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for the Cities of Goodhue, Mazeppa, Oronoco, PineIsland, Wanamingo and Zumbrota andthe School Districts of Goodhue, PineIsland and Zumbrota-Mazeppa. Noticesof area townships and Goodhue Countyalso published.
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Goodhue School Board: R. Duane AalandZumbrota and Goodhue City Council:Tara ChapaOronoco City Council: Karen SnyderPine Island: Audra DePestel (356-2182)andPI council and PI and ZM School Meetings:Alice Duschanek-MyersWanamingo and Mazeppa City Counciland KW School: Alicia Hunt-Welch (824-2011)Zumbrota: Marilyn AndersonSports: Faye Haugen (732-7617)
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To the Editor:Steve Drazkowski complainsabout a lack of competition amonghealth insurers. The MinnesotaDepartment of Commerce websiteshows six health insurers, 2011,MNSure exchange shows five in-surers participating. According tohealthinsurance.org Iowa has five,Wisconsin eight, South Dakotafour, and most states eight or fewerinsurers.Why don’t health insurers likeAetna come to Minnesota? It maynot be profitable or current com-petition is solidified. Maybe Aetnawishes not to compete.Drazkowski claims mandatescause higher insurance, shacklinginsurers from doing business. Hisexample: “Minnesota law requiresmen to purchase pregnancy cov-erage.” How many men are af-fected? Is it fair that women havehigher insurance paying for pros-tate cancer? Should men pay forbreast cancer? This nonsense couldgo on and on. Health insurance isneither fair nor equal for all.Free markets are unable to covereveryone, leading to governmentprograms. Drazkowski states, “Iwill be there, fighting to help usrediscover freedom of the mar-ketplace. We can navigate towardcommonsense solutions that fo-cus on the power, choice of thepeople and end the empty prom-ises of a failing and misdirectedgovernment.”Unfortunately, his statementsounds like something GeneralCuster would have said if he hadlived through Wounded Knee.Stephen RosenthalZumbrota
Health insurance is not fairor equal for all
By Jan David Fisher
No good deed...
No good deed goes unpunished.Sometimes an organization orgroup of people practice doing gooddeeds. People do these actionsbecause it makes them feel good.Where is the punishment? Onceyou start doing good deeds, youbuild an organization to supportthe good actions. The organiza-tion starts growing (the punish-ment). Keeping the organizationgoing and growing is no longerabout doing a good deed to savean animal, just keeping the sup-port system going. Paws and ClawsHumane Society (PCHS) is suchan organization. It has a long his-tory of saving cats and dogs andfinding new homes for the ani-mals. We love to hear and readstories of the interactions and bond-ing between our pets and ourselves.PCHS is known for saving catsand dogs that have fled a bad situ-ation and are lost. Most of the badsituations are of the type wherethe bonding between animal andhuman has gone bad resulting inbad actions by the humans. Some-times a puppy or kitten finds itself in a bad situation because its mother(animal) has a problem and theyoung animal is close to dying.What should a good person dothen? PCHS is the answer.PCHSRochester is the Facebook page for our local Paws and Claws.Want to read some great stories?The page is full of them.The stories are about cats anddogs who have been adopted andtheir new home. Some of the sto-ries are about older animals whoseowners have died and no one wantsthe pets. An old person has one ormore pets that are their compan-ions as they all grow older. Oneday (or night) the person dies. Whathappens to the pets? PCHS takesthem in and finds new homes forthe pets.The best example of good/badrelationships is the James Bondmovies where the ultimate bad guyhas a white cat sitting on his lapduring meetings with other badguys (and girls). As long as he ispetting the cat, everyone is cool.Suddenly he stops petting and thena bad guy who failed at some task dies when the leader pushes thebutton. Then he returns to pettingthe cat. The cat seems to enjoy thebreak and watching the human die.This infers that the cat is evil aswell.We often think of the highwaypatrol or state police as those guyswho catch us speeding. We forgetor don’t know about the good deedsthese officers do as part of theirnormal daily lives simply becausethey are there. Maybe we shouldchange the name of highway pa-trol to “Road Angels” to re-en-force the good that they do. OurRoad Angels do their good deedsquietly and usually anonymously.The Facebook page has a won-derful story about a Road Angel.Until next week.
Reservations are required bycalling 24 hours ahead at each of the nutrition sites.In the Pine Island area, mealsare served at the Pine Island Se-nior Center; Zumbrota area, Zum-brota Towers.
