Time to turn talk into positive action

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Suspicion, fear, anger, even hate. When change and challenges confront us, those reactions sometimes follow. We’re again hearing white nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment across central Minnesota including recent posters on the St. Cloud State University campus and in St. Joseph. Last week, the St. Joseph City Council backed a motion to build “a friendly, inclusive and safe community for all

Fall election looms over legislative session

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The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes on Feb. 20 for a three-month election-year session. With a wide-open governor’s race and control of the state House of Representatives on the line, the November election will drive the debate. Kicking off the action, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a $1.5-billion bonding bill for more than 218 public-works projects across the state. Later this month, legislators