Guest Columns
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 Wedn...Read More
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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...Read More
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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 r...Read More
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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....Read More
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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 ha...Read More
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New taxes took effect July 1 By David C. Olson, Guest Columnist Minnesotans, prepare to dig deeper into your pocketbooks following actions of the 2013 Legislature. Companies are being asked to pay a very high premium for the privilege of doing business in Minnesota. Many changes in tax law took ef...Read More
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By Larry Werner, Guest Columnist In June 2007, I retired from the Star Tribune after almost 24 years with that newspaper. Six months later, I accepted a position with ECM Publishers as general manager in Dakota County. After four years managing Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune, ECM...Read More
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By John Horvat II, Guest Columnist The cloudy day set the mood for a Fourth of July barbecue. It was a family get-together but there was not much family to get together. Several members were too far away to come; others were on cruises. There were a few absent because they were no longer family sin...Read More
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By Theresa Skorseth, Guest Columnist Monday evening, “after” the City Council meeting had been adjourned, and as the room was empyting, I said to my friends, in a loud voice, that the City Council President Don Klinker is a fascist. A fascist is a person of narrow beliefs who uses a position of...Read More
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By Paul Gazelka, Guest Columnist The 2013 legislative session adjourned May 20. It is always an honor to serve you in the Minnesota Senate. Working across the aisle to set a responsible state budget was my focus this year. I support creating a more efficient and effective government as we did in 20...Read More
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By Liza Stangl, Guest Columnist Welcome classmates, family and friends. I feel humbled to be standing up here speaking in front of you tonight. I know that some of you have places to go, so don’t worry. I was told to keep my speech within 33 minutes, so I’m guessing that you’ll probably be ou...Read More
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