State, country make progress in workplace discriminations

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There’s good news for Minnesota in the latest annual report on workplace harassment and discrimination from the U.S. Economic Employment Opportunities Commission. The report clearly shows a steady decline in charges against employers since 2009. Last year, in Minnesota, there were 982 charges of harassment and/or discrimination reported to the EEOC. That’s a decrease of 12 percent since 2012 and

Jet’s disappearance reminds us once again of dark forces afoot

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The baffling disappearance of Flight 370 and its 239 passengers is like something out of that old TV series, The Twilight Zone. In some episodes of that series, people or objects would vanish into another dimension. Flight 370 is just as perplexing, maddening and mysterious as anything in the realm of science fiction. For weeks, questions – questions seemingly without

After March 31, it’ll get better

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In his column attacking ObamaCare on this page, guest writer Ron Scarbro asks, in his headline, “After March 31, what then?” Like all those who act as if our president is evil incarnate, Scarbro is licking his chops at the prospect of Republicans taking control of the Senate and House after the mid-term elections. Perversely, ironically, the giddy naysayers love

Iditarod champs have local ties

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Few people know the famed Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race has connections to St. Joseph and St. Cloud. One of the most arduous, dangerous races in the world, the Iditarod is a 1,200-mile trek from Anchorage to Nome. Dallas Seavey, 26, won the race in record time March 11, his second win in three years. Last year, Dallas’s father, Mitch, won

Raise wage for the young, and for all struggling workers

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Since when did a consensus develop that young people, when it comes to wages, are second-class citizens? In so many recent debates about raising the minimum wage, opponents are quick to point out those who work minimum-wage jobs are mainly young people, in their teens or early 20s, and since they are not primary wage-earners, they don’t need a higher-than-minimum

How can olive oil be ‘extra virgin?’

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What the heck is “Extra Virgin Olive Oil?” I’ve often wondered that. Every time a TV cook used that phrase, I would chuckle. How can any oil (or person, for that matter) be an “extra” virgin? Last I checked, you’re either a virgin or you’re not. Anybody who claims they’re extra-virgin must be a saint in shining armor. The other