Opinion

Millions of middle class Americans, mostly in rural areas, are feeling cornered by the overwhelming forces of globalization. Their employment was displaced by automation, international competition and corporations’ transfer of jobs to other nations with lesser production costs and more flexible...
By now, it’s obvious that the farm economic crisis is largely caused by an oversupply of corn and soybeans with not enough demand. Meanwhile, climate change looms large over the United States, one of the symptoms being destructive hurricanes that damage oil refineries in Texas. We can look to...
This November, as school districts across Minnesota look to keep up with growing facility needs, changing technology, and increased security concerns, many will put bond issue referendums before their voters. This includes districts in our area, such as both Pillager and Wadena-Deer Creek. ...
The energy our students bring is “traditional” when it comes to homecoming, regardless of the era. This year we had many new faces at events, both families and community members alike. Your involvement was celebratory. The participation of our “Cardinal Community” was not only visible, but equal to...
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  As a nation, we used to think that domestic violence was a private matter and should not be openly talked about. Unfortunately some folks still don’t choose to learn about domestic violence.  We all want to think “That will never happen in my family,”...
For years before Hurricane Maria’s direct hit devastated much of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure in a matter of hours, the officially-bilingual U.S. territory’s economy had been in freefall and was subject to strict austerity measures imposed by the U.S. (and its bankers) which had caused schools to...
While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.” Real newspapers reporting real news have never been more important or more valuable to readers and communities. This week, newspapers...
Nothing is more satisfying to an editor than reviewing a day’s edition – whether in print or digital format – and quietly proclaiming, “We connected with our readers.” A newspaper’s relationship with its readers is at the heart of National Newspaper Week. Newspapers, at their best, are stewards of...

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