Tom West

In nine days, voters will cut the number of Morrison County sheriff candidates in half. Other contests are on the primary ballot ranging from the county auditor-treasurer to the Republican governor and senator and the DFL auditor races. However, as former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local,” and [...]

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Major League Baseball’s All-Star game was played in Minneapolis 12 days ago. I watched because it is the only professional all-star game that is truly competitive. Pitchers and hitters don’t want to embarrass themselves. It isn’t like that in other sports, where all-stars suddenly forget defense when the elite get together. As your enterprising investigator, [...]

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Later this month, I will be joining my siblings at the family plot in a southern Minnesota cemetery to bury my dad’s ashes. He died two years ago, gave his body to medical research, and we have recently received the ashes back. It will be a quiet, little ceremony in which we will also honor [...]

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On Friday, we will be celebrating the 238th anniversary of the United States’ experiment in self-government. It was an experiment then, and it remains so today, perhaps even more so. In many ways, we are testing the rule of law and the limits of self-government. When an increasing number of citizens decide to shoot up [...]

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Last week, the political world was rocked by the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. In spite of outspending his Tea Party opponent Dave Brat 40 times over, Cantor lost to the political newcomer. The spin doctors said that the major issue in the race was immigration, and that Cantor was in [...]

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Minnesota’s Republicans and Democrats decided to confab simultaneously last weekend, the Republicans in Rochester and the DFL in Duluth. As near as one could tell, neither side shot itself in the proverbial foot. Republicans had the greater opportunity to do so, being the party out of power. All the DFL had to do was re-nominate [...]

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The drive-by media left Little Falls last week after the Byron Smith trial, and drove almost directly to Waseca, where a 17-year-old was caught preparing to blow up the junior and senior high schools. Both of these incidents hit home for me, since I live in Little Falls, and Waseca, which is almost identical in [...]

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The Minneapolis City Council was expected to consider a motion Friday, to change the name of “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples Day.” I don’t have any great affection for Christopher Columbus, but I have long thought that we ought to call our holidays for what they are. That means, call them the way most Americans [...]

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So there I was, 65 feet above the ground, swaying on the scaffolding just outside the Minnesota State Capitol Building, attending the largest convention of stone carvers in the nation. Or so someone said. The ECM Editorial Board received a personal tour April 10 of the ongoing restoration of “the People’s Building.” When you see [...]

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