Opinion

By Jim Smoger Wheaton Gazette   This past weekend, I went to my dad’s house to collect a few items. The house is for sale and I thought going there would be emotionally difficult. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. The realtor had told my sister that she might have to reduce the asking price. One...
The kale is coming. We must be prepared. Ever since the announcement of the ‘Sota Grown experimental food container now in Staples, locals have been talking and joking about kale. A few years ago, kale was recognized as a “superfood,” packed with nutrients, antioxidants and other things good for...
From the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities   With the state sitting on a $1.3 billion budget surplus and a AAA bond rating, Greater Minnesota city leaders are urging lawmakers to return to St. Paul with a renewed focus on investing in infrastructure across the state.  “As any mayor in Greater...
By Jessica Owens-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Health Studies at  American University   Newly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, according to the...
By Jessica Owens-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Health Studies at  American University   Newly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, according to the...
With all the talk of Minnesota’s first primary in recent memory, many people are under the assumption that there will not be a precinct caucus.  That is not the case.   The precinct caucus remains the place to take the first step to get involved politically in the community.  It provides an...
By Governor Tim Walz and Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman   There’s a bright, young woman at Concordia University, in St. Paul named Alexis Stanley. Certain fears are typical for a college student like Alexis: “Will I pass my chemistry midterm? Will I land that internship? What will I do after...
By Karen McGregor   Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we all have our feelings about it. If we’re dating or (happily) married, we may be excited about the flowers, chocolates and candlelit dinners. If we’re single, we may feel dissatisfied, sad or annoyed. (We may even retitle the...
By Connie Nelson Hands of Hope Resource Center   February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an initiative spearheaded by teens across the nation to take a stand against dating violence. In 2005 the initiative received national attention when it was added to the Violence Against Women Act,...
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has a new plan for reducing the annual rate of suicide in the U.S. by 20 percent by 2025. AFSP’s Project 2025 is using the “top minds in the mental healthcare field coupled with dynamic data modeling” to target four key focus areas, which they’...

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