Justices should be referees, not players on a partisan team

Connor KocklerColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print Sauk Rapids - Rice, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

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

Toxins deadly as flames for firefighters

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 Lifesaving firefighters are risking their own lives – not necessarily because of flames and smoke but because of carcinogens. In the years after the terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001, doctors began noticing an alarming increase in cancers among the many firefighters on the scene that horrific day. We have since learned it’s not just the NYC firefighters;

Back on the trail, Pawlenty campaigns by asking questions

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Not all political campaigning happens at rallies for thousands of supporters or in summer festival parades. Sometimes, politicians seek votes in very small informal groups. Recently, I followed Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Fischbach on two St. Cloud visits focused on jobs and workforce development. Pawlenty served two terms as governor, from 2003 to 2011. He bypassed the state Republican convention

World Cup finding its way into Americans’ hearts

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Every four years, one of the largest sporting events in the world takes place, with billions of fans from around the world watching. Many teams, though starting with high hopes, are faced with some of the toughest competition the globe has to offer, leaving only one champion. No, this isn’t the Olympics, but the FIFA World Cup, the world’s most