Editorial Comment

If you had a billion dollars to spend on any public project within Minnesota, what would you choose? Would you spend $5 million to build a new security fence around the Shakopee prison, $500,000 (for “pre-design” design) to improve and renovate historic Fort Snelling or $10 million to preserve public housing for low-income families? Should [...]

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Does the government have a responsibility to inform the public of its activities? Both our nation and state were founded on the principles of self-government, including that the government exists to serve the people, not the other way around. That would suggest that the government has an obligation to be as transparent as reasonably possible [...]

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Confidence in our government leaders is near generational lows. A Jan. 26 poll gave Congress an approval rating of 16 percent, better than the 12 percent in October, but October was the lowest in 40 years. Just 27 percent said then, during the federal government partial shutdown, that they were willing to re-elect their member [...]

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Aaron “Marty” Martinson paid a visit to Little Falls via V.J. Smith on Monday and Tuesday. Marty passed away 10 years ago, but for those Morrison County residents lucky enough to learn about him, it was an extraordinary experience. Smith, a professional speaker, told Marty’s story to the Little Falls faculty and students and also [...]

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The year 2013 brought good news for education. The Minnesota Legislature approved additional funds for early childhood education and for all-day kindergarten. Eighty-six percent of local school levies were approved. Money borrowed from school districts during poor economic times has been repaid. The ECM Editorial Board, in a series of editorials last year, advocated these [...]

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Last Monday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton called off school statewide because of forecast severe cold. In this part of the state, the temperature never rose above 10 below and, with a breeze from the west, the wind chill factor was below minus-30. Dayton’s call was not without precedent. In the 1990s, Gov. Arne Carlson did [...]

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With the calendar turning over to a new year, it presents all of us with the opportunity to set new goals, to re-make ourselves, our families and our communities into something better. It is our habit to set priorities for Morrison County to help establish a focus for the coming year. What should be the [...]

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At the beginning of 2013, the Record laid out a five point plan of emphasis for the coming year. On most fronts, the county made progress, and on all showed no signs of slippage. Most important was to bring down the felony rate in the county.  In 2012, 10 people were accused of murder or [...]

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Columnist Joe Nathan writes elsewhere on this page about an important report that the state Office of Higher Education has been three years late in updating. While such tardiness is unacceptable, what’s interesting is how little attention the report received around here when it was last issued in January 2011. The report had some good [...]

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