Opinion

The drive-by media left Little Falls last week after the Byron Smith trial, and drove almost directly to Waseca, where a 17-year-old was caught preparing to blow up the junior and senior high schools. Both of these incidents hit home for me, since I live in Little Falls, and Waseca, which is almost identical in [...]

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I dislike the term bullying because it is such a pejorative term— meaning that it is so loaded with negative meaning that it can’t be discussed rationally. I mean, nobody thinks of oneself as a bully. Nobody likes bullies. Calling anyone else a bully is always meant as an insult. Nevertheless, bullying has been in [...]

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The Minneapolis City Council was expected to consider a motion Friday, to change the name of “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples Day.” I don’t have any great affection for Christopher Columbus, but I have long thought that we ought to call our holidays for what they are. That means, call them the way most Americans [...]

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So there I was, 65 feet above the ground, swaying on the scaffolding just outside the Minnesota State Capitol Building, attending the largest convention of stone carvers in the nation. Or so someone said. The ECM Editorial Board received a personal tour April 10 of the ongoing restoration of “the People’s Building.” When you see [...]

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It’s official. The winter of 2013-14 was the second worst since the winter of 1900-01, 114 years ago. You can tell your grandkids about this one. This is not just subjective complaining. This is based on the tabulations of West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI), which, using historical data from the National Weather Service, combines the [...]

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I had a bad day recently, dealing with the mysteries that come with the end of life. They got me thinking about how I’d like to check out when the time comes. I know, that’s not anyone’s favorite topic, but I have long admired the way an uncle of mine exited. He had a heart [...]

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When I worked in Duluth, the paper that I worked at had a policy to endorse candidates in every race for the city council, school board, county board and state Legislature. It was a big production, and we would do two-day marathons, interviewing every candidate for 30 minutes each, breaking only for lunch. At one [...]

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In the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to participate in a conference call with Gov. Mark Dayton and also to sit in on a Q-and-A session with one of the Republican candidates seeking his job, Marty Seifert. The conference call with Dayton came while he was in his car returning to the Mayo [...]

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There’s a story, I’m sure, behind every one of the 375 parcels on the Morrison County delinquent tax list. The list is being published this week under the public notices in the Record. Some people are having financial difficulty. Some people forgot. Some people sent in a check for the wrong amount. Some people don’t [...]

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