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One Moment Please... A lemonade stand


Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As the 25th anniversary of our world famous trails approached, I knew this was going to be one of the most significant news events I would cover in 2011. So, I dedicated my weekend to visiting all eight trail towns to capture the essence of how each community embraced this opportunity.

Lanesboro

On Friday evening, there were many speeches, with all speakers expressing some form of gratitude for what the trail has done for the community and the region. Hal Cropp, a seasoned presenter and the Executive Director of the Commonweal Theatre, introduced a star line-up.

Mayor Steve Rahn welcomed the crowd and shared his support for how the trail has influenced the tourism opporutnities of Lanesboro.

Courtland Nelson, DNR State Parks Director, said "Arguably, the Root River Trail is the best trail system this side of the world."

Tom Landewahr, Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, touched on the subject of breaking through the barriers of state, county and city government for one common cause, which resulted in the development of the trail system. "Those distinctions are just artificial," he said.

Landewahr added, "Every community would like to have a Root River Trail. This is the pearl necklace of Bluff Country, which really helps to keep the communities alive." In short, his closing message was that community participation makes this trail great.

John Edman, Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism, stated "It provides an engine for jobs."

Bobbie Jo Vickerman, Lanesboro City Administrator, said "The bike trail is a prime example of what can make small towns survive and thrive."

A pioneer in the Lanesboro business community that has led to the esteemed Riverside on the Root, Dirty Martini Lounge and Root River Outfitters, owner Julie Charlebois reflected on the economic development growth that has occurred with the trail, concluding how this collaboration has become "Such a great mixture of visions."

Executive Director of the Lanesboro Arts Center, John Davis, pointed out the connection between the trail and the development of the arts and entertainment component that has positioned Lanesboro as one of the top 100 art towns in America.

And the final speaker of the event was retired Minnesota State Senator Jerry Gunderson who shared his recollection of the history of the trail from his perspective. He served this district from 1977 to 1980, a short-lived political ca .....
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Government spending

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Our founders clearly did not foresee the dangers posed by the creation of hundreds of government bureaucracies. Consequently, they did not include any means that would restrain or eliminate the many governmental functions and programs that are ineff ..... 
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One Moment Please...

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Great stories, memories and Scrabble

I remember playing Scrabble at the kitchen table against my great-grandmother, Mabel Leighty, as she seemingly made up words I had never heard of on her way to an unopposed victory. I was 12 at the time, b ..... 
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One Moment Please...

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
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Unless you've been living in a cave for the past 10 years, surely you are aware of the haunting demise of the United States Postal Service.

While it's easy to point fingers at something like the Internet - and trust me, I have - because I th ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Future leaders

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

In my June 6, 2011, commentary appearing in the Fillmore County Journal, I said, "We have an abundance of stand-out talent coming out of our schools, probably to the extent that we may not realize at times."

As we transition from a summer fu ..... 
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Looking Back While Moving Forward

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Standing on the dock, I silently watched the four canoes move across the lake, paddles flashing in the sunlight. The six campers and two guides would be gone for five nights on the water taking a circle route which was not considered difficult for c ..... 
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The Root of the Problem

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Government dysfunction is rooted in so-called "safe seats" whether they are in the state legislature or the United States Congress. Safe seats make for hopelessly divided government. The bickering and partisanship in government is one of the bigges ..... 
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One Moment Please... We have been given some healthy "goals"

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
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Cell phone: 507-251-5297

"If you build it, they will come." ~ Author unknown.

For the past year, I have been coordinating indoor and outdoor adult soccer in Preston. Players have been coming from Canton, Fountain, Wykoff, Spring Valle ..... 
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Education is for the common good

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
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"Education is at the foundation of this economy; I personally believe that one of the most effective ways that we can help the economy is making sure that we're not seeing more teacher layoffs - because we can't eat our seed corn. We can't shortchan ..... 
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