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A little patience needed by motorists THUMBS UP: The summer months often are a time for the needed, but inconvenient road construction. Motorists will be facing some of that inconvenience starting next week when construction begins on Saratoga Street. Motorists are urged to use alternate ...

Another N. Korean promise to denuclearize

This week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un contained a lot of good things for Kim. He got a face-to-face meeting with the American president and the recognition of North Korea as a nuclear power that has to be respected on the world stage. He got a ...

It takes a team effort to fight blight

Communities big and small are constantly fighting blight. And there’s a lot of reasons to fight it. No. 1, it makes the community look undesirable to present residents and to those who might want to invest or live in there. It also has a negative effect on surrounding properties and it can ...

Thoma’s efforts pay off in a big way

As a large crowd of people watched Saturday’s “Never Forget” remembrance event for the 50th anniversary of the Tracy tornado that killed nine people, Scott Thoma stood on the corner of Rowland and Park Street in Tracy and released nine balloons one by one. And a church bell rang nine ...

Stalled farm bill falls victim to extreme partisanship

To know how far relationships have broken down in Congress, consider this: Just as lawmakers should have been negotiating furiously to nail down the 2018 farm bill, a $489 billion behemoth that would fund agriculture and food assistance for five years, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, the ...

Short Takes

Loyalty still important in business THUMBS UP: Loyalty is important in business. Just ask Paul and Jim Huber. The owner and former owner of Jim's Market in Canby celebrated the business’ 50th anniversary with employees and customers Wednesday. They also recognized long-time employees such ...

Good deal turns bad for Lynd school district

The Lynd Public School board is facing a major decision when it meets Monday evening — should the district pull out of the management contract with SouthWest Education Cooperative? At one time, the contract with SWEC made a lot of sense for a tiny school district such as Lynd (student ...

Legislative session ‘very disappointing’

Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, summed up the 2018 Legislative session best. “I’m very disappointed,” he said during a town hall meeting in Marshall held to give area residents a report on the session. There were some positive developments for southwest Minnesota. After using his veto ...

Legacy funds help, but water problems persist

A decade ago Minnesotans approved a historic change to the constitution that funnels up to $300 million a year to land conservation, clean water protections, parks and the arts. The Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment, which runs for another 15 years, has brought huge benefits in many ...

Seamans’ heroism ‘only acceptable action’

What happened at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., last Friday could have been much, much worse had Jason Seaman not risked his own life to protect his students. Seaman, 29, was teaching his class when a student with a gun entered and opened fire. He shot a 13-year-old girl, who was hurt ...

Bad behavior in Murray County

One of the more bizarre displays of government infighting and crazy drama has been unfolding in Murray County since January. That drama hit a high-point two weeks ago when the board of commissioners called for Sheriff Steve Telkamp to resign in connection with allegations Telkamp was ...

Sports betting: Go slow if at all on legalization

The Supreme Court this week tossed a federal law that prohibited states from legalizing sports betting. The general expectation is that states will hurry to do so. In some cases, that's true. New Jersey, the plaintiff in the case, already has the infrastructure in place. But that ...

Republicans in Minnesota Legislature could use some acting lessons

To the editor: After the Thursday morning meeting (May 24) with Sen. Gary Dahms and Rep. Chris Swedzinski at the MERIT Center, and after Minnesota Republican leaders Daudt and Gezelka spoke following the last legislative session, all blaming Governor Mark Dayton for the inaction by the ...

The fundamental reason President Trump will not be impeached

President Trump is in no danger of being impeached and removed from office. I say this with confidence despite having no knowledge of what Special Counsel Mueller and his team may find. That’s because impeachment is a political process rather than a legal process. As a result, things that ...

Gambling on sports is a bad bet

"I am shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here.” — Captain Renault, “Casablanca” Human nature being what it is it should come as no shock that the next level of approved gambling in America is sports betting. States already have casinos, the lottery and other ways of ...

Short Takes for May 25

45 years of service recognized THUMBS UP: Who among us can say they have worked for a company for 45 years? Not many. It says a lot about an employee — and the company — when someone commits to the long haul. At an awards ceremony May 16, John DeCramer of Marshall, Pat Braun of ...

Haspel may be what the CIA needs

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, strengthen ...

Conspiracy theorists in Trump-Russia investigation

The Trump presidency is often a kind of political “Rashomon,” with partisans on either side looking at the same facts and coming to wildly different conclusions. So it’s all the more remarkable that the central controversy of our time isn’t a fight over one story with different ...

Philadelphia’s unnecessary war on Catholics

At a time when more than 400,000 children are in foster care nationwide, the city of Philadelphia is threatening to cut ties with Catholic Social Services because of the group’s policy against placing foster children in same-sex households. On the surface, one might say this is a classic ...

We must find what triggers murderous violence

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...