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

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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

Fischbach’s new role needs Constitutional solution

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Constitutions are meant to be vague. Those documents are foundations for our state and national governments. They set down the basic principles and powers of our governments. The legislature, executive and courts decide the details. That works fine until something odd happens. Something odd has happened and it’s time for an update to Minnesota’s Constitution. The chain of unusual events

White-nationalist group puts up poster ignorance

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Silence can implicate us. It can make us complicit when we know something is wrong, but we do not speak up against the wrong. We all know extreme cases of that – Nazi Germany, to name one. On Jan. 17, many St. Joseph residents woke up to see “White Nationalist” posters stapled to telephone poles. Similar posters have been popping

Know the facts on government shutdown

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It’s official, for the first time in almost five years, the federal government of the United States shut down. In a last-ditch vote on Friday, Jan. 19, the Senate voted 50-49 to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government in Washington for an additional month. How did this happen, and how does this affect you? Those questions, and some

Pets can suffer from cold as much as people can

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With recent brutal below-zero temperatures, we should all remind ourselves every day and night that pets get cold, too. In fact, like humans they can easily get frostbite or even freeze to death when temps dip dangerously low. The problem of dogs suffering or dying in the cold has become of such concern that many states have now passed laws