Archive | December, 2012

In some ways, Penny, Pete and Paul were very different. Penny was a blonde, blue-eyed teenager who grew up on a farm in East Central Minnesota, with 10 younger brothers and sisters. Pete, who sometimes colored his hair, lived in a western Twin Cities suburb with his single-parent mom. Paul was a tall, handsome, angry [...]

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For much of a lifetime Chester Hoeft went quietly about his business. His parents immigrated from Germany and settled on a farm just north of Princeton. That’s where Chester was raised. Now 91 years old, there has never been a day that Chester hasn’t considered the farm home. He worked the farm as a boy [...]

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Even if firearms restrictions are approved, which will be a tough fight, leaders will be left wondering what more they can do to prevent a tragedy in their own community such as the one that struck Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14. Why wait for the government to find a solution to attack such a [...]

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While Washington has been teetering on the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a new book suggests better ways exist to manage the nation’s affairs. “The Parties Versus the People,” by former Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards, points out that the Founding Fathers were generally opposed to political parties. They felt that factionalism would be the undoing of the [...]

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In any town, any city, any school and any home, people are trying to make sense of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. And when sense can’t be found, spirituality can’t console and answers don’t satisfy, people turn to blame. Blame can allow anger, can streamline grief and can force the brain to accept what [...]

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Eustaquio Israel Morales-Hernandez stated several times on December 12 that he would rather go to jail than stay with his wife. He got his wish after allegedly throwing a metal food can and a bag of sugar at his wife. Princeton Police responded to 1218 11th Avenue N. that night on a domestic disturbance call. [...]

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