The odd Olympics


This week the Olympic Summer Games will begin in Tokyo, already a year late and one of the oddest ever to be held. Thanks to COVID-19, the International Olympics Committee and the Japanese government have banned foreign spectators. The athletes marching in for the opening ceremony will have ...

On edge

Local Columns

The haze of a hundred wildfires dimmed the light of the mid-July sun overhead on the afternoon fishing trip as I drifted along the breaks of a favorite rocky lake. The orb’s all day orange glow made me uncomfortable as the effects of yet another heatwave crashing on the west drifted slowly ...

Not my representative

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On June 29, HF063 was passed in the Minnesota House of Representatives, 77-57. This bill made great strides in correctly harmful provisions in state legislation on a variety of topics, including correcting the verbiage regarding ‘mentally incapacitated’ victims of sexual ...

Rep. Thompson should step down


State Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, raised questions of racial profiling during a recent traffic stop, when police pulled him over for not having a front license plate. Since then, the questions have all been raised about him. First, why would a Minnesota state representative have a ...

Lyon County recycling

Local Columns

Lyon County remains the main entity that is in charge of implementing the recycling program in Lyon County. Residents pay for recycling through a special assessment on their property taxes. If you are renting an apartment or a house, the property owner is paying that assessment. Business ...

Social media’s value all depends on the individual user

Community Voices

We hear a steady amount of criticism when it comes to social media, and the criticism varies depending on the situation. Some people say there’s too much advertising. Others say the algorithm formulas keep them from seeing things they want to know about. Still others say the special ...