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Editorials

COVID-19 likely circulating in our communities

On Friday we learned that a person in Lincoln County tested positive for COVID-19. That should be a wake-up call for those in southwest Minnesota not following distant socializing guidelines It’s true that so far, Southwest Health and Human Services has reported no positive cases in Lyon ...

How Minnesotans can help their neighbors survive pandemic

We need to pull together now to aid our neighbors who are most in need. Some Minnesotans are visiting nursing home residents from outside through their windows. Others are organizing singalongs at safe distances and online to emphasize a sense of community and raise spirits. Still more caring ...

Short Takes

‘Stay-at-Home’ order the right decision THUMBS UP: Gov. Tim Walz made the right decision to order Minnesotans to “Stay at Home.” It was the only decision to make because just look at what’s going on in New York City, California, Louisiana and Washington. We can’t let that happen ...

Aid for workers

Congress is moving at an agonizingly slow pace as it works on a $2 trillion package of aid to bolster the economy during the COVID-19. After the package whipped through the House it has bogged down in the Senate as Democrats and Republicans argue over how the money will be distributed and to ...

Insider trading?

Millions of dollars in stock transactions on behalf of five U.S. senators have raised serious questions about their ethics — and whether they broke laws against insider trading. Clearly, the matter needs to be investigated, but not as a witch hunt with the preconceived notion that someone ...

Let’s be ready for inner space woes

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our atmosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials ...

Panic stockpiling unnecessary, causing more angst

The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything most have seen before. A novel virus, sometimes mixed messages to the public, a measure of fear and above all uncertainty. So it isn’t surprising that people are buying extra supplies. It’s a natural survival reaction and in many cases it makes ...

Short Takes

Leaders must lead by example THUMBS DOWN: A lot of criticism has been directed toward the Trump administration over the handling of the coronavirus. Some of it warranted, some of it not. However, the president, his cabinet members and advisers are all leaders. And leaders must lead by ...

We can still support our local businesses

Today, all is quiet on our main streets throughout southwest Minnesota. On Monday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’ ordered the shutdown of restaurants, bars, theaters, salons, etc. That order affects our main streets hard. Many bartenders, wait staff and hairdressers are now out of work. Not ...

Don’t let panic push you into hoarding

Prudence, not panic, needs to be the order of the day among Americans. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to have gotten the memo. During a press conference Sunday, President Donald Trump noted that heads of major retail companies had told him something he never expected to hear: Don’t buy ...

Closing schools for COVID-19

On Sunday, Minnesota joined the growing number of school districts across the nation who are closing down because of concern that keeping them open might help spread COVID-19 — the coronavirus. State and school officials are well aware that shutting down schools, perhaps for weeks, is not ...

Primary turnout was good, but we can make it better with privacy

Minnesota voters participated in a presidential primary for the first time in more than a quarter century. So, how did Minnesotans show at the polls? Better than caucus straw polls in 2016 — when both Democrats and Republicans had multiple candidates on the ballot. Just over 885,000 ...

Have e-cigarette execs been blowing smoke?

Big tobacco lied for many years about the adverse health effects associated with its product. We know that. It has been proven in court through billions of dollars in settlements by some companies. The same goes for some in the drug industry, who knew even as they were reaping windfall ...

Time to rebuild trust

One of the most important messages to come out of the Dioceses of New Ulm’s Chapter 11 hearing on Tuesday was this — it doesn’t end here. The diocese declared for Chapter 11 reorganization last year so it could negotiate a plan for compensating victims of clerical sex abuse in the ...

Troubling poll reveals worries about census

Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the U.S. ...

Drug shortage warning serves as wake-up call

Shaving a few dollars off the cost to consumers of some medicines — and yes, padding profits on their sale — have led many U.S. drug companies to rely on overseas manufacturers for the products. Recently, the truth of warnings against such dependence was proven. U.S. public health ...

Obesity a long term health concern

Like the readings on many bathroom scales that keep creeping up year after year, the rate of obesity in the U.S. continues to climb. Government survey results released last week reveal the national obesity rate was 42%, which is higher than the 40% in a 2015-16 study, also done by the Centers ...

Short Takes

Last week, I sat on a stage in front of more than 200 women in Columbus, Ohio, and tried to answer a simple question. I don’t remember exactly how interviewer Angela Pace asked it, but I heard it this way: What do you want your granddaughters to remember about you? To my embarrassment, ...

Avoidable flu health hazard

Other than avoiding people who may have been traveling internationally, there is not much you can do to avoid catching COVID-19, the coronavirus variety that has been in the headlines. There is something you can do to avoid coming down with common influenza, however: Get a flu shot. Doing ...

Will Taliban peace agreement be good for Afghanis?

A peace agreement signed Saturday between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...