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One moment, please... Our president


Mon, Feb 14th, 2011
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In my opinion, our president doesn't get paid enough! As matter of fact, our president doesn't get paid at all. No, I'm not talking about the President of the United States of America. Obama clears over $400,000 per year - for the rest of his life. He can work hard for four years, and then coast.

No, I am referring to the president of the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce. She has never been paid at all. She has volunteered her time, energy, talents and leadership for the betterment of cohesion amongst the Preston business community and furthering the marketing efforts of the Preston community at-large.

And, Deb Thompson, the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce president is not alone. There are others who wear the same selfless badge of honor.

Jill Fishbaugher is the president of the Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce, Andrea Hindt is the president of the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce, Pam Bluhm is the president of the Chatfield Commercial Club. Nan Lesser serves as the president of the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce. David Hennessey is the president of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

Collectively, our region is full of leaders.

What many uninvolved individuals don't realize is that these people are advocates for keeping our downtown business communities surviving and thriving. When you look at your downtown and you see empty store fronts, these are the people encouraging locals and visitors to keep business alive and well in Fillmore County.

And, they get paid nothing.

When someone agrees to be the president of a local chamber of commerce in these parts, it's an indefinite term. I once asked a local small town mayor how long he had been mayor of that town and he said, "Why? Do you want to be the mayor?" He then proceeded to tell me he had been mayor for over 24 years and had assumed that role without realizing it may have been a life sentence.

I think the position of president at a small town chamber of commerce organization is pretty similar. Nobody wants that job, but somebody does need to step up to the plate.

The future of Preston hangs in the balance, in my opinion, as Deb Thompson, a very respected and dedicated president of the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce, has elected not to retain the title and responsibilities of that leadership role beyond our upcoming board of directors meeting. And, ri .....
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One Moment, Please... Our president

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
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In my opinion, our president doesn't get paid enough! As matter of fact, our president doesn't get paid at all. No, I'm not talking about the President of the United States of America. Obama clears over $400,000 per year - for the rest of his life. ..... 
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A new way of being

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
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Deer appear in our yard in Preston at dusk and dawn and sometimes during the day. They eat the bark of our trees, nibble the needles of our evergreens, eat the sunflower seeds we put out for the birds and, in the summer, help themselves to our garde ..... 
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Rep. Davids responds to State of the State Address

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
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ST. PAUL - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said Governor Mark Dayton gave an interesting State of the State Address on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representative recently.

Davids said the governor outlined many areas whe ..... 
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One Moment Please - Cruelty to Animals?

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
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This past week has been interesting to say the least. On Monday, I received a phone call from someone in Wykoff expressing their concern for an advertisement that ran in the M ..... 
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View of America Watching America

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
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Have you ever wondered what people in other parts of the world think of us Americans? Perhaps you've travelled to another country and gotten a feel for this. And you've likely heard stories about how nasty the French can be, especially to Americans ..... 
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Congress keeps ceding power to the President - 1/24/11

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
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I've never been able to figure out why Congress seems so interested in giving up power. When you're sworn in as a member on Capitol Hill, you take an oath to uphold the Constitution, which places Congress first in the firmament of national governanc ..... 
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One Moment Please - We make progress when we buy local - 1/24/11

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
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Today marks the second consecutive year in which we have dedicated our resources to sharing the "State of the Union" for Fillmore County in what has been titled the Progress E ..... 
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One Moment Please - Our Super Bowl

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
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In July, the 2011 MS TRAM will be rolling through this area with a resting place in Lanesboro on the eve of Wednesday, July 27.

A bike ride like the MS TRAM presents a ..... 
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