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One Moment Please - 'Pay it forward' in Fillmore County could travel


Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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The mother of a teenager walked into the Fillmore County Journal office on Monday, May 3, to place a "Thank You" line ad in recognition of a random act of kindness. The ad is in today's Journal.

I somewhat overheard this conversation with one of our designers, not completely registering the significance of what had taken place.

Later in the week, while Kathy Dahl, the Preston Tourism Director, was in our office, I told her about the situation with the customer placing a "Thank You" ad in the Journal in recognition of an anonymous person or couple who decided to pay for the dinner of a group of Prom-goers at the Branding Iron supper club in Preston.

This was a big deal because the generous individuals never revealed their names. So, when the teenagers arrived at the cash register, their meals had already been paid for.

Kathy Dahl was impressed with this story and reminded me of the movie "Pay It Forward" by referencing this random act of kindness.

I recalled the significance of that movie and immediately realized my mission.

As we watch the stock market fluctuate like an uncontrollable yo-yo or we hear of an attempted car-bombing in the ever-popular Times Square of New York City, there are people in Fillmore County who see things in a different light.

What can one person do?

One person can change the world.

We can help people in many ways, sometimes not so obvious.

My wife and I, along with our daughter and son, were be-bopping around the city of Rochester on our way to visit my parents this past weekend. We came across an awkward situation in which the driver of a vehicle exploded with obscene gestures at the woman behind us and indirectly at my wife and I because he wanted us to move over and create another lane of traffic for him to be on his merry way.

I was amazed at his response. I certainly hope he has calmed down since then. It's not worth it to get that upset.

At any rate, all of these circumstances made me think that the Journal should do its part to promote random acts of kindness.

With that said, from this point going forward, anyone who walks in the Journal and places an advertisement to thank someone whom they don't know for something special that was recognized as a random act of kindness -- this will be free of charge.

And, as for the mother who came i .....
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Senior Health reform

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

"A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is trying to put its pants on,"  Mark Twain.

Pundits and politicians are publicly decrying the vitriol and violent speech surrounding politics and especially the recently passed ..... 
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Bigger is not always better

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Unless you have been in a coma for the past 30 years, the size and scope of the federal government has gone through massive growth. This expansion in the 20th, and now the 21st, centuries goes far beyond what those who founded our government ever en ..... 
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One Moment Please - Saving Lives

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone is 507-251-5297, jsethre@fillmorecountyjournal.com

To the right, you'll see a press release issued by the Minnesota Department of Safety Commissioner, Michael Campion, to all of the media i ..... 
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Taxes and policy

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

According to the Tax Policy Center of the Brookings Institute, in 2008 individual income tax accounted for 45 percent of the total revenue of the federal government; 36 percent came from payroll taxes, 12 percent from corporate income taxes, and the ..... 
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Spring in Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
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A sound reaches my ear as of someone stepping through or wheeling a bicycle through the dry leaves from last fall. The sounds among all the birdsong along the Harmony / Preston Valley Trail is barely significant enough for me to turn and look, but I ..... 
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Values in our skyline

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

What if you could learn more about our community values just by standing quietly in one place for a few minutes? It may seem too simple to work, but it did for me. Here's why.

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a friend about small town val ..... 
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Online article comments from fillmorecountyjournal.com

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
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Sauer MD - Letter to the Editor

"good response. as always, a cogent and well presented rebuttal to a garbled and histrionic argument. good job." - Beadrin Youngdahl

Corporations and democracy

"Neil, good to hear your voice in p ..... 
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One moment, please... Universal health care and social security

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
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As I visit with people throughout Fillmore County, I get mixed reviews about the passage of the health care reform bill.

More often than not I hear concerns for ..... 
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