Opinion

Farmers and ranchers are the backbone of America. They grow food to feed us, fiber to clothe us, and fuel to run our homes and cars. Their hard work and dedication provide economic stability across the nation – stability that supports rural economies and creates much-needed jobs in local...
Amid all the doom and gloom about government secrecy that we hear during Sunshine Week, let’s take a moment to appreciate that Americans have unprecedented of access to their government. Government transparency is an ongoing battle. Preserving it requires vigilance from the press, from advocates...
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo) Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right    George Harrison’s song of spring is a fitting start to my Sunshine Week salute to everyday heroes...
A long winter like the one we’re having is hard emotionally on our pets. We don’t take our dogs for walks as often they need to go.  If you place a fish bowl in  front of the window, there’s a chance the water will get so cold it will kill that purple betta inside.   But I found the last couple of...
Joel Alan Greenwaldt, 59, passed away February 28, 2019 at his home in the Philippines after a short battle with cancer. Joel was born January 15, 1960 in Minneapolis. After leaving school he joined the Army. Joel loved to travel and experience nature and different cultures. Most of all, he loved...
From the Minnesota Nurses Association   Minnesota nurses are expressing concerns about Minnesota’s 2019 Adverse Event report. In addition to a reporting process that relies solely on facilities self-reporting and conducting their own, internal investigations, the annual report does not include all...
Disgusted by dog abuse What’s being done in your community to arrest the immoral little b______s in your community that beat, then shot, killed and finally threw an innocent dog in the river. Then posted their ‘accomplishment’ on Facebook. How sick. What kind of children are you raising in your...
LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota, Minnesota’s infrastructure union of more than 12,000 skilled construction and blue collar Laborers, announced its support for Governor Tim Walz’ Budget for One Minnesota.  “Minnesota’s crumbling infrastructure is putting our safety at risk. Governor Walz’ budget...
Who Does Something Like This??   Last Tuesday calls started coming in to the newspaper office about an incident they had seen on Facebook - a video post showing the inhumane treatment of someone’s pet - a dog - with a collar and on a leash. Individuals were shown  and kicking the dog, supposedly...
Deer hunters and anybody else concerned about wildlife in Minnesota received troubling recently. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild deer in Crow Wing County. The test result marked the first time in Minnesota the fatal neurological disease...

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