Opinion

As I sit at the Memorial Day program put forth in Montgomery, I can’t help but see the group that is here — veterans, loved ones of veterans, and a very few outside that realm. The average age is maybe around age 60 or an age where people felt directly affected by the threats of war and that our...
A recent Wall Street Journal poll indicates more than half of Americans don’t believe a college education is worth the investment. The Wall Street JournalNORC poll findings, as reported by Fox News, shows 56 percent of Americans surveyed don’t see a college education as a good investment while 42...
Al Christensen, Tri-County Solid Waste Hello Everyone. I’m not ready to mow lawn or fight mosquitoes yet but I’m ready for a change or maybe my snow shovel is just begging for mercy! Our hazardous chemicals topic this month was prompted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and I was...
If you’re a thorough reader of the police blotter we run every week, you may have noticed a few weeks back we included reports of the police department checking licensed tobacco retailers in New Prague to make sure they are not selling products to customers not yet old enough to legally possess or...
When I was a young boy into my preteen years, I loved the outdoors. Dirt, mud, sand, rocks, snow, water, and sludge were all my friends. I also had a lot of time on my hands to explore, a luxury of little responsibility and a product of being born in the very early 1980’s where you were sent...
Congratulations to New Prague High School’s wrestling team. You finished second at the state tournament. You have represented your school and community well and have much to be proud of in your accomplishments throughout the regular season, post season and last week at the state tournament. You had...
The names, faces, and stories of all the people I’ve met and interviewed over the course of the last 20 years are flooding back to me as I sit down to write this column. This will be my final column. After almost two decades working as a writer for the local newspapers, I’ve decided it’s time for a...
It’s science-fair season, and my fifth grader, Ellen, is testing if the width of a cat’s whiskers truly alerts them to whether or not they will fit through a hole. Her project is titled: Whisker widths. Fortunately, she has enough at-home test subjects with our three felines, Rocky, Honey, and...
Everybody ought to have a bucket list, things you want to see or do before for whatever reason you can’t see or do them. It goes to the idea life is short – live it as best you can. The items in a bucket list don’t have to be exceptional or so extravagant they’re not realistic for some. Bucket...
The world may look at climate change in many different ways. I believe one thing that can’t be denied truthfully is that it is changing. As president of the Twin Cities Meteorological Society, I have developed a growing annual Minnesota State of the Climate event. I am lucky to be friends with two...

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