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Some national sites are also sacred places

December 15, 2014 Some national parks and historic sites are much more than beautiful places and reminders of our heritage as Americans. more »»

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December 13, 2014 Clarifying job duties Fairmont City Council made a couple of good but not unanimously popular decisions this week. more »»

Greater Minnesota to get more attention

December 12, 2014 Research by Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives shows that outstate Minnesota pays 16 percent more in taxes than metro counties and gets back 6 percent less in major tax aids,... more »»

It’s simple: Eric Garner did not have to perish

December 11, 2014 It is difficult to watch the video of the July 17 arrest of 43-year-old Eric Garner without being stunned and horrified. more »»

Remember local stores this shopping season

December 10, 2014 As Christmas draws nearer, many of us cast nervous looks at our shopping lists and wonder how we will get it all done. more »»

Ignoring professionals not good sign for U.S.

December 9, 2014 As leaks from the Pentagon grow in the wake of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to step down, it becomes apparent part of the problem has been White House micromanaging of the military. more »»

Surplus is no reason to go on spending spree

December 8, 2014 Minnesota’s latest state revenue forecast on Thursday had encouraging news for Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers who will write up a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January. more »»

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December 6, 2014 One system works best Martin County commissioners this week defended their decision to adopt a true county assessment system, in the face of frustration expressed by some township officials. more »»

GHEC should do what it must to save costs

December 5, 2014 In Iowa, the state creates incentives for the smallest school districts to combine their operations. The result is the efficient use of buildings, staff and resources. more »»

If Minnesota has lottery, it should utilize Internet

December 4, 2014 The Minnesota State Lottery and state lawmakers are in a fight that begs some questions about the state’s role in gambling. more »»

Obama, Reid ready to play politics, again

December 3, 2014 Time is running out for Congress to act on critical pieces of legislation. more »»

Secretary of Defense turnover not heartening

December 2, 2014 President Barack Obama does not seem to have very good luck in keeping secretaries of defense. The third one of his administration, Chuck Hagel, is resigning. more »»

In this day and age, toy guns can be deadly

December 1, 2014 Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland probably would be alive today had he not brandished a realistic-looking gun when challenged by a police office. more »»

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November 29, 2014 Time to clarify things The Fairmont City Council seems to be confusing itself a bit, perhaps because it hasn’t been clear and on the same page about how it wants to split City Administrator Mike... more »»

They must be kidding

November 28, 2014 White House aides say that if Congress attempts to establish new requirements that the Environmental Protection Agency disclose information such as the scientific basis for its rulings, President... more »»

Military needs reforms

November 28, 2014 Military needs reforms President Barack Obama’s third secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, is resigning. more »»

Company shouldn't be allowed to keep secret

November 26, 2014 It turns out alternative energy companies, supposedly kinder than kind to Mother Nature, have some dirty not-so-little secrets. At least one of them wants to keep it that way. more »»

Why would Democrats choose this pair again?

November 25, 2014 Most Democrats in Congress seem to have learned nothing from the Nov. 4 elections. By repudiating President Barack Obama’s policies, many voters also were being critical of Democrat leaders in the U. more »»

Obama wants to pretend problem does not exist

November 24, 2014 President Barack Obama has an interesting way of dealing with about 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States: Simply declare about half of them are not illegal. more »»

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November 22, 2014 They do well together Martin and Faribault counties have done a good job working together over the years. Their joint Human Services operation has become a model. more »»



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