Opinion
Memorial Day is upon us, and I find my thoughts somewhat diverse as I reflect on how war has affected my family, my friends and even me. I’ve never made a big deal about my military service. A few years ago, they had a special program at Camp Ripley to honor Vietnam vets. A couple [...]...Read More
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By NANCY LARSON, Guest Columnist Republicans swept into the majority last year by picking up 10 House seats in Greater Minnesota, convincing voters that they would shine the spotlight on rural areas of the state that they claimed had been ignored by the Democrats. That spotlight shone brightly on ru...Read More
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Reflecting on life recently, a friend reminded me of the old joke: Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody is in a hurry to get there. Well, if you aren’t in a hurry, you’ve come to the right place — meaning Stearns County. For years, Minnesota has trailed only Hawaii in human longevity am...Read More
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Each spring, a group of editors from our parent company, ECM Publishers, spends a day at the state capitol in St. Paul, meeting with the governor, legislative leaders and other state officials. We come prepared with our questions, and we learn a lot. This year’s agenda included a discussion of pre...Read More
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To the editor:  I read there is a $1.87 billion surplus in the state, and they don’t know how to spend it. Fix our roads and bridges and forget about raising gas taxes and paying tuition for colleges. Students that work their way through college will study and appreciate their education. Why shou...Read More
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If ever there were a winter that revealed the shortcomings of the West Winter Misery Index (WWMI), it was the one just past. The WWMI is all about  creature comfort, or the lack thereof on the frozen tundra otherwise known as winter in Minnesota. The WWMI was invented because everybody talks about ...Read More
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To the editor:  “Vietnam claimed classmates for the dreaded draft, making guys enter a senseless war in a remote land. A few guys fled to Canada in protest of the war and the draft. Drugs entered our world with war veterans. Dysfunction entered our lives.” This is a quote from an article publis...Read More
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Several weeks ago, Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he wanted a 50-foot buffer zone on every shoreline in Minnesota. It was almost a textbook example for budding politicians on how to take a good intention to address a critical issue—and present it all wrong. Instead of doing his homework and makin...Read More
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