Opinion

by Judge Steve Halsey The Department of Corrections, the state agency which is responsible for prison administration and the supervision of felons on probation, and which makes sentencing recommendations to judges, has considered and implemented alternatives to incarceration over many years. Those in prison for a definite term serve 2/3 of the sentence in prison […]

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to the editor On a fairly typical Saturday morning, my kitchen table was full with a Rush City first grader, three second graders and a fourth grader. I was in the next room when I overheard them talking. The first grader asked the others if they wanted to go outside because “my teacher lives next […]

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We had a wonderful turnout for the first meeting of the Facilities Study Group on Saturday, Oct. 25. A broad range of individuals, including community members, school board members, and staff, took a four-hour tour of the school district facilities in order to better understand the facilities and issues. The tour, given by school district […]

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All right, I know this is the third column in five weeks about our dog, but he is truly entertaining. Well, I guess this column isn’t so much about our nearly 4-month-old corgi, Russell, as it is about the whole “dog owner culture” in general. Before last weekend, Russell had only met a few other […]

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Minnesotans traditionally vote in large numbers during midterm elections. Will the Tuesday, Nov. 4 elections once again place Minnesota among national leaders in turnout? If past history is repeated, the state will again be a leader, much as it was four years ago when the state led the nation in voter turnout with nearly 56 […]

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To the editor Recently I had parent-teacher conferences for my children at Sunrise and North Branch Middle School. As I sat listening and engaging with the educators across from me, I was once again blown away by the caliber of teachers we have here in North Branch. So often, educators hear the negative. There are […]

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