Rep. Emmer, we’d like to see you

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Has anyone seen Rep. Tom Emmer? Our Sixth District representative is running for re-election and like all members of Congress, he just completed a two-week break over Easter. March for Our Lives organizers urged members of Congress to conduct town halls during their recess to discuss gun-safety legislation. Emmer didn’t take up the challenge, but his Democratic opponent, Ian Todd

There’s really no way to save daylight

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After long, dark winters, the time to “spring forward” marks the symbolic beginning of summer. We look forward to long summer evenings enjoying outdoor recreation until well after 9 p.m. As we enter April with golf courses and softball fields covered by snow and with the outdoor temperature more appropriate for downhill skiing than water skiing, the March 11 switch

Democracy is not a spectator sport

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Recent local reaction to gun violence in schools has taught us being a citizen in a democracy is not a spectator sport. Shaping the country’s response requires active participation and engagement in civic life. The actions of two central Minnesota women showed two paths among many complicated solutions to the causes and means of gun violence. They both ask each

Government operates best in sunshine, not darkness

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Every March, journalists celebrate Sunshine Week. It’s not about a Florida vacation but more importantly about the public’s right to know about what our government is doing in our name. Government works best for all of us when it operates in sunshine, not darkness. Journalists constantly challenge government officials for access to documents and meetings. But this effort is not

Food shelves need your help all year long

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Assigning a month to a cause or concern serves to bring attention and focus engagement. That’s the case this month with hunger and food shelves. The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign helps stock almost 300 food shelves statewide. In 2017, more than $8 million and 4.7-million pounds of food were donated. FoodShare gathers a pool of incentive funds donated by huge

Time to act on 15-year-old school safety report

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It’s no surprise that gun safety measures aren’t going anywhere fast in Washington, D.C., or St. Paul. Republicans have shown little interest in action. In St. Paul, a sixth measure gun-related bill has been introduced by five House Republicans that would allow trained and permitted school staff to carry firearms. It’s HF3286 and no committee action has been scheduled. Like

Stearns sheriff race shaping up on ballot

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Stearns County will elect a new sheriff this fall. The race should be one of the most interesting and most important on the November ballot. For the first time since 2002, there won’t be an incumbent sheriff on the ballot. When John Sanner retired a year ago after serving for 14 years, the county board appointed Donald Gudmundson to fill