How will 2018 be remembered?

Mike KnaakColumn, Opinion, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Protests in the streets. Cries of racism. Conflict in Asia and the Middle East. Chaos in Washington. A description of 2018? Maybe. But that also describes 50 years ago….1968. Commentators have compared this year to 50 years ago as a time of political chaos and civic strife. In 50 years, will people look back on 2018 as another turning point

Yes, Virginia, we do turn into our parents

Dennis DalmanColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

It’s often said we turn into our parents. Thus, in a kind of sweet revenge, they get the last word, the last laugh. Time and again, I hear myself “channeling” my parents’ words and phrases: “Where does the time go?” “Oh sure, you might know!” “If it isn’t one thing, it’s another!” “What is this world coming to?” My parents

Fall election looms over legislative session

Mike KnaakColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes on Feb. 20 for a three-month election-year session. With a wide-open governor’s race and control of the state House of Representatives on the line, the November election will drive the debate. Kicking off the action, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a $1.5-billion bonding bill for more than 218 public-works projects across the state. Later this month, legislators

With Super Bowl over, Vikings spirit lives on

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

It comes around every year, and now it has come and gone again. The Super Bowl, arguably one of the world’s largest sporting events, took place last Sunday between two heavyweight competitors, the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. Like last year, it was a race to the finish, with the outcome hanging on a thread to the very

Human trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl

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Megan Mechelke, representative of the Sartell High School Students Against Human Trafficking Club     The Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as “a form of modern-day slavery” that uses “force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.” In 2012 the International Labor Organization estimated about 21 million people were enslaved globally, 1.5

Encore career takes me back to my roots

Mike KnaakColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

You’ve heard about encore careers? That’s the work in the second half of life after retirement. A lawyer becomes an organic farmer, a stockbroker pursues an encore career as a sculptor…you get the idea. In your encore career, you’re supposed to find a job that provides greater personal meaning and social impact. It turns out my encore career….Newsleaders editor…is pretty