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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:20 AM

The emphasis at the Capitol this legislative session is Greater Minnesota. Legislators from both parties and Gov. Mark Dayton have all been voicing their commitment to rural Minnesota this session.

  • During a conversation with a local woman who is interested in getting young people to vote and become more involved in the political process, a comment she made stunned me for a moment. She said that the parents of young people today have never seen effective government in action.

  • Memorial Day is a recent, fond memory as June begins. Summer is here… and the first weekend of June kicks it off in style with many events.

  • This past Friday, May 15, I celebrated an auspicious anniversary. It was exactly one year since I had been laid off my job. I had been serving as the marketing specialist for a manufacturing company. It was a good gig. I did product photography, product writing, helped design and layout on-line and print advertising and monitored the company's website.

  • As I was wandering through the finish area of the Almanzo 100 in Spring Valley Saturday around 5 p.m. with my camera, I was stopped a couple times by bicyclists, handed cell phones and asked if I could take “selfies” of them. They didn’t ask for anything in the background, just a photo of them after finishing the 100-mile race on gravel roads throughout Fillmore County that took about eight hours.

  • Last week I took a couple of days off from my newspaper job and participated in the Young Writers Conference at Winona State as one of the guest writers presenting classes for middle school students.

  • City-wide garage sales started last week, and this gives me a great opportunity to say what the Clan thinks of garage sales.

  • From 2008 to 2011, Duane Benson spent much of his time being an advocate for the state’s youngest residents, pushing for quality early childhood learning. The former state senator and Lanesboro area farmer was the executive director of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) at the time.

  • Spring ephemerals bloomed. Trout lily, bloodroot, spring beauty, Dutchman's breeches, anemone, hepatica and bellwort. Spring ephemerals are perennial woodland plants adapted to take advantage of the sunlight, abundant moisture and rich soil found in forested areas. They sprout, bloom and seed before the canopy trees leaf out overhead. 

  • Monday morning as I was flying from Pittsburgh to Minnesota, I was writing this column, editing news stories, formatting photos and, if I had time, designing pages for this week’s edition. In other words, I was at my desk, which just happened to be a laptop more than 10,000 feet above earth.

  • After the first couple of days in Bangkok this winter, I realized I had not really brought along clothes that were practical for the real tropics. I looked at all of the things I had unpacked and realized I had not been really thinking about Bangkok; I was ready for a Minnesota summer. After all, that was where I was when I packed and in the hubbub of this last winter, I will just say I wasn’t paying enough attention to what I was doing. As a result, I had very few pieces of clothing that would be truly comfortable in the typical heat and humidity of Thailand.

  • Minnesota State FFA Secretary Valerie Earley was the main speaker at the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA banquet last week. She felt at home since it really has been home for the Wykoff resident, who noted she is a “proud” member of the chapter even though she graduated from Kingsland High School in 2014.

  • The Clan has an incredibly busy life — who doesn’t — but sometimes our days are so packed Mom doesn’t have the time and brain capacity to get anything ready for supper. With 13 growing kids in this house, supper can’t just be skipped, so instead we try to have plenty of food options around that can quickly be thrown together into an “emergency meal.”

  • The United States Postal Service celebrated the life and work of Maya Angelou by unveiling a stamp with her portrait and a quotation. A lovely expression. Unfortunately, the words on the stamp weren’t originally written by the poet.

  • How would you like to have the U.S. government inform the approximately 20,000 residents of Fillmore County that we all had to move out to make room for a new military installation? Oh yes, Uncle Sam is going to pay each of us $20,000 for our troubles. And once we’re kicked out of our homes, farms and communities, there would be no coming back.

  • A neighborhood brimming with gang violence, nudity, extremely coarse language, and drug and alcohol abuse isn’t a place for kids, particularly impressionable youth about to enter their teen years.

Plastic Bag Ban

Nearly 200 cities in the United States ban the use of plastic bags. Do you think your city should do the same?


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