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A bumpy road ahead

It all began with a cat scratch. Some months ago, I was playing with our cat, Sparkles. It turned out that my cat-like reflexes were no match for an actual cat, and I was issued some minor scratches. No big deal. I’ve been scratched by cats many times. Then one morning I awoke with a ...

When you never have to say ‘sorry’

The best jobs in Washington are the ones in which you never have to admit error and apologize. These jobs are mostly in government and the major media. While “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” (as a married man I know that’s not true), messing up in government means one can ...

Old Timers Day memories

I have a soft spot for Volga’s Old Timers Day celebration and not just because I’m an old timer. My wife and I had skipped this event for several years due to overscheduling. This was nothing less than a severe lack of proper priorities. So, we decided to take in Old Timers Day this ...

‘Waiting for Guffman’ up next for NU Film Society

NEW ULM — Small town community theater gets lampooned in “Waiting for Guffman,” the next film in New Ulm Film Societies mockumentary film series. The screening starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at the New Ulm Public Library and is free to the public. “Waiting for Guffman” is set ...

Anti-police sentiment has got to end

The second clause of The American Legion preamble to its constitution reads; “To maintain Law and Order,” a clause that is recited before all official meetings. Minnesota cannot expect to conduct a civil society, build an economy and practice a vibrant democracy amid crime and ...

Mr. Gorbachev: Why Minnesota?

On June 3rd, 1990, Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev came to Minnesota. At the time, he had begun to reform the failing Communist system. He was one of the most significant figures of the Twentieth Century. His visit to Minnesota received international attention. It was an unseasonably cold, ...