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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:15 PM

Months ago, Olmsted County Sheriff Dave Mueller touted his “accomplishments” in conjunction with his announcement to seek re-election, including a reduction in detention staff at the adult detention center, saving taxpayers $300,000 annually.

  • As a 21st century data-driven psychologist, I find it difficult to invoke the name of Sigmund Freud. In fact, when trying to type his name, I misspelled it on my first three attempts. Some sort of slip, I guess. It has been suggested by some that Freud’s influence today is more noteworthy in the field of literature than in the field of psychology. As it turns out, many of his psychoanalytic ideas have not been supported by research data.

     
  • Months ago, Olmsted County Sheriff Dave Mueller touted his “accomplishments” in conjunction with his announcement to seek re-election, including a reduction in detention staff at the adult detention center, saving taxpayers $300,000 annually.

     
  • In January, President Obama declared that despite congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

     
  • Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: Land of Decay and Dysfunction.”

     
  • What explains the never-ending justifications for U.S. involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts? In a word: Oil.

     
  • As students everywhere gear up to go back to school, so are 20 AmeriCorps LEAP (Learning Early Achieves Potential) program members. These members work one-on-one in pre-school classrooms with children who are at-risk of falling behind in the skills necessary for success in kindergarten. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has been a sponsor of the AmeriCorps LEAP for the past 20 years. And we are proud of to have been a leader in Minnesota in dedicating this program to early childhood education.

     
  • Robert Frost, in 1920, wrote the poem "Fire and Ice."  Today, a century later, as our own world is ending, his thoughts bear rereading and marveling at how very close he came to "nailing it" as our current American lingo puts it. 
  • With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall.

     
  • I want to thank you and all the wonderful people of Chatfield who made my wife, Linda, and me feel so very welcome.  We enjoyed the day so much.  It was a fantastic parade.  By far the best one we have had this year.

     
  • Each year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awards approximately $1 million in grants to schools, communities, and nonprofits in order to strengthen early childhood programming and economic development efforts throughout southern Minnesota. 
  • A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, N.D., are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Mich., are state capitals. 
  • These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn't. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals in Phoenix. 
  • My mother decided she wanted to travel and visit with friends she hadn't seen in some time. But that meant a long trip, and a great deal of planning. She wanted to travel from a farm 10 miles south of Chatfield, all the way to Douglas, Minn. 
  • We are in the midst of the Sixth Extinction, but many people prefer to ignore the evidence. I, personally, am in the midst of reading about it, especially two books by Elizabeth Kolbert: "The Sixth Extinction," which came out in February of this year and "Field Notes from a Catastrophe," copyright 2006. 
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