Opinion

Few dates in American history have been so profound. On July 4, 1826, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died. The loss of two of the first three Presidents, as well as two of its founding fathers, is one of the most remarkable...
As I’ve traveled across Minnesota in recent months, Minnesotans have made it clear to me just how important health care is to them, their families, and their communities. They want to know that when they are sick or injured they can get the care they need.  Because health care is so important, most...
On Friday, June 16, we had the privilege of attending the first block party in the Lakewood Park near the care center.  These parties are a great way to meet your neighbors and we thought that it is good for our small town to have such an occasion. Those who came had a good experience and...
Grilling hot dogs and corn on the cob, marching in parades, staying up late to watch fireworks light up the night sky – the Fourth of July always reminds us how united we are. We are united in independence. We are united in freedom. We are united in patriotism, our unwavering love of this nation...
In Man’s zeal to find bigger and better ways to accomplish things, there’re always casualties. Driven by the love of the almighty dollar and corporate profits our way of life evolves each and every day in this capitalistic society. That’s not meant to be a criticism; it’s a fact of life here in...
The legislative session is complete, the budget for the next two years has been signed into law, and I’m happy to be spending most of my time back at home in Senate District 9. I’m proud of the Republican-led legislature’s accomplishments this year, especially for people in rural Minnesota. The...
Staples is 30 miles west of Brainerd in Minnesota Lake Country, hence the name Central Lakes College, with campuses in both cities. I spent an exceptionally profitable couple of hours at Staples’ two campuses recently when I was in town to speak about American Experiment’s new multi-year project “...
This past week into this week, there have been public hearings on the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement project in some cities where I have spent a lot of time. I understand the crowds were pretty significant in Brainerd and Wadena, and I suspect they will be similar in Little Falls, and in Staples where...

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