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One Moment, Please... Boots & Badges progress


Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

On a daily basis, I run into people who are curious about where our team is at in the process of publishing Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans.

And, in all scenarios, I share the challenges we face with publishing a weekly newspaper while also assembling a compilation of generations of military history for Fillmore County.

Ideally, it would be nice to have a cloning machine, so our clones could work on the weekly newspaper while we work on the Veterans book. But, that’s not an option, yet. Instead, our staff balances the daily grind of the weekly newspaper while intermittently changing gears to work on “the book” as it has come be known in our office.

Adrienne Britson has her part. Ellen Whalen has her part. I have my part. And, Jana Olson, our Creative Director, works solely on the book -- removed from all aspects of the newspaper. Adrienne, Ellen, and myself are teetering between the newspaper and the book -- more so Adrienne and Ellen, at this point. But, Jana has the responsibility of laying out every page of the book, a tremendous challenge by all measures.

With over 3,000 Veterans represented in the book, we don’t take our responsibilities lightly. Nothing less than perfection is expected by those who have entrusted with a piece of their family history.

While working on Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans has been a new experience in itself, it has also made our newspaper better in ways probably not recognized by the general public.

For the sake of the newspaper, some things we’ve discovered with this project is that it has required more cross-training, which is usually a good thing. While Jana was regularly involved in the layout of the newspaper prior to this project, others have had to step in to fill her role. In many ways, the book has made our team stronger, more experienced, and more knowledgeable. And, this process has also helped us to realize how much we look forward to having Jana become a part of the newspaper again.

But, at the end of the day, when people ask any of us how the book is coming along, we all keep thinking about the finish line.

We will be approaching the finish line in the near future, sending the book to press, and then sharing the final product with everyone.

And, based on the pages of the book that I have seen in production mode, we are looking forward to an .....
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We need to look at the foundation before buying the “house”!

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

The Donald Trump charade reminds me of a comment I heard many years ago, “If someone runs down the street wearing long red underwear and carrying a pitchfork there will be those who will follow!” Never has a candidate talked so much and said s ..... 
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Preserving our heritage: farmland retention

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
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Southern Minnesota’s economy is certainly more diverse than it was when Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) was founded nearly 30 years ago. However, agriculture still plays a major role. Agriculture and forestry account for over 20% o ..... 
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Politicians are failing us on the economy

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
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A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it, we’re headed for the fiscal rocks. Federal spending accounts for about 20% of the na ..... 
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Citizen’s ordinance amendment

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
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There will be a Public Hearing on an Amendment to the Houston County mining ordinance held Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Criminal Justice Center. The proposed Amendment may be read on the County website. It is being proposed by county re ..... 
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Dollars and bills

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
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Boomer icon John Lennon once said “imagine no possessions”. Now, I’m not going to go so far as that dirty hippie, but there will come a time when we will need to come to terms with some very strange realities. It is not silly to think that, ei ..... 
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Laudato si’ brings people together

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
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By Amanda Larsen Rochester, Minn. Pastor, Lanesboro and Wykoff United Methodist Churches A priest, an environmentalist, a county commissioner, an artist and a welder enter the building and find seats at a table. No . . . this isn’t the beginnin ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Soccer at the high school level?

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
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Publisher’s Note: Due to an error in the layout process with last week’s newspaper, we are reprinting this commentary since it was missing a significant amount of the content. We apologize for any confusion. About six years ago, working close ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Soccer at the high school level?

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
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About six years ago, working closely with Fillmore Central Community Education staff, my wife and I started exploring the opportunity for a youth soccer program. Along the way, I discovered Josh Krage had played soccer as a youth and while serving ..... 
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