Opinion

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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Until a couple of weeks ago, I had never given my full attention to a hockey game between 5-year-olds. However, grandparenting pulls us in new directions — and this one pulled me to Sauk Rapids. This was the first hockey road trip for our grandson, also known as Mr. President. A year ago, he was [...]

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More than 30 years ago, a judge in Fillmore County in the southeast corner of Minnesota had an affair with his secretary. The affair led to the secretary divorcing her husband, and the judge presided over part of the divorce proceedings. The husband complained to the state Board on Judicial Standards, which censured the judge [...]

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There is a lesson to be learned here, and mine is: Don’t mock the weather gods. Last month, I wrote a column suggesting that all the whining about the weather was unwarranted. As of that date, the winter had been about average. Things have changed quickly since. According to West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI), we [...]

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As I read through the decision handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle regarding the lawsuit brought by Robin Hensel against the city of Little Falls, two thoughts came to mind: First, it’s hard to see how Hensel’s First Amendment rights were infringed upon because the city refused to replace a bench that had [...]

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When it’s 27 below, it’s hard to remember why we all live here, but then a reader sent me one article at the same time that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development sent out another, both revealing that our state is better than average. Of course, then the question becomes, “How?” I don’t [...]

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West Words by Tom West Editor/General Manager President Obama will be delivering his State of the Union address this week. If it is anything like the last 40 or so such speeches, it will be three times as long as necessary, ignored by many and promptly forgotten by the rest. Always trying to be helpful, here’s [...]

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