Opinion

On June 12 an American-born Islamic terrorist committed the worst terror attack in the United States since 9/11, gunning down 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando. In the wake of this tragedy focus has been on gun control. This is incredibly disturbing.  As a leader in our community, it’s my duty to...
f July, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “Hamilton” is lionizing the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton. “Hamilton” won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, a Grammy Award for best musical theater album, the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and the Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American...
All across our state, Minnesotans are gathering with family and friends to celebrate the Fourth of July. There will be picnics, parades, and of course a lot of fireworks. It’s good fun, and it’s for a great reason - to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and to give thanks that...
sion behind us, I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on the outcome of our broadband discussions at the State Capitol. As you likely know, $35 million in state funding was dedicated to the next round of our successful border-to-border broadband competitive grant fund. In its first two...
One of the most rewarding parts of working at the Capitol is seeing ideas turn into law to help residents in our state. Since I was sworn-in, I’ve tried to provide high-speed broadband internet access for our rural areas. With the passage and signature of our supplemental budget bill, $35 million...
After another year of intelligent, thought-provoking, and civil debate, the Cultural Center in New York Mills announces the winner of the 24th annual Great American Think-Off. Sam Dennison of San Francisco, Calif., successfully argued that income inequality does indeed threaten democracy.  Dennison...
There is much that we do not yet know about the casual slaughter of at least 50 people in Sunday morning’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.  Why did the shooter, a 29-year-old American citizen, choose that day? Did he act alone? Did ISIS motivate him to turn murderer - and if so, how...
Millions of men will wake up Sunday to handmade cards, neckties, and, maybe, a new electronic gadget. It’s Father’s Day 2016, a time to acknowledge dear old Dad. But beyond this increasingly commercialized day of purchasing manly presents lies a deeper, more important question: where is fatherhood...

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