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Ceylon auction coming up in April

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CEYLON — Ceylon City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ceylon City Hall. All members are urged to attend. There is time for public comments/questions at the beginning of each meeting. If the comment will take more than five minutes or you want to be on the regular agenda, please ...

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Theobald-Schlaphoff’s Congratulations to the Theobald-Schlaphoff family of Sherburn on recently winning the Family Heritage Award from the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. The family has taken daily weather measurements for the National Weather Service as a Cooperative Weather ...

Abbott’s decision: only time will tell

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott did Wednesday what many people would like other governors to do. He threw the state wide open by repealing most of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. He said “100% of businesses are open “100 %,” and dropped the requirement for wearing masks. Did he do it on the ...

Fair, free elections must be the goal

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In states across the country, conservative groups and legislators are pushing legislation they say will make elections more secure. They worry that potential voters don’t trust the process, a worry that should be put to rest by the record-setting voter turnout in the last election. Voters ...

No easy path through Congress

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President Joe Biden’s first big legislative goal is to get a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill through Congress. But even though Democrats have control (barely) of House and Senate, they are proving that their majority is not enough to ram a Democrat agenda through. One issue of contention in ...

Another vaccine is more good news

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With the approval of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, the nation now has a third bullet in the battle against this disease, which has killed over 500,000 Americans. Johnson & Johnson were shipping out the entire stock Sunday night to the states, and injections should ...

Technical trades education is valuable

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Education in the trades has become a growing trend in schools around the country. There is a desperate need for skilled tradespeople — carpenters, electricians, plumbers, welders, and masons — as the older generations of workers retire out of the building trades. For a long time, schools ...

Doing away with capital punishment

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Virginia state legislators on Monday approved legislation to end the death penalty in that state, making it the 23rd state in the U.S. to do away with the practice. It is notable, because Virginia, over the years, has executed more people than any other state. Virginia has come to the ...

Taking a look at natural gas prices

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The U.S. is suffering from an unnatural cold weather storm that has swept into the South, bringing bone-chilling temperatures and causing utility failures that have kept millions in Texas without power and heat. In the midst of all this, natural gas prices have skyrocketed. In Oklahoma, the ...

Immigration overhaul due for rocky debate

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President Joe Biden said, after being sworn in, that one of his priorities would be immigration reform that would offer a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living in the United States illegally. On Thursday, Biden and congressional Democrats proposed a plan to do ...

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Justice Center Earlier this week, Martin County Commissioners approved 2021 representation on Capitol Bonding as they seek further funding for a new justice center. We’re glad the commissioners are continuing with this much-needed project. While some may question further spending after ...

A storm for the record book

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Minnesotans tend to be rather blasé about winter storms in other parts of the country. We are used to dealing with snow, ice and cold and figure people in the South, for instance, where an inch of snow can absolutely paralyze a city, are over-reacting. But the massive winter storm that swept ...

Take a moment to stand with Buffalo

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The shock of last week's shooting at the Allina Clinic in Buffalo is still there, especially for the people of Buffalo and the health care workers in the clinic who were the target of the rampage. Today, we can all do something to show solidarity with Buffalo and the clinic. Allina Health, ...

Stunning images at Trump trial

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The U.S. Senate's impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump may not result in a conviction. Enough Republican senators are hewing to their party line to prevent the conviction. Their minds were made up before the trial began that they would not vote to convict Trump. But this trial ...

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4-H Seminar Kudos to Martin County 4-H Ambassadors for hosting a free virtual seminar for area teens this weekend. Focusing on mental health and well-being, the seminar is meant to help kids find ways to cope with the stress, anxiety, and disappointment caused by the pandemic. Many have been ...

How did Ulrich get hold of a gun?

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We don't know what set off Gregory Paul Ulrich, sending him on a rampage to shoot up the Allina Clinic in Buffalo on Tuesday. But the fact that something was bound to set him off sooner or late was pretty well known by the staff at the clinic and by local law enforcement. The 67-year-old Ulrich ...

Getting better at vaccinating

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Minnesota made a big jump in the rate of vaccinations recently. On Monday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Minnesota jumped from 45th place to 14th in the nation in the rate of doses administered per 100,000 population. That's good news. At least 569,164 Minnesotans ...

Looking ahead to lifting restrictions

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The Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature have been very strident and demanding about lifting the restrictions Gov. Tim Walz has imposed on the state's businesses to curb the spread of COVID-19. They have tried, month after month since last June, to strip the governor of his emergency powers ...

Republican outrage is very misplaced

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If there is any more glaring example of the schism developing in the Republican party, it is the case of Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, voted with Democrats, one of 10 Republicans to do so, to impeach former President ...

State can’t afford not to be ready

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Minnesota is facing a potential powderkeg next month when the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin starts. Chauvin is charged in the death of George Floyd, the incident that sparked nationwide rage over perceived police brutality against Blacks. Chauvin knelt on the neck of a ...