Can you name locations of melting snowhills?

by Cori Hilsgen

This past weekend’s sunny skies and warm weather created many puddles for pedestrians to walk around or through. Large snow piles around town began reducing in size.

Central Minnesota saw record amounts of snow during the month of February. More than 16 inches of snow was recorded, compared to an average of about 7 inches.  The record February snow in the area totaled more than 21 inches in 1971. This year’s February snowfall is listed as one of the top nine years of snow.

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Fantasy disappears; reality takes its place

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about the young football player from Notre Dame who has now divulged he had been duped by an online relationship for some three years. According to the latest version of the story, he never actually met this young lady who was supposed to be his girlfriend but had a torrid love affair with her through cyberspace. She is supposed to have died of leukemia, and he used that tragedy to make himself a better player. Some have opined he really used this story for publicity and to make his stock go up in the Heisman Trophy selection. Whatever.

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Women’s History Month gets great introduction with iconic statue

There’s no better way to kick off Women’s History Month than to honor a woman whose single act of courage launched a movement that continues today.

A statue of Rosa Parks was unveiled recently in Washington, D.C. She is the first African-American to get a full-length statue in the Capitol’s National Statutory Hall. I have only two words in response to this occurrence: Well deserved.

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Learning about child hunger first step to solving problem

The facts are heartbreaking:

1 in 5 American children live under poverty levels and do not get enough to eat.

16.7 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2011.

During 2011, more than 31 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. However, just 2.3 million children participated in the Summer Food Service Program that same year.

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New laws take effect, so note the changes

City council votes are taken and new rules debut. It happens so often it is easy to lose track of changes in area cities. Several new laws take effect this month in St. Joseph, and it’s important for residents to note what they are and how they will be affected by them.

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Voting Rights Act must never be nixed

Antonin Scalia should do the country a favor and resign from his lifelong job as U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Recently, Scalia described the 1965 Voting Rights Act as a “continuation of racial entitlement.” It is possible that the conservative-majority Supreme Court could overturn that historic act, one of the seminal forces for civil rights in this nation. Any court official who would choose the word “entitlement” to describe voting rights has been living in a bubble, far removed from current realities – especially the realities of blatant voter-suppression efforts in the last presidential election. This despicable thicket of voter-suppression efforts in many states and cities – still ongoing, by the way – takes many devious forms: stopping early-day voting options and Election Day voter registration and the requirement for voters to present various kinds of documentation (including photo IDs) before they can vote. The rationales for those efforts is to squelch “voter fraud,” despite the fact that fraud is virtually nonexistent.

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St. Joseph baseball goes back to its roots

by Mark Lauer –

There may be huge piles of snow on the ground yet, and we will quite possibly see plenty more before the winter season is finally over.

But as anyone who follows baseball knows, down in Florida and Arizona the boys of summer are back.

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‘Students complete school mural’

Students are happy and proud about the mural they helped creat in the stairwell of Sartell High School. The art project is part of “Art in Motion,” a program sponsored and funded by the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation. Artist Willicey Tynes of St. Cloud conceived and supervised the painting. From left to right are Allie Juntenen, Taylor Daniels. Tynes, Mckenzie Fossen, Anni Henrickson, Katelyn Tragiai and Sienna Schneider.

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