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Opinion

Poppe: 2020 session accomplishments, shortcomings, and next steps

The 2020 legislative session adjourned Monday, May 18 with a sizable list of accomplishments for the people of Minnesota, but also many shortcomings that will ... Read more

7 days ago by Jeanne Poppe.

AP-NORC poll: Many in US won’t return to gym or dining out

WASHINGTON — Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across ... Read more

1 week ago by Associated Press.

Trump tests whether incumbent leader can tap outsider anger

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is running against himself. With his cries to “Reopen our country!” and his rebukes of the federal bureaucracy and ... Read more

1 week ago by Associated Press.

AP-NORC poll: Americans harbor strong fear of new infections

DES MOINES, Iowa  — Strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places, a new ... Read more

1 week ago by Associated Press.

Our opinion: Stiehm has provided Austin with quality leadership

On Monday night, during the Austin City Council meeting, Mayor Tom Stiehm announced he would not be seeking another term. Stiehm was first elected in ... Read more

1 week ago by Minnesota Public Radio.

Stay at home order ending, but more work remains

By Peggy Bennett State Representative District 27A On Wednesday, Governor Walz announced that his stay-at-home order will be lifted on May 18 and we have ... Read more

1 week ago by Daily Herald.

Traveling to great destinations — like a mail box

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Teleconference Meeting I’m suffering from stuck-home syndrome. I’m having one of those days that were threatened if I didn’t forward ... Read more

1 week ago by Al Batt.

Our opinion: Lifting stay-at-home a positive step, but more to do still

On Wednesday night, Gov. Tim Walz announced that on Sunday night, the stay-at-home order would be allowed to expire, indicating a positive, yet tentative, step ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Daily Herald.

Letter: Trump is not the leader we need

Leaders are defined by how they handle problems/crisis and the actions they take. Examples of leaders would be Churchill (World War II), Kennedy (Cuban missile ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Daily Herald.

Tulips on the road

It’s tulip time. This spring, we will be looking for tulips grown in our Austin Area. This past week was the date we had picked ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Evie Mohrfeld.

Dancing over the low bar of current normal

If COVID-19 has done anything else other than severely cramp our activities, it’s lowered the bar of expectation. I’m no longer surprised by those things ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Eric Johnson.

Death on the far side of the world, Part 4

During a storm at sea, there is little a capsized person can do to be seen. While being heaved about on its surging waves, you ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Peggy Keener.

Sparks: Moving state forward safely

By Dan Sparks On Wednesday Governor Walz addressed the state with important information for Minnesota’s next steps in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesotans ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Daily Herald.

Hormel’s home away from home in Clear Lake

In May, 1915, 105 years ago, the George Hormel family was preparing to enjoy some time at their newly constructed lake home in Clear Lake, ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Holly Johnson.

Guest Commentary: Reimagining local government: A positive vision for Austin’s future

By Jason Baskin Austin City Councilman “This is how things have always been done.” These eight words are a powerful force in government. So many ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Daily Herald.

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