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MRHC says thank you

A BIG thank you to all the visitors, volunteers, shoppers, and the 51 vendors/crafters at the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center Craft/Vendor Festival in Montevideo, MN on Father’s Day weekend, June 17th. We couldn't have done the festival without you.

Our trackless train ride was a success with Jim Ruether as the tour guide giving rides around our yard.  The Model Railroad was full most of the time - thank you to John Givan and his crew that made it a big hit.

Thank you to Max Hinde who had a few visitors climbing aboard in the switch engine with some visitors taking pictures.  Thank you to Scott Vaubel, Alex Vaubel and Nancy Givan for helping the visitors in the depot.  

Thank you Teresa Patton for helping set up and selling the railroad merchandise at the MRHC booth.  Thank you Dick Ryman who gave a rides on our turntable.

We think we had a very successful Open House in the yard -- even with the bad weather at the tail end of the festival.   Again, thank you EVERYONE for all the support you have given us.  I hope next year will be just as much of a success as this year.

FYI -- THE MRHC is open this summer from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturdays/Sundays until Labor Day weekend.  Come on by for a tour!

—Debbie Moe

MRHC Board Member/Newsletter/

Festival Coordinator

Thanks, Bruce!

I just wanted to say a big thank you to Bruce Olson for all the great work he has done and all the great coverage that he has provided through his work with the Montevideo American News. Bruce has been a tireless advocate for the Montevideo School district, and especially for our athletes, musicians, and performers. We will all miss your dedicated work Bruce and your willingness to go above and beyond to promote the work of our students. Your caring was very much appreciated and we will miss your work at the paper.  In closing, I would just like to say a big thank you to you, Bruce, and wish you all the best in your retirement!

—Daniel Hampton

Vocal Music Instructor

Montevideo High School

Follow the money

Why did Represent­atives Dave Baker, Tim Miller, and Senator Andrew Lang vote in favor of the big tobacco companies and against the health of our children?

These three Republicans each voted at least twice to follow the wishes of Big Tobacco to freeze the cigarette tax, which has the effect of lowering that tax over time.

The cigarette industry must continually recruit new smokers to replace the smokers that their product kills off. We know that high cigarette taxes deter young people from starting to smoke. High cigarette taxes also encourage smokers to stop.

No wonder that Big Tobacco wanted this legislation in order to protect its future profits.

On May 25, 2017, Baker and Miller voted along with other Republicans to freeze the cigarette tax and lower the tax on premium cigars from $3.50 to fifty cents (House File-1, Article 9, at page 45).

Andrew Lang voted for the same freeze in the Senate. This is a profit versus human life issue, and they chose profit.

Follow the money. The June 10, 2017 edition of the West Central Tribune reported that one cigarette company, Altria, the parent of Phillip Morris, alone spent nearly $500,000 last year on lobbying in Minnesota, including payments of $75,000 to one Republican-affiliated group.

This is a moral issue. Remember how well your representatives represented your values when you vote in 2018.

—John H. Burns

Willmar