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Better safe than sorry, so heed bad-weather warnings

With the official start of summer on June 20, it’s a good time to review the importance of heeding bad weather conditions and warnings. On Sunday night, there were tornado warnings issued in parts of Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties, and tornado-warning sirens blared loudly in many cities. Because tornadoes are fairly rare in Minnesota, […]

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Mass killers find legitimacy via Internet cults of death

In the days before Internet, the Orlando LGBT nightclub killer would probably have shot to death a spouse, a relative or a co-worker – one, two or maybe three murders to vent his rage. But nowadays, these Internet-savvy killers feel compelled to go “big-time,” killing as many people as possible to sate their seething hatreds. […]

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Please remember: Shop local!

Shop local! It should be obvious that shopping at local businesses strengthens local economies. Each dollar spent at a local business returns three times more money to the local economy than a dollar spent at a chain store and almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer. But there are many more reasons […]

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Art of compromise seems to be a dying art, or is it dead already?

The art of compromise, alas, seems to be a dying art. In fact, it may be dead, period. At least politically. We’ve come to expect disgusting, never-ending deadlock in the U.S. Congress, where virtually nothing major has been accomplished in the past seven or eight years. Of course, many who do not pay attention other […]

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Show thanks to veterans past, present by attending ceremonies

We hope people attend one of the many area Memorial Day ceremonies that will take place Monday, May 30. The freedoms Americans will enjoy on that three-day holiday have been dearly paid for in blood by the approximately 1.3-million soldiers who have died in combat and in other ways during this nation’s wars. Countless more suffered […]

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Newsleader apologizes; Scarbro drops column

A column by guest-writer Ron Scarbro published in the May 6 St. Joseph Newsleader and Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader brought anger and even outrage from some readers. The column did not appear in the Sartell Newsleader. We at the Newsleaders admit those responses are justified. Scarbro, a former Sartell resident, moved several years ago to Georgia. […]

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So many good reasons to vote ‘yes’ for school bond

Sartell needs a new high school, and voters should approve one. The Sartell-St. Stephen School District also needs long overdue upgrades and improvements at its four current schools – other good reasons to approve the $105.8-million-bond issue in the May 24 election. Before going to the polls, voters might want to consider the following factors: […]

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Newsleader apologizes for column smearing immigrants

A column by guest-writer Ron Scarbro published in the May 6 Sauk Rapids-Rice and St. Joseph Newsleader brought anger and even outrage from some readers. We admit those responses are justified. Scarbro, a former Sartell resident, moved several years ago to Georgia. For more than 10 years he has been a guest column for the […]