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Guest Columns

Guest Column: Parenting just got a lot harder

Students won’t be returning to school. While many parents knew in the back of their mind that this was likely to happen, it still came ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Peggy Bennett: Reaction to latest executive orders from Minnesota governor

On Thursday, Gov. Walz made the announcement that the stay-at-home order has been extended to May 18, while allowing more retail businesses to open with ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Guest Column: Continuing our work during challenging times before us

In January I wrote about the importance of having an endowment so that at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), we can continue to address the ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Guest Column: Eager to do more for housing in Albert Lea

I attended a conference by Minnesota Housing recently, during which a staff member for the agency provided me her business card. “Housing is the foundation ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

My Point of View: Why the pushback against Trump’s plan to reopen U.S.?

Listen carefully — can you hear it? It’s the left cheering for a recession to come! It’s seen as the only hope for them to ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Guest Column: Why Congress should support local news

During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Dan Sparks: Increasing testing in the state’s fight against COVID-19

Minnesota received good news this week in our response to COVID-19 and our next phase in addressing this crisis. On Wednesday, Governor Walz announced that ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

My Point of View: Republican agenda has never been clearer than it is now

The mask has slipped on the pro-life agenda. Republican leaders and TV personalities have been pushing to prematurely end stay-at-home orders that are slowing the spread ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Amy Klobuchar: Protecting consumers from abusive gouging of prices

Rows of empty shelves in our grocery stores. Single rolls of toilet paper for $10. Staples like eggs, meat and rice going for double the ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Peggy Bennett: It’s time to start the debate about re-opening businesses

As you know, an extension of the stay-at-home order has been issued by Gov. Walz until May 4. Since this is an executive order, the ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Guest Column: Though library is closed, its digital resources are available

Libraries around the country are frequently commended for their efforts to serve communities during disasters. During a pandemic, however, keeping public buildings open can threaten ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Dan Sparks: Approving support for our first responders

It has now been two weeks since Gov. Tim Walz implemented his stay-at-home order and a month since the declaration of a peacetime emergency in ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Guest Column: Albert Lea blessed with talented, compassionate teachers

I miss teaching. I have been retired now for almost three years, and I still miss the energy that comes into the classroom when students ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Guest Column: A message of hope for southern Minnesota

In 1986, an economic crisis had shaken Greater Minnesota. Farms across the state faced bankruptcy and rural communities suffered. Accordingly, young people were leaving the ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Guest Column: I survived a pandemic

I had no idea of the coronavirus. It was a word that, little by little, I was hearing more every day and I came to ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

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