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Editorials

Why not itemize cost of government?

Last week the state's minimum wage increase went into effect, and in one of the most affected industries, the restaurant business, at least one owner decided to let customers know how it was impacting them.The owners of the Oasis Cafe in Stillwater have started adding a 35 cent "minimum wage ...

Remember to vote

Today is Primary Election day in Minnesota. The District 88 school building bond referendum is also on the ballot.Please take the time to go to the polls and vote today. Government by the will of the people works much better when the people let government know what it is.

Crackdown on legal ‘deserters’

White House aides say President Barack Obama may use an executive order to crack down on what he has called "corporate deserters." Incredibly, three members of Congress requested the action.The behavior that has angered some members of Congress and the president is perfectly legal under the ...

School vote is for all of us

On Tuesday, voters in School District 88 are being asked to take a historic vote, one that will impact the future of the district for years to come. The request for $46.9 million in building bonds will not only build a new high, but allow the remodeling and refiguring of all schools in the ...

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Enjoy the county fairThe Brown County Fair continues this weekend. This is great time to get out, have some fun, and learn a little about the county's rural roots.Fairs have been a tradition in small towns since medieval times, when farmers would get together in small town squares to sell their ...

Islamic State a major threat in Middle East

Al-Qaida, behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America and scores of other massacres worldwide, is beginning to look like an unorganized gang of amateurs - in comparison to the so-called Islamic State.Formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, IS seems to have more ...

Israelis unjustly criticized for defending themselves

Israeli leaders have been criticized roundly by officials in the U.S. and other countries - and yes, by many in the media - for their handling of the conflict against the Hamas terrorist organization.It is true that Israeli bombs and shells have killed many Palestinian civilians, including ...

No time to cut back on Ebola funding

Nearly 20 years ago, author Richard Preston's nonfiction book, "The Hot Zone," told a horror story as disturbing as any make-believe tale. It was about a disease called Ebola and a narrow escape from an outbreak of it in the United States.Since then, most people probably have not thought much ...

Support Seifert for governor

Minnesota Republicans have a lot of choosing to do next Tuesday, especially in the governor's race. There are five names on the Republican governor's primary ballot: Jeff Johnson, who was endorsed at the state convention, and four challengers: State Rep. Kurt Zellers, former state rep. and ...

Gag House Association did a lot in 25 years

This weekend the Wanda Gag House association marked its 25th anniversary with the dedication of a historic plaque at the home at 226 N. Washington St.The home, built by Anton Gag in 1894, is where artist and author Wanda Gag grew up. She left New Ulm for New York, and became a famous artist, ...

FarmFest debates

One of the great attractions at FarmFest, which starts Tuesday at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls, is the chance for people to meet political candidates and hear them speak on issues at the candidate forums.But not all candidates want to do that, it seems. Gov. Mark Dayton is planning ...

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Great gift for districtTHUMBS UP: There are a lot of concerns and questions, as one would expect, about the District 88 school building tax referendum. Is this necessary? Is it affordable? Is it in the best interest of the district and the community?People will answer these questions with their ...

Dems should join in saving home health care

Many members of the House of Representatives want to forestall implementation of a proposal that would increase costs for the Medicare program, while forcing many older Americans to leave their own residences and go to nursing homes. To a reasonable mind, preventing the change seems the ...

Time to think about district’s future

District 88 has completed a series of informational meetings, held in communities throughout the district, to explain the proposal for building a new high school and remodeling other buildings in the district to meet the future needs of the district.Certainly, people have concerns. A $46.9 ...

Set deadline for VA improvements

Six months. That is how long Congress should give Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson to make progress in providing better health care service for veterans. In the meantime, his request for an additional $17.6 billion should be tabled - mostly.With other headlines claiming attention, ...

Congress should insist on VA accountability

A proposal leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives hope will provide better service to veterans in need of medical care was finalized during the weekend. Lawmakers in both houses are expected to consider it this week.In all likelihood the plan - with no price tag reported yet - ...

Whiplash effect on energy policy

When news contains complaints from corporate entities that government restrictions on their activities are not based in scientific fact, are unnecessarily expensive, could force companies to stop activity and waste a good deal of time and money, somemight expect to see the names of coal ...

Rich man’s game?

Running for political office has always been a rich man's (or rich woman's) game. As Will Rogers wrote decades ago, "Politics has got so expensive it takes lots of money to even get beat with."And that was in the days before Super PACS and the Supreme Court's declaration that corporations are ...

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Dewanz honorTHUMBS UP: We can't think of many people who are as deserving of an award for volunteer service as Opal Dewanz.Dewanz was honored this week by the Minnesota Valley Action Council which presented her the Roger J. Wolfe Achievement Award, given to someone who exemplifies Wolfe's ...

Teaching personal finance

Public school teachers and administrators sometimes grow frustrated at demands politicians put on them. No wonder. Curriculum demands vary regularly, depending on what seems to concern the public most at a given time.But some failings in the priorities we set for schools seem obvious. One is ...