Opinion
To the Editor: I am deeply troubled and frustrated with the outcome of the commissioners’ vote on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW). I come from generations of military men. My grandfather served in World War I, my father served in Korea, my oldest brother served in Vietnam and my young...Read More
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To the Editor: My wife and I are full-time residents and live on Fish Trap Lake. We have been on the lake since 1986, and love the quality of this beautiful natural resource. I served eight years on the Scandia Valley Town Board, four years as chairman. We cannot believe that the commissioners, elec...Read More
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To the Editor: My wife Carrie and I just returned from a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with our two boys. I have been on several trips to the BWCA, but my wife or kids have never been there. When we planned the trip we did not have much gear for everyone. We [...]...Read More
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By JUDGE SARAH HENNESY Guest Columnist  I always talk to jurors after they render their verdict in a case. In criminal cases, jurors often have questions about sentencing: “Who will sentence the defendant? What kind of sentence will he or she get?” While there are a few states that allow for j...Read More
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By Lee H. Hamilton, Guest Columnist I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something. It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office. Nowadays, I rarely do. A lot of young people are r...Read More
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Minnesota’s legislative leaders started 2015 with a pleasant conundrum: How to proceed through the biennial budget process knowing you’ve got a $2 billion surplus. Dozens of uses for those billions quickly surfaced – from big ticket items like Gov. Dayton’s pet project, universal preschool f...Read More
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School is out. Every time I hear those words, it brings back happy childhood memories of being sprung for a glorious three months. But as much as I enjoyed baseball and swimming, summer was also the time when I had my first jobs in the work world. By third or fourth grade I was the [...]...Read More
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Before the legislative session began, I asked several state lawmakers if they thought any possibility existed of another state government shutdown. Every one of them said it wouldn’t happen. I asked them what had changed, because I did not and still don’t see much willingness to compromise in mo...Read More
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Three Minnesota state legislators deeply involved in education issues shared frank, sometimes surprising, views in a panel discussion June 2. Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders had not made final decisions when panelists spoke or when this column was written, but panelists provided important i...Read More
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In late April, the Morrison County Board voted, 3-2, not to enact a “social host ordinance” (SHO) that would have made it a crime to host a party where alcohol is served knowingly to underage drinkers. Barely a week later, the American Journal of Public Health released survey findings that revea...Read More
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  To the Editor: I first visited Fish Trap Lake in 1956 when I was 4 years old. My grandfather had purchased a resort. Since then our family has and still owns several homes and properties on the lake. My grandfather, then my father and now I have a responsibility to protect and preserve this [...Read More
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To the Editor: I am a full-time resident on Fish Trap Lake, and a taxpayer. Our county commissioners, voted in by the people, are ignoring the Fish Trap Lake petition signed by over 200 people against expanding Lakes Scenic View campground. We requested an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) do...Read More
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To the Editor: The staff and advisory board at St. Camillus Place thank all the businesses and organizations who supported the Spring Magic event, making it successful again for the people who attended. A special thanks to the staff at the Falls Ballroom for the delicious meal and the great music pr...Read More
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