Editorial Comment
Having come off of the adoption of universal kindergarten, Gov. Mark Dayton has moved quickly and aggressively for a universal 4-year-old school program. There is much to like regarding universal preschool education as a means of reaching students at a critical time, and the proposal speaks well to ...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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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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In the life of every community pivotal moments occur when the community decides to grow or die. They don’t come often, maybe only once in a generation, but come they do and communities need to weigh these moments seriously. Such a moment is about to arrive for the greater Little Falls community. T...Read More
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The time has come when penalties for convicted distracted drivers in Minnesota should be more severe and comparable to motorists convicted of drunken driving. In Minnesota, distracted driving is defined as drivers engaged in any activity that might distract from the primary task of driving. Legislat...Read More
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With great apprehension we watch the spread of the avian flu virus through Minnesota turkey farms. The numbers change by the day, but at this writing 2.6 million birds on 46 farms in 16 counties have been destroyed. While the disease, influenza A virus subtype H5N2, poses almost no threat to humans,...Read More
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Violence is both insidious and deadly in our society. Some of us live with it, even daily. For others it glares though headlines. Or it blindsides us when we are least expecting. We think that violence — how it happens, how it affects us and how we can stop it — deserves a closer look. [...]...Read More
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Finishing 77th out of 87 may not seem like a reason to cheer. It’s still way too close to the bottom. But we are nevertheless heartened by that 77th position in the statewide county health rankings. That’s Morrison County’s best showing since the rankings were begun by the University of Wiscon...Read More
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Minnesota’s politicians are embroiled in debate: What should we do with an extra billion dollars or two? Granted, the problem of too much money is always better than the problem of not enough. Still, it’s time to rein in our leaders and add some practical observations. First, the $1.9 billion bu...Read More
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Last week was officially designated as Sunshine Week, which gives newspapers a reason to remind readers that the government works for them — but they will never know that it does if government workers think what they do is no business of the public’s. As the so-called Fourth Estate, the media is...Read More
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The Little Falls City Council is likely to vote Monday to eliminate the city’s Golf Club Advisory Board. We have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, the Council should not be managing the golf course. Its job is to set overall policy and goals and then hold city staff accountable. For year...Read More
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March is FoodShare Month — and a reminder to all of us that many people still need help with the daily need for food. It is also a time when food shelves in Minnesota reap additional benefits when we share our own good fortune. The theme for this year’s FoodShare Month drive: “Be the hero, [.....Read More
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