Justices should be referees, not players on a partisan team

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During the last few weeks, the country has been living through another momentous, and contentious nomination to the Supreme Court. On July 9, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to succeed the retiring Anthony Kennedy. Almost immediately, the battle lines were drawn and we as a nation will bear witness to another exhausting

Knowledge Bowl great activity for students, area

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We’re in the midst of an exciting season here in Central Minnesota, and no it’s not the massive amount of snow that came down on us in recent weeks. Many school sports and activities have been having their state meets and tournaments. One of these, the State Knowledge Bowl Meet, was held just recently on April 12 and 13. Knowledge

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

Blame game hurts honest gun violence debate

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Connor Kockler After the horrific shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Valentine’s Day, we saw a nation shocked and horrified by yet more scenes of senseless violence. Another 17 innocent lives were lost, and many people’s’ sense of safety, damaged by Sandy Hook and Las Vegas, was further reduced. Once again, the debate over how to best prevent such incidents from

Lieutenant governor debacle spurious, unnecessary

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As many people are aware, an unusually intense political situation continues to brew in our state capital of St. Paul. With the Legislature getting back into session, and the election looming in November, one thing hangs over it all. This is the status of Lt. Gov. Fischbach, and with her, control of the Minnesota Senate. In 2016, as President Donald

The Vikings’ beautiful, lucky win

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What just happened? That was the question that bounced around my mind after the end of the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff game against the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday night. Down 24-23 with just seconds left, my family watched breathlessly as Stefon Diggs caught the last-second pass from Case Keenum and ran it into the end zone. Minnesota goes on