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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka on the 2019 Session: “Ultimately, our budget did what we all agreed was best for Minnesotans. We held the line on raising new taxes and kept spending focused on priorities. For the first time in nearly 20 years, Minnesotans are getting a tax cut....
‘News’ that is really fake is likely to become more common; news media need to promote, and shore up, their reliability. Mike Allen of Axios wrote in a morning briefing, “Welcome to our sad, new, distorted reality — the explosion of fake: fake videos, fake people on Facebook, and daily cries of ‘...
Spring Cleaning! I want to remind everyone that the City of Staples will be hosting another City-wide cleanup day on June 8 from 8:00 to noon, again at the Street Shop, at 12th St. and Michigan Ave., with assistance from Long Prairie Sanitation and SW Recycling. This is an opportunity for area...
We, in the United States, have yet to realize both the futility and immense consequences of war even as we develop, store, sell, and use hideous weapons. The number of children killed is rising. At 9:30 in the morning of March 26, the entrance to a rural hospital in northwest Yemen, supported by...
The most recent farm bill establishes a roadmap for the cultivation of industrial hemp. Congress was right to loosen the restriction on growing this crop, a non-psychoactive relative of marijuana. Each state now has the opportunity to establish a regulatory framework under which industrial hemp may...
Excessive punishment   Forty years ago, classmates and I were the first kids to play baseball in the new Converse Park. I have since coached little league baseball there. I helped to fix up the playground and to put in the park benches. A month ago, without much forethought, I moved the security...
Start-ups and small companies are crucial to the success of our nation.  When they thrive, America thrives. Most of us know this instinctively, and we’ve just kicked off a week that makes it official.  During National Small Business Week (May 5-11), awards will be given, high achievers honored, and...
We see and hear the headlines every day: the places we love, in Minnesota and around are world, are facing ever greater environmental challenges. We can choose to address them or not, but we can’t wish them away.  I’m thinking about this as I reflect on the budget negotiations happening at our...
It all started a few years ago when Duluth native Peggy Heistad Huri’s mother received a seemingly innocent phone call asking questions about her family and retirement plan. After gaining her trust, the caller eventually convinced her to max out multiple credit cards, wire money from nearby banks,...
Crow Wing Power election   Recently Crow Wing Power’s President argued that he and other board members and staff “deserved” nearly half a million dollars in personal payment for their work.  To quote a Clint Eastwood movie line, “deserve’s got nothing to do with it”.  Crow Wing Power (CWP) is a non...

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