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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:03 PM

A neighborhood brimming with gang violence, nudity, extremely coarse language, and drug and alcohol abuse isn’t a place for kids, particularly impressionable youth about to enter their teen years.

  • Greg Rendahl recently expressed his disappointment with my opposition to Gov. Dayton's idea requiring 50-foot buffer zones along rivers and streams (Bluff Country Reader letter April 20 edition). He thinks I'm catering to the interests of a few "greedy" farmers.

     
  • Minnesota State FFA Secretary Valerie Earley was the main speaker at the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA banquet last week. She felt at home since it really has been home for the Wykoff resident, who noted she is a “proud” member of the chapter even though she graduated from Kingsland High School in 2014.

     
  • My column this week is a public service announcement to all persons of the male persuasion married to a member of the fairer sex. In other words, all you married guys out there.

     
  • How would you like to have the U.S. government inform the approximately 20,000 residents of Fillmore County that we all had to move out to make room for a new military installation? Oh yes, Uncle Sam is going to pay each of us $20,000 for our troubles. And once we’re kicked out of our homes, farms and communities, there would be no coming back.

     
  • A neighborhood brimming with gang violence, nudity, extremely coarse language, and drug and alcohol abuse isn’t a place for kids, particularly impressionable youth about to enter their teen years.

     
  • As I was motoring to work the other day I heard a news report about a man from Changsha, China, who took “two-timing” to an entirely new level. At first I thought the news report was a hoax. So I did a little research on the Internet and came across numerous news reports from fairly credible sources about the episode.

     
  • The controversy surrounding the “religious freedom” laws some states have tried to enact and the fatal incidents involving white police shooting black suspects have led to national dialogue on institutional discrimination or prejudice. Activists are inspecting laws and internal policies to make sure people are treated equally.

     
  • “Give the gift of life,” is a slogan that the American Red Cross has utilized for its Bloodmobile donor program many years. Every two seconds a person in the U.S. receives a unit of blood, which computes to 43,200 units per day or 15,768,000 units every year. That’s a lot of units of blood, coming from a lot of selfless donors.

     
  • Yesterday as I was picking up garbage on our two-mile stretch of road on State Highway 30 (off of 74). I was stunned at the amount of beer cans/bottles and hard liquor bottles that had been tossed into the ditch.  A new low was finding a used pregnancy test.  Ninety percent of the garbage was alcohol related with chewing tobacco/cigarettes, broken car parts, and litter rounding out the other 10 percent. 

     
  • Indiana was in the national spotlight last week after the Legislature passed a “religious freedom” law that was signed by Gov. Mike Pence. Although the original intent may have held true to its name, many thought it was a smokescreen to allow businesses to discriminate against people by citing religious beliefs if they get sued.

     
  • With housing being considered a basic need, the state does a lot to help ensure Minnesotans of all ages and incomes are able to find an affordable place to rent or own. This was the focus of discussions I had recently with some Albert Lea constituents who work with Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless.

     
  • Now that we’re about half way through the 2015 legislative session, you’ll start to hear much more discussion about budget targets. With the Legislature under full DFL control over the past two years, many pieces of legislation passed on strictly partisan votes. This year, we have a split Legislature and Republicans in the Senate have been busy bringing proposals to the table that will help Minnesotans. We’re seeing encouraging signs that some of these bills are gaining traction, so keep an eye out for them as committee deadlines approach.

     
  • Music In Our Schools was celebrated in our area schools during the month of March. It’s a time when our students, instructors, directors, school staff and students’ parents are all recognized for their magnificent efforts in promoting vocal and instrumental music in our schools.

     
  • A Republican proposal to give the nearly $1.9 billion state surplus back to residents — about $350 per person — appears to be dead as legislators, including many Republicans, have other ideas this session. They include investing some of the excess money in education, budget reserves to prevent some of the problems the state has experienced in recent years, and public infrastructure, which has been neglected in recent years.

     
  • Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.

     
Minnesota Gas Tax

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