Editorial Comment

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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President Obama went from saying he had no strategy yet for dealing with Islamic extremism two weeks ago to Wednesday’s speech saying that the plan is to hunt down Islamic extremists, and specifically the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), wherever they may be. Understandably, the president did not go into great detail. When [...]

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Standardized test scores for Minnesota schools, including this area, were generally flat in the results released last week. We continue to believe that school bashing, however, is extremely unhelpful. As a society and as a state, we cannot afford to point fingers and leave it at that; we need to figure out what we can [...]

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Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes, even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to ensure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced that scenario in our lives. [...]

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