Opinion

The 7th Judicial District, which includes Morrison County, had two unusual elections this fall. They were unusual because they were contested, meaning that an incumbent judge had a challenger. Under Minnesota’s state Constitution, we elect our judges, but that is in name only. The reality is that most judges resign/retire in mid-term, a non-partisan commission […]

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The Republican wave that allegedly swept across the country, didn’t start in eastern Manitoba and western Ontario. It must have started in Alberta, because it roared from the Rocky Mountain states deep into Dixie, flushing Democrats from office all over the place. But not in Minnesota. We have bigger waves in backyard wading pools. While […]

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Ebola fears have swept across the nation far faster than Ebola itself. At last count, three health care workers and a traveler brought the disease back from West Africa, and two U.S. health care workers subsequently contracted the disease while treating the traveler, Thomas Duncan. The math suggests that’s six cases. By comparison, more than […]

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I first met Leo Ripplinger 30 years ago. I owned the newspaper in Janesville, near Mankato, and Leo, a native of Upsala, had a hardware store in St. Clair, a town of 800 even closer to Mankato. I called on Leo for advertising, but for other reasons as well. He was something of a mover […]

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The 7th Judicial District has two contested races for judge this year. Most readers of the Record will want to educate themselves on these races, which are usually uncontested. The 7th District covers 10 counties that run from St. Cloud and Princeton northwest to Moorhead. Several weeks ago, I wrote about the seat held by […]

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While President Obama said in a speech this week that global temperatures have been the warmest in history this year, those of us who live in Central Minnesota must feel like we live on another planet. Last winter was the coldest temperature-wise since at least 1900. Now we have the Central Minnesota figures for the […]

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Although the fact that the Minnesota Vikings star running back, Adrian Peterson, was indicted by a Texas grand jury for beating a 4-year-old bloody has stirred up a great controversy, the easy way out is to miss the point. The easy way is to say the NFL and the Vikings are amoral and care only […]

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News that the Minneapolis Schools will allow students to graduate with one less gym class brought mixed emotions. It seems odd that in the face of rising childhood obesity rates that physical fitness would take the hit. On the other hand, my memories of my own gym classes are so painful, I wouldn’t wish them […]

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A few months ago, a woman who lived on the 26th floor of a Seattle apartment building looked out her window. Staring back at her was a drone aircraft with a camera attached. Not surprisingly, she called the police. It turned out that the drone was owned by an aviation company that had been hired […]

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