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Beware of Russian propaganda as weapon against democracy

News about Russian interference in the American election process is becoming more and more disturbing.

A new kind of “Cold War” has begun, except this one could be dubbed a “Cyber War.”

The latest revelation is that Russian propagandists distributed thousands of fake news stories via social media, such as “alt-news” sites and other means in the months and weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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Triple Aim could be a win-win-win for all of us

Hats off to CentraCare Health’s initiative dubbed Triple Aim, an effort to help people in central Minnesota become healthier by choosing wiser day-to-day lifestyles.

The cost of health care, no matter which system of insurance evolves, is going to become astronomically expensive, even more than it is now. As the huge number of baby boomers age, those costs will rapidly accelerate. It’s a frightening prospect.

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Shop local translates into local economic well-being

“Shop Local.”

That cannot be said often enough. Shop local, and keep the money stream closer to home.

Studies show when buying from independent, locally-owned businesses rather than from nationally-owned businesses, more local money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Thriving local businesses, of course, also means jobs, wages, taxes and good connections.

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Thank families, caregivers along with our veterans

Veterans Day on Nov. 11 is a time to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our country and our freedoms.

But it’s also a good time to remember and to honor all who have served this nation: wounded veterans, those who served but were not wounded, the millions of family members of soldiers and, last but not least, the many caregivers who often go unrecognized and unsung. They, too, are heroes who have made many sacrifices.

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Express gratitude to veterans by hiring them for good jobs

It’s disgraceful veterans who sacrificed for this country cannot find jobs when they get back home.

Here in Minnesota, there are some bright statistics, to some degree. There were 3,940 veterans listed as unemployed in 2015, a big improvement over the 15,285 who were unemployed in 2010 when the economy was so much more depressed.

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Batten down the hatches, bundle up good, for winter’s on its way

Brrr! Bundle up, everybody.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we are heading for below-average temperatures this winter.

This time, again, it’s La Niña that gets the blame. La Niña, meaning “The Girl” in Spanish, is the sister of El Niño (“The Boy”), both of which refer to temperatures in the east Equatorial Pacific Ocean. La Niña temps are the below-normal ones that can affect winter temperatures on land.

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First Lady Obama delivers a speech of great inspiration

A truly great speech transcends its time and place, and that is what a great speech given by First Lady Michelle Obama did last week in New Hampshire. It transcended its time, its place and it even transcended this nasty campaign season.

In her speech, Obama blasted comments made by Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, the obscene remarks aimed at women he made on a bus in a Hollywood parking lot in 2005. Her speech was also a rousing endorsement of Democrat Hillary Clinton and a rallying cry for every American to cast a vote.

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Voting answers just a click away with mnvotes.org

There is usually a flurry of questions as every election time approaches:

  • Am I registered to vote?
  • I’ve never voted before so how and where do I register?
  • Where do I go to vote?
  • What if I want to vote early? How do I do it?
  • Which candidates will be on my ballot?
  • So . . . where do I call? How can I find the answers I need?

Well, please do not worry. Those questions – and more – are easily answered on one of the niftiest websites ever devised. It’s called mnvotes.org, which is the official site for the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. The website is a kind of one-stop shop for anything to do with elections anywhere in the state.

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