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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 […]

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Republican Party now stuck between a rock, a hard place

It’s almost sad – almost – that the Republican Party is finding itself in a tug-of-war. But it’s not surprising. The Party brought this war upon itself for a number of interlocking reasons, starting long ago. In 1964, the Party nominated Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater to run against incumbent Lyndon Johnson. Goldwater was (at least […]

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There are many ways to honor mothers, even those who are dearly departed

As Mother’s Day approaches, Sunday, May 8, many people become sad and even depressed because their beloved mothers are no longer among the living. Father’s Day can be a sad day for the same reason. Dr. Gail Saltz, a New York-based psychiatrist, has all kinds of wise advice for such motherless and fatherless people. “There’s […]

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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 […]