On Jan. 6, a mob of deluded Americans attacked the United States Capitol.  They were egged on by the president and he was aided in that effort by our democratically elected representative Michelle Fischbach, who just days before had taken the oath to protect the Constitution of the United States .

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I am reading the final 2021 budget for the city of Fergus Falls. As I review any budget, I start at the top five spending areas for savings. The top budget items for the city are:

I would like to wish the residents of Otter Tail County a merry Christmas and all the best for 2021 after what has been a rather tumultuous 2020, to say the least.

Pearl Harbor Day was Dec. 7. I am proud to be a veteran with 20 years of service to my country. Looking back on my military journey and how I/we came to be living in Fergus Falls I know that God had a plan for my life and I was following his plan. Briefly, here is my military journey after g…

 Do not miss the Festival of Lights at the Lake Region Pioneer Thresherman’s Association in Dalton. It is an awesome display of lights and well worth the trip.

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When the elected president is seated and a vaccine for coronavirus is turning things around, it will be time to rebuild our country. Who will do it?

We all know where Joel Myhre stands in his weekly rants in Saturday’s paper, so it would be nice if he would get off his political bandwagon and go on like we all have. It’s his opinion and we don’t care about it anymore.

Partisan politics in our country and state is becoming increasingly hostile, divisive, and now, even dangerous. Consider a recent situation involving the state Legislature.

As yet another wave of the pandemic wreaks havoc on our nation’s health and economy, a great way to support each locally is to shop small and shop safe. Small Business Saturday is a movement started by American Express in 2010, just after the Great Recession, which encourages holiday shopper…

There have been many forecasts and projections this year, especially about the impact that mask wearing would have on the pandemic. What’s been missing, however, is any subsequent evaluation of these projections. Let’s try to do that here, starting with Gov. Tim Walz.

Veterans of all ages live in and around Fergus Falls. How does a man or woman become a veteran? Simply put a person becomes a veteran after they have served on active duty in the military, as a weekend warrior in the Reserves or the National Guard and have been separated, discharged or retired.



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The members of American Legion Auxiliary Adamson Norman Unit 30 of Fergus Falls, would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States armed forces.

Mayor Ben Schierer is running for reelection.  I believe Ben is one of our best mayors and should  be reelected to serve our community.   A Fergus Falls native, Ben is passionate about our town.  Just talking with him about Fergus Falls gets him all fired up!  

I wonder why Democrat members of Congress deem that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is not qualified to be confirmed to be a justice on the Supreme Court because she is a practicing Catholic, but Joe Biden, who makes a big effort  to portray himself as a loyal Catholic, is deemed worthy to be president?

As someone whose family has lived in Fergus Falls for several generations I appreciate when I meet people  who are new to town and that is one reason why I am voting for Victoria McWane-Creek for City Council Ward 3. McWane-Creek made it very clear that she wants an all-inclusive Fergus Fall…

Two biases have really warped our COVID response - the action bias and the illusion of control. The action bias is our tendency to prefer doing something to doing nothing, and the illusion of control is our tendency to believe we have control over random events.

After 50-plus years together as a couple my wife and I have had many, many political discussions. Most end in a draw, as we don’t align with the same political party. Luckily , the local election for mayor is not a blue or red issue! It is about local people serving the place and the people …

Electing leaders who focus on problem solving, not party politics, will move us in the right direction. Michele Anderson looks forward when seeking solutions. She understands that her job as a senator of District 8 is to acknowledge issues, meet people where they’re at and move forward toget…

Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning psychologist, said that “a reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.”

Ben Schierer has been a strong, involved and effective mayor. He has experienced more challenges to our economic well-being than ever before. It has been a “perfect storm” — the mall, Kmart, Herbergers, Target, Shopko and SunMart all closed because of national economic stresses. COVID-19 str…

Economic development is hard work. Nobody works harder for improving the economy in the Fergus Falls community than Ben Schierer. As mayor, he has done more than anyone to promote Fergus Falls, to bring people together, and to build a foundation where businesses and industry can flourish.

Recently I watched CBS “60 MINUTES” about the climate science behind our country’s wildfires and powerful storms (Oct. 4 broadcast). If you missed it, you can google this 13-minute segment. It’s interesting, eye-opening, and at the same time, hopeful, that we can solve our climate crisis.

I would like to suggest that the person, or persons, who stole the political signs displayed in my front yard, may want to come back and get the wire frames so they can be displayed properly. I know that I am not the first victim of theft. I agree with the writers of previous Letters to the …

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After watching the two debates between the Senate District 8 candidates Michele Anderson and Bill Ingebrigtsen, it is clear how much we need Anderson to represent us. During the debates, Anderson demonstrated her understanding of a wide range of topics from Minnesota’s rural economy, to COVI…

It seems to me that we “don’t often hear” about what kids are “picking up on” from this president in terms of his actions toward others and his words while in office.  Presidents have always been looked up to as role models of civility, dignity and respect, regardless of party. However, Pres…

People have fears.  Fear of heights, creepy crawlers, or things that go bump in the night.  Many have fallen prey to the dreadful fear mongering campaign ads on television, flyers, mailers and social media.  They threaten if one votes Democrat “they” are coming to take your guns, your childr…

Even if Doug Thorson and I differ on a few things philosophically, I have to agree with him on one important thing.  “You can steal my yard sign, but you can’t steal my vote.” Someone must not have been able to obtain their own yard sign, so they stole mine.  Or was it someone who disagrees …

Residents of Otter Tail County District 3, if you do not know or have not met Kurt Mortenson, allow me this brief look into why I will be voting for him on Nov. 3.  Kurt’s demeanor is that of a calm, thoughtful and articulate individual who listens intently.  He has served our county excepti…

For everyone who attended and/or contributed to the benefit for Shawn Olson on Sept. 26, 2020, we are overwhelmed by the love, support, and generosity you showed during his difficult battle with cancer, and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Our family would like to say a v…

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The Red Cross blood drive was held in Fergus Falls in September. The coordinators were very pleased with the drive overall and the willingness of the donors to share this life saving gift.

