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Former Minn. assistant principal plans guilty pleas to charges related to explicit childrens' images
Arrest made in Minneapolis crash that killed University of St. Thomas student
Minnesota school accountability system up for review to meet federal standards
Crosslake Garden Club to meet Sept. 20
United Way to offer poverty simulation
Area Football: Perham bolts past Pequot in completion of suspended game
Vikings coach doesn't think Bradford's injury is long-term
Vikings' Murray believes limited role 'still evolving'
Sam Bradford's return remains a mystery for Vikings
Wendell N. "Dell" Draves
Orlo Theodore Waldhoff
Michael J. Hartman
Verna M. Hawkinson
Cordella "Cordy" Heroux
Pine River Library movie day is Sept. 20
Student, teacher, writer, volunteer - Birch has worn many hats
Senior Menus: Sept. 18-22, 2017
Auditions set for Sept. 18: 'Mr. Burns - a Post-Electric Play' in Brainerd
Grand Rapids male chorus to perform in Longville
From the Lefthand Corner: Government is as good as we make it
The Last Windrow: We're entitled to one great dog
The Cracker Barrel: The woods and us
Letter to the editor: Business' support of yacht club appreciated
Letter to the editor: Government cannot tell adults what to do
letters to the editor
Births - Aug. 27, 2017
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, births
From the Lefthand Corner
September 18, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: Government is as good as we make it
We as a society like to waste a lot of time complaining about our government. Overall, our multi-tiered government (with notable exception) is pretty good. It has been quite stable over almost two and a half centuries. We have had a quiet, free and safe environment over the years....
September 18, 2017 - 7:30am
From the Lefthand Corner: Trump's downward slide
The Minneapolis Trib had a lead guest editorial a couple weeks ago on, what else? President Trump. It was entitled, "My president? Yes. My leader? No." It was about the first six months of the Trump presidency. What else?
August 18, 2017 - 5:30am
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
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
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 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
October 30, 2016
From the Lefthand Corner: Hopeful for a sea of C's
I'm ever hopeful of a government that is caring, constructive and compassionate. I wish George Bush could have fulfilled his self-label of "compassionate conservative." I want a foremost objective of government to be acknowledgment that we are our brothers/sisters' keepers. Another...
October 30, 2016 - 10:27am