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Tuesday, May 03, 2016 4:01 PM
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.

  • 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.

  • April is National Organ Donation Month and I would like to appeal to you to consider being an organ donor. I have a bumper sticker that says, “Don’t take your organs to heaven - heaven knows we need them here!” You can list it on your driver’s license, but also inform your family of your wishes. There are many organs that can be used from one person.

  • 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.

  • "We, the people" . . .

    I believe that all of us have heard these words and know what follows. I have been thinking about “we, the people” lately. How engaged are “we, the people” and what is the result? 

  • I like to think I'm pretty handy with my hands. I spent a decade in the building trades, where I worked as a painter, drywall taper and as a carpenter. During those 10 years I was involved in the construction of more than a dozen new homes, several new commercial buildings, numerous house additions and many remodeling and restoration projects. 

  • Right Wingers are now spreading the word that President Obama has caused our “country to be divided” and that Obama is the cause of Donald Trump. GOOD GRIEF! 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • “Where is everyone?”

    Those were the words that echoed through the almost empty Preston Servicemen’s Club during the ugly sweater fundraiser this past Saturday night.

  • As legislators prepare to meet in St. Paul in a few weeks, one of the main topics of discussion will be transportation funding. It’s a familiar topic as it was also a priority before last year’s legislative session.

  • More than a year after Alco announced it was closing all 198 of its discount stores spread across the United States in small towns, the Alco stores in Cresco, Spring Valley and Zumbrota, among others, remain empty. The former store in Caledonia was torn down, but the lot remains empty.

Down to Three

The Republican Party has seen two candidates drop out of the race this week leaving only Donald Trump, while on the Democratic side Bernie Sanders has declared that he will stay in the race until the final primary. Do you think Sanders should concede to Hillary Clinton?


 

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