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Updated Jan 21, 2015 at 8:34 AM

The pomp. The pageantry. The politics. The promises. The participants.From the sergeant at arms who proclaims the appearance of the president to the people positioned as props, the State of the Union offers a lot of sizzle but no actual steak.The presidentís State of the Union address is a lot like making a list of demands from your boss. You can ask for anything you want, but you only get what they want you to have.

Posted Jan 15, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Why it matters: Taxpayers stand to lose on their investments if there is no bipartisan solution to stable, long-term transportation funding.

Updated Jan 14, 2015 at 9:39 AM

In a group dynamic, sometimes you have to sacrifice the ideal to achieve the acceptable.

Updated Jan 6, 2015 at 8:43 AM

Why is food fraud acknowledged but not addressed?

Posted Jan 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring.

Posted Dec 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The lights are up. The house is decorated. All around friends and family are gathering with glad tidings and Christmas cheer. And Montevideo sits quietly in wait for the festivities to begin …

Posted Nov 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Thanksgiving is when, as a nation, we give thanks for the important blessings in our lives. For many, that likely includes family, good health, a decent job, and the like. And we should be thankful if we enjoy any or all of those things.

Posted Nov 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

When writing out thank-you cards following the election, Minnesota House Republicans had better include Greater Minnesota on their list.

Posted Nov 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM

We once thought that serving in the state Legislature would be intriguing and rewarding. Our great uncle, A.I. Johnson, of Benson, had served in the Minnesota House of Representatives and became Speaker of the House in the late 1950s. We grew up...

Updated Nov 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Wednesday morning, the day after Election Day, I had an interesting conversation with the manager of a business.As I paid for my things, we engaged in our usual small talk, and of course, she wanted to hear the results of our election in...

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