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The second-largest drug store chain in the country has announced it will no longer sell cigarettes. Changing its corporate name to CVS Health, the company had previously vowed it was going to discontinue tobacco products in all of its 7,600 stores by October 1 but like ripping off a Band-Aid, they instead did it quickly, when we weren’t expecting it. I write this as I wait to hear the results of a family member’s (a long-term smoker) biopsy. Those cruel hours ticking by anticipating the worst, hoping for the best, wondering what could be next.
The U.S. government’s decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the U.S. economy itself. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the long run these sanctions are just another step toward the dollar’s eventual demise as the world’s reserve currency. Not only is the U.S. sanctioning Russian banks and companies, but it also is trying to strong-arm European banks into enacting harsh sanctions against Russia as well.
Don Davis Forum News Service REDWOOD FALLS — Minnesota normally leads the country in November election turnout, but the talk in political circles is that Tuesday’s primary election could produce...
Whitney Weidenborner, (in front) Jared Speck and Stephanie Lauderbaugh compete in the Senior English Equitation on Friday as part of the 4-H Horse Show, which featured 23 performance levels for young riders and their horses at the Beltrami County Fair. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer
It takes one tough cowboy to participate in steer wrestling and Ross Nevala, of Sebeka, was just that Friday night at the Gold Mine Triple B Rodeo at the Beltrami County Fair. Another performance will be at 7 p.m. tonight. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer
The blood baths of the innocent young and old serve as contrasts with the shortsighted allegiances made by brittle couples who spout populist slogans, hate government and are white supremacists, usually rooted in the American South. They seem much like the cartoon characters they emulate, but they are exciting to naively brutal youngsters and militia groups rooting for Cliven Bundy, who did not recognize the federal government as having any authority over him.
The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of swimming safety education, not by patting itself on the back, but by redoubling its efforts to make us more prepared for aquatic mishaps. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that accidental drowning claims an average of 10 lives in the U.S.
More than Benghazi skeletons should haunt Hillary Clinton’s expected 2016 presidential bid. It now seems that the entire war in Libya — where thousands died in a civil war in which no U.S. interest was at stake — might well have been averted on her watch and, of course, that of President Obama’s. How? In March 2011, immediately after NATO’s punishing bombing campaign began, Muammar Qaddafi was “ready to step aside,” says retired Rear Admiral Charles R. Kubic, U.S. Navy. “He was willing to go into exile and was willing to end the hostilities.” What happened?
This is the final excerpt from "Fighting for an American countryside" by MPR News’ Ground Level project. You can download the free eBook, with video, photos and graphics, to your tablet or other reader from iBooks, Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can also view it online at mprnews.org. Jennifer Vogel MPR News 91.3 FM Long Prairie — Scratch very deeply and it becomes clear that generating economic development — jobs — lies beneath almost all the conversations about rural America.
Joe Gordon, left, and Lauren Hoesche, firefighters from St. Stephen, enter a house fire simulator during a training session Friday at the Minnesota State Fire Department Association conference at the Sanford Center. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer