Don’t place all eggs in one basket holds true for finances, advertising

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By day, I’m a mild-mannered newspaper guy. But by night… I’m a dad. But by later that same night, I have a secret identity; I am a cartoonist. (St. Joseph readers have seen my latest strip created exclusively for this paper.)  One of the important facets of making my content in the future (read “future” in a dramatic voice) is making sure

I’m all about the (tax) base

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Man, I love shopping at Target. Mostly, it’s because despite being knee-deep into my 30s, I always love to look at the toys even if my kids aren’t with me. (They don’t like to look at the same toys as me anyway.) But, there’s another reason I prefer making a Target run on my way home as opposed to Walmart;

How to get around a roundabout argument

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Religion and politics. Those are two topics that should never be discussed if you want to keep a conversation friendly and flowing. By bringing up one of those topics, you’ll find everyone has deeply held opinions they will gladly and enthusiastically share. I’d like to add roundabouts to that list of hot topics. The Newsleader staff meets on Friday mornings

Are Trump’s Cabinet exits cause for concern?

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During the last several weeks, there has been much drama in the Trump administration. Early in March, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was pushed out in favor of CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Even more recently, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin was also fired. It’s increasingly becoming a trend, but is it something we need to be concerned about, or

How slow is too slow on I-94?

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At first it sounds like a great idea. Sen. John Jasinski from Faribault introduced a bill that would penalize slow-moving drivers in the left lane of double-lane roads. We’ve all been frustrated by “slow” drivers in the left lane of Interstate Highway 94 between central Minnesota and the Twin Cities. Under the best conditions, the trip to a Twins game,

Morals, sex used to matter in politics

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Poor old Nelson Rockefeller. I’ve been thinking of him lately. Here’s why. My interest in politics and political journalism dates to the mid 1960s. In September 1968, Rockefeller visited St. Cloud, making him the first national politician I saw in person. In those days, the St. Cloud airport was on the north side. Now its former hangers house the Whitney

St. Patrick’s Day is about more than green beer

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by Connor Kockler Recently, an invasion of green in what has otherwise been a white winter took over the United States. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a spell of warm weather, but an event we know as St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday with an interesting history.  If you’ve heard about St. Patrick, you may have encountered the story in which he banished