Opinion
Both sides of the aisle were in agreement when this year’s legislative session began that funding for transportation needs in Minnesota was a priority. As the session wore on it was obvious that there were two widely-varying philosophies for funding upgrades to the state’s roads and bridges. But...Read More
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To the Editor: Isn’t it interesting? Eighty-five votes for the EAW in the Record’s weekly online poll and only four votes opposed to the Fish Trap Lake Campground expansion. I wonder who those four voters were? It wouldn’t be the four commissioners who tried to ramrod through the Fish Trap Lak...Read More
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To the Editor: Hands of Hope Resource Center thanks Schlenner Wenner & Co., CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, Pine Country Bank, Randall State Bank, Bank of the West, Unity Bank, US Bank, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank, First International Bank and Trust and Morri...Read More
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“Yes, love, … but not the love that loves for something, to gain something, or because of something, but that love that I felt for the first time, when dying, I saw my enemy and yet loved him. I knew that feeling of love which is the essence of the soul, for which no object [...]...Read More
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To the Editor: I am deeply troubled and frustrated with the outcome of the commissioners’ vote on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW). I come from generations of military men. My grandfather served in World War I, my father served in Korea, my oldest brother served in Vietnam and my young...Read More
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To the Editor: My wife and I are full-time residents and live on Fish Trap Lake. We have been on the lake since 1986, and love the quality of this beautiful natural resource. I served eight years on the Scandia Valley Town Board, four years as chairman. We cannot believe that the commissioners, elec...Read More
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To the Editor: My wife Carrie and I just returned from a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with our two boys. I have been on several trips to the BWCA, but my wife or kids have never been there. When we planned the trip we did not have much gear for everyone. We [...]...Read More
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By JUDGE SARAH HENNESY Guest Columnist  I always talk to jurors after they render their verdict in a case. In criminal cases, jurors often have questions about sentencing: “Who will sentence the defendant? What kind of sentence will he or she get?” While there are a few states that allow for j...Read More
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By Lee H. Hamilton, Guest Columnist I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something. It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office. Nowadays, I rarely do. A lot of young people are r...Read More
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Minnesota’s legislative leaders started 2015 with a pleasant conundrum: How to proceed through the biennial budget process knowing you’ve got a $2 billion surplus. Dozens of uses for those billions quickly surfaced – from big ticket items like Gov. Dayton’s pet project, universal preschool f...Read More
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School is out. Every time I hear those words, it brings back happy childhood memories of being sprung for a glorious three months. But as much as I enjoyed baseball and swimming, summer was also the time when I had my first jobs in the work world. By third or fourth grade I was the [...]...Read More
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Before the legislative session began, I asked several state lawmakers if they thought any possibility existed of another state government shutdown. Every one of them said it wouldn’t happen. I asked them what had changed, because I did not and still don’t see much willingness to compromise in mo...Read More
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Three Minnesota state legislators deeply involved in education issues shared frank, sometimes surprising, views in a panel discussion June 2. Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders had not made final decisions when panelists spoke or when this column was written, but panelists provided important i...Read More
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