The issue of our constitution right to bear arms -- the rights exercised under the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment -- took new meaning this week as the U.S. House joined the U.S.
Minnesota faces a severe crunch in find-ing enough money to maintain its roads, highways and bridges, let alone make new construction to handle traffic patterns and provide safety for the 21st century. But the level of absurdity was reached recently when the state Department of Transportation put off for lack of funds a project to widen and improve U.S.
A new state Health Department report released Tuesday on health insurance cost trends provides reason for celebration -- but not cause to remove health care access and affordability off the public policy plate. The state agency's Health Economics Program report shows that private health insurance premiums rose 4.5 percent in 2005 -- a vastly slower rate of growth than the 11.2 percent slap in 2004 and the slowest rate of growth since 1997. The figures mean that employers are taking a reprieve from higher health insurance costs, and that hopefully is shifting to employee-paid insurance matche
Given the proper weather conditions hold out, it appeared Saturday that the mas-sive Boundary Waters Canoe Area wildfire might be headed the right way. Firefighting officials said that for the first time, the fire was 10 percent contained, and that it has tremendously slowed in recent days. The fire started July 14 most likely by a lightening strike, and voraciously grew in the opening days to now reach 50 square miles -- about 39 square miles of land.
Granted it's an election year, and politicians will go about anywhere to elicit public support -- thrown their way -- on an issue. But Gov. Tim Pawlenty may have something in his pitch Thursday to congressional leaders for a two-year federal moratorium on prescription drug advertising. We've all seen the television ads -- the incessant smile on the guy in his swimming trunks happy that he's now noticed by women, the line-up of people with bare midriffs with some kind of intestinal ailment, or the woman who tosses and turns and can't sleep. When U.S.
It's a deep disappointment that President Bush, goaded for years to use his veto powers to stop out-of-control federal spending, would use his first veto in 5½ years to kill a measure which holds the promise of life for millions of people under the guise that he was saving life. President Bush wasted no time on Wednesday to veto a bill which would have increased federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
Bemidji wants to become a city of trees, embracing "Bemidji Leads!" destiny driver of seeing 10,000 trees a year planted in Bemidji. As we are a city in the north woods, it's only proper that every avenue leading into town be an avenue of branches and green trees. But there's also nothing wrong with a little color. This week, Bemidji is on show again for the second year in an effort to "spruce" (sorry, another tree term) up the city with flowers. Judges arrive today to begin two days of tours and inspections for the America in Bloom program.
With much of the nation's attention focused on our southern border, and that the influx of some 12 million illegal immigrants came mostly from that direction, it's easy to forget about securing our northern border. While we have the best of relations with Canada, there's a lot of territory that is basically unguarded, and easy to move over not only a terrorist or two but even a division of them.
The Bemidji area received an unexpected reprieve Thursday evening when storms rolled through, dropping temperatures more than 20 degrees. But the heat is on -- the thermometer is supposed to reach the mid-90s today and skirt with 100 on Saturday. Such high heat brings health concerns, a natural disaster of sorts, and we're happy to see the state's "homeland security" effort extend to offering protection from the heat. Gov.
Necessity is the mother of invention, the old saying goes. That seems to be the case in finding new revenue sources to help shore up a woefully inadequate road and bridge infrastructure. The Legislature has failed to come to grips with adequate transportation funding, not able to budget the state gasoline tax, set at 20 cents a gallon in 1988 and unmoved since. And when lawmakers a year ago did agree to a major transportation package which called for a 10-cent boost in the tax over two years, Gov.