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Property transfers and marraige licenses - Sept. 22 edition
The joy of raising butterflies in the classroom
Weekly crime report - Sept. 22 edition
Wadena County wanted - Sept. 22 edition
Living History: City loses out on solar energy plant
Bowling scores - Sept. 22 edition
Wolverines tag Pirates with first setback of season
Mahlen, Hayden going into MSHSL Hall of Fame
Girls tennis team makes strong showing at Midstate tourney
Paws & Prairie Animal Clinic expanding in Wadena
Cyber Cafe offers safe space for teens
Lunde Auto Sales opens in Wadena
Karvonen Funeral Home adding cremation services
Henning woman accepts new NJPA position
Who will be the Great American Storyteller?
Entertainment briefs - Sept. 22 edition
The Art of Labor: Working for a Living
2016 Chili Cook-off winner announced
Area artist carves, paints decorative gourds
Birth announcements - Sept. 22 edition
Slow Cooker Russian Chicken
An open letter to the Wetterlings: Your Jacob's passing leaves us all grieving
Wadena County 4-H demonstrates knowledge, skills at State Fair
Letters to the editor - Sept. 22 edition
What is zipper merge and how does it work?
Expanded role of service dogs
Don't make one of these four mistakes with car seats
What are the license requirements for three-wheeled motorcycles?
Outdoor briefs - Sept. 15
State pheasant forecast both good and bad
Shooting sports highlight for Forkhorn Field Day
Pheasant harvest shows 41 percent increase
State waterfowl season to begin Sept. 24
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
April 8, 2016
If you see signs of an overdose, call 911
The courtroom conclusion to the disappearance and death of 18-year-old Laura Schwendemann of Starbuck left many people feeling frustrated. They were angry that Nickolas McArdell, a suspect in the case who authorities say kept changing his story about the events that unfolded on the...
April 8, 2016 - 8:15am
April 1, 2016
Invest in Local Government Aid for whole state
Here's why Minnesota House Republicans should support proposals to boost Local Government Aid: Because LGA works. It does just what it's supposed to do: help Minnesota towns from the Arrowhead region to the southwest maintain professional police departments, pleasant parks and proud...
April 1, 2016 - 8:15am
March 25, 2016
Teacher shortage is a real problem in state
Once upon a time there were so many licensed teachers in Minnesota looking for jobs that for every one job opening, there were hundreds upon hundreds of applicants. Now, area schools are having a much harder time filling those positions. Where have all the teachers gone? A recent...
March 25, 2016 - 8:15am
March 18, 2016
It's time for legislators to get their job done
Here is a quick warning to all members of the 2016 Minnesota Legislature: The time for governing is here - now, not waiting until after the Nov. 8 election and waiting for the 2017 legislative session. The legislators could not even get through the first afternoon after the start...
March 18, 2016 - 12:10am
March 11, 2016
Klobuchar takes aim at opioid crisis
We have a crisis in our country. A crisis that claims more lives than car crashes. A crisis that rips apart families of all different backgrounds. Killing 28,648 Americans in 2014, this crisis is prescription drug and heroin abuse. And with deaths increasing nearly sixfold since 2000,...
March 11, 2016 - 8:15am
March 8, 2016
Scammers adding to student debt
Student debt is a hot topic right now. Political candidates have jumped into the fray, offering plenty of consternation and even a few possible solutions. Unfortunately, so have scammers. They're taking advantage of cash-strapped college graduates who are looking for some type of...
March 8, 2016 - 12:10am