Opinion

The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act has been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and is now state law. The act establishes structure and detailed definition of bullying behavior. “Bullying” means “intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive. . .” The act is specific in detail and defines [...]

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Gov. Mark Dayton said April 10 that soon he will no longer need crutches and is not feeling any pain from his hip replacement. During a recent interview with the ECM Editorial Board, the governor obviously also wasn’t feeling any political pain. Most of the major bills – the tax bill, increase in the minimum [...]

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I recently read an article about ordinances in some states that make annoying conduct illegal. Such ordinances have frequently been found unconstitutionally vague and, therefore, unenforceable. A least one Minnesota city had its “no loud music” ordinance found unenforceable because of vagueness.  Why should it be illegal and chargeable for teens to play loud rock [...]

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If giant hillbillies arm wrestling at various venues throughout the southern United States isn’t entertainment, I don’t know what is. Wait, check that; that’s not entertainment, it’s just sad. I wish I were making up the fact that there’s a show on cable and satellite television called “Game of Arms.” This reality show follows groups [...]

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With election season upon us, and the candidate filing period underway, we feel it is a good time to let our local candidates and our readers know how we plan to handle this season’s election coverage. ECM Publishers Inc., the parent company of this newspaper, believes coverage of elections from start to finish is important. [...]

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“Simple Choices” is one of the wisest, most humble and helpful books for parents that I’ve read in a long time. It’s written by Lisa Graham Keegan, a nationally recognized educator and political leader who has had to deal with her father’s desertion of the family, discovery that she is carrying a genetic disorder and [...]

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