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A person from the District for the 7th District

August 9, we are able to choose the person who challenges the 26-year incumbent for the U.S. House of Representatives. I will be on that ballot. Then, in November, we will have an opportunity to change who represents us in Washington.

I am determined that a person from this district will care better about the people here and be able to understand the needs and desires of the constituents. I am that person from the district. I have lived, worked, and travelled regularly all throughout the entire 7th District most of my life.

Like you, our family has felt the blow of ObamaCare. I will work to repeal it. Like all the parents I meet, I have heard my children cry because they weren’t fed enough in the public school lunch and were not provided 2 percent milk. I will work vigorously on the Ag Committee, where I will stop the fruitless calorie counting on our kids’ school lunches and ensure that parents and local schools have the right to control and manage what our kids eat.

I will bring a crucial and timely perspective to our present issues with Russia, Asia and the Middle East regarding trade, terrorism, proxy wars and more. Having lived in far east Russia for five years and travelled to the country since 1998, I have extensive knowledge that is presently absent in Washington on the region’s history, culture, migrant patterns and coinciding political and religious ideologies.

I have seen first-hand the impact of dictatorships like North Korea and the aftermath of a broken government like the USSR. We don’t want to be under tyranny nor anarchy. I am from the district, a person like you feeling the weight of our government, and I offer timely understanding on international issues. The choice is yours. I will be honored and proud to represent you and fight for you in Washington!

—Amanda Lynn Hinson

Long Prairie

Relay For Life reaches its goal

The 2016 American Cancer Society Relay For Life event was a huge success!

Nineteen teams participated, along with many from the general public who came to Smith Park in Montevideo the evening of Friday, May 20. A meal was served to approximately 350 people from 5 to 7 p.m. in the main shelter, along with a variety of food items sold by teams. A wonderful lineup of entertainment was enjoyed throughout the evening. Our silent auction was a great success. We also had over 1,200 decorated luminary bags this year.  

Thank you to all the sponsors, everyone who attended, and those who donated to this year’s Chippewa County Relay For Life event. To each individual, family, and business, YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!  

We did reach our goal of $53,000.00 — as of May 27, we have received $53,831.61 county-wide with more donations still coming in! The “Relay Year” ends August 31, 2016.  You may still make donations for this year up to that date. These generous donations will bring needed funds for the American Cancer Society’s research, treatment, and services for cancer patients.  

Relay For Life also brings much needed awareness of the importance to keep funding this vital organization. This is your American Cancer Society. Celebrate! Remember! Fight Back! Let’s “finish the fight!”

Thank you again from the Chippewa County Relay For Life Committee for your awesome donations!

—Pam Eklund


We need clarity, truth and issues

How often do you hear someone in the media that can actually speak clearly? This campaign was stated that way, but it has degraded seriously — on both sides.

We, as concerned citizens of local, state and national issues, will have to keep a good discernment going rather than “chuck the works” and let the chips fall where they may.

We have a lot to be concerned about and at stake in this as in all elections.

God bless those who can speak clearly, truthfully and charitably, as well. So much drama, hyperbole and trash, both sides.

I hope we can tame it or oust it. We need clarity, truth and the real issues to be brought to light, considered, discussed and eventually end up as planks or people on the platform.

—David Swenson