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December 31, 2013
Farm Bill threatens our right to know
By Patrice McDermott, Washington, D.C. Families who live near or share waterways with large corporate farms or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have a critical need to know some basic facts about these operations. The public’s right to this information, however, could...
December 31, 2013 - 12:46am
October 30, 2013
Ask about that child with disabilities and special needs
By Allen Senstad, Alexandria, MN Now that school has started, I’m reminded of my own school days. Back then, kids who were “special” had their own classroom. hen they were allowed out of it, I avoided them. After all, they were different. It wasn’t that I didn’t like...
October 30, 2013 - 9:17am
October 29, 2013
Health care changes are here
By Senator Torrey Westrom, R-District 12, Elbow Lake, MN MNsure, Minnesota’s branch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was officially open for public enrollment on October 1, 2013 and will close March 31, 2014. MNsure is an online website for Minnesotans to search government-organized...
October 29, 2013 - 2:19pm
October 11, 2013
What does a ‘government shutdown’ really mean? Not what you might think
By Hilda Bettermann, Brandon, MN After waiting breathlessly until midnight to see if Congress and the president would avoid a government shutdown, we thought we would do some research on what a shutdown really means. There are many sources for information on the shutdown, including...
October 11, 2013 - 9:05am
September 3, 2013
Commentary - Corn views: Back off the Renewable Fuels Standard; it's working
By Tom Haag, president, Minnesota Corn Growers Association If I told you there was a piece of legislation that has reduced America's dependence on foreign oil by 20 percent, supports 400,000 jobs, adds $43 billion to our gross domestic product, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by...
September 3, 2013 - 10:02am
August 14, 2013
Commentary - A closer look at property tax changes
By State Rep. Paul Anderson, District 12B, Starbuck, MN A newspaper headline this past week declaring that "property taxes could drop" in Minnesota made for interesting reading. Although the figure mentioned, $121 million for next year, was only an estimate, my initial reaction was,...
August 14, 2013 - 12:00am
August 9, 2013
Commentary - Senior Center needs change in management
By Paul C. Anderson, Senior Center Board member, Alexandria, MN I had decided to let the Senior Center issue rest, but after reading the last issue of the Alexandria Senior Center newsletter, I was convinced that I had to defend myself. These three pages in the newsletter are full...
August 9, 2013 - 12:00am
Commentary - Alexandria and diversity
By Tom Obert, Alexandria, MN Some 70 years ago, my father was a student at North High in Minneapolis. Dad recalled the student population at North then to be about one-third white, one-third Jewish (the other whites?), and one-third black. And nobody thought much about it, one way...
August 9, 2013 - 12:00am
July 19, 2013
Commentary - Wealthy aren't only ones paying more taxes
By State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, MN Once upon a time, Democrat legislators and Governor Dayton promised that the rich would be paying more in taxes and that middle and low income Minnesotans would be shielded from the effects of their policies. Now that July has arrived...
July 19, 2013 - 12:00am
July 12, 2013
Commentary - NSI not to blame for financial troubles
By Larry Kroeger, president, Nutrition Services, Inc., Waseca, MN Nutrition Services, Inc. (NSI) has been blamed for the financial troubles at the Alexandria Senior Center for not reimbursing the center fairly for the meals we prepare. Last December, the center asked us to triple...
July 12, 2013 - 12:00am
July 5, 2013
Commentary - Response about senior center is primarily fiction and innuendo
By Roger and Suzanne "Corki" Hegland, Alexandria, MN To ensure there is no misunderstanding here, we are the parents of Devon, the NSI food service manager, and have visited the Senior Center many times. Here is our point by point response to the June 26 Joyce Martinson letter: The...
July 5, 2013 - 12:00am
July 2, 2013
Commentary - Cuts to food stamp program mean more hungry children and families
By Dr. Ed Ivancic, past president of Mississippi Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics The American medical community has been concerned for some time about the reality of hunger and malnutrition in our nation. Nutrition is paramount to health and survival, especially for...
July 2, 2013 - 12:00am
June 28, 2013
Commentary - Senator encourages 'staycations' this summer
By Senator Torrey Westrom, R-District 12, Elbow Lake, MN A staycation is when families and individuals take part in leisure activities close to or at home. This form of vacationing allows for a wide variety of short trips such as visiting local tourist sites, campgrounds and museums....
June 28, 2013 - 12:00am
June 26, 2013
Commentary - Don't judge people; be proud of yourself
By Janel (Mohrmann) Hamilton, Evansville, MN People make mistakes. Accidents happen. Walls are built and opinions are made. I try not to judge someone because of their past and I hope no one would judge me because of mine. I had my son at 15. I was pregnant at 14 and only told one...
June 26, 2013 - 12:00am
Commentary - Esterberg is sounding warning bell
By Joyce Martinson, board president, Alexandria Senior Center This is in response to the article and the editorial concerning the Alexandria Senior Center. The one thing missing from this one-sided account is a response from the Alexandria Senior Center. This is not a personnel...
June 26, 2013 - 12:00am