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Opinion

Remember their sacrifice

Editorials

Today, we pause to remember those who sacrificed their very selves in the service of our nation. We honor those who served in the U.S. military forces and who gave their lives in that service. We should reflect on the hardships they endured, not just the fear and hardships on the battlefield ...

Eagle Update: Congratulations, graduates

Columns

Congratulations to all of our area graduates! No one ever thought your final year would end up like it has, but through the support of school staff, parents and our communities, you made it. There have been many years when we said — no other class can say they did this or that. The Class of ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

No Fair! THUMBS DOWN: No Minnesota State Fair!? Somehow it seems to hit harder than the loss of the spring sports season, or the delay of Major League Baseball, or not being able to go out to eat. Because that 12-day stretch at the end of summer combines and condenses all the thrills and ...

We need churches more than candy

Letters

To the editor: Gov. Walz recently allowed a candy store to open despite many other businesses forced to remain closed. That candy store had 250 people inside. What about social distancing? Does the candy store operator have DFL connections? On the other hand, churches were limited to no ...

The “New Normal”

Letters

To the editor: We need to question whether this is the pandemic we are being told it is. There have been multiple strains of flus and viruses that have come and gone in my lifetime that were as devastating as this one is. We did not panic. We did not demand nor declare an “Emergency Powers ...

Churches want equal treatment

Editorials

Churches in this state want equal treatment with the shopping malls, casinos, bars and restaurants, tattoo parlors, barbershops and hair salons when it comes to government restrictions on their operations. Thursday, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota and the Missouri Lutheran Synod announced ...

Town Talk: Keep kids safe as they head outdoors

Columns

When temperatures begin to rise, outdoor areas begin to fill with both children and adults enjoying the weather. It is easy for the electrical equipment that we see every day to fade into the background, but it is important to always take safety precautions around it. Take time to explain to ...

Where’s the logic in reopening rules?

Editorials

We know Gov. Tim Walz wants to take things slowly and cautiously as he allows various businesses to reopen. But we fail to see the logic in some of his pronouncements Wednesday about bars and restaurants, hair salons and barbershops. The governor said bars and restaurants can resume serving ...

Insider trading?

Editorials

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

United We Stand

Letters

To the editor: I voted for President Trump in 2016 with many reservations; I didn’t feel I had another choice. Now I believe that, with his business experience, he has done as good a job as possible in handling this current, unprecedented challenge, using knowledge gained from experts as it ...

The end of the rope

Letters

To the editor: The end of the rope is here. There is no more. We have a governor that has no idea nor does he care of the devastation he has brought on to the thousands of businesses, to say nothing for the tens of thousands of the citizens of the once-great State of Minnesota. He is playing ...

The masked and the unmasked

Letters

To the editor: A recent Associated Press photo pictures Representative Daudt leaving the House not wearing a face mask. It was stated all DFL legislators chose to wear a face mask and all Republicans chose not to. I am disappointed that we have allowed this crisis to become politicized and ...

Brown County Browser: Elections update

Columns

For the 2020 Election cycle ALL Brown County townships have opted to vote by mail! All registered voters in Bashaw, Burnstown, Eden, Leavenworth, Milford and North Star townships will be receiving letters in the mail within the next week informing them of the change. This voting method was ...

Weeds: Doubt enters with a bang

Columns

It was a turn I’ve made a million times, coming home from town, left into the driveway. A bright sun was low in the west. I could make out the light of an oncoming motorcycle. I could have rushed to turn but came to a stop with my blinker on. Often in that situation I look in the rearview ...

Putting it off until June

Editorials

In the spirit of “Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow,” the Minnesota Legislature let the current session end Sunday without coming to agreement on a bonding bill. House Republicans voted en masse against the Democrats’ proposed bonding bill on Saturday, and Sunday’s ...

Churches closed, abortion mills open

Letters

To the editor: Yes, we lost to date over 80,000 lives in the United States caused by the coronavirus. One life is too many! Infant lives killed in abortion average over 1.3 million every year for the past 47 years in the United States. One life lost is too many! Was it ever called an ...

Achtung!

Letters

To the editor: Greetings Comrades and Fellow Inmates. It’s now over 2 months of our Minnesota experiment of Socialism under our very own Governor Walz. In my 4-11-20 letter, I thought the lock down was either misguided, or a bigger disaster than we bargained for. I was wrong. It was both. ...

Curbs needed on gov’t right to spy

Editorials

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims of that have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Back to business THUMBS UP: Lots of local business owners will be hoping to get back to business on Monday when Gov. Tim Walz’s new “Stay Safe MN” plan takes effect. We would say, “get back to normal,” but it may be a long time before we return to anything resembling the old normal. ...