Editorial Comment

We have four special days coming up in the next eight days, one of them officially designated as such by the federal government, and three organized by the barons of commerce. The first is, of course, Thanksgiving. The day is traditionally supposed to be a day to count our blessings, but over time has evolved […]

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The second annual enrollment period for MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, begins in earnest this week, and that provides both good news and bad news. The good news is that by creating a state exchange, Minnesotans who receive subsidies are covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it was written. The Supreme Court has […]

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Over the past six months, the ECM Editorial Board presented a series of editorials focusing on major health issues. We also zeroed in on some solutions and recommendations. Here is a recap of our positions and conclusions: • Health insurance and the Affordable Care Act — ACA’s potential long-term benefits were clouded by a short-term […]

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Minnesotans traditionally vote in large numbers during midterm elections. Will the Tuesday, Nov. 4, elections once again place Minnesota among national leaders in turnout? If past history is repeated, the state will again be a leader, much as it was four years ago when the state led the nation in voter turnout with nearly 56 […]

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If Minnesotans in 2009 were expecting Al Franken to arrive in Washington, D.C., as a bombastic elected official wanting to turn the U.S. Senate into a comedy hall, they were clearly mistaken. Instead, Sen. Franken became a low-key, out-of-the-limelight senator who quietly went about his business of serving Minnesota. With the narrowest of victories secured […]

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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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The Affordable Care Act and MNsure came to the forefront of this year’s political campaign this week, as the state announced the rates for the coming year. On the one hand, Gov. Mark Dayton and DFLers said that Minnesota will continue to have the lowest rates in the nation and that overall rates will go […]

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If you are looking for something to do next Saturday, we highly recommend that you take time for the Minnesota Renewable Energy Tour. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and, while self-guided, gives attendees a chance to talk with the people behind renewable energy projects. Three sites are in Morrison County: the […]

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The state issued its latest employment figures this week. With the election just seven weeks away, both parties have plenty to crow about. On the one hand, Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL-controlled Legislature can point to the 3.8 percent unemployment rate in August, down from 4.7 percent a year ago, and the lowest rate […]

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