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The emerging narrative of the Kyle Rittenhouse innocent verdict fueled the idea that Second Amendment rights, including taking up arms to defend property of those you don’t know, were affirmed in another incident of street violence.

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They are simple ideas: Pay big companies to not pollute. Pay farmers to plant cover crops or do no-till, thus reducing the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere when carbon-laden soil is plowed. For that price, we could save the planet.

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While the pandemic has disrupted daily life for almost two years, its latest victim may be the disruption of stable housing for those who’ve not been able to pay rent due to pandemic related job loss.

Thumbs up to Quinn Rassbach, an eighth-grader at St. Peter Middle School; her teacher Bre Landsteiner; and several classmates for organizing a clothing donation program at North Elementary and St. Peter middle schools.

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President Joe Biden and his administration have been proving time and again they’re not following the damaging economic policies of Donald Trump. That’s good for farmers.

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Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, knows far more about the “dismal science” of economics and the specific details of the American economy than we do. And he continues to insist that the inflation buffeting the American public is temporary.

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It’s not always easy to recognize that hunger remains a problem in the Mankato area when we see beautiful new office buildings rise with each year and look at the bustling retail trade at the mall and other places.

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Thumbs up to the Greater Mankato Growth Hall of Fame award recipients for their community leadership, business acumen and volunteer contributions.

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While the future of the Rapidan Dam should be determined with careful study of the environmental consequences and public cost, the currently inoperable hydropower dam, a century old, may be near the end of its useful life.

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For all the recent criticism President Joe Biden is taking, you’d think he was the “Grinch who stole Christmas,” but in fact, he and Democrats have been more like Santa Claus ever since they passed the American Rescue Plan in March without a single Republican vote.

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While electric vehicle incentives and mandates have riled the internal combustion crowd, it appears the invisible hand of the market is stronger than the heavy hand of political rhetoric.

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The first case of chronic wasting disease in the United States was detected in a mule deer at a wildlife research facility in Colorado in the late 1960s. In 2010, the first case was found in Minnesota in a wild whitetail.

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The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has a good chance of getting the protection it needs from mining pollution after President Joe Biden’s administration announced last week it is seeking a 20-year moratorium on mining in Superior National Forest.

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President Joe Biden made some political gains Thursday night when he talked to Americans in a town hall meeting on CNN to explain what’s in his “Build Back Better” plan and answer questions about the idling Democratic Congress.

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Thumbs up to the return of the Kiwanis Holiday Lights after it had to be canceled last year.

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While Democrats have moved closer and closer to Republican goals on national voting rights legislation, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to keep moving the goalposts.

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Sports are full of statistics. Here are some NFL stats that help explain why Jon Gruden is no longer the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders: Roughly 70 percent of the players in the league identify themselves as Black. More than 80 percent of the head coaches, general managers and owners ar…

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It’s not surprising that former Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon continues to thumb his nose at the law, but a congressional committee should not allow him to again escape legal responsibility.

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Thumbs up to the steady pace of development locally.Just this week a 48-unit apartment building targeted at tenants from a wide range of incomes was approved by the Mankato City Council for a long-vacant lot just north of Cub Foods West.

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As Facebook comes under fire from Congress and the public, it was inevitable that it would make an act of contrition and try to mend its ways. But its planned remedies don’t strike at the real problem: Facebook’s need for profits at the expense of decency.

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Carl Linnaeus is a towering figure in the annals of natural history. Most prominent of this 18th century scientific titan’s various accomplishments was his creation of what is known as binomial nomenclature — the Latin scientific names for species. The field of taxonomy — the classification …

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If Mark Zuckerberg seems irritable, he has good reason. His Facebook Empire is facing a digital scandal provoked by a former employee turned whistleblower.

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The Nobel Committee’s choice of journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia for this year’s Peace Prize is fitting at a time when a free press and democracy are under assault around the world.

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Thumbs up to Mankato Brewery and the Hockey Day Minnesota organizers for coming up with the idea for special Hockey Day beer that will be sold statewide and raise money for the Hockey Day event that Mankato will host on Jan. 22.

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