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Wednesday, June 03, 2015 7:48 AM

Ever notice how a certain smell, song, taste or picture of something can jar your memory and suddenly transport you back in time? That happened to me the other night while I was watching a TV commercial. I can't tell you what product was being promoted, but there was a goat in the commercial. Not just any goat, a Toggenburg goat that was a dead ringer to Buckley the goat I locked horns with half a lifetime ago.

  • Ever notice how a certain smell, song, taste or picture of something can jar your memory and suddenly transport you back in time? That happened to me the other night while I was watching a TV commercial. I can't tell you what product was being promoted, but there was a goat in the commercial. Not just any goat, a Toggenburg goat that was a dead ringer to Buckley the goat I locked horns with half a lifetime ago.

     
  • The Memorial Day ceremony this year was so excellent that I felt it should be acknowledged in the paper.

     
  • It's undeniable that our rural towns are different than they were even one generation ago. There are a few less businesses, a few more shuttered houses. To passersby, it might appear that these places are dying, some already dead. Certainly, books like Joseph Amato's “Decline of Rural Minnesota” (1993) and Patrick Carr and Maria Kefalas' “Hollowing Out the Middle” (2010) tell the story of young people moving out, deaths outpacing births, and the decline of agriculture as a primary economic engine.

     
  • The narrative on the future of small towns seems to be undergoing a subtle change away from the gloom that dominated the storyline in recent years to a more complex view that includes several reasons for optimism.

     
  • During a conversation with a local woman who is interested in getting young people to vote and become more involved in the political process, a comment she made stunned me for a moment. She said that the parents of young people today have never seen effective government in action.

     
  • Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), which was held at the Harmony Golf Course. I guess the reason I was invited is because I'm managing editor of two newspapers in communities that CEDA employees serve.

     
  • Residents who were incorrectly concerned that I do not support land buffers can rest easier tonight.

     
  • This past Friday, May 15, I celebrated an auspicious anniversary. It was exactly one year since I had been laid off my job. I had been serving as the marketing specialist for a manufacturing company. It was a good gig. I did product photography, product writing, helped design and layout on-line and print advertising and monitored the company's website.

     
  • As I was wandering through the finish area of the Almanzo 100 in Spring Valley Saturday around 5 p.m. with my camera, I was stopped a couple times by bicyclists, handed cell phones and asked if I could take “selfies” of them. They didn’t ask for anything in the background, just a photo of them after finishing the 100-mile race on gravel roads throughout Fillmore County that took about eight hours.

     
  • Last month Gov. Mark Dayton proposed legislation that would mandate a 50-foot wide buffer strip be located between ag land and every creek, stream, river, drainage ditch, pond, slough, sinkhole and lake in Minnesota. On paper, it sounded like a good way to cut down on the ag chemical run-off that has been polluting our surface and ground water. Gov. Dayton maintained the current law requiring a 16.5-foot buffer just wasn’t getting the job done.

     
  • From 2008 to 2011, Duane Benson spent much of his time being an advocate for the state’s youngest residents, pushing for quality early childhood learning. The former state senator and Lanesboro area farmer was the executive director of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) at the time.

     
  • Monday morning as I was flying from Pittsburgh to Minnesota, I was writing this column, editing news stories, formatting photos and, if I had time, designing pages for this week’s edition. In other words, I was at my desk, which just happened to be a laptop more than 10,000 feet above earth.

     
  • 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.

     
Water Contamination

Scientists with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found widespread contamination of pharmaceuticals drugs along with other chemicals within the state’s lakes and rivers. Do you think more needs to be done to address this issue?



 

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