Opinion

When I saw a big, red blob on the television weather radar in western Minnesota late Monday, indicating heavy rain, I felt like clapping and cheering at the television. My excitement about the precipitation was stifled Tuesday morning, however, as I checked online to find it didn’t rain at all in the North Branch area [...]

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To the editor It may not be skullduggery, but it feels that way. Our city council and mayor want to solve the city’s debt problem that will require a huge balloon payment soon. They ask: Who will save us from the indebtedness that  previous councils, mayors and city planners brought upon us when they foolishly [...]

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To the editor If the council is so set on going against the majority that has objections to the silica sand project, then let it be put on a referendum so we can decide our futures.  You are compounding a mistake on the ESSBY project by rushing in with another. There is a disease called [...]

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From the Office of  Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson Most sweepstakes scams have a few things in common. They claim that the recipient has won, or is about to win, a large cash prize. And they try to get the recipient to pay money, often supposedly to claim the bogus prize. Don’t play along. The [...]

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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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To the editor Sean Nienow, our district representative in the Minnesota State Senate who was elected to serve us and speak for our best interests, seems to be missing. On June 24, the North Branch Chamber of Commerce organized a legislative update in which our elected representatives from the Minnesota House and Senate were to [...]

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