• Glenn Mollette
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Millions of Americans will be glued to the television Sunday to watch the 52nd Super Bowl. Millions of Americans will not be watching for various reasons. Some are not interested in football. Some will have something else better to do. Others are sick and tired of the National Football Leagu…

  • Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson
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Minnesota is a state with four seasons.  When temperatures spike over 90 or dip below zero degrees, it can be crucial to keep the power on.  And people count on electricity to fuel our technology.  Scam artists threaten to turn off utility services if people don’t “pay up.”

  • Joe Nathan
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January is a great month for students and families to save thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. I’m not talking about discounts available on various consumer products.

  • Dr. Glenn Mollette
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How did 2017 go for you? Was it a good year or a not so good year? Regardless of what happened you can’t change 2017. The year is behind us and 2018 is ahead of us.

  • Don Heinzman
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The year 2018 promises two blockbusters for Minnesotans: the Super Bowl and the November election. And I have theories about both as well as other topics sure to make headlines in the next year.

  • Don Heinzman
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Santa Claus uses special colored dust from fairies to make the magic of Christmas live all year in the minds and hearts of children and adults.

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One of America’s finest traditions encourages us to pause late in the year, regardless of current controversies, to offer thanks. This year, in addition to giving thanks to God and my family, I’d like to recognize a few of the many wonderful families, students, educators and legislators who …

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Ever been “black-balled”? Not a good thing, right? Or, have you read or heard recently about too much “dark money” in politics? Or have you seen a western movie with guys in black hats? They’re almost always “the bad guys.”

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Katie was referred to me when she started screaming uncontrollably at her social studies teacher. The teacher didn’t know what had set off this normally quiet 12-year-old. All the teacher knew was Katie (not her real name) would not stop screaming.

  • By Keith Anderson
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We are just one week away from some exciting changes to our websites. Starting Oct. 19 our online site www.monticellotimes.com will be completely redesigned. In an effort to update our site and organize stories, videos, photos and all other content in a way that makes more sense for our read…

  • By ECM Publishers
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Respect comes in many forms and gestures. But it should only be provided when it is earned. Failure to show respect for those who deserve it is agonizing to witness. It’s one of the reasons watching players take a knee during the national anthem has been so heartbreaking.

  • By ECM Publishers
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Passionate responses from parents help explain why the number of Minnesota students attending charter public schools has grown from less than 100 in 1992 to more than 50,000 this year, the 25th anniversary of the first charter opening. Their views, plus constructive responses from some distr…

  • By ECM Publishers
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In 2008, during the Great Recession, Minnesotans voted by a considerable margin to amend the state constitution to increase their taxes. The state sales tax was increased by three-eighths of one percent for 25 years with the increased revenue to be dedicated to four distinct purposes.

  • By ECM Publishers
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In 2008, during the Great Recession, Minnesotans voted by a considerable margin to amend the state constitution to increase their taxes. The state sales tax was increased by three-eighths of one percent for 25 years with the increased revenue to be dedicated to four distinct purposes.

  • By ECM Publishers
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This is the fourth installment in an editorial series called The Changing Face of Minnesota. This year, the ECM Publishers Editorial Board is examining demographic changes and disparities in Minnesota that center around race, wealth, age, region and employment.

  • By Joe Nathan
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“This isn’t right!” That’s what Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, told Minnesota state legislators after talking with parents and students from southwestern Minnesota. Many legislators, including Rep. Ron Kresha, from the Little Falls area (who chaired a hearing on Postsecondary Enrollment …

  • By ECM Publishers
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Question: I see vehicles go by with extended carriers attached to their hitch with several full gas cans. We discuss what could happen if a driver was not paying attention and ran into one such vehicle. How safe can this be? Is there any laws in place that makes this unlawful?

  • By ECM Publishers
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A few weeks ago Minnesota’s Congressional delegation sparred in its annual “hotdish” contest. In a stunning victory, Colin Peterson’s Right to Bear Arms Hotdish took the top prize, while Republicans Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis tied for second. It’s the kind of humor we love – poking fun at our…

  • By ECM Publishers
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Former Sen. Branden Petersen, a 30-year-old Republican from Andover, and Sen. Katie Sieben, a 39-year-old DFLer from Newport,  are two of the 17 members of the Minnesota Legislature who won’t be on the ballot in November.

  • By ECM Publishers
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Summer is fast coming to a close and with the change in season we transition to other nine-month routines. Many parents and students will adopt new routines — college, post-secondary education, adulthood. Some will stay home and attend schools in their area; others will move to dorms and apa…

  • By Sun Editor
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If you live in an average U.S. household, you may waste up to 10,000 gallons of water each year because of a faulty or outdated toilet, dripping faucets, leaking valves or other common plumbing issues, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In Minnesota, where a growing population…

  • By ECM Publishers
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As the days on the Minnesota Legislature calendar rapidly melt away, the mandatory May 23 session adjournment date has lawmakers under the gun. After the 2015 Legislature failed to pass bills on transportation and taxes, key decisions were passed along to lawmakers this session.