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Program gives away 200th car; 'I can better provide for myself,' recipient says
Minn. regulators find toxic children's jewelry
Stepping up for shoppers: Retail management certificates pay off in the workforce
Law Enforcement Blotter: Tuesday, November 21
Block family adjusting to life after month-long disappearance
Where are they now: Hasz sisters, Runge wrap up seasons at nationals
Boys basketball: Lakers hoping for a big start
Racing Across the Sky
Osakis girls basketball: New faces in place
Boys basketball: Knights small but mighty
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
College to show film about Rwanda war crimes
New Year's Eve in November for Newcomers
Dave & Jean Schonberg
Larry & Terry Sather
Mike Frisch: Lessons on fishing clearer waters
A rare mule deer sighting near Alexandria
DNR: Seven deer presumed positive for CWD in area 603 after initial test
Finally his turn
Opening morning memory
Catherine A. Brainard
Robert F. Forster
LETTER: Supportive of Franson's tweet
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COMMENTARY: The amazing impact of community giving
EDITORIAL: A good time to count your blessings
LETTER: A factual commentary about Planned Parenthood
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
On The Street
KCCO going away, but CBS signal may stay
Laven re-elected to the state chamber board
Alex born company now part of global high-tech firm
UPDATED: 2 Minnesota Target stores closing
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July 9, 2010
Column - Colonoscopies - trust me! - save lives
MinnesotaCare probably saved my life. The month of June, which is usually my favorite month, was punctuated - sometimes painfully (ouch!) - by dental and doctor appointments. During this month, July, those visits will continue - into early August, in fact. This is not the best...
July 9, 2010 - 12:00am
July 2, 2010
Column - Gulf gusher blame game should continue
So many people keep saying, "Stop the blame game! Just let's all be nice and get together and plug the Gulf gusher." Yes, wouldn't that be nice? Why, then, are so many of those very people, with such "good intentions," screaming like hysterics at a Salem witch trial and pointing...
July 2, 2010 - 12:00am
June 18, 2010
Column - Rain again. Who's complaining? Not me!
Rain, rain, rain... People complain about it. Not me. Like the Beatles sang in "Rain," one of their best (but least-known) songs: "When the rain comes, they run and hide their heads, they might as well be dead, when the rain comes, when the rai-a-a-n comes ...
June 18, 2010 - 12:00am
June 11, 2010
Column - Biggest threat: Lack of trust
Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are running rampant among Americans, according to a survey published in the June issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The survey reveals that even though the national economy is on its way to recovery, 84 percent of Americans are worried...
June 11, 2010 - 12:00am
June 4, 2010
Column - Seven reasons why Facebook leaves me cold
There is one reason why I like Facebook but at least seven reasons why I do not. At least twice a week, such invitations pop up on my e-mail inbox. Sometimes I have no clue who the person is. Mostly, though, the invitations are from friends, relatives and acquaintances - many of...
June 4, 2010 - 12:00am
May 28, 2010
Column - Beware of some dental clinics
Beware of some dentists and dental clinics. I repeat the qualifying word "some," because the vast majority of them, no doubt, are excellent. Several times in recent months, I've heard from readers who have been misled or conned by dentists or their clinic staffs. It happened to me...
May 28, 2010 - 12:00am
May 21, 2010
Column - A 'done' to-do list a rarity
My refrigerator has morphed into one giant humming "do list." There are so many magnets holding do lists to that fridge, there's a static force field big enough to make what's left of my hair stand on end. For as long as I can remember, I've depended upon do lists. I still come...
May 21, 2010 - 12:00am
May 14, 2010
Column - Need for 'green' overdue
The tug-of-war over a proposed wind farm out east is a classic example of a society so complicated, with factions so at odds with one another, that virtually nothing can get done. We've seen this deadlock over and over in the U.S. Congress, of course. We've even seen it locally with...
May 14, 2010 - 12:00am
May 7, 2010
Column - Will black hole devour us?
If you want to cheat people and get away with it, all you have to do is make your game complicated - so complicated nobody gets it. That's how Wall Street has operated for years. That's why there was a virtual financial melt-down, and that's why the "too-big-to-fail" good-ol' boys...
May 7, 2010 - 12:00am
April 30, 2010
Column - Cell phones make us baboons
Very soon, next to my "Please take off shoes" sign on the front door, there will be another sign: "Leave cell phone outside!" I'm sick and tired of people coming to visit, only to spend half the time here on their cell phones. An emergency call or two? Fine. But it's never an emergency;...
April 30, 2010 - 12:00am
April 23, 2010
Column - Genocidal killers benefit
Never forget! But, of course we do - again and again. Since the Holocaust ("Never forget!"), in which an estimated six million Jews were systematically put to death, untold more millions of human beings have been slaughtered time and again. Humankind not only forgets but seems intent...
April 23, 2010 - 12:00am
April 16, 2010
Column - Quitting one addiction only leads to the next
The trouble with quitting smoking is that it leads to another terrible addiction - an addiction called food. Quitting eating (or at least eating less) is just as difficult - maybe more so - than kicking the evil weed. On February 13, 2009, I tossed an empty pack of cigarettes into...
April 16, 2010 - 12:00am
April 2, 2010
Column - We must stop bullying
The beautiful face of Phoebe Price ought to haunt us and nag at our collective consciousness forever. On the afternoon of January 14 of this year, a sister came home and saw Phoebe hanging, dead, from a stairwell. She had been harassed and hounded to death by nine classmates. Phoebe,...
April 2, 2010 - 12:00am
March 26, 2010
Column - Pop the champagne! Celebrate
Forget the tea party. Pop the champagne! Yippee! Time to celebrate. Let's rejoice that the Democratic majority in the U.S. Congress - at long last - finally flexed its muscle, tossed obstructionists aside and passed a health-care reform bill. This historic action should have been...
March 26, 2010 - 12:00am
March 19, 2010
Column - Computers are a lifeline
Computer withdrawal is almost as bad as quitting smoking. Most of us, I think, are kidding ourselves when we crow about how we are not addicted to computers. "If it weren't for my news work," I've vowed so often, "I would disconnect my Internet service. It's all just cyber-junk....
March 19, 2010 - 12:00am