It’s time to talk to strangers

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Don’t talk to strangers. That advice is widely given, especially to children. Don’t talk to strangers because they pose a threat to your safety. Don’t make eye contact. March forward. Avoid the homeless people on the street corner. Don’t exchange glances with politicians looking for votes or with folks ringing bells next to kettles. No commitment. Don’t talk to strangers.

Measures needed to increase turnout, protect the vote

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Minnesotans voted in record numbers on Nov. 6, again leading the nation with the highest voter turnout – almost 64 percent. Stearns County’s turnout reached 70 percent compared with the national average turnout of about 50 percent. That is the highest percentage of voter participation in Minnesota for a midterm election since 2002 and the raw turnout of 2,593,922 was

What are the lessons of elections past?

Mike KnaakEditorial, Election 2018, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

What have we learned in the last two years? As we prepare to vote and then wait for this year’s election results, consider these lessons from 2016. Elections have consequences and every vote counts….just ask the people who stayed home last time or who voted for a protest candidate. The outcome of the last presidential election wasn’t determined by people

Keep it local during Oct. 18 trash pickup

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“If you see something, say something.” That admonition usually applies to airports and other potential terrorism targets. But on Oct. 18, in St. Joseph, those words will apply to refuse. That’s when the city has scheduled the next curbside rubbish pickup and the city is as serious about the warning as any airport security officer. During the last pickup in

Census, redistricting questions are hidden election issues

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The future of Minnesota’s representation in the next decade will be decided with this fall’s elections and with decisions being made now about how Census 2020 will be conducted. How many members of Congress Minnesota will have and how their districts will be drawn will be determined by the census. The decennial count also affects drawing boundaries for other elected