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Marty Seifert is the most traveled of the Republican candidates for governor, having visited all 87 Minnesota counties in the run-up to the Aug. 12 primary election. The former southwestern Minnesota farm kid has also covered a lot of ground in his professional and political careers, from teaching high school history and government to serving [...]

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In nine days, voters will cut the number of Morrison County sheriff candidates in half. Other contests are on the primary ballot ranging from the county auditor-treasurer to the Republican governor and senator and the DFL auditor races. However, as former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local,” and [...]

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Major League Baseball’s All-Star game was played in Minneapolis 12 days ago. I watched because it is the only professional all-star game that is truly competitive. Pitchers and hitters don’t want to embarrass themselves. It isn’t like that in other sports, where all-stars suddenly forget defense when the elite get together. As your enterprising investigator, [...]

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By Brian-Paul Crowder, Guest Columnist Theoretically, I am enormously in favor of the city of Little Falls having an Area Recreational Complex. Theoretically. Despite voting “No,” I don’t necessarily object to the city moving ahead with the project; what I object to and voted against was its poor planning. There has been so much attention focused [...]

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Sean McComb, recently named 2014 National Teacher of the Year, has given one of the best speeches I’ve ever read about what teachers can and often do accomplish. As he told thousands of other educators gathered at the National Education Association conference: “When those children come through the school doors, teachers are the decisive element. [...]

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This weekend, the largest annual one-day fundraiser in Morrison County, the Relay for Life, was held. For more than 20 years, this fundraiser has been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research. This year, almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. An estimated 585,720 Americans will die [...]

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Below are five paired statements. Read them and see if you agree with one or both of each pair: 1. The federal government spends too much money. The wealthy should pay much more in taxes. 2. Every American should have access to high-quality health care. We spend far too much on health care in the [...]

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To the Editor: A few weeks ago a letter appeared criticizing Ron Kresha for voting against a broadband bill in the House. Now you will hear “the rest of the story.” The bill covered mostly the Twin Cities and Rochester with government run systems. Kresha was holding to a Republican principle when he voted against [...]

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To the Editor: If you haven’t seen the beautiful flowers in Memorial Park (both sides of Highway 27), it’s time to take a look. Sometimes while waiting for a long train to pass, it’s a good time to see them, but better yet go there and walk around to get a closer look at the [...]

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