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Marvin Repinski: Circles of our lives

Most of us wear a number of hats (masks?). It doesn’t mean we “change” personalities, but that we are a part of a variety of ... Read more

The Wide Angle: Finding my way in country music

This past Tuesday, country star Hal Ketchum passed away due to complications from dementia. It was a sad end to a long and successful career. ... Read more

Holly Johnson: How Thanksgiving looked in the year 1909

No doubt your Thanksgiving celebration looked a little different this year.  Did you fix a turkey?  How many pies did you bake?  Were there fewer ... Read more

Other’s opinion: Early results show too many students are failing online

Star Tribune Just a few months into the school year, it’s become clear that a significant number of St. Paul high schoolers might not graduate ... Read more

Our Opinion: Gach an example of hard work

Many in Austin by now know that one of Austin’s own is currently on the University of Minnesota men’s basketball team and more than a ... Read more

Annie Lane: Brother has become a burden

Dear Annie: I’ve hit a dead end and am not sure what to do. My family has become dysfunctional to the point of my wanting ... Read more

Kevin Nelson: Newly funded programs and projects for Parks and Rec

The City received some exciting news this past week. The Hormel Foundation Board approved 2021 funding for several department-related requests. Specifically, those include educational programming ... Read more

Guest Commentary: Support local businesses this holiday season

By Tim Penny President and CEO Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation This time of year is traditionally a time of giving. Minnesotans in particular are known ... Read more

Biden’s win hides a dire warning for Democrats in rural U.S.

DES MOINES — Democrats once dominated Koochiching County in the blue-collar Iron Range of northern Minnesota. But in this month’s presidential election, President Donald Trump ... Read more

50 states, 50 heroes: Counterattack

Born Jan. 3, 1927, in Portsmouth, Virginia, Richard Thomas Shea Jr. attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute before dropping out in 1944 to enlist in the Army. ... Read more

Other’s opinion: We must counter the anti-vaccine rumors and lies

The Free Press (Mankato) The prayed-for news of successful COVID-19 vaccines keeps on coming. AstraZeneca said Monday that its coronavirus vaccine reduced the risk of ... Read more

Our opinion: Despite challenges of this year, we can still be thankful

There’s no doubt about it. It has been a challenging year. When people think about 2020 for years to come, they will think of shutdowns, ... Read more

Peggy Keener: Our turkey day propugnaculum

Thanksgiving will be different this year. Actually it will be unlike any year we’ve ever known. The reason—we will have to protect ourselves by socially ... Read more

Ask A Trooper: What commercial vehicles need

By Troy Christianson Question: If driving a commercial vehicle and stopped, what documents are needed to present to the trooper? Answer: I will list what ... Read more

Al Batt: Who carried the straw?

Echoes -from the Loafers’ Club Meeting What’s wrong with you? I superglued my thumb and my forefinger together. Don’t worry, everything will be OK. Driving ... Read more

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