Opinion

A couple of friends of mine recently move to Florida, and they post photos online of 80-degree days on the beach, while it’s like 8 degrees and snowing here. And here I am, after getting some exercise lifting weights inside or running on our treadmill, thinking, “What should I do with the rest of my […]

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by Judge Stephen Halsey The famous poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost ends with “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” When it comes to criminal court, many offenders could be said to take the path often traveled, the path […]

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Here’s some good news, looking ahead to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s discussions about improving public schools. Two leading Minnesota Senate Democrats described several of their priorities as similar to those described last week by leading House Republicans. While this doesn’t ensure agreement, it’s encouraging that these leaders share some similar priorities. They include a review […]

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Newspapers have unique access to candidates for an insider’s perspective  Some question why newspaper editorial boards bother to endorse candidates for office. In other words, why should newspaper editors tell their readers whom they should vote for? After listening to the wave of candidate advertising that distorts and sometimes lies about a candidate, I am […]

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Contacted on Election Day, two key Minnesota House Republicans offered several priorities in education. Democrats are still the majority in the Minnesota Senate, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton was re-elected, but Republicans replaced DFLers as the majority in the Minnesota House. The legislative process ultimately requires compromises between House, Senate and governor, so it’s likely […]

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The 150-piece bag of candy we bought from CostCo about a week prior to Halloween seemed like a good purchase at the time. Buying in bulk appeared to make sense; it was cost-effective, and we wouldn’t have to worry about running out of candy, like we almost did last year when we got 50-plus trick-or-treaters […]

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