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Let’s all speak up on behalf of our good neighbors, the Somalis

Let’s all speak up on behalf of our good neighbors, the Somalis

It is sad and disturbing to hear about racial-cultural conflicts at Tech High School in St. Cloud. Sad but not surprising. On March 18, about 100 Somali students and some of their parents staged a protest [...]

Netanyahu undermines peace efforts

Netanyahu undermines peace efforts

Who says a leopard can’t change its spots? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does it all the time, although he more resembles a belligerent jackass than a sleek leopard. [...]

To be lean-forgetful or fat with memory?

To be lean-forgetful or fat with memory?

So here I was sound asleep in my comfortable bed when suddenly I was shattered awake by these two words: Hoyt Axton. That’s all, just Hoyt Axton. I had just dozed off. [...]

Why are ‘birthers’ suddenly so silent?

Why are ‘birthers’ suddenly so silent?

Larry Leighton, Alexandria Is the Republican Party now about to show the epitome of hypocrisy? Just over six years ago they raised a hue and cry about President Obama’s citizenship. Even today the “birthers” make their [...]

Leave it to the jury!

Leave it to the jury!

by Frank Kundrat District Court Judge I have presided over numerous civil and criminal jury trials since becoming a judge almost eight years ago. These trials have lasted anywhere from one day to four weeks. They [...]

What does it mean to be on probation?

What does it mean to be on probation?

by Michelle Lawson District Judge, Clay County There were 9,929 adults in prison in Minnesota as of July 1, 2014, according to the Adult Inmate Profile published by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. There were even [...]

Legislators should butt out of transgender policies in schools

Legislators should butt out of transgender policies in schools

Some state legislators are balking at the decision by the Minnesota State High School League to allow transgender students to play on the teams they choose. Minnesota is now the 33rd state to adopt policies favorable [...]

Dylan’s bittersweet CD is life-affirming

Dylan’s bittersweet CD is life-affirming

Novelist Joyce Carol Oates once said Bob Dylan’s voice was the sound of sandpaper singing. Wish I’d thought of that. It’s funny; it’s true. Oates did not mean it disparagingly. It was part of her tribute [...]

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