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By Rep. Ron Kresha, Guest Columnist Minnesota has become a battleground in the debate over the size of government. On one side there is the battle cry for more government intervention into our economy and everyday lives, as we’ve seen over the past two years during one-party control in St. Paul. About $160 million was spent [...]

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By Col. Scott St. Sauver, Guest Columnist I would like to address a recent letter as it relates to Camp Ripley’s environmental management program. I respect individual freedom to express opinion and appreciate the opportunity to respond. The mission of Camp Ripley is only as strong as the environment and communities within which it belongs. Our [...]

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By Amanda Kaping, Guest Columnist  Hands of Hope Resource Center, will be recognizing crime victims, advocates and others who are involved with crime victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 6-12. Crime victims endure physical and emotional wounds, financial burdens, an alarming tendency to be blamed for the crimes against them and a confusing criminal [...]

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By Peter Vogelgesang, Guest Columnist  Are you impressed with the Tesla electric automobile? What impresses you? Is it the $70,000 price tag or the fact that the car reputedly produces zero emissions? How could it produce emissions? It has no exhaust pipe. It runs on clean electricity. Whoa. Where does the electricity come from? From batteries [...]

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By Bruce Thompson, Guest Columnist  A recent decision by our Little Falls City Council warrants notification to all concerned citizens. My attention was drawn to a family installing a privacy fence last spring. My concern was directed to the owner/installer with no success. I obtained a copy of our City Ordinance 801 dated June 3, 1974, [...]

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By Roman Witucki, Guest Columnist After a decade of Republicans, like our local legislators, saying “no” to Minnesotans, leaders of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party have us moving in the right direction.  When the Republicans were in control of state government, instead of raising the revenue necessary to keep the shine on Minnesota’s Star of the [...]

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By Sen. Paul Gazelka, Guest Columnist The 2013 Legislative Session adjourned last May with unprecedented tax and spending increases. During the interim an insurance client came to visit me with news that he is leaving Minnesota. He’s a successful businessman who lives in Florida for part of each winter. He’s a responsible citizen, willing to pay [...]

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By Rep. Ron Kresha, Guest Colunmist My primary responsibility as your representative is to craft and debate policy that advances our district’s economic growth, educational opportunities, and quality of life in rural Minnesota. I touch on these issues daily in the committees that I serve: Agriculture Policy, Education Policy, and State Government and Veterans Affairs.  There [...]

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By Ron Hinnenkamp, Guest Columinst I just went to the refrigerator to grab something to eat. I could choose from a variety of options. Sounds normal, doesn’t it? For many of our fellow residents in Morrison County that is not always the case.  According to the latest census data, over 13 percent of our residents are [...]

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