Opinion

If one could wave a magic wand and reduce the number of tobacco smokers by more than 10 percent, the percentage of adult alcoholics by 12 percent, the percentage of those suffering from chronic depression by more than half, most people would do so. Although no magic wand exists, finally society is getting a grip [...]

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    My wife, Marlene, and I weren’t on a mission trip when we visited Guatemala June 18-26, though we brought two suitcases with items Marlene packed for an elementary school. It is in the town of San Pedro La Laguna, where our daughter, Bailey, has been enrolled in a Spanish immersion school this summer, [...]

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I am writing this letter on behave of the Princeton Pantry. As most of you know, the Pantry serves the families in need of groceries that live in the Princeton school district. We are able to help these families because of donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. We also receive grants from organizations such as [...]

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Last November, 35 candidates ran for mayor Minneapolis under a ranked-choice voting system. It took 33 rounds of vote counting before a winner was declared. One would think with 35 candidates in the race, it could get nasty, with many candidates going negative against the perceived front-runners. That never happened, and ranked-choice voting is widely [...]

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As many in the community know, I have been very involved in trap shooting since five of us built the old Rum River Gun Club in 1966. I am pleased to see the interest in the new high school trap-shooting team and the excellent coverage of this sport given to them by the Union-Eagle. Many [...]

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Remember when WCCO Radio featured a spoof on “Minnesota Hospital” and boasted Minnesota was “a good state to get sick in”? Well, it turns out that by most measures, Minnesota is a good state to stay well in. According to a study by United Health Foundation, Minnesota ranks third by many measures. The latest indication [...]

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A teacher’s recent email note to me asking for information about cyberbullying triggered powerful, unhappy memories. Her inquiry led me into the fascinating world of “cyberbulling.” The more I learned, the more convinced I became that this definitely is something families should discuss with youngsters this summer, if they haven’t already. My unhappy memories include [...]

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