The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 8, 2013

Our View: A story of life, love and illness

To Jim Roe for sharing his touching story about his wife, Judy, and their battle with Lewy body dementia. A two-day story package was published March 2-3 in The Free Press.

The Roes opened up their lives to reporter Robb Murray and photographer Pat Christman to inform the public about what the disease can do and, in the spirit of helping others, showed us how to face this little-known but not uncommon form of dementia.

Their story is a love story. And a life story — about what can be dished out and how to maintain dignity and courage in the face of it all. Through the family’s candidness and honesty, readers will now know more about the disease, the stress of caregiving, and what a strong marriage is.

Ojibwe become hoteliers

To the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for buying two big hotels in St. Paul.

Tribal leaders say the purchase of the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel and the Double Tree by Hilton will diversify their financial holdings beyond gaming.

It’s an encouraging sign of a tribe securing a more secure financial future and rising above the poverty that has inflicted so much damage on reservations across the country.

Whatever your views on gambling, the advent of tribal casinos has been a major boost for many tribes, based largely on their geographical location.

Historically, average incomes of the Native American Indians have fallen well below the national averages. However, the adoption of casino gambling on Indian reservations during the past three decades has narrowed the gap.

The tribe is wise to expand its financial interests into other ventures.

Some good old-fashioned advice

To a gracious and informative appearance by Glen Taylor at the annual Morgan Thomas Executive Lecture Tuesday at Minnesota State University.

Taylor, who started a multi-million dollar empire with wedding invitations and now has more than 90 companies under his Taylor Corp. umbrella, provided excellent material this week for MSU students to chew on.

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