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Scalia successor — sooner beats later

February 16, 2016 Justice Antonin Scalia’s death this past weekend not only left a gaping hole on the United States Supreme Court, it has also given presidential candidates yet another battleline to fight over. more »»

Short Takes

February 12, 2016 Good luck, dancers THUMBS UP: Best of luck to Marshall, Yellow Medicine East and Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd at the state dance meet this weekend. more »»

Hey candidates, give us something to believe in

February 11, 2016 If you listen close enough, you might just hear a semblance of a concrete plan, for something, from a political candidate. But that’s a big “might. more »»

Short Takes

February 5, 2016 Skipping holidays in school? THUMBS DOWN: There’s a lot wrong with this country — many more things far more important than what you are about to read — but this is just crazy. A principal at a St. more »»

A MNsure benchmark. But are we sure this is a big deal?

February 3, 2016 MNsure, Minnesota’s health care exchange, announced Monday that it had eclipsed its goal for consumer sign-ups for the first time since its inceptio. more »»

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

January 29, 2016 THUMBS UP: • Congratulations to this year’s Marshall High School AAA nominees, Jacob Deines and Lexi Saugstad — two good kids with bright future. more »»

They can’t do it without ‘Good Neighbors’

January 28, 2016 Every Saturday, we publish Good Neighbors. more »»

Short Takes

January 22, 2016 Gas prices: Enjoy while you can, but don’t assume it will last SIDEWAYS THUMBS: Gas prices are crazy low right now and might get even lower in the coming weeks, but let’s temper our enthusiasm jus... more »»

Sorry, MLK

January 20, 2016 How are we doing when it comes to honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream? It seems while this nation has come a long way in race relations, there is plenty of heavy lifting yet to do. more »»

Short Takes for Jan. 15

January 15, 2016 Going too far, Nanny State Nation THUMBS DOWN: The city of Hartford, Connecticut, is in the process of really putting its foot down on smokers, as legislation in the state General Assembly would... more »»

‘We must not be parochial’

January 14, 2016 To many who really pull for and care about rural Minnesota, the 2015 session was a disaster. And the cut is even deeper than normal considering that session was billed as Greater Minnesota-friendly. more »»

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

January 8, 2016 The “Quick-hit” version of “Thumbs Up” is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays. more »»

Better late than never? Doesn’t give victims much solace

January 7, 2016 President Barack Obama this week put his foot down, sort of, on free-flowing gun sales. Took him long enough. This country has been dealing with the problem for years. Decade. more »»

At least change YOUR part of the world in 2016

December 31, 2015 Today is Dec. 31, the very last day of what has been another tumultuous year in our country, in our worl. more »»

Cy was a local treasure

December 23, 2015 Part of the annual end-of-the-year feature we put together every December includes a look at some of the local people who died during the year — to remember one more time those who, in their own... more »»

Short Takes

December 18, 2015 With a focus on security THUMBS UP: Our politicians (and those who aren’t “politicians”) have really narrowed their scope as 2015 winds down and we near ever closer to the 2016 election. more »»

Short Takes

December 11, 2015 Education reform THUMBS UP: Thank you, U.S. Congress for passing a new education law, allowing us to finally, after more than a decade, put the ghastly No Child Left Behind law in our review mirror. more »»

Trump isn’t right, but how wrong is he?

December 9, 2015 In the spirit of Donald Trump: “What the hell do we do” with Donald Trump? The bombastic presidential candidate, reportedly a Republican, brought his in-your-face bravado to CNN on Tuesday morning i... more »»

Short Takes

December 4, 2015 Expanded medical marijuana THUMBS UP: We applaud health officials in Minnesota who said Wednesday they will expand the enrollment in the state’s medical marijuana program so people with chronic... more »»

Short Takes for Nov. 27

November 27, 2015 The “Quick-hit” version of “Thumbs Up” is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays. more »»



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