Opinion

To the editor The recent negative attacks against Congressman Rick Nolan are outrageous (and according to many fact checkers misleading and false as well). Rep. Nolan voted for a $4 billion increase in defense department spending. Also, the accusation that he is “soft on terror” is absolutely wrong. He says that we don’t need “boots [...]

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To the editor Since when is it OK for a train to completely block an intersection for 15 plus minutes, leaving 21 homes, including one group home, inaccessible to police, ambulance and fire crews? I was unable to gain access to Highway 61 from my home Friday morning, as the train servicing the Tiller frac [...]

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To the editor Not long after mayoral candidate Theresa Furman was reelected to the North Branch City Council in 2012, she and new councilor Joyce Borchardt began working with Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan about disbanding the award-winning North Branch Police Department and contracting with the Sheriff’s Department for North Branch Police services. Because of [...]

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To the editor The Farm Market Bill that Rep. Barrett carried this session along with Senator Lourey in the Senate is a good bill. Unfortunately, what’s becoming Rep. Barrett’s calling card is breaking the law, skirting the law or breaking the rules. That’s what he’s done with the Farmer’s Market Bill. His landlords are Greg [...]

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To the editor In late July 2013, a group of North Branch High School students started to prepare for a homecoming tradition that finds it roots in the Midwest back at the days of the end of World War II. It is therefore a celebration of peace, even though the name of the event might [...]

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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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