I’m all about the (tax) base

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Man, I love shopping at Target. Mostly, it’s because despite being knee-deep into my 30s, I always love to look at the toys even if my kids aren’t with me. (They don’t like to look at the same toys as me anyway.) But, there’s another reason I prefer making a Target run on my way home as opposed to Walmart;

There’s really no way to save daylight

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After long, dark winters, the time to “spring forward” marks the symbolic beginning of summer. We look forward to long summer evenings enjoying outdoor recreation until well after 9 p.m. As we enter April with golf courses and softball fields covered by snow and with the outdoor temperature more appropriate for downhill skiing than water skiing, the March 11 switch

How to get around a roundabout argument

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Religion and politics. Those are two topics that should never be discussed if you want to keep a conversation friendly and flowing. By bringing up one of those topics, you’ll find everyone has deeply held opinions they will gladly and enthusiastically share. I’d like to add roundabouts to that list of hot topics. The Newsleader staff meets on Friday mornings

Are Trump’s Cabinet exits cause for concern?

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During the last several weeks, there has been much drama in the Trump administration. Early in March, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was pushed out in favor of CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Even more recently, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin was also fired. It’s increasingly becoming a trend, but is it something we need to be concerned about, or

Democracy is not a spectator sport

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Recent local reaction to gun violence in schools has taught us being a citizen in a democracy is not a spectator sport. Shaping the country’s response requires active participation and engagement in civic life. The actions of two central Minnesota women showed two paths among many complicated solutions to the causes and means of gun violence. They both ask each

How slow is too slow on I-94?

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At first it sounds like a great idea. Sen. John Jasinski from Faribault introduced a bill that would penalize slow-moving drivers in the left lane of double-lane roads. We’ve all been frustrated by “slow” drivers in the left lane of Interstate Highway 94 between central Minnesota and the Twin Cities. Under the best conditions, the trip to a Twins game,