Editorials

04/16/2014 - 7:44am
Last Wednesday afternoon, before a hushed audience of teenagers in the high school gym, Nathan and Connie Backstrom of the tiny town of Hampton, along with son, Charles, gave a heart-wrenching presentation on the consequences of drunk driving. They experienced the unimaginable of losing three sons in the same accident on Oct. 10, 2004, when a driver chose to drive drunk and text while passing...
04/16/2014 - 7:43am
Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law on Monday the largest increase in the state’s minimum wage in history. The phased increases will begin in August when the state’s current minimum wage jumps to $8 an hour from the current $6.15. By 2016, the minimum wage will go to $9.50 an hour, one of the highest in the country. On top of that, the mininum wage...
04/16/2014 - 7:41am
You may not have noticed, but I took a week off recently. I wanted to give retirement a test run to see if I would like it. I liked it. It may not be common knowledge, yet, but I plan to retire Aug. 1 from the editor’s position at The Chronicle. I have been manning the editor’s desk for the past 23 years, and the constant stresses and strains have...
04/16/2014 - 7:39am
I took advantage of Saturday’s gorgeous weather to take care of a couple of maintenance projects, and spent a good deal of time in the garage rooting around in my dad’s tool collection. Dad was a career Navy man, but as the son of a carpenter, he had a love and appreciation for proper tools, and spent his adult life collecting a large assortment....
04/16/2014 - 7:37am
To the Editor: Why donate blood? You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason. Some give blood because they were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend has had or might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing to do. The first Glencoe Community Blood Drive of 2014 is scheduled...
04/16/2014 - 7:36am
To the Editor: One of the most important issues in years for McLeod County is under consideration, but one sure wouldn’t know it from our local media. This appears to be a trend. On Tuesday, April 8th, a solid room of county residents showed up to voice their concerns about the pending Minnesota State Building Code for our county. After a solid...
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