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Snowfall accumulation misses mark in Brainerd lakes area
Pequot Lakes School: Board adds clay target to sanctioned sports
Authorities find body of missing pregnant woman
Pequot Lakes: Speech takes second in Underwood
Missing pregnant woman found dead in Chippewa National Forest: Autopsy scheduled for 27-year-old from Akeley in Cass County
PL 6th-graders consolation champs
Crosslake archers fourth in Hill City
Taking the classroom to the lake
Second golden eagle captured and released at Camp Ripley
Area Female Athlete: PR-B's Rainwater eyeing an offensive game
Margaret Mary Baxter
Margaret A. (Ecklund) Nacey
Jacqueline "Jackie" Ann Sporer
Margaret Mary Baxter
Susan Gail Crawford
Pets of the Week
Senior Menus: Feb. 19-23, 2018
Chef's Hat: It's time to lighten up your meals
Card games: Feb. 17, 2018
Heritage houseplants: Readers share stories of long-living plants
Commentary: Liars required for 'fake news' to proliferate
The Cracker Barrel: Feeding the birds
Faith Column: Transcendent truth
Browser: Keep reading to earn your mug
The Last Windrow: Remembering a boy's first adventure with family rifle
letters to the editor
Shh...It's a Surprise
Births: Jan. 27, 2018
Jay and Marilyn Brutsman -
Brogle Family 5
Elmer and Val Stephan
From the Lefthand Corner
February 17, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: The race is on - again
Politics has strange timetables. The best-laid plans of mice and men. Early last week Rick Nolan was working his way toward re-election for one last term as our U.S. Congressional District 8 representative. He had selected his campaign manager and most of his campaign staff, accumulated...
February 17, 2018 - 5:30am
February 2, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: Continued devastation
The Trump train keeps rolling along, bringing far more damage than improvement. This column is mostly a review of Trump's inaugural speech from January 2017. On Tuesday, we were all "blessed" with Trump's version of the "greatness" of his record, how "great we all have it now" and...
February 2, 2018 - 6:30am
November 23, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: Thanksgiving Day is every day
As I sit in my comfortable rocker with my first cup of coffee, I think of a concluding quote from a layperson's sermon a few years ago. As she...
November 23, 2017 - 6:30am
November 11, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: There is good government all around us
There is good government all around us. We are surrounded with good government, no matter how much we complain about it. I believe that our best present-day governmental units are local, starting at the township level and continuing with our city council and school board levels. We...
November 11, 2017 - 8:30am
October 28, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: Give 'MEA' misnomer a proper burial
Again this year, the biggest newspaper in the state published - and headlined several times - last weekend as "MEA weekend." Radio and television did the same. That has been going on for almost 20 years all across the state. It should and could stop anytime soon. The proper name in...
October 28, 2017 - 8:30am
October 14, 2017
From the Lefthand Corner: Walz makes strong move in quest to be governor
Most of you in the Northland probably don't know Tim Walz. The only reason that I do a little bit is that, as a longtime partisan hack or activist (or if you want to speak flattery, "elder statesman") back in the summer of 2000 or 2004, I happened to sit next to Walz during a several...
October 14, 2017 - 7:30am
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