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The Minnesota Legislature has the opportunity to right a wrong by repealing a law it passed in 2017 that prohibited local municipalities from enacting bans on one-time-use plastic bags from retail … more
For years, the Minnesota Legislature has done a good job of allowing the sun to shine on the workings of our government. Statutes such as the Open Meeting Law allow residents and the media to … more
Need a practical reason to vote in this Tuesday’s primary election? Then how about this… doing so preserves your right to engage in one of America’s favorite activities— complaining about the … more
The recent comments by some members of the St. Louis County School Board regarding the future of the Tower-Soudan Elementary School suggests that district officials have some work to do in educating … more
Want affordable health care here in America? Apparently, you’d best grow some fur and start walking on four legs. That’s the upshot of the experience of a friend in Tower and his dog Aksel, … more
The number of Minnesotans who lack health insurance coverage is back on the rise after reaching a historic low of 4.3 percent in 2016. Rising health insurance premiums and lack of quality insurance … more
We’re at a watershed moment in American political history. Our Congress — I’m talking about the people’s body, the institution created by our founders, and not just the men and women who … more
Voters in the Virginia, Eveleth, and Gilbert areas are set to vote this coming Tuesday on a $178.5 million school bond referendum designed, in part, to build a massive new, merged high school … more
My mother never raised her voice. She didn’t need to scream or spank. She had guilt: a weapon that cowed the four of us in one glance or quiet word. “Mrs. Fritz should not have had to turn … more
On July 25, I got a call from my grandson asking if I could take him to his SWOP banquet. Even though I wasn’t sure what SWOP was, it was easy to say, “YES”. Our visits have been getting fewer … more
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