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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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I’ve long thought that one of the ailments of the U.S. economy has been a shortage of entrepreneurs. We heard a lot during the Great Recession about the unemployed, and we still hear that many Americans are “underemployed,” given their qualifications. The solution, it would seem, would be to g...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 1980, when she was only 10 years old, Joyce Siegel, who lived on a farm near Randall, did not understand why President Jimmy Carter was unable to get the American hostages back from Iran. They weren’t released until the moment Carter’s successor, Ronald Reagan, was sworn in. Those were the fi...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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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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