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Editorials

08/21/2019 - 12:20pm
To the editor, In 2015, a majority of McLeod County Commissioners voted to organize a committee to create a McLeod County Trail Plan. The stated goal was to unite McLeod County around trail development. Former Commissioner Sheldon Nies stated that, “It would put everyone in the loop.” At that time, Nies speculated that the county could have similarly benefited from an inclusive committee the...
08/21/2019 - 12:17pm
By Lee Hamilton There are a lot of reasons why Congress finds itself hamstrung in Washington and discounted by the people it serves at home. These include long-term trends over which it has little control: The political polarization of the country; the oceans of money that get dumped into the political process; the push by successive presidents to...
08/21/2019 - 12:16pm
In the late-1990s, the Minnesota Legislature granted Minnesota’s 87 counties the opportunity to impose an additional sales tax upon themselves to pay for transportation or transit. One could argue the measure was the legislature’s way of granting a potential funding mechanism to counties with a greater demand for transportation projects than the...
08/14/2019 - 1:33pm
Social media is just like mom’s apple pie. It's not good to eat a whole pie every day. Over 3 billion people are social media users worldwide. While social media helps keep the world connected, social media addiction is becoming a global problem that keeps growing. As of 2018, one-third of the global population used social media. Internet and...
08/14/2019 - 1:31pm
Years ago, fire departments routinely selected their members and leaders via election. It was, at the time, the accepted modus operandi. Times change. Earlier this year, the leadership of the Glencoe Fire Department approached the city and asked about changing the way the department formally selects its members and its leaders. The request was to...
08/07/2019 - 11:40am
By Gov. Tim Walz Whether driving up to the cabin, carpooling kids to camp, or towing your boat to the lake, Minnesotans spend much of the summer on the road. From these busy final weeks of summer to the dead of winter, we must do everything we can to ensure our families arrive where they’re going safely. That is why I signed three bills into law...
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