Franken exit opens way for change

Connor KocklerColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print Sauk Rapids - Rice, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

During the last few weeks, a lot of national and international attention has been focused on our home state of Minnesota. This attention, though, has not been the kind we would have liked to receive. This is of course due to our embattled Sen. Al Franken, who for several weeks now has been embroiled in a series of sexual-misconduct allegations.

Will Vikings make it to championship? Let’s hope so

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This year has been an exciting time for Minnesota football fans. The Vikings are on a roll, multiple wins in a row as of this writing, with a new quarterback and great defense. We’ve beaten several good teams, and are looking to expand our record. Naturally, hushed speculation has emerged. Could Minnesota actually make it to the “the big game?”

Can elephants be saved by killing them?

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Killing elephants to save them? What an appalling oxymoron. Big-game hunters pay thousands of dollars for the “privilege” of shooting elephants or other exotic animals – many of them threatened with extinction. The money, we’re told, goes into conservation funds that help the elephants survive on protected territories where they are guarded against vicious poachers who kill and butcher the

Is it too early for Christmas? Maybe a little

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It comes the time of year again for the holidays. Talk concerning Thanksgiving, Christmas and the approaching new year swirls around. It’s a time for celebration and family gatherings, for sharing gifts and giving thanks for what we have. As I’ve gotten older, it seems like the days keep going faster and faster every year up until this point. It