likes receiving junk mail and e-mail spam?

Okay, that was supposed to be a rhetorical question. No hands were supposed to go up. I guess there is a fetish for everything, including indignant and fraudulant marketing.

For those of you who appreciate a little junk in the trunk -- making reference to tidbits that might qualify under the category of useless information -- we have created a special section on our website simply coined "Junk Mail." This new feature is a collection of e-mails I receive on a daily - maybe even hourly basis.

In the media industry, we tend to get targeted by every lobbying group under the sun. Seriously, you'll have to check out "Junk Mail" to see what I'm talking about.

You'll find headlines like "New Study Shows Beer Industry Contributes $2,533,487,861 Annually to Minnesota Economy." So, drink up! You're boosting the economy. And, "Is Legalization the Best Way to Address Mexican Drug Trafficking Violence?" There's a wide variety of subjects for all of you news junkies to address national, international, galactical and possibly universal challenges.

I promise we won't post the completely insulting e-mails that we receive every once in while.

The other day, I received a nice helping of spam (not in a can) from a sender named "Daily Challenge" and the subject line said "Someone thinks you are dumb."

"Oh, yeah!" I said to my computer screen. "Well, you have a square head!"

Well, to be honest, I didn't really say anything, but I wanted to. The one thing I learned in school a long time ago is that you never get anywhere in life responding to anonymity -- because you don't know who they are. It was a pretty short lesson in our curriculum.

But, I'd really like to have a thoughtful conversation with whomever is organizing this marketing campaign of insulting the e-mail recipient. Are they targeting people with road rage who can't contain themselves even in front of a computer?

If you are feeling over-confident, just let me know and I can forward this e-mail to you.

Since I tend to lack sensitivity to anonymous, aggressive and unwanted e-mail senders, I'd definitely entertain your thoughts on naming this new section we've added to our website. If I'm being too harsh with the name "Junk Mail," please let me know. You can send me an e-mail at editor@fillmorecountyjournal.com, and I promise I won't post your e-mail under t .....
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Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
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On March 19, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the first ever comprehensive report on bird populations in the United States, showing that nearly a third of the nation's 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significa ..... 
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Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

There were lots of interesting things going on in the news this past week.

Impeached former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (careful how you say that - your kids might be within earshot), and his plentiful head of hair, were indicted on 16 ..... 
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Duel: France and America, scalpels at 10 paces

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
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I picked France because it is the poster child of indulgent laziness and "nanny statism" for all those rugged individualists who live by the code "I made mine all by myself without help from anyone, now you get yours without help from me."

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Spring will come

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
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Maybe what we all need is a little pep talk. The news these days is heavily burdened with bad economic information and we at the same time are finally putting a long winter behind us. The grass will soon be turning green and those hardy Crocus and D ..... 
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Is Congress up to the task before it?

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I arrived in Congress in 1965, just as President Lyndon Johnson's transformation of the U.S. government was getting under way. It was an extraordinary time, as LBJ sent up to Capitol Hill his proposals for Medicare, Medicaid, aid to elementary and s ..... 
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Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
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This past week has definitely been positively enlightening.

First, I need to thank all of our readers, in print and online, for giving me your feedback on our new features.

More and more people are replacing their time in front of th ..... 
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Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
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As you read YOUR newspaper today, I hope you enjoy some new elements we have introduced in an effort to stimulate further interactivity with readers in print and online.

Beginning with the March 9 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, we ini ..... 
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Queen for a day wins her Hysterectomy

Fri, Mar 13th, 2009
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Have you seen the commercial for Colonoscopy Sweepstakes? Saturday Night Live would have been proud to have written that one but, alas, it was real. For those of you who wonder about the direction of health care, ponder no more. It is the purest of ..... 
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