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Voters Guide: District 9
Voters Guide: Pine River-Backus School Board
2016 Voters Guide: Backus City Council
Minnesotans sign up to vote in record numbers
Survivor now can move on: Cronquist pleads guilty to murder, attempted murder
[VIDEO] Patriots earn 3-2 victory over Sebeka
Report: Vikings RB Peterson opts for surgery, may miss rest of season
Tigers second at C-I Tournament
Unbeaten Tigers run past Blackduck 24-14: Lightning delay, rain don't hinder PR-B in win
North Stars rally for 5-3 win
Shelley R. Keller
Eva Marie Smith
Thomas Pershing Gillman
David Marvin Falk
Wencell Robert Novak
Hall of Fame band Rio Nido to take CLC stage
CLC band rehearsals under way
Pages from the Past - Sept. 22, 2016
Looking Back-Sept. 22, 2016
Grassroots concerts to present Colin Gilmore Sept. 23
MMBA Home Show
Letter to the editor: Consider resident's request for variances
Letter to the editor: Vote your conscience, not the party
Guest Editorial: Trump unlikely to gain ground
Letter to the editor: It's good news that students care
Faith: Why are you here?
letters to the editor
September 3, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: Bad and good can be the same
My granddaughter, Gena, was sitting unusually quiet and contemplative in a chair facing mine. It was Christmastime, just months after she was 3. In her small voice, she looked up and said spontaneously, "Granpa, if something looks really bad, just turn it around and look at the good."...
September 3, 2016 - 9:57am
August 23, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: Memories of Wendy
Wendell R. Anderson died recently at age 83. I only knew him as Wendy. That is the only way he wanted to be known. He reportedly died from pneumonia, but suffered from dementia and other maladies over the last couple years. His most remembered public service was as governor of Minnesota...
August 23, 2016 - 8:23am
August 3, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: A long time National Convention "junkie"
I guess I became a National Convention "junkie" rather early in life, which is quite a few years ago. During the summer of age 8 I remember, in our Roosevelt Democrat household, my Dad talking of FDR's failing health and Dad's leaning toward Henry Wallace for President, and later...
August 3, 2016 - 2:48pm
July 14, 2016
Bye family farm recognized as Century Farm
"We spend about the first half of our lifetime getting away from where we grew up and the second half crawling back to where we started," Don...
July 14, 2016 - 9:07am
July 6, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: The case for opioids
Recently, media and experts have expressed great concern over the high usage of opioids as pain killers for seniors. The alarm has been rung because some expert and not-so-expert poll takers, study makers, insurance statisticians and medical writers have all concluded that a third...
July 6, 2016 - 2:03pm
June 29, 2016
Letter to the editor: Truth about Hillary
Don Bye does not disappoint in showing us he is from the (far) left hand corner as he easily brushes off the major flaws of Hillary. Of course the truth is Hillary: • Is the first person running for president that is part of an ongoing criminal investigation. • Lied about her...
opinion/letters to the editor
June 29, 2016 - 10:57am
June 22, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: Sensible side of presidential choice in 2016
We are down to two choices for president of our United States in November 2016 (unless some miraculous Republican event occurs). Republicans have apparently selected Donald Trump and Democrats have seemingly settled on Hillary Clinton. While we'll certainly hear it all over again...
June 22, 2016 - 2:21pm
May 25, 2016
Lefthand Corner: Veterans deserve recognition for their service to America
Monday is Memorial Day. We tend to say it's that time of the year again; but, it is, and it should be a lot more than that. Sure, this is the week or weekend that we buy the poppies from the Legion Auxiliary sellers. Many will watch and applaud veterans marching in parades and may...
May 25, 2016 - 11:17am
May 11, 2016
It's time for legislators to come to their senses
I usually try not to write about things I don't know anything about. But, this week's column is about stuff I don't know much about. I don't know much of anything about music, other than that I like listening to slow instrumentals. My music participation began and ended with my mother...
May 11, 2016 - 10:20am
April 29, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: Facts, factoids and fictions
A fact is an actual thing. It is an object that can be seen and heard and felt and usually can be measured. An event that actually occurred is fact. An action that was actually accomplished is fact. Fact can usually be verified in our present world. Fact is elusive. In the legal trial...
April 29, 2016 - 11:13am
April 13, 2016
What if only women could vote?
Some say this is the year for radical change. We have contending candidates running for the presidency of our country, proposing and promising radical change. One would wall off Mexico, and send Mexico the bill. Another makes a proposal (and promise) so radical that every other developed...
April 13, 2016 - 2:41pm
March 31, 2016
Today's Republican dilemma
The National Republican Party is in a state of disarray over the present status of its process to determine who will be the Republican standard bearer in November. Responsible lifelong Republicans fear for the very life of their party in the future. They do so with good reason. That...
March 31, 2016 - 10:30am
March 17, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: What's next on caucus/conventions vs. primary elections?
Every few years, attempts are made to change our party selection process in Minnesota from the caucus/convention system we have to a primary system we discarded because it was deemed unsatisfactory back in the 1950s. The arguments bounce back and forth depending upon who and how many...
March 17, 2016 - 11:15am
March 4, 2016
Gas prices: coincidence or collusion?
Our local gas prices just jumped 50 cents over the last week or so with no discernable cause. You don't know and I don't know whether it will jump back up over $2 a gallon, sit still or drop lower in the coming weeks, months or years. What happened to competition? In our " old days,"...
March 4, 2016 - 10:30am
February 19, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: It's time to help the poorest among us
In 2015, a few caring Republican and DFL legislators co-sponsored a bill to minimally raise payments under the existing Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) by $100 a month for the 28,000 covered Minnesota families. Before we get too caught up in the big issues down to the trivial...
February 19, 2016 - 9:46am