Thanks to all for keeping Newsleaders going strong

Nearly 30 years ago, Janelle Von Pinnon, who lived in Sauk Centre at the time, started a fledgling newspaper she dubbed the St. Joseph Newsleader. Just months after the paper’s debut, the entire area was stunned by fear and horror when 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted in St. Joseph.

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Aug. 18 editorial cartoon

Express support, donate for mosque in Bloomington

Gov. Mark Dayton called it an “act of terrorism.” It was.

The bombing at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington last Saturday did not cause any injuries or deaths, thankfully. However, acts of terrorism do not necessarily have to result in bloodshed to serve their vicious purpose, which is most of all to ignite the dark forces of fear, suspicion, hatred and blind retribution.

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Three cheers for McCain, Collins, Murkowski!

Arizona Sen. John McCain is two times a hero – a hero for the living hell he endured in North Vietnam and a hero for his thumbs-down last week on his fellow Republicans’ latest pathetic effort to repeal ObamaCare.

And, not to forget, there were two other heroes who deserve our undying thanks and praise – Republican senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. Both women voted against the cruel proposal, despite all kind of threats made against them. They showed political courage and a passionate commitment to the hundreds of thousands of people in their states who would have lost insurance coverage if that vicious bill – or another version of it – had passed in both Houses of Congress.

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Myths still abound about homelessness

One of the most stubbornly persistent myths is that homeless people are lazy and do not want to work.

According to the Minnesota Statewide Homeless Survey, which is conducted every three years by Wilder Research, 30 percent of homeless adults and 42 percent of homeless youth were working at least in part-time jobs at the time the survey was conducted.

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Show support for HOT CARS Act

Recently, we at the Newsleaders published an editorial in support of a proposal called the HOT CARS Act, which stands for Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats.

The legislative bill would require a warning system in vehicles so drivers would be made aware if a baby or toddler was accidentally left inside the vehicle. We think it’s a great idea, long overdue, as there is nothing more horrible to imagine than an innocent young child being suffocated by the heat inside a vehicle and dying an agonizing death.

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What’s the hurry? Is it worth your life?

Slow down! What’s the hurry? Speed kills!

That’s the advice of the Minnesota State Patrol and other law-enforcement personnel during an intense effort by the Patrol to stop and ticket speeders across the state. The effort will continue through July 23.

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There’s a lot of ‘all’s well’ in this weary old world

With all the gloom-and-doom in the world these days, it’s no wonder some of us feel so down. That’s why it’s important to search out something good and positive at least once a day, in the news and in our own lives, to remind ourselves all is not so bleak and foreboding.

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