Opinion

In recent past, the Great Plains has experienced extreme weather conditions. Most recently, we witnessed very high winds combined with dry conditions, resulting in dust clouds reminiscent of the 1930s. With a challenging agricultural economy, partnered with changes in land values, larger equipment...
I’ve written and spoken many times in recent years about how I would never try to dissuade anyone from seeking a four-year college degree if that was their dream. And nothing here changes any of that. If a young person’s plan is earning a B.A. or B.S., I will continue saying what I have been saying...
In recognition of National Police Week 2018, communities across the United States will come together May 13-19 to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.  o There are...
Recently the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) unveiled four new transportation projects selected to receive $417 million in funding through the Corridors of Commerce program in 2018. Despite project selection criteria specifically worded to create regional balance for road funding,...
The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) plan to spend the entire $417 million Corridors of Commerce road funding on metro-only projects illustrates the reason the program was established in the first place and indicates how far awry it now wanders. But that’s not the worst of it. MnDOT...
To the people of Minnesota: For over seven years, you have entrusted me with the responsibilities of governing our great state. First among them, I believe, is giving our school children and other students the best possible educations. Their futures and our state’s future depend on it. Restoring...
It’s everyone’s least favorite time of year again - tax season - which means millions of middle class Americans have spent the last few weeks stressed over their family’s financial health. As they look forward through 2018, some see promise, some see problems, and some see uncertainty. But almost...
Despite our strong economy, one-in-five of our Minnesota neighbors rely on Medical Assistance (MA) for free government healthcare. That’s more than one million Minnesotans. The discussion in our state and across the nation is about what we can do to stem the growth of public welfare programs, while...

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