Guest column: Chisum deserves praise for soil testing stand

Mike KnaakColumn, Letter to the Editor, Print Sartell - St. Stephen0 Comments

Phil Ringstrom, Sartell I believe council member Mike Chisum should be commended for pulling the “engineering and soil testing item” regarding the Sauk River Regional Park  from the consent agenda during the Jan. 28 Sartell City Council meeting. When an elected representative performs his/her due diligence, their effort should be praised for representing their constituents and democratic principles. One year

Emmer aims to get out front on blockchain technology legislation

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Technological innovation moves fast. Today’s hot new gadget is tomorrow’s candidate for recycling. It’s tough to keep up with 4K, 5G, AI and VR. No place is that struggle more obvious than in government. Legislation and regulation moves slowly as the gears of government creak. Meanwhile, technology and the marketplace determine what “rules” govern how the latest inventions operate. Two

The 30 percent should pay for ‘The Wall’

Dennis DalmanColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

We shouldn’t have to wonder any longer why President Donald Trump shows such high-five admiration for thugs posing as national leaders – that rogue’s gallery that includes Vladimir Putin, Kim Jung-Un, Recep Erdogan and Rodrigo Duterte. Trump apes their autocratic attitudes. His declaration of a “national emergency” over his obsessive fixation on “The Wall” puts him square in the camp

Guest column: Missing facts harm fair reporting

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Ron Stewart, St. Joseph I was fascinated by the opinion piece by Mike Knaak, “News has no ‘sides.’ Only facts” and came away thinking, if only this were true. Why do I question his supposition? The answer is easy and obvious: Whose facts? Which facts are presented and which facts are omitted?  There is a reason the news media is

Future professional journalists honored at a difficult time

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When 500 of Minnesota’s small-town reporters, editors, advertising sales people and publishers gathered for the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention in Bloomington in late January, they began their awards program by focusing on the future of journalism. The awards program did not start with announcing the awards from the more than 4,100 entries in the annual Better Newspaper Contest, but

Guest column: Catholic Church should be investigated as an organized crime group

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by Rob Schwegel, St Joseph The FBI defines Transnational Organized Crime as groups that are self-perpetuating associations of individuals who operate, wholly or in part, by illegal means and irrespective of geography. They constantly seek to obtain power, influence and monetary gains. TOC groups’ primary goal is economic gain and they will employ an array of lawful and illicit schemes to generate

Make political campaigns shorter

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

Over the last few weeks, we have seen more than a half dozen Democrats declare or signal their runs for the White House in 2020. This list includes well-known names such as Elizabeth Warren, as well as relative newcomers such as Kamala Harris and Julian Castro. The stage is being set for a race with huge numbers of Democratic candidates

News has no ‘sides,’ only facts

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Smartphone apps are supposed to make life easier, to solve daily challenges. Apps help us connect with friends, track our steps, keep us from getting lost and find cheap tickets to our favorite entertainment. So it’s no surprise that now there’s an app to help us deal with so-called Fake News. You may have seen the ads on television for