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home : spring valley tribune : tribune commentary April 16, 2014 

Minimum wage increase making big impact on local small businesses
It's not hard to understand why there is such strong support for raising the minimum wage in Minnesota, which became a reality after the Legislature approved a bill and Gov. Mark Dayton signed it into law Monday. The measure will raise the minimum wage in Minnesota to $9.50 per hour, a rate that will be phased in by 2016.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Class trip choice shows focus of Kingsland students
Kingsland - and the districts that combined to make Kingsland - rarely had a senior class trip, which is an annual event in most small school districts in the area. This year's senior class decided it wanted a class trip to form final, lasting memories together and, since it lacked a tradition to follow, invented its own trip.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Cemeteries have unintended benefits to world of the living
When I was doing some research for a project on urban wildlife, I found some interesting information about the role cemeteries play. They aren't exactly wildlife refuges, but they provide good habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Busted brackets the norm, despite promises of riches
I don't need to ask you if your bracket has been busted after another round of upsets unfolded in the NCAA basketball tournament. March madness lives up to its name as unpredictability reigns in this annual event.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
'Unsession' may remove outdated laws, except liquor store prohibition
You can't drive a car in neutral in Minnesota. You're probably thinking you can't drive a car in neutral anywhere because it defies physics. However, in Minnesota there has been a law on the books since 1937 that makes it a crime.
Monday, March 17, 2014
DMC has already transformed area over the past two decades
The potential impact of Destination Medical Center on our area is of much interest to local residents. A regional meeting in Lanesboro and a community meeting in LeRoy were held late last year with representatives from DMC. Harmony had a discussion session last week and Spring Valley's community foundation will feature a speaker on DMC in April.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Glory days don't have to end
It's been a good school year for area students competing in extracurricular activities at our local schools. Chatfield has two champion teams in football and wrestling along with a state champion wrestler in individual competition.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Worst of winter is over, or so it seems
I found myself stopped on a major highway twice last week, something that hasn't happened to me since the last time I was in a rush hour in a big city. I wasn't in a big city and I wasn't in rush hour traffic. Instead, I was dealing with the power of a blizzard that shut down our area Thursday and Friday.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Many students paying for lack of parents' payments
A school lunch policy survey by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, an advocacy project for low-income citizens, has created quite a bit of interest in how schools in the state handle delinquent accounts. It has also raised philosophical questions about the role of schools in matters outside of education.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Day at school brings rewards, but also causes exhaustion
"You're going to be exhausted when 3:30 comes around," Project Lead The Way teacher Brent Stinson told me as I was leaving Kingsland Middle School the evening before my scheduled volunteer role in the WatchDOGS program at the elementary school all day Friday.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Those senior moments actually show a full mind
New research shows that perhaps those senior moments aren't due to declining cognitive performance. Instead, it may be because as people age, their minds become more full, taking longer to make the connections as it filters through all the information accumulated over the years
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Jeani Guy shows the power of the heart on community
When people think of pillars of the community, they often turn to public officials, business people, philanthropists, the movers and shakers, and other people in visible positions. However, a pillar can also be someone who may not be obvious, but is always there with a smile and a kind word, building up the community by small gestures over time.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Hard work, thorough coverage make a community newspaper
When people from out of town ask what I do, I tell them I publish community newspapers. I'm not sure what they get out of that description.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Shopping much more than price comparisons
A recent debate on Facebook centered on whether a resident living in a small town in central Minnesota who had solicited quotes on a home project he was doing should pay substantially more to purchase his supplies for a home improvement project locally, or save costs by shopping with a chain out of town in a larger city 50 miles away. It's an argument often debated here as well.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011


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