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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:49 AM

Confusion has reigned in Spring Valley since the local solid waste service recently changed its schedule. Some residents have had their garbage totes out the wrong days and their recycling totes out the wrong weeks for the every-other-week recycling service.

  • Confusion has reigned in Spring Valley since the local solid waste service recently changed its schedule. Some residents have had their garbage totes out the wrong days and their recycling totes out the wrong weeks for the every-other-week recycling service.

     
  • Divining the mysteries of the economy seems to be about as reliable as reading tea leaves. Even among experts, there are different answers on how the economy in the United States is doing. Ask the average person, and the answer varies even more, depending on location and other circumstances.

     
  • The darkest season seems particularly cruel this year. Bitter cold and snow came shortly after Halloween. A string of deaths, including leaders in communities from Rushford to Spring Valley, continues. The announcement of the closing of Alco stores in Caledonia, Cresco and Spring Valley bolsters a trend of downsizing the business presence in our small towns.

     
  • Buildings in downtown Rochester are reportedly being sold for millions of dollars, some more than twice their estimated value, likely a result of the $6 billion Destination Medical Center project that is just getting underway. DMC isn’t just about real estate speculation, though, as new hotels, senior housing units and office buildings are already going up in Rochester in anticipation of the growth the project will bring.

     
  • Myron Schober was more to me than just a person who sold me the Tri-County Record. I had a decades-long relationship with, and admiration for, the former publisher of the Rushford area newspaper who died Monday after lengthy health problems.

     
  • Brick Heck, the youngest child on ABC’s “The Middle,” isn’t someone most kids would want to emulate. He’s socially inept, has several odd behavioral traits and makes the library his favorite destination.

     
  • People often yearn for the good, old days. Maybe it is all the election noise, but people say our country is going downhill and we are losing sight of the values that guided us in the past.

     
  • Politicians give us all sorts of things to fear: Ebola, illegal immigrants, terrorists, extremists in the other party that jeopardize our lives and the list could go on. Yet, the scariest things are the ones we don’t see coming at us.

     
  • The general election is almost here. It’s a time of year most people despise, except those who are running for office and the very few who thrive on politics.

     
  • In a short time, election day will be upon us. Apart from the typical positions that will be voted upon, one of the largest issues on the ballot is the school referendum. This referendum states that a new school will be built for the price of $38,165,000. With the 55% match from state funding, R-P citizens will see the remaining $17,174,250 fall on our property tax.  
  • The candidates taking part in a forum in Spring Valley last week — the only public forum in Fillmore County this election cycle — tended to agree on most issues raised, with only subtle differences in opinion. Since the questions came from the public, it would indicate there are no burning issues that are separating citizens, or candidates, in the county. For those divisions you have to get more local to items, such as the referendum in the Rushford-Peterson school district or the actions of the Wykoff City Council regarding its previous mayor.

     
  • Minnesota routinely leads the nation in voter turnout for elections. That has given the state an image of an engaged, politically aware population.

     
  • It’s always interesting which columns generate conversation, at least conversation that makes it back to my ears. The feedback from last week’s column on the responsibility of the press was surprising.

     
  • I’ve been in frequent conversations with our Minnesota Newspaper Association attorney over the past few months. He’s a nice guy and I always enjoy talking to him, but the multiple conversations aren’t social calls; they have been necessary due to the passion of our contributors to our opinion page.

     
  • Factory closings or job transfers, such as what is happening with Rochester Medical in Stewartville, which is losing at least 60 jobs to Mexico in 2015, always make an impact. The grim news makes headlines and gets people talking about the decisions that have quite an effect on the local economy.

     
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