Highway honors America's veterans Minnesota State Highway 371 running from near Little Falls to Cass Lake has been designated as Purple Heart Memorial Highway in honor of all the soldiers who have been wounded in battle or who have died from wounds suffered in action in the battle for freedom. The Purple Heart, which bears the image of President George Washington, was established by Gen. Washington at Newburgh, N.Y., on Aug. 7, 1782, during the Revolutionary War, to honor soldiers wounded in battle.
It's not without a bit of irony that on Thursday, while Bemidji higher education officials were extolling the virtues of collaboration and partnership to an aide of U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., that in Washington, D.C., the Commission on the Future of Higher Education issued its draft recommendations. U.S.
Just how precarious the nation's energy dependence upon oil is shown by the aftereffects of BP's -- British Petroleum's -- shutdown of its pipeline from the North Slope after corrosion was discovered. The price of gasoline, already hovering at $3 a gallon, rose again and federal officials talk of taking oil out of national emergency stockpiles of oil should a refinery ask for it. Repairing the pipeline may take months, meaning that the nation will lose about 400,000 barrels of oil a day, half the amount which normally flows from the North Slope.
Floyd "Buck" Jourdain was sworn into office on Tuesday for a four-year term as Red Lake Band of Ojibwe tribal chairman. But that effort didn't come without controversy and in a way that no doubt will cast a shadow over his new term of office. And that over the shadow of the March 21, 2005, shootings which was cast over his first two-year term. The inability of the Red Lake Nation to conduct credible elections without dissent threatens not only the Jourdain administration but all those in the future unless the core process is changed.
Now is the campaign season, and the Minnesota public should be presented with a basketful of ideas for setting the state on a path for prosperity and success. Republican Gov.
No one in local government 10 years ago would have thought it possible that the city of Bemidji and adjoining townships would ever begin thinking as a community, rather than as individual, distinct turf-protectors. Well, that day has come, at least with the city and two of those townships. At the second of two open houses last week, thoughtful comments were taken on a "Greater Bemidji Area" land use plan and zoning ordinance.
The United States' role in Iraq took a new twist on Thursday as two highly placed officials -- Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace and top U.S. commander in the Middle East, Gen. John Abizaid -- said that increasing violence in Baghdad could easily devolve into outright civil war. "Civil war" is a term the Bush administration has long avoided, but now as its generals are using it, so must the president begin to cope with a new situation for U.S. troops in Iraq. The rising sectarian violence is even reversing trends of sending U.S.
There's been enough said about the election-year politics being played with the minimum wage -- as the Republican-controlled U.S. House last week finally passed a bill with an increase in the minimum wage but tied to a massive tax break for the wealthy in estate tax provisions -- but now we find that insult has been added to injury. Goodness knows that a minimum wage hike is long overdue -- standing at $5.15 an hour since 1996.
Among the slew of new laws taking effect on Tuesday, as passed by the 2006 session of the Legislature, is one which should give Minnesotans new ammunition in the war against identity theft. The new law will allow consumers to take more control over their credit by limiting access to their credit information by paying a small fee to have it frozen. One of the biggest uses of one's identity is in using credit cards to make bogus purchases.
With Congress poised to take a month off to begin the fall campaign, it's no wonder that the time is nigh to pass legislation sure to be hailed out on the stump. That includes an appeal to working-class families through an increase in the minimum wage, which the U.S. House approved early Saturday morning. Not that we don't need one -- the federal minimum wage has been held frozen since 1996 at $5.15 an hour, giving a full-time worker $10,700 a year which is way below the $16,600 poverty-level threshold for a family of three.