Whose voices should shape the image of Central Minnesota?

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A front-page story in the June 21 New York Times reported on St. Cloud’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigration advocates. It’s not the first time Central Minnesota’s racist and xenophobic attitudes have received statewide and even national attention. In the print edition, the headline read “Resettled refugees unsettle a mostly white city.” The online story carried a more detailed headline: “These People Aren’t

Just a piece of paper holds Americans together

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It’s just a piece of paper….and some ink. On July Fourth, we celebrate that piece of paper – the Declaration of Independence. Written 243 years ago, the 1,323 words declare American values and ideals. These words bind Americans together. You can read it here.  A nation created by ideas, instead of around a common language, religion, ethnicity, race, geography or

Beware the nation’s worst drivers

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Time to drive. We’re heading into the best time of year for motoring to the lake, picnics, parades and sporting events. But beware. When you get behind the wheel, know you are entering the danger zone. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Memorial Day through Labor Day marks the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads. In 2018, that

Letter: Trump’s success will trump Democrats’ hoaxes

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I see our favorite dyed-in-the-wool liberal, Dennis Dalman, has come out of retire-ment to fight against Democratic elections. That’s my take of Dalman’s recent column where he asks if it is time to impeach President Trump. Trump has been investigated for three years and I have yet to hear of one high crime or misdemeanor. There certainly wasn’t a Trump