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Local Editorials

Sacklers got off easy

Last week Purdue Pharma, makers of OxyContin and the Sackler family that owns it reached a settlement in a lawsuit over their part in creating the opioid epidemic. The Sackler family will pay $4.3 billion to 15 states, including Minnesota, involved in the suit. Minnesota will receive more than ...

Pity the poor state commissioners

Minnesota Senate Republicans returned this week to a practice they began last summer to punish Gov. Tim Walz for not ceding his emergency powers. When Walz would call a special session to extend the emergency declaration, Republicans, unable to overcome the DFL-controlled House’s votes, would ...

Et Cetera

Brayden Geerdes Kudos to 11-year-old Brayden Geerdes. Brayden has found a unique way to make money by creating and selling decorative gnomes. But far from simply providing himself an extra source of income, he has instead decided that helping others in need brings a far greater reward. We ...

From rescue to recovery in Florida

The hardest thing to lose is hope, especially in a situation like that in Surfside, Florida, where a 12-story condominium collapsed on June 24. The families of those missing have been hoping against hope that their loved ones somehow have managed to find some space and survive. But recovery ...

Rules of justice can be strict

One of the hardest things to imagine about our system of justice is how stringently the rules must be applied. In the U.S. criminal justice system, the defendants are considered innocent until the state can prove them guilty, and the burden of proof can be burdensome. There are rules for ...

Cyber criminals grow more brazen

Over the 4th of July weekend, a cybercriminal gang of thieves struck again, delivering the largest global ransomware attack on record, one affecting thousands of organizations in 17 countries. The attacks are tying up their computers, and the criminals are demanding millions in ransom. This ...