Op-ed Senator Klobuchar: What I want to see in the next farm bill

Christian GilmanColumn, Letter to the Editor0 Comments

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar During the past year I’ve visited dozens of Minnesota’s businesses and farms. All over our state you see “Made in America” isn’t just a timeworn cliche – it’s happening here and it’s happening now. Wherever I go, I’m always reminded of how important farming is to our state’s economy. In fact, you could even say agriculture

Facts don’t lie. Buckle Up!

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial0 Comments

Some might think a reminder to wear your seatbelt is unnecessary. Some might even think to themselves, “I already know it’s important to wear a seatbelt in the front seat.” What about the backseat? The back seat of a vehicle is not off limits. Countless studies have shown lives can be saved by wearing a seatbelt no matter where one

Rep. Hosch explains reasons for not seeking re-election

sproutadminLetter to the Editor0 Comments

Larry Hosch, State Representative Mondays can be a double-edged sword. For many, Monday’s are a dreaded day where we leave the weekend behind and start another long week of work. For me, I have been lucky enough to be given the immense honor and opportunity to represent approximately 40,000 people in Central Minnesota as well as the whole state. I

Stress transparency in government year-round

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, Opinion0 Comments

Saturday (March 17) marks the end of Sunshine Week. You might be asking yourself, “What is Sunshine Week?” This week marks a time when transparency in government is stressed, highlighted and celebrated. Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote discussion of the importance of open government and freedom of information, according to www.sunshineweek.org. The week is not just for

Little things can make a big difference

TaLeiza CallowayColumn, Opinion0 Comments

Have you ever heard the expression, “Appreciate the little things?” No doubt it’s something you have heard a friend or loved one say when encouraging you to take a break from a rigorous schedule, or they might have said it as a gentle reminder. Well, I never really understood the true meaning of that saying until recently. Little things have

Don’t let bloody outrage sully deeds of good soldiers

Dennis DalmanEditorial0 Comments

This latest bloody lone rampage in Afghanistan must not be allowed to cast a shadow on American soldiers or American successes in that country. For more than 10 years, millions of expert, hard-working and courageous military personnel have served overseas – mainly in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. And now, once again, the actions of an obviously demented soldier have caused

Reader says ‘freedom of speech has certain defined limitations’

Christian GilmanLetter to the Editor0 Comments

Joe Blonski, Sartell Freedom of speech is a right that all Americans have to express their ideas (within certain defined limitations). Although I don’t agree with much of what Dennis Dalman places in his columns in the Newsleader, he certainly has a right to express his opinion. Interestingly Pastor Wright’s well-written commentary also doesn’t appear to have any problems with