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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...
AgriGrowth and our members want to thank Governor Walz for addressing two critical business concerns for our Minnesota farmers and food producers, Section 179 expensing for business and farm equipment and the buffer strip tax credit.  Allowing Minnesota farmers and businesses to finally conform...
I went to the speech tournament at Staples-Motley High School Feb. 9, the first one I had attended since graduating from my alma mater in 1981. What a fun, inspiring day! During the few hours I was there, I heard a variety of speeches delivered by talented young people from across the area (of...
One of the more striking political developments of the last few years has been the partisan sorting of American voters. It used to be that both the Republican and Democratic parties covered some ideological ground. Now, it’s so habitual for conservatives to make their home in the GOP and liberals...
Staples is a great place to live! I especially want to thanke those wonderful neighbors who help moved snow this year. Frank, Steve, Chuck and those young guys who stopped by with scoop shovels to clear the heavy snow thrown in by the plow. I hope other “elderly” have as great neighbors as I do....
Minnesota has a roster of official state icons. On this lengthy list is our state bird, the loon; we have a state fish, the walleye; a state flower, the showy ladyslipper; even a state grain, wild rice. We also have a state tree, the red pine. It’s often referred to as Norway pine, but based on my...
I’m optimistic about this year’s legislative session; the state Capitol is buzzing with new energy. Senate Republicans have proactively started to build positive relationships with Governor Walz and Speaker Hortman, with an agreement that we’d like to make early progress on issues that have broad...

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