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Civility wins in Hanson - Davids debate


Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - There may not have been a clear winner in last Wednesday’s debate between State Representative candidate Peggy Hanson and her opponent, the incumbent Greg Davids, but the whole event could be considered a victory for civility.

Debate Minnesota, a non-partisan group trying to help citizens “take back our politics by holding honest and informative debates between those who would be our leaders”, staged the debate, the twenty-first in a statewide series, at the R-P high school theater at 7:00 p.m., October 27.

Hanson and Davids agreed on very little during the ninety minute debate, but disagreed in a civil, respectful manner, which was exactly what Karl Haddeland of Debate Minnesota hoped for. Karl was complimentary of the two candidates both of whom he said debated the issues intelligently with the recognition that their opponent was “a fellow human being doing their best.”

Seated on either side of moderator, John Torgrimson, at a table decorated with red, white and blue bunting, Hanson and Davids discussed transportation, education, healthcare, local government aid and more in front of an audience of approximately one hundred thirty.

On the transportation funding issue, Davids repeated his support for a five cents per gallon increase in the gas tax, while Hanson asserted that five cents, which would generate approximately $160 million a year, might not be enough to solve what she believes has become a $750 million to $1 billion problem. She would favor re-examining the transportation trust fund, which is partially funded by license tab fees.

“We need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Hanson said, adding that she supports local energy sources such as wind, ethanol, and bio-diesel.

The conversation about energy led neatly into what many anticipated would be the issue of the evening: the proposed Heartland plant in Preston.

Hanson made it clear that she’s not in favor of the plant that would burn tires to make energy, pointing out that even the promised jobs didn’t amount to much—just twenty-three jobs paying $10.30 per hour. She is in favor of an Environmental Impact Statement from the Minnesota Pollution Control agency, and not in favor of tax subsidies for the proposed plant.

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Editorial: County Board needs to say “No” on Heartland JOBZ

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

Perhaps we should call ourselves “lucky” that Preston native Bob Maust has chosen to bestow his hometown with the benevolence of his good intentions. A real life Sugar Daddy, one might say.

“Heartland, will bring good paying jo ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Former Lanesboro teacher faces felony theft charges

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

Criminal theft charges were filed in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, October 25, against Vernon Wayne Groen, 56, of Lanesboro for misuse of funds from an FFA account at the Lanesboro Public Schools. Groen is former teacher at the school.[Read the Rest]

A Lesson in Intolerance

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

The history of our United States is a rich trove of information on human nature. We rarely teach our complete history in our public schools, choosing instead to feed ourselves a fairy-tale, sanitized version, with shining heroes and great achievement ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Citizen voices heard on Heartland about JOBZ

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

Citizens took the opportunity on this last County Board meeting in October to voice their concerns and objections to the awarding of JOBZ to Heartland Energy and Recycling.

Fran Sauer requested that the Board carefully consider ..... 
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County EDA recommends acceptance of Heartland pre-application

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

The pre-application from Heartland Energy and Recycling for a business subsidy moved one step closer to approval on Wednesday, October 27, when the Fillmore County EDA voted to accept a full application from the tire burning plant. The matter now goe ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Bartelson resigns effective December 31

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
Posted in Features

Larry Bartelson, Rushford City Administrator, officially resigned from his position at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday, October 25. Bartelson said he was resigning for “personal reasons” effective at the end of the calendar year, December 31 ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: District accepts MnDOT offer on sale of land for Hwy 52

Fri, Oct 29th, 2004
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The Fillmore Central School Board, at its Tuesday, October 26 meeting, accepted an offer to sell 3 - 1/3 acres of land near the school complex in Preston to the state of Minnesota for the Highway 52 project.

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Fire claims life of Fountain man

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

The house on 1st Street in Fountain looks like most of the other homes on the quiet, tree lined street. The two story white clapboard house has a large cedar tree in the front yard and a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the house.

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