Editorial Comment

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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The Minnesota economy is slowly beginning to show signs of life. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is trumpeting that, after adjustments, the number of Minnesotans working in December reached an all-time high for December. Still, the growth is a mixed bag. For the second consecutive month, DEED said that the labor [...]

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The Minnesota Legislature is moving toward an overdue increase in the state minimum wage. The state minimum wage is below the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour, so it would seem that raising the state minimum to be in compliance with the federal minimum makes sense. However, the Legislature wants to go far above that. [...]

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The more things change, the more they remain the same. So it was that 35 years ago, Minnesota was a battleground in the effort to impose recycling fees on beverage containers.  Bottlers and soft-drink producers were able to stave off the effort, but now it is coming forth again. A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) [...]

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