Tom West

When I was a child, my grandparents lived in a big, old house in St. Paul, near the University of Minnesota farm campus. We visited them many times for holidays, particularly Thanksgiving. To make extra money, my grandparents took in roomers, mostly students at the university. The students went home for the holidays. Curious grandchildren […]

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The 7th Judicial District, which includes Stearns and Todd counties, had  two unusual elections this fall. They were unusual because they were contested, meaning that an incumbent judge had a challenger. Under Minnesota’s state Constitution, we elect our judges, but that is in name only. The reality is that most judges resign/retire in mid-term, a […]

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The Republican wave that allegedly swept across the country, didn’t start in eastern Manitoba and western Ontario. It must have started in Alberta, because it roared from the Rocky Mountain states deep into Dixie, flushing Democrats from office all over the place. But not in Minnesota. We have bigger waves in backyard wading pools. While […]

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The Vikings host Washington this Sunday, and protests are expected over the NFL’s refusal to change the visitors’ team name, which is Redskins. If they want to keep that name, I think I have the perfect solution. Instead of using a Native American theme for all of their marketing and memorabilia sales, change the logo […]

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The 7th Judicial District has two contested races for judge this year. Most readers of the Peach will want to educate themselves on these races, which are usually uncontested. The 7th District covers 10 counties that run from St. Cloud and Princeton northwest to Moorhead. Several weeks ago, I wrote about the seat held by […]

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I went to my first University of Minnesota football game on Oct. 29, 1955. The Gophers were hosting the University of Southern California, ranked 10th in the nation and led by all-America running back Jon Arnett. We sat in the bowl end of Memorial Stadium. All I remember about the game is that it snowed […]

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While President Obama said in a speech this week that global temperatures have been the warmest in history this year, those of us who live in Central Minnesota must feel like we live on another planet. Last winter was the coldest temperaturewise since at least 1900. Now we have the  Central Minnesota figures for the […]

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Although the fact that the Minnesota Vikings star running back, Adrian Peterson, was indicted by a Texas grand jury for beating a 4-year-old bloody has stirred up a great controversy, the easy way out is to miss the point. The easy way is to say the NFL and the Vikings are amoral and care only […]

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