Thanks to all for keeping Newsleaders going strong

Nearly 30 years ago, Janelle Von Pinnon, who lived in Sauk Centre at the time, started a fledgling newspaper she dubbed the St. Joseph Newsleader. Just months after the paper’s debut, the entire area was stunned by fear and horror when 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted in St. Joseph.

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Aug. 18 editorial cartoon

Ah, the sweet smell of newsprint, ink

One of the happy sounds of my young life was the thud-bang of a rolled-up newspaper hitting our front aluminum door when the paper boy, like an ace pitcher, lobbed it there every weekday afternoon.

I’d rush to the door to pick up the St. Cloud Daily Times and then sprawl back in a plush chair to read it. In summers especially, the Times had the hot sweet smell of newsprint and ink – still to me a most wonderful smell.

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Free press makes state, nation stronger

by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

In Minnesota, we understand the importance of a free press. It’s hard to forget in our state that we Minnesotans are among the most engaged citizens in the country. Last year, we again ranked first in the nation in voter turnout. Minnesotans volunteer at the second-highest rate in the country. And we usually look to our local newspapers as the first stop for the information we need.

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Splash pad wanted in St. Joseph

Adam Novak, St. Joseph

I think there should be a splash pad in St. Joseph because a lot of kids will like it and I know will like it. Also, I know there was a group of people put together to think about a splash pad but it never happened. I don’t know where to put it but I hope it’s close enough.

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Express support, donate for mosque in Bloomington

Gov. Mark Dayton called it an “act of terrorism.” It was.

The bombing at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington last Saturday did not cause any injuries or deaths, thankfully. However, acts of terrorism do not necessarily have to result in bloodshed to serve their vicious purpose, which is most of all to ignite the dark forces of fear, suspicion, hatred and blind retribution.

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‘You’re not the President. I am!’

T.S. Eliot wrote in his poem, The Hollow Men:

“This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper.”

These days, we have to wonder if the world will end not with a whimper but a tweet – a Trumpian tweet. Here are my satirical “takes” on Trump’s temper-tantrum tweeting habits:

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Sensitive leaks aren’t fair game

Ever since the beginning of the Trump Administration, things have been going sideways on a number of issues. Chief among these is a massive amount of information leaks. From minor details to transcripts of phone calls with foreign leaders, almost nothing has been safe from the hands of investigative journalists. But is this the way things should be, especially when they involve top government secrets?

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