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Bad clams (10/20/2014)
From: Rich Duellman

Marek’s Vikings column “Bad clams” was an excellent and humorous read. Sadly, it was also true. ... 

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Baratto deserves your vote (10/20/2014)
From: Susan Eddy

I’ve worked closely with Ben Baratto during his service with the Foundation for WAPS and he has gone above and beyond to serve the best interests of our students and residents by t ... 

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Concerned outdoorsman (10/20/2014)
From: Dale H. Hadler

Winona

As an avid fisherman and hunter, I am concerned about the current direction of the Winona County Board of Commissioners and their record of preserving hunting and fish ... 

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County budget plan a bad idea (10/20/2014)
From: Bob Redig

A reputable business would keep all options on the table in making decisions affecting its long-term viability and well being. In prematurely lowering the tax levy by two percent,  ... 

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Don’t forget Barbershoppers’ annual show (10/20/2014)
From: Michael Deiss

Winona Area

Barbershoppers’ Director

I would like to remind everyone to come out to the Winona Area Barbershoppers’ 59th annual show. The group will be doing a show entitled ... 

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Don't forget about costly shut-down (10/20/2014)
From: Dave Fratzke

Winona

It was a nice, warm, fall October day in 2013. I took a drive to Praire Island. McNally Landing gates were chained up. Some maintaince, I thought, so I drove to Verchota  ... 

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Kovecsi doesn’t follow the rules (10/20/2014)
From: Walt Kelly

Do you think public officials should follow the state law? Marie Kovecsi apparently thinks they are merely “guidelines” that don’t need to be followed exactly.

Take note of the i ... 

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Make sure your candidate is not in unions’ pocket (10/20/2014)
From: Don Antonson

Cochrane, Wis.

As we head to the polls on November 4, we need to know who we are voting for and solid reasons why we are voting for that person. Our decisions should not be made ... 

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No Vikes poem today (10/20/2014)
From: Bernie Mayzek

Winona

How frustrating it was on Sunday to sit down and watch our Vikings play, only to see the Packers on the Vikes’ channel — eight times, for at least five minutes at a tim ... 

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Officers put their lives on the line for us (10/20/2014)
From: Rita Clark

Minnesota City

Lately the media has been full of negative publicity about law enforcement in this country, but there are rarely reports about the good that these people do or the  ... 

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Please drive courteously (10/20/2014)
From: Elijah James

Winona

I have witnessed many acts of road rage since moving here a year ago. In a town this small with no freeway traffic jams such as those in L.A. or Minneapolis, I really do ... 

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Pomeroy wants to raise your taxes (10/20/2014)
From: Nick Redig

Last year Jim Pomeroy agreed that property taxes should not be raised because the financial goals could be met without raising taxes. In fact, the 2014 Winona County Board Goals (a ... 

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Re-elect Baratto (10/20/2014)
From: James R. and

Nancy M. Reynolds

Winona

Join us in re-electing Ben Baratto to the school board. Ben’s character and qualities as an experienced educational leader, capable and fully transpa ... 

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Rogers = higher taxes (10/20/2014)
From: Gary Kosen

Dakota, Minn.

I think I am paying enough taxes. Rogers is advocating raising taxes — either local property taxes, sales taxes or wheelage taxes. I say no to all her proposals.

Vo ... 

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Rogers will be a thoughtful leader (10/20/2014)
From: William Richardson

Pickwick, Minn.

Tired of bickering and back-biting at the county level? Tired of short-sighted budgeting, tax planning, and partisan “strategerie” at the cost of nuanced, ... 

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Thanks to Valentine, Ward, Jacob (10/20/2014)
From: Duane Wirt

Thank you to Winona County Commissioners Wayne Valentine, Marcia Ward, and Steve Jacob for not raising the tax levy. They were thinking of seniors living on a fixed income, student ... 

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The right election choices (10/20/2014)
From: Richard Fischer

Ward for county commissioner: Experienced — comes to meetings with extensively researched agenda; won’t cave to power-players; excellent track record; concerned for county; ha ... 

