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It’s his nature

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Commentary

By Karen Reisner

This November I will cast my vote in a presidential election for the twelfth time. Each time I have chosen the person that I most agreed with and felt was best equipped to do the job. Even when my choice failed to win, I never once felt the winner was not capable of doing an adequate job or that the president elect could actually do serious harm to the country. Not so, this time.

This time one of the two major party candidates seems woefully unprepared and by his nature, a poor fit as commander in chief.

Some Republican leaders and party loyalists still cling to the belief that Donald Trump will change somehow. Former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber (R) made reference to an old fable that describes Donald Trump. A scorpion wants to cross a stream but can’t swim. He asks a frog, who happens along, for a ride on his back to cross the stream. The frog says if I give you a ride you will sting me and I will sink and die. The scorpion insists if he did that he would die too. The frog decides that the scorpion’s logic makes sense and gives the scorpion a ride. About half way across the stream the scorpion stings the frog. The frog asks why, now we are both going to die? The scorpion says simply, “It is in my nature.” Trump has demonstrated his nature over his lifetime and particularly in this past year since he declared his candidacy. He is self-obsessed and erratic.

I am appalled by Trump’s rhetoric and his demeanor. The support he has managed to garner says something about the divisions in the country and the number of citizens that are fed up by the status quo. He actively encourages distrust of established institutions and hardens divisions in America, stoking fear and anger. He is an opportunist, not wedded to principle, and prone to exaggeration. He combines threads of nationalism and racism in his speeches.

Trump promises to shake up Washington. I agree that Washington is dysfunctional. However, Trump’s shake-up may more resemble an earthquake. Earthquakes are very destructive. Incremental changes are a reality in our form of government and can come without significant pain and disruption.

Trump doesn’t want to involve himself in the mundane work of government. He calls developing policy specifics “just a waste of paper.” If Trump were a book, it would have a slick cover and a Table of Contents, followed by blank pages. We live in a compl .....
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Council asks residents to “use common sense”

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

By Barb Jeffers As the Fountain City Council met on Thursday, June 2, 2016 there was a discussion about the city’s noise ordinance. A resident had inquired as to whether the city had a noise ordinance. City Clerk Ronda Flattum stated that oth ..... 
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Fillmore Central accepts Boots & Badges donations from American Legion and VFW

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on May 24 at 6 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved along with the district bills. Principal Heath Olstad reported that the local banks are continui ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Finding you

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Fountain Journal Student Writing Project

By Blake Bigalk With my senior year coming to an end, and graduation within reach, this is my last article that I will be writing for the Fillmore County Journal. With that in mind, I really wanted to write about something that meant a lot to me a ..... 
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Fountain Council tackles long agenda

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

As the Fountain City Council met for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on May 5, 2016 at the city hall in Fountain, Minn., there was a long list of items on the agenda. All council members were in attendance as well as City Clerk Ronda Flattu ..... 
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Kasey Back wins first place in Congressional Arts Contest

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Arts & Culture

Fillmore Central sophomore Kasey Back recently won first place in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District’s Congressional Arts Contest! Kasey’s oil landscape painting “Goodnight Moon” will be on display at the United States Capitol in Was ..... 
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Letter about Removal of MA liens... To the Editor,

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

In an article published May 9, Rep. Greg Davids was touted for being co-author on a bill to remove liens placed on properties of people over age 55 who are on Medical Assistance (MA). I know the importance of decent healthcare, and after years of ov ..... 
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RCTC Volleyball signs local student

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Sports

ROCHESTER, MN - Rochester Community and Technical College signed 11 new players to join its volleyball team for the 2016 season. These eleven women will join six returners from RCTC’s NJCAA Division III Volleyball Championship team. Included o ..... 
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Kiera Olson selected for All State Concert Band

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Fountain Education

Kiera Olson, a junior trumpet player at Fillmore Central High School, was selected to participate in the 2016-17 All State Concert Band. This selection was based on a rigorous audition procedure. Kiera will attend the All-State Band Camp at Concor ..... 
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