Opinion

  When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? If you’re like many people, you may not even remember. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of U.S. households that they’re often taken for granted and aren’t tested and maintained. Data from 776 Minnesota fire departments showed that four [...]

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  As a teacher and president of the Milaca Education Association, I have seen both candidates for Mille Lacs County attorney at work in our community, and my choice is Joe Walsh. True leadership is not measured by how long you’ve lived in the community but by your actions. As a member of the Milaca [...]

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A grand piano has landed at the baggage-claim level of the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, continuing the takeoff into the artistic skies. While you are waiting for your flight, you can sit down and play that piano, given by an anonymous donor, or you also can listen to a series of weekly concerts, arranged by the [...]

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Double testing of our high school students is costing Minnesotans millions of dollars. That’s money that could be better spent. What about spending some of those millions on, for example, high-quality early childhood programs? Or on extra-curricular programs? The ACT found many years ago that participation in debate, drama, speech, music and journalism programs was [...]

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  As the Nov. 4 election approaches, we again share some guidelines for submitting letters to the editor in support or opposition of candidates for state and local offices. Letter to the editor Our policy on letters to the editor applies to political letters. Letters must be 350 words or less. All letters must be [...]

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  I’ve heard from many people that certain humorous rumors are spreading about me. The first is that I have promised to hire Jan Jude when I become county attorney. Of course this is false. I am working hard to bring a fresh start to the county attorney’s office. What’s not funny is that if [...]

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  Several weeks ago I had a minor bicycle accident. This was caused by three factors: 1) My front brake cable failed. 2) I was distracted; I was trying to reach for a safety card in my pocket. 3) Fellow bicyclists were biking on the wrong side of the road. This was a reminder to [...]

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