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t~," -~1~ GUEST EDITORIAL... Innovation Key to Competitive Agenda for America (By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar) ***** Innovation is key to Minnesota's private-sector job creation and economic success in the years ahead. Take the Center for Applied Mechatronics at Alexandria Technical College, for instance. It provides education for the technologically advanced fields of manufacturing automation and motion control, especially in the packaging industry. In a time when too many people are out of work, the program has a job placement rate of 96 percent. It prepares students for high-tech positions that do not require a Ph.D. or even a four-year college degree, but nonetheless demand specialized training and experience. What's going on at Alexandria Tech and at so many other universities, colleges, and technical schools across Minnesota builds on our state's long history of innovation. Ours is a state that has given the world everything from the pacemaker to the Post- It Note. Innovation has been our strongest competitive advantage, both as a state and as a nation. In recent years, however, America's position as the global leader in innovation has been challenged. According to a'recent study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the U.S. now ranks sixth out of 40 industrialized nations for innovative capacity and international competitiveness, and ranks last in efforts to improve either of those capabilities. If the U.S. economy is to recover fully, I believe we need to adopt a comprehensive competitive national agenda to spur innovation. That is why I hosted an innovation summit in January at the University of Minnesota. Attended by hundreds, the meeting was an opportunity for business leaders, educators and policy experts to discuss the strategies needed to sharpen America's innovative edge and ability to compete in the global economy. And building upon this summit, this month I introduced the Innovate America Act with Scott Brown, my Republican colleague from Massachusetts. This legislation would deliver a series of targeted tax incentives to stimulate more private-sector research and development; cut excess red tape that strangles innovation by small businesses; expand opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math education; promote exports by small and mid-sized businesses; and encourage higher education institutions to convert their research into products and jobs. Many of the ideas included in our legislation came from meetings and discussions l've had with business owners, workers, teachers and students across our state about how we can best move our economy forward. In January and February, I visited more than 20 Minnesota communities to meet with local entrepreneurs; see the schools that educate them; and hear from local leaders who want to do everything they can to promote economic development. I went to the University of Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State University Moorhead as well as technical colleges in Rochester, Alexandria, Anoka, and Brooklyn Park. In Rochester, the Mayo Clinic and Rochester Community and Technical College have partnered to develop a training program that will prepare nursing students to become a part of Mayo's pioneering patient care system. I also visited successful homegrown businesses like Minnesota Rubber & Plastics in. Litchfield, SJE- Rhombus in Detroit Lakes, Ultra Machining Company in Monticello and Wells Technology in Bemidji. They have all increased their number of employees during the past year. For example, Ultra Machining has steadily grown into one of the premier manufacturers of precision machined parts and assemblies, especially for the medical device and aerospace industries. It is a great example of a business that has been able to expand and add new jobs even during very difficult economic times. There are many gems of innovation like this in Minnesota communities, large and small. They are already producing the jobs of tomorrow - today. We need more like them. With countries like China and India moving full- steam ahead, neither Minnesota nor America can afford to rest on our laurels. We have been an innovation leader before, and that is what we need to be again. By JDK We are a bit ashamed of ourselves for being late with some gr~K kudos to long- time friends and colleagues...Phyllis (Doland) Justice and her husband Clarence Justice, owners and publishers of the Grant County Review weekly newspaper in Mil- bank. During the week of Feb. 9 this year, Phyllis and Clarence celebrated 100 years of the Review ownership! Indeed, a mile- stone that is extremely rare in the weekly newspaper business. The front page of the Review on Feb. 9 showed a wonderful photo of Phyllis and Clarence, with photo of Phyllis' late father-publisher, William Doland, with his big smile, on the wall be- hind, perfectly framed between Phyllis and Clarence. The entire paper that week was a masterpiece, telling of the paper's history. We are proud to claim a great friendship we have had for years with Phyllis and Clarence, and their staff at the Re- view...which has the largest circulation of any weekly in South Dakota. Wonderful! ***** Though they did wrong, and were rightly fined and sentenced to a jail term, brothers Joseph Edward Riley and John Thomas Riley, of Riley Construction Co. of neighboring Morris, have for years operated one of this area's most respected, prominent, and highly civic firms. They were con- victed and sentenced last week for tax fraud after months of investi- gation. Indeed, the brothers have been a great asset to our area, and to their employees. The shame of it is that while they were under in- vestigation, the State