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Valentine and frac sand (10/20/2014)
From: Doug Nopar

As voters in the upcoming election, we need to ask, “Do we really want Winona County to join Western Wisconsin as a major regional frac sand mining center?”

Commissioner Valentin ... 

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Valentine for County Board (10/20/2014)
From: Donald J. Doerr Sr.

Winona

I support Valentine for re-election based on the fact that he is honest and dedicated to what is best for all Winona-area citizens, not just a handful of special i ... 

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Vote Ganrude for sheriff (10/20/2014)
From: Tim O’Brien

I have worked with Ron Ganrude for almost 30 years at Winona County. He is the best qualified to be the next sheriff out of the two candidates. Ron’s supervisory skills equals r ... 

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Vote Ganrude November 4 (10/20/2014)
From: Laurie Fisch

Winona

I have known Ron Ganrude since he was a little tyke. As his sister, I speak from experience to his character and work ethic. Ron is very compassionate and sincere in all ... 

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Vote Ward for fiscal sanity (10/20/2014)
From: Mary Low

Dresbach, Minn.

Grandpa said, “If you buy what you want, you won’t have money for what you need!” Repeat these words often, county commissioners. Nix the 17 percent tax increase you ... 

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Ward for the board (10/20/2014)
From: John F. Campe

Dakota, Minn.

I have found commissioner Ward approachable and willing to listen, in particular to matters related to zoning. Overall I must say I have found the Winona County e ... 

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What Evans is missing on WSU field deal (10/20/2014)
From: Steve Schild

Winona

At the end of his October 10 letter about WSU’s plan to build a baseball field in Lake Park, Gary Evans asked, “What am I missing?” As one who opposes giving away another ... 

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What if it were your neighbor (10/20/2014)
From: Kay and Stewart Shaw

Winona

In response to Fran Edstrom’s editorial on sand monitoring, we can only say she never would have written that if she lived where we do, within a quarter mile of t ... 

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Kovecsi for County Board (10/13/2014)
From: Debbie Sheets

Marie Kovesci, County Board candidate, will ask questions before making decisions. She will listen to her constituency. Marie will ask for information by which intelligent Count ... 

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Valentine a true leader (10/13/2014)
From: John Bronk

I have known Wayne for years and he’s fair, hard working and dependable. He is a good listener and is very concerned for the county and its people.

I support Wayne for county com ... 

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Why not support WSU? (10/13/2014)
From: Gary Evans

I’ve been retired for two months now, and I think this time it’s going to stick. The nicest thing about retirement, I have found, is having lots of time to think. Some of the thoug ... 

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A walk for water (10/08/2014)
From: Taylor Thoeny

and C-FC FFA

Imagine living in an area where the nearest open source of water is often hours of foot travel away and is contaminated with animal and human waste. The same water ... 

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Challeen's column is a great addition! (10/08/2014)
From: Ava Hall Larson

I am enjoying the editorials by Judge Dennis Challeen. I had the opportunity of sharing with him one day and I liked what I heard. I especially liked his most recent article.  ... 

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Kovecsi should run for council, not County Board (10/08/2014)
From: Lynn Redig

Marie Kovecsi should be running for City Council, not Winona County Commissioner. She seems to be a one-issue candidate about fracking. In her interview on Winona Radio, Marie was ... 

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Mental Illness Awareness Week — anxiety (10/08/2014)
From: Leah Koenigs

WSU COMPASS Intern

Mental Illness affects one in four people. More specifically, anxiety disorders affect around 20 percent of the population at any given time, the most common  ... 

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Valentine is a well-rounded leader (10/08/2014)
From: Walt Kelly

Wayne’s been very active in Winona County for decades before becoming a commissioner. Not only was he a newsperson, but also ran the family business and several other businesses,  ... 

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Vote Beyers, Ward, Valentine (10/08/2014)
From: Mary Cichanowski

Pickwick

There are people who want to deal with the world as they would have it, not as it actually is. Just because they don’t like something, that doesn’t make it illegal, ... 

