what an experience, thank you

   Let me start out by saying thanks to our supporters and to our core group of workers in the Senate campaign. Janice and I have met a good group of people and we cannot express enough the appreciation we have for them and all their hard work. We tried to run a positive campaign focused on issues, but we still failed to get our message across to the residents of District 22. For that, I am sorry. We focused our campaign on what I wanted to do for District 22, not defending myself from all the negative attack literature and television and radio ads paid for by the “big city fat cats” like Campaign for Minnesota’s Future,Freedom Club State PAC, America’s Future and Coalition of Minnesota Businesses .  Earlier, a blogger said I should get a thick skin. I thought what I needed was a strong desire to represent my constituents in St. Paul! 

I hope that Senator-elect Weber is true to his district and to his comments made late in the campaign, that he will work in a bipartisan manner as an “independent voice” for the citizens of the District.  (In case you’re wondering, that was my campaign slogan before it became his.)  Good luck Mr. Weber, we sincerely hope you will work for us – I’ll be checking his voting record for the next four years to see if he truly is working for us and not the “fat cats”.  We should alI hope that the new majority will get to work immediately to right the ship in Minnesota.

In closing, if any of the anoynomus bloggers really want to talk to me and exchange views, please, give me call, or better yet, come see me.  Face to face has always been a better way to talk to someone.  If you have a complaint about something with the City, please visit with me.  If you are interested in really making a difference, you can’t do it in a coffee shop.  Start with a seat on your local boards, council or commissions.  Or even sign up for our Honorary Council Member program.  I think in a city of over 12,000 we should be surprised that we didn’t have any races for the School Board or the City Council.  Like they say, walk a mile in my shoes before you spout off.



election day is upon us

     This has been quite a summer and fall for Janice and me, we have been all over the district, parades, fairs, dinners, fundraisers and door knocking. We have met a lot of great people, sampled a lot of community flair, found out a great bit of information about the  communities of southwest Minnesota and have heard your concerns.

      I want to apologize if we have interrupted your day with our door knocking or phone calls or mailings. We have tried to be positive, talk about issues and focus on the future.  It is time for you to cast your votes for the person you feel will best represent you in St Paul. I ask for your support. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and especially those who have contributed to the campaign, walked with us, worked for us, door knocked with us, wrote letters of support, talked to their friends or helped in any other way. We absolutely could not have done it without you.

tonight it’s on my mind

    Tonight as I sit in my shop just finishing up from a day’s work my mind races with thoughts of this campaign season. Never did I think it would come to this, attack ads almost every day from groups with deep pockets and they say I am backed by powerful special interest groups. It almost makes me throw up, but you know what, party people tell me that is just what the other party wants. Well it’s working the more I type the sicker I feel. 

    I get hammered for wanting to hire inferior teachers ( I have eight grandchildren in District 22), push jobs out of Minnesota ( I have worked tirelessly for Worthington and Southwest Minnesota for ten years as Mayor to grow businesses and jobs), they say I want to raise your income tax (really), they say I won’t work for our veterans ( that perturbs me to no end, I fully believe that anyone who serves this country deserves to be taken care of, anything less is not exceptable). And the big shots hiding behind  “Minnesota’s Future” are spreading this crap, what did I do to warrant this ? It is purely guilt by association and it needs to stop. What would they say about me if I was the Republican candidate ? Would I be the savior to all things Republican ? I was asked to run by both parties, ask Sviggum or Senjem or Pawlenty.

     I see yard signs in Worthington in yards of folks I have known as friends almost my entire life for my opponent,  did I change who I am when I decided to run for State office ? Did a party choice really make that difference ? I have busted my butt for this City and for greater Minnesota would I do any less in St. Paul ?

     I was planning to wait until after the election to do this blog, but I think you all deserve to know my thoughts now not later.  I am not your normal politican nor will I ever be, I was told when I first ran for Mayor, do not change who you are and always reminder us little guys. I have never waivered from that.  I am pro-life and while I do not wear my religion on my sleeve I firmly believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I do not believe in legislating through constitutional  amendments, I believe we elect people to make the tough decisions. I know this can cause some people heartburn, you should know it now not after the election. Gee, a person with his own views not something he’s coached to believe, as I say “an independent voice for Southwest Minnesota”.

    I am proud to run as a Democrat in this election because they allow a person to have their own thoughts and plans and will work together to get things done, I am not interested in going to St. Paul and being somebody’s puppet, if you want that elect my opponent. I look forward to the finish of this campaign season and if it works out begin to serve residents of District 22 in January.

    If you want to discuss real issues call or stop by anytime, thank you and please exercise your right to vote.

Campaigning and my 101

Just over 80 days left before the general election and we are gearing up for an interesting and challenging schedule. Just a couple of parades left, 13 down, and several meet and greets and interviews to go. Janice and I are meeting a lot of new people and experiencing the fun times that each community festival offers. If anyone has questions, concerns and or would just like to visit about issues concerning the State, stop by or give me a call. As is always the case, my door is open and I would appreciate knowing what concerns all of you and any constructive way to improve Minnesota’s quality of life, education system, business climate, tax structure, value added agriculture, including renewables as well as ways to promote job growth. There are lot’s of things we can get done if we elect people who are willing to work together for the good of the State.

great days and awesome nights

Tonight after a day of work I, along with Lon and Bryon, took a motorcycle ride to Skipper’s in Luverne we passed along side Ellsworth, thru Kanaranzi to Magnolia and down Old 16 to Skipper’s. We had a good meal and hit the highway again, back to Magnolia, to Kenneth then to Lismore and on to Reading and then back to Worthington. All  along the way I could not help but be in awe of the size of the corn at this time in July. Even the crop that was replanted is looking great. The beans are coming along fine, the hay is being cut and new wind towers are being constructed – life looks good in farm country.  I hope the folks who live in the densely populated metro cities realize the commodities they consume come from right here in the rural areas of the State.

To top off the evening a fire in the firepit over looking Lake Okabena on one of the calmest days ever in southwest Minnesota. Enjoy them while they last………

Independence Day

Our Independence Day is here, enjoy the freedoms that we have been allowed over the past two hundred thirty plus years. I will be enjoying the day with my wife Janice on a trip to Pioneer Village in the morning, the Prairie Reapers show and in the afternoon the Okabena 4th of July parade and fireworks over Lake Okabena with family and friends at dusk.


Lot’s of citizens are asking about the cardboard window treatments showing up in town, especially on 10th Street. One woman commented ” I think we are living in a third world country”  other people want the City to require the building owners to require curtains which under the City nuisance code or rental ordinance only spell out health and safety issues, not aesthetics. It is unfortunate that the building sits at a very visible location in our City and no enforcement currently exists. The only way to change the practice is if the building owners would enforce no cardboard but require curtains or blinds. Bed sheets and clothing also get used for window coverings which also do not, the way our ordinance states, violate our nusiance ordinance.

council meeting tonight

We had a relatively light council meeting tonight after the past two meetings running over three hours each. Had time to clean the pontoon and grab a couple of friends and take a couple of passes around good old Lake Okabena.

Kind of crappy news about Farley Sather shutting down completely in Round Lake, but we should have expected it when the holding company sells to one of the biggest players in the candy business. Good luck to the folks who call this region home and let’s get working to market the building and the workers to whomever needs a location and dedicated employees.