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Capitol Chatter: Legislature by the numbers
Wadena County wanted - Dec. 1 edition
Weather changing some after school WDC activities
Wadena County senior companions recognized for service
Police Scanner-Dec. 1 Edition
Bowling scores - Dec. 1 edition
Volkmann earns multiple volleyball honors
Pirates geared up for strong basketball season
Crunch time here for the Vikings
Wolverines hope to shake off problems on court
Diana Lynn Aker
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
Winter reading program begins Jan. 2
Entertainment briefs - Dec. 1 edition
'Book as Art'
Wadena Christmas Festival is Saturday
Christmas in Wadena show returns this weekend
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
October 2, 2011
Compromise is not a dirty word
This week we got another reminder of the hidden cost of our elected leaders failing to get along: Minnesota's credit rating was cut by S&P, meaning the state will have to pay more to fund projects like road construction and buildings. The downgrade in Minnesota echoed one in Washington....
October 2, 2011 - 10:13pm
September 25, 2011
College is a true community asset
This week, M State college's campus in Wadena is celebrating 50 years. The college is a very valuable asset to the community of Wadena, one we should protect and cherish.
September 25, 2011 - 11:08am
September 18, 2011
Property taxes are a local decision
Every year at the state legislature there is an extended debate about property taxes. This year was no different, only the names of the players changed. As in recent years the focus of the property tax discussion was around Local Government Aid (LGA). In brief, LGA payments to cities...
September 18, 2011 - 9:45pm
September 11, 2011
Today's war on terror
For the past nine years, I've written an editorial on Sept. 11 asking the same question. What a relief I don't need to do it again this year. That question was, "Where is Osama bin Laden?" It was getting hard to write, and, I imagine, hard to read. But I've long felt very strongly...
September 11, 2011 - 6:24pm
September 3, 2011
Penny auction deals can come with a steep price
A new iPod Touch for $7.25? A new computer for $27.16? The latest Callaway driver for $3.34? Wow, are those eye-catching deals. But, as always, if a deal sounds too good to be true, there's usually a catch. And that's the case with the big bargains so-called "penny auction" websites...
September 3, 2011 - 9:27pm
Texting not the only driving distraction
This week we feature a story about texting while driving, a growing and dangerous trend. Many people are unaware of the law, which is why we wrote the story. Or they're unaware of all of the things that are prohibited in the law. But texting while driving is just one part of the...
September 3, 2011 - 9:26pm
August 28, 2011
Zosel will be missed
Sunday's news of the passing of town historian and former hardware store owner Bob Zosel wasn't completely unexpected, but it was still hard to swallow. His health had been in decline of late, and friends and family knew he'd be passing soon, but that doesn't take the sting away. Zosel's...
August 28, 2011 - 11:00am
August 20, 2011
Why not Pawlenty?
After a third-place finish at the Ames Straw Poll last weekend, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the running for the GOP nomination for president of the United States. Why did it end before it really got started? Pawlenty's accomplishments as governor should have...
August 20, 2011 - 9:06am
August 6, 2011
Pass the hat for the community center
About nine months ago, I wrote that it probably wouldn't be long before the outpouring of financial and volunteer support for Wadena after the June 17, 2010 tornado would come to an end. I think that time has come. While we all need to be appreciative of the helping hand we were...
August 6, 2011 - 1:40pm
July 17, 2011
Don't focus on legislators' pay
Many newspapers this week will run stories about which legislators are still getting their paychecks despite the government shutdown, and how horrible that is, and how it should be stopped. Let me make the contrarian, unexpected and amazingly ill-timed argument that not only should...
July 17, 2011 - 10:19am
July 10, 2011
The best thing that can be said about butchering chickens is?
In the past several years, a constant stream of rhetoric has been used in regard to the tax rate that the richest Minnesotans and Americans pay. "You can't keep taxing the rich." "You can't keep raising taxes on job creators." "Taxes keep going up and up and up." "If you raise...
July 10, 2011 - 9:24am
June 19, 2011
Compromise needed for greater Minnesota business
Summer should be a grand time in Minnesota, with parades, flag waving and other festivities in the offing, but unless the Legislature and governor agree on a budget compromise, government shutdown will put a damper on those festivities. It'll be July 4 without the sparkle and for...
June 19, 2011 - 6:33pm
June 9, 2011
Once, tornadoes were inconceivable in the north
2011 is turning out to be a historic year for tornadoes. There have been hundreds of tornadoes to date, which have caused massive amounts of destruction along with numerous deaths and injuries. Each day seems to bring news of a large or destructive tornado affecting some portion of...
June 9, 2011 - 9:13pm
June 5, 2011
Here's to you, WDC
We're a small town. In small towns, the school is often a source of pride. But what we've witnessed in the last year from our own school system has been nothing short of spectacular. As this year closes, everyone connected with the school needs to take a bow. Let's review: The...
June 5, 2011 - 10:25am
May 22, 2011
Debt ceiling fix needs to include plan for austerity
The U.S. government surpassed its $14.294 trillion debt ceiling Monday, and the Treasury Department began taking steps to deal with the problem, including suspending planned transfers into public pension plans. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent a letter Monday to congressional...
May 22, 2011 - 10:23pm