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October 18, 2013 Seatbelt use is up THUMBS UP: According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, seatbelt use is at an all-time high. The DPS says the latest observational use survey in June showed a 94. more »»

House GOP may need a new mascot

October 17, 2013 As Senate Democratic and Republican leaders hammered out a deal to avoid forcing the U.S. to default on its debts Tuesday, House Republicans said they would take one more stab at a bill. more »»

Fiscal responsibility essential in budget deal

October 16, 2013 It appears the standoff between liberals and conservatives in Washington is nearing an end. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for the liberals Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. more »»

Weeds: Structured procrastination

October 16, 2013 Whenever Randy asks me to write this column, he gives me a heads-up, then a deadline, then a reminder, then a check-up. “Yep, I’m on it,” I told him sometime in August. more »»

Protect yourself, others with flu shot

October 15, 2013 Vaccinations to protect people against influenza strains expected to be prevalent this season are available throughout our area. more »»

Eagle Update: Early Childhood – Family Education (ECFE)

October 15, 2013 It has been a busy start to the year for our early childhood programs. more »»

Child abuse more than AP’s tragedy

October 14, 2013 Minnesota and the rest of the nation were shocked on Friday when it learned that a two year old boy in Sioux Falls, S.. more »»

Bipartisan talks fine, but what are they saying?

October 13, 2013 The big development in the Washington shutdown-default situation on Saturday was that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were talking directly. more »»

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October 12, 2013 ‘Lose It’ needs you THUMBS UP: We’d like to encourage more people to sign up for the “Lose It to Win It” program that Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm program is running. more »»

Kid in need of help

October 11, 2013 At first, it was kind of amusing, in a scary sort of way, the story about the 9-year-old boy sneaking onto a flight to Las Vegas at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. more »»

Questions about Libya

October 9, 2013 U.S. special forces' capture of a notorious al-Qaida leader in Libya has been hailed as a coup in the war against terrorists. more »»

Editorial correction

October 9, 2013 The Journal’s editorial of Friday (Not for Congress) was in error when it said that a Republican budget proposal on Sep. more »»

Farm policy heads back to the ’40s

October 8, 2013 Nobody seems to have noticed in all the commotion over the partial government shutdown that is now a week old, but at the same time the government ran out of funding authority, the nation’s farm... more »»

Minnesota Orchestra

October 7, 2013 After a year of a disastrous labor lockout, the Minnesota Orchestra seems to be caught in a ruinous death spiral. more »»

Lack of common sense

October 6, 2013 Part of the reason so many Americans are fed up with government in general is that too often, bureaucrats display a complete lack of common sense. During World War II, Joe McGrain of Rochester, N.. more »»

Health Care Happenings

October 6, 2013 As we have experienced this past week, healthcare continues to be at the center of the national political debate. more »»

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October 5, 2013 The peoples’ stadium THUMBS DOWN: The Minnesota Vikings new stadium, the so-called “people’s stadium” that Gov. more »»

Not for Congress

October 4, 2013 (The Journal’s editorial of Friday, Oct. 4, (Not for Congress) was in error when it said that a Republican budget proposal on Sept. more »»

Figures don’t lie

October 3, 2013 In arguing for bigger government, President Barack Obama is being more than a little dishonest. He insists he is reducing the spending deficit — but he is not. more »»

Shutdown inevitable; worse may be in store

October 2, 2013 Congress’ failure to agree on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government’s operations on Monday has led to the shutdown that seemed more inevitable the closer the deadline came. more »»



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