President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have chosen to ally themselves in the other’s partisan domestic politics. Whatever short-term gain these two embattled heads of state reap from this pales in comparison to the long-term damage they do to the U.S.-Israel alliance.
Minnesota State University President Richard Davenport kicked off the new school year at MSU with the usual fanfare. He recalled the accomplishments of the past and those to be achieved in the future.
When the annual Mankato Wacipi occurs Sept. 20-22 in Land of Memories Park, a practical but symbolically significant structure will likely be completed to adorn the pow wow grounds, thanks to cooperation between the city and the pow wow committee.
Jodi Harpstead’s qualifications to lead the sprawling state Department of Human Services check a lot of boxes. But then, so did those of Tony Lourey, and the former state senator didn’t make it through a full year as DHS commissioner.
In southern Minnesota we often think of “up north” as a place to vacation where we enjoy cooler temperatures, different animals, and trees not commonly found in this farming region.
The facts are clear: Red-flag gun laws save lives, and it’s time political leaders pass these laws at the federal and state level before the next mass shooting.
The First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and free press prohibits government from silencing people. It doesn’t mean that anybody has to listen, and it doesn’t mean anybody has to provide a platform.
In 2002, a friend’s eight-year-old daughter, Brianna Caddell, while sleeping in her bed, was fatally shot with an AK-47 assault rifle. The shooter, a drug dealer who had beef with another drug dealer, fired on the wrong house in Detroit, spraying it with two dozen rounds.
Implementing tougher gun laws will reduce gun violence. It’s a fact too many well-meaning people are choosing to ignore, even in light of two more horrific mass shootings.
Another weekend of mass murder has left the nation numb and many politicians offering “thoughts and prayers” but too little in the way of concrete solutions.
The wide range of viewpoints among Democratic presidential candidates on everything from health care to foreign policy may be a necessary vetting of the best ideas, but it also may put Democrats behind in what they say is their main goal of defeating President Donald Trump.
It was perhaps telling when a group of all white journalists met with about a dozen people of color, and each took seats on their own side of the room.
Unfortunately, the body of research keeps growing along with the body count. A database of 160 mass school shootings in the U.S. since 1966 gives those studying school shootings plenty of information to examine and form a new approach to handling school violence.
After completing a year as the president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists, I find First Amendment freedoms remain under fire from numerous directions in Minnesota and elsewhere.
Environmental regulators are rightly getting tougher on Minnesota River pollution, and meeting environmental standards will require residents, businesses and farmers to make difficult changes to their way of life.
The Trump administration’s misguided push to roll back vehicle fuel-efficiency standards got a major blow this week from what may seem an unexpected source: major automobile manufacturers.
Republicans in Florida and Iowa and elsewhere in the country believe Americans pay too much for prescription drugs and they’ve proposed changes to restrain the power of Big Pharma.
The publication this week of a New Yorker piece sympathetic to former Sen. Al Franken quotes the Minnesota Democrat as saying he “absolutely” regrets resigning in the midst of numerous allegations of harassment. It suggests Franken is angling for a return to politics.
The moment we recognize hate speech as “politics” is the moment we take a large step backward as a civil society. Social unrest and violence are sure to follow.
An important southern Minnesotan will be remembered during a memorial service later this summer in the rural Watonwan County community he grew up in, and he deserves all the respect we can give him.
Congressman Jim Hagedorn’s recent banning of 1st District constituents from his office flies in the face of that American principle Abraham Lincoln extolled as “a government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Gov. Tim Walz may wish to downplay the turmoil at the Department of Human Services, but the abrupt resignation Monday of commissioner Tony Lourey — which itself closely followed the now-recinded resignations of two deputy commissioners, career civil servants — leaves the largest department i…
The recent announcement that seven of the WCHA’s 10 men’s hockey teams were planning to exit the league and form their own may have offered little surprise, but it suggests a future for Minnesota State and other programs that could be a win-win.
While it was good news Gov. Tim Walz and the Legislature restored Local Government Aid funding to 2002 levels, cities won’t pave their streets with gold anytime soon.
Last November, the Miami Herald published an explosive expose detailing how a man of wealth and connections won a secret plea bargain that buried a federal sex-trafficking case.
A new pilot program between Profinium Bank and the city of Mankato to preserve and grow the affordable housing stock may not have a huge impact on affordable housing, but it offers another way to build affordable housing stock one home at a time.
When President Trump tore up trade agreements and slapped tariffs on farm products, America’s farm economy suffered. To mollify farmers, a big part of his base, the president announced billions of dollars in aid to farmers.
Risks to public health and the environment require urgent action by the state and Blue Earth County to attack problems at a commercial compost facility near Good Thunder.
Recognizing members of the military for their service will always be the right thing to do, but a recent honor bestowed on Army veteran Jack Zimmerman was particularly gratifying to see since it came from a friend and involved a favorite pastime of auto racing.
David B. Forrey, age 86, died Tuesday, August 20, 2019. David was born on March 31, 1933 to Henry and Elsie (Mann) Forrey in the only place he ever called home, Garden City, MN. Woodland Hills Funeral Home of Mankato is assisting the family with arrangements. For many years David was employe…
Donna M. (Himmelman) Southwick, age 91, of Mankato, died Monday, August 19, 2019. Memorial Visitation 1-4 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. www.mankatomortuary.com
William C. Dhaene, 66, Henderson, died Monday, August 19, 2019. Funeral service, Friday, August 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m, Redeemer Lutheran Church east of Henderson, MN. Visitation, Kolden Funeral Home, Le Sueur, Thursday, 4:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to service. Burial, church…
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