opinion

o the Editor: One of the most important issues in Greater Minnesota is high-speed broadband internet access for homes and businesses. Without access to broadband, businesses and families can’t keep up, making it tougher for the entrepreneurs and workers of the 21st century to expand in Greater Minnesota. That’s why I’m glad we’ve got our [...]

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By JEFF Thielen, Guest Columnist According to a recent article in the Minneapolis Star & Tribune, Morrison County has one of the highest concentrations of military veterans in the state of Minnesota. This is evident by the strong veteran presence seen in the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts in the county. Camp Ripley is [...]

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“Keep their minds and bodies engaged in wonder during the summer months when they are not attending school.” That’s what Julie Olson, director of elementary education for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools recommended last week. She was one of 39 education leaders who responded to my request for suggestions about what parents could do to [...]

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Tanner James Pap of Lino Lakes was hoping to counsel others on the dangers of drug abuse. Instead, he died from a heroin overdose as a student at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He was 21. Nick Moore of Fridley, a 25-year-old bioengineering student at the University of Minnesota, died of a heroin overdose [...]

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I was never a coffee drinker until about 12 years ago. I thought it was, like soda pop, basically polluted water. Soda pop was acceptable, however, because, like most people, I have a sweet tooth. Meanwhile, the Secretary of Health and Human Services at our house has always been a coffee drinker. One day about [...]

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To the Editor: On Saturday, June 14, we will be celebrating Flag Day. This is a day for all Americans to show respect for the U.S. flag. Our flag is a representation of our independence and unity as a nation, “one nation under God indivisible.” The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron #46 is extremely [...]

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To the Editor: I have a personal experience with Deputy Dan Rocheleau that I would like to share with you. My son was in a car accident from making the wrong choices, and Dan was amazing. Dan waited for me to get to the hospital, and he took the time to sit down and talk [...]

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While the Class of 2014 should be proud of its accomplishments, and we instruct them to work hard, to pursue their dreams, and to be happy, we are at a time when we adults have to admit to them that there are no guarantees in this world. Too many self-absorbed and perhaps mentally ill fellow [...]

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To the Editor: I welcome the EPA’s proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. This seems the least that we can do considering the devastating toll global climate disruption has already exacted from people in the poorest and most vulnerable communities. Best evidence indicates that power plants are [...]

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