Opinion

Honoring veterans   Another Veteran’s Day is here. As we celebrate this day, I ask you to join me in thanking our veterans for their service. Thank you personally from the bottom of my heart, veterans and current service men and women for serving in America’s armed forces.   Please join me in...
How a Minnesota panel turned “Hero Checks” into zero checks By Peter Callaghan MinnPost   When they announced the plan to give $250 million to frontline pandemic workers, Minnesota legislative leaders sounded as though the hard part had been completed. Even though providing such bonus checks was...
Correcting the tax record   A letter last week inferred that it was frightening that Lakewood Health System as a non-profit organization does not pay taxes.  That is not an accurate statement.  Last year, Lakewood Health System paid $640,000 in real estate taxes within the communities we serve.  We...
A reflection on one year with the CLC Foundation By Kate Adornetto CLC Foundation Executive Director   I came to the Central Lakes College Foundation one year ago—in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though our communities have been through a lot since this pandemic hit, as an institution of...
Community support for homeless youth   The COVID-19 pandemic has made life more difficult for many of us, including youth who don’t have a safe place to stay. An estimated 13,300 Minnesota youth on their own experience homelessness over the course of a year, according to Wilder Research. That...
Minnesota’s top employment industries determine policies   By Kelly Asche  Center For Rural Policy and Development   Every year the Center publishes the “State of Rural” report – a brief overview of the demographic and economic trends from a rural perspective. This year’s report will be published...
Winter driving puts more emphasis on safety By Tom Burch Cass County Sheriff   As our days continue to get shorter and we move into the fall and winter season, we are commuting and driving more in the dark.  The National Safety Council estimates that over 42,000 people were killed nationwide in...
Rising COVID numbers cause Lakewood changes By Tim Rice President & CEO Lakewood Health System   We are in the midst of another COVID-19 surge – at Lakewood Health System, in our region, state and country. Just as things were feeling more like “business as usual,” positive COVID cases have...
When the Minnesota House of Representatives Capital Investment Committee left the Batcher Opera House in Staples, they might have been thinking that we want to turn it into a roller skating rink because we like old things. During the presentation, several times our local committee mentioned that...
Higher wages helps everyone   Yup. Americans don’t want to work, are just lazy and are happy to get a government handout. But consider if you are a young parent and your 40-hour a week wage as an essential worker isn’t enough to buy the groceries, pay for health insurance, childcare, transportation...

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