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Minnesota’s 8th District race between incumbent DFL Rep. Rick Nolan and Republican challenger Stewart Mills has been targeted by national political groups. Most readers have already seen the effect of that targeting with the barrage of negative TV ads that have been airing. We urge readers to discount those ads. Why? Because the 8th District [...]

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By Bruce West, Guest Columnist When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? If you’re like many people, you may not even remember. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of U.S. households that they’re often taken for granted and aren’t tested and maintained. Data from 776 Minnesota fire departments [...]

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By Pat Rioux, Guest Columnist A recent article about domestic violence written by former professional quarterback Jeff Kemp begins with a philosophical question, “How often do we seek real truth, step up and make changes?” I’d add, “What should I personally be doing as a man in response to the issue of family violence?” Kemp notes [...]

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The Affordable Care Act and MNsure came to the forefront of this year’s political campaign this week, as the state announced the rates for the coming year. On the one hand, Gov. Mark Dayton and DFLers said that Minnesota will continue to have the lowest rates in the nation and that overall rates will go [...]

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To the Editor: Remember when Republicans were crying that Minnesota would lose our businesses to other states because of our taxes and regulations? It’s not hard to remember; Ron Kresha’s still doing it this campaign season. The next time you hear someone make that false claim for political gain, consider these truths: Minnesota has the [...]

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The state issued its latest employment figures this week. With the election just seven weeks away, both parties have plenty to crow about. On the one hand, Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL-controlled Legislature can point to the 3.8 percent unemployment rate in August, down from 4.7 percent a year ago, and the lowest rate [...]

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To the Editor: I’ve called Little Falls home for 16 years, and I’ve watched and learned what genuine leadership looks like. Leadership is not built on bullying or scare tactics, petty politics or unreasonable behavior, but built on a strong foundation of commitment, cooperation, passion for community and proven results. Greg Zylka’s kind of leadership. [...]

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To the Editor: Last year, Democrats passed more than $2.1 billion in new taxes to pay for the largest spending increase in Minnesota’s history. However, this new spending didn’t include meaningful reforms or equity in education spending. The education formula still favors metro schools over the schools in our area. Additionally, the school facilities formula [...]

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To the Editor: I am ashamed of the people who persecute and demean Robin Hensel. She did not create the law to prohibit garage sale signs. Is it written in the Constitution? Is it a state law? Is it a city law? If you feel the law is false, change it. We the people are [...]

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