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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:24 PM

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.

  • 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.

     
  • 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. 

     
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