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U.S. legislators announce safety improvements at Wadena airport
Cruel words - and rocks - thrown at local legislative candidates
Missing Staples man located over weekend
Courts - Aug. 25 edition
3rd annual Never.Give.Up. Suicide Awareness 5K is Saturday
Finck wins 14th club championship at Whitetail Run
WDC volleyers out to improve on 2015 finish
PRC teams can expect more trouble with Pirates
WDC harriers hunting for personal bests
Twins should have sights set on 2017
Joan Gertrude Wagner
William 'Bill' Bretz
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
New coffee, boutique shop to open on Highway 10
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning announces fall schedule
Entertainment briefs - Aug. 25 edition
Step back in time at Finn Creek Folk Festival
Railroad Days celebration is this weekend in Staples
England Prairie Show Days return this weekend
Do youth see God and religion as irrelevant?
Garlic Parmesan Chicken
Birth announcements - Aug. 18 edition
Perkins graduates from Northwest Technical
Extraordinary encounter with stranger enlivens parish pilgrimage
New Ways of Stealing Credit Card Data
State legislature frozen in dysfunction
Your letters - Aug. 18 edition
Bad ideas to improve VA services
Can a vehicle be sold without a VIN plate?
State waterfowl season to begin Sept. 24
Anglers exceed Mille Lacs walleye quota, season continues anyway
DNR offers tips to private forest owners dealing with storm damage
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Wadena grad wins fishing contest on Otter Tail
August 26, 2016
State legislature frozen in dysfunction
St. Paul seems to be holding its customary winter celebration in August. The state Capitol remains frozen in dysfunction as Gov. Mark Dayton and the legislative leaders of both parties continue their slow-motion - glacial - feud over the tax and bonding bills. The ice palace now has...
August 26, 2016 - 12:10am
August 22, 2016
It's here: The coming workforce squeeze
For some parts of the state, it's already here and has been since before the last recession. For other areas, the full effect is yet to come, but it's expected, according to the Minnesota State Demographic Center. It's the coming workforce squeeze. It's a demographic phenomenon planners...
August 22, 2016 - 12:10am
August 14, 2016
Bees, butterflies need our help
As flower gardens strut their stuff this summer with yards and parks awash in a rainbow of color, gardeners should take the opportunity to steal planting ideas. Beyond being jealous of the neighbor's hydrangeas, it's worthwhile to give thought to putting in more plants and flowers...
August 14, 2016 - 8:15am
August 5, 2016
Ban smoking in rental housing
A new study shows one way to help smokers quit their deadly habit: Make it more inconvenient. How do you do that? Don't allow smoking in rental housing units. Not only will smokers be less inclined to light up if they have to leave the building to do it, it will result in a healthier...
August 5, 2016 - 12:10am
July 30, 2016
It's time to get serious about a special session
While Minnesotans may have taken their well-deserved vacations and Fourth of July holiday, their leaders are still giving them reason to be annoyed as they wait for the governor and Legislature to come to agreement on a special session. Gridlock on solving very key and basic issues...
July 30, 2016 - 12:10am
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