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Ag and rural areas must fight Trump Why it matters: Imposition of Chinese tariffs on U.S. pork and soybeans will have negative impacts on prices and farm income. The Mankato area is set to be stung particularly hard by President Donald Trump’s game of chicken with China as they impose ...

Putin speaks code; does Trump understand?

Editorials

Back when word first leaked that Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer and others offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, President Trump seemed to think he was supplying an exculpatory cover story. Flying home from Germany on Air Force One, Trump reportedly ...

Trump stands his ground on Putin

Editorials

"Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Under the Constitution, these are the offenses for which presidents can be impeached. And to hear our elites, Donald Trump is guilty of them all. Trump’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin’s claim at Helsinki — that his ...

Letter from the prairie

Local Columns

Part VI Winter blizzards not only took human lives but also unprotected cattle. It is interesting to note that bison, which had evolved on the prairie, were able to withstand the low temperatures and raging winter storms — but that was not the case for domesticated cattle. A Colorado ...

Social Security is here for people like you

Local Columns

All kinds of people make up this great nation. Seniors, soldiers, individuals with disabilities, and newlyweds — they are the workers, civic leaders, social workers, and artistic creators of countless things and ideas that help us have better lives every day. All of our collective talents and ...

Mars madness, but there’s a catch

Local Columns

It’s been building since early spring and culminates at the end of this month … the great Mars show of 2018. Even now during the evening twilight Mars will be rising in the low southeast sky around 9 p.m. It will certainly be the brightest star-like object in that part of the heavens, ...

A summer arts fair

Local Columns

I always enjoy going to the annual Brookings Summer Arts Fair — the variety of art mediums and items, the food, the activities, the music. But sometimes being among humongous groups of people make me a little nervous. It’s not as bad as the Minnesota State Fair, but peak time at the art ...

Short Takes

Editorials

In the pursuit of peace and quiet THUMBS DOWN: A camper from the Twin Cities was looking for a “peace and quiet” tenting experience during the Fourth of July weekend. The camper, Kathy Murphy, went before the Murray County Board of Commissioners this week to complain about noise coming ...

Putting cash to work may get more rewarding

Local Columns

Cash has a role to play in a diversified portfolio for long-term investors in any market situation, particularly when interest rates and volatility are on the rise. If you have a portion of your portfolio in cash, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve reviewed your cash position, read ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Can a young driver with a North Dakota driving permit legally drive in Minnesota? How about in other states? Answer: No, they cannot legally drive in Minnesota. In Minnesota, a nonresident who is at least 15 years old may drive here if they have in their immediate possession a valid ...

Can’t take it all back

Editorials

President Donald Trump said something remarkable Tuesday. He admitted he was wrong. He said he misspoke during his press conference with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. He said he meant to say he “didn’t know why Russia wouldn’t” have interfered with U.S. elections. He ...

Dems’ big lie about Kavanaugh

Editorials

Democrats are so desperate to torpedo Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court that they’re resorting to scare tactics, telling Americans that his confirmation would put 130 million people at risk of losing their health insurance. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, ...

Trump’s Helsinki discord

Editorials

Donald Trump is not, and never will be, the Moscow correspondent for The Nation magazine, and he shouldn’t sound like it. The left-wing publication is prone to extend sympathetic understanding to adversaries of the United States and find some reason, any reason, to blame ourselves for their ...

Wilder’s book is unfairly censored

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The editorial, “Wilder’s books get a healthy reassessment” (Independent, 7/9/18) left me feeling ill — children’s literature wise. The Rochester newspaper writer listed reasons why the American Library Association voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from ...

Living in Bizarro World

Editorials

DC Comic book readers are familiar with Bizarro World, an alternate universe that is opposite to normal expectations — where firefighters roast marshmallows instead of putting fires out. On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump inexplicably sided with Russia over the United States in Helsinki ...

Trump calls off Cold War II

Editorials

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in ...

Requiem for a pretty boy with dignity

Editorials

Tab Hunter died this month at 86. Blond and blue-eyed with a sweet smile, Hunter fit the 1950s bill for a Hollywood heartthrob. But he had no interest in the girls who swooned over him — or for girls in general. Hunter was one of several closeted gay movie stars leading complicated double ...

Summer hydration

Local Columns

Stay hydrated and healthy with delicious ways to flavor drinks. It’s summer. It’s hot. And chances are, you’re feeling extra thirsty. We know drinking water can be boring, but we also know that sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet. A ...

You call that fun?

Local Columns

How do you define “fun?” Is it participating in your favorite physical activity such as running, walking, bowling or golf? Or does your idea of fun include a lot of socializing and a ton of laughs? Maybe your thoughts of fun are all about being with that special someone or maybe, it’s ...

A date with destiny

Local Columns

We all have dates that are indelible memories. Your wedding day, a child’s birth, that time you nearly landed a walleye the size of your canoe. There’s a particular day in 1988 that I’ll never forget, even though I can’t recall most of it. This is because July 10th was the day that I ...