Editorial Comment
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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Thursday, the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet at the Falls Ballroom. At that meeting, the Chamber honored the Volunteer of the Year, the Large Business of the Year and the Small Business of the Year. Other than to the recipients, that may not seem like a big deal to man...Read More
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Plagued by aging bridges and too many potholes, state officials are finally getting around to addressing the problem. Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton came out with his plan, which would raise an additional $11.3 billion in taxes over the next 10 years and use them to pay to fix the roads. The bulk of th...Read More
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Governor Mark Dayton blessed two dozen state department heads with $800,000 in pay raises last month, the upshot of which will be that it will be awkwardly difficult going forward for liberal Democrats to make the case against income inequality. Previously, this argument had been a DFL cornerstone o...Read More
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The number of students who have special needs in Minnesota schools continues to grow. State and federal governments need to fund federally mandated programs as promised to avoid using local operating school district funds to subsidize the program. To its credit, the 2012-13 state Legislature appropr...Read More
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With the state carrying a projected $1 billion budget surplus, the push is on to expand funding for early childhood education. Coming on the heels of last session’s approval of all-day kindergarten funding, the next step seems to be to fund pre-school for 4-year-olds. We agree that more funds need...Read More
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The Western World is outraged that 12 journalists in Paris were gunned down by three allegedly Islamic terrorists. Unfortunately, outrage is so emotional that it often fails to steer people to a prudent plan of action. Westerners demand their rights to freedom of the speech and of the press, but the...Read More
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A new year is as good a time as any to take stock of where one’s been and where one’s headed. As Morrison County heads into 2015, good reason exists for optimism. The county jobless rate for November was 5.2 percent, the lowest for November since 2007, when the Great Recession was just getting u...Read More
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