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WHS grad named to state Young Women’s Initiative
Setting sail: WMS students create their own boats in 4-H STEM program
County authorizes sale of $9.5 million in road construction bond
Referendum to reinstate Iowa Beef Checkoff passes
Red Cross blood drive set for Dec. 21
WHS gymnastics: Trojans make big jump in gym
Prep hockey: Windom Area rallies past Worthington
Area prep basketball: Trojans tame Tigers 39-35
Prep wrestling: Trojans wrestlers beat Luverne, W/ML
Prep basketball: Tigers claw Trojans
As others see it: Tax, bonding, health care need special session
Column: The media are still looking down on working-class America
Column: Reinvigorating renewable energy in southern Minnesota
Column: You wanted anti-establishment? Hold on.
Joshua Joe Staples
Laurence L. Konradi
James (Jim) Kuhl
Nellie Van Santen
First Lutheran Church welcomes pastor Jeanette McCormick
First Lutheran Church welcomes pastor Jeanette McCormick
Disheveled Theologian: The Santa Boat
Looking Back: 1991 -- Wind chills up to 50-below close schools
Homemade granola easier, more affordable than you think
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Vortherms 90th birthday
Carter 65th anniversary
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September 15, 2015
Column: For a mere $30, you can take on the billionaires
AUSTIN, Texas — For today’s report, I have a bunch of statistics for you. Where are you going? Come back here and sit still while I drill these stats into your head! I realize that numbers can numb the brain, but this is a good story, and I promise that these statistics...
September 15, 2015 - 6:49pm
September 9, 2015
Column: Have your Coke and guzzle it, too
AUSTIN, Texas — Good news about obesity: A new scientific organization is coming to grips with this bulging national problem. Called the Global Energy Balance Network, it comes at obesity from a unique perspective. According to them, the key to controlling one’s weight isn’t...
September 9, 2015 - 4:49pm
September 3, 2015
Column: GOP whiffs again on health care
AUSTIN, Texas — In advice to baseball rookies, Hall of Fame star Ted Williams said: “If you don’t think too good, don’t think too much.” This should be taken to heart by bush-league congressional leader John Boehner. The Republican speaker of the House keeps thinking he...
September 3, 2015 - 5:16pm
August 27, 2015
Column: How to lift up America's middle class
AUSTIN, Texas — Some days, I get a bad case of “trichotillomania” — an irresistible compulsion to tear out my hair. My latest outbreak was triggered by a New York Times opinion piece by Peter Georgescu, the former chairman of the giant PR outfit, Young & Rubicam. He issued...
August 27, 2015 - 2:54pm
August 25, 2015
Column: Holder proves you can go home again
AUSTIN, Texas — Novelist Thomas Wolfe famously wrote: “You can’t go home again.” But Eric Holder has proven him wrong. Holder, who served as President Barack Obama’s attorney general until stepping down earlier this year, recently returned to his old home — Covington...
August 25, 2015 - 5:05pm
August 21, 2015
Column: A wrong approach at Hard Knocks U
AUSTIN, Texas — In the 1960s, I attended the University of North Texas. It was a public school blessed with good teachers and an educational culture focused on enabling us students to become socially useful citizens. And it was affordable — with close-to-free tuition and a part-time...
August 21, 2015 - 9:37pm
August 18, 2015
Column: Throwing public education under the bus
AUSTIN, Texas — Public education used to be, you know, public — an essential societal investment for the betterment of all, paid for by all through school taxes. In addition to privatization schemes to turn education over to corporate profiteers, public schools themselves have...
August 18, 2015 - 4:51pm
August 4, 2015
Column: National Park Service selling its soul
AUSTIN, Texas — While Americans celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service, America’s so-called “leaders” are aggressively converting these jewels of the common good into just another corporate cash cow. This commercialization started with “co-branding”...
August 4, 2015 - 7:29pm
July 29, 2015
Column: Running for office now a gold rush
AUSTIN, Texas — The results of the first election of the 2016 presidential race are already in. It’s the money primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors. In this exclusive election, Jeb is way out front of the GOP pack with a record haul of $100 million,...
July 29, 2015 - 9:33pm
July 24, 2015
Column: Chris Christie -- telling it like it isn't
AUSTIN, Texas — How exciting: Chris Christie put his name on the Republican presidential dance card. He’s No. 14. The big man from New Jersey entered the race with all the chutzpah and hullaballoo that’s marked his five-and-a-half years as governor of the Garden State. In his...
July 24, 2015 - 9:40pm
July 22, 2015
Column: Monsanto hits all the wrong notes
AUSTIN, Texas — The Canadian rocker and master storyteller Neil Young says: “Music is a universal language.” Yes, and when created by a people’s champion like him, music can bring down the high and mighty — just as Joshua’s trumpeters brought down the walls of Jericho. Or,...
July 22, 2015 - 6:30pm
June 10, 2015
Column: Unusual trio fights for what's right
AUSTIN, Texas — Let’s now praise a threesome of odd bedfellows: a Democratic ex-senator, an exiled American citizen and a current Republican senator. I don’t think they’ve ever met, yet their separate efforts over 14 years have now guided our ship of state away from some...
June 10, 2015 - 4:26pm
April 28, 2015
Column: Koch brothers making science history
AUSTIN, Texas — We’ve all seen those touchy-feely TV ads with baby deer, butterflies, and sylvan streams — claiming that some big corporate polluter is nature’s best friend. There’s a word for such hokum: greenwashing. Leave it to the Koch brothers, however, to invent...
April 28, 2015 - 6:55pm
April 23, 2015
Column: Where are the populist Democrats?
AUSTIN, Texas — It’s futile to hope that the GOP’s gaggle of corporate-hugging, right-wing presidential candidates will seriously address the issue of rising inequality in our land. How about the Democrats? Well, Hillary Clinton has warned that “extreme inequality has...
April 23, 2015 - 4:58pm
March 18, 2015
Column: Remembering the Alamo -- 179 years later
AUSTIN, Texas — Good news from the front: The defenders of the Alamo are standing strong, bravely battling the forces of tyranny! Wait… didn’t the Battle of the Alamo take place in 1836? Yes. But history buffs, preservationists, and aficionados of the absurd will be glad to...
March 18, 2015 - 5:26pm