barred them from working on State, City, and County projects in Min- nesota....though they did work during that same period in the Dakotas. We hope after their three and half year prison terms and paying of their fine, each man will be able to return with heads high to a community which we know will welcome them for the jobs they provide. ***** HOW DISGUSTING!!! The fiasco in Madison, Wisconsin. We assume all our readers are aware of what's been going on in Madison, where the Republican Gover- nor Scott Walker and his fellow GOP law- makers are battlilng with some protestors of the public work sector, complaining that the Governor is supporting enactment of legislation that, in essence, will cut and hold down salaries of not all, but a large group of public workers in Wisconsin. We say THREE CHEERS to Governor Walker and his backers, for trying to live up to wishes of a majority of Americans in last November's elections...namely to reduce and curtail govt. spending. We understand, too, the protestors are in a minority. Mak- ing matters worse is that 14 State Demo- cratic Senators have left the State and have holed up in hiding somewhere in neighbor- ing Illinois....thus preventing any action on the legislation. As per reports, the majority of the protestors are teachers, many of whom have been CALLING IN SICK, even though they are not sick in the least....adding to the protest and clearly showing that they care not one iota about the education of their students, but care more about their greed and whims of more money. To this action, yours truly and most of Americans are crying out SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!! Disgusting! Better said is DISGRACEFUL!! For actions of a class of America that has always been held in high esteem and all of a highly respected profession...the teaching of our youth. Take this analogy: What would one think of a doctor refusing to operate on a person near death, the doctor holding back on saving a life, demanding pay before the operation?? ( In fact, by mentioning this, an identical case actually happened many years ago right here in Ortonville, when a young boy needed an emergency appendectomy. The boy finally received the operation after our late father Lem and his brorther Ross went about town and hurriedly rounded up $75 for the operation to proceed, possibly sav- ing the boy's life!) Back to the Wisconsin news, a close friend of ours, in citing the teachers' faking sickness, remarked to us "it's surely a blatant case of~- ~...and if that's how they regard their profession, the govt. should FIRE THE LOT!" Indeed, you would think edu- cation and the morals of those in the teach- ing profession, as in the case of the boy needing surgery, should prevail far, far above the greed for the almighty dollar! And where does teacher pay come from! !77 The taxpayer, of course! We sincerely hope Gov. Walker's legislation comes to pass, and also hope the Democratic Senators hid- ing out, will wake up to reality of the wishes clearly expressed by American vot- ers last November...if nothing else, wake up and come back to your place of work like honorable men should be and realize the harm they are causing the taxpayer by this delay! In these days of a tough economy, with millions out of work, many scratching to put food on their tables, everyone with a joib of any sort should be thankful and feel fortunate, and should be willing to sacrifice a bit, and listen to the willl of the majority of voters ! Take a pay cut if it means help- ing to turn our economy around! As you know, we have preached ever since the foolish over-spending has prevailed in our current administration, if the lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, REALLY, RE- ALLY, REALLY CARE about our nation's unemployed, all of the highly-paid law- makers, starting with the President right on down, would VOLUNTEER TO TAKE A PAY CUT! Such action, by itself, would show to America that our leaders really care! Yet on the contrary, what we have seen from the federal govt. is an over-abun- dance of spend, spend, spend! And many are calling for yet more spending, more taxing! Sometime, this craziness must stop, or we might find protests against too- much government springing up in more places than just Egypt and the Middle East! For what it's worth, you've just heard our two-cents worth! Amen! ***** On the subject of too much government, too much taxing, and stupid spending, for years our nation has foolishly tried to be the BIG DADDY TO THE WHOLE WORLD, by our out- landish amount of dollars doled out to nearly every country in the world though American Foreign Aid! Stop Foreign Aid and you'd see a big drop in our nation's debt. Such spending of our dol- lars has been going on since way back when and through more than one administration! Oh for the days of the late Ohio Senator Bob Taft...who championed his constant preaching of AMERICA FIRST! Again...Amenl ***** ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Jeff & Cheryl Plathe Earl Hiepler :,: Carolyn Schlagel Teresa Athey Mrs. H. K. 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KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep Tues., Feb. 22, 2011 Vol. 93; No. 6 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2rid St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at OrtonviUe, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $35.00 per year in Big Stone Lac qui Pare, Traverse and Swift Counties in MinnesOta, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $40.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $45.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville Independent, Box 336 Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. 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