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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:55 AM

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.

  • 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.

     
  • I often pick on the meteorologists for their inaccurate weather forecasts. For example, Sunday’s original forecast for light snow was recalculated to a prediction of up to three to five inches Saturday and then recalculated yet again early Sunday afternoon to a winter storm warning after it was evident this was not a minor event.

     
  • I grew up in a home where religion was always on the front burner. From my earliest memories, the Warner family attended the Brownton Congregational Church EVERY Sunday. And following the Sunday service, we also spent an additional hour at “Sunday School” learning more about the Bible and how to live with our friends and neighbors.

     
  • Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. To understand just how many straws 500 million really is, this would fill over 125 school buses with straws every day.  
  • This week is Sunshine Week. The name has nothing to do with the actual sun, which has been warming our area well above normal this past week. The week is a national initiative to promote dialogue about open government that should operate in the light of day, rather than secretly in the dark.

     
  • With a sparse crowd attending the meet-the-candidates sessions for District 1 Fillmore County commissioner, the question came up last Thursday if candidates are responsible for engaging constituents in the process and, if so, how would that be done. The sessions were set up for three weeks — one night for each candidate — in Spring Valley for people voting in the special election on March 31.

     
  • By the time you folks read this column, the mercury “should” be indicating outside temps in the upper 40’s and even the low 50’s. Here’s hoping the incredibly cold February of 2015 became a distant bad dream when we peeled that month off the calendar and survived the first week of March.

     
  • The early years of the last century were plagued by tuberculosis. In Minnesota every county had its own sanitarium. People were sent there to keep them from spreading the airborne disease to others. There was no cure, no vaccination, no treatment...

     
  • My name is Jackson Pettes and I am a sixth grader at Paideia Academy in Apple Valley, Minn. As a class project, for Minnesota history, we are researching a Distinguished Service Cross soldier with Minnesota connections to World War I. The soldier I chose was William MacDonald, who was born in Chatfield. As part of this project, we are sending it to editors of local newspapers to inform citizens about Distinguished Service Cross recipients and local connections. 
  • On Tuesday, March 31, Fillmore County will be electing a new county commissioner for District 1.  District 1 includes residents of City of Chatfield, City of Wykoff, Chatfield Township, Jordan Township, Fillmore Township, Spring Valley Township and Sumner Township. 

     
  • As many of you probably read last week, I have been hired by the Bluff Country Newspaper Group to serve as managing editor of two of its newspapers…The Chatfield News and The Tri-County Record of Rushford. And if you read the article in last week’s paper, you might recall that I have more than a quarter century of “newspapering” in Fillmore and Houston counties, either owning or managing newspapers in Harmony, Lanesboro, Spring Valley, La Crescent and Caledonia.

     
MN Soccer

Major League Soccer announced that Minnesota will be the home of a new Major League Soccer team. The owners also announced they want to build a new open-air stadium for the team. Do you think it should be funded through public subsidies or privately funded?



 

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