Opinion

It all started a few years ago when Duluth native Peggy Heistad Huri’s mother received a seemingly innocent phone call asking questions about her family and retirement plan. After gaining her trust, the caller eventually convinced her to max out multiple credit cards, wire money from nearby banks,...
Crow Wing Power election   Recently Crow Wing Power’s President argued that he and other board members and staff “deserved” nearly half a million dollars in personal payment for their work.  To quote a Clint Eastwood movie line, “deserve’s got nothing to do with it”.  Crow Wing Power (CWP) is a non...
Although we’re far outside the normal time when deer hunters are obsessed with the state’s favorite big game animal, these are far from normal times.  The reason some are preoccupied with whitetails right now is the recent revelation that more deer—more widely dispersed deer—have been found...
National debt still rising   I long for the good old days when at least one of our major political parties stood for fiscal responsibility. While my fellow Republicans are congratulating themselves on the state of our economy, there are two points I would like to make: One the current recovery was...
Minnesota’s dairy industry is facing a dire crisis. From collapsing barns, to trade restrictions, dairy farmers haven’t been able to catch a break, and it’s costing them their farms. Last year alone Minnesota lost over 10 percent of its dairy farms and stands to continue that trend without...
Am I protected?  CDC considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following: • You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n) —  -school-aged child (grades K-12) -adult who will be in a setting that poses a high...
In the last eight years, I’ve opened two restaurants: The Rieger in 2010 and Ça Va in 2014. Throughout that time, the federal minimum wage remained stagnant at $7.25 despite the rising cost of living. To me that seems profoundly unfair. As a restaurant owner, I strongly support legislation that...
Minnesota’s dairy industry is facing a dire crisis. From collapsing barns to trade restrictions, dairy farmers haven’t been able to catch a break, and it’s costing them their farms. Last year alone Minnesota lost over 10 percent of its dairy farms and stands to continue that trend without immediate...
School upgrades crucial to future   As a local business owner (and homeowner) I strongly support voting “yes” and “yes” on the Build 2170 referendum which concludes on May 14.  My wife and I have lived in this community for the past 17 years and we love Staples-Motley.  We are continually impressed...
The Staples-Motley baseball team lost 14-1 to Royalton on April 24. Above, Ryan Wick takes a throw from home as the runner tries to advance.  

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