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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:35 AM

The primary is over and again, a disappointing turnout and a very important election coming up in less than two months. Are you happy with the way our representatives are doing in Washington? I certainly am not, however the only way to change this, is to elect people who can truly make those changes happen.

  • This is an important time of year for Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). We are wrapping up our annual update visits with local city and county government leaders, requesting their continued financial support of the work we do. In addition, we now kick off our fall solicitation of businesses, banks, and individuals who support the work of the Foundation.

     
  • The recent shooting of unarmed teen, Michael Brown, has sparked a national discussion about police brutality, excessive force, and police accountability.  According to a new USA Today/PEW Research Center Survey, two out of three Americans say officers dont do a good job when it comes to using the right amount of force, fair treatment, and accountability. Many are debating whether or not police should be required to wear body cameras to audio and video record interactions between officers and civilians.

     
  • Current Sheriff Dave Mueller claims success for a fitness program.  The Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA) disagrees. 

     
  • I am supporting Kevin Torgerson for sheriff.  I first met Kevin through Interfaith Hospitality Network where he donated his time to help us create the “Bed Race” held during Rochesterfest.  Kevin gives back to the community, through Special Olympics, Torch Run, Polar Plunge, and countless other events.  He doesn't join a cause for personal recognition, but because he cares. 

     
  • The primary is over and again, a disappointing turnout and a very important election coming up in less than two months. Are you happy with the way our representatives are doing in Washington? I certainly am not, however the only way to change this, is to elect people who can truly make those changes happen.

     
  • 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.

     
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