I reluctantly voted for Donald Trump, a controversial candidate, in 2016 because the Democrats didn’t offer a candidate I could support. President Trump has worked hard to keep his campaign promises in spite of how aggressively his political opponents have fought his efforts, maligned him an…

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Donald J. Trump calls the media the “enemy of the people.” He calls Putin, Kim and MBS his friends. Do you really want this man as your president?

You know how community heroes often go unnoticed and unrecognized? There are so many of them, working behind the scenes right now, to get us through this pandemic and into recovery. In fact, at City Hall right now, the staff is working diligently to give away/grant CARES Act money to our loc…

The Trump administration and 18 Republican state attorneys general are asking the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act. Oral arguments are slated for Nov. 10 with a decision likely by next spring.

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I see a lot of Trump signs. For every one I see, though, there are many more houses without one. I see flags, and see we’ve become a people who no longer owe their allegiance to their country. 

Congratulations Dave and Bonnie Jennen on being awarded the Young Eagles Leadership Award. I am well aware of this award and you have certainly earned every aspect of this recognition. Having grown up myself at Einar Michelson Field, Fergus Falls (KFFM), and belonging to the Civil Air Patrol…

Recently, Tami Boyer wrote a letter to the editor about the Black Lives Matter movement. In the editorial she wrote “Haven’t the Democrats and the mainstream media had enough of the rioting, burning, looting and killing yet?”

I have been accused of being a “single issue voter,” and that is not an insult to me. The person I vote for must be a person of conviction, who will not hesitate to stand up for what is right. This November, I’ll be voting for Jordan Rasmusson for state representative because of his strong s…

We would like to thank individuals of the Fergus Falls, Underwood and surrounding communities for all of the support we have received for our son, Emory. Our St. Paul church went above and beyond for Emory and our family. 

Dr. Noel Collis a solid hardworking conservative, whose only motivation to run is to stand up for the cause of freedom. He believes that the need for change in Washington right now is so important, that like President Trump, he has self-funded his primary race with money he made from investi…

Ninety-six years ago, my grandfather, who served in the Navy in World War II, was born in Otter Tail County.  My grandpa frequently tells me stories of his childhood during the Great Depression where he had to ration lard for meals and huddle closely with his family to stay warm in the cold …

Otter Tail County has been my lifelong home. I treasure our rural way of life and what it offers. Watching what is happening in our country and our state has gotten my attention and made me realize that we cannot afford to sit back and watch well-organized, well-funded extremist groups creat…

Finally, we here in rural Minnesota have a candidate for our state Senate District 8 who will work for us in rural Minnesota.  That candidate is Michele Anderson.

No matter the faith we each chose, there is that daily reality, too, having to navigate our daily lives instead of blindly leaving it to God. True responsible faith dictates that we each take personal responsibility to care for the beautiful body our creator endowed us, and to use our beauti…

As a music educator who had a difficult adjustment period to distance learning last spring, I fully understand that it is still unsafe for us to resume in-person learning. Research tells us that COVID-19 is airborne and highly contagious, particularly indoors. The risk increases with indoor …

Around 10 a.m. on the morning of July 5, Independence Day weekend, a small group of Otter Tail County residents placed a Black Lives Matter sign on the median along Highway 210 in front of the Underwood Quik Stop & Cafe gas station. This action was taken to show solidarity with the anti-…

Gov. Tim Walz plans to schedule a special session around July 13 for the Minnesota legislators to finish their work.  One key piece that should be an easy decision is for the Senate to approve the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) bill.  This fund was approved by Minnesota…

Otter Tail County is going to miss having Bud Nornes in the state Legislature.  Not only did he take our values to St. Paul, he went to bat for us when the government made life difficult.  State government needs all the common sense it can get and Bud has it.

“If you’re lucky enough to live in Fergus Falls, you’re lucky enough!” I had the opportunity to live there for 15 years and Fergus Falls is a beautiful place to live … people look out/care for one another. Let’s extend that attitude to this (#@&#) pandemic. I think we feel like it won’t …

With the tumultuous times in our state, as your state senator I felt compelled to respond to the information that is reported by the main street media. Some of the reporting is informative and even helpful during the COVID-19 time frame. However, after the horrible incident that happened in …

How curious that the Republican Party of OTC sees fit to make a list of political points against our governor, lieutenant governor and the city of Minneapolis but neglects to mention the seminal action taken by a policeman killing a Black man that precipitated the events.

I know many people just wish the protests would remain peaceful. I wish it too, if peaceful protests did anything.

I was interested to read the account of the recent City Council meeting where the council unanimously approved a motion regarding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which would “specifically avoid any reference to anything from the U.N.” As a former U.N. official whose work cen…