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Generally Speaking is the Voyageur's forum for columns, cartoons, and letters to the editor. Skeeter Tales by Joel Seibel is our very own locally produced cartoon. Columns include "Wright News" by Jennie K. Hanson, "Villa Vista News" by Renee Klejeski and "Slices of Life" by Jill Pertler. Views expressed in columns, cartoons, and letters represent the views of the authors.

 

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August you're tough to love

Thank you to Robyn Larson and Gerry Aho

The pendulum has swung

The clothes ... make the man, or do they?

All thumbs

Redistribution recession

The kids outshine us again

Youth unemployment

A watched pot

Midterm elections

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Sandpiper approval process - live or “Memorex”?

Remember those commercials? “Is it live, or is it Memorex?” We were challenged to discern whether something was happening live, or whether we were listening to a recording. If you accept the metaphor, I have to admit wondering the same about the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) public input and approval process related to their decision whether or not to grant a certificate of need to Enbridge for the Sandpiper Pipeline.

My concern is rooted in a couple experiences I have had in the past with governmental processes. In both cases, a process revealed itself to be larger parts theater than the defined process that was to be in play.

The first was many years ago, when I volunteered to be part of a public process the St. Paul School District organized to look at ways to desegregate the school district other than reliance on bussing. There were almost 100 members of the public at the initial meeting. After an opening presentation and some discussion about what other school districts across the country ...

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Other Columns

Thank you to Robyn Larson and Gerry Aho

The pendulum has swung

The clothes ... make the man, or do they?

All thumbs

Redistribution recession

The kids outshine us again

Youth unemployment

A watched pot

Midterm elections

Nature was ready, we mostly were

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

August, you’re tough to love

The month of August is named for the grandnephew of Julius Caesar, Augustus. The Roman Senate decided Augustus needed a month after he defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra to become emperor of Rome. The Senate also decided, in the interest of fairness, that August should have 31 days, as did July, the month named after Julius.

This decision was not without its implementation challenges for the Julian calendar. Previously, August would alternate between 30 and 31 days. To bestow that 31st day to August annually, they stole a day from February; and, to avoid having three long months in a row they also rearranged the last four months of the year – leaving us with April, June, September, and November as 30-day months. Wow, the challenge of having emperors!

It may be worth mentioning that Julius and Augustus are the only two emperors with months named after them, though other emperors tried. Claudius and Nero, that famous fiddler, claimed May and April, respectively, but their attempts didn’t stick. (Calendar information from infoplease.com.)

I’m not a fan of August. Are you? August was the month where, as a youth, the summer could run out of steam and thoughts of going back to school didn’t seem so unpleasant. This ...

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news photo
Other Columns

The pendulum has swung

The clothes ... make the man, or do they?

All thumbs

Redistribution recession

The kids outshine us again

Youth unemployment

A watched pot

Midterm elections

Nature was ready, we mostly were

The day of Doug

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Thank you to Robyn Larson and Gerry Aho

CROMWELL/WRIGHT, Minn.—Welcome to any new readers of this column. I have been writing this column since 1982 and it has been a joy to do it and it also helps to keep my mind active.

There’s not much news this week as it’s the Dog Days of Summer. Once the Carlton County Fair is over, (held in Barnum from August 14 – 17) most folks look forward to school starting, getting back on a regular schedule and the various sports seasons. School will start on Tuesday, September 2. There will probably be some new faces among the employees and kids, but let’s hope all fit in well and the school year gets off to a great start.

It will be a sad day for the Blaine Schatz family. On August 13, the total auction sale of the inventory, collector tractors and machinery of BJ’s in Wright, will take place. The station closed over a year ago as Blaine passed away on July 7, 2011, in a tragic farm accident. The auction starts at 10 a.m.

Congratulations to Megan Hedin, daughter of Michelle and David Hedin, who married Bill Bellingham at Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth on July 26, 2014. Bill is from Faribault, Minnesota. He is a mechanical engineer, graduating from University of Wisconsin Stout ...

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