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Opinion

Joy to the world — Merry Christmas

Editorials

It is Christmas Eve, one like nothing in our memories. In too many homes, the silence tonight is painful, not comforting. It is the absence of precious family members, cherished friends, neighbors who were more than that. We are assaulted by something that on this holy night is an unholy ...

Opioid pushers deserve lawsuits

Editorials

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued last week ...

I’m confused

Local Columns

This will not surprise anyone who knows me, but I’m confused. Why am I confused? Well, my life, like yours, has been just a smidgen upset by our recent events. I’m not going to go into our national emergency but I could go on for pages about all of that stuff — from the recent chaotic ...

Buchanan column warns of ‘China of 2021’

Letters to the Editor

Anybody notice Pat Buchanan’s Nov. 25 column? “..the China of 2021 is not the China with which Obama and Biden had to deal. The China of today revels in its Communist ideology. For it openly crushes democratic dissent….” The dragon of dynasties past is awake and well fed on income ...

Make Christmas plans with care

Editorials

We urge area residents thinking of going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this Christmas to bear one thing in mind: We are not out of the woods yet. In many ways, COVID-19 is more dangerous than ever in most states. In Minnesota, 406 people died from COVID-19 in the ...

Let there be light

Local Columns

Like so many other outdoor activities, ice fishing offers up some incredible opportunities at dawn and dusk and even late into the night for crappies, walleyes and other fish that forage in low light or even in times of complete darkness when a hot bite can materialize out of the depths. As a ...

Minnesota election process in good shape

Editorials

Minnesotans hold dear their right to vote and this year was no different. Nearly 80% of eligible voters participated in the November election, making us No. 1 in the nation in turnout. As in the Mankato region, the election was carried out smoothly all across the state. And yet, a state ...

Farewell 2020

Local Columns

It’s time to paw through the clutter of the past 12 months and ask some deep, philosophical questions, the chief one being: “What the heck just happened?” The year 2020 began with farmers in my area worried that our saturated soils had set the stage for a repeat of 2019. That year ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Folks depending on Congress to act THUMBS DOWN: Folks are hurting. Evidence of that could be seen Thursday on Lyon and Fifth streets as vehicles lined up to enter the Holy Redeemer School, parking lot. It was there that workers with the Lutheran Social Service handed out packaged free ...

COVID relief bill should include families

Editorials

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...

Too many giving up freedoms

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Is there a reasonable, common sense, legitimate and justifiable explanation as to why the Minnesota House Democrats continue to allow a single authority to delegitimize the legislative process in dealing with this, so called, epidemic that has more than a 98% survival rate? ...

It’s official

Editorials

The U.S. electoral college convened on Monday and, as expected, cast the votes that officially declare former Vice President Joe Biden to be the president-elect of the United States. It’s official, and all the tweeting and public declarations from President Donald Trump about how his victory ...

By comparison

Local Columns

It isn’t fair to compare hunting dogs, not among friends or fellow hunters, or even among the different ones owned throughout a person’s lifetime. It isn’t fair, but we do it anyway. I was spoiled with my first lab, Gunnar, who lived for 15-and-a-half years and hunted for 13 of them. He ...

Dahms rejects liquor to go

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Minnesota legislature voted on Monday night to pass a $216 million COVID19 relief package aimed at small businesses and workers. This is good news. But guess who helped vote down an amendment that would have allowed To-Go sales of growlers and cocktails? Senator Gary ...

Reforms for police, not punishments

Editorials

Reforming law enforcement agencies where the stain of bigotry remains a threat to the public is important. We have no doubt the vast majority of men and women in the profession agree with that. But hamstringing them is not the answer. It not only discriminates against good cops, it also has ...

GOP lawmakers silent on election claims

Editorials

In a sign of just how far President Donald Trump can wield his influence by threat, Minnesota’s GOP members of Congress have been silent on his baseless claims, bullying behavior and rampant retaliation in regard to his election loss. Minnesotans should be scared and worried that these duly ...

A sign of hope

Local Columns

Many of us feel that 2020 has lasted way longer than a normal year. This is not an illusion; 2020 is a leap year, which means that has a full day more than the usual 365. But that doesn’t explain why it seems as if this year has lingered for more than a decade. This year brought the twin ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I was recently told that I could not keep the trailer ball mount attached to the receiver of the vehicle when it is not actually hooked up to a trailer.  Is this in fact true? Answer: There is not a law in Minnesota that prohibits leaving a ball hitch in the receiver when not ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

Last year I brought home a sack of used books from the library book sale, after I worked for a couple of hours at the sale table and helped other people buy some choice titles. One of the books I brought home was “Eighty Years & More: Reminiscences 1815-1897,” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. ...