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Commentary: Starting all over again

November 13, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Nothing’s impossible I have found,
For when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up,
Dust myself off,
Start all over again.
From the 1936 movie “Swing Time”

WASHINGTON Conservatives should jauntily sing as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers did in a year in which the country’s chin was on the ground. Conservatives are hardly starting from scratch in their continuing courtship of an electorate half of which embraced their message more warmly than it did this year’s messenger. Continue Reading

Law busts 1,842 for drunken driving during statewide campaign

September 13, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL Law enforcement officers from 315 agencies arrested a total of 1,842 impaired drivers during the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DWI enforcement campaign from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3, according to Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety preliminary reports. Continue Reading

Willmar, Minn., law agencies planning extra patrols for “move over” day

August 30, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR Statewide law enforcement agencies, including the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the Willmar Police Department, will have extra patrols on the roads Friday to increase enforcement of the Ted Foss Move Over Law. Continue Reading

Baseball: Area players compete in over-50 state tournament

August 21, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

Alexandria’s Mike Weber, Roger Johnson among those in tournament. Continue Reading

Cattle TB restrictions over, opening markets

December 7, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Minnesota cattle producers faced six emotional and financially challenging years, but now they celebrate a re-opening of markets nationwide after the state has been declared free of bovine tuberculosis.
Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday issued a proclamation proclaiming TB free day for the state’s cattle industry after 58 herds were destroyed and 800,000 animals tested. Continue Reading

Parties argue over redistricting

October 26, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Republicans want new political boundaries drawn to avoid splitting cities and counties, but Democrats say that judges who have accepted the task of producing new congressional and legislative district maps should emphasize keeping people with similar interests together. Continue Reading

Americans 45 and older are new voting-age majority

May 3, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON For the first time, Americans 45 and older make up a majority of the voting-age population, giving older Americans wider influence in elections as the U.S. stands divided over curtailing Medicare and other benefits for seniors.
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Annual Misfits play slated for Saturday

March 13, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. KILIAN For over 20 years local actors have sought laughs from community members in the annual Misfit’s Dinner-Theater. This year will mark the 23rd year of the event and will feature the production of “Mind over Matt”. Continue Reading

Slippery roads cause mishaps

January 5, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Rescue personnel and law enforcement respond at approximately 2:35 p.m. Wednesday to a one-vehicle rollover accident on Minnesota 60 north of Blue Line Travel Plaza. Continue Reading

8 OVER 80: Lakota’s Gunny Schmidt maintains town’s food pantry

November 24, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Gunny Schmidt went to work helping hungry people with nothing but $20 and a dream. Since 1988, the now 86-year-old Lakota woman has worked hard to maintain the local food pantry. And people know she’s the go-to woman willing to lend a hand. Continue Reading