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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The community likes its public art and anyone who thinks about defacing, removing or stealing it better be ready for consequences.

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.

Obituaries

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…