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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A 2017 assault by four members of the Blue Earth High School football squad against their teammate — he was beaten until unconscious and afterward pressured to keep the secret of his bullies’ behavior — no doubt permanently affected the victim who ended up moving from the community.

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Thumbs up to Minnesota State University’s Big Ideas Challenge competition, in which for student entrepreneurs present plans for startup businesses and compete for prize money.

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday set a firm deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. It is no coincidence that that date is Sept. 11 — the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that were effectively launched from that Central Asian nation.

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The city of Evanston, Illinois, has approving a package of reparations for its African American residents in recompense for a legacy of discrimination. It’s an act other governments and organizations should embrace and carry out.

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The community vaccination clinic held Tuesday at the civic center in downtown Mankato was an impressively efficient operation, with more than a dozen people inoculated against the coronavirus every 15 minutes — some getting first doses of the Moderna vaccine, some their second.

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Those who would twist political debates into culture wars may be losing the battle as longtime conservative constituencies defect to defend their brands in the wake of anti-business positions like voting restrictions.

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Few would argue with President Joe Biden’s pledge to ensure there are enough COVID-19 vaccine doses available to get the country to the point the pandemic is under better control as it works to reach the final goal of putting coronavirus behind us.

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A new report from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce confirms what our state demographers have been telling us for a long time: Minnesota’s economy needs the immigrant population to succeed.

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While President Joe Biden’s opening volley to launch a $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan brings some sticker shock, it’s a good start to addressing critical needs that have been eroding American productivity and economic growth for years.

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Thumbs down to Rep. Jeremy Munson, of Lake Crystal, for wasting taxpayer money developing and pursuing a bizarre plan to allow Minnesota counties to secede from Minnesota and join South Dakota or other border states.

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While we applaud the Biden administration’s reversal of inhumane border policies by the last administration, the current administration has mishandled the recent influx of asylum seekers at the border and shrouded its efforts in secrecy.

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