Opinion

Sean McComb, recently named 2014 National Teacher of the Year, has given one of the best speeches I’ve ever read about what teachers can and often do accomplish. As he told thousands of other educators gathered at the National Education Association conference: “When those children come through the school doors, teachers are the decisive element. [...]

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To the Editor: This August, county voters will have a chance to vote for our new sheriff. Having worked at the sheriff’s office for years, retiring at the rank of sergeant, I feel well-positioned to judge who possesses the qualities of a good sheriff. Shawn Larsen is the clear choice. While all the candidates are [...]

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To the Editor: I spent 33 years serving in the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office in Rochester, serving as sheriff for over four terms. I was active in the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association and the National Sheriff Association. In recent years, serving as a consultant, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Tom Justin on [...]

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To the Editor: Good governance requires representatives who are willing to look closely at policy and make hard decisions. Rep. Ron Kresha is a thoughtful man who has proven that he is willing to weigh the fiscal consequences of policy decisions and look for the best solutions in a complex political environment. Kresha is a [...]

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To the Editor: I’ve known Shawn Larsen all his life and am impressed with the kind of man he is. He was blessed to have outstanding role models in his parents, Denny and Sandy Larsen. From them he learned about hard work; honesty; love of God, family and country; respect for others; kindness; a sense [...]

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To the Editor: I am supporting Tom Justin for Morrison County Sheriff. Tom is service driven and has the experience and proven leadership ability to provide for effective change in the Sheriff’s Office. Tom has significant law enforcement experience in managing many of the issues our county is facing today. His service on the Royalton [...]

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This weekend, the largest annual one-day fundraiser in Morrison County, the Relay for Life, was held. For more than 20 years, this fundraiser has been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research. This year, almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. An estimated 585,720 Americans will die [...]

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Below are five paired statements. Read them and see if you agree with one or both of each pair: 1. The federal government spends too much money. The wealthy should pay much more in taxes. 2. Every American should have access to high-quality health care. We spend far too much on health care in the [...]

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By Cathy VanRisseghem, Guest Columnist It’s official — the Taylor Chebet Twitchell Playground is complete and absolutely amazing. It truly is an amazing playground, but what’s more incredible is how it was built and the heart and soul that went into it. The first time I heard “Community Build” I wasn’t fully aware of what [...]

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