Let’s learn about Puerto Rico, which pleads for our help

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That recent terrifying trio of hurricanes brought along with them not only horrific destruction but history lessons. To many Americans, Puerto Rico was always an island somewhere, a vague idea of someplace in the Caribbean. Most of us, I would guess, had forgotten, if we ever knew in the first place, that Puerto Rico is an American territory whose residents

Review home fire-safety tips as Fire-Prevention Week nears

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The week of Oct. 8-14 is an ideal time for National Fire-Prevention Week because a higher percentage of dwelling fires happen in the cooler months when the home-heating season begins and kitchen stoves are more in use. And Fire-Prevention Week is the perfect time to review fire-safety reminders with all family members and to take steps to ensure homes and

Beware of latest ‘solution’ to health-care coverage

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Why do U.S. congressional tinkerers keep thinking that taking health-care coverage away from millions of Americans is a way to improve health care? The latest self-contradictory “solution” is a bill being proposed by Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. That culinary duo has cooked up a plan that is no better – and in many

The fate of the ‘Dreamers’ awaits action by U.S. Congress

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The fate of up to 800,000 young people is now up to the U.S. Congress. Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump announced, via one of his tweets, he intended to end DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Later, in another tweet, Trump seemed to soften his position a bit, but in the meantime U.S. Attorney General Jeff

Check out programs offered at St. Cloud Library

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It’s a shame there is no branch library in St. Joseph. The St. Cloud-based Great River Regional Library System has 32 branch libraries in cities in six counties. Well, who knows?, someday St. Joseph might be fortunate enough to become one of those branch-library cities. In the meantime, St. Joseph residents should take some time to become acquainted with the

Hurricane Harvey has lessons for us all

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When it comes to weather catastrophes, we who live in Minnesota are lucky. Yes, we sometimes face life-threatening tornadoes and blizzards and even some very minor earthquakes – faint rumbles, cracked windows. However, we don’t experience the raging, out-of-control fires so common in the Southwest and in California or the rare but horrific quakes in that state. And, thank goodness,

Minnesota ranks near top of bike-friendly states

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There are many people who, when they think Minnesota, they think bicycles. That is because Minnesota is ranked as the second most bicycle-friendly state in the nation, according to the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, also known as BikeMN. Washington, incidentally, is the most bike-friendly state. Delaware is third. Not only is Minnesota crisscrossed with a series of excellent scenic biking-hiking