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Time for Governing


Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

We have again endured another election cycle. An excessive, appalling amount of money, $4 billion nationwide, has been spent ad nauseam on advertising laced with half-truths and sometimes ugly, negative declarations about an opponent. Many ads resorted to playing on people’s fears. There are few if any heroes here and we the public may be the ultimate loser if office holders can’t leave the vitriolic rhetoric behind and do the work we have hired them to do. Election day is met with relief. Relief that the saturation of never ending advertising will finally be over.

We live in a politically divided country and are represented by a Congress made up of left and right extremes. More moderate members of either party have all but disappeared. Those of us that reside near the center often feel underrepresented. This election was a resounding win for Republicans on the national level, sending a not so subtle message to the White House. People want a change and want issues settled. Republicans expanded their majority in the House to the largest majority since 1948, easily took control of the Senate, and increased the number of Republican governors in the nation.

I believe most people who go into public service do so with good intentions. However, campaigning requires different skills than governing. Governing requires working together and making compromises. This will be the first time in eight years that the Republicans will control both houses. The major shift in power resulting from this midterm election is an expression of voter frustration. Many voted against the status quo, as they are very tired of gridlock. There is a disgust with both major parties. Washington politicians seem to be out of touch with the average American, who no longer seems to trust government. Seventy-eight percent of voters nationwide disapprove of the job Congress has been doing. Fifty-five percent of voters nationwide disapprove of the job Obama is doing.

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), the likely next majority leader in his acceptance speech stated, “We have an obligation to work together on issues where we can agree.” He continued, “Just because we have a two-party system doesn’t mean we have to be in perpetual conflict.” Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, “It’s time for government to start getting results...”

Only time will tell, if they can actually follow through with these lofty statements .....
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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 -- freedo ..... 
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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
Posted in All Commentary

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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