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COVID-19 is mellowing in New York City and Chicago, but elsewhere its virulence is undiminished. Minnesota has had alarming outbreaks in long-term care facilities and food processing plants and, with them, worsening community spread in Nobles and Stearns counties. There are concerns about fo…

I was born, grew up, and went to school in Minnesota — Bloomington Lincoln High School Class of ‘62 and a proud University of Minnesota alumnus. My parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were Minnesotans. My friends and family are here and, except for some years in Wisconsin and upstat…

My wife, Marcia, and I are septuagenarians — old but experienced and durable. We faithfully get a flu shot every year, take all the usual precautions and have eluded the flu for several years. We also know the influenza virus is a chameleon — that there are multiple strains, and each strain …

These words repeat a theme spoken over the centuries. Apostles Matthew, Mark and Luke all used similar words 2,000 years ago when writing chapters of the bible. National leaders and patriots, not the least of which include President Abraham Lincoln and Patrick Henry, used these exact words. …

“Growing old is not for sissies”: That headline appears on a T-shirt I wear for workouts at the YMCA. I’m not sure when old age begins, but there are ample reminders when you get there, like regular brochures from the Cremation Society describing how memorable they can make your final departure.

An article in the Dec. 21 edition of the Prior Lake American reported that Rick Olson, a self-declared Republican candidate for U.S. Representative for the state’s 2nd Congressional District, agreed with current representative, Democrat Angie Craig, that President Donald Trump should be impe…

With the presidential election a year away and health care a top issue, presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have offered single-payer proposals that draw hosannas from the political left, ambivalence from the center and cries of horror and socialism from defenders of …

Even though I ran the Twin Cities marathon for the first time on Oct. 6, I still don’t consider myself a “runner.” Running isn’t something I love. I love scoring a deal on a $4 sweater at Goodwill that still has retail tags from Target. I love stopping strangers on sidewalks to pet their dac…

It was 9 a.m. Saturday morning as we watched two wranglers with helpers load our gear and supplies onto four mules, 150 pounds on each for our trek into the Bridger Mountain Wilderness of Wyoming. Son Steve’s plans for the trip included a granddaughter and grandson, plus three friends with c…

Our City Council, citing the lack of proven impact in our community and lack of a guaranteed payout, voted no to filing claims against drug companies that manufacture opioids. It was the right decision. Another reason is that class-action type lawsuits generally never hold individuals accoun…

At this time of the year around the Fourth of July, we Americans rally around the flag and appropriately take pride in our country and patriotism. The United States is a great country. Every time I return home from my frequent travels, I marvel at just how lucky we are to live where we do.

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