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Serious budget debate begins

March 2, 2015 With the very positive state budget forecast on Friday, which predicts a $1.86 billion surplus over the next budget period, state legislators will begin serious debate on the next state budget. more »»

Override Obama’s veto on Keystone

March 1, 2015 President Barack Obama can provide no scientifically based specific reason for vetoing a bill to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline — but he has killed the measure anyway. more »»

Thumbs Up/Down

February 28, 2015 Bigger surplus THUMBS UP: The State of Minnesota got even better financial news on Friday. The latest ecnomic forecast shows the state budget surplus growing to $. more »»

What would you pay for safe roads?

February 28, 2015 To the editor: I think everyone has heard of Governor Dayton’s plan to fix our roads, bridges and infrastructure. We have all seen the estimate of 16 cents cost increase per gallon of fuel. more »»

If they won’t fix bad roads and bridges, can we at least get warning signs?

February 28, 2015 To the editor: The trucking industry is pushing a bill in the Minnesota Legislature to raise the load limits of semi trucks from 80,000 pounds to... more »»

Compromise is a two-way street

February 27, 2015 President Barack Obama blames Republicans for gridlock in government. They just won’t compromise, he claims. more »»

We can earn friends in other nations

February 26, 2015 President Barack Obama has made it clear he believes the route to peace in our time leads through a campaign of making people in other nations like Americans. more »»

Terrorism by threat

February 25, 2015 The Somalian terror group al-Shabab showed this week how to launch a terror attack using only the Internet. more »»

Farm policy explained(?)

February 25, 2015 By Randy Krzmarzick As a farmer/business owner, I want to speak with you other business owners. more »»

Give more aid to the enemies of IS

February 24, 2015 Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq — with several dozen American volunteers fighting alongside them — have scored notable successes against Islamic State terrorists. more »»

Military spending for individual protection

February 23, 2015 When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, they went in with the most sophisticated technology available. Helicopters, jet fighters, tanks, “smart” bombs, etc. more »»

Obama wrong about terrorists

February 22, 2015 Jobs for Jihadists? Will that be President Barack Obama's new strategy for battling Islamic terrorists? It is a real possibility, in view of Obama's thinking. more »»

Thumbs Up/Down

February 21, 2015 Spelling bee whiz THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Alex Hillesheim, the Cathedral High School 8th grader who finished in second place this week in the Regional Spelling Bee in Mankato. more »»

Keep war authority in place

February 20, 2015 After Islamic terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, members of Congress wasted no time in giving then-President George W. more »»

Thanks for returning wallet

February 20, 2015 To the editor: Thank you to whoever found the wallet at Bockfest and turned it in. Thank you to the police officer who located the wallet’s owner. more »»

Honesty at the Kaiserhoff

February 20, 2015 To the editor: I traveled to New Ulm last Thursday to pick up my granddaughter. My sister came with me and we ate at the Kaiserhoff. more »»

Good company at chili supper

February 20, 2015 To the editor: On Friday, Jan. 23, a friend and I attended a chili supper sponsored by the New Ulm Swim Club. We sat at an empty table. more »»

MNsure audit

February 19, 2015 We really didn’t need the Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s report to tell us the rollout last year of MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange, was a debacle. more »»

Feb. 28 is Rare Disease Day

February 19, 2015 To the editor: Feb. 28 has been designated as Rare Disease Day by the National Organization of Rare Disorders. Living with a rare disease can be challenging, heartbreaking and especially lonely. more »»

Terrorists’ spread a warning sign

February 18, 2015 Neither Iraq nor Syria was the site of Islamic State terrorists' most recent atrocity. It was in Libya that they kidnapped and beheaded nearly two dozen Egyptian Christians. more »»



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