Opinion

Individual rights during a pandemic   How should the conflict between a more Authoritarian approach and Individual Rights be handled in a time of pandemic. It would seem to me that once we are reasonably confident  that the health care system will not be overwhelmed, we should encourage health care...
Important issues not being met by governor By State Representative Ron Kresha   I will not support extending the governor’s peacetime emergency powers. From my experience, leadership is built on trust, and it’s earned.  At this point, I have completely lost my respect and trust of this...
CLC in this together   As a college community, we have struggled with how best to respond to the recent act of violence against George Floyd and historically against people of color and American Indians, locally, across the state and our nation. We share the pain, anger and frustration reflected...
LHS Care Center still under COVID-19 watch By Kathy Dobson Lakewood Health System  Vice President Senior Services   With so many things happening and changing across our state and nation right now, I felt it was important to share an update on our senior communities at Lakewood Health System,...
Tobacco 21 is smart public health policy   The CHAMP (Chemical Health Awareness & Multi-drug Prevention) Coalition of Wadena and Todd County CAD (Creating A Difference) Coalition deeply appreciates Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka for supporting legislation that raises Minnesota’s tobacco...
The Cars generation is ready to graduate in cars Small town  diet  By Mark Anderson Editor   When the Class of 2020 was in their movie-watching prime, four and five years old, the top children’s movie in the world was Cars. Now the Staples-Motley High School seniors will be living out some of...
Practice being patriotic   Each and every year I teach my class patriotic songs which include the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.  It is our nation’s flag which is decorated with fifty stars.  Our anthem is the story of the battle we fought over 200 years ago.   This Memorial Day, and...
LGA remains critical By Audrey Nelsen  Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities President   Cities are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and will need to be strong to provide a platform of services, public safety and infrastructure to support recovery efforts. The most important thing the...
Learning and changing how the health system works By Tim Rice Lakewood Health System President and CEO   Governor Walz issued an executive order allowing elective surgical procedures to be performed effective May 11. This order does not mean we will be rushing carelessly into doing surgeries at...
Transparency needed in power board   Have you ever wanted to change something? Most of us have. The upcoming Crow Wing Power Board Elections are coming up and we definitely need some changes there. There continues to be a lot of questions at CWP. Does the upcoming mining project have individual...

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