Editorial Comment

Every election season, lawn signs serve as the mock combat area of political campaigns. The newspaper and law enforcement receive complaints from citizens because vandals have stolen or destroyed the signs of one candidate or another, and sometimes even damage the property of the resident who dares post a sign. This isn’t as it should [...]

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Tanner James Pap of Lino Lakes was hoping to counsel others on the dangers of drug abuse. Instead, he died from a heroin overdose as a student at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He was 21. Nick Moore of Fridley, a 25-year-old bioengineering student at the University of Minnesota, died of a heroin overdose [...]

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While the Class of 2014 should be proud of its accomplishments, and we instruct them to work hard, to pursue their dreams, and to be happy, we are at a time when we adults have to admit to them that there are no guarantees in this world. Too many self-absorbed and perhaps mentally ill fellow [...]

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Little Falls City Council Member Loren Boyum brought some thoughtful comments to a recent meeting about how to handle public comments at meetings unrelated to the Council’s written agenda. We understand the concern because sometimes a few citizens’ personal agendas can disrupt the Council, causing it to take longer than necessary to conduct the business [...]

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Little Falls and Morrison County received great news last week, when the Minnesota Legislature included $1.7 million in bonding money for the Camp Ripley Veterans Trail. Assuming Gov. Dayton will keep this item, which had bipartisan support, in the bill, the completion of this trail is expected to have a significantly positive economic impact on [...]

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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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