An issue which continues to frame local state elections is the role state and county gov-ernments play in providing services to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and, conversely, band members' rights to vote in non-tribal elections. But rather than a thoughtful discourse aimed at defining relationships while recognizing the sovereignty of the Red Lake Nation, the discussion has become nothing more than election fodder designed to stir prejudicial views aimed at disenfranchising a large segment of our local population. The issue started last spring in a dispute over who owns Upper and Lower Red L
Minnesota has long led the nation in getting people out to vote, and Mary Kiffmeyer, a Republican, has only furthered that goal in her two terms in office and should be returned for a third term. Picking up on the foundation laid by Democrat Joan Growe, Kiffmeyer has led voter efforts seeing Minnesota with the nation's top voter turnout in 2000, 2002 and 2004, plus seeing the highest voter turnout in 2004 among 18- to 24-year-olds in state history.
The 7th Congressional District is huge -- from the Canadian border to about 40 miles north of the border with Iowa, nearly the western half of the state skirting the metro area. And it includes a diversity of economies as well as of people and political philosophies. It takes an unique individual to ably represent us in Washington, D.C., and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-7th District, has done that for 16 years and should be returned again this fall to represent us. Just as the district is diverse, so is Peterson, one of about 35 U.S. House members who are conservative Democrats.
As many of us await Nov. 7 to cast ballots in a number of key positions from U.S. Senate down to local city and county races, a significant number of Minnesotans await another date -- Nov. 4, the opening of the firearms deer-hunting season. Often, deer hunters given the choice between camping out and voting will choose hunting. But that need not be the case, as state officials urge deer hunters to consider absentee voting before hitting the woods. Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, a Republican, and former Sen.
No one disputes a goal in Minnesota of preserving wetlands -- it's just how you do it. Efforts to preserve Minnesota wetlands under a "no net loss" policy caused a rift about 10 years ago as the Legislature attempted to put that policy into law.
The United States passed a milestone on Tuesday that perhaps few Americans noticed. At 6:46 a.m. CDT Tuesday, the U.S. population reached 300 million, actually an estimated based on population growth by the U.S. Census Bureau that estimates a birth every seven seconds. But the new count is fueled by something else -- an increase in the U.S. population by immigration, illegal or otherwise. The same statistics say that the U.S.
As we listen to legislative candidates this fall, priority issues tend to focus around health care reform, education funding and transportation. But the underlying choice nearly all candidates embrace after their priority is property taxes. Studies in recent days show that property taxes squarely belong on the table, and that the Legislature is to blame, not local governments. There's no doubt property taxes have gotten out of hand.
The last thing Americans want to worry about is the quality of the food they eat. We seem to take it for granted when we purchase something that it will be safe for us to eat, and that it was handled in the best and safest way en route to our kitchen table. Unfortunately, more and more, that is not the case. The latest scare involving spinach sickened about 200 people in the past month and killed three people. The outbreak of the deadly E. coli bacteria was the 20th such outbreak in lettuce or spinach since 1995.
The news this week that the state may see a budget surplus is indeed good news, but we question the rush to give it back to taxpayers before it's even counted and in the bank. Oh, of course. It's an election year. The state Finance Department reports this week that there were stronger-than-expected tax collections between February and September.
The world has suddenly become a riskier place in which to live, as the nuclear club -- nations which possess nuclear weapons -- grew to nine with Monday's North Korean underground test. The move wasn't unexpected as the North Koreans have been preparing and threatening for years that it wished to possess nuclear weapons.