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(Editor’s note: Ernie Pyle was a newspaper correspondent during World War II, noted for writing from the viewpoint of the enlisted troops. This column was never completed. A handwritten draft of it was found in Pyle’s pocket, April 18, 1945, the day he was killed by a Japanese machine-gunner on ...Read More
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To the Editor: To Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks; the Record; Will and Tiffany Threlkeld; the many contributors who donated cash and/or silent auction donations; volunteers who worked tirelessly at out fundraiser; and the 300 guests who attended we say “thank you so very much.” All of you made ...Read More
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Memorial Day is upon us, and I find my thoughts somewhat diverse as I think about how war has affected my family, my friends and even me. I’ve never made a big deal about my military service. A few years ago, they had a special program at Camp Ripley to honor Vietnam vets. A couple [...]...Read More
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The issue of bullying should be simple: Don’t do it — and if you see it, report it. A 180-pound eighth grade boy shouldn’t beat up a 99-pound sixth grader and steal his lunch money. It’s wrong. Don’t do it. However, that seemingly universal premise of right and wrong has morphed into an em...Read More
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To the Editor: The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 46, Little Falls would like to remind everyone that this weekend is not only Memorial Day, but a National Moment of Remembrance. On Dec. 28, 2000, public law established the National Moment of Remembrance. Its purpose is to make the holiday mo...Read More
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By Ron Kresha, Guest Columnist This weekend many seniors are finishing up high school and moving forward. Like our seniors, I have tremendous optimism for the road ahead. For the last five months, Republicans and Democrats came together to pass a budget that will do tremendous things for Minnesotan...Read More
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By Roman Witucki, Guest Columnist Just two years ago, with a Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) led Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, the 2013 legislative session ended on a high note. DFL leaders passed free all-day kindergarten for all students, a fairer tax system for the middle class and a tuiti...Read More
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At this writing, the Minnesota Legislature is in the final wrangling of this year’s session. With the return to divided government after a two-year hiatus of total DFL control, some are speculating that we are heading for another government shutdown like we saw in 2005 and 2011. I’m not too worr...Read More
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When President Obama first ran for the office in 2008, one issue that liberals criticized his predecessor, George W. Bush, on was U.S. foreign policy. Too many nations hated us, they said. Bush saw the U.S. as the world’s leader or, some would say, the world’s policeman. Indeed, after his ill-ad...Read More
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To the Editor: It’s been months since the election for City Council and mayor. On the city of Little Falls’ website, under “City Information” and “City Council and Mayor,” the names have been updated but the photo is of the previous administration. Apparently, it’s hard for some to let...Read More
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As Minnesota legislators conclude their business, here are four things I hope they do to help improve public schools. Some don’t cost any additional tax dollars. Some require a relatively modest investment in youngsters, schools and educators 1. Licensure. Make it easier and clearer for qualified,...Read More
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By ALICE SEAGREN, Guest Colunist Several years ago, when I served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, I helped launch a proven reading intervention program called the Minnesota Reading Corps for children age 3 to grade 3 who are identified as not ready to read. These are the years when the f...Read More
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By Lee H. Hamilton, Guest Columnist There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing. Agreements on Medicare reimbursements and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees led last month to...Read More
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