College time brings excitement, stress

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

The season has come again for talk of college and applications – millions of students writing applications and hopefully waiting for replies back from their favorite schools. It’s truly an exciting time, with a lot of work in picking schools, writing essays and filling in forms. The difference, though, is this year I am one of those students. It’s an

Chilling similarities to massacres

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Maybe too many people are too young to remember. Maybe too many older people are suffering from amnesia. But I, for one, remember Aug. 1, 1966 all too well. I remember it screaming from a huge headline in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. It’s the day a deranged sniper shot to death 16 people and wounded 31 others from his

Should voting be required?

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In my social studies class this last week, I was reminded of an issue that comes up after every election here in the United States. Our country has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the developed world, as Canada and most European countries get well over 60 percent. The United States, by contrast, rarely gets over 50 percent except

How old should candidates be?

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The other day, I heard an interesting thing that made me both hopeful but somewhat skeptical. With a huge number of gubernatorial races coming up next year, often for term-limited incumbents, many candidates have been jumping into contests in states all across the country. In Kansas, though, two of these candidates are particularly interesting. One Democrat and one Republican, 16

Sartell Senior Connection, welcome ‘Home’

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Sartell senior citizens – especially the members of the “Sartell Senior Connection” – are bursting with excitement. And with good reason. At long last, they are about to move into their own senior center, a “home” that is housed in the soon-to-open Sartell Community Center. A senior center is a long-deferred dream finally come true. For at least 20 years,

Check out French-movie festival

Dennis DalmanColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

In the old days, we movie-lovers had to go to theaters to see movies; they didn’t come to us on TV or in video shops or via Netflix. I still thank my lucky stars for the Atwood Theater at St. Cloud State University. (more on that later). Way back when, if we missed a movie playing in the theaters, tough