Opinion

It’s official. The winter of 2013-14 was the second worst since the winter of 1900-01, 114 years ago. You can tell your grandkids about this one. This is not just subjective complaining. This is based on the tabulations of West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI), which, using historical data from the National Weather Service, combines the [...]

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As April opened with wind-driven snow and temperatures that still featured wind-chill readings, Minnesotans longingly looked from their windows, waiting for the day when ice-covered lakes would open and fresh-water fishing could resume. It’s a way of life and in Minnesota sport fishing is a $2.8 billion industry of vital importance to the state’s economy [...]

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By Amanda Kaping, Guest Columnist  Hands of Hope Resource Center, will be recognizing crime victims, advocates and others who are involved with crime victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 6-12. Crime victims endure physical and emotional wounds, financial burdens, an alarming tendency to be blamed for the crimes against them and a confusing criminal [...]

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By Peter Vogelgesang, Guest Columnist  Are you impressed with the Tesla electric automobile? What impresses you? Is it the $70,000 price tag or the fact that the car reputedly produces zero emissions? How could it produce emissions? It has no exhaust pipe. It runs on clean electricity. Whoa. Where does the electricity come from? From batteries [...]

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On March 6, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved a plan to give back $434 million of the $1.2 billion surplus that the state overtaxed Minnesotans last year. It was an admirable effort, approved with only two dissenting votes. However, the Minnesota Senate saw no urgency. Instead, it took a blast from Gov. Mark Dayton [...]

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Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) School Finance Award will never compete with “March Madness” for public attention. But MDE has recently given 69 percent of Minnesota’s traditional districts and 80 percent of Minnesota charter public schools an award that measures solid accomplishment and merits public praise. North of the Twin Cities, winners included the districts [...]

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To the Editor: April 6 – 12 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Hands of Hope Resource Center would like to take this time to recognize and honor our volunteers that dedicate themselves to our agency in many ways. No matter what role each plays they are all an important part of our agency. Without them [...]

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I had a bad day recently, dealing with the mysteries that come with the end of life. They got me thinking about how I’d like to check out when the time comes. I know, that’s not anyone’s favorite topic, but I have long admired the way an uncle of mine exited. He had a heart [...]

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To the Editor: Camp Ripley is a modern military training site where live-fire exercises take place all summer long, year after year. What are the health and environmental ramifications of living in Little Falls, five miles from Camp Ripley? It seems plausible there is a correlation between Morrison County’s low state health ranking and the [...]

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