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West Fargo woman injured in Otter Tail County crash
What you should know about the Zika Virus
Several city, school seats up for election
Suspect in custody following gun incident at Park Rapids Burger King
White receives national volunteer recognition award
Green was quite a shock
Zebra mussels confirmed in Otter Tail's East Spirit Lake
Wadena Babe Ruth team headed for 13-15 state tournament
Blazers top Angels with ninth inning surge
WDC Babe Ruth club will meet DGF or Litchfield in state opener
Luella Mae Trites
William "Cookie" Helmbrecht
Michael Charles Brakefield
Henning woman accepts new NJPA position
New coffee, boutique shop to open on Highway 10
Jennie-O Turkey Store announces new hire
Tri-County Health Care scores well in national wellness initiative
Gray Horse Quilt Shop opening in Wadena
Entertainment briefs - July 28 edition
The Abiders to perform Friday at Sounds of Spirit Lake
Old School to perform at Staples Music in the Park
'Annie Get Your Gun' performance coming up in Park Rapids
Alan Godage & Sundown to perform at Staples Music in the Park
Church briefs - July 21 edition
Birth announcements - July 21 edition
Grilled Wonton Chicken Salad
Perez graduates from Rochester Community and Technical College
Living Faith: A full house beats a good flush, I always say
It's time to get serious about a special session
Your letters - July 21 edition
Must vehicles have hoods?
AgeOptions partners with AmeriCorps for in-home care for vets
Be alert, it's election season
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
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
May 15, 2011
New faces, same result State government still broken
Last fall, there was a seismic shift at the Minnesota Legislature and Governor's Mansion. Voters swept Republicans into control of both chambers of the Legislature for the first time in 38 years. They replaced a two-term GOP governor with a liberal who promised a new course.
May 15, 2011 - 5:09pm