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Don’t believe everything you read on social media and hear in the rumor mill THUMBS UP: News of a “peaceful protest” in honor of George Floyd to be held Wednesday evening in Marshall drew lots of concern and social media buzz. Rumors swirled around town, including claims that bus ...

A ray of good news sunshine

Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the least. Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the ...

Don’t let riots distract from focus of protests

Sometimes we wish we could “rewind” something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred March 25 in ...

Walz’s plan makes sense, puts all Minnesotans to 2-week test

Agree with him or not, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz deserves credit for matching his actions to what he’s been saying all along about the state coming out its COVID-19 quarantine. His message: It isn’t going to happen fast, it’s going to be based on science, and it’s going to prioritize ...

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Examples of doing what we can THUMBS UP: The life of shelter-in-place is starting to wear on people -†especially with summer just around the corner. It’s good to see some of the different ways people are getting around the current restrictions. In Tracy and Tyler, for instance, outdoor ...

A failure in law enforcement

The video was shocking. It was a video that showed callous disregard for life. The Facebook Live was recorded Monday evening on a Minneapolis street by a bystander using his smart phone. It captures an African-American man laying on his ...

Taliban support must be basis for truce

While we Americans were paying tribute to our fallen heroes during Memorial Day weekend, observant Muslims here and abroad were marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even in Afghanistan, there was a pause in hostilities between government and Taliban forces. It came as U.S. and ...

Find ways to hold summer school

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school — we hope — ...

American Legion Memorial Day speech

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own ...

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A slight turn of the dial THUMBS SIDEWAYS: As anticipated, Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday turned the dial a little more. But for some, he didn’t turn that dial enough. In fact, a lot of restaurant and bar businesses, along with churches, expressed disappointment. Minnesotans have been ...

Insider trading?

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

Putting it off until June

In the spirit of “Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow,” the Minnesota Legislature let the current session end Sunday without coming to agreement on a bonding bill. House Republicans voted en masse against the Democrats’ proposed bonding bill on Saturday, and Sunday’s ...

Curbs needed on government right to spy

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims of that have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other ...

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It’s time to get back to work THUMBS UP: Gov. Tim Walz made the right decision in transitioning Minnesota from the stringent restrictions of the original stay-at-home order. The governor announced Wednesday that he was letting the stay-at-home order expire on Monday. Most retail stores ...

‘Can-do’ attitude needed for COVID-19

During three and one-half years, Americans converted a peacetime economy to become the arsenal of democracy and win World War II. The “greatest generation” accomplished that because it had to be done, for the good of all humankind. Now we as a nation face another challenge, of far less ...

COVID-19: We can’t let our guard down

As we approach another major decision by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on whether or not to extend the stay-at-home order, some local government officials are lobbying to let most businesses open up. On Monday, the cities of Wood Lake and Cottonwood sent letters to Walz to allow their small ...

Testing, changes in meatpacking plants crucial steps

“It’s a death march,” was the quote from Joe Enriques Henry of the League of United Latin American Citizens in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article on meatpacking plants. The Sunday edition article claims that thousands of workers are still not being tested for COVID-19. If that claim is ...

COVID-19: Pandemic could change American culture

World War II and 9/11 both changed the way Americans thought about and understood their country. We may be going there again in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The rush to aid the victims of the pandemic by the health care system, nonprofits, business and, yes, the government, has been ...

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Timing is bad for pay raises THUMBS DOWN: Timing is everything, especially when it comes to COVID-19. Unfortunately, the timing is bad for pay raises that were negotiated for tens of thousands of state workers. On Tuesday, we learned that the COVID-19 pandemic will be taking a $4 billion ...

COVID-19 making state budget sick

It was widely assumed that the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken to contain it would impact the state’s economy. Just how much was announced on Tuesday in the latest financial projection from the Minnesota Budget and Management office. In its February projection, the office ...