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Diocese can maybe move on

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With an apology and a $34 million settlement with clergy sexual abuse victims, hopefully the Diocese of New Ulm can move on now and start a new chapter. Hopefully lessons were learned and changes made not only in the New Ulm Diocese, but the Catholic Church worldwide.

No breakout moment for Klobuchar

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The political pundits give U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minn., a “so-so-performance” grade after Wednesday’s night’s Democratic presidential candidates debate. With her campaign presently sitting on thin ice, she really needed a break out moment like she did during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. But she “never really got started.”

What a catch

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Under the “a local boy done good” department, Austin Buysse of Minneota made a name for himself going viral on social media after being filmed catching a baseball while holding a beer as he watched the College World Series game featuring Texas Tech playing Arkansas. The video appeared on several TV outlets such as ESPN. “I’m don’t know how I’m going to top it,” Buysse told the Independent. It will be tough.

We need to do a better job

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A 2019 survey of 400 manufacturing executives released by Enterprise Minnesota reveals wide-spread concern over the ability to find qualified workers. Workers with technical skills are in large demand in Minnesota and throughout southwest Minnesota. We know our high schools have programs in place to encourage students to take up trades and technical skills. But more has to be done. And these concerned employers should invest in these education programs as well. It’s in their best interests.

Build it and they will come

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The Red Baron Arena and Expo has always been a target of criticisms. But the advertised opportunities that the facility could draw are slowly but coming to fruition. Many events from hockey to recreational and hobby shows have filled weekend slots. On Tuesday, the Jake’s Take column in the Independent revealed that the North American Hockey League was eyeing Marshall as candidate for a franchise. While St. Cloud was the eventual winner, Marshall scored some goals by just being considered. “To my knowledge, this is the first time Marshall has been considered,” Sportswriter Jake Przytarski wrote. That’s something to think about.

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