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Tue
21
Apr
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Dennis Laumeyer, BHS Superintendent on the building bond

On May 12, Benson Public Schools is seeking voter approval of an $18.7 million building bond. The project meets the four priority needs that were identified by the school board through staff, student, parent, and community input. In fact, the majority of the 100-plus people who completed the school survey in October 2014 indicated Benson Junior High should be demolished.

Wed
25
Feb
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Intolerance

by Hege Herfindahl

Wed
31
Dec
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A New Year’s Resolution Wish

by Reed Anfinson, Editor & Publisher

Wed
10
Dec
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Pheasants - High Hopes And Realities

Western Minnesota was once a destination for hunters each fall as they set out to hunt ring-necked pheasants. Hotel and motel rooms would fill up on the weekends, restaurants were full each early morning as hunters prepared for the day’s hunt, and bars and restaurants saw good business each evening as they returned after a long, rewarding day in the fields.
Many other businesses from gas stations, to hardware stores, to clothing stores also saw good business from the visiting hunters. But those days are long gone as Minnesota’s pheasant population has seen a steady decline as farmland has displaced grasslands on the state’s landscape.
It hasn’t helped that it is getting harder to find a place to hunt. Public land gets hit pretty hard and fewer farmers are just letting hunters just walk into their fields and onto their Conservation Reserve Acres (CRP).

Wed
23
Apr
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National Security Versus A Free Press

by Reed Anfinson, Editor, Publisher

A Drop of Ink

When it comes to the nation’s security more than one third of America’s citizens believe the government should have greater control over what the press is allowed to publish and air. Thirty-seven percent of those responding in a recent poll said reporters should have to get government approval before certain sensitive stories could run.

Thu
06
Mar
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It’s Time To Legalize Medical Marijuana

By Reed Anfinson, Editor, Publisher

Thu
06
Feb
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Homeless

After the second or third polar vortex, I am getting tired of being inside, at home. But then I start thinking, that I must be grateful I have a home. There are, after all, many people, including families that are homeless.
When we were in Washington, school and offices closed due to a big winter storm. In the paper, we read about the homeless; families with children who lined up to get help in the cold only to find out the office for helping the homeless was closed due to the snow.  Some of them ended up sleeping on the floor in churches.
Duluth has more than 900 homeless people and was the first city in the US to pass a homeless bill of rights, although many states do have such a bill. This bill of rights is meant to draw attention to the plight of the homeless. The plan is to have the Human Rights Commission of the city take an in-depth look at the problem of homelessness and to find solutions. There is talk of having homeless people on the commission.

Tue
31
Dec
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We Need To Address Why People Don’t Move Here

by Reed Anfinson, Editor-Publisher

Fri
29
Nov
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Then & Now

Kathy A. Weckwerth

Thu
22
Aug
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A Drop of Ink

by Reed Anfinson, Editor - Publisher

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