Opinion

Is the busyness of life crowding out your family “togetherness?” Here’s how one local family, the family of Delbert and Bonita Hansen of Staples, is preserving it. Beginning sometime in 2010, the Hansen family began having potluck suppers together on Sunday evenings at Delbert and Bonita’s home. At...
In the end, this election wasn’t decided by Russian hacking, sexual assault charges, “blood coming out of her whatever,” the FBI or any of the other extraordinary moments that defied the norms of political behavior and discourse. “We the People” decided it. Enough of us were so angry, alienated and...
In an effort to work toward our 2020-21 vision of becoming the region’s school district of choice, our school board granted our teaching staff an additional five days of professional development for the 2016-17 school year.  This extra time will give us an opportunity to work together to make sure...
Hats off to all public educators as everyone recognizes American Education Week, Nov. 14-18. The theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.”  As director of the 13 member Freshwater Educational District of Central Minnesota, I am daily reminded of the huge impact quality...
As we enter into the winter months of the 2016-17 school year, attendance concerns seem to follow right along with weather.  At ISD 2170, we expect our students to be here. Research shows, time and again, that attendance is the largest factor in a student’s success in school. There’s a phrase that...
Our Minnesota Congressional delegation should vote no on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, which could come up for a vote any time before the end of the year.  The TPP does more to advance the interests of multi-national corporations than it does to improve trade relations or benefit...
Each year on Veterans Day, I think about the military men and women I had the honor to meet when I took part in several overseas USO tours before I became a U.S. Senator. Those tours not only gave me the chance to help entertain our troops stationed in places like Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, but...
“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” ~Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States   In order to gain an understanding of why voting is so...
My elderly mother had a physical therapy appointment Monday afternoon (Oct. 31) at Lakewood Health System. She sat on the bench inside the main entrance while I parked the car.  When I came in we went to PT and it was at that time that I asked her where her purse was. She said she must have left it...
There are but a few hyper-politically charged days - now a mercifully few - remaining before the 2016 general elections. Over nearly two years, the nation has been through an exhausting process of sorting through possible candidates, selecting nominees and now consider the final few - and lest we...

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