Guest Columns

By David C. Olson, Guest Columnist Gov. Mark Dayton has coined the 2014 Legislature as the “Unsession,” saying he’ll concentrate on ideas to make state government better, faster and simpler. He’s asking Minnesotans to submit ideas to eliminate unnecessary or redundant laws, rules and regulations, and getting rid of anything else that makes state government nearly [...]

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By Liz Harris, Guest Columnist As outlined in the Aug. 25 Morrison County Record, the city has a plan in the works to ban parking on city streets from 2 a.m. – 6 a.m., from November through April. I wonder why so restrictive? Have other alternatives been explored? A simple recorded message through City Hall that [...]

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By Mike and LoAnn Wilhelmson, Guest Columnists A new hearing has been scheduled to address Auger’s Resort’s proposal to remove a trailer and replace it with a two story cabin more than double the size. Property owners and concerned citizens are getting the word out to encourage attendance Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Morrison [...]

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By Mandy Heffron, Guest Columnist Democrats promised to balance the state’s budget on the backs of the top 2 percent of wage earners in Minnesota. They claim that a tax on the “rich” only impacts a few people. However, after the Democrat-controlled Legislature enacted their tax-and-spend budget this year, Minnesotans are recognizing that Democrats’ claims and [...]

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By Roman Witucki, Guest columnist At the start of Minnesota’s 2013 Legislative Session, Democrats made a promise of investing in education, balancing the state budget in an honest way and providing property tax reform. Leaders of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party delivered on all three. Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers made a historic investment in education. Research [...]

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By Tom Hagg, Guest Columnist Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said dumping the new tax on farm machinery repair would be his first priority, if the economy allows. Minnesota’s corn farmers thank the governor for recognizing the impact of this tax and hope this will top his agenda when the Legislature reconvenes in February. Actually, the gratitude [...]

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By Rep. Ron Kresha, Guest Columnist August — where does the summer go? I hope you have been able to spend some time with family attending community events. My own family has been blessed to spend time together and recently my son and I traveled to Guatemala to work with poverty-stricken families. The mission trip reminded [...]

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By Art Warner, Guest Columnist Although the food stamp editorial July 7, and the responding letter to the editor July 21, were timely and clarifying, they did not include a very important element that is an integral part of the Food Stamp (SNAP) program. The missing part is the effect the program has on the [...]

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