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Short takes for May 4

May 4, 2012 He said what? THUMBS DOWN: Here’s what’s wrong with politics in Minnesota (this will come as no surprise, but a legislator’s quote this week really slaps one in the face): “The time for compromise i... more »»

Short takes for April 27

April 27, 2012 Still waiting on Walz challenger SIDEWAYS THUMBS: After more than 14 hours and 23 ballots, one would think a candidate to take on DFL Congressman Tim Walz in the 1st District would’ve won out, but i... more »»

Bills: Some beneficial, some combustible

April 26, 2012 In the last month-plus, Democratic State Representative Andrew Falk has shown how legislators can make a difference, or at least try — for the better and for the worse, as we’ve also seen how those... more »»

Short takes for April 20

April 20, 2012 Big government, big letdown THUMBS DOWN: Big government abuse has been taken to a new level by the General Services Administration, which has been told by senators from both parties to clean house. more »»

Know the drill this spring and summer

April 17, 2012 As if on cue, a major swathe of storms rolled through the Midwest this past weekend right before the start of Severe Weather Awareness week. more »»

Short takes for April 13

April 13, 2012 The city needs color THUMBS DOWN: How tight are city budgets? Here’s a good example. more »»

Don’t buy into the ‘slime’ hype

April 12, 2012 We downplayed the “pink slime” controversy/debate/furor as long as we could because we thought it was being blown totally out of proportion. more »»

Short takes for April 6

April 6, 2012 Lotto kick-back THUMBS UP: Even though there wasn’t a winner from Minnesota in last week’s Mega Millions record lottery, the state came out OK. The recent lottery generated $5. more »»

Why the rush?

April 3, 2012 Many state legislators seem to be anticipating an early adjournment this session — one even pitched the idea of a dismissal prior to the Easter/Passover break a couple weeks ago. more »»

Short takes for March 30

March 30, 2012 Good luck, coach Miles THUMBS UP: Congratulations to former Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball coach Tim Miles, who during the last few years has made the jump from Division II to... more »»

This ‘R’ stood for ridiculous

March 28, 2012 We’re glad to see the Motion Picture Association of America dropping the “R” rating on the award-winning documentary “Bully,” that will open in theaters Friday. more »»

Short takes for March 23

March 23, 2012 Looking out for businesses, but hurting middle class THUMBS DOWN: As much as we like the notion of business expansion and retention in Minnesota, we can’t get on board with the Minnesota House... more »»

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 »»



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