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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:55 AM

A Republican proposal to give the nearly $1.9 billion state surplus back to residents — about $350 per person — appears to be dead as legislators, including many Republicans, have other ideas this session. They include investing some of the excess money in education, budget reserves to prevent some of the problems the state has experienced in recent years, and public infrastructure, which has been neglected in recent years.

  • A Republican proposal to give the nearly $1.9 billion state surplus back to residents — about $350 per person — appears to be dead as legislators, including many Republicans, have other ideas this session. They include investing some of the excess money in education, budget reserves to prevent some of the problems the state has experienced in recent years, and public infrastructure, which has been neglected in recent years.

     
  • I often pick on the meteorologists for their inaccurate weather forecasts. For example, Sunday’s original forecast for light snow was recalculated to a prediction of up to three to five inches Saturday and then recalculated yet again early Sunday afternoon to a winter storm warning after it was evident this was not a minor event.

     
  • This week is Sunshine Week. The name has nothing to do with the actual sun, which has been warming our area well above normal this past week. The week is a national initiative to promote dialogue about open government that should operate in the light of day, rather than secretly in the dark.

     
  • In the Bluff Country Reader of March 2, Lisa Brainard had a good front-page story about ecotourism. I think it gave us much to think about in that area of tourism, which I would call “gentle” tourism. I believe much more can be done in Fillmore County and the surrounding area to show people that we have a beauty here which is different from other beautiful areas.

     
  • With a sparse crowd attending the meet-the-candidates sessions for District 1 Fillmore County commissioner, the question came up last Thursday if candidates are responsible for engaging constituents in the process and, if so, how would that be done. The sessions were set up for three weeks — one night for each candidate — in Spring Valley for people voting in the special election on March 31.

     
  • When Kevin Slimp stepped outside the door of the community room at F & M Community Bank in Preston Friday after a seven-hour session with staff members of Bluff Country Newspaper Group, he said, “It really doesn’t feel that cold here.” This statement is from a resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, who first ventured out that morning in a temperature of 16 below zero.

     
  • Vina Lund, an Ostrander resident who just celebrated her 105th birthday, was asked by a reporter during her birthday party to confirm a story her son told about her dancing with the notorious outlaw, Babyface Nelson, at the Sheep Shed in Wykoff.

     
  • In 2006 Bibi Netanyahu told the Jewish community in Los Angeles, “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany...racing to arm itself with atomic bombs,” recalls Patrick J. Buchanan, a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, Inc., in an article reprinted in the March/April 2015 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

     
  • The butterfly effect — the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil setting off a tornado in Texas — is a term used in chaos theory to describe how tiny variations can have a significant impact on giant, complex systems, such as weather patterns.

     
  • I, like several other citizens of Preston, thought the issues with the National Trout Center budget were being taken care of. I assumed that when it was stated that funds were being held until a budget was brought forward, that funds were being held.

     
  • I spent another day at school last week as a volunteer to help in the classroom of my third grade granddaughter. It’s through a program called WatchDOGS — the DOGS stands for Dads, or in my case grandDads, Of Great Students.

     
  • Today we have between 5 and 10 million Muslims in the U.S.  
  • When I told my grandson I was going to be gone for a couple days last week to attend the Minnesota Newspaper Association annual convention in the Twin Cities, he asked what I was going to do. I told him mostly go to workshops and sessions to learn.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Proponents and opponents have already lined up on the proposals by DFL state senators in Minnesota and President Barack Obama to make tuition free for community college education as long as students meet certain criteria, such as reaching a certain grade point average and staying in school for two years.

     
MN Soccer

Major League Soccer announced that Minnesota will be the home of a new Major League Soccer team. The owners also announced they want to build a new open-air stadium for the team. Do you think it should be funded through public subsidies or privately funded?



 

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