Opinion

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’...
Minnesota’s first estimate of youth sexual exploitation indicates that at least 5,000 high school-age youth in the state have traded sex in order to receive  money, food, drugs, alcohol, a place to stay or something else of value. The data shows the exploitation of high school students is happening...
By Becky McCray saveyour.town   People still ask me why small towns matter and whether rural areas have any future at all. The way I see it, we need small towns and hometowns for at least five reasons.  1) Agriculture and food production almost all happens in the rural places, and small towns are...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   This week marks the return of the Cardinal Chronicle, a publication that has appeared in different forms in the Staples World for nearly a century. We plan to print a full page once a month on the back page of the Staples World. Pictured below are a couple of...
By Ron Kresha State Rep Dist (9B)   Education is an equalizer. Children, no matter their socio-economic status, race, or background, when educated, can leverage opportunities never imagined. Education is critical to reducing racial disparities, income gaps, fostering entrepreneurial endeavors,...
By Lee H. Hamilton   You no doubt remember the old line attributed to Ben Franklin when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created: “A republic, if you can keep it!” At a time when Americans are as polarized as I’ve ever seen them and many people believe our...

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