January 30 - February 5Thursday:
Salisbury steak,baked potatoes, stewed tomatoes,chocolate yum yum
Orange juice, cheese/ ham strata, muffin, fruit cup
Beef tettrazini, cole-slaw, pineapple slice, dinner roll,coconut crumb delight
Salisbury steak (alt:fish), au gratin potatoes, corn, din-ner roll, strawberry shortcake
Chicken chowmein over rice, broccoli, spicedpeaches, cookieIf you have questions, call 356-2228 or the SEMCAC kitchen at732-4072.
Newly Bereaved Program,Thursday, February 6, 6:30-8:30p.m. A gathering for anyone whohas experienced the loss of a lovedone within the past three months.All groups are held at the Cen-ter for Grief Education and Sup-port, Seasons Hospice, 1696Greenview Dr. SW. Registrationis required two days prior to thedate of the event. For details: 507-285-1930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming blood donation op-portunities are at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School, 400 6thSt, Kenyon, on February 5, from8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; and at thePine Island American Legion Hall,108 First Ave South, on February10 from 1-7 p.m.A blood donor card or driver’slicense or two other forms of IDare required at check-in. Individu-als who are 17 years of age, weighat least 110 pounds, and are gen-erally in good health are eligibleto donate. High school studentsand other donors 18 years of ageand under also have to meet cer-tain height and weight require-ments.Call 1-800-733-2767 or visitredcrossblood.org for more infor-mation.
First District VFW
The Minnesota First DistrictVeterans of Foreign Wars and itsLadies Auxiliary will meet inAustin on Saturday, February 1,at 9:30 a.m. at the Union Hall, 3164th Ave NE. Schools of instruc-tion will be on Americanism, can-cer aid and research, and legisla-tive and youth activities. Meet-ings will conclude at about noonwith a lunch. A memorial servicewill be held after lunch honoringVFW and Auxiliary members whopassed away in the past year. Allchairpersons who are unable toattend should mail their programreport to the Auxiliary DistrictSecretary prior to this meeting.
Questions, call Celeste Lewisat 507-287-2624.
Winter rental equipment – Comevisit Oxbow Park to use the newclassic cross-country ski gear andnew snowshoes between 10 a.m.and 3:30 p.m., snow permitting.There is a charge for rental.Questions, call Clarissa Josselynat 507-775-2451.
The Zumbro Valley Woodturn-ers meet Thursday, January 30.Visit zvwoodturners.com for de-tails, or call Bob Post or BillBeckman.
The Goodhue School Library,in conjunction with SELCO andGoodhue County, is open to thecommunity on Mondays andWednesdays, 3:30-7 p.m. whenschool is in session. The library isequipped with interlibrary loanservice, which means if the librarydoes not have a book you want,that book can be there in two days.
The Goodhue Area HistoricalSociety is closed for the seasonuntil June 1 when regular hoursresume. If you want to arrange avisit in the meantime call ArdisHenrichs, 651-923-4629; MarieStrusz, 651-923-4302; Ray Mc-Namara, 651-923-5117; or RoyBuck, 651-923-4388. Visit goodhueareahistory.org for informationabout the historical society.
Area History Center
The Oronoco Area History Cen-ter is open to visitors in the CityBuilding every second Saturdayfrom 10 a.m.-noon. Contact us atOAHC, 54 Blakely Ct. NW orcall 507-367-4320. You may alsovisit our web page at oronocoareahistory.org.
PI Tops #1280 meets everyMonday night at St. Paul Luth-eran Church. Weigh-in is at 5:15and meeting time is 6 p.m. Every-one welcome. Questions call 356-8596 or 356-8990.
Pine Island High School will bepartnering with the American HeartAssociation to raise awareness andfund research to fight heart dis-ease. The FCCLA and NationalHonor Society will be selling t-shirts the week of January 27-31.Everyone is encouraged to weartheir shirts to the boys basketballhome game for the “Red Out” onFriday, January 31.
PI Senior Citizens
The Senior Citizens will meetat noon on Wednesday, February5, at the handicapped accessibleSenior Center for their businessmeeting. All community seniors55 and over are welcome.
The Pine Island Toastmastersmeet at 6:30 a.m. Fridays at St.Paul Lutheran Church. They donot meet on holiday weekends:Christmas, New Year’s, Easter,Memorial Day, 4th of July, LaborDay or Thanksgiving.
