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One Moment Please


Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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With this issue of the Fillmore County Journal, officially the one year anniversary since my wife and I purchased the newspaper in 2009, we have received overwhelming feedback and support that continues to offer direction for the content of the newspaper, in print and online.

Readers contact us via e-mail, Facebook, by phone, by mail, on our web site, or on the street, sharing story ideas that make the newspaper better. Thank you for being diligent citizen journalists!

We've had so many instances in which you have kept us in the information loop, I'll only be able to refer to a few in this weekly commentary.

In our December 7, 2009 issue, we ran a story about seven vehicles involved an accident on Highway 14. We received several phone calls about getting out to the scene of the accident to take photos and conduct interviews, since there were concerns about the safety of this particular stretch of road.

I was tied up in the office with a variety of other responsibilities that needed immediate attention, so I knew I wouldn't be able to make it out to the accident scene for at least a couple hours.

Knowing that stretch of road wasn't too far from where Matt Hellickson lives, I contacted him to see if he could check it out for me and give me some details.

Matt hopped in his truck, drove to the scene, and then called me back with an update.

Later, on my way out to the accident scene, I saw Herman Miller and son, Brent Miller, hauling a few vehicles through the city of Preston. They had stopped to make some adjustments to the damaged vehicles they were hauling back to their repair shop.

While I was conversing with Herman and Brent to see what they could share about the accident, Dan Serfling came rolling by in his pick-up truck. He recognized me and stopped to talk about the accident. He showed me the photos on his cell phone. I asked if I could get copies of those photos to run in the newspaper, while I pursued the story through phone interviews. Dan went above and beyond the call of duty by driving to Rochester and spending his own hard-earned dollars on getting the photos processed from his phone into a print format that we eventually scanned and used in the newspaper. We can't thank Matt for his help, and especially Dan for going the extra mile to paint a visual for that article.

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When it comes to Atrazine, farmers & rural communities deserve a science-driven review

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

During the past half-century, atrazine has become one of the most widely used herbicides in Minnesota and the rest of the Midwest. Unfortunately, it is also top of the list in another category: it is the most commonly detected pesticide in our state ..... 
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A glass half full for 2010, a way forward

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

As we begin a new year and a new decade, we should reflect on the past and move forward. It is hard to imagine what the next year could bring and impossible to imagine how the next ten years could impact our lives. We do have the tools to look back ..... 
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One moment, please... Social Media: The good, the bad and the ugly

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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Health care bills, Part one

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Recently I wrote a commentary and submitted it to the editor that I now hope is not printed. Reading the Senate bills components caused fit of pique that required the catharsis of putting my displeasure down on paper. I was so worked up by the failu ..... 
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Food for thought

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Someone called my name at Preston Foods and I turned to see my friend, Bonnie Haugen, who I first became acquainted with when I interviewed her for a Journal article in 2001. Although I hadn't seen her for a long time, visions of Springside Farm in ..... 
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The key to good politics? Good communication

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Not long ago, I was speaking to a group of high school students when one raised his hand, declared that he wanted to run for Congress, and asked what he should study in order to prepare. I suspect my answer surprised him. I told him to study English ..... 
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One Moment Please - Leadership Training

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
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"We got no food. We got no jobs. Our pets' HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!!!" This is a quote from the character Lloyd Christmas from the movie "Dumb and Dumber." In contrast, th ..... 
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An appreciation

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I have always considered it a privilege to write a commentary piece for the Journal. I am allowed to write about anything I choose and never have the editors changed the content of what I wrote. I have received unsolicited positive comments, and hav ..... 
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