Opinion

President Trump released a budget plan for 2019 that proposes ending and changing some critical safety net programs. The budget specifically proposes eliminating federal funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and Community Services Block Grants (CSBG).  These are two federally...
I will open with Staples City Council story regarding the Lumberbats Tournament. A certain individual on the city council is concerned about camping at Pine Grove Park. The Lumberbats organization is willing to pay a $750 permit to camp. (Which in my opinion is way out of line.) Apparently, the...
Since the beginning of the year, I have had the honor of representing Minnesota in the U.S. Senate.  While I may be new to the Senate, I’m not new to Minnesota. My husband Archie and I raised a family here, I worked for General Mills, started my own business and worked in the non-profit world. As...
Open government is not a political platform. It is a basic American right. The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives. Transparency — keeping the light on the people’s business — ought to be something everyone...
Strike up a conversation about press rights, and many individuals likely conjure a picture of editors and reporters demanding access to top-secret data from government officials. No doubt, that occurs more often than most people would like to believe. The reality, however, is that your newspaper’s...
“Captain Jack” Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures and was called “The Poet Scout.” This is the final stanza of his 1889 poem, “Truth”:   Truth may sparkle like diamonds,  But some men will cast it aside.  Instead they will treasure the mica,...
Recently in the nation’s capital, Americans exercised their right to demonstrate peacefully on the steps of the Supreme Court. Hundreds of public employees, unions officials, and lawyers like me from all over the country, came with signs and chants to demand two very different versions of freedom...
In almost every conversation, the topics of children and grandchildren come up. Why is that? Because they are such an important part of our life and we care for them so deeply. We would do just about anything for the well-being of our children and grandchildren. At Lakewood Health System, we feel...

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