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Don’t let knife attack fuel climate of suspicion

Let cooler heads (and kinder hearts) prevail. That is what we must try to remember after the knife attack Saturday, Sept. 17 at St. Cloud’s Crossroads Center mall. It was an unsettling experience to tune into CNN TV national news last Sunday and see St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis and St. Cloud Police Chief William […]

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Let’s have fun while striking a blow against awful Alzheimer’s disease

Within the next 10 years, it’s highly likely everybody will know somebody – in many cases, a loved one – suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is now the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. There are an estimated 5.4 million people in the nation who have the disease in one stage or another. […]

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Sadly, Jacob is gone, but his ‘Hope’ lives on

“Jacob’s Hope” is alive and well. The remains of Jacob Wetterling were found last week. There was always a hope that Jacob, 11 when he was abducted, would someday return home, even though that hope dwindled with every passing year – all nearly 27 of them. The news last week was horrifying and yet to […]

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A great Minnesotan leaves legacy of selfless public service

A selfless public servant – a Minnesotan no less – has died, reminding us all once again how important true public servants are to the destiny of this nation. Gen. John William Vessey Jr. died Aug. 18 at his home in North Oaks at the age of 94. At the time of his retirement from […]

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Olympic medalist Post makes us all proud

Let’s hear it for Alise Post, the St. Cloud woman who won a silver medal in the Summer Olympics last Friday. Post finished second in the women’s BMX (bicycle motocross) race in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 25-year-old Tech High School graduate competed among the best of the best in the world, with gold medal […]

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America should ban circus-animal acts

There’s mounting evidence that public pressure is causing circuses and other entertainment venues to stop using wild-animal acts as part of their “entertainment,” and what a good outcome that is. In the United States, more than 50 jurisdictions in 24 states have taken action to restrict the use of animals in circuses using trained animals. […]

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Don’t let children get on terrifying thrill rides

Parents everywhere might want to think twice before they let one or more of their children get on a “thrill” ride at amusement parks or other places. On Aug. 7, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab of Olathe, Kan., was killed while riding a water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan. It’s still not […]

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‘Take a Day Off’ at river was again a success

There’s something about a riverbank’s ambiance that brings out the best in people, that relaxes them, makes them mellow and socially connective – Minnesota Nice, if you will. That was obvious July 30 along the western riverbank seven miles north of Sartell. For the eighth consecutive year, “Take a Day Off on the Mississippi River” […]