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Vote for Baratto for School Board (10/08/2014)
From: Jenny Williams

I served with Baratto on boards throughout the past 10 years. Ben attends every meeting, comes prepared and listens to all sides before he makes any decisions, is great at wat ... 

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Vote Valentine November 4 (10/08/2014)
From: Marv Hunger

Wayne works to support all areas of Winona County, not just the taxpayers of his district. He truly cares about the environment. He is a member of several wildlife organizations,  ... 

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Armed Services members are always in danger (10/01/2014)
From: Jim R. Miller

Winona

Friday, September 26, marked the 60th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Japanese ocean ferry the Toya Maru with the loss of 1,500 lives. Among those lost were 35  ... 

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Downtown camera plan is 'Big Brother' invasion (10/01/2014)
From: Nathan Rislove

Winona

Has anyone read the book “1984” by George Orwell? He seemed to have a point. Surveillance of people leads to the lack of personal privacy. If a city allows public cam ... 

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Kovecsi should replace Valentine (10/01/2014)
From: Jean Hayes

Winona

I am supporting Marie Kovescsi to represent District 2 on the Winona County Board because: Kovesci has prepared herself for the job and will provide competent, prudent and  ... 

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Next week is Mental Illness Awareness Week (10/01/2014)
From: Helen Newell

NAMI – Winona Affiliate

President

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has gathered information and research statistics that I’d like to share with you.

Our nation ... 

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Public emotion shouldn’t drive NFL decisions (10/01/2014)
From: Stan Gudmundson

USAF (Ret)

“You might want to put a little ice on that.” According to Kathleen Willey, that’s what Bill Clinton told her to do after he allegedly sexually assaulted her. He l ... 

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Sand meeting pleads for answers from city (10/01/2014)
From: Steven Schild on behalf of Citizens Against Silica Mining, and Wendy Larson, Mike Kennedy, Dale Schauer, Joe Morse, Stewart Shaw

The frac-sand industry’s impact on Winona and the people who  ... 

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Support the Humane Society November 7 (10/01/2014)
From: Kaylee Haun and May Himlie, co-chairs of the Affair for the Animals

As the students are returning to school, the Winona Area Humane Society (WAHS) volunteers are hard at work planning this ye ... 

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Tax increases or cuts to services (10/01/2014)
From: Hans Madland

Winona

County government under the control of Mr. Valentine, Mr. Jacob, and Ms. Ward has been quite a little farcical show. However, the most recent news of potential tax incr ... 

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Thanks for Farmfest (10/01/2014)
From: Mark Jungerberg

The Old Time Farmfest Lions Club members of Fountain City express their appreciation to the many individuals who contributed to our three-day 2014 Farmfest celebration. Thank  ... 

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Thanks to those who stepped up to help us (10/01/2014)
From: Adam Burge

Winona

I would like to thank all of those who came to the aid of me and my son on Saturday, September 20th. We had rented a canoe from Lake Park Lodge and paddled around the lake ... 

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Vote for honesty, transparency; vote Kovecsi (10/01/2014)
From: Laurie Watson

Qualities I appreciate in good leadership: honesty, transparency, openness, intelligence, diligence, generosity. Marie Kovecsi offers all these traits in her bid for county comm ... 

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Vote for Kovecsi (10/01/2014)
From: John Kennedy

Asked why he endured endless public comment on issues before the council, late City Attorney George Robertson replied, “This is as close as we get to real Democracy…”

Marie Kove ... 

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War is not the answer (10/01/2014)
From: Tom Parlin

Winona

I have looked on with concern as President Obama repeats the mistakes of past administrations in using violence as a means to solve our problems. His bombing of Iraq contin ... 

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Ward has represented us well (10/01/2014)
From: Ann Lubinski

Marcia Ward is not a “yes” or “no” immediate answer person. Marcia strives to research items of concern to give an honest reply. We need representatives who don’t focus on a par ... 

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