Don’t hate those who disagree with you

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Rick Schultz, St. Joseph mayor Rick Schultz, St. Joseph mayor Occasionally…not very often, I feel compelled to voice my humble opinion to the masses.  This time I feel an obligation to react, not emotionally, but rationally to the ever, ongoing events which seem to be tearing us apart. To date, I’ve never received as much incendiary mail as I have

Is an ice arena a park?

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Robert Schwalboski, Sartell In a recent letter to the editor by Commissioner Joe Perske, he voiced his concern about the Sartell City Council’s approval of supporting the replacement of the outdoor ice rink with an enclosed version. Granted the city is only “contributing” to the cost while Scheels is providing most of the funding for naming rights, but Sartell is

With no defense, we must accept Covid-19

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Denis Grossen, Sartell We are not containing Covid-19 and nobody is nor will in the foreseeable future. It is long overdue for the so-called experts to admit their ignorance and incompetence. Forecast after forecast and model after model have been proven false. The governor of New York state was screaming day after day for 30,000 ventilators and more hospital beds

Columns give reader hope

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  Juliana Howard, St. Joseph In these hard times, I was stirred with hope after reading the June 26 issue of The Newsleaders. Both Opinion columns by Mike Knaak and Dennis Dalman should go viral. I am proud of you both for calling us to take action too…separate fact from fiction….keep expressing our collective outrage. I also appreciated your giving space

Council needs to reconsider arena plans

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Joe Perske, Sartell The recent decision by the Sartell City Council to use $1.5 million of city funds for the construction of a second sheet of ice at Pinecone Regional Park needs transparency and reconsideration.  The proposed plan also includes the demolition of the existing park shelter and removal of the existing outdoor rink. Pinecone Regional Park was designed for

A better plan for removing statues

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William Todd Manske, Sartell The present-day Minnesota Twins organization has removed the statue of former owner Calvin Griffith. Let’s be smart about this national preoccupation with statue removal and just make all statues illegal, especially religious ones. If we are smart about this, we could talk the state of Nebraska tourism folks into buying them, crushing them, painting them and