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Senate panel passes office plan

April 10, 2014 The DFLers on the Minnesota Senate Rules Committee have passed — on a strictly partisan vote — a lower cost plan to build a new Senate office building near the state Capito. more »»

Coping with mental illness in the military

April 9, 2014 Programs to help U.S. servicemen and women suffering from mental challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, have been around for decades. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into them. more »»

Weeds: The original Universal Donor

April 9, 2014 Last week I took part in the Red Cross Blood Drive at St. Mary’s School. Giving blood is quite relaxing. The staff is exceedingly friendly. First, they screen you for a few things. more »»

Adventure at sea no place for children

April 8, 2014 Adults have every right to take risks, as long as they understand that if taxpayers have to foot the bills to get them out of jams, they will be liable for part or all of the cost. more »»

Quick endorsement in First District

April 6, 2014 The First District Republican endorsing convention was quite a contrast this year to the 2012 marathon that resulted in no endorsement, and is blamed by many Republicans for the Republicans’ loss to... more »»

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

April 5, 2014 Snow could be worse THUMBS UP: When you get a big snowfall in April, it’s very helpful to look on the bright side. We’ll give it a try: First, it could have been a lot worse. more »»

Let legislators make their own decisions

April 4, 2014 We have commented in the past on the folly of legislators using state constitutional amendments to turn their partisan agendas into state law when they lack the votes to get it done by regular mean. more »»

Eagle Update: Sale of the Middle School

April 4, 2014 Most are aware by now that the school district has sold the former middle school property. more »»

Gather data on legislative immunity

April 3, 2014 State Sen. Kathy Sheran has introduced a bill to deal with the issue of legislative immunity for DWIs. more »»

Transportation funding

April 2, 2014 The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Division of the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today on Senate File 2107, a bill involving bonding for trunk highway... more »»

Whatever the name, carp not wanted

March 30, 2014 As if there were not enough issues to occupy the time and talents of our Minnesota legislators this year, there are proposals making their way along to change what the DNR calls those big, gluttonou... more »»

Time to move on former school

March 29, 2014 Time to move on former school District 88 has tried to sell the former school building at 15 N. State St. for about seven years. more »»

Marijuana issue needs more serious consideration

March 28, 2014 The issue of medical marijuana needs more serious consideration than our governor seems to be giving it. more »»

Sunday liquor sales not exactly a hot-button issue

March 27, 2014 Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL) of Duluth has apparently been a longtime advocate of allowing Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. more »»

Take a second look at Senate office building project

March 26, 2014 Last year, in the waning moments of the legislative session, as the state tax bill was heading for final approval, Senate Democrats stuck in a $90 million project that had nothing to do with taxes —... more »»

Weeds: Rural rules of social interaction

March 26, 2014 I live on a farm. Pretty much it’s the wife, the kid, and me out here. I don’t get to town much. There’s church, and a couple times a year we go in for supplies: sugar, flour, cooking oi. more »»

Still time to get MNsure coverage

March 25, 2014 The deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act is March 31, just six days awa. more »»

No DUI breaks for lawmakers

March 24, 2014 The current legislative session is supposed to be an “Un-Session,” according to Gov. Mark Dayton, a chance to clean up obsolete, confusing and redundant laws on the books. more »»

U.S. lagging behind on drone usage

March 23, 2014 There are all sorts of possibilities for using unmanned drone aircraft to make our lives better. No pun intended, but the sky’s the limit. Except in the United States. more »»

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

March 22, 2014 Bad taxes repealed THUMBS DOWN: Why did it take so long? The Minnesota Legislature on Friday finally repealed the business-to- business sales taxes that were passed last year. more »»



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