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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.07.2012

June 6, 2012

Today: Lori Sturdevant, Star-Tribune Opinion Columnist  (Kyte)

Birthdays: Craig Hall (6/4), Roberto Zayas (6/5) and David Wolf (6/6)

Next Week: Ruby Sheets, Former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar

Last Week:
It was a farewell address of sorts for Kelby Woodard, House Representative for District 25B.

Due to re-districting, Northfield is no longer in the Belle Plaine resident’s district. In November, voters will determine if Northfield’s David Bly or Lonsdale’s Brian Wermerskirchen will represent us next year. The Senate seat for District 25, now held by Al De Kruif, is also open due to redistricting. Kevin Dahle of Northfield, a DFLer, and Mike Dudley of New Prague, a Republican, are vying for that seat.

Kelby, a Republican, took a measure of pride for holding the biennium budget to $33 billion and turning a $6 billion deficit into a $1.2 billion surplus. He said the state is looking at a manageable $1 billion deficit next year, if automatic escalators are weeded out.

He attributed Gov. Mark Dayton’s numerous vetoes to the fact that the governor is not running this fall, while all 201 legislators are. Some vetoes were predictable given the Governor is a progressive and the Legislature is as conservative as it has been. But he said he is puzzled by some of the bi-partisan measures that died on the governor’s desk.

The legislative tug and pull is simply a symptom of a spirited philosophical discussion about how much government we need, Kelby said. He thinks we would benefit from less. In general, he said the media emphasizes in its coverage the Legislature’s polarity and ignores many bi-partisan efforts. They don’t make news.

As a passionate supporter of education, he is pleased with the increase in funding for K-12 — $650 million. He said it could have been more if the governor had not wanted to grow the state reserve by $300 million.


Jack Hoschouer has a colorful resume. He’s like our Forest Gump. He always had a front row seat to the critical events that defined a generation. He was in the infantry in Viet Nam. He was a Green Beret. He was working at the American Embassy in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down. Trouble seems to follow this guy around.

He moved here in 2004 and while he still works for a German defense company, his passion is biking, and he does a lot of it.

Guests: Sharon Rasmussen, Felicia, Aish, Mathilde and Leo (Bierman), Dan Brogan (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement: Robert Will


— Charlie Cogan presented President Bierman with a flag from a Togo Rotary Club. Charlie was there recently with his wife, Nalongue, to deliver supplies to a hospital. Unfortunately, the trip was cut short due to Nalongue’s bout with malaria. She is still recovering from that serious episode.

—Mark Quinnell reported that David Koenig expressed his gratitude for the prayers and support he’s received while his wife, Jennifer, undergoes treatment for cancer.

— Keith Covey was an accomplice in Yogi’s brief visit recently. He passed through town while going to a graduation ceremony at Wartburg College.

— President Bierman bestowed a regal chapau on Mark Abbot and dubbed him “King of Cheng Mai.” Cheng Mai is a Thai village where we have invested in a school. Mark’s connections allowed our delegation to visit during their recent trip to the Rotary International Convention in Thailand.

— Jan Stevens invited people to a Rice County Historical Society’s Sizzling Summer fundraiser tomorrow evening at the Faribault American Legion. There will be dinner, silent auction and entertainment by Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing. Social Hour begins at 5pm, dinner will be served at 6pm, and the music will begin at 7pm.

Coming Up:

Tonight – Graduation Party for Exchange Students, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Estenson Entertainment Center

June 14 –June 21 – Y Progress (Kaczmarek)

June 28 – Vera Belazelkoska, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Argentina (Bill Carlson)