Starting today, it's off to the races. Tuesday's primary election served to set the final ballot for the Nov. 7 election, with a face-off between representatives of each partisan office and a simple face-to-face in non-partisan races. It is our hope that as the smoke clears today, the campaign along the final stretch can focus on issues and on vision, not on personalities and sound bites. At the highest end of the ticket, the race for U.S.
The nation's governors control the "militia" within their states' borders -- and they want to keep it that way. Leaders of the National Governors Association sent letters Thursday to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and congressional leaders, urging them to pull provisions from pending legislation which would give the president more control over the states' National Guard during disasters. "Provisions in both the House and Senate-passed bills would expand the president's authority during natural and manmade disasters and could encroach on our consti-tutional authority to protect the citizen
For most of the summer, the answer to any visitor to Bemidji asking directions around the downtown area and north was simply, "You can't get there from here." Now, with fall on the mind and Bemidji schools starting next week -- Bemidji State University already started this week -- the same answer is true. People driving along Bemidji Avenue can't turn east into the core area unless they navigate around barricades and then traverse ripped up roadbeds.
Just before a weekend when we celebrate "labor" in its truest sense, that of the blue-collar worker, the news that 110 production wor-kers no longer have jobs at Ainsworth Lum-ber Co. Ltd.'s Bemidji plant is bitter sweet. It not only means 110 men and women laid off from work, but also extends to their families who will need support as new work is sought. And it extends to second-level workers, such as the loggers in the woods who now lack contracts as the plant ceases use of nearly half its production by eliminating one of its two production lines.
President Bush used a trip to Minnesota last week to sign an executive order which he believes will help Americans make better choices for their health care. The order, signed Tuesday in Minnetonka as part of a health care forum, requires various federal agencies to compile information about the quality and price of health care they pay for, and share that information with their customers and each other. Labeled "transparency in health care," Bush's order calls for transparency in pricing by directing federal agencies to share with beneficiaries information about prices paid to health care p
William Norris, one of Minnesota's modern-era innovators in computer technology, died Monday at the age of 95 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Norris will go down in Minnesota history as the founder of Control Data Corp., which he began in 1957 after helping form anoth-er company in 1946 which eventually mer-ged with Sperry Rand Corp. Norris' first company pioneered development of the digital computer, and he later headed Sper-ry's Univac division, which was the top of mainframe computers well into the 1970s. Norris' Control Data Corp.
Welcome showers greet Relay For Life Friday evening brought long-awaited rain to the parched North Country as volunteers rallied at the Bemidji High School for the 6 p.m. Friday-6 a.m. Saturday Relay For Life, the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Congratulations to survivors, especially Julie Geerdes, who is this year's honorary chairperson, and volunteers who sponsored the luminaries, kept the vigil, provided the entertainment and made the good times roll again.
Government ought not provide onerous barriers in the way of those who wish to make an honest living, but as a steward for the public good, it must also protect the assets in which we have placed our trust in government to oversee for us. That includes Beltrami County's vast natural resources, the 147,000 acres of tax-forfeit land over which we all claim ownership.
The nation's pension programs will be shored up as President Bush on Thursday signed new rules to prevent corporations from shorting their pension funds, and having them end up at taxpayers' doorstep. "Americans who spend a lifetime working hard should be confident that their pensions will be there when they retire," Bush said in signing the new law. A sign of the times has seen private pension funds floundering, leaving long-time workers who depend upon their pension in retirement.
While much of the nation's attention has been focused on our southern border with Mexico, and the resulting flow of illegal immigrants across that border, our northern border remains fairly unprotected. Granted, our neighbor to the north, Canada, is more particular about who it lets in and out -- as opposed to a porous border with Mexico -- but nonetheless opportunity is there for those wanting to illegally cross. That is now changing, as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced plans to expand its Border Patrol offices in Duluth, International Falls and Grand Marais.