opinion

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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On March 6, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved a plan to give back $434 million of the $1.2 billion surplus that the state overtaxed Minnesotans last year. It was an admirable effort, approved with only two dissenting votes. However, the Minnesota Senate saw no urgency. Instead, it took a blast from Gov. Mark Dayton [...]

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Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) School Finance Award will never compete with “March Madness” for public attention. But MDE has recently given 69 percent of Minnesota’s traditional districts and 80 percent of Minnesota charter public schools an award that measures solid accomplishment and merits public praise. North of the Twin Cities, winners included the districts [...]

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I had a bad day recently, dealing with the mysteries that come with the end of life. They got me thinking about how I’d like to check out when the time comes. I know, that’s not anyone’s favorite topic, but I have long admired the way an uncle of mine exited. He had a heart [...]

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To the Editor: Camp Ripley is a modern military training site where live-fire exercises take place all summer long, year after year. What are the health and environmental ramifications of living in Little Falls, five miles from Camp Ripley? It seems plausible there is a correlation between Morrison County’s low state health ranking and the [...]

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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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Six high school students spoke out and legislators listened. As college costs rise, families are looking for ways to help youngsters be better prepared and earn college credits while still in high school. Richfield High School students Sam Petrov, Beisite Wang, Henry Hoang, Wendy Hughes, Michelle Nguyen and Cherish Kovach – most of whom have [...]

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To the Editor: A few weeks back Tom West’s column about the “Winter Misery Index” contained a statement about global warming and that he was looking forward to its return. This demonstrates that he doesn’t grasp the concept, or the implications of this serious subject. Two weeks ago NOAA released a map showing what the [...]

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To the Editor: In his guest column last week, the DFL chair questions Rep. Kresha’s commitment to long-term care workers and the 5 percent campaign. He neglects to note that despite record-setting spending and tax increases, Democrats failed to allocate the sliver of funding needed to deliver on a 5 percent increase to those people [...]

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