Editorial Comment

With incumbent Michel Wetzel retiring after ably serving Morrison County for three terms, voters will have an important decision to make this fall in choosing a new sheriff. The filing period for county offices opens Tuesday, and already four candidates have announced that they would like to succeed Wetzel, each from a different community: Little [...]

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In March, Gov. Mark Dayton told members of the ECM Editorial Board  that the problem-plagued rollout of MNsure, Minnesota’s new health care exchange, was the biggest disappointment of his first term. On April 30, a month after the first enrollment period had closed, the DFL governor boasted in his State of the State address that [...]

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In the end, all we have is the law. It is not perfect, even though we dress up our judges in robes as if they are oracles from God. Nevertheless, it is all we have. Without law, we become nothing more than savages, killing, stealing, hurting each other on any little impulse. Instead, we create [...]

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While the Byron Smith trial dominates the news this week, Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel quietly delivered his annual report of crime statistics to the county board. The good news is that there was less crime in the county in 2013 than in 2012. The bad news is that law enforcement was still way too [...]

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The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act has been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and is now state law. The act establishes structure and detailed definition of bullying behavior. “Bullying” means “intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive. …” The act is specific in detail and defines the context [...]

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As April opened with wind-driven snow and temperatures that still featured wind-chill readings, Minnesotans longingly looked from their windows, waiting for the day when ice-covered lakes would open and fresh-water fishing could resume. It’s a way of life and in Minnesota sport fishing is a $2.8 billion industry of vital importance to the state’s economy [...]

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On March 6, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved a plan to give back $434 million of the $1.2 billion surplus that the state overtaxed Minnesotans last year. It was an admirable effort, approved with only two dissenting votes. However, the Minnesota Senate saw no urgency. Instead, it took a blast from Gov. Mark Dayton [...]

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In Greater Minnesota, strong support for the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms persists. And make no mistake about it, during the past year area gun shops have had record sales because many citizens fear that the government will take away their guns, leaving them defenseless against tyrants or criminals who [...]

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Good health is the most basic human need and essential to success and prosperity. The idea that health care should be available to everyone at an affordable price seems easy to support. But achieving that has become a divisive issue in this country with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Before it went [...]

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