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  The Harmony Area Cancer Support Group will be dedicating its memorial park at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. 
  •   The Harmony Area Cancer Support Group will be dedicating its memorial park at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. 
  • 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.

  • Failure to meet expectations: My job performance evaluation of our Senate and House of Representatives shows southeastern Minnesota has given up a lot in the way of budget compromises.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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