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Opinion

Short Takes

Editorials

Thanksgiving travelers irresponsible THUMBS DOWN: Lexi Cusano was traveling form Miami, Florida, to Hartford, Connecticut, for the Thanksgiving holiday. “People were just hanging out without their masks on,” said Cusano, who recently took a job in Miami. “I saw them walking back and ...

Keep CARES basic

Editorials

Federal CARES Act assistance has been invaluable for many American families and businesses. Without it, what appears to be a record-setting recovery from the financial crisis caused by COVID-19 would not be occurring. Millions of families with laid-off breadwinners would be in desperate ...

Racing for a vaccine

Editorials

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and scientists are in a race against death. It is one they must undertake in a cautious sprint. Two COVID-19 vaccines appear nearly ready to go. Before doses already on the production line can be distributed, the FDA has to approve ...

Vaccines offer hope during worst stretch of pandemic

Editorials

In the thick of the worst stretch so far of the COVID-19 pandemic, rays of hope shoot through the thick gloom. A vaccine being tested appears to be 90% effective at preventing the disease. Although final steps in the process and distribution are still months or more away, the progress is a ...

Let it be

Local Columns

Like many folks, I read/scan the news every morning — hoping for some good news. At the end of one of my morning reads, the platform always has a song that is meant to be upbeat and encouraging. As I read the news, it was anything but upbeat and encouraging ,and then I saw the song. Say ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Time for Congress to act THUMBS DOWN: The U.S. Labor Department reported that the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose for the first time in five weeks to 742,000. The fear is that the resurgent viral outbreak is likely slowing the economy and forcing more companies to cut ...

Good reason to be concerned for economy

Editorials

With the coronavirus coming back strong, a number of governors have already ordered new — or rather, renewed — steps to combat the disease. Many are reluctant to mandate widespread business closings, however. There are very good reasons for that. Our economy may not be able to withstand ...

Extended Producer Responsibility

Local Columns

In 1970, when recycling started, how recycling was set up made it the consumer’s problem with what to do with empty but yet recyclable materials. Because of this, cities and municipalities started the recycling programs that we still use today. However, there are some changes that are now ...

The weight of the walk

Local Columns

With the anchor-like weight of a deer tag becoming more and more tangible in the right leg pocket of my camouflage hunting pants and that heft spurring much of my recent outdoor activity, I catch myself thinking ahead, beyond the quiet morning sits and windy sneaks through the countryside as I ...

Biden needs to be briefed

Editorials

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

Haystack memories

Local Columns

The story goes that a young farmer was driving his city girl bride home from their wedding. Pointing at a passing field, the young lady asked, “What’s that?” “Those are haystacks,” the husband replied. “I wasn’t born yesterday!” fumed the wife. “I know darn well that hay ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: How do you determine if your tires are unsafe for winter driving? Answer: Tire talk is important any time of the year, but as winter approaches it is important to double your efforts when maintaining your tires. Over the years, I have investigated numerous crashes where worn ...

Why do we do it?

Local Columns

My brother and I had a talk. To say we don’t see the world eye to eye would be a truthful statement, but we are still brothers. That’s easy to say but sometimes hard to live. Why is that? Why do we do it to ourselves? Is it because we live differently? Yes, to a degree but we still ...

Righting the ship after a financial setback

Local Columns

2020 has proven to be a challenging year in many ways, not the least of which has been a less than hospitable financial environment. Events ranging from a significant bear market in stocks earlier in the year to a dramatic increase in job layoffs have put many Americans in difficult financial ...

Grilled venison

Local Columns

As we travel the highways and byways of our great nation, we see constant reminders that it’s the grilling season. I don’t mean the kind of grilling that includes glowing charcoal and sizzling meat and secret blends of herbs and spices. We’re talking about the type of grilling that ...

Recyclables

Local Columns

Imagine if you are a farmer or business person that has something to sell — corn or some sort of mass-made trinkets. You want to have a quality product to sell so you can make the most money from what you have produced. In recycling, we are all supplying something to the recycling markets ...

COVID-19 is not just going away

Editorials

For yet another month, Gov. Tim Walz is calling a special session of the Minnesota Legislature to extend his peacetime emergency powers to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Walz imposed new limits on bars, restaurants, gatherings Minnesota is struggling with a record surge of ...

Slow morning

Local Columns

Those days when overcast conditions settle in well before dawn provide a unique time to be outdoors, particularly during deer season. The lack of the pinks and oranges streaking overhead from the eastern horizon and lighting up the sky early makes the anticipation of first legal light even more ...

Make the case

Editorials

President Donald Trump promised his legal team will be taking their election fraud case to the courts. “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an ...

Hoping Swedzinski speaks out against vile language

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In reference to Anita Gaul’s op-ed of Nov. 7, I am hoping that as an elected public official Representative Chris Swedzinski will speak out against the vile language used by many of his supporters against his opponent Doria Drost. Unless he condones that kind of sexist ...