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Obama in the garden


Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

It started about ten days before the event. A colleague got a call from a friend who works for Congress, looking for some farms between Decorah and Preston which might be good locations for a tour. We didn't know who was coming or what they were interested in, but we (and who knows how many other advisors) agreed that Seed Savers Exchange would be a fantastic location, along with some other outstanding sustainable farms in Fillmore County. A day or two later there was a short article in the news that the President was planning a Midwest tour, and our hearts started beating a little faster.

Three days before the event it was confirmed. I was with Pat Torgrimson that day, who works at Seed Savers Exchange along with her husband, John, the Executive Director, both former owners of this newspaper. She excitedly announced, "Now I can tell you: Obama is coming to Seed Savers on Monday!"

No one yet knew who would get tickets, but we were thrilled by the honor bestowed on the organization. I knew John would be up to the responsibilities of hosting the President of the United States. While Seed savers is not political, they would be glad to host any American President for the good publicity it brings to their important mission of preserving genetic diversity. The staff went into a flurry of logistics, aiding the Secret Service in setting up security around their beautiful restored barn and the broad grassy slope shaded by ancient trees which forms a natural amphitheater.

Seed Saver members and Luther College were two of the organizations who got tickets to distribute, and our family was lucky enough to get ours. We drove the few miles from Canton to Seed Savers on Highway 52, and were astonished to see dozens of police cars, and virtually no other traffic. After walking through a metal detector and flashing our tickets, we sat for a couple of hours in front of the festively decorated barn, adorned with bouquets of zinnias and grasses. Friends greeted friends, everyone smiling and feeling the anticipation of the arrival of the President.

At last the moment arrived, and President Obama simply walked down the long staircase through the woods from the Administration Building, with a number of Secret Service men. He was smiling and greeting people as everyone cheered.

"I want to thank Diane and everyone at Seed Savers Exchange for this unbelievable setting," said President Obama, referring to SSE Co-Founder Diane Ott Whealy. "T .....
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One Moment Please... Making history

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the

Fillmore County Journal

Cell phone: 507-251-5297

Based on the front page, does this newspaper look like it was sponsored by the "Obama in 2012" presidential campaign? Maybe I should have changed the masthead of ..... 
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America's financial troubles

Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

America is in very serious financial trouble. Government spending is unsustainable and completely out of control. Yet politicians, especially liberal politicians, seem to think they can create an alternate reality by just continuing to spend more an ..... 
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Correction to August 8th Commentary

Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

In the commentary by Dr. Robert Sauer in the August 8 Fillmore County Journal, it was stated that the tax increases of 1983 made under Ronald Reagan were the largest in American history. It should have read they were the largest peace time tax incre ..... 
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Choosing Mediocrity and Greed

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Dr. Robert Sauer

Before Governor Dayton capitulated to demands the state continue to operate on a budget that excoriates the backs of lower income Minnesotans' I wrote a commentary on the reasonableness of his proposals. They were based br ..... 
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Growth and grassless yards

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

We were in the midst of the worst heat wave in ten years, forecast to last at least a week. On the first Saturday of this stretch, my husband Art, his sister Susie and I traveled to Minneapolis to visit Art and Susie's brother Bob and his wife Bonni ..... 
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City mouse, country mouse

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I only recently realized, after living in these lovely hills for five years, that natives saying "they're from the cities" is not just an introduction, it's an inside curse. In these five years I've made many good friends and we have been able to le ..... 
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It's not JUST the budget

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As I began to write this commentary for the Journal, the State of Minnesota has been shut down due to failures of the legislative and executive branches to come to an agreement on finances. The reasons for this dilemma could be as simple as the past ..... 
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Progress?

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Wow. I did not realize that there are actually people out there who believe it is someone else's responsibility to take care of them. That would certainly not be the case in a Democratic Republic. I thought such people were an invention of Fox News ..... 
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