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Tuesday, May 03, 2016 4:01 PM
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.

  • 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.

  • Last week’s column about the health of residents in Fillmore and Houston counties noted that the results don’t follow trends in other rural counties of Minnesota. One reason could be that we aren’t as rural as we think.

  • Fillmore and Houston counties continue to defy the trends when it comes to the health of local residents. A recent survey of national county health rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed Houston County is ranked fifth in Minnesota and Fillmore County ninth in the state in health outcomes.

  • Rural Minnesota is losing a community hub — the local grocery store — in many towns. Between 2000 and 2013, Greater Minnesota lost 14 percent of its grocery stores. In southeastern Minnesota, the decline was 12 percent.

  • The mythical town of Lake Wobegon created by Garrison Keillor is “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” In many ways, Minnesota holds up to those impossible standards as the state regularly tops, or places high in, surveys measuring such conditions as health, education, voter turnout and, recently, the economy.

  • “Water is gold, and it is getting more valuable,” says U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy.

  • As legislators prepare to meet in St. Paul in a few weeks, one of the main topics of discussion will be transportation funding. It’s a familiar topic as it was also a priority before last year’s legislative session.

  • More than a year after Alco announced it was closing all 198 of its discount stores spread across the United States in small towns, the Alco stores in Cresco, Spring Valley and Zumbrota, among others, remain empty. The former store in Caledonia was torn down, but the lot remains empty.

  • With the recent allegations against the former director of Southeastern Minnesota Historic Bluff Country coming into the public eye when charges were filed recently, many people are wondering about the future of the organization. The Historic Bluff Country board of directors would like to assure people that we remain committed to ensuring the organization remains viable.

  • Courses in which students receive both college and high school credit are becoming more common in area high schools. A student last spring received a high school diploma from Kingsland High School and a two-year associate of arts diploma from Riverland Community College after taking several College in the Schools classes at the high school for dual credit. More Kingsland High School students are on track to do the same this year.

  • For an industry that is supposed to be dying, there was certainly a lot of youthful energy at the Minnesota Newspaper Association annual convention last week. 

  •   The United Nations has 10,000 Syrian refugees in the pipeline for the United States — and virtually none can be successfully screened for terrorist ties or anything else — and now Sens. Klobuchar and Franken are pressuring Obama to bring in 65,000 by the end of his term. 
Down to Three

The Republican Party has seen two candidates drop out of the race this week leaving only Donald Trump, while on the Democratic side Bernie Sanders has declared that he will stay in the race until the final primary. Do you think Sanders should concede to Hillary Clinton?


 

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