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A label from beer brewed in perhaps the longest-running brewery in the area in Rushford from 1890 to 1905.
A label from beer brewed in perhaps the longest-running brewery in the area in Rushford from 1890 to 1905.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 8:45 AM
Bluff Country has gained a couple distilleries, a vineyard, a hard cider production plant and plans for a brewery in the past five years. It may seem like a new trend, but the developments actually harken back to a century ago when breweries were located in several area towns and a distillery produced rye whiskey in Forestville.

  • Bluff Country has gained a couple distilleries, a vineyard, a hard cider production plant and plans for a brewery in the past five years. It may seem like a new trend, but the developments actually harken back to a century ago when breweries were located in several area towns and a distillery produced rye whiskey in Forestville.

  • When Sen. Al Franken visited Kingsland two weeks ago, he was interested in talking about science, technology, engineering and science (STEM). However, the conversation kept drifting into other areas, ranging from American culture to creativity. That’s what happens when you include faculty from the art, music and English departments in a roundtable.

  • U.S. Sen. Al Franken showed his wit, geographic knowledge and artistic skills Friday during a stop at Kingsland Public School. Kingsland graduating seniors also got a chance to probe his mind for insight on his job, his relationships with others, his opinions and even his comedy.

  • Our state representative, Greg Davids, thinks that making cigarettes cheaper is a good idea. He wants to help big out-of-state tobacco companies at the expense of people’s health. His cigarette excise tax cut will cost Minnesotans about $30 million in lost revenue for the next biennium and untold millions in medical costs and premium increases in the future.

  • Law enforcement officers are, at times, met with suspicion and distrust, given the recent high profile incidents involving encounters that have resulted in the deaths of people who didn’t deserve that unhappy ending. At least, on a national level, that seems to be the theme.

  • The following letter was mailed to me the week following Chatfield's city-wide garage sales. 

  • Another successful year has come and gone for our Trash and Treasure Sale, with 60 paid participants — and 25 to 30 unpaid sales. 

  • Finding someone to take care of children during the day and getting a speedy connection for online activities is a personal concern for many individuals. However, recently they have become economic development issues, not only among leaders in local communities, but also among state officials.

  • Many years ago, a person came into my office to threaten my newspaper with a boycott. Other local businesses received the same message if they supported the cause this person was against. I listened to him, but didn’t guarantee anything would change since we were merely reporting events.

  • Failure to meet expectations: My job performance evaluation of our Senate and House of Representatives shows southeastern Minnesota has given up a lot in the way of budget compromises.

  • The number of patients enrolled in the Minnesota medical marijuana program is far lower than expected. Only 1,300 patients have been approved, which is much less than the 5,000 predicted by the 2017 fiscal year.

  • The 53-year-old Clarion Inn in Rochester abruptly shut its doors Friday, the same day hotel officials made the announcement to employees it was closing. The hotel, part of a chain that owns Holiday Inn, plans to put a new Candlewood Inn on the same property by the end of the year.

  • This early in the legislative session, the easier bills tend to move forward through the Minnesota legislative process. Among those are a buffer bill that corrects a controversy, a fireworks bill that is surprisingly controversial and a fantasy sports bill that should be more controversial.

  • We moved to Chatfield one year ago from Lanesboro. We love the community so far but I have noticed a huge problem with the pedestrian safety in the downtown area. I always yield to pedestrians; on multiple occasions I have been passed on the right and have had oncoming vehicles not yield. This is causing an even more dangerous situation. I implore you to please do something about this situation. 

  • A man, although never identified, made the news earlier this spring when he tried to be a good Samaritan to a 9-year-old boy who lost his dog. The reason he made the news, though, is because the initial fear was that he was up to something no good.

Healthcare

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the one of the state’s largest health care insurers, announced they would no longer be selling plans to individuals and families in Minnesota starting in 2017. Are you worried about how this could affect your coverage?


 

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