Editorial Comment

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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Recently, an assessment of community health needs was completed by Morrison County Public Health, Morrison County Social services and St. Gabriel’s Hospital. The study is a worthy attempt at addressing some of the biggest impediments to county citizens’ ability to live long, happy lives. The plan sets out under three goals an ambitious total of [...]

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So this week, Robin Hensel sent out a letter to every media outlet and law enforcement agency in the area claiming that someone has stolen the flag off of her house. and damaged signs on her vehicle. While Hensel has irritated a lot of people in this community, we urge people to get a grip. [...]

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Marty Seifert is the most traveled of the Republican candidates for governor, having visited all 87 Minnesota counties in the run-up to the Aug. 12 primary election. The former southwestern Minnesota farm kid has also covered a lot of ground in his professional and political careers, from teaching high school history and government to serving [...]

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The world is a dangerous place and becoming more so. We know that. Almost every day now, news arrives that somebody killed his neighbor or his wife or blew up a bus or a building or a workplace, etc. And if that isn’t enough, somebody shot down a commercial airliner in Ukraine, bombed a U.N. [...]

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This weekend, the largest annual one-day fundraiser in Morrison County, the Relay for Life, was held. For more than 20 years, this fundraiser has been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research. This year, almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. An estimated 585,720 Americans will die [...]

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If one could wave a magic wand and reduce the number of tobacco smokers by more than 10 percent, the percentage of adult alcoholics by 12 percent, the percentage of those suffering from chronic depression by more than half, most people would do so. Although no magic wand exists, finally society is getting a grip [...]

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State leaders have been cheering a spate of good economic news of late. Most recently, in announcing that the jobless rate had fallen to 4.0 percent in the Twin Cities metro area, they noted that was the lowest rate for any metropolitan area in the nation. A statewide unemployment rate of 4.2 percent also takes [...]

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