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Accessibility should be the Primary Consideration for Funding Distribution

Accessibility should be the Primary Consideration for Funding Distribution

“How to reach the busy men and women, how to carry wholesome and enjoyable books to the far-away corners of the city. . .” –Gratia Alta Countryman, 1905 As the bustling metropolis of Minneapolis turned into the 20th century, the immigrant… Continue reading

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Farm Bill Should be a “Fair Deal”

Farm Bill Should be a “Fair Deal”

“Every segment of our population and every individual has a right to expect from our government a fair deal…” President Harry Truman, January 5, 1949 The accidental President Harry Truman surprised many by winning the 1948 presidential election. He ran on… Continue reading

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Shell Prairies

Shell Prairies

“The Shell Prairies are an ideal place for any man to live. The most beautiful country I ever saw.” – Squire S. McKinley, Osage MN 1905* Most Minnesotans today would be hard-pressed to identify where the “Shell Prairies” are located. They… Continue reading

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A Standard For Our Leaders

A Standard For Our Leaders

“Ya, and I used to be Queen Elizabeth!”  A Montana Shop clerk in the little hamlet of Elliston on the Continental Divide, July 20, 1983.* Last week some 400 of Minnesota’s political and community leaders gathered at the University of… Continue reading

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Millions of Jaws Biting and Chewing

Millions of Jaws Biting and Chewing

“Millions of jaws biting and chewing” – Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Banks of Plum Creek In the classic pioneer tales by Laura Ingalls Wilder, she gives witness to the great invasion of Rocky Mountain Locust in southwestern Minnesota between 1873 and… Continue reading

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Finding Our “Big Stick”

Finding Our “Big Stick”

“Speak softly and carry a big stick – you will go far.” – Teddy Roosevelt, September 2, 1901 One of former President Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite folk sayings has a unique connection to Minnesota.  Roosevelt often referred to it as a West African… Continue reading

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Sense of Justice and Need for the Truth

Sense of Justice and Need for the Truth

“It is worth while to have lived and suffered, to have labored and waited, long years for such an opportunity of pleading for the Slave mothers of our land, before such an audience.” Jane Swisshelm February 26, 1860* In a… Continue reading

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All Waste Remains Where it is First Put

All Waste Remains Where it is First Put

“There is a basic law of nuclear waste often overlooked – all waste remains where it is first put.” Richard Wilson Riley Then Governor of South Carolina 1982* This little bit of southern folk wisdom just happened to find its… Continue reading

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Asking Tough Questions

Asking Tough Questions

 “Charge those lines!” General Winfield Scott Hancock Gettysburg, July 2, 1863 That was the command given 150 years ago to Colonel William Colvill of the First Minnesota Volunteers Regiment in the midst of the second day of fighting outside of… Continue reading

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Video: Rest Wants to Ban Formaldehyde in Children’s Products

Sen. Rest wants to ban formaldehyde in children’s products.Continue reading

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