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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 1:53 PM
I would like to put forth five ideas that should be looked at in regards to the proposed county shop.
  • I would like to put forth five ideas that should be looked at in regards to the proposed county shop. 
  • In January, President Obama declared that despite congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

  • Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: Land of Decay and Dysfunction.”

  • Recent actions by our Houston County board at the Aug. 19 board meeting have left me shocked and angry. At the beginning of the meeting, Commissioner Steve Schuldt made a motion to stop the public comment portion of the Houston County board meeting. Teresa Walter and Judy Storlie voted for the motion.  
  • Some time ago my uncle Joe Corcoran, lieutenant in charge of the homicide and sex crime unit for the St. Paul Police Department, now retired, said the worst thing that can happen to a law enforcement agency is to occasionally believe they are above the law.

  • As students everywhere gear up to go back to school, so are 20 AmeriCorps LEAP (Learning Early Achieves Potential) program members. These members work one-on-one in pre-school classrooms with children who are at-risk of falling behind in the skills necessary for success in kindergarten. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has been a sponsor of the AmeriCorps LEAP for the past 20 years. And we are proud of to have been a leader in Minnesota in dedicating this program to early childhood education.

  • Just before I was about to make a statement to the Houston County Board of Commissioners during their Aug. 19 meeting, they voted to cancel the “public comment” portion of their weekly meetings indefinitely. These are the words that Steve Schuldt, Judy Storlie and Board Chair Teresa Walter did not want to hear:

  • I would like to thank Commissioner Steve Schuldt for taking the advice of the architect and the county engineer by bringing in Ehlers & Associates. Ehlers is a financing firm that will get paid commission when the County Board OKs the bonding to build the new county engineer’s shop at the tune of around $5 million. HSR Associates (architect), will also be paid a very large commission once Commissioners Schuldt, Judy Storlie, and Teresa Walter approve the bond.

  • With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall.

  • What is the impact of Maranatha Fellowship (MF) on our wonderful community, my hometown? That’s worth pondering.  I’d like to share how MF has impacted me. 
  • Each year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awards approximately $1 million in grants to schools, communities, and nonprofits in order to strengthen early childhood programming and economic development efforts throughout southern Minnesota. 
  • ...in response to the Houston County July 8 board meeting video addressing the county engineer’s proposed new building. 
  • Planning and Zoning... denied the citizens of Houston County a fair chance to present evidence regarding the Erickson mine. 
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