Opinion

by Judge Stephen Halsey Frequently, we see surveys in the news about the various professions and occupations and how the public views them.  A 2010 Gallup poll rated nurses, military officers, and pharmacists 71-81 percent high or very high for honesty and ethics, while members of Congress, business executives, and lawyers rated only 9-17 percent high […]

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It appears Minnesota Republicans are gearing up for a battle to give the state’s 80 outstate counties more legislative benefits. Republicans pulled a big surprise, capturing 11 seats and taking over leadership in the House of Representatives. Ten of the 11 were won in outstate districts. Most pundits, including this writer, anticipated the battle for […]

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One of my saddest and happiest days in school was the first day I wore my glasses, in the third grade. I already disliked my ears, which stuck out, and now I was the only kid with glasses. I felt super ugly and hated the idea of going to school. Fortunately, a teacher intervened. She […]

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My favorite plants of interest are raspberries and blueberries, followed by houseplants. However, my track record with keeping houseplants is lousy. We have an old farmhouse surrounded by trees, so the adequate sunlight is limited and it’s really hard to keep the house as warm as most houseplants need it. Looking through a past issue […]

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A couple of friends of mine recently move to Florida, and they post photos online of 80-degree days on the beach, while it’s like 8 degrees and snowing here. And here I am, after getting some exercise lifting weights inside or running on our treadmill, thinking, “What should I do with the rest of my […]

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by Judge Stephen Halsey The famous poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost ends with “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” When it comes to criminal court, many offenders could be said to take the path often traveled, the path […]

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