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Tuesday, August 05, 2014 10:38 AM
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.
  • 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. 
  • A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, N.D., are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Mich., are state capitals. 
  • You perhaps more or less remember what congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said on a radio talk show a few months ago about "work" and "culture." It led to a midsize flap about whether he is a racist.

     
  • I would like to say that it is too bad the council got rid of Mayor (Lyman) Hare. No one is perfect and if there were problems they should have discussed them with Lyman and given him a chance to work it out. He is a good man and did a good job and would still be doing a good job if given the support he needed.

     
  • Thousands of armed teenagers (mostly boys) descended upon Alexandria, Minn., earlier this month for five days, June 6 to 10. It sounded like something out of "The Wild Ones" or worse. Since my liberal friends and the media always say that boys and guns are a bad mix, I figured I'd check it out. 
  • Since 1998 Valspar Corporation, headquartered in Minneapolis, has partnered with the six Minnesota initiative foundations for the "Minnesota Beautiful" program. This grant provides free paint to communities and nonprofits for beautification and restoration projects. 
  • In 2011, I authored legislation to address the issue of income tax reciprocity between Minnesota and Wisconsin. This legislation was passed, signed into law and gave the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue the authority to negotiate a new reciprocity agreement with the State of Wisconsin. Since then, efforts have been made each year to reach a new agreement; however, a compromise has not been finalized between the two states. 
  • Talk about being kicked to the curb. A little-known, under-financed tea party challenger crushed seven-term Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in an unusual primary loss. 
  • What's more important when it comes to current matters of race in the United States? 
  • Taxpayers fund one-third of abortions in Minnesota, according to figures released in early April by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This is cause for serious concern and discussion. 
  • My grandfather Owens lived beside County Road 8, miles north of Spring Valley in southeastern Minnesota. During the first year of the 20th century the road was not much more than a wide trail. Very few travelled the trail; most walked, a few rode horses and fewer still rode in buggies. 
  • For what it's worth and to many people in Spring Valley, it's worth a lot! 
  • For the first decade that I suffered from severe and almost daily migraines, I didn't consider them a gift. Yet, in a way - a very painful one - they are. 
  • Want to know what's causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here's a hint: it's not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it's a pair of three-year-old laws. 
  • Each of us must take responsibility for our health. We must become more active as a nation and more selective about what we eat. The average American is overweight and a large percentage of our nation is obese. 
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