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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:00 AM

In the spring of 2013, I wrote a column suggesting the time was right for Minnesota to legalize same-sex marriage. After it was published, I was prepared for repercussions.


    Earlier this month I had an opportunity to listen to a speech that State Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) made during a breakfast luncheon. The second-term legislator reviewed the bills that came out of the recently completed legislative session. He also provided his thoughts on where our state was going and issues that need to be addressed in upcoming sessions.


    In the spring of 2013, I wrote a column suggesting the time was right for Minnesota to legalize same-sex marriage. After it was published, I was prepared for repercussions.

  • By now I’m sure just about everyone has heard or read about Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, who resigned in shame because she had posed as a black woman even though she is biologically white.

  • I recently talked with the Twins’ organ player, Sue Nelson, and she gave me some positive feedback on her colleague, the Twins’ DJ, Tim Miller. Then she told me how he frequently “nudges” her over her headphones when she is visiting with fans, and she misses her cue to play her music. Sue Nelson plays her warm, traditional, baseball organ music from the Two Gingers Pub, located on the third level, right behind home plate. That is the perfect place for Sue to play, where her many friends and fans can visit her during the game. And every game she makes new friends and gets some new fans. She sits perched on her bench, overlooking Target Field; filled with enthusiasm — and oh so bubbly — she can talk about anything, and she wears the happiest smile at the ballpark.

  • Interstate 90 is the main east-west thoroughfare through southern Minnesota. The four-lane highway has a speed limit of 70 miles per hour to get people to where they want to go in the quickest time. The only real bends in the road are two large curves to edge up closer to Rochester near the airport. The aim of interstates is to get near larger cities to make it more efficient for the greatest number of people, although they also tend to avoid the heart of cities to avoid wasting valuable travel time for people passing by the cities.

  • Even though the Twins started out slowly, and they have had a recent slump, they are doing well overall and having fun – something that didn’t happen much in the past few years. I love Ron Gardenhire, but I know that Gardy and his staff were burned out. The new coaches are great, and brought a fresh new look to a clubhouse that had grown stale. I like Paul Molitor. He is a friend and a great manager, but I don’t consider him the life of the party.

  • I thought of that old folk song recorded more than 50 years ago by Peter, Paul and Mary, while driving along one of Fillmore County’s scenic byways. Only instead of flowers, I was singing, “Where have all the trees gone?”

  • If you have already read the story elsewhere in this newspaper about the sale of this company, you realize I now have an exit strategy. It appears much more predictable than my entry into the newspaper business, although one thing I have learned over the years is that nothing is entirely predictable.

  • Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, could suddenly become the land of 10,000 MUD PUDDLES.   
  • Two hundred fifty thousand miles is quite a distance. It's more than 10 times around the world. That is approximately how many miles I have driven during my daily commutes since I got back into the communications business 15 years ago. Those daily commutes were from my cozy abode in Canton to Spring Valley (five years), La Crescent (one year), Caledonia (eight years), and now either Rushford or Chatfield for the past four months.

  • Before my father was in the newspaper business, he worked for advertising agencies, either independent firms or departments of bigger companies. Maybe that role colored his outlook on branding, but I still remember a funny story about a driving trip we took from our home located east of here to Colorado.

  • 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.

Right to Marry

The Supreme Court made a historic ruling as they declared same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. Do you support their ruling?


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