Friday, August 17, 2018

Opinions

When I came to the Senate in January, I fought for and won a seat on the Agriculture Committee because I know how important agriculture is to creating and supporting Minnesota jobs and our state’s economy.     I also know that Minnesota producers have been struggling for several years with a steep...
With some fairs past and a few still to come, it means only one thing. School is just around the corner once again. Getting back to school is extra special for my 11-year-old daughter this year as she heads into middle school. It’s scary for me to think the elementary days are now in the rearview...
Have you ever had one of those weeks where nothing seems to fall into place? It happens more than I care to admit, at least when it comes to writing a weekly column. It may not seem like a terrible task, but let me tell you it can quickly become daunting at times. It becomes difficult every so...
I am the guy that some of you saw standing at the stop lights near the Kasson Police office. I am a regional missionary that frequently does outreach to law enforcement officers and agencies in the area. I am personally invested in this kind of missions work because I have a brother in law...
As I’ve interviewed some local 4-H members preparing for the county fair over the past few weeks, especially those with animals, it triggered some fond memories of my earlier years in 4-H. I grew up in McLeod County, similar in size to Dodge, located in the central part of the state. Our family...
The voices of millions of Americans who feel government employees should decide for themselves whether to financially support a union have been heard. In a case with far-reaching implications for the profession of teaching and education reform, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1977 decision that...
A follow-up seems to be in order on my Hot Pursuit column from last week regarding the mass shooting at a newspaper in Maryland. I tried to steer away from making my observations tied to our president, but a reader and another area newspaper publisher pulled me right into it all with some comments...
The Fourth of July is about the patriots who risked everything to establish a new nation based on life, liberty and equality. And on this anniversary of our nation’s independence, there’s no better time to honor those who continue to defend and serve this great country.   My good friend Senator...
Summer is here which means families are finally able to enjoy the outdoors after a long winter.  As campfires burn out and kids get ready for bed, many parents will pull out a book and read a bedtime story. This is important because studies consistently show that reading at a young age drastically...
For years I’ve often quietly used the phrase, “Don’t shoot the messenger,” when disgruntled readers have voiced their frustration over something that has been published they didn’t want to see.  The familiar phrase is used to describe the act of blaming the bearer of bad news. As journalists we...

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Kasson, MN 55944

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