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Some grandstanding legislators should get a job, a real job

Some Minnesota legislators should get a life. And a job. A real job. They are the ones who love to waste their time and our money on dumb legislative proposals. Their latest stunt is a bill that would require transgender people to use bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates. It’s the same […]

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Nominate veterans for Veterans’ Voices Award

In the greater St. Cloud area, there are so many veterans worthy of the 2016 Veterans’ Voices Award, but it’s up to people who know them to nominate them. The award is given by the Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul, to recognize military veterans who have not only served their country but who went above […]

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Long-deferred Northstar promise should be implemented, hopefully

Rep. Jim Knoblach (R-St. Cloud) deserves kudos for authoring a bill that would extend the Northstar Commuter Line rail service to St. Cloud. Many people – rightly so – view a Northstar extension as a long-deferred promise perhaps soon to be fulfilled. Still, don’t go popping those champagne corks just yet. The extension plan is […]

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Jobs numbers good … mostly

There is good news and bad news – but mostly good news – on the jobs front. Nationwide, 215,000 jobs were added in March, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The unemployment rate ticked up from 4.9 percent to 5 percent, but that was due to more Americans re-entering the labor force and employees who […]

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Republicans shouldn’t take chances; they should approve Garland soon

If they knew what’s good for them, U.S. Senate Republicans had best seriously consider doing their sworn constitutional duty and hold a session to consider the appointment of Judge Merrick Garland as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In their gridlock fashion, most of them won’t even deign to meet Garland, much less give […]

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Trump’s bullying of newspapers another example of baseless bluster

(Editor’s note: This editorial was distributed by the Newspaper Association of America.) Recently, Donald Trump said, “I’m gonna open our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.” The specific media outlets he mentioned were The New York Times and The Washington […]

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When planning summer garden, why not ‘plant a row’ for others?

Many eager-beavers, seed catalogs in hand, are already itching to start digging in the good earth to plant their summer gardens. But whoa! Have patience. It’ll be awhile. However, now is a good time to do garden planning. And why not, as part of that planning, decide to “plant a row” for those in need? […]