Opinion

So there I was, 65 feet above the ground, swaying on the scaffolding just outside the Minnesota State Capitol Building, attending the largest convention of stone carvers in the nation. Or so someone said. The ECM Editorial Board received a personal tour April 10 of the ongoing restoration of “the People’s Building.” When you see [...]

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To the editor:  I just love it when people survive the winter with their sense of humor intact. A recent letter to the editor stated that “we should be able to trust that the information presented to us by an elected official is factual and not manipulated to meet a political purpose.” That is really [...]

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To the editor:  The headline in the Sauk Centre Herald on April 10, 2014, read “School district looking at $300,000 in cuts”, so I ask myself, “Why are we here again, like every other budget year in the past?” Who is to blame? Dan Brooks states in the Herald on April 10, 2014, “Our past [...]

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To the editor:  A person would think that a military base would be the safest place you could find. Yet in the last few years at Fort Hood a gunmen has shot up the place two times. So when are we going to admit this no gun zone policy does not work. We have some [...]

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It’s official. The winter of 2013-14 was the second worst since the winter of 1900-01, 114 years. You can tell your grandkids about this one. This is not just subjective complaining. This is based on the tabulations of West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI), which, using historical data from the National Weather Service, combines the daily [...]

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I had a bad day recently, dealing with the mysteries that come with the end of life. They got me thinking about how I’d like to check out when the time comes. I know, that’s not anyone’s favorite topic, but I have long admired the way an uncle of mine exited. He had a heart [...]

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In the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to participate in a conference call with Gov. Mark Dayton and also to sit in on a Q-and-A session with one of the Republican candidates seeking his job, Marty Seifert. The conference call with Dayton came while he was in his car returning to the Mayo [...]

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By Sen. Paul Gazelka Guest Columnist The 2013 Legislative Session adjourned last May with unprecedented tax and spending increases. During the interim an insurance client came to visit me with news that he is leaving Minnesota. He’s a successful businessman who lives in Florida for part of each winter. He’s a responsible citizen, willing to [...]

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