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New M State programs target business needs
Buddy Bench designed to help students advocate for themselves
Hee-haw! Donkey basketball makes for fun evening at WDC School
Wadena opens Christmas season with Nativity lighting
Capitol Chatter: Legislature by the numbers
Three Wolverines place in top four at Kaatz Memorial
Wolves overcome Wolverines 4-2
Ross, Wolverines topple Thunder 76-60
Tigers stop Blue Devils 3-0
Bowling scores - Dec. 1 edition
Three new providers have joined Tri-County Health Care
Wadena Insurance opens in downtown Wadena
Tri-County Health Care recognized as CALS hospital
Friendly Rider Ridership increasing as new service added
Wadena restaurant owners open restaurant in Perham
Betsy Nelson to discuss 'Tasting Minnesota' at second Book Ends event
Winter reading program begins Jan. 2
Entertainment briefs - Dec. 1 edition
'Book as Art'
Wadena Christmas Festival is Saturday
Christmas Rum Cake
Birth announcements - Dec. 1 edition
Life expectancy for person with advanced dementia hard to predict
Clergy View: What a difference a day can make
Area students win Northern Co-op Foundation scholarships
Your letters - Dec. 1 edition
What's the difference between careless and reckless driving?
Good news in the battle of the bulge
Veterans retired pay can be used in divorce, separation
Veeder: Feeding cows memorable in so many ways
Cougar pair spotted fighting in northern Minnesota
Deer harvest could reach 185,000
Minnesota deer facts
Outdoor briefs - Sept. 15
July 5, 2015
A good day for basic civil rights
Indeed, the speed at which attitudes about same-sex marriage have changed from "no way" to "yes, of course" is unprecedented in modern U.S. history. Ten years ago, very few observers, if any, would have forecast that the turnaround would happen so quickly and so decisively. The court's...
July 5, 2015 - 12:10am
June 28, 2015
Minnesota: Nice, safe state to live
For those living in Minnesota, you can breathe better. And for those looking for a safe state to live, come to Minnesota. WalletHub recently conducted an in-depth analysis on the safest states to live. Overall, Minnesota took third place. Massachusetts came in first, followed...
June 28, 2015 - 12:08am
June 12, 2015
A 'do-over' chance for rural Minnesota
Despite a $2 billion surplus, bipartisan support for key initiatives and high hopes for a renewed focus on the needs of rural communities, the regular session of the 2015 Legislature can hardly be called the "Greater Minnesota session." With legislators unable to pass a tax bill...
June 12, 2015 - 8:15am
June 5, 2015
Healthy employees make happy employees
If employees feel better at work, do they work better? More than likely. What does a healthy work environment look like though? Lots of variations. Safety, healthy food options, walk breaks, stretching, help to quit smoking, time to pause for a moment and breathe, a private...
June 5, 2015 - 12:10am
June 1, 2015
Oil safety lawsuit is unhelpful
While the primary purpose of the American Petroleum Institute is to advocate for its member oil companies, it is disappointing that the institute's narrow focus all but dismisses matters of public safety. So when the oil lobby this week asked a U.S. Court of Appeals to block rules...
June 1, 2015 - 12:10am
May 15, 2015
Take a second to learn about strokes
It happens to about 800,000 people in the U.S. every year, killing nearly 130,000 and leaving many more with a long road to recovery and the risk of diminished quality of life. We're talking about stroke — a problem more people should be talking about and taking action against....
May 15, 2015 - 12:10am
April 24, 2015
Is your cell phone spying on you?
Consider the free apps that allow you to use your cell phone as a flashlight, for instance. Security experts say that by installing it, consumers are opening a doorway for companies to spy on them. "Most free flashlight apps are creepware," says Gary S. Miliefsky, a founding member...
April 24, 2015 - 12:10am
April 17, 2015
Invest in state parks and trails
Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed plan to put $10 million of new money into Minnesota state parks and trails systems is good to see. More than 8 million people visit Minnesota state parks each year with 1.3 million of them travelling from other states or countries, according to the Minnesota...
April 17, 2015 - 12:10am
April 10, 2015
Lost wallet? We won't tell you
It's time for the state of Minnesota to take action to reunite unclaimed property with its owners. As Rep. Joe Atkins, a DFL'er from Inver Grove Heights, said in an op-ed, what the state is doing is like finding a lost wallet full of cash, with an ID in it, but not calling the...
April 10, 2015 - 8:15am
April 3, 2015
Addicted to gambling? Here's hope
The trap: Thinking that gambling is just harmless fun, that it could never lead to trouble for you. Thinking that you always know when to quit. Thinking that you'll never become one of those hard-core gamblers who risks a rent payment or a paycheck on a chance to get ahead. Once...
April 3, 2015 - 12:08am
March 27, 2015
Paid sick time helps everybody
A new white paper from the Minnesota Department of Health finds that workers who receive paid sick and family leave are healthier, and so are their families and the public they serve. MDH issued the paper in response to an inquiry from state legislators and as part of health policy...
March 27, 2015 - 12:08am
March 20, 2015
Proposed health bills make sense
The Wadena Pioneer Journal has a reporter, Don Davis, at the state Capitol covering political issues and he provided stories this week on legislation that, in our view, make sense. The proposals address health issues, which although unrelated, would bode well for our region. Several...
March 20, 2015 - 12:10am
March 13, 2015
Increased LGA a wise investment in rural cities
It's time to give cities in Greater Minnesota their due. State funding for cities — local government aid (LGA) — has been frozen and cut since the early 2000s until it was increased in 2013. And now, a new bipartisan legislative proposal would finally restore LGA to...
March 13, 2015 - 12:10am
March 6, 2015
Do your part to stop pest invasions
If we're not careful, harmful insects and plants could leave scars on Minnesota's environment. That's the message from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) during National Invasive Species Awareness Week, which ran Feb. 22-28. The awareness event strives to highlight dangers...
March 6, 2015 - 12:10am
February 27, 2015
Time to fight back on privacy
The fight for privacy has long been a losing battle, with corporations and the government amassing reams of personal data about people taken from social media, Internet history, cellphone use, license plate trackers and security cameras everywhere. But in Minnesota, there is the...
February 27, 2015 - 12:10am