Commentary Highlight

Hope for a Vikings stadium deal this legislative session waxed and waned this week, the result of irresolute or ornery legislators who seem to reflect the conflicted views of their constituents. But the rush to assemble a stadium funding package did expose a problem that deserves fixing, with or without a stadium package. Minnesota’s charitable [...]

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Some legislators want to push ahead with bills, and a favorite topic is welfare. This session is no exception with legislators introducing bills among other things to require those receiving benefits to be tested for drugs. Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, who is the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee chair, conducted a hearing on [...]

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No one should be surprised by the need for redevelopment of the Northland Mall site on south US-61 in Forest Lake. The 30-year-old mall has never been a bonanza for its owners and today the mall sits 90 percent vacant. Plans by PACE Development to anchor the mall with a new MarketPlace Foods have not [...]

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By Cliff Buchan It’s only been in recent years that I’ve become fully aware of the need and personal responsibility to say thanks to Vietnam veterans. It’s the war of my generation and in the years that it raged to its most brutal levels, I was safely removed, a college student watching from afar. In [...]

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At a time when more people than ever are using their community libraries, the funding gradually is being reduced. A good library is essential in a community now more than ever when people cannot afford to buy books and more people are using its computers, downloading E-books and checking out audio materials. At this time, [...]

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