Tom West
In July 1948, then Minneapolis Mayor Hubert Humphrey stuck his neck out and delivered a speech on civil rights at the Democratic National Convention. At the time, the Democratic Party was known for the “Solid South,” which had voted “solidly” for Democratic candidates ever since Reconstructi...Read More
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I have been involved for some time now with what used to be called the Healthy Communities Collaborative and now is known as Live Better Live Longer (LBLL). The evolution of the group is ongoing, with our primary purpose today being to improve the overall health of the community. This is a more diff...Read More
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The 7th Judicial District, which includes Morrison County, had two unusual elections this fall. They were unusual because they were contested, meaning that an incumbent judge had a challenger. Under Minnesota’s state Constitution, we elect our judges, but that is in name only. The reality is that ...Read More
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The Republican wave that allegedly swept across the country, didn’t start in eastern Manitoba and western Ontario. It must have started in Alberta, because it roared from the Rocky Mountain states deep into Dixie, flushing Democrats from office all over the place. But not in Minnesota. We have big...Read More
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Ebola fears have swept across the nation far faster than Ebola itself. At last count, three health care workers and a traveler brought the disease back from West Africa, and two U.S. health care workers subsequently contracted the disease while treating the traveler, Thomas Duncan. The math suggests...Read More
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I first met Leo Ripplinger 30 years ago. I owned the newspaper in Janesville, near Mankato, and Leo, a native of Upsala, had a hardware store in St. Clair, a town of 800 even closer to Mankato. I called on Leo for advertising, but for other reasons as well. He was something of a mover [...]...Read More
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The 7th Judicial District has two contested races for judge this year. Most readers of the Record will want to educate themselves on these races, which are usually uncontested. The 7th District covers 10 counties that run from St. Cloud and Princeton northwest to Moorhead. Several weeks ago, I wrote...Read More
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While President Obama said in a speech this week that global temperatures have been the warmest in history this year, those of us who live in Central Minnesota must feel like we live on another planet. Last winter was the coldest temperature-wise since at least 1900. Now we have the Central Minnesot...Read More
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Although the fact that the Minnesota Vikings star running back, Adrian Peterson, was indicted by a Texas grand jury for beating a 4-year-old bloody has stirred up a great controversy, the easy way out is to miss the point. The easy way is to say the NFL and the Vikings are amoral and care only [...]...Read More
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