Opinion

To the editor: Houston County Commissioners “Research Committee” meets weekly to draft frac sand regulations allowing “commercial” mining. They claim to oppose larger “industrial” mines. With proposed setbacks of < 2000-3000 feet, it could mean numerous smaller mines with even more activity than large mines. The county is not equipped to enforce this properly or [...]

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What would you do if someone nearby collapsed and was struggling to breathe? You must act quickly because, if the person is undergoing cardiac arrest, for every lost minute, the chance of survival goes down 10 percent. That’s why it’s so important to know the new CPR and how to use the AED defibrillator to [...]

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Here are five questions you might want to ask school board candidates or members running for re-election this fall. Because schools play a huge role in making communities attractive places to live and work, you might also talk with the other board members, whose seats aren’t up for election, about these issues. –Are you committed [...]

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Minnesotans traditionally vote in large numbers during midterm elections. Will the Tuesday, Nov. 4 elections once again place Minnesota among national leaders in turnout? If past history is repeated, the state will again be a leader, much as it was four years ago when the state led the nation in voter turnout with nearly 56 [...]

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To the editor: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a designation that serves to raise awareness and dialog about domestic violence, which has a profound effect on a child’s well being and development. Children who grow up in homes with domestic violence often witness violence on a daily basis, live in fear, and blame [...]

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