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In May 1970, U.S. college campuses erupted in widespread anti-war protests after U.S. troops crossed over from Vietnam to Cambodia to destroy North Vietnamese army sanctuaries. The incursion into Cambodia lasted about two months. At the time, I was serving on a U.S. Navy ship in the South China Sea. President Nixon announced around July [...]

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Nancy Judd is the organizer of a group called the Central Minnesota Tea Party Patriots – Browerville Area. In the wake of revelations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups for audits,  and delaying their applications for tax-exempt status while allowing similar applications from liberal groups to [...]

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Among the lessons learned this week were: “Guns don’t kill people, pressure cookers do.” Or how about: “Guns don’t kill people, but ricin can.” Or maybe: “Guns don’t kill people, fertilizer does.” I think the underlying message of it all was: It’s a hazardous world out there, so keep your affairs in order. One of [...]

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A week ago on the sports news, the world learned that Mike Rice, the Rutgers’ men’s basketball coach, had been fired for abusing his players, throwing things at them and pushing them. It brought back a lot of memories of my high school days. I had a coach who today some would say was “abusive.” [...]

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Just because the calendar says it’s spring, Minnesotans know that doesn’t make it so. In fact, I’ve heard plenty of complaining until just the last few days, along the lines of, “Is this winter ever going to end?” The short answer is, it will. The long answer is that your complaints have been justified. West’s [...]

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In an unusual move, the Mayo Clinic gave a coronary to some legislators in January, when it came to the state capitol to ask for $500 million. The lawmakers, who hadn’t gotten down to serious business yet, were still congratulating themselves on removing a 20-year headache from their agenda by funding a new stadium for [...]

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So, now that daylight savings time has arrived, have you been enjoying your evening strolls outside once again? I didn’t think so. This March, the roads are narrower than ever, and one would need a snorkel to avoid succumbing to some of the splashes made by passing motorists. Winter comes in three phases. The first [...]

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Even though this is National Sunshine Week these are dark days in Minnesota. While Sunshine Week is designed to highlight the media’s efforts to shine light on government, Gov. Mark Dayton, in his plan to reform state taxes, has joined with the forces of darkness. He decided that newspapers need to be taxed more. Thus, [...]

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