Opinion

Until a couple of weeks ago, I had never given my full attention to a hockey game between 5-year-olds. However, grandparenting pulls us in new directions — and this one pulled me to Sauk Rapids. This was the first hockey road trip for our grandson, also known as Mr. President. A year ago, he was [...]

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I don’t pretend to be a foreign policy expert, but I do believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the measure of President Obama, and determined there is little risk in invading Ukraine. When President Obama ran for president back in 2008, one of the criticisms of the George Bush presidency is that many [...]

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To the editor:  Well, here it is the first week of March and we’re still hitting well below zero temperatures (like 20 below). The snow piles are mammoth; the wood pile is miniscule. The price of heating oil and propane gas is obscene. The days are getting longer, but tempers are getting shorter. Not to [...]

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To the editor:  So, how is that working out? Not much hope, but there sure has been a lot of changes. This man promised that he would “fundamentally change America” and, one must admit, he is doing a pretty darn good job of it. Work force participation at a 35 year low, $6.6 trillion increase [...]

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More than 30 years ago, a judge in Fillmore County in the southeast corner of Minnesota had an affair with his secretary. The affair led to the secretary divorcing her husband, and the judge presided over part of the divorce proceedings. The husband complained to the state Board on Judicial Standards, which censured the judge [...]

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There is a lesson to be learned here, and mine is: Don’t mock the weather gods. Last month, I wrote a column suggesting that all the whining about the weather was unwarranted. As of that date, the winter had been about average. Things have changed quickly since. According to West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI), we [...]

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Both our nation and state were founded on the principles of self-government, including that the government exists to serve the people, not the other way around. That would suggest that government has an obligation to be as transparent as reasonably possible so that people can make a fair judgment of whether government’s activities are working [...]

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When it’s 27 below, it’s hard to remember why we all live here. However, a reader sent me one article at the same time that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development sent out another, both revealing that our state is better than average. Of course, then the question becomes, “How?” I don’t want [...]

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