Opinion

By Heather Chapman The Rural Blog   Rural residents often have a harder time getting to a grocery store than their suburban and urban counterparts. It’s an even bigger problem for the rural poor, including seniors and those with disabilities, since they may be unable to drive to the store. “The...
By Philip Napoli and Jessica Mahone niemanlab.org   Local newspapers have always been the epicenter of local news ecosystems. While communities may have other sources of journalism, such as TV and radio stations and online-only outlets, the bulk of the reporting serving local communities has...
It’s October and in a few days the leaves will be off the trees in your woodlots and hunting land. You now will be able to spot an invasive species that will destroy your woodlot and hunting land. This invasive species will crowd out native plants, displace any new trees, and native shrubs. In...
Preventing suicide is everyone’s business. As memberts of a family, a school, business, neighborhood, faith communities, friends and government, we all need to work together to solve this problem. Everyone can help by learning about the symptoms of mental illnesses and substance abuse, the warning...
Lifelong lessons and care for Minnesota’s tremendous outdoor heritage start with quality time outdoors. The Department of Natural Resources is offering a new grant program called “No Child Left Inside” to help more children cast a fishing line, study animal tracks, hike or bike, or simply learn...
More than 200 Minnesota schools and thousands of students will participate in International Walk and Bike to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 2. The annual event, sponsored by Minnesota Safe Routes to School, encourages students and parents to increase their physical activity, practice pedestrian and...
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, not unlike all other awareness months, special emphasis is put on domestic violence information. This is a good thing, but what about the other 11 months of the year?  So far in Minnesota in 2019, there have been 14 women killed by acts of domestic...
By Sue Abderholden Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)   September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. With the number of people dying by suicide increasing in Minnesota and across the country, it’s important to take time this month to raise...
State fair poll results show strong support for criminal background checks on all gun sales and the legalization of marijuana for recreational use appears to have remained steady among Minnesotans during the past 12 months. The 2019 House of Representatives State Fair Poll found that 89.1 percent...
By Kathleen Rogers   It’s another year marked by fire. In April, billions of hearts broke as flames engulfed one of the world’s most awe-inspiring churches, Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Like all great tragedies, what gave the cathedral so much majesty was also what fueled its downfall. More than 5...

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