Editorial: Many reasons why ag ed/FFA at JCC is among best in state

The Jackson County Central School District is home to one of the best high school agriculture education and FFA programs in the entire state. And there’s a reason for that. Many reasons, in fact. The programs have the full support of the school board and administration. The importance of the programming is well understood at the highest levels of the […]

Out and About: The border dilemma: Sound policy, or foolish test?

Looking at and listening to the “real news” — as the mass media, the Marxists and Leftists and global elitists who own those news sources like to refer to themselves — one would think the border crisis is affecting every state but our own. They say, “You aren’t living in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or California — none of those […]

Letter: We need logical, consistent immigration laws


To the editor: One day during the Donald Trump presidency, I was watching an agriculture program on TV. The reporter was interviewing a guard at the border. Trucks were whizzing by as the guard said the average truck gets stopped for two seconds. Most did not get stopped at all. Each truck could haul 50 illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, the government […]

Letter: Tired of high taxes, gas prices


To the editor: Whatever happened to the jail being put up for a vote? Did commissioners decide to take the certain route because they knew it wouldn’t pass? People are getting tired of paying higher taxes. Do you think building a new jail is going to bring more people to Jackson? People are moving out, not moving in. Jackson doesn’t […]

Letter: The time to get involved is now


To the editor: We have all heard of a caucus. We have not all attended one. That’s OK. The Declaration of Independence was written for you, for an individual. John Quincy Adams was once asked what the United States as a nation contributed to civilization. He answered, “It demolished at a stroke the lawfulness of all governments founded upon conquest. […]

Editorial: Elected officials can’t listen if we don’t talk

A complaint we often hear regarding our elected officials is that they don’t listen to us. The truth of the matter is we don’t often give them the chance. How can we expect our representatives in government to properly represent us if they are unaware of our concerns, our requests, our positions or our thoughts? And, in this day and […]

A Tidbit of Taryn: We ought to love each other

In elementary school, one of the most exciting times of the year was Valentine’s Day. Not only did we get to take time away from learning to decorate our paper Valentine’s bags, but we also always got to have a class party during which everyone gave Valentines to everyone else. We got to eat insane amounts of candy, play with […]

Ask a Trooper: What to do when identity is stolen


Question: I was recently the victim of identity theft. My driver’s license was among the items stolen. I am concerned this person will use my identification to drive, among other things. What can I do in regards to my license? Answer: I am sorry to hear about your situation. This is not my area of expertise, but the Minnesota State […]

Editorial: Without community, journalism is nothing

American author Russell Banks once termed storytelling an “ancient and honorable act — an essential role to play in the community” and in cooperation with the community. As we, the staff of your community newspaper, reflected last week on the myriad of accolades bestowed on us by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for excellence in journalism, know we were ever mindful […]

Out and About: A kingdom divided still cannot stand

It was a nation divided — North and South — the Civil War. One kingdom, so to speak, did not stand after the bloodiest war in our nation’s history. That is what this divided country became until it once more became one nation under God. Yet today, we have a country divided once again with 26 states standing in defense […]

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