THUMBS DOWN: So much for the spirit of giving. A volunteer for a Minneapolis food pantry drove off with more than 1,500 pounds of donated food earlier this week - enough to feed 200 hungry families. There are words for people like this, but those words can't be printed here. All we can say is you truly are a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
with a happy ending
THUMBS UP: The aforementioned story does have a happy ending, as Second Harvest Heartland said it will send more than 2,000 pounds of food to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, which oversees the Camden Promise Food Shelf where the stolen donated food was to be brought.
Rest in peace, Ruth
THUMBS DOWN: Marshall lost its oldest resident Tuesday when Ruth Anderson died a few months after turning 112. Anderson was also Minnesota's oldest resident before her death, the 11th oldest in the United States, and the 23rd oldest in the world, her family said. Anderson was somewhat of a local celebrity, as WCCO-TV aired a spot after her 112th birthday in July. She was also recognized by Parker Brothers, which sent her a plaque saying she was a member of the expert Scrabble club - a nod to her adoration for Scrabble.
GOP needs to regroup
THUMBS?DOWN: Before Wednesday, the alleged relationship that recently-resigned Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch had with a staffer fell somewhere between rumor and fact. Now, after she admitted having the relationship, we know the truth, and the news puts a cap on what has been a miserable fall for the GOP party. Between Koch's actions, the resignation of party chairman Tony Sutton and the debt the party is in, there are plenty of wounds that need healing for Republicans. It starts Dec. 31 when the party will elect its new leader in St. Cloud. The GOP party has taken plenty of criticism in the last few weeks, and deservedly so, but let's hope it can start the healing process and right the ship as soon as possible. While Democrats out there will continue to shake their heads at all that's transpired within the GOP?party, we need to look ahead and think of what in the best interest of the state - and that's for the GOPers to put the Koch scandal behind them and get their collective act together.
Ice is NOT safe
THUMBS?DOWN: Minnesota is experiencing an atypical winter so far with no snow and mild temperatures - which leads us to remind everyone to use common sense and sound judgement when it comes to going out on the ice. Earlier this week a huge piece of ice broke away on Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin County, stranding a group of anglers who had to be rescued. It's a pretty safe bet the ice is thicker up there than it is here in southwest Minnesota. We know it's tempting to get that fish house set up, but think about it - there's no snow and it was 50 degrees a week ago. Plus, temperatures are expected to be in the upper 30s and lower 40s this upcoming holiday weekend. In other words, stay off the ice, folks, and be patient - sooner or later the temps will plummet and the snow will fall and you will have plenty of time to get your house set up and drop your line in a newly-cut hole in the ice.