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Column: Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson, Mo.

August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.” These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work.
What remi…continue reading on

Candidates file in area city and school district races

August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

WORTHINGTON — The filing deadline has passed for local races this November. Several candidates have made their intentions known in both city and school board races. Those interested in rescinding their candidacy have until 5 p.m. today to do so. Be…continue reading on

Johnson leads four-way GOP governor race

August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans awaited primary election returns Tuesday night, unable to guess who might emerge from a four-candidate race for governor to challenge Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November.

It has been decades since Republicans…continue reading on

Doused in color

June 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

WORTHINGTON — More than 400 people were adorned with the colors of the rainbow from head to toe by the time they crossed the finish line Saturday morning in the YMCA’s Color Dash 5K.

Some were drenched in shades of blue, pink, purple, orange, …continue reading on

Republicans look for an opening

May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans are looking for any opportunity to get a foothold in a state government dominated by Democrats.

Sen. Scott Newman announced Thursday that he is seeking to upset two-term Democratic Attorney General Lori Swanson a…continue reading on

Governor race activity picks up as GOP convention nears

May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Republican convention is a week and a half away, so governor candidates are doing everything they can to get delegate support.

For Jeff Johnson, that means picking a popular southeast Minnesota politician to be his runni…continue reading on

Congressional candidate Hagedorn back in race

May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

WORTHINGTON — A little more than six weeks after losing his party’s endorsement for Minnesota’s First Congressional District, Jim Hagedorn is back in the race.

Hagedorn, who was defeated by Aaron Miller in seeking to be the Republican Partyâ…continue reading on

MN study finds racial disparities in marijuana arrests

May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

DULUTH — Black Minnesotans were 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than whites, according an analysis of 2011 public records by Minnesota 2020, a self-described “progressive think tank.”

Nicole Simms, the author of…continue reading on

Dayton, Franken lead GOP rivals, poll finds

April 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken have double-digit leads over all their announced Republican challengers, according to a Suffolk University poll of Minnesota voters released Tuesday.

Fewer than half the voters said they plan …continue reading on

Chamberlain school board rejects Indian honor song again

December 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


For the Daily Republic

CHAMBERLAIN — A vote to include an American Indian honor song at Chamberlain High School’s graduation ceremony failed for the second time.

The school board voted 4-2 against the honor song Monday ni…continue reading on