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To the Editor: I have known Shawn Larsen for just over 12 years. I had the opportunity to work with Shawn at the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office when I was a 911 dispatcher and correctional officer. Shawn showed great passion for the job and was incredibly dedicated to the department. Shawn was very professional and [...]

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To the Editor: Which is better — improving education for our children, or not improving their education? Improving their education, of course. But educational improvements cost money. Which is better — paying all that money locally with higher property taxes, or having state funding to help us here in poorer, rural parts of the state? [...]

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To the Editor: Greg Zylka is a very active member of our community. He has been involved in numerous community projects. Currently, he is a co-chair of the Morrison County Yellow Ribbon network. He co-chaired the 2008 Vietnam Moving Wall Project displayed at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. He is a member of the Governor’s [...]

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To the Editor: I am writing to urge my friends and neighbors to support Rick Nolan for Congress this November. I support Rick because he knows how to work for us. Rick has spoken out against the trillions of dollars that we have spent on our wars of choice in the Middle East. We simply [...]

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On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Minnesotans will decide if they should keep Mark Dayton as their governor for the next four years. Dayton told ECM’s Editorial Board that under his leadership and policies, he has placed the state on the right moderate course with a balanced approach on spending and raising revenues. The Board agrees that [...]

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To the Editor: Let’s put the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) in a larger perspective. The bill was sponsored in the House by Rep. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul. It did pass the House with bipartisan support, 104-24. It’s a great bill for women in the workplace, increasing unpaid leave for pregnancy, birth or adoption, allowing [...]

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To the Editor: Congratulations to the Heartland Symphony (HSO) on its Saturday concert. After playing in the Symphony for 37 years, I had a chance to sit in the audience and listen, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Pianist Joseph Welch got a standing ovation at the end of the concerto and deserved it, [...]

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To the Editor: Several weeks ago, after worship when I had highlighted St. Francis’ contributions to the church, a retired farmer asked me why the current pope took the name of Francis. “It’s because he cares about the poor and oppressed, widows and orphans, the earth and all creation, right?” he asked. “Definitely,” I replied. [...]

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To the Editor: Recent ads promoting Al Doty have been highlighting his latest accomplishment: “Field man for Congressman Rick Nolan.” Just what does Nolan stand for, anyway? It’s not good. He has a 0 percent pro-life voting record. He supports taxpayer-funded abortions and opposes a ban on abortions when the unborn baby can feel pain. [...]

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