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MN Muslim group calling for hate crime charge after man accused of throwing a pig's foot at Somali-American
6 resorts enroll in Minn. Century Resort recognition program
16-year-old from Warren, Minn. has been found and is safe
Heart and Soul for women set Aug. 22 in Crosslake
Black beans offer a variety of health benefits
Injuries strike Vikings offensive line again
NHRA Nationals at BIR Aug. 17-20
Timberwolves' 2017-18 schedule features 25 nationally-televised games
Twins' Joe Mauer poised to join rare Gold Glove company
Golf Results - August 12, 2017
Philip James Wright
Lorna J. Pesheck
William "Bill" Schweigert
Audrey Jane Rardin
Chef's Hat: Here's a new twist on an old vegetable
Echoing Around the Globe
Fit Tip: Don't be a couch potato
Swimmer's itch is getting under our skin - uncomfortable but harmless 'duck itch'
MPR's Concert Truck stops in Nisswa
Vogt's Notes: Imagine a day without local news
Try a new twist on zucchini with 'zoodles'
AstroBob: How dark will it get during total eclipse?
Danecdotes: A rookie woodworker's journal
Faith: Absolute truth of God
letters to the editor
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, births
Spike & Karen Wales
Cole Richard Sifferath
Robert and Susan (Gregg) House
August 6, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: Foxconn: Another corporate con
President Trump, Gov. Walker and others of their ilk are making a big deal over Foxconn coming to Wisconsin to manufacture electronic equipment. Some of us see the "big deal" another way. For some of us who like comparing Minnesota favorably with Wisconsin whenever we can, this looks...
August 6, 2017 - 4:00am
July 22, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: How secure is Social Security?
Whenever I encounter anyone of my elder age grouping, single or a group, once we get past the weather and grandkids and the horrible political climate, and ask what is of most important concern to them, No. 1 is their present and future health care, and No. 2 is Social Security, or...
July 22, 2017 - 6:30am
July 8, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: Gerrymandering must be curtailed
The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to decide whether the U.S. Constitution limits how far lawmakers can go to redraw voting districts to favor one political party over another in a case that could have huge consequences for American elections. The justices will take up Wisconsin's...
July 8, 2017 - 6:30am
June 24, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: Poorest Minnesotans get even poorer
This is a column I hate to write. It will likely be somewhat boring and quite repetitious. I believe I wrote on the same subject a couple of years ago, if not before that. Still, nothing has actually occurred to alleviate the dire circumstance. Forget "Minnesota Nice." Once again...
June 24, 2017 - 7:30am
June 2, 2017
Letter to the editor: Time of Trump: Chapter 2
Don Bye says Trump has done nothing! In four months Trump has addressed the following issues: • Unemployment - 4.4 percent, lowest since 2007. • Reinvestment - Softbank, $50B; EXXON, $20B; Hyundai, $3.1B; Apple, $1B; Chrysler, $1B; GM, $1B; Bayer AG, $1B; Toyota, $600M; LG, $250M....
opinion/letters to the editor
June 2, 2017 - 8:30am
May 11, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: Time of Trump: Chapter 1
I don't know who came up with "the first 100 days" of a presidency, nor why it is deemed of such importance. I guess FDR came sailing in in early 1933 with a lot of dramatic and drastic changes that the populace of the time direly needed and much appreciated, except those he tread...
May 11, 2017 - 7:30am
April 30, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: A little bit of time
We gave just a little bit of time. I joined eight or nine other parishioners at our Lutheran church in town. It was the designated day for cleaning...
April 30, 2017 - 3:30am
April 3, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: The Humpty Dumptys had a great fall
We've had a few months to reflect and wonder how our country could ever come to such a combination of apathy and stupidity, even for one day, to elect Donald Trump as our president. A side effect and consequence of that day of infamy was to re-elevate the already too high status of...
April 3, 2017 - 6:15am
March 20, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: Health care assurance, not health care insurance
It's health care assurance that we need in this country, not health care insurance. What our society needs is the assurance of good health care for everyone, affordable and accessible for all. What our society does not need is the wasteful practice of pouring huge amounts of our government...
March 20, 2017 - 6:15am
March 4, 2017
From the Left Hand Corner: Kindness is contagious
Many acts of kindness generate acts of kindness in return. Our society could use a lot more kindness than is showing today. Some might say that there is more kindness in our society than ever; but whatever is correct in that regard, we could certainly use a lot more.
March 4, 2017 - 7:57pm
February 2, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: We are all Africans
Whenever people in your midst get uppity about their own heritage, or continue our lessening but still existent discriminatory actions and attitudes toward black folks, remind them that by long heredity we are all Africans - including them. The current issue of Discover magazine contains...
February 2, 2017 - 10:33pm
January 22, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: The silent treatment
We consider a silent treatment quite negatively, whether it is as a punishment in prison, in a family grouping or in a close, personal relationship. Some of us, however, endure a sort of silent treatment all the time. It is far more unintentional than deliberate. We are fortunate...
January 22, 2017 - 10:09pm
December 26, 2016
From The Left Hand Corner: The joy of Christmas
I hope these last few days before Christmas will be more about awaiting and celebrating the birth of Christ, and less about running around from store to store and digitalizing the countryside in a mad scramble to finish up Xmas shopping. We make our annual objection to the commercialization...
December 26, 2016 - 8:17pm
December 13, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: Our globe is getting warmer
Hello out there. This is another insignificant cry from our wilderness, our ever lessening wild, as our Minnesota is passing steadily from rural to urban. Our Earth is getting warmer. The ones who know the most about our warming are warning that it is dangerously so, that with our...
December 13, 2016 - 4:40pm
November 24, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: Thank you, God, for everything
As I sit in my comfortable rocker recliner this snowy Friday, I think of a concluding quote from a layperson"s sermon a few years ago. As she said, I can truly say, "Thank you, God, for everything." This is an easy Thanksgiving column to write because I have so much to be thankful...
November 24, 2016 - 8:40am