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Pawlenty, get'r done!


Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

It was a genuine good feeling in the immediate wake of the horrific flooding to see a stream of politicians visiting southeast Minnesota - assessing the damage personally, visiting with officials, and giving assurances to people who had lost everything that help was on the way.

Since August 19, Rushford has been our own ground zero as volunteers have showed up to offer assistance - helping to clean out the muck, knocking down old drywall, hauling debris out into the streets. They have stood back to back with their neighbors in Rushford, moved out of a sincere compassion to lend a helping hand.

They have been young and old, men and women; in some cases whole football teams and offices of workers. They have been Jewish, Mormons, Buddhists, Lutherans, Baptists, Amish and others whose faith calls for charity in difficult times.

They have come not so much because someone asked them to, but because they were moved to respond out of their own sense of humanity.

Others have given money or donated food and equipment or provided a necessary service.

And the leadership on the ground has been profound. Les Ladewig, the mayor of Rushford has stood strong these last three weeks giving direction and leadership, standing next to every Rushford citizen. He has been carrying that city on his back for three weeks now.

But he isn't the only one. All of Rushford and their community of neighbors who have come to help have stood along side Ladewig these last three weeks.

Unfortunately, the only no-show has been our state government. Rushford needs their help, and they need it now. They need to call a special legislative session immediately to respond to the emergencies Minnesota has faced this summer, namely the I-35 bridge disaster and the floods in southeast Minnesota. Governor Tim Pawlenty's executive funding actions announced on Friday fall far short of what is needed.

Politicians were in Rushford again last Wednesday. Democrat Rep. Ken Tschumper talked at the high school about the legislation he will propose for Rushford. Later a House Bonding Committee delegation toured the city.

Meanwhile Republican Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty visited City Hall and later Montini Hall. But Pawlenty needs to do more than make the rounds.

Pundits say that Pawlenty wants a deal cut with legislative leaders before he calls a special session, so that he can limit the scope of any legislation.

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Flush Day and other signs of progress

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary



The porta-potty is gone from our front yard, leaving only a three foot square patch of dead grass and a strange memory. Last week we celebrated "Flush Day"-the day Rushford residents were told it was okay to flush toilets again. This week af ..... 
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The church ladies and the loaves and fishes

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Commentary

RUSHFORD - Shakespeare said "Some are born to greatness; others have greatness thrust upon them." Betty Culhane belongs to the second group. The recent flood in Rushford resulted in displaced people, who were also, sooner than later, hungry. As the ..... 
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The perfect storm

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
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Not many of us would consider the recent rains that brought such devastating flooding to our region, the perfect storm. Most would consider the perfect storm as one that would have brought its 10+ inches of rain, with us making note of only how the ..... 
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Loans to Rushford businesses may not be enough

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

When asked early last week whether the recent rainfall was a 50 year or 100 year event, Fillmore County Engineer John Grindeland shrugged his shoulders.

"Who can conceive of 17 inches of rain?" Grindeland asked rhetorically.

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We all must do our small part to rebuild Rushford

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Friday, August 18, was a pretty typical day in Rushford. At least for me. I dragged myself out of bed to go walk the high school track. The R-P football team was practicing next door on the practice field by 7:30 a.m. I like watching their practices ..... 
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The bogeyman is gone

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Karl Rove will be departing the White House at the end of August, leaving Washington, our government and the party of Lincoln in tatters. The brains behind George Bush, Rove's take-no-prisoners political tactics set the tone for this presidency, an ..... 
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Enough is enough

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
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Had enough? Tired of the war? Tired of the government seemingly helpless (or is it hapless?) to deal with the problems directly in front of them? Tired of paying taxes and not getting the bang for your buck you had expected? Tired of the "rich" gett ..... 
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Eisenhower showed us how to get the job done

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
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As a young boy I remember exploring the tall sand hills about a mile from where I grew up in Austin. At the time I was too little to know what they were to be used for.

A few weeks ago, I drove over that same hilly ground I first visited in ..... 
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