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Simone Biles can help Black America beat the mental health stigma — Opinion

BY: - August 9, 2021

How dare Simone Biles have faults?   People have taken out after this young woman like she developed mental health issues just to spite everyone. What good does it do to take one for the team when you’re not confident the team has your back? Had she soldiered on and failed, reinjuring herself in the […]

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Among the CRT panicked — Column

BY: - August 6, 2021

The Raise Our Standards tour chugged its way through 17 different locations in Minnesota, including a whistle-stop in Hibbing earlier this summer.  The tour, which was coordinated by the right wing Center of the American Experiment (CAE), claims that the Minnesota public school educational system is being besieged with radical indoctrination centered on critical race […]

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Take the shot for your country — Opinion

BY: - August 6, 2021

Minnesota’s own GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn and other caviling politicians have a strange idea of individual freedom. They claim our freedom gives them the right to ignore or refuse COVID-19 vaccination. It leaves me cold. Says Hagedorn of his silence on COVID vaccination: “Here’s the deal, the American people have the right to individual […]

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‘Unconscionable and appalling’: Doctors on Enbridge Line 3 — Opinion

BY: , and - August 5, 2021

As physicians, our duty is to protect the health of all Minnesotans, now and for the future. As daily witnesses to the importance of clean air, water, and land to human health, we are deeply distressed about the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline currently under construction across our state and through 1855 Treaty […]

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I was an evangelical and an anti-vaxxer; here’s what changed — Essay

BY: - August 4, 2021

As hospitals again fill up with COVID-19 cases, the vaccinated are getting angrier at the unvaccinated. I get the anger. I also get what it feels like to be on the other side. Being an anti-vaxxer is a lot like being an evangelical Christian, and I’ve been both.  In the evangelical church of my adolescence, […]

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For the U of M, it’s time to mandate the vaccine — opinion

BY: - August 3, 2021

As an incoming law student this fall at the University of Minnesota, I recently filled out paperwork to begin class documenting the dates of required vaccinations against tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella.  Conspicuously absent? Any requirement for a vaccine against COVID-19. Despite its peer institutions both here in Minnesota and across the country recognizing this […]

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It’s essential to find the truth of Jan. 6 and let the people decide — Opinion

BY: - August 2, 2021

This was the opening statement made by GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who, along with Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, agreed to serve on the House Special Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. These were the remarks as prepared by him, and distributed through his Washington, D.C., office. Thank you, […]

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These old timers have nostalgia all wrong — Column

BY: - August 2, 2021

Years ago, when he was still alive, my grandfather Marvin Johnson showed me a small slip of paper from the drawer of his end table. It was a list of names I did not recognize. As he filled in his crossword puzzle, grandpa told me that these people were buried in unmarked graves on the […]

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The Twin Metals mine would also contribute to the climate crisis | Opinion

BY: - July 29, 2021

Vast swaths of the North American West and other places as far-flung as Siberia and Sardinia are dying in heat and flames this summer, while torrential rains have swamped parts of England, Germany and China. The storms in the latter two countries have killed between 200 and 300 people— at least — and caused untold […]

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My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID

BY: - July 27, 2021

On a sunny Wednesday a little over a month ago, my 7-year-old daughter bravely held my hand as we walked into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to participate in a pediatric vaccine trial.  After a numbing agent, a blood draw and a nasal swab, she was finally injected with either a placebo or the […]

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To protect kids, Walz needs to mandate a statewide school mask mandate

BY: - July 23, 2021

We need to keep two truths in mind as the summer comes to an end: First, school is incredibly important for our children. Schools provide a space not only for traditional education, but also social development, healthy relationships and a safety net for students who are struggling with access to food and housing. Schools are […]

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We’re rural Democrats and we’re gonna try to listen to our Trumpy neighbors — wish us luck | Opinion

BY: - July 22, 2021

Driving west on a family vacation to Colorado earlier this summer, it was very apparent that loyalty to former President Donald Trump remains strong in rural America. On farms, ranches, and small towns in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado, we saw many indicators: Trump 2024 flags (with the slogans “Make Votes Count Again” or […]