Tom West
If ever there were a winter that revealed the shortcomings of the West Winter Misery Index (WWMI), it was the one just past. The WWMI is all about creature comfort, or the lack thereof on the frozen tundra otherwise known as winter in Minnesota. The WWMI was invented because everybody talks about th...Read More
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Being a basketball fan, I’ve been in hog heaven the last month. Last week, I developed a callus on my thumb flipping between the girls’ state tournament, four NCAA men’s games, the Gopher women’s NCAA game and the showdown between the two worst teams in the NBA, the Wolves and the Knicks. At...Read More
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At the White House Conference on Countering Violent Extremism this week, President Obama said, “The U.S. is not at war with Islam.” However, the question remains, “Is Islam at war with the United States?” In advance of the conference, the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota (C...Read More
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The University of Minnesota needs the state’s millionaires to step forward, as well as all of the Gopher athletic team’s long-suffering fans. Two weeks ago, I heard the University’s Athletics Director Norwood Teague talk about how he is trying to change the culture at the Bierman Building, and...Read More
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This week’s message is that you aren’t going to get out of this world alive. Maybe you knew that, but most of us ignore the implications. Last week, I was reminded of the risks we face simply by minding our own business. At the state newspaper convention, one of the luncheon speakers was former ...Read More
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Older county residents undoubtedly remember former state Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier of Little Falls. However, if they would like their memories refreshed, check out the winter issue of “Minnesota History,” the publication of the Minnesota Historical Society. Steve Dornfeld, longtime political report...Read More
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Two of the first eight bills introduced in the Minnesota House this session show the lead author to be state Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls. Kresha is only beginning his second term, but already is beginning to make a name for himself around the capitol. In his first term, serving in the minority, ...Read More
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We have lift off on Flight 2015. This is your pilot speaking, and we have blue skies as we get under way, and another marvelous flight is in store — except for some severe turbulence and an occasional crash landing or two. Among the sights you will enjoy along the way are: 1. Two new [...]...Read More
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“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”  — Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. Secretary of Defense...Read More
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With the new year upon us, most of us take looks back and forward, take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going. It’s a time of hails and farewells. At the Record, we bid good-bye last week to Tina Snell, who has decided to retire, so she and her husband, John, can travel [...]...Read More
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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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