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

Let’s learn about Puerto Rico, which pleads for our help

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That recent terrifying trio of hurricanes brought along with them not only horrific destruction but history lessons. To many Americans, Puerto Rico was always an island somewhere, a vague idea of someplace in the Caribbean. Most of us, I would guess, had forgotten, if we ever knew in the first place, that Puerto Rico is an American territory whose residents

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

Review home fire-safety tips as Fire-Prevention Week nears

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The week of Oct. 8-14 is an ideal time for National Fire-Prevention Week because a higher percentage of dwelling fires happen in the cooler months when the home-heating season begins and kitchen stoves are more in use. And Fire-Prevention Week is the perfect time to review fire-safety reminders with all family members and to take steps to ensure homes and

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

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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