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By ROMAN WITUCKI, Guest Colunnist Minnesota has a budget surplus. I’ve heard some people say give it back to taxpayers. Don’t people understand that all taxes are given back? The only question is, who do we give them back to? Ordinary people or wealthy corporate interests? There’s a big diffe...Read More
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By Roman Witucki, Guest Columnist Although much larger in scope, preparing a state budget is similar to preparing a family budget. Just like families, government sets priorities for spending for long-term success. You can see the similarity by looking at Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed two-year state...Read More
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By Nancy Henderson, Guest Columnist The public schools in Minnesota deserve support from “all” members of our community. Without a good school system Little Falls and Randall would not attract new businesses or new families that make those businesses thrive. Without a good public school system,...Read More
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By Judge Michelle W. Lawson, Guest Columnist There were 9,929 adults in prison in the state of Minnesota as of July 1, 2014, according to the Adult Inmate Profile published by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Even more adults than that were incarcerated in county jails. Probation serves as ...Read More
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By Joann Lavern, Guest Columnist This is taken from a legal document Court File No. 49-CR-12-1882 filed on Nov. 18, 2014, and signed by Judge of District Court, Douglas P. Anderson regarding the State of Minnesota vs. Byron David Smith. “On Aug. 21, 2014, five days before the restitution hearing,...Read More
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By Lori swanson Guest Columnist “Shelly” and her family sat down to dinner when the phone rang. Before she answered the call, Shelly looked at the caller ID and saw her own name and phone number. She answered the call and heard a recording that offered to lower her credit card interest rate. She...Read More
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By JUDGE DOUGLAS ANDERSON Guest Columnist This editorial is intended to give information about restitution that is ordered in a criminal matter, and more specifically, in the Byron Smith case. To begin with, restitution is allowed by Minnesota Statutes 611A.04, subdivision 1, which provides: “A vi...Read More
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By JOHN EDGECOMBE JR. Guest Columnist A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow deli...Read More
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By Mike Disher, Guest Columnist On the Technology Services webpage (on the Morrison County website) you’ll find a mantra that I coined in the year 2000 just after beginning my employment with the county. It says, “We exist to support the systems that support the services that support the citize...Read More
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