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December 19, 2013 We hear Costa Rica is a lovely place to vacation, a lush tropical vacation that would seem even lovlier in the throes of a Minnesota winter. more »»

Don’t shortchange Nicollet interchange

December 19, 2013 To the editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with the development and design of the Highway 14 project from North Mankato to Nicollet. more »»

Still time to give to others

December 17, 2013 Christmas is just eight days away. No doubt many area residents wish they had more time to prepare. There is so much to do, after all. more »»

Government waste adds up quickly

December 16, 2013 In Washington, government spending is discussed in terms of billions and trillions of dollars. A million bucks isn't even enough to merit decimal-point mention in most agency budget. more »»

MNsure can't handle paper?

December 16, 2013 To the editor: In mid-October we were informed that paper applications would be accepted to meet the Jan. 1, 2014 (health insurance) coverage date. On Dec. more »»

Keep Mall parking lot clean, safe

December 16, 2013 To the editor: I agree with the previous letters about the very bad condition of the Marktplatz Mall parking lot. more »»

We haven’t solved school shootings

December 15, 2013 A year ago 20 innocent children and six adults in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. were slaughtered by an armed, crazed gunman. more »»

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

December 14, 2013 Necessity defense THUMBS UP: An interesting case was argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday. more »»

Wind energy getting away with eagle-cide

December 13, 2013 For as long as 30 years, the wind power industry will be permitted to do something no one else can get away with, President Barack Obama has decreed. more »»

Stop fraud, waste in the U.S. Military

December 12, 2013 The Pentagon cannot account for more than $8 trillion U.S. taxpayers have given it since 1996, according to a report by the Reuters news agency. more »»

Weeds: Sometimes memory needs a kick start

December 12, 2013 I wanted to write about that guy, you know, he worked at Norwood. He lived in town, I don’t know, ten years ago? Fifteen? I think he lived by public schoo. more »»

Will rules change build collegiality?

December 11, 2013 Twenty years ago, the so-called Marty Rule, named after DFL?Sen. John Marty, placed a ban on gifts to public officials. more »»

Obamacare orphans

December 10, 2013 As many as one-fourth of the people who thought they had obtained health insurance through the government’s website,, may be “orphans,” officials confirmed last week. more »»

Unusual situation for legislature

December 9, 2013 There are plenty of people stepping up to take credit for the state’s projected billion-dollar budget surplus. Gov. more »»

Mandela's legacy

December 8, 2013 Political revolutions are time of violence, struggle and inflamed passions. Successful revolutions do more than overthrow a repressive government or syste. more »»

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December 7, 2013 Christkindlmarkt THUMBS UP: We think the organizers of the Christkindlmarkt at the New Ulm Event Center were pleasantly surprised and maybe even a bit overwhelmed by the turnout they had last... more »»

It’s not Christmas yet

December 6, 2013 The latest Minnesota budget forecast on Thursday was particularly rosy. State finance officials are predicting a surplus of more than $1 billion at the end of the current biennium. more »»

Budget catchup time

December 5, 2013 Cities and counties across the state are setting their final budgets for 2014. more »»

Thankful for help with horse

December 5, 2013 To the editor: I am writing in response to a previous letter titled: Safety First at the Parade of Lights. more »»

Not a lot of love out there

December 4, 2013 St. Cloud State University conducts an annual political poll, asking people how they feel about various polticians and goverment officials, and poltical parties. more »»



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