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Family Art Night scheduled during parent-teacher conferences week
Remembering Pearl Harbor: WWII veteran on Oahu when Japanese launched sneak attack
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Area girls basketball roundup: Adrian beats Luverne after slow start
Prep wrestling: Trojans fall in tight battle with W/RRC
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Letter: Local government entities should live within their means
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Letter: There's a third group of Americans, too
Letter: Thanks to organizers of community Thanksgiving
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Looking Back: 1991 -- Wind chills up to 50-below close schools
Homemade granola easier, more affordable than you think
PieLogNog: A holiday mashup of chocolate, salted caramel, eggnog and pecan pie
Change maker: Kevin Donovan pushes Worthington, and himself, to succeed
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December 5, 2013
Column: 'SNAP' decision would increase hunger
By NAN MADDEN, Minnesota Budget Project Nearly six years ago, America suffered a historic financial crisis that led to the most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression. Millions of Americans — including thousands of Minnesotans — lost their jobs and incomes, their...
December 5, 2013 - 12:12pm
Letter: In support of the '5 percent campaign'
By District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne I’m excited to be an ardent and eager supporter of the grassroots campaign to increase funding for the disability community and older adults, known as “The 5 Percent Campaign.” I was also the chief author for a legislative long-term...
December 5, 2013 - 12:08pm
November 29, 2013
Random act of kindness event goes international
By KATRINA STYX, Forum News Service HASTINGS — It started about 16 years ago. Rindy Gahnz was living in Chicago at the time and was on...
November 29, 2013 - 9:08pm
November 28, 2013
As others see it: Review Senate building deal
The Free Press of Mankato A new $90 million Minnesota Senate office building that escaped a rigorous public vetting process before its approval last year should be slowed or halted until it can be reviewed by the Legislature and garner public support. The project was, according...
November 28, 2013 - 9:23pm
November 21, 2013
Column: Saving money and improving the environment
By MINNESOTA DISTRICT 66 SEN. JOHN MARTY ROSEVILLE — In Sauk Rapids and Minneapolis and many other communities, weekly garbage collection means a single garbage truck goes down every residential street to pick up garbage. In contrast, other Minnesota communities have four...
November 21, 2013 - 11:06am
November 15, 2013
Political reaction changed mind on sex offenders
By DON DAVIS, Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Politics made him do it. In essence, that is the reason Gov. Mark Dayton gave for putting the brakes on further sex offender releases. “We are facing this decision together,” the Democratic governor said, while blasting House...
November 15, 2013 - 9:34pm
November 8, 2013
House group hears regional bonding requests during Worthington visit
WORTHINGTON —Three out of four times, Rep. Alice Hausman has to say no. The chair person of the Minnesota House of Representatives Capital...
November 8, 2013 - 9:56pm
November 6, 2013
Column: One session doesn't deter - or derail - our economy
By DAVID C. OLSON, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s economy has been receiving high marks lately. Unemployment is dropping, and tax collections were up in FY 2012-13. We moved to No. 8 on Forbes’ annual list of Best States for Business, up markedly...
November 6, 2013 - 3:29pm
Letter: Taxes being unfairly sought from nonprofit
By Gary G. Prins and Dennis Luitjens, Worthington In Worthington, there is a race track located at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. This track was not in use and grew up in weeds. In the fall of 2003, there was a public meeting at the Elks Club with the help of Worthington Mayor...
November 6, 2013 - 3:24pm
November 5, 2013
Letter: Government costs going up, not down
By Beth Kadoun, Director, Tax and Fiscal Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Minnesota’s price of government is increasing, which is not quite clear in the Oct. 31 story, “Minnesota ‘price of government’ expected to drop.” The price was estimated at 14.7 percent before...
November 5, 2013 - 2:29pm
Column: Candidate - Obamacare must go
By JIM HAGEDORN BLUE EARTH — The Obamacare rollout has begun and the early results are less than exemplary. I will not mince words; Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster. The well-documented bureaucratic bungling and serious implementation problems currently embarrassing...
November 5, 2013 - 2:27pm
October 29, 2013
Column: Working to protect Minnesota seniors
By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar WASHINGTON — For Duluth resident Peggy Hiestand-Harri, it all started when her mother received repeated phone calls promising a Mercedes Benz that would be shipped to her if she would first wire money to Jamaica. Over time these criminals were able...
October 29, 2013 - 10:21am
October 25, 2013
Money needed before new taxes can disappear
By DON DAVIS, Forum News Service BLOOMINGTON — Many Minnesota lawmakers from both political parties want to erase some newly enacted business taxes off the state books, but there is no guarantee that will happen next year. “It’s finding the money,” House Tax Chairwoman...
October 25, 2013 - 8:27pm
October 24, 2013
Letter: QUITPLAN works for those who want to stop smoking
By Diane Gustafson, Luverne As a former smoker, I know that quitting tobacco use can be a struggle. Addiction is a serious matter and my personal journey took me to QUITPLAN Services, a free cessation program available to any Minnesotan, when I decided to quit. I also utilized...
October 24, 2013 - 3:21pm
October 23, 2013
Letter: Look at entire picture when it comes to energy
By District 22 Sen. Bill Weber, R-Luverne My district is the largest wind-producing district in Minnesota. I understand how crucial it is to develop and invest in renewable energy sources. Renewables like wind, solar and biofuels must be part of America’s “all of the above”...
October 23, 2013 - 1:39pm