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Guest Commentary: Creating a sense of belonging right here in southern Minnesota

By Tim Penny President & CEO of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Many of us who grew up in, ...

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Gene Dornink: Senate session comes to a close

It has been a productive week at the Capitol with many long nights and robust debates. We came ...

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Guest commentary: Future of farmland

By Tim Penny President, CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Many of the farmers that I know ...

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Guest Commentary: Vaccine offers hope for returning to what we love

As a primary care physician at Mayo Clinic, it’s my job to listen to and advise my patients ...

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Guest commentary: Want broadband deployed statewide? Work with electric cooperatives

The COVID-19 pandemic created many challenges in the past year, including forcing school districts and business owners to ...

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Guest Commentary: Advocacy using the five E’s

By Julie Clinefelter Executive Director Austin Public Library The events of 2020 required the library to reflect and ...

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Guest Commentary: Wish nature a ‘happy birthday’ this spring

By Luke Reese Executive Director Jay C. Hormel Nature Center For 50 years, the Jay C. Hormel Nature ...

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Guest Commentary: Celebrating entrepreneurs

By Tim Penny Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation President/CEO National Entrepreneurship Week takes place each year in late February. ...

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Trish Harren: Concierge Program makes transition to Austin seamless

Growing up, I moved a lot. My father was a commercial contractor building banks, schools and hospitals, and ...

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Guest Commentary: Meals on Wheels continues to serve our community

By Brian Johnson Growing up in Minnesota during the winter months, most students can look forward to an ...

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Guest Commentary: Collaboration is key to moving forward

By Tim Penny Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation President/CEO When I served in Congress, I was dedicated to representing ...

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Kevin Nelson: Neighborhood rinks ice: almost there!

Parks maintenance staff have been pouring water several days and nights per week at neighborhood outdoor rinks, off ...

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Scott Felten: County lays out the next steps in county commissioner special election

The next step in filling the Mower County District 1 county commissioner vacancy will be the Special Primary ...

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Guest column: Strengthening communities by supporting our youth

By Kelsey Shea YMCA Community Engagement Coordinator The year 2020 has been filled with lots of unforeseen changes ...

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Guest commentary: Minnesota’s businesses must be reopened

By Mark Dvorak State Commander, American Legion Department of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, we ask that you reopen ...

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