Opinion

I was exhausted. How many felt this exhaustion Sunday evening after watching two unbelievable overtime football games setting up the Feb. 3 Super Bowl? I felt like the Kansas City defense in those closing seconds of their loss.  The games went as predicted, with the exception both started as...
More Minnesotans were killed and injured in traffic crashes in 2018 than in 2017, with an estimated 380 people losing their lives on our roadways. Distracted and impaired driving is a big factor, to be sure. But, with safer roads human error doesn’t have to be a death sentence. The majority of...
The room turned to complete silence, followed by a few, “Oh, My Gods”. My wife and I were playing cards with a group of friends Thursday when someone’s phone sounded an alert. News flashed on the location of Jayme Closs. As most know, a 13-year-old from Barron, Wisc. was reported missing Oct. 15,...
Pillager Food Shelf thankful Another Holiday season is in the books and the kindness of people never ceases to amaze me. On behalf of the Pillager Family Center and Food Shelf, I want to thank the Pillager Lions for donating turkeys at Thanksgiving and hams for Christmas. Because of your generosity...
Looking back at 2018’s weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable. I don’t mean that the fires in California, coastal flooding in the Carolinas, and drought throughout the West were new evidence of climate change. Rather, they shifted the national...
In all the stories from last week’s newspaper about the transition of ownership at the Staples World, the theme of local commitment stands out. Every person involved is committed to small towns and wants the local newspaper to be a hub that helps a community thrive. Even though the previous owners...
Only a year ago, I wrote my final “Pub Notes.” After almost 40 years, the time seemed right to silence my quill. The column was saved, and last Friday the time was appropriate to confirm why someone should “never say never.” I’m back in the game. A short bio was published last week indicating my...

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