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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 9:41 AM

The increasing gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” has been a national, even global, concern over the past several years. Minnesota school administrators, particularly those in Greater Minnesota, have started to raise concern about a similar gap in one particular area — deferred maintenance funding for schools.

  • The increasing gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” has been a national, even global, concern over the past several years. Minnesota school administrators, particularly those in Greater Minnesota, have started to raise concern about a similar gap in one particular area — deferred maintenance funding for schools.

     
  • Confusion has reigned in Spring Valley since the local solid waste service recently changed its schedule. Some residents have had their garbage totes out the wrong days and their recycling totes out the wrong weeks for the every-other-week recycling service.

     
  • Divining the mysteries of the economy seems to be about as reliable as reading tea leaves. Even among experts, there are different answers on how the economy in the United States is doing. Ask the average person, and the answer varies even more, depending on location and other circumstances.

     
  • They say that LIFE is what happens when we are making other plans.... ditto DEATH.

     
  • The darkest season seems particularly cruel this year. Bitter cold and snow came shortly after Halloween. A string of deaths, including leaders in communities from Rushford to Spring Valley, continues. The announcement of the closing of Alco stores in Caledonia, Cresco and Spring Valley bolsters a trend of downsizing the business presence in our small towns.

     
  • Buildings in downtown Rochester are reportedly being sold for millions of dollars, some more than twice their estimated value, likely a result of the $6 billion Destination Medical Center project that is just getting underway. DMC isn’t just about real estate speculation, though, as new hotels, senior housing units and office buildings are already going up in Rochester in anticipation of the growth the project will bring.

     
  • Former Tri-County Record publisher Myron Schober’s obituary noted that when he returned to the Midwest, a region he valued for its high value on truth, honesty and justice, after serving in the military, he had a goal: “My life plan is simple — be good and do good...it’s in the execution that the details get sticky.”

     
  • I want to say how proud I am of the confirmation students of Chatfield United Methodist Church and their friends who provided safety on Halloween evening in downtown Chatfield.  
  • On a recent Monday night in Brooklyn, five empty chairs stood on stage — one for each member of the Federal Communications Commission. A crowd had amassed in the room for a public hearing to send this message to the agency: Dont hurt the open Internet.

     
  • The soldiers who fought the Revolutionary War were our first veterans, the only cohort of U.S. warriors who took up arms to create rather than defend a country.

     
  • I would like to share our state Representative Greg Davids’ record of times he proposed and voted for property tax relief in our district.

     
  • Minnesota is a leader in percentage of voters, but sometimes we elect (or re-elect) a career politician when a statesman (or stateswoman) is running against him.   
  • 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.

     
  • When change is effected in the correct manner with the help and support of the base of an organization, change will be effective. While the current leadership of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office has effected change, it has been done so without the support of the rank and file simply because the rank and file had no idea what the change or vision was. 

     
Food Waste

The average household in Minnesota throws away $96 worth of food annually. How do you compare?




 

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