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Finding someone to take care of children during the day and getting a speedy connection for online activities is a personal concern for many individuals. However, recently they have become economic development issues, not only among leaders in local communities, but also among state officials.

  • Finding someone to take care of children during the day and getting a speedy connection for online activities is a personal concern for many individuals. However, recently they have become economic development issues, not only among leaders in local communities, but also among state officials.

  • Many years ago, a person came into my office to threaten my newspaper with a boycott. Other local businesses received the same message if they supported the cause this person was against. I listened to him, but didn’t guarantee anything would change since we were merely reporting events.

  • The number of patients enrolled in the Minnesota medical marijuana program is far lower than expected. Only 1,300 patients have been approved, which is much less than the 5,000 predicted by the 2017 fiscal year.

  • The 53-year-old Clarion Inn in Rochester abruptly shut its doors Friday, the same day hotel officials made the announcement to employees it was closing. The hotel, part of a chain that owns Holiday Inn, plans to put a new Candlewood Inn on the same property by the end of the year.

  • This early in the legislative session, the easier bills tend to move forward through the Minnesota legislative process. Among those are a buffer bill that corrects a controversy, a fireworks bill that is surprisingly controversial and a fantasy sports bill that should be more controversial.

  • A man, although never identified, made the news earlier this spring when he tried to be a good Samaritan to a 9-year-old boy who lost his dog. The reason he made the news, though, is because the initial fear was that he was up to something no good.

  • Last week’s column about the health of residents in Fillmore and Houston counties noted that the results don’t follow trends in other rural counties of Minnesota. One reason could be that we aren’t as rural as we think.

  • Fillmore and Houston counties continue to defy the trends when it comes to the health of local residents. A recent survey of national county health rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed Houston County is ranked fifth in Minnesota and Fillmore County ninth in the state in health outcomes.

  • This past Saturday morning, as I was shoveling a little more than two inches of fresh, wet snow off my patio in Canton, I couldn’t help but recall the previous Saturday and a completely different scenario. On March 12, I was walking in 65 degree sunshine on the Preston Golf Course, where I played 18 holes of golf. Seven days later, that once nearly green landscape was completely white. No pars, no bogies, no green greens. Just white, wet, snow.

  • Rural Minnesota is losing a community hub — the local grocery store — in many towns. Between 2000 and 2013, Greater Minnesota lost 14 percent of its grocery stores. In southeastern Minnesota, the decline was 12 percent.

  • The mythical town of Lake Wobegon created by Garrison Keillor is “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” In many ways, Minnesota holds up to those impossible standards as the state regularly tops, or places high in, surveys measuring such conditions as health, education, voter turnout and, recently, the economy.

  •  The sun was shining, robins were chirping, people were walking around in shorts and tank tops, basking in the 72-degree weather that blessed southeast Minnesota on March 8. What a bucolic day! And “up north,” 400 miles from here, the mercury was in the 60s and lightning strikes were reported near Ely.

  • Several sayings came to mind, as I was listening to the Rushford-Peterson versus Kingland girls basketball game this past Saturday afternoon. As most of you know, the Trojans won on a last-second shot to advance to the Section 1A Championship game this Friday in Rochester.

  • By the time folks read this column, Super Tuesday will have come and gone, and there is a distinct chance that “Donald the Trump that roared” will have garnered enough delegates to punch his ticket as the Republican’s candidate in the race for the White House.

  • “Water is gold, and it is getting more valuable,” says U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy.

Special Session

The Minnesota Legislature was left with some unfinished business after their Sunday deadline passed this week. Do you think Gov. Mark Dayton should call for a special session so the lawmakers can tie up these loose ends?


 

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