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Heroes, forces for good, save the day once again

In this sometimes dark and frightening world, it’s important to remind ourselves every now and then of the forces for good that keep popping up here, there and everywhere. This past week, such good reminders abounded. First off, locally, there was the fundraising golf event for the Tom Bearson Foundation. Despite threatening weather, more than […]

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Let’s all put a stop to distracted driving

An appalling statistic shows deaths due to distracted driving in Minnesota are rapidly gaining on the number of deaths due to drunken driving. The recent charges brought against a 25-year-old Prior Lake woman should give us all pause. She is accused of distracted driving when her vehicle struck and killed a 40-year-old bicyclist in Glencoe […]

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Demonstrators are force for change; agitators bring violence

Ferguson, Mo. these days is a disturbing déjà vu for those of us who lived through the 1960s, especially in the wake of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Angry blacks and some whites rioted, looted and burned parts of cities. People died in those paroxysms of rage, and there was massive property damage. […]

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Let’s reject stereotypes against good immigrants

Once again, crowds of people were at odds in public in St. Cloud – whites on one side, Somalis on the other. On a street by the Stearns County Courthouse, the two groups exchanged words, at times the hostility barely suppressed, at times boiling over in the form of mean-spirited, hurtful words: “Keep your asses […]

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Prison-sentencing policies long overdue for change

The time for prison-sentencing reform is long overdue. Too many people have received ludicrously large sentences for small crimes, most especially for the possession of drugs. Many years ago, in the 1960s, long before marijuana was legalized or de-criminalized to a degree, some users of pot – especially in Texas – were sentenced to up […]

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Deal with Iran better than no deal

Is the U.S. deal with Iran a diplomatic triumph or an unmitigated disaster? Only time will tell. Most likely it will prove to be neither. However, those who are calling it a catastrophe are exactly like those who ripped into the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) before and after that legislation was approved. Like the ACA, […]

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Rapids River Days festival was a blast for one and all

If it takes a village to raise a good child, it takes a city to put on a good festival. And that is exactly what Sauk Rapids did June 25-27 for its annual Sauk Rapids River Days. The three-day festival was an unqualified success because elements of the entire city were involved in one way […]

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Does Sartell have case of Pinecone-itis?

Does Sartell have case of Pinecone-itis? Sartell has a bad case of Pinecone-itis. Or is it Pine Cone-itis? Or PineCone-itis? A visitor to Sartell would think its residents live in the middle of a dense pine forest. Newcomers are probably surprised when they see other trees besides pines in the city: oaks, maples, aspens, birches, […]