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Opinion

50th anniversary of Earth Day

Local Columns

April celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes. While this year, ...

The case of Capt. Brett Crozier

Editorials

Capt. Brett Crozier should be reinstated to his command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy’s top brass are recommending. His removal, for sounding the alarm about COVID-19 aboard his ship raises questions about what led to his removal in the first place — and whether ...

It’s only going to get better

Local Columns

One never knows what one will hear on a daily walk. I was in the midst of my daily walk and passed an acquaintance on the street. We waved across the way to each other, yelled to each other about what a nice day it was and then, it was said... “It’s only going to get better!” she ...

Keep pro-life Trump in the White House

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To all United States citizens. Now that we have time on our hands because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, I would like you to watch Francis Chan’s video of the rope illustration, available on YouTube.com. The video shows Chan holding a long white rope, a short portion of which ...

Governor should stay the course on COVID-19

Editorials

Minnesota has been under a stay-at-home order since March 27. And for the past month, most of us have been practicing social distancing habits. Our senior care centers have been in lockdown, banning all visitors. Our students will finish the school year with distance learning methods. More ...

In the wind

Local Columns

I’ve been on both sides of the wind in many of my outdoor adventures but none more notable than last week, when the well-worn mooring rope on the cleat of my boat broke and my boys and I had the stunning experience of heading down from the parking lot to the launch dock to see the old Lund ...

Mail ballots for all the safest way to vote

Editorials

If you need convincing that mail-in ballots for all voters makes perfect sense in these uncertain times, take a look at neighboring Wisconsin for proof. The National Guard was called in to help when the number of election judges for the April 7 primary dwindled as COVID-19 cases ...

Little scooper dudes

Local Columns

Some signs of our times: • A farmer friend told me that he just received his economic stimulus payment. “I’m going to use the money to buy hand sanitizer,” he said wryly. He noted that a local microdistillery recently switched from making corn whiskey to producing hand sanitizer. ...

Your late April evening lineup

Local Columns

We have a nearly straight diagonal line of celestial bodies this week in the early evening, low western sky. You don’t need binoculars or telescopes to see them, just your God-given eyes. From the lower left to upper right, you’ll see a parade led by the bright star grand marshal, Sirius, ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

Library patron I recently read Freya Manfred’s book of poetry, “Loon in Late November Water,” Red Dragon Fly Press, c 2018. As you know, April is National Poetry Month. Freya’s introduction to the book is a two-page autobiography. She tells her readers about her mother and about ...

Thank you volunteer seamstresses

Letters to the Editor

The board of The Legacy Foundation thanks all the people who spent their time sewing masks for members of our communities. As a board of directors, we are pleased to have under written the cost for the material to produce these masks. Please note that through your efforts, we made masks ...

Reporting on our neighbors is communism

Letters to the Editor

It is a good thing to try and slow the spread of the virus. But have you heard the latest? Last week on WCCO TV news out of the Twin cities it was reported that if we see our neighbors not social distancing we should report them. There were a couple of phone numbers listed that you could ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Heartbreaking, but correct decision THUMBS UP: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said it was a heartbreaking decision when he announced the closure of schools for the remainder of the school year. He apologized to the students who will miss out on graduations, tournaments and end of year ...

Can America survive without a leader?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: America survived the Civil War because Abraham Lincoln took responsibility for keeping the nation together. We survived the Great Depression and World War II because Franklin Roosevelt took responsibility for reviving the economy and defeating fascism. In contrast, our ...

Testing deal good news for getting back to work

Editorials

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is calling it a breakthrough for rapid and widespread testing for COVID-19. He made that assessment during his Wednesday briefing where he announced an agreement with the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic to test as many as 20,000 people per day for the ...

What we need

Local Columns

It seems I’ve been doing a lot of two things lately: walking and reading. And, interestingly enough, both activities achieve a similar result: thinking. During this time of social distancing, these activities seem to be publicly safe and sane. Living in a civilized society means we will ...

Volunteering during COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With the events surrounding COVID-19, stay at home order from Gov. Walz and unemployment uncertainties, we have heard a lot about volunteering. Pre-pandemic, the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) was part of a coalition in the State of Minnesota to bring changes to ...

$2 trillion not enough for COVID-19 relief!

Editorials

It is an indication of how devastating the COVID-19 epidemic has been to America’s economy that a $2 trillion relief bill was not enough. Without more, some segments of the economy may suffer permanent damage. Included in the CARES Act relief measure is a $350 billion “paycheck ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

Library patron Noted newscaster Jim Lehrer passed in late January 2020. He wrote many books, most of them mysteries. I had two reasons for reading Lehrer: to honor his memory, and to read a mystery, which I haven’t done for awhile. Then I had a third reason when I saw the title “The ...