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“If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying” — a quip that (probably) originated with stock-car legend Richard Petty — remains a core, and colorful, piece of the “ethics” of professional sports. The goal of winning justifies bending, or breaking, the rules, and it’s up to somebody other than th…

President Donald Trump’s move to raise the federal sales age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 was a welcome move, but Minnesota and other states should quickly follow suit in raising the age limit. Doing otherwise will leave enforcement lacking.

The records of history are invaluable in helping us build a complete picture of where we’ve been and form a guide of where we want to go. Learning from what we did right and what we did wrong are key elements of human progress.

Fortunately, an overwhelming number of Minnesotans base medical decisions on facts, scientific research and sound data rather than rumor, fearmongering and folklore. Minnesota parents understand the value and need for their young children to be vaccinated.

The blowback experienced by the magazine Christianity Today after last week’s editorial calling for the ouster of President Donald Trump is but one example of a damaging phenomenon in and around the Republican Party.

Hiding behind the veil of claiming to give local leaders more control, President Trump’s executive order requiring all U.S. counties to vote on whether to allow refugee resettlement is a transparent attempt to stir up anti-refugee sentiment.

Thumbs down to President Donald John Trump for his insulting, rude and repulsive behavior at a rally Wednesday night in Michigan.

Thumbs up to the Minnesota State University Mavericks football team, coach Todd Hoffner and the fans for bringing pride to MSU and the entire Mankato community as they once again push for a national title.

St. Cloud State’s announcement Tuesday that it is dropping its football program was no surprise to those who understand its financial straits and its inability (or unwillingness) to comply with Title IX’s gender-equity requirements.

No doubt area residents play a major part in earning Minnesota the No. 1 spot in a recent study ranking most charitable states. This region has a strong tradition of supporting numerous nonprofits.

The World Health Organization said in a September 2014 report that the United States is “currently the only high-income country without nearly universal health-care coverage.”

Five people died the day before Thanksgiving in an early-morning fire that ravaged the 14th floor of a public housing high-rise in Minneapolis. The grief of this tragedy has, understandably, led to calls to require that older apartment buildings be fully retrofitted with sprinkler systems.

When President Trump walked away from the NAFTA agreement, the administration spent 15 months negotiating a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. But a year since it was agreed to, the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement has yet to be approved by Congress.

Thumbs up to the Minnesota State University administration, and especially the students, for their willingness to build and fund an indoor sport dome for winter recreational activities.

Obituaries

Wayne H. Fahning, 77 of St. Peter, passed Saturday, January 18, 2020. Memorial service: 11:00am Friday, January 24th at Trinity Lutheran, St. Peter. Visitation: 4:00-7:00pm Thursday at St. Peter Funeral Home and 10:00am Friday at church. www.saintpeterfuneralhome.com

82, passed away at home in Green Valley, AZ on January 1, 2020. She retired after teaching Art at Minnesota State University - Mankato. Arrangements were made by Green Valley Mortuary.

Jennie Ullestad, 96, of Mankato, MN, formerly of Thompson, IA, died Thursday at Laurels Edge Assisted Living in Mankato. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 22nd at 11:00 AM at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson. Her family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the…

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