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One Moment, Please... On Veterans Day, and every day


Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

On this recent election day, I thought about how lucky we are to have an opportunity to vote for who we think will respresent our best interest at various levels of government.

Not every country has what we may sometimes take for granted -- freedom.

The election process itself is a representation of our freedom.

For this special edition of the Fillmore County Journal, our team sought to pay tribute to all those who have served our nation.

On page nine of today’s newspaper, you will see about 900 names of living and deceased veterans from Fillmore County. We have a feeling that this list is very incomplete.

This was our first year attempting to assemble an all-inclusive list of Fillmore County veterans, but we are sure there are many more who didn’t make the list.

We ran an advertisement for just two weeks prior to today’s issue. Next year, we will advertise up to six weeks in advance.

I think it is pretty safe to say that everyone has had a family members serve in the military.

My father, grandfather, and great-grandfather -- John T. Sethre, Robert M. Sethre and Martin Sethre -- all served in our nation’s military; and they are all native to Fillmore County.

And, we should all be proud of the fact that our forefathers were willing to protect our freedoms.

Beyond our freedoms, I think we need to show appreciation for the sacrifices made for anyone serving in the military, as a matter of time.

While we were living our lives, building upon our careers, going to college, and raising our familites, our soldiers were putting their lives on the line for us.

On this Veterans Day of Tuesday, November 11, 2014, please take a moment to thank a veteran.

And, if you want to take it one step further, stop by one of the local assisted living centers or nursing homes and thank a veteran.

Most likely, the veteran you will be thanking, gave up at least four years of his or her life to protect your freedoms, and he or she expects nothing in return.

While veterans may be selfless, a message of thanks goes a long way.

Saying thanks on November 11, 2014, should just be the beginning of you expressing your gratitude.

Invest in your community - “Give to the Max”

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

“Give to the Max” Day is November 13. Local community foundations are seeking donations and your support on November 13, “Give to the Max” (GTTM) Day in Minnesota. The first statewide GTTM Day, an online giving event, occurred in 2009. Last ..... 
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Olmsted Medical Center hosting women’s health pavilion open house

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Nearly 16 months after Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) broke ground on a 80,000-square-foot expansion to its hospital campus, the regional medical center will host a public open house at its new Women’s Health Pavilion on Thurs ..... 
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Highway 250 culvert replacement north of Lanesboro will detour traffic

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Traffic on Highway 250 in Fillmore County will be detoured beginning Monday, Oct. 27 while Minnesota Department of Transportation replaces a culvert. The detour could be in place through Friday, Oct. 31, but will be lifted when work is completed. ..... 
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GasBuddy update

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

OCTOBER 27, 2014 – The U.S. average price of gasoline ($3.03/gal) continues its slide to levels last seen in December 2010... and today, more than one-half of the nation’s gas stations offer regular gasoline at prices below $3 per gallon. GasB ..... 
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Another perspective

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Here are few thoughts on this and that. Imagine that you are a police officer out on patrol. You come across two young men who are fooling around in the street causing traffic delays. You have a couple of choices. Ignore them or actually do your ..... 
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Bringing the region together

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

At the beginning of this month, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) hosted its Annual Luncheon at the Owatonna Country Club. It was another outstanding event with 220 of our partners from across the region. Together we celebrated our pas ..... 
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Perilous prioritization of profit over public

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
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By Kelley Stanage Houston, MN I am writing explore the conversation started by Robert Culver and his rejection of what he calls “growing intrusion of government at every level into our private lives, especially the private control of private pro ..... 
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One Moment, Please... What have we created?

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I think we’ve created a monster. I think we are all to blame for what has become a social disease. And, maybe blaming everyone isn’t fair, but I’m sure a fair percentage of our population is somewhat to blame. Nearly all of us have been t ..... 
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