Thumbs up for ‘hands-free’ law

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

Following protracted negotiations between the Minnesota House and Senate, a new law banning the use of cell phones in cars except for if they are being used “hands-free” was voted on recently. Passed by large numbers of both Democrats and Republicans, it was signed into law by Governor Walz, and will now take effect in August. So what does this

Along with news, daily email flood brings scams, spam, quirky claims

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The U.S. Mail once arrived in a stuffed sack worthy of Santa on Christmas Eve. When I started in journalism five decades ago, the daily mail bag delivered news tips, letters from readers and press releases that often provided background information and ideas for stories. When the big bag landed in the newsroom, a clerk would sort each piece, putting

Urban explorers risk injury, arrest for social media fame

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Two popular hobbies – one pursued in the real, physical world and one practiced in the virtual, digital world – converged in Watab Township last week. For years, adventurers have found excitement as urban explorers – roaming through abandoned buildings, caves and tunnels. Media attention and technology popularized and glamorized the activity fueling increased interest. Recent television shows such as

College scam highlights large problems

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It was a shock to many Americans when federal prosecutors in Massachusetts announced charges against 50 people for one of the biggest college admissions scams in American history. As a college student myself, it was disappointing to see a system that advertises itself as being based on merit and effort was being blatantly undermined. Unfortunately, with how important college is