MIAC booting St. Thomas shameful, wrong

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If you can’t beat them, kick them out. This appears to be the main rationale behind the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s decision to remove the University of St. Thomas from participating in its athletics competitions after the spring of 2021. Though as a current Johnnie myself I subscribe to the historic rivalry between St. John’s and St. Thomas, I feel

Thumbs up for ‘hands-free’ law

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Following protracted negotiations between the Minnesota House and Senate, a new law banning the use of cell phones in cars except for if they are being used “hands-free” was voted on recently. Passed by large numbers of both Democrats and Republicans, it was signed into law by Governor Walz, and will now take effect in August. So what does this

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

Soyka sworn in as Stearns sheriff

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photo by Mike KnaakNew Sheriff Steve Soyka takes the oath of office from District Court Judge Sarah Hennesy on Jan. 8. photo by Mike KnaakAn overflow crowd watches as newly elected Stearns County officials were sworn in on Jan. 8. Taking the oath of office were County Attorney Janelle Kendall, Sheriff Steve Soyka, Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels and commissioners Tarryl Clark

We should keep Thanksgiving special

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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the Christmas holiday season is in full swing. However, something I see every year is that Thanksgiving, the traditional American holiday of being grateful and enjoying time with family and friends, is increasingly being absorbed into the Christmas season. Whether you are in favor of this trend or not, I believe it is

Bentrud brings a fresh look to fighting crime

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Steve Vincent, St. Cloud We all want a sheriff who is effective at fighting crime. But fighting crime means more that just enforcing laws and arresting criminals. Fighting crime also means preventing crimes from happening. Anyone who has been a crime victim knows it would have been far better if the crime had never happened. I am supporting Dave Bentrud

Applying lean thinking practices can work both professionally, personally

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During the last year or so, my dad has been reading through a lot of books for work. They’ve had various titles, but they all mentioned lean thinking or the lean workplace. Though I was always interested in learning about the subject, during senior year I never managed to pick one up. During the summer though, with college on the

Minnesota State Fair has impressive history

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  It’s time once again for the Minnesota State Fair. Although, I do have an admission to make. Despite all of the excitement and buzz that is generated around the event each year, I have never been to the State Fair in my memory. My parents took me there when I was about 2, but that doesn’t really count since