West Words

The first snow of the season is always met with great anticipation. When snow first falls, it brightens up the drab landscape. It is also usually a bit sticky, which makes for good snowmen, snow forts and snowballs. The joys of sledding are more marginal because it’s better to have icy rather than sticky snow. [...]

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Change has certainly been the mantra at the Record this year. Those of us who work in the newspaper industry understand the inevitability of that. We are undergoing an occasionally painful but profound way in which information is delivered to consumers. Ninety years ago, newspapers were supposed to be put out of business by radio. [...]

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Bad things happen to people who use heroin. Most people in Morrison County know that. A couple of weeks back, a Minneapolis drug dealer was convicted of third degree murder for the heroin overdose of a Little Falls woman almost two years ago. The message didn’t get through to everyone. Last week, a Little Falls [...]

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When you talk to folks about education, be they teachers or school athletic boosters, the phrase one hears most often is, “It’s all about the kids.” But then when it comes to hashing out education policy, the only conclusion can be, “It’s all about the adults.” We have been at war with each other over [...]

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Tens of thousands of words will be written over the next two weeks regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy Nov. 22, 1963. I am among the 21 percent of Americans alive today who understood the importance of that event when it occurred. I was sitting in a high school “typing” class clackety-clacking away while [...]

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An open letter to University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill: I’ve been a Gopher fan since the days when Gopher football was the biggest athletic attraction in the state, when basketball had trouble drawing 5,000 people even with the Minneapolis Lakers winning world championships, and the baseball Saints and Millers were both minor league. [...]

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All Americans should be disheartened by the outcome of the recent government shutdown. Little was accomplished other than to upset the American people in general. More importantly, like the boy who cried wolf, the next time somebody complains about the mushrooming federal debt, people will be even less likely to pay attention. The way I [...]

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When the Secretary of the Interior and I first married, we lived in lower North Mankato, down in the Minnesota River valley. In fact, we were so close to the river that one could have seen it out our back window — if a 20-foot high flood wall had not been in between. Old-timers told [...]

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At this writing, the American people are plenty angry with their Congress. Depending on their political bias, the other party simply won’t negotiate and is playing with fire by not caving in to their own side’s position. The U.S. Congress now has an approval rating hovering around 5 percent, ranking only slightly higher than the [...]

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