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Editorials

All of us need healing from pandemic- inflicted trauma

We, all of us who have endured this COVID-19 pandemic, are experiencing the insidious effects of post-traumatic stress, even as the pandemic is still happening, perhaps transitioning into another ingredient in the witches’ brew that is life on Earth. Like the coronavirus, these insidious ...

Keep it civil at school board meetings, with teachers

Mask requirements. Critical Race Theory. “Don’t say Gay.” There was a time not too long ago when controversial topics at a school board meeting were limited to a favorite teacher/administrator/coach not having a contract renewed, dress codes or a an allegedly biased coach. ...

A victory today comes with consequences for the future

The leaking to the press of a draft ruling to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion has caused a seismic ripple across the nation. It has also tainted the so-called sacredness of the Supreme Court. An angry Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. lambasted the leak as a ...

New approach for ninth graders gets passing grade — so far

Education funding always draws plenty of debate in government legislatures across the nation and in Congress. Some politicians argue not enough money is spent on our students. Others say too much is spent and funds are directed at the wrong places. “Money isn’t pixie dust,” declared a ...

Farmers tired of waiting for drought relief aid

While front line workers and business owners in Minnesota can express a sigh of relief, farmers are still waiting. On Friday, Gov. Tim Walz signed into law legislation providing direct payments to frontline workers and replenishing the unemployment trust fund, providing tax relief for small ...

Long overdue deal in Legislature

On Tuesday, the Minnesota House passed a bill to replenish the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund and get bonuses to frontline workers. It was hailed as a breakthrough in the Legislature after months of stalemate. That breakthrough resulted in Thursday’s announcement that House and ...