Opinion

As April opened with wind-driven snow and temperatures that still featured wind-chill readings, Minnesotans longingly looked from their windows waiting for the day when ice-covered lakes would open and fresh-water fishing could resume. It’s a way of life and in Minnesota sport fishing is a $2.8 billion industry of vital importance to the state’s economy [...]

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To the editor: As a client of Riverwood Centers, I am devastated by its closure.  The absence of the services I was receiving has created a huge void in my life and my ability to manage the symptoms of my mental illness. I watch as my peers struggle — one to the point of attempting [...]

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From the North Branch Police Department— The community is encouraged to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of 911 dispatchers during their special week. In the early 1990s, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) received a proclamation to designate the second full week in April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. All police, fire and [...]

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A terrific new movie describes Cesar Chavez, a remarkable American whose influence continues to help Americans – and Minnesotans. Having seen the movie, talked with people who knew Chavez and had a tiny role in his work, I strongly recommend the picture. The movie “Cesar Chavez” was released March 28 and is rated PG-13. Here’s [...]

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My wife and I first started looking for houses about two years ago. It started out as an exciting process with lots of “Oh, I like that,” and “Who the heck would do that to their house?” kind of comments. After a while, it gets kind of frustrating; we probably looked at about 30 houses [...]

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Bullying in schools is real and it needs to be addressed. There’s a bill in the Legislature that would define bullying and prescribe how school administrators should respond to a bullying complaint. Critics say the state should get out of solving bullying problems, while proponents say the present 37-word bill doesn’t go far enough in [...]

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