Opinion

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Minnesotans will decide if they should keep Mark Dayton as their governor for the next four years. Dayton told ECM’s Editorial Board that under his leadership and policies, he has placed the state on the right moderate course with a balanced approach on spending and raising revenues. The Board agrees that [...]

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To the Editor: Let’s put the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) in a larger perspective. The bill was sponsored in the House by Rep. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul. It did pass the House with bipartisan support, 104-24. It’s a great bill for women in the workplace, increasing unpaid leave for pregnancy, birth or adoption, allowing [...]

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To the Editor: Several weeks ago, after worship when I had highlighted St. Francis’ contributions to the church, a retired farmer asked me why the current pope took the name of Francis. “It’s because he cares about the poor and oppressed, widows and orphans, the earth and all creation, right?” he asked. “Definitely,” I replied. [...]

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To the Editor: Congratulations to the Heartland Symphony (HSO) on its Saturday concert. After playing in the Symphony for 37 years, I had a chance to sit in the audience and listen, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Pianist Joseph Welch got a standing ovation at the end of the concerto and deserved it, [...]

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To the Editor: Recent ads promoting Al Doty have been highlighting his latest accomplishment: “Field man for Congressman Rick Nolan.” Just what does Nolan stand for, anyway? It’s not good. He has a 0 percent pro-life voting record. He supports taxpayer-funded abortions and opposes a ban on abortions when the unborn baby can feel pain. [...]

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To the Editor: I am honored and privileged to have known Shawn Larsen for several years. He is a dear friend and someone I truly respect. The residents of Morrison County are very lucky to have such an outstanding, well-rounded candidate running for sheriff. Shawn has always shown an incredible motivation, interest and dedication to [...]

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By Leo Ripplinger, Guest Columnist I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure after my bypass surgery in 2007. I didn’t have any problems until April 2013, when I started having shortness of breath walking any distance and also my legs were always sore as soon as I walked several hundred feet. I had many tests with [...]

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By Michelle Tautges, Guest Columnist The Morrison County Safe Roads Coalition has been operating since 2009 under a grant from the Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). This coalition of community members works closely with law enforcement in assisting with impaired driver mobilizations and seat belt compliance checks. The Fatal Review Committee includes [...]

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To the Editor: I recently saw a letter criticizing Rep. Ron Kresha for his vote against the Legacy Bill that deserves some important context. Ron Kresha stood up for Greater Minnesota and voted no on the Legacy Bill in order to protect the rural funding allocated by the Legacy Amendment. Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis and [...]

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