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CLC contributes $136 million to regional economy annually
Fingers crossed: Pillager hosts turkey bingo
Teen driver dies in crash
Crow Wing County Community Services wins innovation award
'We're not those kids': BLC students create business, bust stereotypes
Junior Hockey: North Iowa dominates North Stars
PL 8th-graders achieve perfect season
Girls hockey: Lightning win 2 of 3 to start season
Women's College Hockey: BSU, SCSU hope game in Brainerd Tuesday, Nov. 20, will be classic
Area Girls Hockey: Abear nets game-winner in Lightning victory
Ileana "Kathy" Peterson
James M. Dullum
William D. O'Hara
Workplace wellness conference aims to increase resiliency
Crow Wing Energized: Take control of the holidays
3 things for better health
Faith: Where did the chickadees go?
They had an idea. Now, they're wondering if it will work. An innovative community, collaborative project is tackling childhood trauma.
Bormett's Vignette: I can still be 'home for the holidays'
Guest Opinion: Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Ensuring funding for the boots on the ground
Veeder: A song for a new season
Hauser: What we leave behind
Wealth Column: Why new tax laws could change your 2018 tax filing
letters to the editor
Births: Nov. 17, 2018
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October 27, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: Beware of ever-increasing influx of money into politics
I didn't realize until last week that I'm a buddy of a Randy Johnson, and I doubt he'll ever know me. Counterpart is probably a better word. Mr. Johnson refers to his 50 years of voting Republican and being a Republican activist for over 50 years. I'll match with straight DFL voting...
October 27, 2018 - 7:30am
October 15, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: Women unite - at the ballot box
If women unite in increasing numbers and voting percentage over the next month, we will have better government in 2019. If the recent debacle over the selection of Justice Kavanaugh and rightward turning of our U.S. Supreme Court leave enough women angry, bitter and in a mood to do...
October 15, 2018 - 7:30am
September 30, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: It's better to be good than great
It is "gooder" to have and be happy with all that we have than to ever be striving for some unrealistic and unachievable state of "greatness" built on greed. I'd rather have in Echoland, our state and nation a society that is satisfied with being good to self and others and that is...
September 30, 2018 - 9:30am
September 1, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: Our not-so-charitable gambling
A headline in a Minneapolis newspaper recently read, "Charitable gambling in state soars past $2B." It makes it sound like a favorable accomplishment, a growth industry. I don't think our forefathers gave it much thought, and neither did we until a few decades ago. As with many issues,...
September 1, 2018 - 7:30am
August 18, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: Was Tuesday's vote an aberration or a trend?
By the time you read this, our 2018 primary election will be a little bit of history. If early and mail-in ballots are any indication, more Minnesotans will have cast primary votes than we have had for some time. Unfortunately for us DFLers, for some time Republican voters have tended...
August 18, 2018 - 6:30am
August 4, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: Comparing congressional candidates: It comes up Radinovich
For a lot of crazy reasons, our 8th District congressional campaign has been pushed to a back burner by the media the last couple months. The craziness started with our respective Republican and DFL conventions, compounded by the following craziness in switching offices to run for,...
August 4, 2018 - 11:00am
July 22, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: Big Trump and little Trump - Panderers both
Both President Trump and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty have shown us, much too vividly, how candidates for political office can pander their way to election. In Echoland, we've been "blessed," or some of us would say "afflicted," with two years of a president who will say anything to get...
July 22, 2018 - 6:30am
July 5, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: Is this what we want America to be?
As we celebrate our nation's Independence Day this week, I invite thought and reflection as to how we feel regarding our nation's status and direction. We celebrate our rare existence in a very rich nation with an unparalleled quarter of a thousand years of continuous, uninterrupted...
July 5, 2018 - 8:30am
June 9, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: State political convention: Booming or busting?
We are just driving back from our biennial DFL State Convention in Rochester. It was not a new experience. I believe it was my 27th such event, dating back to 1964. It was another three long days of fascinating frustration to us DFL junkies, of boredom and bewilderment to some of...
June 9, 2018 - 8:30am
May 26, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: Guns are getting into the wrong hands
Another horrible and senseless occurrence happened in Texas last week. It was another isolated, but too common, event: a school shooting with multiple deaths of students and teachers. Our society in aftermath wonders, "Why? Why? Why?" Then, while the almost constant coverage is in...
May 26, 2018 - 8:30am
May 17, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: Norway Independence Day is a day of importance
"A toooussin Svedes run tru da veeds - a shasd by vun Norveegen" was a common comment around our quite Norwegian household. It was even more...
May 17, 2018 - 8:30am
April 12, 2018
From the Lefthand Corner: We've had puh-lenty of Pawlenty
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty recently announced his candidacy for governor again. He was our governor for eight years, ending just eight years ago. He was a very negative governor then, and there is no reason to believe he'll be any better now. Pawlenty made a feeble attempt at the presidency...
April 12, 2018 - 12:30pm
March 1, 2018
How long will it last this time?
Florida teens are trying hard to get our gun laws changed in the aftermath of the terrible school shooting last week. Is it just a question again of how long it will last? Or is this the time such effort will last and bring about meaningful change? We have had all too many incidents...
March 1, 2018 - 7:30am
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