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One Moment, Please... Bluff Country’s blemish


Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By now, I’m guessing you’ve heard about another episode of fraud involving Southeast Minnesota Historic Bluff Country Inc.

The first time was under the leadership of director Kristina Nolte.

On June 17, 2013, Kristina Nolte, of Mabel, Minn., was sentenced of a gross misdemeanor offense by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County Court. Nolte was convicted on one count Theft-By Check dating back to September of 2008.

Nolte’s sentence was to serve nine days in the Fillmore County Jail, pay a $900 fine, and pay restitution of $14,000 to Southeast Minnesota Historic Bluff Country.

Fast-forward to 2016, and Southeast Minnesota Historic Bluff Country Inc. is experiencing deja vu.

In January 2016, Trisha Ann Parrish of Rushford, who started working as the director of the organization in July of 2012, was charged with two counts of fraud and one count of theft.

The damage this time amounts to $10,500, which Parrish allegedly withdrew from the organization’s checking account to fund her own personal financial shortfalls throughout numerous months in 2014.

Between Nolte and Parrish, Southeast Minnesota Historic Bluff Country has experienced losses from fraud in excess of $24,500.

Members are investors

Sadly, recovering from two consecutive financial losses of this magnitude is challenging enough, let alone under the element of fraud.

This prestigious organization started as a collaborative effort among communities all throughout Fillmore and Houston Counties along with parts of southeast Mower County back in 1985. The SMHBC made great strides to promote the Scenic Byway and Root River Bike Trail system, while developing a brand identity in conjunction with Explore Minnesota.

Unfortunately, since this entire avalanche of fraud began in 2008, eight years later the organization is struggling to retain, let alone recruit, members.

The investors of this non-profit organization, the members, have invested in the SMHBC with expectations of promoting tourism for Historic Bluff Country. Over $24,500 of those regional marketing dollars have been stolen. Those dollars invested by members such as our company were not used to promote tourism for this area.

Over 22 years in the newspaper business, I’ve seen these situations occur all too often. People in a non-profit organization are often .....
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One Moment, Please... Honoring our Veterans

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

On Friday, February 5, 2016, our staff at the Fillmore County Journal worked tirelessly to prepare for what I presume will be our biggest event of the year -- the debut of Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans. And, the sole purpose ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Honoring our Veterans

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

On Friday, February 5, 2016, our staff at the Fillmore County Journal worked tirelessly to prepare for what I presume will be our biggest event of the year -- the debut of Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans. And, the sole purpose ..... 
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How to Tell If Congress Is Working Again

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separat ..... 
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How to Tell If Congress Is Working Again

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separat ..... 
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How to Tell If Congress Is Working Again

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separat ..... 
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Ethics, morals, and justice

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By: Justin Zmyewski Commissioner District #2 Since entering into office five years ago, I consider myself not a Politician but a Statesman. I did not take office for notoriety, fame or for personal gains. I did not take office for the money, ben ..... 
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Privilege and Americanization

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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One of the fundamentals necessary for a nation that wishes to retain its values, identity, etc. is that immigrants assimilate. That used to mean Americanization. That’s hardly true today. Part of the reason for that is the “intellectual” ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Snow, it’s what brings us together

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
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I know I am a bit of weirdo for saying this, but I actually enjoy shoveling and moving snow with our snowblower. For starters, during the winter months, we barely ever see our neighbors. Everyone routinely gets home from work and heads indoors. ..... 
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