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Fishing opener THUMBS UP: Whether the walleyes are ready or not, it’s fishing opener weekend. The late, cold, wet spring doesn’t bode well for fishing up north, so Gov. Tim Walz took his Fishing Opener about as far south as you can get, in the Albert Lea area, barely ten miles north of the ...

Commonplace heroes stop evil

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday. Life-saving courage enough was shown ...

New faces, same results at capitol

With time starting to run short in the Minneosta legislative session, the state appears to be heading to yet another special session, or another government shutdown over the state budget impasse. Budget talks at the state capitol fared no better with the new faces in the room — Gov. Tim ...

Savings species in our best interest

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. They ...

Americans must never forget horrors of Holocaust, statism

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tells about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Conservation worth funding

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Let’s remember the heroes, not the shooters

Let us hope the name of the man who shot two people to death and wounded two others at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte fades quickly from the public’s consciousness. If notoriety was part of his goal, it ought to be denied to him. Riley Howell should be remembered. When the ...

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Detour lifted THUMBS UP: The road closure on County State Aid Highway 13 ended this week, thanks to the water on the Minnesota River receding. That is a huge relief to the commuters on the other side of the river who usually use the Beussman Bridge to get into New Ulm. They’ve had an extra ...

MNLARS debacle

When it comes time to make up a list the greatest wastes of Minnesota taxpayers’ time, money and patience, the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS) will have to be at the top. Over a decade’s years’ time, the state spent over $100 million to create its own computerized ...

Yes, people worry about food, Mr. Hagedorn

We’re not sure what was going through Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s mind last week when he spoke to the Kiwanis Club in Worthington. Talking about the importance of agriculture in America, Hagedorn, the First District Republican, said, “Nobody [in America] goes to sleep at night wondering if ...

Why did House bother to pass bill?

The Minnesota House of Representatives voted Monday to increase the state’s gas tax by 20 cents per gallon, or 70 percent from its current 28.5 cents. Don’t worry. This tax will never be enacted. The vote in the House was along party lines, 74-58. Democrats control the House and passed ...

Immunization Week

The yearly calendar is full of days and weeks devoted to building awareness for various causes, or social problems, or health concerns. This week has a special theme that deserves a lot of attention — it is National Infant Immunization Week. What makes this week especially significant is ...

Mexico vs. ‘The Beast’

Give Mexican officials some credit for working with the United States to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing through their country and into the United States. In contrast with past practice, Mexico City seems to be more interested in keeping its promises regarding the problem. It is, ...

Transportation bill should include Highway 14 funding

The Minnesota House is taking up the transportation bill this week, the Associated Press reported. The main focus of the bill is the 20-cent per gallon gas tax increase that Gov. Tim Walz and his DFL allies want to impose. While that is a big issue, and one that is going to dominate the ...

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County job filled THUMBS UP: The position of Brown County Administrator has been filled, after St. James City Manager Sam Hansen agreed to accept the position this week. Hansen was one of two finalists interviewed by the Brown County Board to fill the position of outgoing County ...

The art of the con

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...

Walz needs to revisit tax plan

As the Minnesota Legislature returns from its Easter break and gets down to the tough issues that lie ahead before its May 20 adjournment, one of the things they and Gov. Tim Walz need to look at is the governor’s tax proposal. An analysis this week by the Department of Revenue, the taxes ...

Terrorism is a worldwide plague

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

Time to take election security seriously

We know that the 2016 U.S. elections were attacked by Russian hackers who tried to get access to voting records and tallying systems. We know they planted false stories on social media to stir up divisions among us. Special Counsel Robert Mueller just got done investigating the breach, an ...

Tragedy in Sri Lanka

Deadly terrorist attacks in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday are terrible enough on the facts alone — 200 people killed and hundreds more wounded in nine bombings that rocked churches, luxury hotels and other sites where people were gathered. The fact that it happened on Easter Sunday, the most ...