opinion

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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So there I was, 65 feet above the ground, swaying on the scaffolding just outside the Minnesota State Capitol Building, attending the largest convention of stone carvers in the nation. Or so someone said. The ECM Editorial Board received a personal tour April 10 of the ongoing restoration of “the People’s Building.” When you see [...]

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To the Editor: I agree passengers should wear seatbelts, but as owner and driver of my car, it should be my right to use them or not. I am fed up with those idiots up on king hill telling me what I can or cannot do. So, Mr. Lawmaker, take your seatbelt law and shove [...]

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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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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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A terrific new movie describes Cesar Chavez, a remarkable American whose influence continues to help Americans – and Minnesotans. Having seen the movie, talked with people who knew Chavez and had a tiny role in his work, I strongly recommend the picture. The movie “Cesar Chavez” was released March 28 and is rated PG-13. Here’s [...]

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It’s official. The winter of 2013-14 was the second worst since the winter of 1900-01, 114 years ago. You can tell your grandkids about this one. This is not just subjective complaining. This is based on the tabulations of West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI), which, using historical data from the National Weather Service, combines the [...]

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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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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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