Opinion

As April opened with wind-driven snow and temperatures that still featured wind-chill readings, Minnesotans longingly looked from their windows waiting for the day when ice-covered lakes would open and fresh-water fishing could resume. It’s a way of life and in Minnesota sport fishing is a $2.8 billion industry of vital importance to the state’s economy [...]

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A terrific new movie describes Cesar Chavez, a remarkable American whose influence continues to help Americans – and Minnesotans. Having seen the movie, talked with people who knew Chavez and had a tiny role in his work, I strongly recommend the picture. The movie “Cesar Chavez” was released March 28 and is rated PG-13. Here’s [...]

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Catholic Charities Senior Dining wishes to acknowledge the grant of $1,276 made to our senior dining site in Milaca by the Central Mille Lacs United Way. This grant will support congregate dining and Meals on Wheels in Milaca, which in 2013 served over 300 local seniors. In an effort to help senior citizens live healthy, [...]

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Six high school students spoke out last week, and legislators listened. As college costs rise, families are looking for ways to help youngsters be better prepared and earn college credits while still in high school. Richfield High School students Sam Petrov, Beisite Wang, Henry Hoang, Wendy Hughes, Michelle Nguyen and Cherish Kovach – most of [...]

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While serving this community as mayor over the last few years, I have tried to keep what is best for all citizens of Milaca in mind and tried to encourage people to be civic minded in their actions.  It is with these things in mind that I was happy to see people coming together for [...]

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By Sen. Matt Schmit (D-Red Wing) “Wait until next year” has been a common refrain at the State Capitol in recent years. It drove a lost decade of deferred maintenance and underinvestment. It spawned short-term budgeting that turned us into short-term thinkers. When it comes to rural broadband access, though, waiting only puts us further [...]

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Good health is the most basic human need and essential to success and prosperity. The idea that health care should be available to everyone at an affordable price seems easy to support. But achieving that has become a divisive issue in this country, with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act. Before it went into [...]

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