The minority Democrats on the Senate ag committee this week released an analysis of President Donald Trump’s $16 billion agricultural trade bailout. It is no surprise that they found problems with it nor that the Department of Agriculture dismisses the criticism.

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America’s increasingly popular national parks need an infusion of money to catch up on a backlog of repairs and infrastructure upgrades to allow the public access while still protecting the natural environment people flock to see.

At a May 2016 campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Donald Trump, the presumed GOP nominee for president, told the faithful: “If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back. You’re going to be so proud of your president. For those miners, get ready, because you’re going to be working your asses off.”

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If you live in non-metro or rural America, you’ve been left behind by the economic boom cycle that came after the Great Recession. You also endured a more severe recession than people who live in bigger cities.

As the U.S. House prepares for public impeachment hearings next week and a likely floor vote perhaps later this month, President Donald Trump and his allies are increasingly demanding the unmasking of the whistleblower whose official complaint ignited the process.

Minnesotans should be grateful for the St. Paul Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project for acting to protect victims of domestic violence when they face down the barrel of an illegal gun held by someone who shouldn’t have one.

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Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.

While the U.S. government faces the most serious challenge in history to its democratic institutions, it’s troubling that one of the major political parties seeks to threaten the process for protecting those institutions.

The evidence has been gathered. The vast majority of Minnesotans favors universal background checks and a smaller majority favors a ban on semi-automatic weapons, both measures to enhance public safety in the age of AR-15s and mass shootings.

Thumbs up to members of various credit unions in Mankato and the state who took time on their Oct. 14 holiday to volunteer to paint, rake, pack and otherwise help organizations or people in need of some work being done.

When Mankato years ago approved a local half-percent food and beverage tax, some business owners fought it, saying it would put them at a competitive disadvantage, hurt business and drive customers elsewhere.

Innovations in California often spread to the rest of the nation. So, we expect, will be the case with a new law there that has upset the collegiate athletics monopoly.

There is opinion, and there are facts. No amount of opinion from President Donald Trump’s defenders or others can refute a mounting avalanche of facts that show the president has abused his power and threatened national security.

Obituaries

Craig Douglas Nielsen, age 64, of St. Peter, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. at Northview-North Mankato Mortua…

64, of St. Peter, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Funeral Service, Saturday, November 16, 2019, 11:00a.m., Northview-North Mankato Mortuary. Visitation, Friday, 5-8p.m. at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary and one hour before service. Burial, Calvary Cemetery. www.mankatomortuary.com