Thank you, Dan Coborn, for generous philanthropy

A local grocery-store legend and kind-hearted philanthropist has died.

Dan Coborn, 86, who died March 15, left so many good, enduring things in his nearly nine decades in the greater St. Cloud area.

Besides being a great entrepreneur, Coborn was extraordinarly generous in “giving back to the community,” as he called it. He, his wife Mabel and their five children have been constantly donating, directly and indirectly, to scores of good causes in the area, which include the CentraCare Coborn Cancer Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the local YMCA, St. John’s University facilities, scholarship funds for the universities of St. John’s and St. Benedict’s, and United Way of Central Minnesota that Dan and Mabel Coborn helped start.

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It would be sheer folly to kill arts organization

The current Republican majority in the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration are considering putting an end to the National Endowment for the Arts, which would be a most unfortunate decision.

Since 1965, when the NEA was founded by an act of Congress, the agency has given a couple of hundred thousands of grants that have helped keep alive this great nation’s vibrant arts, both traditional and cutting-edge.

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‘Empty Bowls’ a fun way to help people find new hope

Quick quiz: What combines art, conversation, delicious soup and help for the hungry?

The answer: The annual “Empty Bowls” benefit. This season, five days after spring begins, it will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at Calvary Community Church at 12000 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud.

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Town-hall attendees rally to keep Obamacare

It’s hard to kill Obamacare, the proverbial cat with nine lives.

Push-back is coming in the form of massive crowds at town-hall meetings, including one hosted by Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Sixth District) at Sartell City Hall Feb. 22. Hundreds of people attended, many carrying picket signs signaling opposition to President Trump’s policies. They vastly outnumbered the pro-Trump signs.

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It’s time to repeal Sunday no-liquor law

At long last, it’s about time. The Minnesota Legislature just might repeal the prohibition against Sunday liquor sales in the state.

The lame law was passed in 1935, two years before the nation finally repealed a national failure called Prohibition, the banishment of all liquor, which resulted only in the rise of bootlegging and gang crimes.

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Support immigrants after ban’s ugly shadow

The framers of the “travel ban,” signed by President Donald Trump, keep insisting it’s not a “ban on Muslims.”

However, imagine how it feels to be a hard-working, law-abiding, tax-paying Somali man, woman or child right here in our area – many of whom have become by now full-fledged American citizens. Imagine how they felt when Trump, as a candidate, promised a ban on the entry of Muslims into this country. And imagine how they now feel? We are told the ban is not a blanket exclusion of Muslims, and yet – remembering Trump’s campaign promise – how can we and especially the Muslims among us be reassured of the intentions behind that ban?

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Learning to be anti-scam savvy a vital skill to avoid being ‘took’

Once again, phone scams are in the news.

The latest involves the “Yes” scam in which the caller “tricks” a person into saying “Yes” on the phone. The crook on the other end of the line then records that person’s “Yes.” It can then be used later when the unwitting victims learn they owe a bill for something they did not order or want. If a victim scoffs at the bill, the scammer will then play back the sound of that person saying “Yes” as “proof” they agreed to the offer.

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Will Land of Liberty become grim fortress?

Once upon a time, there was a sweet Land of Liberty. It was envied everywhere as a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.

The country was comprised of immigrants who came from old countries across the ocean. Many had been persecuted. So they crossed the ocean to the new land where native people had lived for thousands of years. The immigrants weren’t good to the natives; they drove them off their lands or killed many. Some of the immigrants also bought and sold slaves. The women residents could not vote until 134 years after the nation was founded. But despite those bad things, it kept improving because of a document written by its Founders that set up a way for the nation to govern itself and which held up as hallowed the rights and freedoms for all people.

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