Precious cultural heritages are constantly under the threat of eradication from intolerant religious radicals. Case in point: Two years ago radical Islamist invaders occupied the city of Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa for 10 months. While in control there, they conducted a sickening assault on that city’s monuments, shrines, religious sites and manuscripts. They were out to destroy anything that
There is a silver lining in the wake of the news about Target accounts being hacked by crooks. The good news is more people are paying attention to the many devious ways these scoundrels breach security. Scott Merritt, an expert in identity theft and CEO of the Michigan-based Merritt and Associates, has some very good, updated tips on how to
Fifty years ago, Feb. 9, 1964, after seeing the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show, my neighborhood was abuzz with conversation. Some alarmed parents, freaked out by the hordes of screaming girl fans, thought the world was coming to an end. They had barely had time to get over the shock of “Elvis the Pelvis” in the 1950s when
Back in 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing a case to determine whether certain publications or movies were pornography or obscenity and therefore illegal under the law. There had been many attempts to get a definitive ruling to make clear what the law could and would allow. It was during that case Justice Potter Stewart made his famous statement.
A Sartell library is, at long last, again the topic of excited conversation. For at least 10 years, a branch library was comparable to a wishful mirage that would appear and disappear in the minds of so many Sartell residents. More than 10 years ago, some dedicated Sartell citizens formed a group called “Friends of the Library,” a group that
We commend Central Minnesota Catholic Worker members and all others involved for their successful efforts at last Sunday’s Joe Town Table, a community meal that organizers hope to conduct on a monthly basis. Despite bitterly cold temperatures, more than 85 attendees ventured to the American Legion to meet and enjoy one another’s company, along with a hot meal. The free
You know you’ve turned into an old-duffer Minnesotan when you find yourself sitting at the kitchen table on a snowy day, discussing the nasty winters of yore. The conversation, windy with bragging rights, goes something like this: “Oh, this winter’s nothing! Winter of 1965. Now that was a bad one.” “Yeah, these kids nowadays are spoiled. Closing schools just because
My father has been gone for several years now. Both he and my mother lived long and happy lives. They were married as very young kids and stayed together for more than 60 years, parting only by their deaths. I bring this up because I have become aware of recent visits from my father. In fact, he seems to show