Opinion
Minnesota has experienced a horrific parade of violence against children in recent years. Just last week, we learned of the death of Sophia O’Neill, age 2, of Minneapolis, stomped to death allegedly by her mother’s boyfriend, age 17. The disappearance of Barway Collins, of Crystal in March capti...Read More
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One of my fundamental beliefs about the world is that we are all tribal. The anthropologists theorize that we came out of the sea eons ago, and then began one long camping trip. We wandered around hunting for food, until one day we discovered if we just stayed put and raised crops, we wouldn’t hav...Read More
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Who won and who lost in the recently concluded special session of the Minnesota Legislature is open to interpretation. From this viewpoint, it looks like DFL Gov. Mark Dayton was the biggest winner, DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk was the biggest loser and Republican Speaker of the House Kurt Da...Read More
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Before the legislative session began, I asked several state lawmakers if they thought any possibility existed of another state government shutdown. Every one of them said it wouldn’t happen. I asked them what had changed, because I don’t see much willingness to compromise in modern politics. The...Read More
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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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