Opinion

The staff at the Dollar Store know me by name. I have been there a lot lately and, while they may not appreciate my repetitive requests to check the back room for more supplies, you would never know it.  They are forgiving and still give me a wide, toothy smile when I swing through the jingly […]

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BY LORI SWANSON GUEST COLUMNIST This is a time of year when many Minnesotans are thinking about making a donation to a charity. Minnesotans have a history of being generous with both their time and their money to help others. Getting the facts about a charity before you give helps to ensure your charitable donation […]

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BY JEFF ZIGNEGO GUEST COLUMNIST Most Americans view auto insurance as necessary to protect against the costs of a car accident. Likewise, it’s common knowledge that homeowners insurance helps families rebuild their lives and homes when needed. An “umbrella” policy is not as well known, but anyone who owns a home or any assets should […]

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BY TOM PURCELL SYNDICATED COLUMNIST I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope. Cigarette smoking used to be fashionable. Actors like Steve McQueen and Sean Connery made it look manly and cool in their many movies. […]

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Here’s some good news, looking ahead to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s discussions about improving public schools. Two leading Minnesota Senate Democrats described several of their priorities as similar to those described last week by leading House Republicans. While this doesn’t ensure agreement, it’s encouraging that these leaders share some similar priorities. They include a review […]

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BY DEREK BROTEN GAZETTE COLUMNIST Have you noticed that each year we seem to hear about Christmas deals earlier and earlier, encouraging us to get into the shopping mood? Have you noticed newspapers starting to fill with ads that keep your own “I want” lists growing? We live in a land of great blessing, and […]

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