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By Sen. Paul Gazelka, Guest Columnist The 2013 Legislative Session adjourned last May with unprecedented tax and spending increases. During the interim an insurance client came to visit me with news that he is leaving Minnesota. He’s a successful businessman who lives in Florida for part of each winter. He’s a responsible citizen, willing to pay [...]

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To the Editor: While driving my wife to an appointment, I noticed an American flag hanging on the front door of a  home (that has other window displays) hanging upside down. I am a Vietman vet and know what that flag represents and stands for. This shows no respect, honor or feelings for this flag [...]

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To the Editor: Will debate over raising the federal minimum wage reveal low-paying jobs are America’s future? It’s certain that today workers need a minimum-wage increase even above the proposed $10.10/hour to sustain America’s economy and our society. Congress hasn’t legislated a federal minimum-wage increase in seven years, now $7.25. Elevating the “wage floor” would [...]

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To the Editor: Harding Place would like to thank Rose and Jim Preimesberger and the Hillman Legion for the candy bags, George and Leanne Kummet for the platter of cookies and Fr. Dave Maciej and RadioShack for the meat and cheese trays, the Sportman’s Club, Disabled American Veterans of Morrison County and the VFW Post [...]

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The state of Minnesota received good financial news this week when it was announced that the state’s budget coffers are overflowing with a $1.08 billion surplus. This comes after the Legislature passed a $2.3 billion tax increase, which took effect a few months ago. Many economists would say that such an increase would put a [...]

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To the Editor: This is to all parents who rely on daycare providers to remember them this Christmas. Your provider is the person who: • Takes your children early or keeps them late; • Teaches your child to write their name, tie their shoes and use the potty. • Holds checks when you don’t have [...]

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To the Editor: In regard to county officials requesting a salary increase, I think they should be satisfied with the salaries for a 40-hour week and benefits. There are many residents in the county that work 60-plus hours a week, trying to raise a family and meet their expenses, to pay taxes, insurances, living expenses [...]

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At the end of each year, the days draw short and so does our time. We have lots to do between Thanksgiving and the New Year, not the least of which is to prepare for our families’ Christmas. In spite of that, or perhaps because of it, as the year draws to a close, it [...]

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To the Editor: Little Falls is so lucky to have a visionary such as Robin Hensel in its midst. For a long time I have observed with bemusement as Ms. Hensel has protested, lectured and hectored her way into the hearts of Little Falls and Morrison County; but now I can say, I am truly [...]

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