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Opinion

System failed Breonna Taylor

Editorials

Breonna Taylor’s family is right: The system failed her. She should be alive today, but she is not. It is too late to save Taylor, who died in a hail of bullets from three police officers in Louisville, Kentucky one night in March. It is not too late for law enforcement officials ...

COVID-19 and the presidential debates

Editorials

Were the COVID-19 virus to be a creature capable of thought, it would be easy now to accuse it of engaging in a plot aimed at American democracy. The most devious, evil schemer based in Moscow or Beijing could not come up with a more perfect storm leading up to the Nov. 3 election. With ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

Recently I was looking for a book (or books) to take along when we went north in Minnesota to visit family. I wanted the October Books & Beyond to be about Lyon County. We are celebrating this county’s 150th year anniversary! I do have some titles Paula at the Marshall Lyon County Library ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: My family and I have concerns about crosswalk safety due to traffic not stopping and pedestrians not knowing what to do. Can you share how best to navigate such a crosswalk for both motorists and pedestrians? Answer: Crosswalks involve pedestrians and motor vehicles — the ...

Democrats support pro life positions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Look around you. Four in 10 people/families in rural Minnesota are Democrats. They have and love babies. They are proud parents and doting grandparents. Democrats support women, infant and children’s programs because they know healthy mothers have a better chance of having ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Connecting ag with students THUMBS UP: With our farmers in southwest Minnesota driving their combines from sunrise to sunset during this harvesting season, there is no better time for Gov. Tim Walz proclaiming October as Minnesota Farm to School month. According state of Minnesota press ...

Lessons learned

Local Columns

We humans tend to be slow learners. All of us have stories about what and when we’ve learned something — maybe it was when we learned elementary math, a historical story, not to walk on thin ice or, perhaps, most importantly, what kind of person we are. We learn these lessons of life and ...

States need firm rules on voting by absentee ballot

Editorials

There is one safe bet regarding the upcoming presidential election: If vote totals in any of the states are close, there will be controversy over how ballots were handled. That will be so whether President Donald Trump or Joe Biden appears to have the edge. Ballot battles are nothing new, of ...

Republicans changed the rules twice

Letters to the Editor

To the editor A recent letter to the editor has it all wrong. Democrats are not trying to change rules about the Supreme Court. The Republicans changed the rules to suit themselves while in power, by not even holding confirmation hearings on Merrick Garland. Now when the new rule doesn’t ...

Unemployment fraud

Editorials

It was to be expected that when Congress approved about $3 trillion in emergency aid to Americans hurt financially by the coronavirus epidemic, the criminal element would seize the opportunity for ill-gotten gains. Both as individuals and criminal organizations, they have been doing just that ...

The little things

Local Columns

All of us see the big “trees” of life but, how often do we notice the “leaves” of life? We see the tall trees and, naturally, we now see the colors of the leaves but when’s the last time you actually picked up a fallen leaf and studied it? The leaf tells the story of the ...

Politicians need to denounce violence

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Leaders in the Democrat party, by their silence, appear to support two groups — Black Lives Matter and Antifa. I’m unaware of any Democrat leader condemning these two groups. With nightfall, many “protests” turned into riots with burning of buildings and cars and ...

Flu is on the way

Editorials

Mention vaccines these days, and chances are the talk will be about when some protection against COVID-19 can be expected. Another killer is about to take the stage, however. “Regular” influenza — actually multiple viruses that vary in threat level, depending on the year — strikes ...

The shed

Local Columns

My 4-year-old son calls it an “adventure.” Which, being of much slighter stature, and not as familiar with the rise and fall of the hillsides in the small drainage just outside of our housing development, the 30-minute hike we take from time to time probably is a grand trek when perceived ...

Take advantage of battleground status

Editorials

America’s two main presidential candidates visit Minnesota on the same day that early and absentee voting begins. Welcome to the official sign that Minnesota has gone from blue/purple to a legitimate battleground state, at least in 2020. Last week’s dueling visits from Democrat Joe ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Competing against COVID-19 THUMBS SIDEWAYS: While we are all excited about prep football games starting in a few weeks, don’t get too optimistic that teams will be able to complete all their games. We are finding out that not much as changed since the Minnesota High School League board ...

Vaccine distribution plan is needed

Editorials

Though there is some dispute over how soon a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public, it appears a few million doses may be ready before the end of this year. There is general agreement they should go to the most vulnerable among us. That is older people with pre-existing ...

What a difference four years makes

Editorials

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has created a controversy about who will nominate her successor, and when. Four years ago, when Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly on Feb. 13, 2016, then President Barack Obama, who had nearly 10 months left in his term before the next ...

Democrats want to take the game ball home

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the fullness of time, political views swing back and forth in public debate. Like a clock pendulum shifting between left to right, but in irregular periods. They tend to be a response to one side going too far or having power too long. Right now the Republicans are in ...