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Summer camp has always held a special place in my heart. I still remember dropping our girls off at camp years ago (they’re both in college now). Their excitement was contagious. It was the change of pace. The friends. The anticipation. It all just seemed to scream “summer.” They always came home...
The Fourth of July is about the patriots who risked everything to establish a new nation based on life, liberty and equality. And on this anniversary of our nation’s independence, there’s no better time to honor those who continue to defend and serve this great country.  My good friend Senator John...
We may be at the front end of a major socioeconomic shift that hasn’t been seen since the population shifts of the industrial revolution. Technology is increasingly bringing the conveniences of urban living to less populated areas, and this trend promises to have positive implications on the...
The 2018 Minnesota Legislative Session ended without the progress we needed to see for family farmers and rural communities. That’s exactly what large-scale corporate ag wanted: business as usual. Corporate ag keeps building and expanding, running family farmers off the land and out of business,...
Countless Americans are expressing outrage at the separation of almost 2,000 children from their parents who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in a recent six-week period. Leading Republicans have joined the chorus of Democrats who are denouncing this policy.  Columnist Ross Douthat labeled...
Just a couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to meet Joe Arnold and his parents at their family farm in Holloway. Sitting around their dining room table, Joe told me about his grandpa Vernon, who built their farm from nothing in the late 1960s.  Vernon was an original shareholder of the...
Kudos to the Fair Board! I want to express my appreciation to the Wadena County Fair Board. They have been working hard on planning and preparing for the 2018 county fair which begins this Thursday.  Many of the fair board members attended a conference to gain new ideas for performances and...
Work requirements have been part of SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, since 1996. People between 16 and 59 have to work. The problem is that the requirements we have for able-bodied adults don’t work the way they should. They don’t work because they’re too rigid and don’t offer the states any...

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