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One Moment, Please... Finding the truth


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

Is it fair to say that the Internet is now the judge, the jury, and the executioner?

Recently, a 2000 Fillmore Central High School graduate, Kiel Rushton, was erroneously acknowledged as the officer involved in the shooting of Philando Castile on July 6, 2016.

In today’s world, we seem to be surrounded by quick judgement and self-declared experts. Just because you can “google” something, doesn’t mean that what you find is completely accurate. There’s no accountability with the Internet.

Following the video that was live-streamed on Facebook from Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, showing the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting in the Twin Cities, organizers of www.copblock.org pursued the story and quickly announced that Officer Kiel Rushton was the officer who shot Castile. This was completely false.

The correct name of the officer was Jeronimo Yanez, as reported by credible news sources such as the Star Tribune.

But, the damage had been done. Members of the Facebook community who were outraged by the Castile shooting began to share information about Officer Rushton. Suddenly, Rushton and his family became the target of those who were angered by what happened to Philandro Castile. By Friday, July 8, 2016, there were over 57,000 “people talking about Kiel Rushton” on the Internet, all resulting from false information presented by the anti-police organization www.copblock.org.

And, when the correct name of the officer was released, the organizers of www.copblock.org made the following apology: “We apologize for the error and would hope that the police would be more prompt on releasing such information. After all, they routinely plaster the names of those wanted for various crimes all over the media shortly after a crime was committed, why should it be different for police?”

Who holds the website publishers of www.copblock.org accountable? In the newspaper business, we call this libel. We are held accountable. The Internet seems to be fraught with blatant misinformation that people consume as the truth.

One Moment, Please... Cleaning our ditches

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com On Friday, June 17, four of us committed our time and energy toward cleaning a small patch of Mother Nature. Over the course of a two-mile stretch of Highway 52 ..... 
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Trehus distorting facts for political purposes

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By State Representative Greg Davids I find it highly ironic that Thomas Trehus accuses me of “passing the blame” on the political shenanigans being played by the Twin Cities Democratic leadership he supports, then proceeds to blame me for nea ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Here come the parades

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre; Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com I recently had an interesting conversation with someone who questioned why the Fillmore County Journal participates in parades. “How much money do you make wh ..... 
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That’s my boy -- Kaase for Sheriff

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Stan Kaase of Preston, Minn. Watching Tom grow up, I have always been very proud of my son like any father would be. However, I saw something in Tom at a young age that always struck me as unique. I admired his passion to help others. He was ..... 
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Vote Tom Kaase to protect our county

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Angi Kaase of Preston, Minn. Tom Kaase has my vote to be the next Fillmore County Sheriff. Not only is Tom my brother-in-law, he also displays all of the characteristics I would want in someone to protect my family, my friends, the community I ..... 
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POET General Managers make their voices heard in Washington

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

SIOUX FALLS, SD (September 18, 2014) – Chris Hanson, General Manager of POET Biorefining – Preston, traveled to Washington, D.C. September 14-17 to meet with Congressional officials and highlighted the important role ethanol plays in reducing o ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Promoting Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com As you may have noticed, recently, we invested in having our Fillmore County Journal van wrapped up at Kelly’s Prin ..... 
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