Guest column: Missing facts harm fair reporting

Mike KnaakColumn, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Ron Stewart, St. Joseph I was fascinated by the opinion piece by Mike Knaak, “News has no ‘sides.’ Only facts” and came away thinking, if only this were true. Why do I question his supposition? The answer is easy and obvious: Whose facts? Which facts are presented and which facts are omitted?  There is a reason the news media is

Clean up after your pet

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Daryl Stevens, Sartell While on a morning run Jan. 11, I tripped on a pile of frozen dog poop. This occurred on the 12th Street running path, about 25 yards east of Pinecone Road in Sartell. This caused serious injury to my left shoulder. I think most dog owners are responsible for their dogs. The city of Sartell does a great

During extreme cold, more chilling news for Minnesotans

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In the midst of the coldest weather in 25 years, Minnesotans heard more chilling news on Jan. 29 from the country’s top spies. Buried in the national intelligence chiefs’ 42-page assessments of worldwide threats were several paragraphs that demand urgent attention. The report says Russia and China have the ability to cripple gas and electric supplies now. Utilities and government

Future professional journalists honored at a difficult time

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When 500 of Minnesota’s small-town reporters, editors, advertising sales people and publishers gathered for the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention in Bloomington in late January, they began their awards program by focusing on the future of journalism. The awards program did not start with announcing the awards from the more than 4,100 entries in the annual Better Newspaper Contest, but

Guest column: Catholic Church should be investigated as an organized crime group

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by Rob Schwegel, St Joseph The FBI defines Transnational Organized Crime as groups that are self-perpetuating associations of individuals who operate, wholly or in part, by illegal means and irrespective of geography. They constantly seek to obtain power, influence and monetary gains. TOC groups’ primary goal is economic gain and they will employ an array of lawful and illicit schemes to generate

Make political campaigns shorter

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Over the last few weeks, we have seen more than a half dozen Democrats declare or signal their runs for the White House in 2020. This list includes well-known names such as Elizabeth Warren, as well as relative newcomers such as Kamala Harris and Julian Castro. The stage is being set for a race with huge numbers of Democratic candidates