The Pine Island Area HistoryCenter is located at 314 North MainStreet. It is open by appointmentonly, due to maintenance projectsthat have been scheduled. Regu-lar hours will begin on Sunday,March 2. To contact the HistoryCenter go to www.pineislandhistory.org or by leaving a mes-sage at 507-356-2802. If you wishto speak with someone, call thedirector at 507-398-5326.
Moms in Prayer
Moms in Prayer meet on Mon-days, 7 p.m. at Our Saviour’sChurch, 1549 East Avenue, Zum-brota.
Zumbrota Towers Events
January 30 – February 5Thursday:
10:15 a.m. Exercises
5:30 p.m. Potluck;Bingo
10:15 a.m. Exercise;1:30 p.m. 500
The Zumbrota Area Arts Coun-cil meets Monday, February 3, at7 p.m. at the Zumbrota Public Li-brary.
The Zumbrota Public Libraryis at 100 West Ave., Zumbrota,507-732-5211. Hours are Mon.,12-8; Tues. 10-6; Wed., Thurs.,12-8; Fri., 10-5; and Sat., 9-3. Dur-ing closed hours you can learnmore about the library at http:// www. zumbrota.info.
The Zumbrota History Centerhas a new photo stand displayingover 50 photographs of early Zum-brota scenes. They have been en-larged to 8 x 10 for easier view-ing. New photos are being addedall the time. Also on display aremilitary memorabilia, includingCivil War items, different modelsof telephones, Zumbrota telephonebooks dating back to the 1900s,and items of Zumbrota advertis-ing. Museum hours are Saturdays,10 a.m.-1 p.m. Other hours by ap-pointment (732-7049).
Zumbrota Tops #563 meets ev-ery Monday night at Our Saviour’sLutheran Church. Weigh-in timeis changed to 5:30 p.m. and meet-ing time to 6 p.m. Everyone wel-come. Questions call 732-7459 or732-4766.
Community Band Practice
The Zumbrota Community Bandpractices on Monday nights at 7:30p.m. in the Zumbrota-MazeppaHigh School music room. Volun-teer musicians are welcome.
The State Theatre is at 96 East4th Street in Zumbrota. For infor-mation visit zaac.org.or call 507-272-1129.
Spanish from the Native Tongue,Wed., Jan. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.Repitition & Delight: Sestinaand Pantoum, Sat., Feb. 1, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.The Art of Dyeing Scarves withNatural Dye, Sat., Feb. 1, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.Peter Mulvey concert, Sat., Feb.1, 7:30 p.m.Yoga, Tues., Feb. 4, 6:30-7:30p.m.For more information go towww. crossingsatcarnegie.com orcall 507-732-7616. Crossings isat 320 E Ave.
Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keepand bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The United States Bill of Rights is the foundation of our personal freedoms from government power.They are relevant and debated today, on issues such as gun control and government access to our cell phone records. Starting this week we’re going to print each amendment. — Pete Grimsrud, publisher
The Goodhue County Republi-can Party announces that all Re-publican caucuses will be held at7 p.m. on February 4, 2014 at thefollowing locations.Cannon Falls High School inCannon Falls: Cannon Falls W1,Cannon Falls W2, Cannon FallsTownship, Leon Township, WelchTownship, Dennison, StantonTownship and Warsaw TownshipKenyon-Wanamingo HighSchool in Kenyon: Kenyon,Kenyon Township and HoldenTownshipKenyon-Wanamingo Elemen-tary School in Wanamingo: CherryGrove Township, Wanamingo andWanamingo TownshipZM High School in Zumbrota:
Republican Party caucuses will be Feb. 4
Minneola Township, ZumbrotaW1, Zumbrota W2 and ZumbrotaTownshipGoodhue Public School inGoodhue: Belle Creek Township,Bellechester, Belvidere Township,Goodhue Township and GoodhuePine Island Public School in PineIsland: Pine Island Township, PineIsland and Roscoe TownshipRed Wing High School in RedWing: All eight Red Wing pre-cincts, Hay Creek Township, VasaTownship, Featherstone Townshipand Wacouta TownshipFlorence Town Hall in Fron-tenac: Florence Township and LakeCity W4If you have any questions callthe Goodhue County auditor/trea-surer at 651-385-3000.
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