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

How will 2018 be remembered?

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Protests in the streets. Cries of racism. Conflict in Asia and the Middle East. Chaos in Washington. A description of 2018? Maybe. But that also describes 50 years ago….1968. Commentators have compared this year to 50 years ago as a time of political chaos and civic strife. In 50 years, will people look back on 2018 as another turning point

2 killed, 2 injured in CR 2 collision

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Two people from Utah died in a two-car collision on Stearns CR 2 near Island Lake Road north of Cold Spring Wednesday morning. The collision occurred when a driver traveling south lost control and slid sideways into the northbound lane about 8 a.m., according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle crashed in the ditch and rolled. Cody Randall,

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