Spring sing

Local Columns

Staring out over the glassy lake, the early morning was a symphony of spring, and like the trill of the redwing blackbirds coming from down the beach in the brush surrounding the high flowing creek, it was a far cry from the day before. Then, as my wife and I took the line for the Fargo Half ...

Return ill-gotten profits to the people


Unlike the buccaneers, highwaymen and feudal land barons of yore, the robbers of the current economy are the oil profiteers, grocery corporations and landlord hedge funds fleecing the working-class people. They must be stopped in robbing the people by the only means of control they understand ...

Why do cities have ordinances?

Community Voices

Residents from time-to-time question why a specific ordinance exists or the very basis of why ordinances exist whatsoever. Ordinances are the laws of a municipality. All local governmental units are “creatures of the state” and subject to state law. The Minnesota Constitution authorizes ...

Exciting time of the school year

Community Voices

The end of the school year is an exciting time. We celebrate all the accomplishments from the current year and start planning for next year. Every spring it seems the year went quicker than the year before. As we work to review our end of year data, this is a great time to reflect on the ...

Fifteen minutes of fame theory is often just a myth

Community Voices

There’s a saying that everyone wants their “15 minutes of fame”, that millions of ordinary people want to be in the spotlight even if it’s only for a short amount of time. It’s supposed to be a highlight of the year if someone gets recognized in the newspaper, on the radio or on ...

On the Porch

Community Voices

Cyrus P. Shepard was born in the state of New York on Nov. 13, 1839. Shepard descends from family members who served in the French and Indian War, the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Handed down from generation to generation was an old fife. The fife had been carried by members of ...