See America first; see Minnesota first

Seventy-nine percent of Americans plan to take road trips this summer, an increase of 10 percent from last summer, according to the American Automobile Association.

Lower gas prices account for the increase, on average the lowest since 2005. Another reason is more people are discovering road trips can be less expensive, highly do-able and less logistically hectic than exotic vacations in faraway places.

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Give full support to HOT CARS Act

Despite constant warnings, children continue to die agonizing deaths while trapped in hot cars in the summer.

Now, at long last, there is a bill proposed that might – repeat, might – help stop these needless, horrifying deaths. The new bill, dubbed the “HOT CARS Act,” would require cars to be equipped with an alert system to notify the driver a passenger is in the back seat after the vehicle is turned off.

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Sartell shows its goodness in support for Kelly Orndorff

One of the hallmarks of a good city is how the people in it come together to treat someone in need.

And that is what the people of Sartell, a really good city, did recently. They organized; they came together; they generously donated auction items, money and time – all to make a very special day for Kelly Orndorff, the lovely young woman who became blind during surgery to remove a massive brain tumor.

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Love President Trump? Send us letters of praise

President Donald Trump continues to dig himself deeper into his own hole.

His latest stupid decision is to exit the global-warming Paris Agreement. Science-deniers worldwide – those cave-age hold-outs – are probably toasting that ridiculous move. Trump’s diehard believers are probably thinking “He keeps his promises. Way to go! Yep, he’ll make America great again.”

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Take precautions with food during barbecue season

In spring and summer, naturally, it’s time for outdoor fun, backyard get-togethers and barbecued foods.

But that fun can later turn to misery (or worse) if party-goers eat foods contaminated with food-borne bacteria. Such sicknesses are much more common than supposed. Often, those who enjoy barbecued foods come down later with stomach upsets or flu-like symptoms and brush them off as just another routine bug.

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Time to check out Sartell farmers’ markets

Spring has sprung, summer’s on its way, and so it’s time to enjoy the farmers’ markets that have opened throughout the central Minnesota area.

Ask those who enjoy sauntering through a farmers’ market, and they will tell you the markets are wonderful for a number of reasons:

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Be sure to check out St. Joseph Farmers’ Market

Spring has sprung, summer’s on its way, and so it’s time to enjoy the farmers’ markets that have opened throughout the central Minnesota area.

Ask those who enjoy sauntering through a farmers’ market, and they will tell you the markets are wonderful for a number of reasons:

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Despicable lunch shaming must cease now and forever

It’s called “lunch shaming,” and it’s one of the cruelest, most outrageous forms of punishment ever visited upon children.

And what’s disgusting is it’s happening in schools across America. The vile practice has to be stopped and stopped now. It shouldn’t take a panel of researchers and months if not years of study to determine if lunch shaming is good or bad. Anybody with even a smidgen of kindness will know lunch shaming is wrong, it’s despicable and no child should have to endure even one example of it.

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