Where does Republican paranoia about voter fraud come from? Minnesota Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, recently argued “millions of Americans are now lacking trust in our (voting) system” and that “one of the fastest and easiest ways we can restore their faith and protect the rights of all l…

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On Thursday, The Free Press suggested that our first-year state representatives in District 19 may not have major roles in the budget talks between DFL and GOP lawmakers. That may be true about Rep. Susan Akland, R-St. Peter. It is not true about Rep. Luke Frederick, DFL-Mankato.

In St. Paul, some out-of-touch politicians at the Legislature are working to eliminate electronic pull tabs and electronic gaming. House File 2366 calls for eliminating games that “display or simulate any other form of gambling, entertainment, slot machines, electronic video lotteries, or vi…

For quite some time now it seems that our ability to generate data far outstrips our ability to put it to good use. An example appeared in the Sunday edition of The Free Press.

As a retired public health nurse I want to congratulate those students who received their COVID shots this past Thursday. My thanks goes to ISD 77, parents who signed permission slips and the Mayo Clinic for providing this excellent opportunity.

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Facebook’s Oversight Board has both applauded and admonished Facebook for clamping a gag order on former President Trump the day after his supporters laid siege to the national Capitol.

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Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

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America renewed its promise to being a safe haven for refugees around the world when President Joe Biden expanded on Monday the limits for accepting these hard-working immigrants.

The St. Peter City Council failed to represent the interests of the city with the failure to pass the amendment to permit hobby beekeeping. The ordinance as written would have allowed a sensible balance between the interests of the hobbyist, neighbors and nature.

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When the COVID pandemic began, city councils, county boards, school boards and other public bodies began airing their meetings online, including using Zoom, YouTube, public access television and via phone.

I’m a 2018 graduate of Minnesota State University. I was extremely upset to learn that a handful of students are pushing for the Abraham Lincoln statue to be removed in the Centennial Student Union.

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Thumbs up to legislators who provided bipartisan support for a proposal that would “reduce the heat” of some traffic stops like the one that resulted in the death Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center on Easter.

While the verdict of "guilty, guilty, guilty" in the Derek Chauvin trial brought relief, it did not bring justice. Justice would have been that George Floyd lived.

At the Derek Chauvin trial the prosecution did not allege racism was a factor in the horrible murder of George Floyd. They argued Chauvin was a bad cop. They did not argue he was a racist cop.

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It seems like there are very few things politicians can agree on these days. But Minnesota legislators on both sides of the aisle support giving homeowners a chance to buy the land their home sits on in manufactured home communities across the state.

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For 48 years, The Voting Rights Act of 1965 required certain jurisdictions with a history of vote suppression, mostly in the old Confederacy, to get “preclearance” from the Department of Justice on proposed legislation.

I agree that it certainly appears that “There’s no intelligent life here.” Leigh Pomeroy had a great "My View" in Friday’s edition. Global warming or climate change is here. It has been getting worse since the 19th century. And as the science points out we are awfully close to the “tipping p…

I find it curious that our legislators across the country are focusing on transgender teenagers wanting to play sports. Why, with all that is happening in our country with the pandemic, violence against people of color, and families struggling to make ends meet, are we talking about bathroom…

Before The Red Jacket Valley Park was opened to the public it was touted, by this paper and other sources, as to remain a nature area. As little development as possible was to be done and even native prairie grasses were to be introduced. So I can't help but wonder why the powers that be hav…

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If you’re like most Minnesotans, you’ve been driving less and filling up your vehicle’s fuel tank less often than before the pandemic. When you do, you probably don’t think much about it other than how much you’re paying at that time and how quickly you hope to be on your way to your next de…

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Recent protests in Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis rightly call attention to excessively forceful police tactics, and Gov. Tim Walz has taken more than his share of criticism for Operation Safety Net, the plan to protect property and keep the peace.

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It was perhaps fitting that Walter F. Mondale died on the same day and in same city that one of the most momentous trials in the nation’s history went to the jury. As significant a figure as this son of southern Minnesota was — and he was significant — he always seemed overshadowed.

With Earth Day on April 22, we have reduced our carbon footprint by curtailing travel and our thermostat. We recycle. But we can do so much more by cutting our consumption of animal meat and milk products. Yes, that.

Monday morning I woke up exhausted. I didn’t sleep well, and I wondered if it was the adrenaline, the sun exposure or something else.

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Suppose you’re a visitor from another planet surveying Earth under a cloak of invisibility. From watching commercials on American morning TV, you conclude that this species is obsessed with (1) improbably-named medications for mostly rare diseases, (2) healthy cat foods and (3) luxury SUVs.

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