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Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:47 PM
  • Two years ago I was present at and observed all but one of the frac sand "study" committee meetings in Houston County.  Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank's and Bob Scanlan's handpicked people on the committee.

  • Every fall, my cousin and I watch football games in his “man cave” that's equipped with sports memorabilia, Xbox, a fully stocked bar and the crown jewel, an HD 70-inch television. As a lifelong southerner who loves college football, this is nirvana. 
  • Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.   The Congress that just recessed until after the elections makes the 80th — the one that Harry Truman blasted as “do-nothing” — look like a paragon of productivity. This year’s members did manage to avoid a shutdown, but that’s about all. Congressional leaders spent the better part of the year avoiding tough votes.

  • I am writing this in response to the city council member that said the American Legion building was the ugliest building in Spring Grove. As I reply, I am reminded of a Johnny Cash song, “The Ragged Old Flag.” The American Legion and auxiliary are pretty proud of our building. It has served as a meeting place for the brave men and women who have served their country from the First World War to the present. This building has also served as a meeting place for many non-profit organizations such as the Semcac Senior Dining and Meals on Wheels program, the Commercial Club, and the Spring Grove Sons of Norway organization to name a few.

  • Buy local. Its a well known strategy for small towns. Keeping your grocery money close to home keeps the grocery store close to home.

  • This is an important time of year for Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). We are wrapping up our annual update visits with local city and county government leaders, requesting their continued financial support of the work we do. In addition, we now kick off our fall solicitation of businesses, banks, and individuals who support the work of the Foundation.

  • The recent shooting of unarmed teen, Michael Brown, has sparked a national discussion about police brutality, excessive force, and police accountability.  According to a new USA Today/PEW Research Center Survey, two out of three Americans say officers dont do a good job when it comes to using the right amount of force, fair treatment, and accountability. Many are debating whether or not police should be required to wear body cameras to audio and video record interactions between officers and civilians.

  • The primary is over and again, a disappointing turnout and a very important election coming up in less than two months. Are you happy with the way our representatives are doing in Washington? I certainly am not, however the only way to change this, is to elect people who can truly make those changes happen.

  • I was reading the article in the paper regarding the licensing of rental property in the city of Spring Grove. What is the purpose of this proposal? What benefit to the landowner will it be? Is the city going to advertise when a unit is available and take applications and check the background of the proposed tenant? Is this proposal to help the landlord or will it be another way for the city to generate income for themselves?

  • I wanted to say how thankful I am to have your excellent Spring Grove police officer on the job.

  • As a 21st century data-driven psychologist, I find it difficult to invoke the name of Sigmund Freud. In fact, when trying to type his name, I misspelled it on my first three attempts. Some sort of slip, I guess. It has been suggested by some that Freud’s influence today is more noteworthy in the field of literature than in the field of psychology. As it turns out, many of his psychoanalytic ideas have not been supported by research data.

  • 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.”

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