Editorial Comment
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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While it may be difficult for voters to wrap their minds around  the entire package, Royalton School District voters need to know that they are being offered a bargain. On Tuesday, Jan. 6, they will be headed to the polls to vote on a $26.1 million construction package. The details of that package ...Read More
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By midweek, the tinsel will be on the tree, the gifts will be wrapped and anticipation will be high. High for what? We know what is coming. In this part of the world it will be Christmas, when believers celebrate as they have for more than 2,000 years, the birth of Jesus Christ, who taught [...]...Read More
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The good news is that voter turnout in Morrison County for last month’s election was above the state average. The county vote  turnout was 52.5 percent, tied for 33rd highest among the 87 counties. The bad news is that Minnesota, traditionally first or second in voter turnout nationwide, dropped ...Read More
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In the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for causing the death of Michael Brown, riots broke out across the nation. While we understand that some people think our judicial system is rigged to prevent justice, we will say the same thing that w...Read More
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We have four special days coming up in the next eight days, one of them officially designated as such by the federal government, and three organized by the barons of commerce. The first is, of course, Thanksgiving. The day is traditionally supposed to be a day to count our blessings, but over time h...Read More
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The second annual enrollment period for MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, begins in earnest this week, and that provides both good news and bad news. The good news is that by creating a state exchange, Minnesotans who receive subsidies are covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a...Read More
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