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Guest Commentary: Minnesota’s treasure — town team baseball

By Don Leathers Minnesota is well known on a national level for two highly significant sporting venues. And, ...

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Guest Commentary: How many Minnesotans read newspapers?

By Matt McMillan Minnesota is home to 14,000 lakes, 12,000 loons, 135,000 seasonal lake cabins and 3.9 million ...

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Guest commentary: Google and Facebook are threatening local news. The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act can save it

By Dean Ridings CEO, America’s Newspapers Thomas Jefferson famously declared, “Were it left to me to decide whether ...

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Guest Commentary: The dangers of belly fat — a personal experience

By Zoltan Kiss Ph.D.; CEO of PLAP Therapies In this article I take the opportunity to share my ...

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Guest Commentary: Investing in LGA: A modest increase will go long way

By Pat Baustian President of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Minnesota has been hit with so many ...

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Guest Commentary: Creating a sense of belonging right here in southern Minnesota

By Tim Penny President & CEO of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Many of us who grew up in, ...

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Gene Dornink: Senate session comes to a close

It has been a productive week at the Capitol with many long nights and robust debates. We came ...

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Guest commentary: Future of farmland

By Tim Penny President, CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Many of the farmers that I know ...

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Guest Commentary: Vaccine offers hope for returning to what we love

As a primary care physician at Mayo Clinic, it’s my job to listen to and advise my patients ...

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Guest commentary: Want broadband deployed statewide? Work with electric cooperatives

The COVID-19 pandemic created many challenges in the past year, including forcing school districts and business owners to ...

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Guest Commentary: Advocacy using the five E’s

By Julie Clinefelter Executive Director Austin Public Library The events of 2020 required the library to reflect and ...

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Guest Commentary: Wish nature a ‘happy birthday’ this spring

By Luke Reese Executive Director Jay C. Hormel Nature Center For 50 years, the Jay C. Hormel Nature ...

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Guest Commentary: Celebrating entrepreneurs

By Tim Penny Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation President/CEO National Entrepreneurship Week takes place each year in late February. ...

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Trish Harren: Concierge Program makes transition to Austin seamless

Growing up, I moved a lot. My father was a commercial contractor building banks, schools and hospitals, and ...

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Guest Commentary: Meals on Wheels continues to serve our community

By Brian Johnson Growing up in Minnesota during the winter months, most students can look forward to an ...

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