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A View From The Woods


By Loni Kemp

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Holiday Shopping to Vote for Community

You’re going to shop for presents, so why not support our local economy and buy locally? We’ve all just been through a rigorous election where carrying out our personal civic opportunity to vote makes us feel like we had our say in our nation’s future. Think about how your holiday shopping can provide an opportunity to vote for the vitality of your community.

I’m usually the type of person who enjoys each holiday in full before moving on to the next. I don’t even think about Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving. Yet I know I am in the minority on this, especially among women. While it may be too late for some overachievers who already have their 2012 gifts wrapped and tagged and hidden in a secret closet, I am addressing this column to those who are waiting for the proper time, after Thanksgiving, to start identifying the perfect, affordable gift for each person on your list.

This year, I suggest you try to find something wonderful, appropriate and locally produced or sold for at least some of those on your gift list. Buying local can be more pleasant with no long drives to crowded malls, and more fun as you run into neighbors and friends as you shop.

Even more important and rewarding is that you will play a role in shaping the vitality and economic health of your region. Think about where we spend our money. Dollars spent locally put a small profit in the pocket of the local producer and retailer. Those neighbors then support their families and spend some of their dollars locally. That recirculates the economic benefits, which eventually come around to all of us living in a place where farms, businesses, schools and towns are thriving. When we spend money at big box stores, the money flows out to the corporation, and most products are imported at the lowest price with starvation wages for those workers. Better to keep some of our money recirculating around town. One study in Maine found, “Every $100 spent at locally owned businesses contributes an additional $58 to the local economy. By comparison, $100 spent at a representative national chain store yields just $33 in local economic impact.”

The Lanesboro Local Marketplace, for example, let’s you choose from a whole store of locally made gifts from Fillmore and Houston Counties and neighboring areas. Located across the street from the theaters on main street, the Marketplac .....
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Flu Mist still available

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) is currently offering flu vaccination appointments. Flu mist vaccinations are available for healthy individuals aged 2 to 50. The cost of the flu mist is $25.00 each. Both adults and children with a Minnesota ..... 
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AgStar financial services joins hands to donate $10,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

MANKATO, MINN. (October 9, 2012) – AgStar Financial Services proudly presented a $10,000 donation to affiliates from the Minnesota and Wisconsin chapters of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure at the annual Saddle Up for the Cure event in Rogers, MN o ..... 
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Open House at Spring Valley Senior Living Evergreens

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Health & Wellness

Spring Valley Senior Living (SVSL) will host an Open House celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Evergreens on November 9, 2012, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Evergreens, 800 Memorial Dr ..... 
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County residents sought for preparedness exercise

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Fillmore, Olmsted, and Wabasha County Public Health and their partners are hosting a preparedness exercise titled “Operation Double Dose” from October 30 to November 1, 2012. This exercise is being supported through the Public Health Emergency P ..... 
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Medicare Part D Presentation November 1

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Medicare can be a confusing and frustrating program. There are so many plans to choose from it can be overwhelming. Spring Valley Senior Living is offering a presentation on Medicare Part D on November 1 at 6:30pm in the Estates Great Room. John T ..... 
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AgStar fund doubles grant program for Emergency Services Teams in rural MN and WI

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Mankato, Minn. (October 8, 2012) – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently announced $127,835 in grants to 94 communities through the Emergency Response Equipment Grant Program. Due to ..... 
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Food for Life

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Lazy Cooking The weather has finally cooled off, and although I am relieved to not be sweltering in humidity anymore, now I get to complain about how cold I am. It gets dark earlier, which sets a signal in our brains that it’s time to hibernate. ..... 
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Free car seat and booster seat check event

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Extra seat belt enforcement activities will be taking place from October 12-26. The Minnesota Primary Seat Belt law requires drivers and all passengers to be buckled up or in the correct child restraint or booster seat. Children in Minnesota must ri ..... 
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