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Boy scout to spruce up city entrance signs
Courts - July 21 edition
Vandalism plagues Menahga city beach, campground baths
Minnesotans for Unity peaceful demonstration planned July 23
Ottertail woman injured in crash on County Highway 52
Pirates capture 7 on 7 title at Nevis
Senior Babe Ruth crew qualifies for district baseball tourney
Sure Vikes look good on paper, but so do some others
Blazers suffer two setbacks in Countryside League weekend
Post 171 ends season with 15-4 record
Betty L. (Powell) Shiflett
Michael Charles Brakefield
Jennie-O Turkey Store announces new hire
Tri-County Health Care scores well in national wellness initiative
Gray Horse Quilt Shop opening in Wadena
Larry's Family Pizza finishing extensive remodel
Star Tribune names NJPA a 2016 Top 150 Workplace
Alan Godage & Sundown to perform at Staples Music in the Park
Entertainment briefs - July 21 edition
Monroe Crossing to perform Friday at Spirit Lake
Interdisciplinary landscape artist to speak Friday
Menten, Nye & Max to perform at Staples Music in the Park
Pauly makes Dean's List at Bemidji State University
Births - July 14 edition
Hinojos makes dean's list at UM-Twin Cities
Berger makes dean's list at Normandale Community College
Be alert, it's election season
Letters - July 14 edition
What are the rules regarding cyclists?
Court rules that VA has been shortchanging veterans since 2009
Violent minority are sucking us in
Wadena grad wins fishing contest on Otter Tail
Ruffie drumming counts up in Minnesota
Northland Outdoors Television to debut on Fox Sports North across Upper Midwest
AgweekTV: Bringing Up Bison
Signs all point to a good fishing opener in area
July 22, 2016
Be alert, it's election season
All those ear-to-ear grinning, hand-grabbing, stickers-sticking politicians in area parades should have tipped you off: It's election season.
July 22, 2016 - 12:10am
July 15, 2016
Violent minority are sucking us in
Well, are we all squared up now? We've had inner city violence that rages with shootings and murders every single night, right? Check. We've had some police officers who, whether they're on edge from all that violence or simply bad cops, have killed some black men in unwarranted,...
July 15, 2016 - 12:10am
July 8, 2016
Tips to protect our water from pollutants
How about a nice, tall glass of yard waste? Or motor oil? Or litter, soil or pet waste? Yuck! But that's what ends up in our lakes and groundwater if residents aren't more conscientious. Stormwater runoff isn't just rain. It contains all the pollutants that stormwater collects as...
July 8, 2016 - 11:54am
July 1, 2016
Minnesota gains primaries, keeps caucuses
After the chaotic Caucus Night in 2016 across much of Minnesota, many called for fixing what clearly was a broken presidential-picking process here. Switching from a party-run caucus system to a state-run primary election for presidential candidates clearly was needed. Kudos to the...
July 1, 2016 - 12:10am
June 24, 2016
Put down the stone, step away from the sinner
When did parents become so judgy of each other? Remember the days when something tragic or scary happened to a child and people rallied around the child's parents for support, privately thanking God it wasn't their kid? Those days appear to be gone. Now it's all about placing blame,...
June 24, 2016 - 12:10am
June 17, 2016
Let's shine a light on elder abuse
Instead of enjoying their golden years by living on retirement savings they've spent their whole lives building up, too many senior citizens are shocked to find out that their nest egg is gone. They've become victims of identity theft, scams or shady investments. Even worse, they...
June 17, 2016 - 12:10am
June 13, 2016
Even more reasons to click it
There's been some headway, but more needs to be done to convince people to buckle up. Maybe some statistics will help: Lack of seat belt use is a contributing factor in about 40 percent of all Minnesota traffic deaths. In the last five years (2011-2015), 527 unbelted motorists lost...
June 13, 2016 - 12:10am
June 3, 2016
A frustrating session with tiny headway
The Minnesota Legislature had 75 days to get two main things accomplished - a bonding bill for public works projects and transportation funding. Even though legislators had the luxury of working with a $900 million budget surplus, they failed on both accounts. There's been plenty...
June 3, 2016 - 12:10am
May 27, 2016
Here's the buzz for helping bees
Bees have helped humans immeasurably over the years, transferring pollen and seeds from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce food. It's estimated that this cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world's crops and 90 percent of wild plants...
May 27, 2016 - 8:15am
May 25, 2016
Fix MN's awful student-to-counselor ratio
Minnesota excels at a great many things, including most elements of K-12 education. But the state falls short in a few key areas. They include abysmal graduation rates for minority students, and fewer guidance counselors per student than all but two other states. So here's an idea:...
May 25, 2016 - 8:15am
May 13, 2016
Pass transportation, bonding bills for MN's sake
The Minnesota Legislature's regular session will end May 23. That's in less than three weeks. Here's what the lawmakers must do between now and then: • Compromise on a transportation bill. • Compromise on a bonding bill. If the lawmakers do those things, the session will have...
May 13, 2016 - 12:08am
May 9, 2016
Heroin crisis needs to be addressed now
The scourge of heroin, formerly lurking in the shadows, now is raging in plain sight as the toll in lives lost or ruined keeps piling up. The erosive effects of the epidemic on the area have become painfully obvious. Police seizures of heroin and fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller,...
May 9, 2016 - 8:15am
April 30, 2016
State smart to turn to the primary system
So important is the office of the president that Europeans often say they wish they could vote in U.S. elections. That won't be happening anytime soon, of course. But it helps explain what's happening in Minnesota right now, as the Legislature comes closer to scrapping the presidential...
April 30, 2016 - 8:15am
April 22, 2016
The hard truth of distracted driving
Spring is here and — oh, look at that bird outside — and now is a good time to think — who is that walking by the office — about the dangerous — wow, is it 4:30 p.m. already — consequences of — what's for supper tonight — getting distracted....
April 22, 2016 - 8:15am
April 16, 2016
Tax climate unfair to small businesses
It appears Minnesota's small businesses will not get tax relief this session of the Legislature. Despite a projected $1.2 billion surplus and nearly $2 billion in reserves, Gov. Mark Dayton seems disinclined to push for reasonable changes in business taxes. The Democrat-controlled...
April 16, 2016 - 8:15am