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Journal Opinion


Fri, Jul 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Iraq

Last week’s hand-over of authority in Iraq, and the turnover of dictator Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi government, are significant milestones for the struggling country. Time will tell whether the United State’s intervention in Iraq will have produced positive results. There is great risk that the country will (at worst) break out in civil war or, perhaps, (at best) get by as a fragile coalition of ethnic and religious tribes. Democracy is a word that is not in the Iraqi lexicon at this time. At the very least, the Iraqi government will continue to rely on America for security and other support for considerable time.

Whatever successes the Iraqi people achieve now and in the future, does little to overshadow the fact that misconceptions, half-truths and outright lies have been used by this administration to sell the war in Iraq to the American people. There were no weapons of mass destruction; Saddam did not acquire weapons grade uranium in Niger; there was no relationship between Iraq and Al Qaida and 9/11.

One student in Illinois, as part of her college thesis, identified 23 reasons for going to war as espoused by the Bush administration and the media.

Intervention in Iraq has diverted the human and financial resources of this country from the real war on terrorism. In turn, it has diminished American’s standing as the leader of the free world. This episode in our history has not been America’s finest hour.

Heartland

No dust. No noise. No smell. No pollution. No subsidies.

That has been Heartland developer Bob Maust’s mantra from the beginning. While the MPCA and the courts consider whether Maust’s claims on dust, noise, smell and pollution are facts, Maust is standing by with his hand out for government greenbacks. Between sales and property tax benefits Heartland will receive per 2003 state legislation as well as JOBZ subsidies, the total benefit to Heartland could be in the millions.

Because of Heartland’s corporate structure, a limited liability company, the people of Preston will probably never learn who the individual investors in the tire-burning plant are. Except of course the people of Minnesota, who will in the end have a sizeable investment in Heartland and its operation.

Why are we not surprised by this? Like the great baseball philosopher Y .....
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Doing business in China

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
Posted in Features

KUNMING, CHINA - Kunming is a city of about five million, the capital of the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. It is in a mountainous region bordering Vietnam and Laos on the south, Myanmar on the west, and at an altitude of nearly 6000 feet, it i ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Trail enhancements to Coffee Street Bridge presented to council

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - Landowner Eric Bunge brought to the Lanesboro City Council’s June 21 meeting plans for creating trails to enhance the Coffee Street Bridge. Bunge owns a triangle of land near the trail and plans to turn ownership over to the city after th ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Flooding and construction damage top June 21 city council meeting

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - The nuts and bolts of small city government - sorting out flooding problems, construction damages, variances, and land issues - topped the Preston City Council meeting on Monday, June 21.

Joe Palen, an engineer with Bo ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: County Board asked to reconsider on county farm

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
Posted in Features

“There are many reasons why we feel Fillmore County should wait to sell the County Farm until the DNR can purchase it,” said Sandra Benson as she read a letter written by herself and her husband Judge Robert Benson to the county board during Citizen ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Daycare program considered a huge success

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
Posted in Features

“Nothing but praises from parents,” said Allen LaFleur, the district’s day care instructor, as he summed up Fillmore Central’s first year as a daycare provider. LaFleur was briefing the Fillmore Central School Board at their June meeting on June 22. ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jun 25th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Paul Arthur Jewison, 39, of Chatfield was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, June 21, with one felony count of assault in the third degree stemming from a fight at a Chatfield bar on November 15 ..... 
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Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
Posted in Features

Conservation Officer Jeff Fleming and Leonard Johnson of Houston chat during the special DNR fishing event for people with special needs at Sylvan Park in Lanesboro on Wednesday, June 16. This is the 23rd year that the DNR has sponsored the event. Th ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushfordites: Don’t run those sump pumps into the drain!

Fri, Jun 18th, 2004
Posted in Features

INI and VFD were two very important acronyms at the June 14 Rushford City Council meeting as Public Works Department’s Jeff Copley explained the problems at the water treatment plant over the past week. Greeting the council with, "I hope your week’s ..... 
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