Franken: Celebrating a healthier Minnesota

Christian GilmanLetter to the Editor, Opinion, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

by Sen. Al Franken It has been two years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, and even though it won’t be fully implemented until 2014, millions of Americans and Minnesotans are already enjoying benefits from important provisions in the law. For example, no child in American can now be denied health insurance coverage because he or she has

Restaurateurs face economic challenges, especially skewed licensing fees

jon_y51o5q81Letter to the Editor, Opinion, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

Betzy Gaetz, Owner, Anton’s Restaurant, Waite Park As the state slowly inches out of the recession, Minnesota restaurants and their 178,000 employees are still facing daunting challenges. The improving economy has resulted in soaring food prices; the cost of beef is up almost 12 percent in the last year, while the prices of pork, bread, potatoes and dairy products have

Response to ‘Death raises questions in gun-crazed culture’

Christian GilmanLetter to the Editor, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

Steve Cornett, Sartell Dennis Dalman’s recent column “Death raises questions in gun-crazed culture” proves once again he is looking at things from a very narrow point of view. The reference to the Stand Your Ground law saying it is unnecessary because “if someone kills an attacker because of imminent threat, that fact can be established through an investigation, resulting in

Reader says taxpayers should not fund sexual activities

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Ron Scarbro, Newsleader reader I have no intention of trying to defend Rush Limbaugh. He has fared pretty well so far without my help and he will probably do OK without me now. That having been said, I thought his recent comments were stupid. His choice of words was ridiculous. If you didn’t hear, he basically referred to a young

Op-ed Senator Klobuchar: What I want to see in the next farm bill

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar During the past year I’ve visited dozens of Minnesota’s businesses and farms. All over our state you see “Made in America” isn’t just a timeworn cliche – it’s happening here and it’s happening now. Wherever I go, I’m always reminded of how important farming is to our state’s economy. In fact, you could even say agriculture

Rep. Hosch explains reasons for not seeking re-election

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Larry Hosch, State Representative Mondays can be a double-edged sword. For many, Monday’s are a dreaded day where we leave the weekend behind and start another long week of work. For me, I have been lucky enough to be given the immense honor and opportunity to represent approximately 40,000 people in Central Minnesota as well as the whole state. I