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To the Editor: Although two recent letters addressing climate change disagree on the cause of it, they both agree that being good stewards of the earth is important. This is the commonality that we and our elected leaders need to recognize. Renewable energy has already created millions of jobs across the U.S. and reduced our [...]

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State leaders have been cheering a spate of good economic news of late. Most recently, in announcing that the jobless rate had fallen to 4.0 percent in the Twin Cities metro area, they noted that was the lowest rate for any metropolitan area in the nation. A statewide unemployment rate of 4.2 percent also takes [...]

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One of my favorite family memories is sandbagging by the St. Croix River with two of our children. It came to mind as we entered summer and the Fourth of July holiday – a holiday celebrating the sacrifice and selflessness of others. One of the most important things a family can do together this summer [...]

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By Elizabeth Tepley, Guest Columnist I’d like to take a moment to celebrate the excellent efforts of our teachers in Little Falls. As a literacy tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps for Lindbergh Elementary, I see firsthand the great work they are doing to shape the futures of the children of our community. I also know [...]

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By Helen McLennan, Guest Columnist Rain, rain and more rain. Besides being a bummer for recreational activities, there are many ramifications for landowners and the landscape. Fields are standing idle and haven’t been seeded or have been planted, but crops are being drowned. Gully erosion of cropland fields is at an epidemic level. Lake levels are [...]

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To the Editor: The Morrison County Food Shelf will once again participate in the “Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless,” July Challenge Grant. Participating food shelves can receive a minimum of $150 and a maximum of $5,000 based on a percentage of the total funds raised. This is a timely event with children [...]

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To the Editor: I am writing this letter on behalf of Thomas (Tom) Justin. Tom has filed for the office of sheriff in Morrison County. I have known Tom for many years. I myself have been in law enforcement for 27 years. I was elected to serve as the sheriff of Wilkin County in 2011 [...]

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Last November, 35 candidates ran for mayor of Minneapolis under a ranked-choice voting system. It took 33 rounds of vote counting before a winner was declared. One would think with 35 candidates in the race, it could get nasty, with many candidates going negative against the perceived front-runners. That never happened, and ranked-choice voting is [...]

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On Friday, we will be celebrating the 238th anniversary of the United States’ experiment in self-government. It was an experiment then, and it remains so today, perhaps even more so. In many ways, we are testing the rule of law and the limits of self-government. When an increasing number of citizens decide to shoot up [...]

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