Opinion

  To the Editor:   As we celebrate our nation’s birth this July 4th, it is also worth celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Wilderness Act has protected many special places in America. Federally-designated Wilderness Areas provide world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, and a healthy habitat for wildlife. That’s why Congress should [...]

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By Alisa Reckinger Guest Columnist   Before you throw something away, ask yourself if there’s an opportunity to reuse or recycle. Picking the green choice will help lower the amount of material going into landfills — 3 million tons will be thrown in Minnesota this year. Reduce: Less to begin with is part of the [...]

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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   “Breaking Bad” TV show actor Steven Quezada had several strong messages for about 4,000 educators recently gathered to discuss charter public schools. At a conference sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (publiccharters.org), Quezada began, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for recognizing that children learn in [...]

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Nine years ago, I answered an ad for a reporter. It seems like yesterday, but all the telltale time markers suggest that this is not the case. A lot can change in this many years. And, just as interestingly, a lot can remain the same. I’ve been lucky enough to witness change and growth in [...]

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By Matthew Davis Sun Post Newspapers   With the spring sports season finished, it seems the perfect time to have a change of pace. Reading a couple letters to the editor in another newspaper inspired me to write this. A gentleman suggested that the NFL’s Washington Redskins should change it’s name to the Washington Pigskins. [...]

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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   One of my favorite family memories is sandbagging by the St. Croix River with two of our children. It comes to mind as we enter summer and the 4th of July holiday – a holiday celebrating the sacrifice and selflessness of others. One of the most important things a [...]

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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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By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS   I want to put in a good word for the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care systems because I am getting some of their services. Amid all the alarm and political backlash about the VA medical facilities and service in other states, my experience has been positive both in promptness [...]

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