Take out ‘straw purchasers’ of guns


The rash of shootings in Minneapolis and St. Paul has people on edge, especially after three children were killed by stray bullets in recent weeks. The number of illegal guns out on the street seems to be growing, and that’s due to “straw purchasers.” These are people who have no ...

On a mission

Local Columns

Through the valleys and hills of the sporting clays course east of town, we tracked the movements of our five high school shooters logging their final rounds of the season. Sunday’s rounds were different, in that they comprised the last 100 targets of the year and the first to be entered into ...

Owner’s manual

Local Columns

It would be extremely helpful if our bodies came with an owner’s manual. This would be especially true when we are navigating the rocky shoals of young adulthood. Being ignorant about any particular thing would no longer be an excuse. “Let’s see,” you might mumble as you prepare to ...

Who’s worried about spending?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to Roger Baumann’s letter on 6/4/21 During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to eliminate the nation’s debt in eight years. When he took office in January 2017, the national debt stood at $19.9 trillion. In October 2020, the national debt ...

Working for a budget


Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders were reportedly working all weekend to come up with a budget plan for the state that could be approved at a special session the governor called that started Monday. We’re not sure how they were doing because of the closed door negotiations, but we suppose ...

Well, it is what it is!

Local Columns

Many of us have heard the same phrase relating to something that is ... well, what it is. It’s that happening that occurs and the only explanation is ... well, it is what it is. You can’t do anything about it and one just has to shrug and accept it. In case you are missing our ...