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Thumbs down to the apparent pervasiveness in outstate Minnesota of the delusions that the 2020 election was stolen and that there was no insurrection on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol — and to the Republican leaders who feed and enable “the Big Lie.”

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Minnesota government works best when it’s bipartisan, so it’s good news to see both new Minnesota Senate caucus leaders reference the “Purple Caucus” in their introductory press conferences.

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Parts of America are becoming a real-life horror movie, with a deadly virus on the rise and a zombie-like response that’s leaving thousands more needlessly dead and others without access to hospitals for other health care needs.

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A new proposal by Democratic senators to standardize voting rights and voting access across the country stands as the best plan yet to shore up confidence in the American system of voting.

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The California recall election was certainly full of sound and fury. Whether it signifies anything beyond the retention of Gov. Gavin Newsom — at least until the seat comes up for its normal election next year — is certain to be debated for a while, but given the resounding margin, the entir…

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One of the things you often hear from people who see Mankato and North Mankato after being gone for several years is how much the cities have changed and grown.

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Hate crimes across the country and much of Minnesota are climbing and all of us — no matter where we live, our skin color, ethnicity, religion or gender identity — need to be aware and work to keep the statistics from escalating.

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Thumbs up to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for discontinuing the practice of stopping vehicles for minor violations, following the lead of Minneapolis.

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It is at the very least a bad look when a “vast majority” of the State Patrol hurries to delete their emails in the wake of a riot response in which troopers are accused of selectively targeting journalists.

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When the U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to strike down a Texas law that allowed citizens to sue other citizens who might help someone have an abortion, it put the law in the hands of those not democratically elected to enforce it.

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The world of work has evolved so quickly since March 2020 that established ways of doing things and government response to best protect workers in multiple sectors are outdated or in need of review.

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A hurricane blacks out New Orleans and drowns New York City a couple of days later. Massive drought-worsened wildfires dot the American West, threaten Athens and scorch Siberia. A calamitous flood in Germany and Belgium kills almost 200 people.

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In theory, this month Gov. Tim Walz is to call a special session so the Legislature can approve legislation divvying up $250 million set aside from federal funds for “essential workers.”

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The “sober bus” or “drunk bus” served its purpose until ridership faded. It’s logical the city of Mankato chose to recently discontinue the late-night bus that was supposed to safely transport imbibers home if few riders were using the service.

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An in-depth report in last Sunday’s Free Press on the mental health landscape made it clear that the need for mental health services is growing due in part to pandemic-related stress while the system to respond to it is being strained.

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Minnesota State University President Edward Inch put out an invitation and a challenge to MSU faculty, staff and students during his invocation this week. He asked them to help write the next chapter of the university’s history.

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It is unclear what will result from the public ugliness that erupted late last week at the upper levels of the Minnesota Republican Party, but it is at the very least another black eye for Rep. Jim Hagedorn, the second-term congressman for the 1st District.

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No sign of Chicken Little in this recently released report. All warnings are to be taken seriously. The sky isn’t falling, but there are mountains of proof that the atmosphere is dangerously warming and that calls for changes that need to be taken seriously and immediately.

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Americans try to give wide berth to those who hold beliefs about personal choices that differ from their own. That’s why there’s been tolerance to those opposed to vaccinations, particularly the COVID-19 vaccine.

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