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We need a burning ban … now

March 20, 2012 With all the snow gone, now is the time of year many rural residents want to get their property cleaned up, a task that includes collecting broken and/or dead tree branches and other waste like... more »»

Short takes for March 16

March 16, 2012 Legacy money for Capitol fix THUMBS DOWN: Using money from the Legacy Fund to restore the Capitol … are you kidding? It’s no joke. more »»

Some decisons don’t come easy when budgets are tight

March 15, 2012 It’s a shame the city of Minneota was ultimately forced to make one of those tough decisions we hear so much about that are caused by tight budgets, so common these days among today small towns and... more »»

Short takes for March 9

March 9, 2012 March madness, Mustang style THUMBS UP: It would be too much of a stretch to call the Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball team a perennial power, but once again, they’re showing... more »»

Short takes for March 2

March 2, 2012 Stadium progress THUMBS UP: We’re relieved a stadium deal has finally been reached. more »»

Short takes for Feb. 24

February 24, 2012 A little winter can go a long way THUMBS UP: Seldom do we give snow a Thumbs Up, but we’ll make an exception in this case for this week’s snowfall. more »»

Rep. didn’t let redistrcting become distraction

February 23, 2012 Republican representative Chris Swedzinski took the exact approach to redistricting that we should expect from our elected officials. more »»

Short takes for Feb. 17

February 17, 2012 Obama budget THUMBS DOWN: President Obama’s plan to shrink the deficit by $4 trillion in the next decade contains plenty of interesting pieces, some of which will be felt by Minnesotans — and not in... more »»

The only ‘failure’ is NCLB itself

February 14, 2012 Goodbye for now, and good riddance, No Child Left Behind. more »»

Short takes for Feb. 10

February 10, 2012 Komen controversy can’t, won’t stop progress THUMBS UP: This Thumbs Up is for everyone who continues to be a part of the fight against breast cancer as the media frenzy continues to swirl around the... more »»

Short takes for Feb. 3

February 3, 2012 Trapping rules need to change THUMBS DOWN: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has said it will consider tightening the rules to reduce risk of dogs getting caught in trap-like devices lik... more »»

Dayton’s calling out of GOP misguided

February 2, 2012 Gov. Mark Dayton is living in interesting times. more »»

Short takes

January 27, 2012 Kid’s World purchase THUMBS UP: However the tax structure plays out for Kid’s World in Tracy, we applaud the Tracy School District for stepping up and purchasing the building. more »»

Dayton's gamble commendable

January 25, 2012 Well done, governor. Democratic Gov. more »»

Short takes Jan. 20

January 20, 2012 Hit the penalty box, or hit the showers? THUMBS UP: The penalty for checking from behind in high school hockey is now an automatic five-minute penalty and 10-minute game misconduct thanks to stricte... more »»

Time for increase in hunting, fishing fees

January 17, 2012 It’s been about a decade since hunting and fishing fees have gone up in Minnesota. It’s time it happens. more »»

Short takes for Jan. 13

January 13, 2012 USDA?offices shutting down THUMBS DOWN: Finally, someone gets it — we just wish it was a different federal agency. In an effort to cut costs, the U.S. more »»

Dancing around the pump

January 12, 2012 One of then-GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s most eyebrow-raising moments (and she’s had a few the last year) came when she pledged she would roll back the price of a gallon a gas to $. more »»

Short takes for Jan. 6

January 6, 2012 Church demolition THUMBS DOWN: If you don’t believe how hard it was for some people to deal with the demolition of the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Taunton, check out the Public Forum below. more »»

And the finger pointing continues

January 3, 2012 The candidates for the Republican nomination for president have been campaigning for months now leading up to today’s Iowa caucuses. more »»



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