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Opinion

From pets to pests

Local Editorials

An interesting news item from Burnsville this week recounts the problem of lunker-sized goldfish taking over Keller Lake. Apparently people have been dumping their no-longer-wanted pets into the lake and the cute little finny friends are growing into football sized pests that tend to root up ...

Another inglorious retreat for U.S.

Local Editorials

The lessons of Vietnam were ignored during the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, and the result gives truth to the saying that those who ignore history are bound to repeat it. President Joe Biden is pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, nearly 20 years after they first went in to dismantle ...

Sacklers got off easy

Local Editorials

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

Local Editorials

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

Local Editorials

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

Local Editorials

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 ...