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Wearing masks a health issue

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The mask debate is getting a little ridiculous at times. Minnesota Republican Party, Jennifer Carnahan, earlier this week, had to apologize for an offensive post shared by the Republican Party of Wabasha County. The post compared Gov. Tim Walz to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. On Tuesday House Republican Leader Kurt Daudt jokingly told fellow Minnesota Republicans during a retreat in Brainerd that they were lawbreakers for not wearing their masks. “I assure you these masks aren’t designed to keep you safe. These are designed to make sure you don’t want your kids to be back in school full time in the fall, and they’re designed to make sure they want to vote Democrat in the election,” he said. Of course this all follows Saturday’s incident at the Marshall Walmart involving a couple wearing face coverings emblazoned with swastikas. It’s unfortunate that some people continue to make wearing masks a political issue, instead of a health issue. But most people are using common sense and are following Gov. Tim Walz face mask mandate. A poll on MarshallIndependent.com presently shows 69% abiding to the face mask mandate.

Not laughing

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Steve’s Sack’s editorial cartoon in the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Wednesday edition is not a laughing matter for Marshall. The cartoon has the heading: Shopping with that Marshall, Minnesota couple. The sign on the window says: No shirt, no shoes, no lick of sense, no service.

It’s been a good run

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On Sunday, Tamara Schons revealed that this year’s Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Fun Run will probably be the last one to be organized by her and Pamela Cooreman. “It’s time for somebody else to run it,” Schons said. We thank Schons and Cooreman for all their hard work in organizing the past Toys for Tots runs. A lot of hard work and time goes into the planning of such events. And of course, dealing with pandemic issues made this year’s event a little bit more challenging.

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