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The sure sign of winter came Wednesday with early morning icy roads that caused many crashes, including a fatality. It means we all need to change our driving habits and be prepared for wintry conditions from now until next spring.
The effort to find Minnesota's next governor enters into the next stage after all 87 counties finished their canvassing of votes Friday. The State Canvassing Board will meet Nov. 23 to certify those votes, which most likely will trigger an automatic recount as the final tally shows a difference of less than 0.5 percent of the total votes cast, with 8,755 votes of 2.1 million cast. Conventional wisdom will tell you that there just isn't enough margin out there to overcome that large a difference.
Americans got a glimpse Wednesday of the nation's financial future, and they didn't like what they saw. But it's a reality that we all need to face. Co-leaders of the deficit commission appointed by President Barack Obama floated a deficit-reduction plan that immediately drew detractors from all sectors. But with a nearly $14 trillion national deficit, drastic measures must be taken to curb it before its weight topples the U.S.
After voting twice against allowing Bemidji bars to stay open until 2 a.m., the issue is back again before the Bemidji City Council.
Top administrators of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will receive $416,000 in bonuses this year in a time of deep recession and students paying through the nose in rising tuition costs. Union leaders cried foul when the figures became public on Friday, as well they should.
Many Minnesotans mark the seasons by two events -- in the spring with the walleye fishing opener and in the fall with the firearms deer hunting season. It's the latter now, as Saturday marks the start of the firearms deer hunting season with an expected 500,000 people taking to the woods to hunt deer. With that many people armed and in the woods, it means anyone venturing outdoors should exhibit extra caution. Hunters should practice firearms safety with their rifle, taking care when moving across rugged ground, and keeping track of where everyone in the hunting party is at any given time.
How fickle Minnesotans are. Facing a $6 billion state budget deficit that a DFL-led Legislature and a Republican governor couldn't solve, Minnesotans on Tuesday elected a Republican-led Legislature and (apparently, pending a recount) a Democratic governor. The end result could be the same -- gridlock. Could be, we say, as we hope that such a wide turnover will erase animosities and have both sides sit down and do the public's work.
The time approaches when the campaigning stops and the voting begins. For some, it may not be soon enough. It's all built up to this -- the party conventions in the spring, filing for office the end of May, holding the primary election in August, and now Election Day on Tuesday. We've all seen the nasty television ads, and we've all received nearly 50 giant postcard-sized mailings over the summer and fall, all pointed to Tuesday. While it might become easy to be disgruntled, based in part on the TV ads and mailings, it is still a right of citizenship to register and to vote.
U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar has served northeastern Minnesota since 1974. While some argue that's too long, we think of the contacts and knowledge of Capitol Hill that the longtime Democrat possesses and how that can continue to work to the benefit of an area struggling to pull out of the nation's deepest recession. As chairman of the U.S.
The 7th Congressional District is a diverse district, stretching across west-ern Minnesota from the Canadian border to nearly the Iowa border. It contains liberals and conservatives, but all are a pragmatic lot. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, who has represented the district since 1991, has found that balance over the years and hasn't lost it. He has done yeoman's work in agricul-ture as chairman of the U.S. House Agri-culture Committee and won accolades from both the Minnesota Farm Bureau and Minnesota Farmers Union.